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When Charley arrived into Myra Bennett’s everyday living, she experienced no notion the impression he…

When Charley arrived into Myra Bennett’s everyday living, she experienced no notion the impression he would have.

That effects carries on as Charley’s memory proceeds to aid Task Hope Humane Society, no-eliminate animal shelter in Metropolis, providing its canine with their personal beds.

Charley to start with entered Bennett‘s existence in September 2004. For several years Bennett had required a pug — which is suitable: Charley is a canine — and when the initial two initially met it was enjoy at first sight.

No a single is rather guaranteed how Charley made it to the Metropolis McDonald’s in early August 2004 — he was both dumped or he had operate absent, all he had on was a flea collar. McDonald’s workforce contacted Project Hope and volunteer Susan Howell went to choose up Charley, who vets thought was 6 decades outdated. Bennett experienced been volunteering in excess of the summers at Task Hope and experienced explained to Howell if a pug at any time arrived to the shelter, Bennett required it. Howell took him home, keeping him for a month to see if somebody would get in touch with the shelter about a lacking black pug.

At the exact time, a hurricane named Charley was heading straight to the Bennett’s most loved location — Sanibel Island, Florida. The hurricane improved system just ample to stay away from the island, but it arrived on up and crossed mid-condition, destroying a 3rd of group her in-guidelines wintered in, but their house was not touched.

“I imagined ‘our have tiny Hurricane Charley. OMG, that is his name: Hurricane Charley Bennett,’ ” Bennett recalled. “I’ve often been a believer that fantastic can arrive from terrible if you look at it that way. The superior of the actual Hurricane Charley was that two places in Florida that ended up vital to our family members were being weakened, but spared from devastation, and we felt blessed. And at the identical time, the very identical day, this minor dog, who’s been by means of his personal storm, will come into our life.”

A thirty day period later on, Undertaking Hope continue to experienced not received phrase about a missing black pug. Howell and her husband took the dog to Bennett’s dwelling that September night time.

“It was one particular of the greatest times of my everyday living,” Bennett recalled. “She put him down on the ground, and he ran right out to me. Promptly, I picked him up like a toddler, and he let me there was no dilemma. From the instant we bought him, he was by no means a moment’s difficulty.”

For the following quite a few years anywhere the Bennetts went, from Florida to Colorado, Charley went with them.

“He would go right to folks,” Bennett reported. “No make any difference where by we went, you could run into the saddest or gruffest searching individuals, it didn’t make any difference who was possessing a poor working day, in a lousy way, as shortly as they laid eyes on him, their faces would split out in large smiles. His nickname is AOL — the Ambassador of Appreciate.”

The Bennetts experienced Charley for 10 many years prior to he died at 16 in February 2014.

“I understand now why individuals want to clone a doggy,” Bennett said. “I considered that was foolish until I achieved and misplaced Charley. I have had 25 pet dogs in my daily life, but he is my eternally pet dog.”

Bennett has constantly dabbled with composing so when she at last took the recommendation of producing about Charley to coronary heart, her selection to sell the reserve and give the dollars to Task Hope was her commitment.

Mainly because the reserve tells of his existence from the stage he’s observed by way of his adventures with the Bennetts, Bennett titled it “The Existence and Situations of Hurricane Charley Bennett.”

Bennett labored for 4 many years to get the ebook published just before acquiring Henry Printing in Carbondale. It came out on Oct. 19, 2020.

Between Charley’s adventures recored in the book is his assembly a woman named Marge from Very long Island, New York, in the course of his initial check out to Sanibel. The two turn into quick pals, and Marge emailed or termed Bennett just about just about every day to talk about Charley among their Sanibel visits.

It was Marge who built the canine beds for Venture Hope feasible.

Marge sent a copy of “The Lifetime and Occasions of Hurricane Charley Bennett” to FarmHouse Fresh new, a corporation centered in Texas that helps make cruelty-totally free organic and natural elegance merchandise, it also has a charity termed “Dog Bed Fairy,” which is funded by means of a book titled “Is it Legitimate They Call You the Puppy Bed Fairy?”

FarmHouse Contemporary donates $7 of each individual “Dog Mattress Fairy” book acquired to get durable, washable, elevated canine beds for shelters. According to the firm web page, the typical pet dog has 70 seconds to make a link with a for good relatives going for walks by way of a shelter. A snug bed helps the dogs keep serene and truly feel significantly less frightened, so a loving loved ones will convey them home.

“Marge is a supporter of the Dog Mattress Fairy plan and despatched a duplicate of my guide to them,” Bennett reported. “(A business representative) contacted me and offered beds for Undertaking Hope. To me, this all feels like a heat circle of women doing work with each other with my sweet Charley as the nucleus generating it happen.”






Undertaking Hope’s Katie Barfield (still left) and Karly Parker exhibit the Kuranda beds donated to the shelter by FarmHouse Fresh new as a end result of the organization getting a copy of “The Lifetime and Occasions of Hurricane Charley Bennett” book composed by Myra Bennett of Grantsburg. Parker and Barfield are the shelter’s administrators. Parker is also a vet tech.



The 12 Kuranda beds arrived at Undertaking Hope in June.

“All the pet dogs adore them,” reported Karly Parker, a shelter supervisor and vet tech. “They are so snug and so very well developed. Unique measurement beds were despatched so we have some large adequate for our largest pet dogs and some others for our medium and smallest pet dogs.”

Parker explained Job Hope is averaging 30 pet dogs a thirty day period. She pointed out other people have donated additional Kuranda beds so all the dogs have a bed.

“We didn’t have any great beds at all, so we had been thrilled and so grateful to receive them. These are a little something we have preferred to have for a even though,” she said. “We’re pretty pleased with them.”

Parker observed Project Hope is usually joyful to get donations, particularly of cat litter and pet dog food items. The shelter is found at 1698 W 10th St., Metropolis, and open from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday via Saturday. The quantity is 618-638-4555. Monetary donations can be created through the internet site at www. projecthopehumanesociety.org or mailed to Task Hope Humane Society, P.O. Box 125, Metropolis, IL 62960.

“The Existence and Times of Hurricane Charley Bennett,” prepared by Bennett with illustrations by h2o colour artist Deborah Biasetti, of Tampa, Florida, is offered by mailing a check or income purchase for $15 to: Myra Bennett, 2726 Teague Hill Highway, Grantsburg, IL 62943. Proceeds from the sale are remaining shared with Project Hope.