Owning a dog opens up a whole new world; in which people smile at you as you pass them in the street, stop and chat to you as you walk in the park and, even more surprising, talk to you on public transport! Even though we had a dog when I was a child, I wasn’t really prepared for the changes which happen when you own a dog for the first time.

I had always wanted a dog, but because we both worked long hours in an office, we knew that it wasn’t fair to bring one into our lives, but that didn’t stop mentioning it every now and again, and again! Then, last year, our circumstances changed, I was at home all day struggling with ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and one day, my husband said, “OK let’s get a dog!”. I couldn’t believe it, I think he thought having a dog would help me on my road to recovery and keep me company (and stop me pestering him!).

Enter Barney, the Border Terrier. We re-homed Barney, or ‘Barney Rubble, always in Trouble‘, as he is ‘affectionately’ known, a 10 week old puppy from Battersea Dogs Home, in December 2013.

To say we were in shock for the first few weeks is not an exaggeration! Even though I’d read books on the breed, looked at the Kennel Club website and chatted to Border Terrier owners, somehow they didn’t quite manage to get across, or maybe we didn’t believe them, how you spend the first sleepless night wondering whether he will still be alive when you go down in the morning, the razor-sharp baby teeth, the constant visits to the garden and the sheer overlaid of joy, laughter, fun and unconditional love this little bundle of extreme cuteness brings you. Your life is never the same again!

We hope you enjoy the website, about Barney, our Border Terrier and everything about dogs that might help you on your journey. I’m not a vet or a dog trainer, just a very happy Border Terrier owner. I hope you enjoy Barney’s tails, as much as we do!

Welcome to Barney’s world, our Scruffy Little Terrier.

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