Meet Our Doggy Playmate: Benni the St. Berdoodle at Capitol Location
Benni hates ice. He hates it so much that one slippery winter he got half-way across a large frozen-over section of sidewalk, found a clear spot and sat down. His mom, Honora, couldn’t persuade him to move. He was a 40-pound oblong-shaped puppy who was just going to wait it out until spring. (We’ve all wanted to do that, admit it.) “I ended up sitting there for a good chunk of time contemplating how we would both get out of that situation,” Honora laughed. She was finally able to convince him there was nothing for it but to walk out. “Since then he’ll only walk on the boulevards, no matter how high the snow is, while I walk on the treacherous sidewalk.”
Benni is about 1 1/2 years old, and he’s a mix of Saint Bernard and Standard Poodle…the St. Berdoodle. His unusual coat combination means he sports a curly frohawk in the winter and in the summer he’s like a short-haired Saint Bernard.
When Benni Dog Days After Hours
At home, Benni loves to sleep in awkward positions that take up as much space as possible while his tongue hangs out of his mouth. He is not a cuddler, but he wants to be where his humans are. One of his favorite games is a unique form of keep-away. He tries to trip humans who have his toys by curling his paw around their arms or legs.
Benni also hates getting out of bed. “I cannot convince this dog to get up in the morning to save my life,” Honora said. “It takes a lot of motivation to get him from wherever he has plopped down to the car. Of course, as soon as we get to Dog Days he acts as if he’s been up and ready all morning.”
He’s been coming to Dog Days Capitol location for a little more than a year. His mom did a lot of research before signing Benni up. “I love that they separate the dogs based on their play style and age, and how friendly the staff is,” she said. “Honestly we’re so thankful Dog Days would take our goofball 4-month-old puppy.”
Give Benni and his frohawk a smile when you see him, but be prepared for some trash talk when you see him. “I want everyone to know that if you meet him going into or out of Dog Days he’s just a vocal guy and really doesn’t mean what he says.”
Stubborn attitude, all show, and no go. Just like an icy sidewalk.
Written by Ann Warren of Blue Box Word Service, LLC. Photos courtesy of Benni’s mom
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