Well… we have a new family member at our house. His name is Barron. He is an 85 pound Golden Pei. Yep… part Golden Retriever and part Shar Pei. Interesting combo right? But… he is a handsome fellow! We adopted him from the Bella Vista Animal Shelter yesterday. We first met Barron a couple of months ago. We had seen a couple of dogs on the Shelter website and just decided to go and see them. We hadn’t decided for sure that we even wanted another animal, but we thought it would be a nice Saturday afternoon drive and what the heck, we could pet some of the animals and give them some attention. When we passed Barron’s pen, he was visibly upset and barking and backing away from the front of his pen. DJ stopped and watched him for a few minutes. She asked the attendant if we could see him outside of the cage. The attendant told us that she would bring him out and that he was much better outside of his pen. She told us that he had been severely abused by kids who had thrown rocks and things at him through his fence. He was dropped off at the shelter at about 9 months old and was very traumatized by what he had been through.
Once we were outside with him, he was no longer barking and was very timid. He hid behind the attendant and had his tail tucked between his legs. We were finally able to pet him, but he was so scared and just stood there trembling. We fell in love with him immediately. We talked about him all the way home. We had a miniature long haired dachshund at home and she needed to be spayed before we could even think about adopting Barron. Then… the holiday’s hit and life was crazy for a while. We never stopped thinking about him though. We brought his name up often and looked at him on the Bella Vista Animal Shelter website to see if he was still there or not.
On Saturday, 1-18-14 we took another drive to the Bella Vista Animal Shelter to see Barron and fill out the application to adopt him. We didn’t ask to see any other animals, we were there for Barron. We brought Percy our dachshund to make sure they got along. Barron was again very timid. He and Percy didn’t seem to mind each other. So we filled out our application and had to wait until the manager was able to look it over on Monday. We talked about Barron all weekend and had a hard time waiting until Monday.
We finally got the call Monday afternoon that we could come and get Barron! It was almost six days shy of a year that Barron had lived there at the shelter. It was going to be a special day. We had to get a few essentials for him before we went to get him! We got him food and water bowls, a leash, bones and a great big pillow to lounge on in the living room. Then we were on our way to get him! The staff seemed as excited as we were! They wanted pictures of him with us and helped us get him into the car. He did very good on the car ride home. Once we got home, we took him in and he had to sniff everything in the house! He picked a spot on the love seat and stayed there most of the evening.
As for Percy, she decided since Barron wasn’t interested in his pillow or bone that she could use them!
Barron slept in our room on the floor next to DJ’s side of the bed. We thought we were all calmed down for the night and were laying down for bed. As soon as the lights were out, we hear this loud crunching coming from DJ’s side of the bed. It turns out, Barron brought his bone into our room and decided to have a midnight snack! He slept ok, but was up and down a few times to check things out around the house.
This morning he followed us all around the house and was such a good boy. His tail wasn’t tucked under anymore and he even wagged his tail when The Beav got out of bed and hugged him! I think he likes us and hopefully soon he will feel very comfortable with us. He ate good this morning and has no problem going out into our big, fenced in back yard to go to the bathroom. He needs to be close to us and touch us in order to feel safe. We don’t mind him being close to us and will be his security. Here is a picture of Barron sleeping on my foot while I am typing this post!
We are so glad that Barron chose us as his family! If you are looking for an addition to your family please visit your local shelter or humane society to adopt an animal that just needs your time and love.
DJ and Mrs. Cleaver