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About MI Ben

  • Status: Available for Adoption (adoption info)
  • Species: Dog
  • Color: tri
  • Current Size: 17 Pounds
  • Current Age: 6 Years 9 Months (born on 10/18/2015)
  • Microchipped: Yes
  • Fence Required: Yes
  • Exercise Needs: Moderate
  • Owner Experience Needed: Breed
  • Reaction to New People: Friendly

Ben could be your Boy!


Ben is a pensive looking 6 1/2 yr old, 17 lb, tricolor boy who came to Lucky Star from a breeding farm in Ohio. He was rescued the weekend of the Super Bowl and was given his name in honor of the Cincinnati Bengals. 


Still intact he was confused as to his new role in a home. We utilized our methods to calm him including Solliquin calming tabs, an Adaptil calming collar, and use of thunder shirt as needed and a belly band when inside. Before long he was part of the group. We discovered that that he is mostly deaf but hears some things at a certain tone level. We used hand signals and touching him gently for reassurance which has helped. Because of his deafness Ben is very observant and his smell senses are probably increased. Since he can’t hear you well, your expression and touching him will show him your approval and affection. At this point his personality has come out and he is a very fun dog. To say he is cute is an understatement. We have given him the time he’s needed to adjust and he has come a long way! 


Ben is great with the 2 children in his foster home. He has lots of energy (and so do they) but he also loves to cuddle with the kids and have a nice nap. The other dogs in the house have had an important role in his new life -he takes their lead, learns from them and snuggles with them. He needs a home with at least one other dog. He also enjoys his own cozy dog bed for downtime alone. 


Ben got all his vet care. He was neutered very soon after arriving and got all his vaccinations. He was treated twice for ear infections and that is under control now.  His blood work was normal and included large platelets which makes the result look low. The condition is known as macro thrombocytopenia and is  a common conditiion in Cavaliers not a low platelet count.  The vet heard a grade 3/6 heart murmur and we followed up with an echocardiogram prior to his dental and neuter. This exam showed mild mitral valve regurgitation and slight left ventricle enlargement. Overall his heart is functioning well. With good care these findings may improve with good care and quality diet. He currently does not need heart medications.  He had a full dental with extractions. He lost 15 teeth. 

The cardiologist recommended a repeat echo in 9 months from this exam.                 


Ben has so much potential - he has proven that already and will continue to make impressive progress as an endearing and entertaining family dog. His foster kids and parents are working on him improving to 100% house trained and working on leash walking skills. He is making good progress in both of these areas. 


If you are interested in adopting this sweet boy please fill out an application. A fully physically fenced yard with an exit and entrance directly from the house. It cannot be an invisible fence. A family with older dog-savvy children might be a consideration.  Ben is being fostered in Clawson, MI.  Please consider his location before applying since we do not support long distant transports for adoption.  Complete an application is you are interested in this dear boy, then contact Mary Coyne,

More about MI Ben

Good with Dogs, Good with Older/Considerate Kids Only, Good with Adults, Requires a yard, Needs a companion animal

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