Sometimes, amazing life changes can come about seemingly by accident or happenstance, and we find ourselves wondering how we ever lived before the "accident or happenstance" occurred. Such is the story of Beethoven, a slobbery Saint Bernard puppy who found a home quite by accident. It seems that a couple of thieves stole him, along with several other puppies, from a pet store and, after escaping from his captors, Beethoven managed to sneak into the home of the Newtons. Mrs. Newton and the three children were simply delighted with this adorable pup's arrival, Mr. Newton was not impressed. After some concentrated effort, they were able to convince Mr. Newton to allow him to stay. He didn't have a name yet, but when he began "singing" along with a Beethoven song played by one of the children, he was dubbed "Beethoven". The movie, Beethoven
depicts a villain in the form of the veterinarian to whom the Newtons took Beethoven for his immunizations and check ups, as well as the two thieves who worked for the evil vet. The evil vet is involved with illegal and deadly animal experimentation and he has a need for dogs with "large skulls" like Beethoven. He manages to trick the family into giving him Beethoven by making them think that the dog has attacked him and must be put down. Through a series of interesting turns of events, the ruse was discovered and eventually Beethoven, as well as the other dogs who were stolen, were rescued and brought into the Newton home to live.
Ben is a rescue dog who was found meandering the streets in a city in Arkansas. Having been micro chipped, when he was found, his owners were contacted and advised that he had been found and could be reunited with them. In Ben's case, his owners refused to take him back. You see, Ben was 10 years old and afflicted with a severely advanced case of heartworm which defied treatment with the usual medication, surgery being his only medical option. Ben was tagged for euthanasia. It was at that point that an organization called Big Fluffy Dogs stepped in and rescued about 23 dogs, one of which was Ben. He was given the surgery, medical care and rehabilitation that he needed and then attempts were made to find him a forever home. Debbie Robinson and Ed Houff were approached for adoption of Ben, but, already having what they felt was a sufficient number of canine family members, they opted instead to foster Ben. Debbie and Ed's plans for fostering Ben simply fell apart ... though not in a bad way. Ben quickly worked his way into their family and their hearts, providing the perfect path to a permanent home.