Last Updated on July 15, 2023 by Fumipets
Meet Ben Nevis: The Brave Rescue Dog and Winner of Newsweek’s Pet of the Week
A Tale of Canine Perseverance Amid Adversity
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), around 3.1 million dogs are surrendered to shelters across the U.S. each year. While many find new loving homes, some wait for a prolonged period, hoping for a kind soul to offer them a second chance.
Newsweek’s Pet of the Week feature shines the spotlight on one such resilient rescue dog this week who overcame considerable adversity, yet still awaits his forever home.
Ben Nevis: The Triumph Over Trauma
Ben Nevis, a West Highland white terrier, or Westie, named after Scotland’s highest peak, stands as an epitome of bravery and survival. Found wandering the streets of Memphis, Tennessee, Ben Nevis had experienced six months of hardship after straying from his former home. Upon discovering the dog’s chip, the previous owner showed no interest in reclaiming him.
Ben Nevis’ story took a heartbreaking turn when vets associated with PAWS New England, a well-known animal shelter, discovered that he had been hit by a car, resulting in serious injuries. Without any care, the resilient dog managed to heal, albeit imperfectly.
Despite a twisted left front leg and pelvic wing overlaying his spine due to the accident, and slight sacral nerve damage affecting his urinary and bowel continence, Ben Nevis exhibits an unbroken spirit and joy for life. His foster mom, Leila Williams, described Ben’s journey of transformation to Newsweek and expressed his desire for a loving, forever home.
Meet the Other Worthy Contestants
This week’s Pet of the Week competition also introduced us to other adorable pets like Roxy the Goldendoodle, Rufus the black labradoodle, Nola – a unique mix of a husky, German shepherd, and collie, and Chip – the 15-year-old newshound who accompanies his owner to work at a local newspaper, The Unionville Republican, in Missouri.
From rescue dogs to pure breeds, these pets display unique personalities and inspiring tales of resilience and affection, captivating the hearts of animal lovers everywhere.
If you have endearing or amusing photos or videos of your pet, you can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to feature in Newsweek’s Pet of the Week segment.