Bentley joined our family
on July 31, 1999. He was thirteen weeks old and just as cute as a button.
His breeder, Jean Wilson (TJ
Shelties) had nicknamed him "Matt," because he loved to sleep and just
laid around her house like a doormat for most of the day! Well, that sure
didn't last long in our house.
Within forty-eight hours of coming home, he was shooting around the house
like a little rocket! Bentley definitely liked being the center of attention.
He had a tough first few weeks in our house. Our older sheltie,
Scooter, had been an only dog for
twelve years, and he wasn't too sure that he wanted another dog in the house.
So, for the first month or so, all of Bentley's overtures to Scooter went
unanswered. One day, however, everything just clicked for the two of them,
and they played happily together from that day forward.
Bentley is probably the smartest sheltie that I've
ever owned, and he LOVES to work! Bentley competed in his first obedience
trial on April 6, 2002, and on June 21, 2002 he finished his CD in style
at the Three Rivers Shetland Sheepdog Club Specialty in Pittsburgh.
In addition to earning his third CD leg, he also received the High Scoring
Novice Award that day. Bentley is our first obedience titlist, and we are
very proud of what he has accomplished!
Bentley is our empathetic sheltie. He is very sensitive to the feelings of
other dogs and people. When we brought Parker home after having him neutered,
Bentley circled Parker's crate for an hour howling and crying the entire
time. He stopped only long enough to put his paw thru the crate bars to touch
Parker's back as if to say, "it's okay buddy!" We call him "our gentle giant."
A story about "Mr. B" is featured in Kim Dearth's book, " The Compassion
of Dogs." The book was published in the fall of 2002, and Bentley was delighted
to see his name in print!
Bentley loves to yodel. Whenever he is excited or pleased about something,
he throws back his head and lets loose with one of his trademark yodels.
You know you're doing something right whenever he bestows a double or triple
yodel on you!
Deaming of a white Christmas...and some new dog bones!! <G>
When you're almost 14 years old, afternoon naps are just the ticket for cold
~ A Time For Tales ~
Bentley participates in a reading program for children called "A Time for
Tales" through our local library system.
He loves having children read to him, and here are a few photos of Bentley
Our beloved Mr. B celebrated his 14th birthday on April 29, 2013, and
that evening, we tearfully sent him on his final journey.
He left this world laying under his favorite tree on a blanket overlooking
the horse pasture next door.
The birds were singing, and everything was so green and pretty. His passing
was peaceful and loving.
When he was diagnosed with liver failure in the fall of 2012, we never
expected him to survive the
holidays much less be here at the end of April. He blessed us with far more
extra time than
we ever expected, and we're very grateful for each and every one of those
Mr. B was such a kind and loving soul. He will be sorely missed by many
people and dogs!