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Dateline Puyallup – Barney visits locals

Barney arrived in Puyallup Washington quiet unexpectedly, having just visited Lincoln, who lives about an hour north of here. Unfortunately, he was a couple of months too late to meet my sweet JD and let her have a crack at de-fluffing him. I would bet that JD would have been the one to make Barney into a Tri-pawd dinosaur! So it is appropriate that Barney’s visit here be chronicled on JD’s Blog. Since I know her spirit is still around me and her newly adopted sisters Serena and Maya, surely she had a paw in some of the torture inflicted upon him during his stay with us.

The Barney box arrived during the Christmas holidays while we had snow on the ground. Barney came wearing nice hand knitted mittens, one brown sock and an eye patch. Now I am not so sure the purple guy really needs an eye patch; his Ginger scar has healed nicely. I suspect it is just a sympathy thing. For their first introduction we all went outside into the backyard.

Do you think we should get him?

Now Maya is somewhere around one year old and quite a bundle of energy, to say the least.
She grabbed Barney right away and gave him quite a shaking, and many tosses into the air. He was dragged around the yard and an attempt was made to bury him in the snow.

Take that Barney

Serena decided on the non-violent approach and just sat on him; if you look closely, you can see a bit of Barney underneath her rump!

They ‘played’ together for over an hour, and Barney got quite frosty and begged to go in!

Can you see that ‘crutch of an eye patch’ hanging off his cheek?

All of us were a bit chilly and came in to warm up, so after Barney took a ride in the clothes dryer…

He parked himself on the hearth.

Here is Barney warming his bum by the fire.

A few days later, and with a brief break in the weather, we set out for a car ride. Serena and Maya said we needed to take Barney to see “The Mountain” The Mountain is how Washingtonians refer to Mt. Rainier. It is quite a spectacular landmark here in the northwest. The official measurement is 14,410 ft. above sea level. and is an ‘episodically active’ volcano. Unfortunately the weather only allowed a brief window of opportunity to catch it on camera and my photographic skills are quite lacking, so If you look closely maybe you can make it out over Barney’s shoulder.

Barney’s last adventure at Lincoln’s house was marked by drinking and driving and an eventual DUI arrest. Serena and Maya wanted to have a paw in his re-hab so thought a visit to the Puyallup Public Library might be a good idea.

First stop was at the library’s giant Christmas tree, where Barney tried to hide in the branches.

Good luck with that!

Barney found the Children’s area very fun and Maya and Serena gathered many books about dinosaurs for him to look at.

One of the books was very important considering his most recent past.

Yes, there actually was a book about Barney going to the Police Station. Got him thinking!!!

Hey, who is that in the background? He looks familiar!!!

Here is Barney doing some genealogy research.

Applying for a library card

Getting his card – He is so proud!

We lost him for a while and then…wait there he is …what is he reading now?

Oh…let’s leave him alone. Looks serious. Can Re-hab be far behind?

Yippeeee the travel section!-Considering his options!

This was Barney’s last selection-Where will he go next????

On our last outing we all went to the pet store, Barney was convinced that Serena and Maya needed more toys for their stash at home, I was not so sure!

We did stop in front of the lizard habitats.

Barney was remembering his genealogy research at the library and thought they might have found some long lost cousins.

Now as I said, it was very sad for me to not have JD get a crack at the purple guy, but I must admit there is something special about him. He started to grow on us. Having traveled all over North America he has stayed with some of the coolest Tri-Pawds on the planet and so far none of them have done him in. Maya and Serena have managed to destroy every single stuffed toy I have given them since they came to live with me. Even the Tuff-toys . (They have toughness ratings from 1-10 . We had an 8 here and it was made of some Kevlar/bullet proof fabric and they still managed to have my living room carpet look like a Winter Wonderland of fluff and shredded material.)
Yet Barney was unharmed by my girls. One day I had left Barney on the dining room table when I went off to work and came home to find him on the floor, wet and chewed on, but still intact! Almost a miracle I would say. In our time together I have come to believe that maybe the spirit of Jerry is protecting this Barney! Keeping him whole so he can continue to visit many others and spread the fellowship of Tri-pawds. It brings tears to my eyes to think of all the heroes who have crunched and slobbered over him.

