Alex Farr photographed with his dogs, Rocco, left, and Luna at his home in Larkspur, Calif., Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Farr has created an online site, PetWill, that allows you to say what you want to happen to your pets if you die or are incapacitated. Alex was formerly homeless and credits a dog with giving him the drive to get off the streets and make something of himself. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)

One dog saved his life, another gave it purpose
Alex Farr was born in Tehran, Iran, and immigrated with his family to the United States in 1985. They lived briefly in Pleasant Hill, and then moved to Lafayette.
Farr’s life started to fall apart the last year of high school. He had taken advanced classes and was set to graduate early from Acalanes High School in Lafayette. While he watched all his friends enjoying their senior year, getting cars, making plans for college, Farr’s family was struggling through a financial crisis and was about to lose their home.
The family split up to live with friends, and Farr managed to graduate, but by then the damage to his relationship with his father, who struggled with equal parts alcohol and rage, had degenerated. With no place to call home, Farr headed to the streets of San Francisco.
Golden Gate Avenue and Jones Street in …