Tuesday, 11 March 2008

My beautiful bridge brother...

I have been wondering why Mum spends so much time over at Sherman's Place coo-ing over him... but suddenly all has become clear..

Take a look at this handsome boy..

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see a resemblance to anyone??

This is Ben (yes.. another Ben!!)

Ben was Mum & Dad's furry friend but sadly he went to the bridge on the 14th January 2006 when he was almost 16 years old.
Ben was a rescue doggy just like me and he was 8 months old when Mum brought him home.
He was Rottweiler X GSD and Mum says he was the most loving, faithful boy ever (Hey Mum... I'm getting there!!)
Mum and Dad were so sad when Ben had to leave that they decided they didn't want another dog. They started to look after other peoples pets instead.

They looked after Max (Another Rottie) while his Dad was away serving in Iraq/Afghanistan and they looked after Jasper (A Red Persian Cat) while grandma went away on holidays.

Then in the New Year they were surfing the web looking for a memorial page they had set up for Ben and they clicked on a link to a forum where details of me and my sad story had been posted. This lead Mum to the Pawz For Thought site where she found out more about me. Dad says that Mum kept going back to the site and after a few days she decided to make contact with the charity and find out more. They sent Mum a questionaire and initially Mum tried to ignore it, but after a few days Mum filled it in and sent it off, a little while later a lady from the charity called Mum and they spoke about me for a while. The more Mum heard the more her heart tugged and eventually she and Dad decided that they would do everything they could to give me a home.

the rest is history as they say .. but

Mum has this notion that fate (and Ben) led her to me that day, If the charity hadn't named me Ben then Mum would never have stumbled across my details, If Mum's laptop had been plugged in that Day she wouldn't have been googling to find Ben's site as it is in her favourites on her laptop... and so on.
Apparently I share many little quirks with my bridge brother and namesake and Mum says that in many ways I heal her heart.

Mum told me today that only a VERY VERY VERY special dog could have made her change her mind about having another dog for keeps.

so that makes me.... VERY VERY VERY special!!

Ben xxxxxxx


Mack said...

It was all meant to be!
Ben is very handsome. Mom still misses her Rottie, Bella.
But now she's got me. Quit laughing Mom!

Maggie & Mitch said...

What a sweet story, Ben! Your brother Ben was quite a handsome boy too!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

The Brat Pack said...

What a wonderful story, thank you for telling us. :) Your brother was very cute and I'm sure he knows how much he was loved.


PS Sherman reminds us of our brother Dakota too

Ferndoggle said...

Oh my DoG! Ben was one good looking guy! Sounds like you've got some big shoes to fill dude. I'm sure you're gonna do just fine.

Mom says I'm a Rotti/Shepherd/baked potatoX. Hmmm, I've never met a baked potato dog but that must be where I get my big bones.


Albert said...

Hi Ben - Thanks for stopping by my blog at theurbandog.blogspot.com!
It's great to have friends all over the world! Once the 2-leggeds get Obama elected and Bush out of the WH - maybe 2-leggeds will have more friends around the world! Peace, pups!
Albert - the urban dog
from St. Louis

Gus said...

What a lovely story. We think you and your mum were meant to be together too. Aren't rescues wonderful?


Lady Kaos said...

Awwww, what a sweet story. Mom had a bad experience with a Rottie once and they make her nervous, but you are totally melting her heart and she loves the comments you leave on my blog. I have a feeling her nervousness around Rotties will be going away soon.

Asta said...

I'm so vewy glad to meet you!!! and what a wondewful stowy, you won youw pawents heawt fow suwe and youw bwuvvew Ben suwely helped..Mommi's eyes get leaky when she weads this kind of stowy..I just jump fow joy that you found such a wondewful fuwwevew home!
smoochie kisses,Asta

Gus and Louie said...

You are a very lucky dog and faith was going your way.. How could your Mom and Dad resist another Ben!!!

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus and Louie

Pippa said...

We like that story. And first Ben looks so gorgeous.
Pippa (and mistress)

Stella said...

Hey, Ben!

Thanks for stopping by GooberStan and saying hello. My girl thinks Rotti's are gorgeous, and so the ahhhing and ooooohing are going both ways here.

I love the story about your bridge brother. My girl had a similar story just a year ago when her sweet Airegirl, Rosie, went to the bridge in February. She thought she'd never love another pup again, she hurt so much. Then, while surfing the internet for Airedale stuff she stumbled on Bogart & Sunshade's blogs, and over the next couple of weeks fell in love again, and realized she needed to adopt another rescue dale.

Our 1 year anniversary (of my adoption) is St Patrick's Day! My life has never been the same since (neither has hers).

Goober love & smooches,

Stanley said...

By the way, Ben. That last comment was from me, Stanley. I didn't realize my sissy, Stella, was already signed onto my pooter.

Sorry for the confusion.


Asta said...

Hi VewyVewy special Ben

I do thin you awe!!! and vewy handsome like youw bwuvvew too!
We'we having a gweat time on ouw adventoowe..thewe's mowe to come
smoochie kisses,Asta