Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Brave Ben

This week, I left Ari curled up in front of the woodstove and headed to Ottawa, Ontario, home of the National Archives of Canada. But today, no one is talking about dusty old files from the nineteenth century. Nope. They're talking about this guy:


Meet Ben. He's a lab mix who is making headlines across Ontario today. More importantly, he's a guy with a heartwrenching story and an admirable spirit. Ben arrived at a Quebec shelter late last week with his four littermates. His 'owners' claimed that his missing front leg was a birth defect, but the shelter vet soon discovered that someone--either as an accident or deliberate act--cut off most of it. Remarkably, Ben has remained a playful, friendly pup in spite of this cruelty and the discomfort that comes from a shattered bone in his shoulder.
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The SPCA is accepting donations for a surgery that will hopefully undo some of this damage and make him more comfortable (although, obviously, no one will be able to replace his paw and forearm). After he recovers, Ben will be looking for a permanent home.
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Even if you're not able to donate to Ben's cause, I hope you'll read his full story by clicking here.
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Take good care, dogs. It can be a mean world out there.

17 comments:

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Tank woo fur sharing this bittersweet story.

Turbo is khorrekht: people are stoooopid.

Healing thoughts being sent to Khanada fur Ben!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Marigold said...

Poor, Ben! I hope he finds a wonderful, forever home with lots of dog cookies...or even Peanuts, if he likes them.

By the way, Ari...I'm polishing up my binoculars for next week. :)

Dakota said...

We're asking St Francis to watch over Ben. Thanks for letting us know.

Dakota and The Mom

Lorenza said...

Paws crossed for Ben!
Thanks for sharing his story!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

The Army of Four said...

That is so sad! There's a special place in you-know-where waiting for people who do that kind of thing!
Tail wags,
Storms

YD said...

Some humans are so cruel like that! I can't stand it. Just like I had recently posted, I can't volunteer at an animal shelter or rescue group because I won't be able to handle it, especially cruelty cases. I would end up in prison because I strongly believe giving the same exact cruel treatments back to the abusers and let them suffer.
I hope Ben will recover soon and find a loving family.

Tracey and Huffle said...

I hope that the person who did that to Ben suffers a lot, later in life. That's awful.

Huffle Mawson

Kess And Her Mama said...

What an incredibly cruel thing to do. Fortunately, Ben has incredibly risen above man's cruelty. Hope he finds a good home.

Southbay Girl said...

Sometimes I hate people!!! Who would do that to an innocent pup!! Makes me sick!!!

It's so wonderful to know that even after such a traumatic event, Ben is still a loving playful pup. We should all learn from that!

Kapp pack said...

Thank for sharing! We'll send some Sibe Vibes to Ben for quick recovery!

Butt wiggles, Meadow

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

OH the poor little guy..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Southbay Girl said...

Ari, is your mom back from Canada? Just wondering about Ben!!

Velcro

The Daily Echo said...

Mom assures us that people that harm animals for the fun of it will someday have to answer to a higher power. We hope she's right. We're sending lots of Sibe Vibes for Ben. He's safe now.
ECHO

umekotyan said...

Good evening Ari.
Very, it is a sad thing.
It cannot be permitted to maltreat it as a person.
I pray for the success in the operation.
I want you to be found a good owner and.
A wonderful weekend with the miso soup. :)

from loved ume tyan

John Theberge said...

It's unfortunate there are people out there that would do this to a dog. My vet told me animals have a whole different tolerance to pain than people do, that's why he remains playful.

JB's Big World said...

This is just an awful story, how can humans be so cruel?
--JB

Jan's Funny Farm said...

This makes us so angry! Some people are so cruel. We hope this puppy gets a loving forever home!