Barley the protector dog

July 19, 2007 at 9:14 pm 3 comments

It’s been a while – Barley and I have been quite busy recently.

First, Barley had a *fantastic* time with his uncle Trevor. I think Trev had a pretty good time with Barley, too. Although, I suspect that my dad may have actually had the most fun with B-dogg. Trev was a great dog-walker, and him and his friends got a kick out of playing fetch with Barley and watching him roll around in the bushes when he got too hot. Trevor also enjoyed (I think) being covered in big wet Barley kisses any time he laid down on the floor.

Barley loves uncle Trevor!

Barley and Trevor play dead

Barley and Trevor pack up the Camry – doesn’t Barley look like a real life Scooby-doo? I mean, it looks like he could just walk on his hind legs!

Barley and I had a great time visiting with the fam. My mom might not have had as enjoyable of an experience – Barley left some “treats” while at my house. (for the record, I blame my family entirely – Barley has never left me any “treats”). The trip back to Lexington was long and boring, but Barley slept almost the entire way.

Rural Indiana is just THAT exciting.

Since we’ve been back, there’s been a lot of working (I put in over 40 hours in 3 days this week), a lot of house-cleaning (because you never know when someone will want to come see the house), and a moderate amount of TV-watching and walking around the arboretum. Barley has been a terrific protector dog, except that he’s afraid of the following things: the vacuum cleaner, the lawn mower, water, squeaky toys, air blowing in his face, my cell phone on speaker phone, fireworks, and storms. He’s been so scared at the storms that we’ve had the past few days that he’ll actually just sit there and tremble. So I made a little fort for him and I think it calmed him down. Jason claims that small areas are reminiscent of the caves his wolf ancestors would have lived in, so they calm him down. I think the whole thing is silly.

Barley in his wolf cave.

Barley won’t have to be my protector dog for too much longer, though, since I GOT THE JOB that I interviewed for in MINNEAPOLIS. So it looks like I will be leaving the Bluegrass for the land of 10,000 lakes sometime this fall. I’m pretty thrilled about it.

Other things I’ve been thrilled about recently include fresh fruit, the delish salmon I made on the grill Monday night (it only took 3 calls to my gramma to get it right), the tuna salad I made on Tuesday (which required an additional call to gramma), and chocolate peanut butter cup ice cream.




Entry filed under: Barley, Family, Travel.

4th of July Dogg Poo is petty

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Amy  |  July 21, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    Yay for new jobs! Kevin and I are so glad for you, especially as this means NO MORE BORING DRIVES THROUGH INDIANA. Sigh. It’s really a gift, you know.

  • 2. D  |  July 22, 2007 at 11:39 pm

    Have to define “treats”… I did not find them amusing as Bar(k)ley can attest too.
    The walks Trevor too him on ham caused Trevor’s right arm to be about 6 inches longer than his left.
    Not that I minded Bar(k)ley being here….. some of the remenants remain like ” SUCH a Gooood Boy” to Rob and Trevor and “come here” to Mom…. they all seem to be respnding exactly like Bar(k)ley.
    And the 4th of July is not a good time for Bar(k)ley to be around Dad and the neighborhood…. I have NEVER seeen a dog shake like that!

  • 3. D  |  July 25, 2007 at 8:18 am

    Evidently the last post I will make late at night!
    Fingers have a mind of their own (2 fingers moving fast= big time spelling errors)


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