Likes: Playing with Daddy, his toys, doing "zoomies," cuddling, running on walks.
Pet-Peeves: He doesn't like being brushed, being left home alone, or getting his feet wet. He doesn't like that he can't climb trees to catch the squirrels. He hates baths and haircuts.
Favorite Toy: His squeaky Matzoh Ball is his favorite toy along with his bunnies and monkey . He treats teddy bears special (more gently). He has about 6 toys that he found his first week here (we believe they are gifts from Poochie).
Favorite Food: Benny is vegan. He eats Natural Balance Vegan canned dog food mixed with fresh veggies and grains. He loves quinoa, kale, sweet potatoes and squash. His fave treats are Lazy Dog Pup Squeaks.
Favorite Walk: Walking around the neighborhood, looking for squirrels, birds and cats to chase.
Best Tricks: Benny can sit, stand, roll over, and shake hands. He can leap tall couches and beds in a single bound. His best trick is getting you to feel better no matter what's going on with just a waggy tail or a puppy kiss.
Arrival Story: After the death of my forever heart dog, Poochie, I began looking at shelter dogs online. It made me feel worse - I couldn't save my Poochie and I couldn't save all those dogs. After letting two opportunities to get 4-month old Westie puppies go because I wasn't ready yet, I saw this little dog online. He looked like a Westie but shrunken into a tiny package. They said he didn't like big dogs and got nippy with them. I filled out the application but didn't send it in. The shelter said they had a tremendous response for this dog so they were going to review all the applications for a week. Late on Friday, I emailed it in. I filled it out sparsely with no mention of how much I loved and spoiled Poochie. I was hoping (I think) that my application wouldn't be chosen but I could say I tried. However, the shelter called and said he was ours if we wanted him. It was a hard decision to make because I am still grieving my Poochie but I felt bad for this baby who had no home. We went to the shelter to see him on 10/27/06 and he was so cute, like a Westie puppy but skinny and with longer legs. At that moment there was nothing to think about. He finally had a home.
Bio: We don't know Benoni's history except that he was picked up as a stray in Long Island. He ended up in an overcrowded kill-pound and then when his "time was up" was taken to a rescue shelter where he was a 6 lb. baby surrounded by cats and all big dogs for over a month. Benny swears they all instigated the fights and he was just defending himself and he was framed.
The shelter said he was Westie mix. We think he's a Westie/Maltese mix. He was probably 1 and 1/2 or 2 years old. He was all bones but now he's a little over 9 lbs of solid muscle.
Benoni is completely different from when we adopted him. After two months he gave us our first kisses but he was still distant. He now cuddles and gives us tons of kisses everyday. He used to be afraid of other dogs, animals and people and would shake, whimper, scream and cry but now he enjoys meeting other dogs when out on walks and loves atttention from people. He's become the most popular dog in the neighborhood. He no longer barks at us (too much) or bites our hands when playing or when he wants something. We believe the change is due to both Benoni's coming to feel safe and secure in his new forever home and all the things we learned by reading many books on understanding reactivity, dog behavior and calming signals, and of course, tons of love!
Benoni means "son of my sorrow." It is the name Rachel gave to her son as she died from childbirth. Jacob thought it was ill-omened and changed his name to Benjamin. I found the name appropriate as my Hebrew name is Rachel and he became my son out of my sorrow of losing Poochie. We call him Benny and in Hebrew, that means "my son." Benoni may have come to us out of our sorrow but he is now the silver lining that emerged from our dark cloud.
Benny is now also an official service dog!! We are so proud!
Wow, I can't believe it's been 3 whole years already since I got my Forever Family.
Sometimes it feels like it was just yesterday that I was a lost puppy on the street and then in the prison and orphanage; sometimes it feels like I have always been home.
I love my Forever Family sooooo much. I love my Daddy. He takes me for walkies all the time and we chase squirrels and kitty kats but he's slow so we never catch any :( He plays with me at home and I give Daddy a gazillion kissies. He's my BEST BUDDY...even if he steals my spot in bed!!
I love my Mommy. She gives me lots of hugs, kissies and yummy foodies. She plays with me too. And I take good care of her. She says I healed her heart, that it was broken and I helped to fix it. She says I helped teach her that the heart can always love again. Hmmm...if I teach her so much, why does she say I need to go to obedience school?
And I love my sister, Poochie, who is an Angel and led me to my Forever Home and shared her Mommy and Daddy with me. She saved me and allowed me into her Forever Family.
Since I have been here, I have learned SOOOOO much. I've made friends and won look-a-like contests with my Daddy. I've even had my picture and story published in a doggie cookbook with a recipe just for me!!!
I'm soooo glad I got a Forever Family and if I could make one wish (besides the one for more toys), I would wish that ALL animals find a Forever Family and Forever Home too.