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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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    January 18, 2019

    Only bring what you really want

    I’m excited! It’s the fresh start of a brand-new year! It’s a clean slate, and to this pup that means moving forward with only the things that make me happy, loving and wise. We dogs are really good at that, since we tend to live in the moment. I try to teach my human to do this, but she and the other humans I’ve met are not particularly skilled when it comes to letting go. They ruminate about the past, nurse old …

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    January 3, 2019

    Benny H.’s top ten New Year’s resolutions

    New Year’s resolutions are not popular in the dog world. After all, we dogs know it’s best to live in the moment and don’t typically plan resolutions too far into the future. However, I’ve overheard my human discussing them with her friends. Their collective list of resolutions seems typical for humans. Losing weight tops the list, along with quitting smoking and exercising more. It all sounds very straightforward…

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    December 21, 2018

    The three types of 'holiday humans' I've observed

    I can’t help but notice all the festive decorations when my human takes me on leash walks downtown. Red ribbons, blinking lights, and chubby, bearded men all dressed up in red! Where did they come from and why are they here? It’s somewhat concerning, but people seem happy about it, so I’ll go with the flow. I think it has something to do with a special time of year, maybe “holiday time,” as I have heard the words …

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    December 7, 2018

    I introduce myself and tell how I came to be writing this column

    My name is Benny H. and I’m going to do my best to write a biweekly column that shares my unique view of the world, my philosophy of life and how I navigate my struggles. And I’m hoping that it will be of value to you, because it will be a different way of looking at things. You see, I’m almost certain that you and I don’t share the same approach, perspective or learning curve, because unlike you, I’m a dog. Pleas…

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