Barry was rescued from a dog hoarder’s home along with 60 other dogs by the British Columbia SPCA and is what some people call a mis-marked Parti Black Pomeranian because he has a white stripe on his chest. Back in June we went to a fair called Pet lover`s lane with our two other rescue Poms, Charlie and Brandy. As we were walking through the event we were suddenly stopped by two ladies who worked for British Columbia SPCA. One of the woman abruptly asked us… “Do you want a Dog?“and preceded to show us a tiny 4lbs, 4 month old black Pomeranian in a pen.
I fell in love with him instantly and I really wanted to take him home right then. As it should happen my mom didn`t really want a third Pom or that is what she told me. She told me to get more info on him and we’ll see. One of the big challenges was the SPCA was asking over $300 dollars to adopt him… and it seemed a little over our budget at the time.
We noticed that two other people were very interested in this little puff of fur, so my mom called my Grandma to see if she could offer up some opinions on having a third Pomeranian, she did, and we decided to adopt him. We asked them to hold him and we drove all the way to the SPCA Shelter to fill out the paperwork and pay for him.
The SPCA volunteers told us the puppy’s name was Westley, but we didn`t think that name suited him. This was kind of a special time in our Pommy Mommy house because I never was able to name any of our current Pomeranians. So I asked my mom if I could name him Barry, I’m not really sure why that name came to mind but I felt it was better than Westley especially in our house… and my mom said yes. So Barry it is.
We had to fill out some forms and after what seemed like hours of waiting, the SPCA approved our adoption. It was a little weird but when we got back to the SPCA, the fee jumped from $300 up to $420.00 dollars. Now that all the busy work was out of the way we got in our car and drove all the way back to the fair to pick him up.
It was so exciting to be able to hold his little body in my arms as we walked around the fair. I felt like a little celebrity as everyone we passsed wanted to pet him. It is quite rare to see such a young Pomeranian where I live.
When we finally got home, Charlie and Brandy weren’t too happy with the new visitor. Brandy often attacked him and Charlie would snap at him showing their displeasure at the sight of the new invader. Through all the aggressive behaviour of the other Poms, Barry was a very sweet little guy. Many people who met Barry would exclaim that we hit the jackpot with such a calm Puppy. Soon after his arrival, Barry began to show his true colours… he tore up some of the walls in our home, chewed on every thing he could get his mouth around, and tormented anyone and everyone he would encounter except for kids which he is quite shy around.
Barry is now 9 months old and weighs 7 pounds. He has calmed down a bit but still chews on things when we’re not looking. We’ve come to find out that he has a Luxating Patella, so it’s hard to find activities that will help tire him out and stimulate his enthusiastic playfulness. It’s so much fun to watch as Barry grows more and more confident, he makes a few Dog and child friends when ever he goes into town, as he is not fearful when walking along the roads with me.
He is a quick learner and is very smart, he can learn things in only just one day, and sometimes in just a few minutes. Charlie and Brandy are finally getting along with him, but Barry knows his boundaries and knows he can play with Charlie but only cuddle with Brandy.
He is still trying to figure out our Cats! While the cats are an ongoing fascination, Barry sees and learns about new things every day… like wide open spaces, falling leaves, rain storms, colder weather, and just what it`s all about being a Pomeranian who is free to be a Pomeranian, not a Hoarded item.
Here`s his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BarryTheBlackPomeranian