The Management Consultant Dog Bore
Dog Bore: Francesca
Job: I am a management consultant, but my biggest passions outside of work are animal advocacy and volunteering both as the Transport Coordinator of Lucky Dog Animal Rescue and Director of Giving at Rescue Strong.
Dog: Bentley Bunker
So, he was listed as a Black Lab mix... but according to 2 DNA tests, Bentley is mostly Chow Chow and German Shepherd! There may also be some American Pit Bull Terrier, Dalmatian, Bulldog, Rottweiler, and Boxer in him. Guess he's just a purebred mutt! He was rescued in Kinston, NC, by the Lenoir County SPCA. Then he was brought up to VA through Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.
How did you meet your canine companion?
My husband (then boyfriend) and I decided that after 2 years of dating, it was time to take the next step in our relationship. It was time to adopt a dog together. We wanted a Black Lab mix since my husband grew up with one and I knew through research that black dogs have a harder time finding homes. After 3 months of searching, Bentley happened to arrive off transport the same day we attended a Homeward Trails Animal Rescue adoption event. We walked into the open area where all of the dogs were free to roam and interact with potential adopters, and we spotted this black dog with such a calming presence, who was completely unfazed by his hyper playmate. Bentley eventually came over to us, and we immediately knew he was the one. While talking to his adoption coordinator, we learned that Bentley was so new to Homeward Trails that he hadn't even been posted online yet. How lucky were we to be at the right place at the right time?
What’s the story behind your dog’s name?
When the Lenoir County SPCA (Kinston, NC) saved Bentley, he was given the name Berkley. Then Homeward Trails pulled him from the shelter and changed his name to Bentley. My husband and I liked the sound of it so much we decided to keep it. It just suits him, being a southern gentleman and all.
How has your life changed since you have had your dog?
Whenever Bentley and I meet someone new, I always tell them that I’ve waited 28 years for him to come into my life. Bentley’s my first pet, but he’s also so much more. Loving Bentley has taught me that love knows no bounds and that I can make a difference by paying it forward to other rescue animals. He’s the reason I started volunteering and continue to dedicate much of my free time to Lucky Dog Animal Rescue as the Transport Coordinator. He’s the reason I became more active on social media and eventually discovered Rescue Strong which has become a way for me to help even more rescue organizations all over the US.
Which 3 words best describe your dog’s personality?
Loving, stubborn, happy For the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fans out there, my husband and I joke that Bentley is basically Charlie!
Who’s your dog’s favourite person?
Me!! 100% me, and everyone, especially my husband, knows it!
What’s your dog’s superpower?
Knowing when I need him the most. Whenever my husband travels for work, Bentley hops into bed our bed and stays with me until I fall asleep. Every time. Whenever I get stressed or emotional, Bentley will scootch his butt against me or sit on my lap so I can hug him. He may not be certified, but Bentley is definitely my therapy dog.
If your dog had a job, what would it be?
Food/treat tester! We swear there must be some Lab in him since he loves to eat. Recently, he’s become so “brave” that he’s gotten into his treat drawer, shredded a couple (thank god they were small!) treat bags and devoured all their contents. Much to his dismay, we’ve moved his treats to a higher location and so far, so good.
What’s your dog’s most unappealing / most embarrassing habit?
Trying to kiss us after licking his salmon butt. Blech! Every once in a while, Bentley needs some help expressing himself, which is perfectly natural. But then he’ll try to kiss us after! Most times we’ll see him in the act so we’ll know to steer clear of his kisses, but there have been occasions where either my husband or I don’t catch him... Yeah, it’s gross.
Where can we find you hanging out with your dog?
Either on our couch or somewhere around Arlington. We love going to the Shirlington area since it has a huge dog park and is super dog-friendly as well as the Courthouse area for the Saturday farmers market.
Finish this sentence "a dog walks into a bar….”
….and finds the closest crotch to sniff! Bentley will greet complete strangers by trying to sneak his nose where the sun don't shine. It's the worst when the stranger is a woman wearing a dress or skirt! But, thankfully, people have always found it humorous and other dog owners usually respond that their dogs do the same thing. Phew!