We have truly enjoyed our visit with Barney and will be sending him off with love and hoping his adventures continue for a long long time.

Where is he going next?

10 Responses so far »

  1. killbarney said,

    January 14, 2011 @ 11:07 am     

    A fun time was had by all! Not like when Ginger gave me that eye patch! 😉

  2. pyrlover4ever said,

    January 14, 2011 @ 1:52 pm     

    I really think that Barney needs to be on the Jay Leno show or something. Jay could show some of the blogs and adventures of Barney with the Tripawd nation. Anyone have any Hollywood connections out there!!! ????
    I have thoroughly enjoyed these Barney Blogs- they help keep me sane!!
    janet and Patou

  3. admin said,

    January 14, 2011 @ 2:54 pm     

    …maybe the spirit of Jerry is protecting this Barney!

    Sweet, but good ol’ Jer gave a good thrashing to a Barney or two. 🙂

  4. fightingforsammy said,

    January 15, 2011 @ 7:20 pm     

    Oh Deborah,
    How great! I love the shot of Barney looking at the book of alchohol and of barney and the police! The best though is the idea of Barney and his special-ness. I love thinking about how many special puppies have met this Barney, and maybe they have sent a bit of themselves along the way for other tripawds in the future to get to know. The girls are very pretty, the christmas mood sets them off to an advantage!
    I am sorry we didn’t get a chance to met JD. I am sure her new sisters are glad to be apart of this very special group though.
    Very nicely done 🙂
    Elizabeth and Sammy

  5. jdsmom said,

    January 16, 2011 @ 12:54 pm     

    Believe me, Barney took quite a thrashing! He was tugged, shark-shaken, flipped into the air and just plain gnawed on. Yet he lives to see another day and take another adventure.

    For those of you who don’t know, Barney travels with a lot of special items, gifts and tokens from his previous hosts. Not to mention the slober injected by thousands of chews. There must be magic in those things, I know there is alot of love!

    Mom to Spirit JD and the quadpaws Serena & Maya

  6. jerry said,

    January 17, 2011 @ 11:39 am     

    Awwww wow, you guys it’s so cool to see that you showed my Barney such a fun time all around town. Thanks for being such great hostesses!

    P.S. It’s really all the slobber that’s holding him together!

  7. Ginger said,

    January 20, 2011 @ 5:25 pm     

    What? His eye is healing? Somepawdy needs to open that thing up again!! Seriously, though – what a great adventure. Looks like Serena confirmed for the whole world that Barney can not be smothered. The more ways we try to do him in, the more we find out what doesn’t work. You all did J.D. proud with your treatment of the little purple guy. I’m sure he didn’t want to leave.

    Ginger’s pack

    P.S. So, did Barney have to stay in the state of Washington because of his bond conditions following his arrest when hanging out with Lincoln?

  8. CatiesMom said,

    January 20, 2011 @ 5:48 pm     

    Oh my, Deborah. HOW did I miss this post?

    A totally rehabilitated Barney. Awesome. A far cry from the frenzied disorderly visit at Lincoln’s. I think his bad behaviour was residual from his harrowing trip down the Ginger river.

    I agree. All that slobber must possess the most magical healing and protective powers. Barney is indestructible!

    Great pictures. Great hosting. Where oh where will the purple dude go now?

    Thank you!

  9. Chloes mom said,

    February 2, 2011 @ 4:00 pm     

    Barney got to play in the snow and go to the library! Sounds like he had some good times there!!

    And yes, Jerry’s spirit must be watching over him because he’s been on the “Kill Barney Tour” for quite some time and nobody has killed him yet!!

    -Chloe’s mom

  10. etgayle said,

    February 16, 2011 @ 6:42 am     

    gosh, we’re so behind on our reading…looks like barney had a great time with ‘the girls’ – and becoming a scholar too!!! great pictures, especially the final one with the girls inside!!

    charon & gayle

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