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Hi. Barney is still with us, but we’ve just not posted so much. So, I thought I’d post a few pics of Barney as of late. He’s getting on, as a ten year old. He’s slower, less crazy (though he has moments) and is much happier to just hang out and have a cuddle.
We’re in a new house and he loves the new bed we bought him:
He also loves spending time looking out at what’s going on in the front of the house (lots to bark at as it’s a main road):
Barneybunny (click for link to fabulous pic of our Easter doodle bunny)
Six years ago, we picked up Barney from the Labradoodle Trust. If you look back at some of our first entries, you’ll recognise that he was a bundle of anxiety. He didn’t trust people, didn’t like to be touched and wasn’t great around other dogs. He was tough work. But with some work, some training and a lot of love, he’s become our wonderful gentle giant!
We recently moved, so the poor guy is still adjusting, but he’s doing well for an 8-1/2 year old. Most people still think he’s a lot younger than he is as he’s fit, still can do doodle dashes and be crazy. He has found a few spots to love, including his new bed in our new bedroom – as soon as I put it down, he went over to lie on it and hasn’t stopped since. He also loves being on his new couch in front of the big bay window and the back bedroom bed so he can look in the park behind us.
We love you, Barney! So happy you joined our family!
It’s a grey but comfortable day for March in London. Barney decided to hang out in the back garden. So I decided to take his picture. As per usual, he gave me his ‘whatever’ look. Love that dog!
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Barney recently turned seven. Yikes! He’s getting old. Then again, he doesn’t seem to recognise it all the time. He still wants to play a LOT. Does his doodle dashes. So, still youngish. But he also enjoys his solitude and rest much more. His play sessions are shorter. And he can’t quite keep up with those young pups who are running around.
What we love about him right now is that he’s getting more and more cuddly. He will curl up with us and will let me hold him on my lap. This is a big change in the last year. He’s so much more affectionate than I would have imagined. Some of this might be the fact that I’ve been at home a lot more due to not working full time. Some of it is that we’re asserting our dominance in a positive way (he’s learned to walk at our side and that he can’t come upstairs with us unless we truly want him…that sort of thing).
I hope we have Barney for many more years to come. I look back at my first posts about him, like this one, where I wasn’t too happy about owning this doodle, and I cringe a bit. I didn’t know what an amazing friend I would end up with!
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Sorry…posted this on Facebook but forgot to put it on here!