A ‘Plain Vanilla’ Hero
When an acquaintance first showed me a picture of Bentley on the Muddy Paws website, she stated, ‘This dog is like plain vanilla. He’s nothing special, so don’t worry, he won’t be adopted quickly.’
She couldn’t have been further from the truth.
When we first met Bentley in November, he was anxious and quiet. His trip from Alabama had clearly worn him out, and he wasn’t sure how to react to us. We quickly took him home and introduced him to his first toys, and hoped for the best as new dog owners.
The first few weeks were quite a trial. We had many poop accidents, including at a friend’s house, incessant barking, and adjustments to his routine in general. However, sure enough, Bentley began to warm up to us. Within a week he was following me everywhere, including the bathroom! And he began to cuddle with us every opportunity he got. By about a month’s time, he had fully adjusted to home life with us, and we felt as proud and happy as could be.
It was only after about a year, that I truly recognized the power of unconditional love. I became pregnant in February of 2017. Unfortunately, the journey was very difficult. I was fraught with worry over many complications that I faced with my pregnancy. I would regularly come home from my prenatal appointments in tears. Fortunately, I had a friend beside me…always. Bentley did not need to understand my language to know what I was feeling. One particularly rough day, he climbed into my lap, licked my tears, and put his head down on my stomach. It was as though he knew exactly what to say, without saying anything at all. I can’t begin to describe the comfort I felt in that moment. I knew that I would never be alone through everything I was facing.
Bentley is anything but plain vanilla. He is a unique, quirky, and unconditionally faithful member of our family. Imagine how many more Bentleys are on the streets, just waiting to help their humans with their affection and licks. I hope to help others understand the power of unconditional love, by rescuing more of these heroes from the streets. Please help me meet my goal!