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Some of the dogs in our program are adopted before we get to know them. Some stay longer but require several weeks to show their character. Some dogs receive additional evaluations and training by professionals if needed.
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Bentley was adopted from MPR as a puppy in 2015 and grew up in a loving family with young children. His world came crashing down on him this spring when the owners lost their home and had to move. Circumstances out of their control prevented them to bring Bentley with them. Poor boy is now forced to live at the shelter, anxiously hoping that someone will give him another chance. Sadly, being homeless is not the only hardship Bentley is currently facing...
Adoption Fee: $100
Breed: Pit Bull mix
Age: 5-7 yo
Weight: 55-65 lbs
Bentley was diagnosed with luxated patella's in both knees. We initially thought he would need extensive surgeries to fix, but due to the length of time he has lived with this condition, a surgery was no longer the best course of action. Our vet determined a better path forward for the big guy. Bentley is now receiving "Prolotherapy" once a month. An injection-based treatment used in chronic musculoskeletal conditions. The knees are injected with a dextrose solution to trigger the body's healing response. Once activated, the body will start to strengthen and repair damaged ligaments in the joint. In general, 4 to 6 injections are needed and the prognosis is hopeful.
We realize that adopting a dog diagnosed with a costly condition might discourage people from applying for this sweet boy. MPR wants to give Bentley all the chances he can get to find the home he deserves so we are committed to covering the cost of his prolotherapy for up to 6 injections.
Please don't let Bentley's knees issue be a deterrent for giving him the home he desperately longs for. This boy hates being homeless.
Even if you can't adopt Bentley, you can still help save his life by donating for his care. This would be much appreciated, as the cost of prolotherapy is about $300 per injection (including sedation).
Bentley is a tall and lean gentleman with a gorgeous copper/gold coat.
Current Living Situation:
Bentley had a hard time adapting to shelter life, but he's doing better now. Unlike dogs that come to us after escaping a bad situation, Bentley had been a well-cared-for family companion for as long as he can remember. Losing his loved ones completely devastated him and broke his heart. He's trying hard to move on, but you can tell how much he longs for a family.
Bentley is good in his kennel and keeps it clean. He was given a plush cushion to help with the pain in his legs and hasn't been destructive with it. He is quiet in his kennel and resigned, although a little reactive when other dogs walk in front of his little area.
A sweet and friendly boy with a soft personality. He has a playful side too, which is slowly starting to emerge more and more. His family described him as "happy-go-lucky." What we see right now is a heartbroken boy who's still hoping his people will come back for him.
Bentley has a moderate energy level that is somewhat limited by his current knee affliction. We think this boy would love to go on long walks, but we are being cautious and restricting exercise for the time being.
Bentley is smart, responsive, and very well behaved.
Behavior with people:
Super friendly! This boy loves people of all ages, shapes, and sizes. He does not discriminate whatsoever. He's a typical Pit Bull in that sense, and undeniably people-friendly. Though very happy to meet everyone, Bentley is well behaved with his greetings and always comfortable and polite when interacting with people.
Behavior with children:
Bentley was raised with children. The kids were 4 and 8 when he moved in with the family as a puppy 6 years ago, and he enjoyed being with little ones from the get go. He's a great family dog and would love a home with kids again.
Behavior with other dogs:
Bentley is a people-dog. He is not fond of other pets and prefers to be the only furry kid in a home. Bentley can be reactive at the sight of other animals and engage in negative interactions with other dogs at the fence if they have an aggressive attitude toward him.
Note that because of his knee problem, Bentley doesn't jump fences or baby gates and has limited mobility with certain movements, making it easy to contain and control him.
Behavior with other animals:
Bentley needs to be an only pet.
Bentley is well behaved and has great house manners. He normally waits to be invited on the couch before getting up on it, although our volunteers are spoiling him and letting him cuddle with them anytime he wants. He is fully house broken and crate-trained. His previous family didn't have to keep him in a crate when he was home alone, but he'll go in one with no issue if needed.
Bentley's genuine willingness to please is his best attribute. This clever boy knows when to be playful and when to be calm. He's happy-go-lucky in the yard but relaxes indoors. If visitors come over, he doesn't jump up but is always happy to meet them. Once he gets to meet everyone, he lays down or goes about his business. Bentley is well-behaved, friendly, and he loves kids. If it weren't for his knee problems, he'd be the perfect dog.
We promised him to do our very best to "put him back together" so he can go on and have a wonderful rest of his life. This dog has a very good heart and doesn't deserve to be homeless and unloved. Please give this charming boy a chance...
Even if you can’t adopt this sweetheart, you can still help by donating for their care.