Likes: Attention, his family, belly rubs, armpit scratches, going in the car, defuzzing his toys, food hand-outs, playing with dogs, baby-talk, marking ten million times on walks, lounging around
Pet-Peeves: Not being able to play with other dogs, getting examined at the vet's, thunder and lightning, flea & tick meds, getting brushed
Favorite Toy: His big de-fuzzed polar bear!
Favorite Food: He looooves peanut butter Frosty Paws ice cream.
Favorite Walk: Anywhere that has interesting smells and places he can mark.
Best Tricks: Not really a trick, but Benji is very good at listening to "stay." He almost never fails to obey you when you tell him "stay," no matter how excited he may be at the time.
Arrival Story: For the longest time, I always wanted a dog. It was always, "No, Daniel, maybe when you're 10." Then, "No, Daniel, maybe when you're 12." -- and so on. After I was maybe 12 years old, I sort of gave up on getting a dog, but around October of 2011, that feeling started to come back. I started to look at dogs for adoption on Petfinder just for fun, but after showing my family all these dogs I found, we really started to consider getting one of our own. I spent so many hours looking at dogs on Petfinder, attending Meet & Greets, and emailing organizations about certain dogs up for adoption...but it just didn't seem like any of the dogs at the Meet & Greets were the right ones, and it just didn't seem like anyone really wanted to answer all the questions I had in my emails (and I don't blame them, lol). But one day, I found a Collie/Shepherd mix named "Buster" on Petfinder, with this happy tongue-y smile and--finally--someone that WANTED to be emailed about the dog! I got so excited when I read: "if you have any more questions, feel free to email his foster mom." I obviously did, and the response I got back was more than what I expected: "Buster"'s foster mom responded in alternating red/green text (it was around Christmas time) and thoroughly answered all of my questions. For the first time, I really felt like someone took the time to help me to get to know their dog....so our family filled out an application for this "Buster." Maybe 3 days later, on December 29th, 2011, we drove 2 hours to Mechanicsburg PA to meet this potential new member of the family in a Petsmart. While we were there, I got to walk him around, pet him, and learn more about him--and most importantly, took him home! It was such an exciting day for all of us....
Looking back, "Buster" is now Benji--and he has been the perfect dog for us through these 5 months (at the time of writing this) that we've had him. My brother who was home from college at the time was never really a huge fan of dogs--in fact, when we first brought Benji home, his first words were "Ohhhh no...." Well, fast forward a few months, and Benji and my brother love each other very much!
Benji really shows me how much God wants to bless us and is a great reminder of His unconditional love...there must be a reason dog backwards is "God." He is such a blessing to our whole family and I could not imagine life without him now! Even if Benji isn't perfect (but he's only off by about .5%!), to quote a man on Animal Planet's Dogs 101, "He's not perfect--but he's perfect for me." Thank you, Benji, for being such a great, loving, loyal dog. We love you very much. :)
Bio: We're not really sure what breed Benji is, but he was listed as a Collie/Shepherd mix when we got him. We're debating whether not he could be the rare Slovenian breed called a "Karst Shepherd." He looks very similar, has similar qualities, but they're virtually unheard of in the US. I emailed a person in Slovenia who has a blog about Karsties and she said he could very well be a mix of a Karst Shepherd, or maybe a Sarplaninac, which are a little more common in the States. Pretty amazing if he has such a rare breed in his lineage! Benji could be quite the diamond in the "ruff." :) We'll hopefully find out eventually....somehow.