When Leah Minium visited the ASPCA Adoption Center with her roommate, Danielle, she was worried that they wouldn't be able to agree on the perfect pooch. As they walked along "Bark Avenue," home to the most amazing adoptable dogs in the city, Danielle reassured Leah that everything would work out fine.
"Just as she said that, we turned a corner and came face to face with Bentley, and we both instantly fell in love," Leah remembers. "Then we were worried that he wouldn't like us as much as we liked him!"
"Bentley had a pretty dramatic story," says Allison Cardona, ASPCA Director, Volunteer Program & Special Projects. "He was brought in by the Humane Law Enforcement department with his siblings, one of whom was dead. The remaining pups were starved." While Bentley was with us at the ASPCA, he attended obedience class on a very regular basis and became a volunteer favorite.
After learning of Bentley's past, Leah knew she would have to be patient while he got used to his new life. "Bentley adjusted so quickly, though," Leah marvels. "And even by the time we were halfway home, he seemed like he knew his luck was beginning to change."
Now, Bentley passes his time playing with his tire and his rope toy, and going on play dates with his favorite canine neighbor, a pit bull mix. At the end of an exhausting day, it's time for snuggling with Leah. "People stop us all the time to tell us how cute he is," she says, "and we're so grateful to have ended up with such a sweet little mama's boy."