Tribute to Ben

In Loving Memory of “Ben”

Ben 2008

Ben was the truest Top Dog we could ever have to grace the pages of our website.

It’s hard to put into words what the heart is feeling when you are grieving. No words can do justice to the ache and empty feeling your heart now holds…

As wife to Ronnie and “mama” to Ben, I can tell you our hearts broke the day Ben left us. In all the years Ronnie & I have been together, and all the pets we’ve shared our home and our love with, no one can compare to our boy Ben.

Ronnie had the most difficult task of really honoring Ben by not letting him suffer and accepting the fact that there was no dignity in what was in store for Ben. He was brave and strong to the end!

Ben was a most beloved family member that happened to be a dog & police officer. He was a loving mama’s boy and a fierce protector of his family. He was Ronnie’s partner and loyal companion and was always by his side, watching and waiting for his chance to prove what a bad ass he was! He was fearless and brave and was responsible for many dope finds and “bad guy” finds over the years he worked the street.

Lots of people were afraid of Ben, and with good cause, but I never was. He saved a different side of himself for me. Loving and cuddly, friendly and playful. I loved him very much!

Our hearts have a hole in them where’s Ben’s presence is missing, but the place that holds his love will never disappear. So in our sadness we remember our boy as one of the most enjoyable parts of our journey so far…

Ben, as your paws now rest at the feet of God, know that you will never be forgotten. You will always be remembered with love and thankfulness for the joy you brought us everyday! God willing, we will meet again…

GUARDIANS OF THE NIGHT

Author Unknown

Trust in me my friend for I am your comrade.

I will protect you with my last breath.

When all others have left you and the loneliness of the night closes in,

I will be at your side.

Together we will conquer all obstacles, and search out those who might wish to harm others.

All I ask of you is compassion, the caring touch of your hands.

It is for you that I will selflessly give my life, and spend my nights unrested.

Although our days together may be marked by the passing seasons,

Know that each day at your side is my reward.

My days are measured by the coming and going of your footsteps.

I appreciate them at the opening of the door.

You are the voice of caring when I am ill.

The voice of authority when I’ve done wrong.

Do not chastise me unduly for I am your right arm, the sword at your side.

I attempt to do only what you bid of me.

I seek only to please you and remain in your favor.

Together you and I shall experience a bond only others like us will understand.

When outsiders see us together, their envy will be measured by their disdain.

I will quietly listen to you and pass no judgment.

Nor will your spoken words be repeated.

I will remain ever silent, ever vigilant, ever loyal.

And when our time together is done, and you move on in the world,

Remember me with kind thoughts and tales.

For a time we were unbeatable, nothing passed among us undetected.

If we should ever meet again on another field, I will gladly take up your fight.

I am a Police Working Dog and together we are Guardians of the Night…

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