You’ve heard it mentioned; maybe you’ve even experienced it. The Once-in-a-Lifetime Dog. Cheryl DelSangro found hers in a Salt Lake City animal shelter.
Benny, a Labrador Retriever from Las Vegas, was closing in on his sixth month at the shelter. While many overlooked the bright-eyed, active boy, Cheryl knew as soon as she laid eyes on Benny that he was coming home with her.
While Benny was clearly energetic and always up for playing, he had some stomach issues and would frequently scratch at his itchy skin. Cheryl needed a dog food that would keep up with Benny’s activity level, while soothing his stomach and skin. An ORIJEN veteran, she was already feeding the nutrient-dense, high-protein foods to Benny’s new siblings, Mia and Doodles. She picked up a bag of ORIJEN Original for her newest family member, and the results were exactly what she was hoping for. Benny’s tummy was doing better and his scratching stopped. These days, Benny, Mia, and Doodles rotate between ORIJEN Six Fish and Regional Red, with a bit of Tundra freeze-dried food as a tasty topper.
Happy, healthy, and ready for action, Benny was always up for whatever his mom wanted to do. To keep up with Benny, Cheryl started doing different training and exercises with him. He loves fetch, going for walks, and playing with other dogs, but Cheryl thought she’d let him try out a new activity.
An avid figure skater, Cheryl decided to let Benny run around on the ice one day. Unbothered by cold, Benny was racing around, no problem. Next step: skates. Naturally. A pair on his front legs gave him a new way to expend his boundless energy – and a new hobby that he was rapidly improving at.
Benny loves his time on the ice as much as people love watching him. The dog that no one wanted became the dog who could race around an arena, fetch hockey sticks, and wow the crowds. Benny’s days are busy, between skating and playing with his furry siblings, and he’s found his place with his forever family. From the rescue to the rink, Cheryl’s once-in-a-lifetime dog is happy, healthy, and gliding.
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