Barney is a very handsome young man who is more than ready to find his forever home; he’s been waiting since September 2011. Barney was picked up as a stray on Highway 19 and was brought to the BC SPCA Parksville-Qualicum Beach & District Branch in hopes of finding his family. Sadly Barney had no identification and no one came looking for him, so he became available for adoption.
Over the next several months Barney would be prove to be quite the challenge; he was lacking in both manners and socialization skills. Staff and volunteers worked tirelessly every day to introduce Barney to new dogs, places, and sounds all the while rewarding him when he displayed good behaviour. Now Barney plays great with all female dogs, has shown no problem with cats, and even likes little dogs.
Although Barney still has some work ahead of him, he has shown vast improvement and is doing much better than when he initially came into care. With proper introductions Barney has proven he can get along and even play other male dogs, which he didn’t used to do.
Thanks to wearing a Gentle Leader Barney has been walking very well on his leash and displays a great love for all things exercise. He would make a great companion for someone who enjoys being outside for hikes, bike rides, jogs, and even swimming. Barney was just recently introduced to water and was very curious and playful in it. Barney was moved to the BC SPCA Alberni-Clayoquot Branch in March 2012 through the Drive for Lives program to help maximize his chances of adoption. Barney may sound like a bit of a handful, but he’s really not. He is a wonderful example of how far an animal can come when given the right tools to better themselves.
Barney would absolutely love to go to a home where someone is home most of the time to make sure he can get out to exercise and stimulate his mind often; a tired dog is a happy dog. If you’re interested in the many many positives Barney can offer please contact the BC SPCA Alberni-Clayoquot Branch today!
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