||Available for adoption
||Dogs, Large Dogs
|Approx. date of birth:
||16 months old
|Spayed / Neutered:
|Good with kids:
|Good with dogs:
|Good with cats:
June 2018 update:
If you have an abundance of patience and some dog knowledge, I might be the right dog for you. Benton here. I’ve been in foster care for over a year now and am still looking for that perfect match. Over the last few months, foster mom has noticed a remarkable change in my behaviour. I’m becoming very confident and could even be considered a cuddle bug. I’m somewhat suspicious of new people but will sneak up behind you and poke you with my nose when you’re not looking. After a few minutes, I’ll allow you to pet me and rub my ears. My favourite things include playing with other dogs, patrolling the yard for those pesky magpies, chasing flies and digging in the garden. My least favourite things include being on leash. My ideal home would be a fence acreage or farm but a home with a large secure yard would also be acceptable. Having a canine buddy is a must.
Dec 2017 update:
Benton here. I’ve gained a great deal of confidence over the last while and I’ve decided living with you two legged creatures is a good thing. Foster mom says I’m very smart and my house manners are excellent (her words, not mine). I’ve also discovered that hands can do a way better job of getting to those difficult to scratch areas than paws so having my ears rubbed and scratched is heaven. I even allow new people to touch me. Toys are fantastic and I’ve starting to bring things back to foster mom when she throws them. Sounds pretty good right. Okay, there are still some challenges for me to overcome. Having a collar on is not my favourite thing and that leash is down right scary.
My ideal home must have another well balanced dog so I can continue to gain confidence. An acreage or farm would be best as this leash thing is an ongoing concern. If you think you can give me a home to call my own, I will be your faithful companion for life.
Oct 9/17: Time to introduce everyone to Benton. In rescue we see all kinds of different situations. Benton came from a home where the owner didn’t want to get attached to the litter of puppies so Benton and his two siblings were left untouched until they were surrendered to SCARS at around 8 months old. Those important first months of human contact didn’t happen making the road to becoming a balanced and happy family dog very difficult. Of the three, Benton showed the most promise and was moved into a foster home in the city so he could get some extra attention and has made some good progress.
For dogs like Benton, being touched is about the worst thing in the world. He didn’t understand the contact is good and looked upon it with suspicion. In the last couple of weeks this has gradually changed. Benton is accepting scratches and being pet and even initiates the contact. The next big step for Benton is the leash. A gradual introduction to a collar and leash has begun but like all things with Benton, he will accept on his own terms so this remains a question on how comfortable he will become with it. That’s why he would do best on a farm or acreage with another confident canine companion to help him continue to transition from feral to family member.
Benton is house trained, enjoys playing with toys and is very good with other dogs.
If you think you could provide the right environment for Benton, don’t hesitate to apply so you can meet.
Benton will only be considered for a home with another dog.