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About Benji

Hi, I'm Benji! I came to the SPCA after being a stray. I am a special guy, looking for a home that will put my needs first. I have won the hearts of so many people that have taken the time to get to know me, and the staff say it has been so rewarding to see my progress!

Originally, I put the staff through quite a learning curve and I have definitely tested their sanity... however, after months of getting to know me and learning my triggers, I am a whole different dog! The first thing I did when I got to the shelter was teach the staff that the dog run they have attached to my room was not completely escape-proof. There was a small gap between the chain link fence and the roof about 6 feet up, so I showed off my climbing skills and my "I-can-fit-through-anything-if-I-think-small-enough" skills. My new home will need to take extra precautions to keep me safe, so I don't show off my Houdini act. While I have come a long way in learning how to communicate with humans, I still sometimes like to use my voice and some mouthing to get what I want, especially if I don't fully trust you yet. The staff have spent a lot of time working with me to try to navigate my attitude and it's teaching me that I can't always get my way. I'm beginning to understand if I am a calm I get to go on big walks and get lots of belly rubs! I am not a fan of new people, and want strangers to know that I don't trust them. While my bark can sound scary, it comes from a place of fear of strangers. I do warm up to new people if we take nice long walks and they respect my space until I feel completely comfortable. Treats also help loads! This is something my new home will have to do with each new person that I meet. A muzzle has been a great tool to help me with meeting new people, so that everybody is safe, and I don't mind my muzzle at all - I get lots of tasty snacks while I have it on!

All in all, I am a young guy that just needs some consistency and routine in my life. A home with a very experienced dog owner is where I would like to go. I LOVE being active and I lots of outdoor time will help my anxiety. I currently enjoy runs in the woods, and sticks are my absolute favourite! Tiny humans aren't for me, now or in the future (including visiting children or neighbours). While I am wary of strange humans, I become fast friends with every dog I meet! A home with another dog to show me that humans aren't scary will be very beneficial for me, and so that I have a playmate. It will make my life and your life much better! I need a home that doesn't mind putting my needs first - especially for the first while. Once I bond with you I am an absolute delight and I will be your best friend, and am the most loving and loyal dog you may ever meet!

***Please do not apply for Benji if you are a first time dog owner. Benji's adoption process will be slow and will require multiple visits, walks and training sessions with our staff, over several months. Once enough shelter visits have been completed we will continue forward with home visits and a "foster with intent to adopt" mentality. No kids, and no cats (strong prey drive towards small animals)***

Interested?! Please fill out our adoption application (https://www.bowvalleyspca.org/adopt/adopn-application/) and submit to adopt@bowvalleyspca.org. Upon approval you will be contacted to arrange an appointment time!