Benny, a loyal dog, was rescued after Hurricane Harvey and adopted by a family in Washington a year and a half ago. When Benny and his father, Scott Ballenger, first met, they became fast friends and haven’t been apart since.
According to Scott’s daughter, Alexis Nazarino, Benny was uncomfortable around the other guys, but he adored Scott and would always listen when his car drew up to the house after work, long before the family knew.
Despite his mistrust of others, his father showed him love and trust by accompanying him everywhere with his fiancée.
Scott adored Benny and always reciprocated his affection.
Benny was perplexed when Scott was brought to the hospital in critical condition near the end of August.
Because Scott and the dog were inseparable, the family took him to the hospital.
When Benny saw his father in the hospital, he smelled like Scott and was agitated, pacing about. Then something changed from one minute to the next. Benny immediately refused to leave Scott alone, as if he understood how sick he was and how much he needed him.
Benny had been snuggling up to Scott all day, resting his head softly on his arm.
Benny had the impression that today was his father’s last day after spending so much time with him over the previous year and a half. He wanted to be by his side the entire time.
When Scott died the next day, Benny was devastated.
She keeps looking for him during the day and laments his absence at night. Scott’s mother and the rest of his family, on the other hand, have been there for him, assisting him in grieving and showering him with love because they know they can get through it together.