Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


November 14, 2013

Townspet of the Week: Willy

Willy, a rescue dog from Alabama, has been part of the Bensley family on Park Street for almost two years. He came to live in Andover after Christy Bensley’s mother moved to an assisted living residence in New Hampshire, and he became fast friends with the family’s Rhodesian ridgeback, Kia, until his sidekick sadly passed away this past summer.

A mini golden retriever, perhaps with a mix of corgi in him, Willy has the appearance and demeanor of a puppy, but is actually a fully grown 4-year-old. He lives up to the name he was given when he was adopted because he’s perfectly willing to do most anything. He loves attending sporting events and family outings in the country, greeting strangers and friends while enjoying Andover town happenings and, of course, visiting Christy Bensley’s mother in New London, N.H. He regularly can be seen venturing downtown, running or walking with a joyful purpose on his way to the sanctuary with his owner. Those outings are often the highlight of his day.

Christy Bensley’s mother, who is celebrating her 85th birthday this month, still relishes the weekly updates on Willy, from his latest of several run-ins with skunks to his win in the dog division of the A Better Chance 5K road race. The Bensleys say Willy is a wonderful addition to the family and they love him dearly.


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