Ben suddenly appeared above the cross in Antigua. He had a thick leather collar on, and was clearly not a street dog. He was confused, scared, and very, very sad. He miraculously managed to avoid being struck by a car for several days, but was growing thinner by the day.

We hoped that he was lost, and posted him accordingly. But he had been dumped, a common and cruel practice here in Guatemala. People take dogs they no longer want, drive them several towns away, and dump them too far from home for them to find their way back.

Ben was pretty shut down for the first few days with us. We had him neutered and the cone prevented him from feeling comfortable. But the moment the one came off, he showed us who he really was.

He is a stunningly beautiful, sweet dog. He adores people and loves to give hugs. He has discovered toys (and their innards), and delights in chasing, shaking, tossing and un-stuffing them. He is fast and agile and loves, loves, loves to play.

Ben gets along great with most of the dogs at the center. He is wonderful with the females and pups. He doesn’t like all males, but we are starting some slow introductions.

He is learning basic manners, rides fine in the car, and is now walking on leash. He loves training games, is food motivated and very smart. He is a really exceptional dog and is ready for a home where he will be loved and appreciated for the exceptional dog that he is.

He is fully vaccinated, neutered, and weighs about 50 lbs. He has a short, shiny coat. We feel he has a mid-level energy level and would thrive in a home where he received daily walks and interactive play.

We are a small organization dedicated to helping dogs and cats in Antigua. We sterilize, rehabilite and find homes, and work with other rescue groups.