While hiking with his four dogs in a canyon north of LA, a kind man named Fredrick saw something small and scraggly move quickly across their path. "It was so dirty, it's fur so long, tangled, matted, I didn't know what it was, but it was running like a dog."
Knowing that a dog wouldn't last long in this coyote infested area, Fredrick chased after the animal. When he finally cornered it, it cowered into a little ball. Fredrick picked it up, saw it was a dog, and he took it to see their local vet.
The vet determined that the dog's throat had been slashed; the 8-pound boy was unable to make a sound. He might have been living in the wild for a week or for several months. Fredrick took him home, named him Benny, introduced the little guy to the family, which included a few dogs and a few kids, and over the course of a few weeks, Fredrick nursed Benny back to health.
When it was time, Fredrick contacted an adoption agency and Benny went to four adoption events with no luck. Maybe it was because he was such a shy little fellow, all 9 pounds of him. After a month or two, they stopped bringing Benny to adoption events and listed him for adoption on adoptapet.com. Four more months went by without the ad drawing any interest.
During the first week of January 2016, I came across Benny's photo on the adoption website, the one of him in the tub on the day that he was found, and I immediately contacted the adoption agency. There was just something about his eyes that lead me to believe that he was a special little dude. Soon after, Benny came to visit. Overnight, he and Olive Jaws ("Jaws" is a family tradition...all of our dogs have that same middle name) became fast friends and without hesitation I signed the adoption papers and welcomed Benito "Benny" Jaws into our family.
The rest is history.
Nope, I never EVER thought that I would have a little dog; I just wasn't a little dog guy, but I honestly could not be happier with him. Olive is also very pleased, as she now has her own lap dog. Benny has such an amazing, loving disposition and he is always up for anything...a trip to Mammoth to play in the snow, blazing a trail on the salt flats in Death Valley in search of the super bloom, and even learning to be an outstanding motorcycle passenger....now with skull and crossbones goggles!
I am truly a fortunate man.
See his progression in the photos below.
** Benny Update: In July 2016, Benny and his big sister moved to Florida and settled into the sleepy beach community of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. The summer humidity was tough on both dogs, but they are sensing some relief as cooler weather has begun to arrive. Benny recently learned to paddleboard and he is a regular at some of the local adult watering holes.