Too true. Poor old guy. My only problem with the story is that, treated badly or not, the dog was owned... I guess, maybe I should re-read it, but it seems like Ben's new owner just came up and took him - I'm sure his owners didn't care one way or another, but still... I just thought it was a little weird!
Anyway, it was well written, and had a lot of truth.
Thanks, gary, for posting it!
Proud Owner of Tuna the Labrador and Border Collie Cross.