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.
Barkley's mom here. With a shattered and devastated heart, I write to tell you that I said goodbye to my beautiful and special boy Barkley on April 29, 2014. It was totally unexpected and very tragic.
Since we haven't been on for a while I'll update you with a scare we had last year with him. In February of 2013, Barkley had an emergency surgery for an intestinal blockage and 2 days later suffered a blood clot and complications that lead to sepsis and another emergency surgery. It was a very scary time as we weren't out of the woods for a couple of weeks after the second operation but he made it. The blockage he had was a small tumor that was benign and caused his small intestines to go into his large intestines also known as an intussusception. He was a great ambassador to his breed, well behaved no matter what Dr. was examining him. They all remarked at how wonderful he was. They spoiled him while he was there and cooked for him all kinds of goodies. Barkley came through after a rough few weeks and had a new lease on life. He recovered completely and was a very happy vibrant boy. He had new energy, played ball like a puppy and I gave a huge sigh of relief and felt we had dodged a bullet. I wouldn't have been able to handle losing him as I had just lost my Dad the month before.
Barkley had been in perfect health since he recovered. He was at the vet in March for his checkup and blood work and everything was great. Life was good. On April 28th Barkley, Sadie and I went to visit the patients at Tewksbury Hospital like we do every Monday. When we came home, we played ball for about 25 minutes and I was thinking just how energetic he was for 9 years old. I came in to cook dinner and heard Sadie bark, like a get out her bark. I went to the door and Barkley was struggling on 3 legs to come up to the house. I helped him in and wasn't sure what happened although I thought maybe his back, or knee. He was perfectly fine, relaxing in the grass when I went in just 15 minutes before, just like always. I shut everything off I was cooking and within 10 minutes he could no longer stand up. My husband carried him to the car and I brought him to the EVet. They were very bleak and I could tell it was bad. We agreed to treat him with steroids for 24 hours to see if there was swelling in his spine and he had xrays which showed nothing. Since they didn't have an MRI machine we brought him to Mass Vet Referral Hopsital the next morning for an MRI and to see a neurologist. He was paralyzed completely from his waist down. He could not empty his bladder, etc., The MRI revealed Barkley suffered a fibrocartilogenous embolism in an area of his spinal cord that left him permanently paralyzed. The unfortunate part and the real stab in the back is that the neurologist told me that 90% of the time the dogs recover from these but in his case, it happened in an area of his lumbar spine causing him permanent paralysis. He would never want to live that way. There was nothing they could do for him. He was so frustrated he could not get up. He went from running and playing to paralyzed. I had to let him maintain his pride and dignity. I laid my boy in God's arms at 6:50 pm on 4/29. My friend was with me. The very friend that helped bring him into this world by breeding Manny to her female June. The very first faces Barkley saw when he opened his eyes for the first time, were the same ones he saw when he closed them for the last time. Needless to say I am devastated. I had no time to prepare. I never saw it coming and I have a gaping hole in my heart. I see he has received some stars from his dogster friends and I truly appreciate it. Barkley saved me when I lost Manny. He stepped in and kept me grounded. He was my rock, my sound and steady boy and by my side he would always be. Now, I've lost both. I don't know how to handle it. The friends and family in my life have been a blessing. I have his daughter Sadie which is extremely helpful because he taught her so many things and it is wonderful to see some little Barkley treasures come through in her. I miss my boy and very painfully. I miss his face, his silly ways, his devotion. Run Free my boy, something you could no longer do here on Earth. You were a treasure to every one who met you. You brought smiles to patients for over 4 years and you were completely devoted to your family for over 9, and I was so proud to have you in my life. You did not deserve what happened to you I love you forever and always, Mom
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!