Bentley was the last pup from an unintended litter. His caretakers were Good Samaritans who took his mama dog in when she was an East Oakland stray. We met them all at one of our Owner Support events when they dropped by for spay/neuter surgeries for both dogs. We'd seen Bentley on a Craigslist pets ad and knew his family was working to find him a home, so getting him fixed before that happened was a priority.
A lucky break: This lovely photo from our day together caught the eye of a BADRAP facebook follower who was in the market for a young, spirited dog. Emails were exchanged and Bentley's new adopter traveled up the coast to meet him and his Good Sams at a Saturday Pit Ed class. He fit the bill for what she was looking for in a pup, so she brought him home to be her special boy and agility dog. The Thompson family - his Good Sams - were very happy to have finally found a responsible home.
NOTE: Several months later, as this pup reached adulthood, he developed challenging behaviors that prevented him from enjoying any kind of normal life. His adopter agonized over her decisions, then later sent news of his passing. Her immense grief told us all we needed to know: He was as loved as any dog could hope to be. Rest in peace, little buddy - and thank you, Rebecca, for loving so hard and then letting go.