Barkley is the most playful and friendly dog, although he goes nuts when he sees another dog because he wants to play with them! He came to me when he was 3 years old from a pound in Pinole, California. The minute he saw me in that play room, he jumped into my lap and started licking me on the face! I knew it was love at first sight. He came to me fully potty trained and very obedient. The shelter that I got him said he got loose and was roaming the streets and when they tracked down his owners, they said they didn’t want him anymore, which completely baffled me because how can anyone not want this bundle of joy. But he was God’s gift to me because he changed my life for the better. I had struggled with depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember and this little bundle of joy brought so much happiness to my life. He is now 9 years old and other than a little arthritis, he is completely healthy. I dread the day that day that I lose him. It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it. One day when I went to Oklahoma to see my ex-girlfriend (I am now completely straight because I worked out my issues with men, for the most part), Barkley got out when I left him in the apartment, because he is looking for me. He got out because the door didn’t fully latch and I didn’t know it. My heart sank and I had a major panic attack and we drove around everywhere looking for him. I thought for sure I lost him. But sure enough he came peeking out from behind a truck when I called him to me. That was the most happiest day of my life. Well, scary…and happy. I got on a plane home that same day. I didn’t want to spend one more day in Oklahoma! I took Barkley and packed my things and we were headed home. So you see, I dread when the time comes that he passes away. Just looking through pictures gave me the idea for this blog. Isn’t he adorable? He brings so much joy to my life. He is a true emotional support animal and he does a darn good job!







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