Breed: Boston Terrier
Likes/Dislikes: Benny likes to EAT (not necessarily food).
First a little about the owner: I am originally from the Great Lake State of Michigan. After high school I joined and spent six years in the Air Force. I spent all six years stationed at Minot AFB, North Dakota. I was a medic on flying status and did search and rescues when needed. I have one save under my belt. Because of my flying status I had the opportunity to go through survival training in Spokane Washington and underwater survival in Florida. After my six years I returned home and spent nine years at McDonalds and two years with Aramark at Central Michigan University dining services. In 1994 I was diagnosed with depression, bipolar, and dysthemia (permanent, untreatable low grade depression). Now classified as a disabled vet I decided to get out of cloudy Michigan and here I am in sunny Arizona.
The dog: Benny came to me from a breeder in Missouri. I picked him out from a website and fell in love with his brindle coat. I was so happy when he arrived because I was sure what exactly what would show up if at all and what condition he would be in. Thank goodness we was in perfect health. When I decided to get a dog I did all the research to get the best match for me. Boston Terriers, easy to care for, smart and easy to train, moderate walks. Benny didn’t read the same books I did, ha ha. We started with Petsmart puppy classes where he received a sympathy certificate because he wouldn’t lay down. The moderate walks were added to daily park times, and he still was on the go non stop. Then we tried a day camp training place that resulted in no result. With one last try and reviewing all the internet sites, Sit Means Sit came to the rescue. Training went great for the most part understanding that Benny likes to put his own little twist to the commands. We got to the end of the beginner classes and we had to demonstrate the manual down position. Benny was not going to have anything to with that. Two months later I won the battle and we continued on. I am now 100% confident with him off leash and getting his CGC has been icing on the cake.
Benny plays such a big role in my life. If it wasn’t for him, I might not get out of bed some days. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for him.