-Name: Mike Gramer
-Type of pet: Dog
-Name: Benjamin Buttons
-Age: 2 1/2
-Male or female? Male
-Why he is my friend: Everything he does makes me smile.
-Describe in four words: He is always happy
-Best trait: Always looking to play or be petted.
-A funny story: A group of friends were over and Benjamin was in the yard. He is small and has trouble walking but he manages to get where he needs to go. As we were talking we would forget about him and when we looked around he always seemed to change position without anyone noticing. One minute he would be to our left and the next thing you know he would be snoozing in a different area of the yard. Another 30 minutes would go by and we would see Benjamin had moved 20 yards and was plopped down somewhere else. He managed to change his position several times with none of us noticing!
-Likes more than anything? Having his belly rubbed or playing with his "sister" Hershey.
-Any tricks? If we say "Time to eat," he runs to his spot in the kitchen.
-Silly names you call him: Benjy, BB, Buttons, Pitt
-Shows affection by: Licking.
-Will usually be found: On his pillow in the bedroom or his bed in the living room.
-Likes to be rubbed: On his belly. He will roll over for easier access.
-Favorite toy? He likes the sticks he finds in the yard.
-Loves this treat: He likes little pieces of bread.
-Terrified of: The vacuum cleaner
-Worst habit: He doesn't like having his nails cut. He freaks out when we try to cut is nails.
-Any health scares: He suffers from Mucopolysaccharidoses, a genetic disorder where he was born without an important enzyme. This affects every cell in his body and is the reason for his strange appearance because the disease stunted his growth. Unfortunately, there is no cure.
-Where does he sleep? He sleeps on his pillow which is in the bedroom next to the dresser.
-Strange but true: He is the strangest looking dog. He weighs 7 pounds and has an underbite so his tongue always sticks out of his mouth a little bit. He has the funniest bark you will ever hear. It's more of a screech than a bark.
-Comments: Benjamin was found abandoned and walking down a sidewalk in Easton by a police officer who brought him to an Easton animal shelter. My girlfriend, Dr. Lori Milot, who works as a veterinarian at the clinic, took over care and was intrigued by the new puppy, so we adopted him. He was an instant hit with everybody we knew. At first you are fascinated with his small stature and strange appearance but you immediately notice his happy demeanor and limitless playfulness and you fall in love with him. Whenever I run into someone who has met Benjamin the first thing they always ask me is: "How is Benjamin Buttons doing?"