Cairn Terrier
Picture of Barney, a male Cairn Terrier

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Home:Las Vegas, NV  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 26 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 11-25 lbs

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   Leave a bone for Barney

Barney-kins, Sweetums, Weeby Babee Boy

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

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Quick Bio:
-purebred-three legger-dog rescue

Gotcha Date:
April 16th 1999

May 8th 1989

Riding in mom's car and going places!!! Espcially the doggy park to meet my admiring public.

having my nails cut!

Favorite Toy:
no favourites, I ignore them all

Favorite Food:
ANYthing you're eating - favourite is TOFU or broccoli or steak

Favorite Walk:
Around the 'hood to the private doggy park where I hang with my buds

Best Tricks:
Tricks? I don't lower myself to that level

Arrival Story:
Barney's #1 mom was forced to surrender him because of a very premature human baby coming in the house. He was about to be sent to the pound at 10 years of age!! I got an urgent call from out Cairn Terrier Club rescue coordinator and went and picked him up. It was very sad. His grandpa drove over from his ranch to bring Barney a whole big bag of biscuit treats to take with him. Barney had massive allergies when he first arrived. We were given a wonderful creame, Traumeel, and we used that 6 times a day and fed him Solid Gold dog food. Within 2 tweeks, his hair was growing back nicely. However, the psychological rauma took a bit longer to heal. He wouldn't come to anyone in the house. He just stood by the fireplace and counted carpet fibres. Then , one day he hopped up into my husband's lap and that was that. We also fostered dogs. By the time the fourth, a very assertive Dandie Dinmont turned up in our home, Barney was not a happy camper. He lost his house training, so we called in an animal communicator that a friend recommended. That Dandie tried to butt in, but the communicator reached Barney and he asked me to not take on any more fosters as he wasn't sure if he would be leaving next and he didn't want to go to a THIRD home. THIRD??? His first mom, me and???? After the session, it hit me. Barney's first mom told me that she had bought him from a pet store when he was 8 months old! I'd forgotten all about it but apparently it was a traumatic beginning for poor Barney-Boy. But Barney is in his forever home with me.... his special mom.

When Barney arrived in our home, he had a sister Cairn Terrier, Sophie(aka G.B. Sophia's Rainbow), A Golden Retriever mix, Nugget, and a wee little 5-lb Terrier mix, Willie, who ruled the household. Two years later, Gwen the Scotty came to live from Barney's beloved Auntie Noelle's house. In the summer of 2003, Barney developed a spindle-cell tumour on his right rear leg. When his vet tried to take it off, Barney's heart stopped when they administered the anesthesia. They brought him back around and recommended that we take him to the Veterinary College at the University of California at Davis. It was 8 days before we could get an appointment. That thing grew by 50% in that time. They had to take Barney's leg as the tumour had attached itself in that week. They biopsied the tumour and there were cancer cells in it, but they did a thorough examination and no cancer cells had metastasized. So well over a year later, Barney is still here and getting younger almost every day. Losing a leg has NOT slowed him down in the slightest. NOTE: the picture is of Barney and his student vet who was a wonderful guy. They all took such good care of him at UC-Davis Veterinary Clinic. The second biggest upheaval in Barney's life came Christmas of 2003. His daddy, my husband, walked out on us to move in with his girlfriend, my (former) friend, Donna Stackhouse Townsend, who we had helped out after she lost her job. Daddy was back to drinking heavily and Donna took advantage of that to write checks on his account and did other bad stuff. But because he was drunk most of the time, he didn;t prosecute. Barney hated her from the first time he met her and let everyone know just how he felt. I just didn't read his 'language' of peeing on anything that was hers. ANYONE I meet now will be subjected to the 'Barney-Scan'. Barney has excellent judgment of character. We were both betrayed by the man we thought loved us and we had trusted. She got Barney's daddy not only to destroy his home but to move to Bonners Ferry, Idaho, a place Barney and his family thought THEY were going to move to so they could be closer to other family members. Barney has proved dogs are truly faithful, more than some bad humans. We wound up moving to Las Vegas, where my daughter, and the light of Barney's eye and heart, brought us to be closer to her. It's a VERY nice place and Barney has flourished. He has not had ANY itchies like he did in San Jose. Las Vegas does not have any fleas! (do you suppose they are all in the casino's, gambling?) He loves to hang out with his new friends in our doggy park as well as go on walks around the neighbourhood. His special treat is to go up to his 'Aunt' Noelle's house and play with Colin and Maggie Scotties who are also his 'sister' Gwen's blood brother and sister, so that makes them cousins and good companions. NOTE: Gwen and Colin went to the Bridge within 6 weeks of each other in Spring of 2007. Now that Barney is at the Bridge too, they are together again.

Forums Motto:
Life is romp in the park

The Groups I'm In:
♥♥Christian Dogs and Cats♥♥, Critters Care Through Prayer, light a candle...., Terriers of Scotland, ~~Scottish Terriers Bridge Brigade~~

Therapy Dog:
Barney LOVES to attend cancer support group. He often makes it easier for new members to cry when they need to. He instictively moves to the members who need him the most. His very favourite member is a 'wise elder' woman. When she comes in the door, Barney 'lights up' with delight. He always listens to the person who is speaking and follows the conversation. If only he had the gift of human speech!

I've Been On Dogster Since:
January 22nd 2005 More than 11 years!

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Reunion Heart from Mom

January 10th 2012 10:50 am
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Since The Bridge has become your home
I sometimes feel I’m so alone:
And though we now are far apart
You hold a big piece of my heart.

I never knew how much I’d grieve
When it was time for you to leave,
Or just how much my heart would ache
From that one fragment you would take.

God lets this tender hole remain
Reminding me we’ll meet again,
And one day all the pain will cease
When He restores this missing piece.

He’ll turn to joy my every tear
With thoughts of you I hold so dear:
And they become my special way
To treasure our Reunion Day.



June 13th 2011 8:41 am
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Oh, yeah.... Sophie is here... now she's tryin' to boss me all over again. Auntie Carol came over and sort of took her aside and I guess sort of made her see that this is Heaven and in God's country we drop that earth attitudes so that we can lift our voices and tails to praise Him.... she's new here so I guess a few mistakes are OK... and she's off with her friends like Weaver and "Weej' and she's actually playing games.... HA! the queen of 'I don't 'do' games'.... learning to play.

Auntie Carol has even been getting us Cairnees together to learn to sing.... St. Francis isn't sure this is so good, but we're improving so that when our earthly moms and dads show up to collect us into Heaven we can sing too.

barking of which.... I can see Auntie Carol calling us...




May 20th 2011 8:48 am
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Well, Dumpling an' me have been havin' so much fun that I forgot that time passes down there on Earth. WE has a NEW buddy up here in the Cairn Clan and it's my little buddy, Magic Jack... or Jack as his forever loving mom called him. Gotta tell ya, Col. Potter found him just the MOST perfect mom... a vet. BUT even she didn't know that Jack had a heart problem... and Jack wound up here at the Bridge with US.... we hadn't counted on that so soon but I took Jack under my buddy system up here and we've got him playing games and OK with waiting for his mom until she crosses the Bridge too....

Thanks Col. Potter for rescuing this little guy and giving him a great home on Earth... we're takin' care of him up here..

See ya later, Mom. Lubs ya.

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