Before I met Jill, my dear friend Leslie and I were driving around Point Richmond and enjoying the scenery.
We had just finished our lunch and watching a football game at a local bar.
Leslie is a wonderful person and has a heart of gold.
Especially when it comes to doggies and kitties.
She regularly fosters them and has been known to save them off the street if they are out running wild.
She will go up to pretty much any animal and they fall in love with her immediately.
She noticed Benecio running around with a torn rope around his neck and pulled her car over to help.
Benecio is a HUGE dog.
He’s about 80 lbs or so and all muscle.
His head is massive and his jaws could easily wrap around my whole thigh if he wanted to bite me.
Leslie went over to him, started petting him, and then we walked around the area looking for his owner.
We couldn’t find the owner so Leslie put Benecio in her car, and I have to admit I was still afraid of this huge dog and what he might do, and we drove around Point Richmond looking for someone that might know who he belonged to at that time.
No one seemed to know Benecio or his owner, so we decided we to take him home and see if we could help him.
Being that the rope around his neck was torn, he must have been kept outside and we wanted to see how he’d fare with other dogs around.
Leslie had 3 different dogs at that time and Benecio got along great with all of them.
We kept him for a bit, and then our friends, Randy and Alethea, realized we had him and they were looking to adopt a dog.
We brought him over to meet them, and their son, Cyrus, and it was love at first site.
Benecio has now lived with them for about 2 years and he is a truly wonderful, loving and happy dog.
He also has been known to jump over 12 foot fences, when he sees a cat or squirrel, but otherwise is very good at following orders and commands.
He is, as far as we can tell, pit-bull. So, when people talk about how scary and mean pit-bulls are, we just think of Benecio and how sweet he is to everyone he meets.
Another reminder that everyone, and every animal, is different and to give each other a chance.