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Reese Witherspoon's Daughter Adopts New Rescue After Family Dog Dies

The sweet pooch, named Benji, was adopted by Ava Phillippe a week after their dog Pepper's death.

Ava Phillippe has an adorable new pup in her life! The happy news comes just a week after Ava and her mom, Reese Witherspoon, announced that the family's French Bulldog, Pepper, had passed away after a long battle with cancer on Oct. 20. In a photo posted to Instagram on Oct. 25, Phillippe introduced her new pup, Benji, to her followers, calling the rescue dog "a dream." Read on to learn more about the Witherspoon-Phillippe family's new addition, and for more celebrity pets, meet Jennifer Aniston's Adorable New Rescue Puppy.

Phillippe, who adopted Benji from Utah's Best Friends Animal Society, revealed that she had actually taken the sweet pup home on the very same day Pepper passed. While Phillippe and Witherspoon were both open about their grief over Pepper's death, it's clear that the arrival of Benji has been a bright spot for the family.


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What a wild & bittersweet week. The day we lost Pepper just so happened to be the day I brought this sweet boy home with me… This is Benji! 🐾 He's from the @bestfriendsanimalsociety sanctuary in Southern Utah and is a ✨dream✨ of a rescue dog. He loves to cuddle and meet new friends (human & canine) and has quickly adjusted to life in his new home environment. Benji also enjoys squeaky toys, outdoor adventures, and anything he is allowed (or not allowed) to eat. He is the happiest, smartest boy, and I'm so grateful to be his person. I cannot wait for him to perfect his manners and become his full, goofy self as time goes on! I want to give many thanks to Best Friends Animal Society for all the work they do to save the lives of animals big and small and for helping me and Benji find each other. If you love animals of any kind, you should definitely check them out! 🧡 Even though we just entered each other's lives, I feel like I've known Benji forever. I'm super excited for many adventures with this guy by my side! P.S. Feel free to comment what breeds you think Benji is. I'm pretty sure he's got some Border Collie in him, but who knows what else! 🐶

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"He is the happiest, smartest boy, and I'm so grateful to be his person," said Phillippe, 21, of her furry friend, noting that the Benji loves "squeaky toys, outdoor adventures, and anything he is allowed (or not allowed) to eat."

While Phillippe admitted that she's unsure what breed of dog Benji is, she said she thinks he may be a Border Collie mix and invited her followers to guess his breed, as well.

Despite being a relatively new addition to the family, it seems as though Benji and Ava's pairing was just meant to be. "Even though we just entered each other's lives, I feel like I've known Benji forever," she wrote.

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