Barry Dickerson is another great rescue success story out of the Corgi Connection of Kansas. He’s got quite a story … read on and meet this handsome ham!
“I really wasn’t very happy about taking him because I felt I needed to concentrate on Corgis at shelters and in danger, but the timing happened to be right and Corgi Connection volunteer Sarah K. was in “need” of a project! The woman who had contacted me about three and-a-half year old Barry was so kind and appreciative. She sent pictures of him (outdated) and told me what a good dog he was. They were a little unhappy about having to drive some distance to meet me, and I’m not sure they could leave fast enough.”
“When Jeanette began sending me applications and notes about people who were interested in Barry, we really had no intention of giving him to anyone until he was at least under fifty pounds, but when we started talking with Sarah D. about her desire to have a loving Corgi influence in her life, it just felt right. We handed Barry over to Sarah and Jim at 54 pounds, a significant change in ALL ways from the dog who came to me. I am so proud to have touched his life and let him touch mine.”
“Jim and I both fly and we took his company’s plane out to Manhattan, Kansas to get Barry. It was his first time on an airplane and he handled it like a trooper! I rode in the back with him to provide comfort for the flight back to Kansas City, but shortly after takeoff Barry was sound asleep. When we got him home, he was instantly comfortable and within thirty minutes he was sprawled on his back in our living room! It took him no time to settle into a routine and be comfortable in his forever home. Barry loves having me at home almost all the time — what a spoiled guy!”
“Jim and I have continued Sarah K.’s hard work and he still gets diet food and diet dog treats for a reward. We walk twice a day: a half-mile morning trot and an evening route of 1.25 miles. His weight loss has been steady and we go every other week to Petsmart to weigh in on the scales (and he usually gets to pick out a toy or some healthy dog treats). By the end of January he was down to 41 pounds! Our vet felt Barry should finish around 35-40 pounds as a final weight since he’s a bit of a bigger Corgi, and there isn’t a lot of excess fat left on him (but a LOT of loose skin!). I can actually feel his ribs without a layer of pudge over them. He is energetic and healthy as can be! I can’t even imagine what he was like at 70 pounds and am almost glad I never saw him in that condition. Sarah K. did a marvelous job with him.”
“Barry is a ham and a lover and I’m so very glad we got him. He is totally different from Xena in looks, color and personality. That’s the best thing, that he wasn’t a replacement for her, though I still miss Xena so much. Barry did fill the emptiness in this house, and Jim has grown SO attached to him! He LOVES affection and belly rubs and has been known to bark if you quit petting him when it’s “his time”. He can be a fireball and loves to run around and play with his squeaky toys, but he can also turn it off and is the king of relaxation, preferring to sprawl on his back with his legs going every which way. He’s fiercely loyal. When Jim gets home and Barry hears that garage door go up, he RACES from wherever he is in the house to wait for Daddy to come inside! He really is a total ham and like a little human in a dog suit. I felt a personality this big deserved a facebook page, so he has one.”
“I’ve always had a keen interest in agility and thought Barry would be really good at it. We started classes recently and he LOVES them! Agility Prep is on Monday nights (a lead-in to Foundations) and Agility Foundations on Tuesday night. He has already run across the A-frame obstacle (he actually wants to go when we get near it), through a “beginner” tunnel (a plastic 55 gallon drum on its side), is starting to learn things like contacts and just getting on noisy things, such as putting his paws on the loud, clangy teeter-totter and a wobble board. We also started with jumping by getting him to seek out the pole on the ground, then when he heads toward it voluntarily throwing the treat to get him on over. Piece of cake!”