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Pet of the Week
Plenty of Benny!
Benny is a sweet, young, expressive boy. He currently resides in a foster home with four dogs, two kids (9 and 12) and an occasional cat visitor. This youngster has a great attitude and strong desire to please. In his few weeks in foster he was won everyone over, even the ornery resident elder dog.
At 11 months old Benny would be an ideal partner for an active person, particularly if you run, hike, or spend time on the beach. We haven't seen him swim yet but he likes to romp in the surf. He has great recall and trail manners - surprising for a dog his age. He likes to stay close to his people and other dogs, but is a friendly guy with everyone he meets. He responds quickly to clear voice commands and demonstrates a high level of attentiveness to his human companions. Both at the shelter and in foster, he has proven himself to be extremely dog social; he loves everybody and, though he can be persistent with dogs about play, he is happy to be bossed around. Benny makes fast friends and does what he can to be a good buddy. It is such a joy to see people who are initially skeptical about pit bull type dogs realize what a truly sweet, peace-loving dog he is.
Benny is happiest if his day starts and ends with an active pursuit. Like any young, athletic dog, his exercise needs are significant. When properly exercised he is a pleasure in the house, playing with his toys or other dogs. Benny would thrive with another playful dog (or two) and he is good with dogs of all sizes. He is a large dog, weighing in at 60 lbs., and still pretty skinny. He has big floppy lips and makes a mess at the water bowl, but he more than makes up for it with his eagerness to please and big warm eyes. He sleeps hard and is used to cuddling up with the other dogs and people. He is physically demonstrative and sometimes clumsy. He likes to drape himself across your lap if you are watching TV, or curl up in a ball next to you. His eagerness and enthusiasm combined with his size and age make for some pretty amusing scenarios. That said, he would probably do better with larger kids or kids who won't be phased by a wagging tail in the face.
If you are interested in adopting or in becoming a volunteer or a foster home or are looking for a lost pet, visit the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter! We are so grateful for donations, which help support and sustain the important programs and services we provide. Donations are tax-deductible (Tax ID# 90-0039494).
The Santa Cruz shelter at 2200 Seventh Avenue is open noon to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5:00 on Saturday and Sunday and closed on Mondays. The Watsonville shelter at 580 Airport Blvd. is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday, closed noon to 1 p.m. for lunch. Call 454 7303, ext. 0, for more information.