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Benny H. is a 7-year-old mixed-breed dog who enjoys writing, meeting new people, and providing companionship to his loving adopter, Liz Hoffmann. They live in Connecticut. Liz has extensive experience in sales, marketing, and opening her heart to shelter animals.

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  • Published
    July 30, 2020

    It can happen to the best of us

    If you’ve ever read my column, then you know that I’m an upbeat, glass-half-full, happy kind of guy. With that said, even I have my bad days. And last Saturday was one of them. It all started out innocently enough with a car ride. Car rides are almost always great things and I was very excited about going on one! It seemed a bit odd that my German Shepherd sister Ilsa was not invited, but hey, I love alone time …

  • Published
    July 16, 2020

    Bedtime excitement

    I’ve probably mentioned to you in the past that I live with three cats. My human adopted two of them and found the third dumped in the woods when he was a tiny kitten. That was almost 17 years ago and so he’s a senior now and he’s my favorite. I do love them all, but the youngest cat often irritates me. Her name is Mrs. Peel. She’s solid black, nine years old, and is quite the character. She’s got a huge personali…

  • Published
    July 2, 2020

    Remembering back when

    As I sit here with my stuffed toy bumblebee, casually licking my paws, I glance over at my human. She’s deep in thought and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing. You see, being home so much due to this pandemic has provided lots of extra time for introspection. You know; almost all humans do it. You may even do it. It consists of reflecting back over the past and what you could have done differently. Like my …

  • Published
    June 3, 2020

    So many interesting smells!

    I am happy to report that my human started venturing out with us! Yay! While she still wears that muzzle-type thing on her face, we are going more places and doing more things. It does my heart good since I love to sniff new smells, see new sights and enjoy new adventures. While many humans read books and watch television, we dogs depend on our snouts to provide us with entertainment. Every time we smell a new …

  • Published
    May 18, 2020

    What is quarantine?

    In my last column, I described for you my experiences during this strange time, about the never-ending walks with my human and how we never leave the neighborhood. I’ve also realized that I took some simple things for granted; like seeing my four-legged pals at the dog park and meeting new humans. But to stay upbeat, I’ve taken on some new activities. I’ve been diligently working with the cats, trying to teach …

  • Published
    May 6, 2020

    Gratitude goes deeper during strange times

    Hello everyone! I’ve missed you and am so glad to be back. Please know that even though you can’t see me at this precise moment, I’m likely wagging my tail. It’s been a very strange time for everyone, and that includes me, my four-legged siblings and my human. She told me it’s because there is a bad sickness out there, and lots of people are scared. I feel scared for all of us too, but even with that, there have …

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    March 24, 2020

    I offer you what I can

    Dear beloved readers, I have a confession to make, and that confession is that I really struggled with what to write about for my column this week. That’s certainly not the norm, since usually, my human cannot shut me up. But this time it was different. Because when I write about things, I’m always totally honest. That’s how we dogs roll. We don’t know how to lie, and we wouldn’t even if we could. So honestly, I …

  • Published
    March 11, 2020

    Oh my! What love can do!

    At night, I often ask my human to tell me a bedtime story. She always obliges and tells me about the day she adopted me. I love hearing about how she went to the shelter and reminisces about the moment when she chose me. That was the best and most important day of my life, since everything changed for the better. But last night, when I asked her to tell me a story, she told me a different one. It was about an old …

  • Published
    February 26, 2020

    Two wooden boxes

    My human has two small wooden boxes on the night table next to her bed and I asked her what they were for. She got a serious look on her face and sat down to talk to me. “Benny, my dear, in those boxes are the ashes of my two beloved companions, my Sampson and my Spanky,” I wasn’t sure what she meant, although I’ve heard her reference Sampson and Spanky many times before. Sampson was the very first dog that she …

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    February 13, 2020

    We all know a “Mrs. Peel”

    I haven’t shared much with you about my siblings, since I’m much more of a private pup than you might think. Perhaps it’s because one cat siblings is actually my Nemesis. Her name is Mrs. Peel. I capitalize Nemesis because my human told me that there was an actual Nemesis in Greek mythology. She was the Goddess of retribution and would take care of things when anyone succumbed to “hubris.” I’m not sure what that …

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