eet Our own deaf
Dane  Ambassador


Goodbye Old Friend
We just got word that Ben was put to sleep in June.
He had almost 2 years with people who loved him. But age and ill health finally caught up with Ben.

"He went very peacefully at home with me holding his head and breathing his last breathes.  I wanted to thank you so much for allowing us to be part of eachothers lives.  I loved him dearly and he was the world to me.  Enclosed is a picture of us on our last day.  Thank you again and give all the pups hugs for me. -- Nova"

Adopted 10/16/04!

  • Gender - Male
  • Age/DOB - over 6 yrs
  • Height  at the shoulder -
  • Weight - 110
  • Spayed/Neutered - Yes
  • Taken in on  - 07/07/04
  • Available as of - now
  • Housebroken - yes
  • Obedience trained - yes
  • Good with other dogs - Yes mostly
    • with cats - No
    • with kids - Yes
    • with the elderly - Yes
  • Temperament - Friendly, affectionate, easy going - very much a senior citizen but still a dominant personality - best as an only dog though he can get along with most dogs
  • Comments

Ben (foreground) & Toby (background) were brothers who had been together their whole lives. The owner recently died after a prolonged illness. These two old guys did not the best of care while he was ill, and his ex wife did not really want them nor was she able to care for them. Like any old married couple, they will get into a fight with one another now and then. But they are also very dependent on one another too. The ex wife could not handle this and sent Ben to the pound. Several weeks later she had decided she could not deal with Toby either and was going to send him to the pound as well. The local rescue could not take in two old geezers like this so we agreed to take them. When they got here Toby was the bigger and healthier of the two. But then he came down with pneumonia and stopped eating. We had to force feed him for about a week, but he is eating just fine on his own now and is over his pneumonia. While he was sick, Ben was eating like there was no tomorrow and managed to catch back up with Toby. He is in much better shape now than he was when we first got him. They are both way too skinny and need more fattening up, as well as a good exercise plan to build back the muscle mass they have lost over the past year or so. While these guys are old, Ben is only supposed to be 6 or so. However he seems much older than this. He is weak and unsteady on his feet and it takes him a lot of time and effort to sit or lay down, as well as to stand up. But he is game and happy to trot around trying to play with/bully the other dogs here. They were not real well socialized and supposedly spent most of their lives in separate but adjoining crates or kennels. So the fact that they have adapted as well as they have to living with so many dogs, is really a very good sign. Both these guys were very sweet and just needed a loving home to live out the remainder of their lives. Toby has that now, but Ben is still looking. He will reward his new owners with lots of drool and tons of affection and devotion. We wanted to keep these guys together if at all possible, but we the home we placed them had cats and they are not good with cats. They just could not handle both of them with the cats. So Ben the worst of the two when it came to cats, came back to us. While he is "old"  (we call him the old geezer) he still has lots of love and life left in him, and he is a really sweet dog. He will make someone very happy.

Are you that someone?

Click here to fill out an application to adopt Ben or any of the DDRI dogs.
We will post additional photos of Ben as time goes by, so check back often.
And if you have any questions about Ben or any of our dogs, email us or call us at 541-746-086

click on images to see full sized version

" Never trust a dog to watch your food." - Patrick age 10 Advice from Kids.

Website © Copyright DDRI, 2002-2011