‘My parents took our dog on a road trip, and stopped in every state to mark his journey!’

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“The day after Christmas, in 2006, we went to pick up our precious new little friend. I remember when he used to fit in the palm of my hand! He even had a little pink cowboy hat, similar to the sombrero he wore in our pictures at the Alamo. He has loved every person he’s ever met since we brought him home.

Lexee Leach
Lexee Leach

Bentley used to have a brother named Max. Max and Bentley had the same parents, but are from different litters, so they really ARE brothers! Max passed away in October, at age 14. Bentley and Max were very best friends, so Bentley was pretty sad when he lost his brother. My family took our dogs pretty much everywhere, but we knew we could leave them home together sometimes.

Lexee Leach

Once Max passed away, my mom did not want Bentley to feel lonely, so she started taking him EVERYWHERE! He goes to the grocery store, my brother’s speech and debate tournaments (which is where they were going in the pictures), and anywhere else their travels may take them! He has a puppy purse that he sits in on short trips, and a doggy stroller for long walks. On long road trips, his doggy bed sits in the front seat, while everyone else sits in the back seat so that he can see out the front and be comfortable next to my mom while she drives!

Lexee Leach
Lexee Leach

My family has always taken cute/funny pictures of Bentley over the years, so when my parents sent me these pictures of him at each state line, I giggled and thought, ‘My friends HAVE to see this!’ My friends are as obsessed with Bentley as I am! Everyone adores him, so I posted the pictures so that my friends could see what he is up to. I went to bed and suddenly I woke up with 10,000 retweets! I didn’t see a celebrity retweet anything, so it must have just made its way through friends of friends! The tweet has now been viewed almost 4,000,000 times and has over 100,000 likes!

Lexee Leach
Lexee Leach
Lexee Leach
Lexee Leach
Lexee Leach

We obviously ADORE our sweet 12-year-old Bentley, but it is so fun when strangers think he’s just as cute! He’s definitely the favorite in our family, and we all agree he’s the center of our world! We were so overcome with joy when people were showing our sweet old pup some love. One girl even tweeted us and said she made him the background on her phone because it made her so happy! He brings so much light to us all, and we’re so happy he could bring some light to others. He has no idea how many hearts he has touched besides ours, but he will continue loving on every single person he meets! It’s nice in a world like today where social media has so much negativity, for something as innocent and loving as a puppy on a road trip to get some coverage. We have been laughing since we posted it at how much coverage it is getting, but we are SO happy that Benny is having some fun after losing his brother, Max.”

Lexee Leach

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h/t Good Morning America

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