Nicknames: Mr. Benson, Mr. B., Coolers Benson, Burly Boy,
Birthday: February 13th 2008
Likes: Playing then sleeping and then playing some more. Did I mention playing?
Favorite Toy: Water bottle, paper tube!
Favorite Food: Treats...anytime, anywhere!
Favorite Walk: If its near us...he's good!
Arrival Story: Mr Yellow was a temporary name until he was actually home. We had several names that we had picked but after we met him we knew that we had met Benson.
Benson and his brothers travelled with his mom Joey as they were in the US and cleared customs on Saturday. (Passports and photo ID's were in good order) We're thinking he has dual citizenship! His dad is "Cooler" making Benson a Cooler pup, but we knew that.
Forums Motto: Eat, sleep, play & nap...Life is great!
I’m so excited today! This morning I was able to wear my special Canada Maple Leaf bandanna, but I didn’t know why.
Just after 12:30 mom took me down to Front Street in Belleville for a parade…the Olympic Torch was in our city today! There was a reception at City Hall, just 2 minutes from our offices and then the special Vancouver Olympic vans went by and of course the sponsors. But the special moment was when I saw the Olympic Flame being carried.
There were lots of people along the streets waving and cheering and I barked along. It sure was exciting!
You never realize how big the little things are. Yesterday started off like any other work day for Benson. After a morning walk, some play time and breakfast, it was off to work. Every time Benson gets into my SUV, Benson is buckled up with his bright red, VestHarness that has a slot to run the seatbelt through. It’s safe, secure and he would normally fall asleep during the 15 minute ride to work. (see Benson's picture of him sitting with his VestHarness)
There was a light drizzle and traffic was normal. We had stopped at a red light and were the first vehicle there. Without warning we were hit from behind and it was no ordinary hit. There were no tires screeching or any signs of avoidance, just the sudden impact from something hitting us from behind very hard.
The vehicle that hit us, hit with such force that we were pushed 10 feet into the intersection. We later learned that the frame of the SUV had accordion type damage, the rear side panels had bowed out; the trailer hitch was bent down and with it the roof frame was also bent and pulled down. The damage is such that the full sized SUV truck is a write-off.
And Benson? Nothing that can be determined. He may have some minor bruising, but his VestHarness saved him from being seriously hurt or from becoming a statistic. He is running and playing like there is nothing wrong, although there was some reluctance to get into the rental car this morning.
Please make sure your pups are protected when they are in your vehicle. You never know.
It all started early Saturday April 5th, when Benson, his mom "Joey" and his brothers all got into a car for the long journey from Michigan to Omemee. We first met Benson the next day while he was playing with his brothers and he started tugging at both our pant legs. It was his way of saying, "I'm your guy!"
He was the smallest of group, but he also displayed the most amount of personality and courage...he's not afraid of anything and he is just naturally curious. We had several names that we had discussed and Benson just seemed to be the right name.
Sunday was his day at home as he was introduced to everything he wanted to see. Monday he reported for his first day of work, where he quickly settled into a routine…playtime, naptime, outside time, drink and snack time and then start it all over again.
On Thursday, he had his first visit to meet our vet and the team at Rossmore Animal Hospital. Benson was a bit surprised with the microchipping, but he handled everything else really well. He even received a special puppy pack that had a new ball and a couple of new bandanas.
He loves running up and down the hallway and this morning it was running and ripping tissue paper, leaving behind a trail of shredded green everywhere he had been. We have to be careful when we move our chairs, because there may be a good chance he’s fallen asleep underneath.
Benson has had a very busy first week and we look forward to watching him learn about life.