Benson James "Boof" Warren
Benson came into our family by way of The Animal Rehoming
Service in 2006. He was renamed from his original as he had issues
with it whenever it was spoken. From that moment we knew that we
had a special needs dog on our hands. His tough start to life has
been a legacy that he has carried throughout and we are still discovering
some of the many facets of that beginning.
We didnt need another animal. Our small townhouse was already
home to Tali, another golden retriever, three cats and a rabbit.
Each one had been rescued.
It soon became evident the extent that Benson had been beaten
and it took a while for him to trust people, particularly men. He
is still absolutely terrified of certain sounds that he obviously
associates with his old life. One day he was on the front seat of
our van when visiting a storage facility. The sound of the roller
door sent him rushing into the back of the van, cowering and trembling.
How anyone could have been cruel to this handsome and affectionate
boy is beyond our comprehension.
There is nothing delicate about Benson or Boof as he
has been nicknamed, but he is beautiful. He gets along very well
with the other furry family members, even allowing the rabbit to
jump on his back.
He quickly became the boss of Tali who is much more reserved and
indeed, timid in nature but they have formed a strong bond, playing
together for hours each day and cuddling together for afternoon
naps. He doesnt like male undesexed dogs so we have to be
careful to keep him on his lead at all times but we cope with that
and we feel Benson is happier having boundaries. We also ask that
people approach him slowly and pat him under his chin so he doesnt
feel threatened by hands approaching the top of his head.
Benson has a great lifestyle including early morning walks down
the old stock route in Kensington with his canine friends, Friday
night get-togethers with neighbours and Saturday morning shopping
at the Queen Victoria Market, where he has his group of regular
admirers who he entertains with his teddy bear impersonations. We
love Benson a lot and adopting him was a great decision. He craves
affection more than any animal we have ever known and he deserves
every bit of love that he gets.
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