Pet-Peeves: None really. I guess if I had to say any, it would be if other dogs bark at him or move towards him in a threatening way, he's a little peeved.
Favorite Toy: Balls, Balls and more Balls
Favorite Food: Canidae, pizza crust and we share a breakfast sandwich from Dunkin Donuts a couple of times a week.
Favorite Walk: Wherever I want to take him.
Best Tricks: He knows German, he can crawl, as well as all the usual commands and he's learning to take a bow. Very Smart and Easy to teach
Arrival Story: Manny is such a credit to his breed that I wanted to have a part of him with me always. He was bred to my friends German Shepherd and I got pick of the litter. The little boy was my pick and what a pick he is. He's been quite an awesome boy, hence his AKC name SAMDAS Winning Production.
Bio: Barkley is quite a character. He is definitely his father's son with many of Manny's wonderful disposition and temperament qualities yet he has his own style to him. Following in the footsteps of an amazing dog like his Dad, Barkley had quite a challenge ahead of him. Not that any one could fill his dad's shoes, Barkley is quite capable of being an amazing dog himself. He is young, energetic and he can be quite a clown. He learns very quickly and loves to please. With all that we have gone though with his dad, Barkley has been a life saver to me. He came to many of Manny's physical therapy appointments and was always on his best behavior. I could always bring both boys anywhere and they were spectacular. Barkley has a wonderful teacher to observe. Although, they are not together very often now, Barkley still watches his dad when he is out in his wheels hopefully with admiration and respect. He already has so much to offer for such a young boy. He is quite wonderful to have around.
As Manny begins to look tired:
Barkley sings to him this verse: "The Leader of the Band is tired and his eyes are growing old, but his blood runs through my instrument and his song is in my soul. My life has been a poor attempt to imitate the man, I'm just a living legacy to the leader of the band."
Barkley continues to be quite the image of his Dad Manny. With his awesome temperament and easy going personality he recently received his CGC title. The evalutor there said the possibilities were endless with what we could continue with. For now we are enjoying our new Canine Good Citizen and have future plans to do a Herding Instinct Test and maybe some obedience or agility. An attempt at a TDI is not out of the question either. Barkley is so eager to please and a lot of fun to be with. Of course his favorite thing to do is chase down tennis balls over and over again. He is quite the clown.
Wow it sure has been a while since I have made an entry in my diary. I guess having puppies kept everyone so busy that we haven't had any time to share all our excitement and now it's so hard to believe that my "kids" are almost a year old already. Sadie, my daughter, now has her own dogster page!! My they grow so fast don't they. She is a very silly girl and if you have a chance, go ahead and check out her page and send her a pup pal request if you want. She would love to have some new friends here on Dogster.
Well a lot has happened since the babies were born and they all went to wonderful forever families. Mom misses them so much but she knew she couldn't keep all of them but I am sure glad she kept one of my daughters. She does get to hear updates and see pictures of my sons and my auntie Sue has my other daughter and her name is Jazzy now.
After the babies left and mom had some breathing room, we went back to our rally competitions because mom and I were shooting for the next and highest title in rally which is an RAE that stands for Rally Advanced Excellent. For those of you not familiar with Rally there is an RN(Rally Novice) RA(Rally Advanced) RE (Rally Excellent) and then of course the RAE. To earn the RN,RA,RE Titles, you have to qualify 3 times under 2 different judges before you can earn each one. A qualifying score is a 70 out of 100. Mom was always proud of me because we tried to keep our scores in the 90's and once I even got a perfect 100 and we got to podium a lot. Well for the RAE you have to enter in Advanced and Excellent on the same day, qualify in both on the same day and do it 10 times. So mom and I had earned 4 legs in the fall of last year and we had to take a break with the arrival of the babies but when June came around mom and I hit the show ring once again and in 5 weeks we earned the next 6 legs we needed. Mom was so happy and so was I that she was so proud of me. Right on the heels of that new title, we earned our AKC Therapy Dog Title(THD)which means we have been certified as a therapy dog and we have logged in 50 visits to various facilities. I visit a hospital every week and I love all my friends there. They are all so happy to see me every week and I get so much loving. It is a fabulous feeling making people so happy.
The other letters after my name are CGC which is Canine Good Citizen and CD which stands for Companion Dog, an AKC Obedience title. We've taken a breather for a while, while mom works with Sadie. Right now I'm doing canine nosework. I am already doing the scent of birch and I can find it every time. Mom has me entered in an ORT test in a couple of weeks. I love the game. It is so much fun finding the scent and then I get yummy treats. It's a blast.
Well, I have got to get some sleep. It's been a busy day but I hope to play with you all soon. Wags and Slobbers, Barkley
Well my friends, mine and Darlas pups were born today beginning at 9:19 am and ending at 4:17 pm there were 8 beautiful healthy pups. I have 2 daughters and 6 sons. Mom and pups are doing fine right now. My mom is a tired wreck but is very happy that Darla waited until daytime to have our pups. She is a very good momma and taking good care of here babies. We'll keep you posted. Have a wonderful holiday season! Have a cigar on me!
Well my friends, I can't believe I'm going to be a daddy and real soon. Darla is getting ready to have the pups any time now. Mom took her for the x-ray to see how many and the dr. said she is having 8. Wow! I guess I better go get a good paying job to support my family. We'll let you know when the little rascals arrive. It's going to be a crazy Christmas at our house for sure. Hope you all have a safe and wonderful holiday season.