The Firmest Friend

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Burlington County Times


October 9, 2016


In the documentary “The Firmest Friend,” Jon’s gentle blue eyes stare at the camera. He has streaky blond hair that sticks out from beneath his backward-facing baseball cap. An oval metal clasp pierces one ear. The other ear has a small hoop.

Scout, a towny, muscular pit bull, bearing scars on his head and wearing a scarf and dog pack, sits by his feet. Jon rescued him from a shelter in East Harlem 47 minutes before he was to be euthanized.

Jon is homeless and a heroin addict. He said he usually makes money playing his guitar.

“When I’m running low on dog food, I make sure the money I make goes to his food first. And then after that, I worry about eating,” he said.

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