Doodle Daze – A blog about a labradoodle

Happy 1st Anniversary!
July 1, 2010, 9:20 am
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We’ve loved having our Barney doodle for one full year as of today.  We drove up a few hours north to pick him up.  He had been with a chain of people and was finally coming home, though he didn’t know it yet.  He was so nervous meeting us.  What, another person taking me away?  It took some doing, but we finallly got Barney into the back of the SUV.  I sat in the back keeping an eye on him.    He was panting like a maniac in his anxiety.  We got him home and he began the process of sniffing everything, and was mystified by the fake back lawn.  He wouldn’t go near Roy, which just about killed the guy.

We’ve come a long, long, long way with Barney.  He arrived an anxious mess, not able to meet new people or new things.  He was scratching and licking and chewing himself so much that we had to put him in a plastic hood almost immediately.  He pulled like a maniac, didn’t have much recall and trusted no one.   Now, he’s still anxious, but after a bark or two, he’ll stop and come to investigate new people…sometimes even licking them or letting them pet him.  If he’s not totally distracted by other dogs, he’ll actually walk on a loose lead, and will come on call.  We’ve found the perfect food for him that he loves and which treats his skin kindly.  He still gets allergies (eyes watering and ears all gunky), but we now know how to handle this. 

Barney has come to love us and is truly a gentle giant.  Originally he did not know how to deal with other dogs and would barrel in annoying them to the point of fights.  Now he has made some friends, and while still the awkward teen, is much better about making an approach to new dogs.

We’re so pleased to have our sweetest little pooch.  He’s the best thing that happened to us this past year!

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Happy Anniversary Barney! What a wonderful life you have 🙂


Comment by Payton

I know what you mean about your dog being the best thing to happen to you. They’re just amazing little gifts that keep on giving and loving. He’s a lucky guy to have such a wonderful home. Happy Anniversary Barney.

Comment by Aisling

Happy 1st Anniversary of being home Barney!

Comment by Libby

Liane and Roy, I would change the comment to say that you two are the best things that could have happened to Barney IN HIS LIFE TIME. The love that you have for him is so evident and the usual patience you can show to him is amazing and so important to his futher development. have fun as a family and enjoy each other. Love, Dad

Comment by Jim Kersey

What a cute picture! How could you not love that face? Happy Anniversary to Mummy, Daddy and especially, Barney. Love, Ev

Comment by Ev

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