Ben, beloved son

Standard Poodle
Picture of Ben, beloved son, a male Standard Poodle

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Home:Park City, a  
Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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   Leave a bone for Ben, beloved son

Mr. Handsome

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:

September 14th 2001

Long hikes. And beef jerky. And sleeping on Dad's feet.

Eh. Nothing much bothers me. For a poodle, I'm pretty laid back. I don't like strangers walking on MY street, though.

Favorite Toy:
Billy. He might be older than me, and way smaller, I love playing with him.

Favorite Food:
Beef jerky. Edamame. Top sirloin. Roast chicken.

Favorite Walk:
I like it when Mom takes me hiking in the hills behind the house.

Best Tricks:
Uh. I think deep thoughts.

Arrival Story:
Dad brought this strange woman up to our house. I tried to jump on her leg (I've got some disease called 'papers' or something, so I'm still a full male). She didn't like it, but she was nice anyway. Soon after that, she was here every day, walking me, letting me sleep on her feet, feeding me, and taking care of Dad. Now she's here every day, and she's pretty nice. Although she still doesn't let me jump on her leg, she's still nice.

Ben was diagnosed with transitional cell carcinoma in July of 2008. Because the cancer was fast moving, his kidneys were not able to handle the traditional treatment of NSAIDs, and even after having a stend put from his left kidney to his bladder (the cancer was blocking his left ureter, and his right kidney was not functioning at 100% - BTW Dr. Murphy at West Vet in Boise, Idaho did the surgery for the stent, and was FANTASTIC!!!), he was losing kidney function, and his muscles were atrophying. Ben fought the good fight, and was able to maintain quality of life for much longer than we had actually expected. However, on December 4, 2008, Ben was too tired to fight the cancer any longer. Rather than making him suffer, we chose to send him across the rainbow bridge while he was comfortable and still had his dignity. We miss him painfully, but I am certain that we made the right decision; he led as full a life as he could, but didn't live with unmanageable pain. I am also certain that Ben will find his older brother, Billy, and the two of them will race around heaven, wreaking havoc, with paw flying, and tails wagging. Ben, we'll never forget you.

Forums Motto:
Just call me Mr. Handsome.

I've Been On Dogster Since:
August 28th 2005 More than 11 years!

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