THE MANY FACES OF BENNY

Benny was a scared dog when we met

Benny was a scared dog when we met

 

When I met Benny, he had a very different face

He never looked you right in the eye

He always looked at you out of the corner of his eye

Other dogs made fun of him

Benny had been groomed with poofs on his feet!

Benny had been groomed with poofs on his feet!

Because he had a funny haircut

Because he was always putting his head down

And turned away from everyone

Because he curled up in a ball

Even when he was sharing the stroller with Kirby

People made fun of him

Because he was afraid of the leash

Because he didn’t sit like other dogs

Benny held a treat in his mouth forever

Benny held a treat in his mouth forever

Because he liked to hold his treat in his mouth before eating it

Because when he lay down his legs spread out flat behind him like a pancake

Some people thought he was a bad dog

They thought he barked too much

Benny ducked low in the stroller

Benny ducked low in the stroller

They thought he was stupid

But he was just misunderstood

Have you ever been misunderstood?

Have people ever thought something about you … that you knew wasn’t true?

Benny was so misunderstood

Benny was so misunderstood

That’s what Benny was – misunderstood

While some people thought he was UNFRIENDLY, he was really SHY

And while some people thought he was MEAN, he was scared

Benny sat differently than other dogs

Benny sat differently than other dogs

And while some people thought he was STUPID, he just learned in a different way

And while Benny did not think he was worthy of being loved… Sue and Kirby knew he was

Benny could not learn if you yelled at him or said something over and over and over again

But Benny wanted to trust people and be a good dog

But Benny wanted to trust people and be a good dog

 

Benny learned best when you were PATIENT with him

And gave him lots of praise and

Told him he was a Good Boy

When Benny heard praise he LOOKED UP and straight into your eyes

With LOVE and TRUST

That’s how Benny’s face changed

The meanness and fear left his face and he SMILED

And when he SMILED people thought differently of him

They saw his beauty and joy and love

And people and dogs did not misunderstand him anymore

Benny learned how to be a happy dog and loved his brother Kirby

Benny learned how to be a happy dog and loved his brother Kirby

Benny is the most natural therapy dog

Benny is the most natural therapy dog

Because he was now a LOVE DOG