Sunday, January 24, 2010

Benson, the Wonder Dog...

This is Benson, the wonder dog.   Here is his story:

We adopted Benson from the Benson, Arizona (hence, the name) shelter in 2007.   After driving 4 hours to Benson, arriving 20 minutes before they closed, we were told he was to be euthanized the next day if he wasn't adopted.  We had decided on an Australian Shepherd mix after living with multiple Doberman Pinscher's over the years.  I just couldn't stand the thought of losing another Dobie, so I opted for the breed I had had in high school.  Ben is an Aussie/Heeler mix and probably the best dog we've ever had.  Truly.  The guys at the shelter called him "Crash".  They went on to show us why.  After mopping the kennel floor (which was incredibly long) they called him inside.  He ran so fast he couldn't stop and crashed into the back of the cages.  Multiple times...

He's my trail riding buddy and joins me on all conditioning rides with the horses.  The first week we had him, he killed a rattlesnake about 100 feet ahead of me on trail.  I knew then he was definitely something special and he has since kept up to date with his rattlesnake shots!

Yesterday, he decided that rolling around in horse poop was the coolest thing to do..ever!  He subsequently was invited to bathe.  I pointed my finger to the bathroom and told him to go take a bath.  He immediately walked into the bathroom, and jumped into the tub.  I am not lying!  He normally hates baths, but yesterday, he apparently knew he was in deep doo doo (no pun intended) if he didn't get that smell off his hair...

Until next time,  Linda


  1. LOL!!!! That is a great post mom! I love that dog! It's even better when you (and Benson) know that you saved his life, instead of opting to buy from a breeder :) Beautiful picture of him as well :)

    God Bless!

  2. don't you LOVE it when they roll in the poop, then come up to you for a pet? or when they snack on it them come up to you to lick your hands, or worse yet, your face?
    doggie perfume!
    - The Equestrian Vagabond

  3. Merri...you hit the nail right on the head! He's exactly like that!

  4. Love it all! Pic, story...all of it! :-)