As a racing dog his name was BW BALLYS BOY.
At the Racing Dog Retirement Project in Myakka, FL he temporary name was PETEY (Americans please note the old TV series "Little Rascals" for the Petey Reference).
He came to share my home today. His name is now BEN (Partly because it is a good strong name in its own right, partly in honour of our dear and good friend Ben Morse who died last December).
Ben and I had a home visit last Wednesday. That was a great success, so Geri from RDRP brought him to my home today to complete the adoption.
When she left my home poor Ben whimpered in distress. I took him outside, and the poor child kept looking for her.
Later in the day I took Ben for a ride in my car, and as soon as we got back home he settled down with me and ceased to whimper.
Here's what I know on day one.
He is a handsome lad!
He and the cat are ignoring each other.
He loves to ride in the car.
He walks fairly well, but is easily distracted by scents and sights.
He does very well with other dogs.
As we walked this late afternoon we met a cluster of four dogs - Louis and Vittone, (male Standard Poodles who live with my friend Rick); and Kate and Annie - (female Labradors who live with my friend John). Ben was utterly relaxed and at home with these four new friends.
(Rick and John are a married couple).
I went out this evening without for about 90 minutes, so he had to be caged.
He entered his cage without protest. He did not trash his bed as Geri had feared, He was cool and relaxed when I got back home.
He is eating, drinking, peeing and pooping quite normally.
Today has been a good beginning for what I believe will be a great friendship.
And did I mention that "He is a handsome lad? !"
|Ben on my Lanai|
|Regal looking Ben on my Lanai|
|Ben on his bed in my Office/Bedroom|
|Ben, in my kitchen, deigning to stand,|