Community moved by passing of beloved pup

Wilf Bennett spends time with Hoss (2004—2015).
Wilf Bennett spends time with Hoss (2004—2015).

A Sun Peaks local was moved to tears following an outpouring of community support in response to the passing of his beloved canine companion in early August.

Wilf Bennett’s dog, Hoss, was a fixture in the community for the past decade, running out to greet visitors at the Transfer Station.

“He never missed a day of work,” Bennett said. “Everybody that knew him loved him.”

After returning home from a trip to Kelowna, Bennett noticed Hoss had stopped eating. At 12 years of age, Hoss’s heart and lungs were
giving out.

“The vet told me all I could do is take him home and love him, so I did. When he started to suffer I took him back to the vet to be put down.”
Bennett wasn’t the only one affected by the loss of Hoss, and he has been overwhelmed by visits of support and condolences.

“There has been so much love and support up here. I want to thank everybody.”

The community support didn’t end there. When Bennett travelled to town to pay his vet bill he was surprised to find it had already been taken care of.

“The vet couldn’t believe how many people phoned in to help pay for the bill. We were both crying. To see that last bill paid was just unbelievable. There’s not enough thank yous I can say,” Bennett said.

Hoss was born on a ranch in McClure, where Bennett was working at the time.

“I really didn’t want him at first, but the little guy would follow me everywhere I went. He’d always be tapping at the back of my leg and I had to be careful not to step on him. His owners kept telling me I should buy him, and eventually I gave in.

“As we got to know each other, I just loved him to death ever since. We went to rodeos, fairs, weddings, everywhere together.

“I do miss him. Everyone who know him does. There’ll never be another  little Hoss.”