FOSTERED IN Alexandria, VA
FOSTERED IN ALEXANDRIA, VA
Meet Benton! NO CATS!
This handsome fellow was abandoned at a shelter in southwestern Virginia in very poor condition. Nothing is known about his past, but our representative in that area recognized him as a “diamond in the rough” and knew that Mutts Matter Rescue would be able to find him a wonderful new home. Benton has the face, markings and big personality of a Boston Terrier, but he is a bit taller than the average for that breed, and does not have a docked tail. He may be a non-standard Boston, or else a mix of a Boston Terrier and some other breed. He currently weighs 21 pounds, but is a bit thin. We’ve been giving him extra rations since the vet would like to see him weigh about 25 pounds. We cannot be certain of his exact age, but do know that he is a young dog. Our vets have estimated him to be no more than 2-3 years old, and still has a very puppy-like playfulness.
Benton arrived at the shelter with some hair loss due to a non-contagious skin condition. After treatment with oral medications and medicated baths, his coat has grown in as a glossy, beautiful brindle color. He has been neutered, brought up to date on his vaccinations and has tested negative for heart worm.
Benton's foster parents say that whoever neglected and then abandoned Benton lost out on one great little dog. He is a wonderfully funny companion, who adores getting attention and will be a great companion to some lucky family. He is smart, playful, loyal and loving.
He is a total snuggler and loves to curl up with his foster parents. He is especially fond of people and loves to nuzzle in next to his foster parents for movie night. In fact, Benton loves any soft place he can snuggle, roll over and get belly rubs. He loves to curl up in a pile of clean laundry. If there is a welcoming lap, a pile of clothes or a dog bed anywhere in the vicinity, Benton is going to find it. Like most Boston Terriers, Benton snores, wheezes, snorts and makes all matter of funny noises. He doesn’t bark often, but when he does it’s a sort of muffled “harf harf” sound.
Benton is in a foster home with other small dogs His first foster home had cats, and he sometimes chased after them. Whether it was his idea of play, or something more sinister, we’re not sure. He’s now in a feline-free environment, and to be on the safe side, we will not place him in a home with cats.
Benton is a sturdy, energetic, silly boy with a charming personality. He thrives on attention. He loves to play with his foster parents, will play with some toys and will often initiate play with the other dogs. He has not been destructive in his foster home, but should be crated when left alone in the house to reinforce his house training. His foster parents work full time and have a mid-day dog walker. Benton is not house trained at this time, but he is working hard at house manners. He is also walking well on a leash. His new family should expect to continue his training in both areas once he is adopted. He would benefit from some obedience training. This type of training helps not only the dog, but strengthens the bond between the dog and his new person.
Benton's perfect home would be one that has a fenced yard, another similar sized dog in the home, and no children under the age of 8 years. He needs either a yard or an owner committed to providing him with regular exercise to burn off that energy and who will continue to work on his house manners. It would be best if there was a stay at home parent or a parent working part time. If this is not possible, crate training and a mid-day dog walker is an absolute must for this young fellow. He would need 2 breaks with a dog walker each day until he has mastered his house manners. Please consider this added expense before applying for Benton. Eventually, one break a day with a dog walker would be fine for Benton, but he will need the added break until he settles into a routine.
If you are interested in Benton, and would like to welcome him and his fun loving personality into your heart and home, please apply for him today.
My adoption fee is $400, which covers the cost of routine vetting, rabies and distemper/parvo vaccinations, deworming, spay/neuter surgery, heart worm testing, my microchip, monthly heartworm prevention, monthly flea/tick prevention, and any transport costs if applicable.
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