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Dog Loves Bench Sitters

--by jojan2456, posted Jun 24, 2021
My daughter and her husband live only a few blocks from me. When they're at work and school, I take the dog for walks. Ben is a miniature long-haired dachshund who loves people. He doesn't jump up, and he rarely barks, but when we're out walking he approaches every person we pass as a potential friend.

Ben seems particularly drawn to elderly people sitting on benches. Even if they've made no move toward him, he'll bounce right up, sit on their feet, and gaze adoringly at them while they scratch his head. You can see their perception shift.

Ben did this with an old gentleman who was just sitting quietly, doing nothing. He looked so lonely. After Ben's little visit, he looked up at me with a big smile on his face and said, "Well that just changed my day."
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chinu wrote: Loved the post!
wavingatyou wrote: Puppy dogs are God's way of saying He loves us and wants us to be happy :)
pluto178 wrote: I have seen dogs visit nursing homes and lift the spirits of the people there....little Gods they are. Dachshunds are particularly intelligent as a breed too. x
mindyjourney wrote: Sounds as if Ben is a natural helper/therapy dog :)). Blessings to you and Ben, my friend.
Mish wrote: Aww...our Holden was a love-angel like Ben too. Dogs are love. Bless Ben x
Mish wrote: our golden (not Holden) :)))))
MariaZ wrote: You are so lucky with your dog :) And people around you are blessed because you share this happiness with them :) Please keep walking Bem out and meeting people :)! Many hugs and kisses!

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