An adorable therapy dog who worked to brighten up people’s days and had his own business cards for satisfied customers so that they would remember him has passed away.
Benji the Labrador worked in hospitals, schools, and nursing homes whereas he has visited thousands of people to cheer them up.
As a professional worker, the pooch even had his own business cards which he gave to his customers to remember him by.
“My name is Benji, I hope my visit has brightened your day,” the business cards read.
“Benji Labrador Retriever  He is registered with Therapy Dogs International  He is a ‘Gold Volunteer’  he has made over 600 visits […] When he is not working he likes to go outside and play ball.”
Unfortunately, the sweet pooch has passed away at the age of 8 on December 24, 2019.
Previously, Benji’s owner, Russel Teck, has spoken out and told The Dodo his dog is a well-known figure in the community.
“Everybody just loves this dog, especially at the hospital. I hear his name being called from the second I walk in the front door to the second I leave,” he said before Benji’s passing.
“He’s known from the guards at the gate to the nurses on the seventh Floor. Everybody knows him.”
As the proud owner added, he often comes across people who remember Benji even though they haven’t seen him in years.
“When I see [the patients] maybe one or two years later at a Walmart or something, they’ll say, ‘I have his card hanging on my refrigerator.’ Or, ‘I have his card in my wallet,’” Teck added.
“They say everybody has a purpose in life — it took me 60 years to figure out mine. I enjoy this so much, and I’ve met so many people. It’s changed me a whole lot — it makes me calmer.”
Rest in peace, Benji.
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