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Throwback Thursday – Barney

Meet Barney, the star of this week’s throwback Thursday. We caught up with dad Paul to find out more about this adorable colossal ball of fluff.

Pedigree Name – Dawnanda Barnaby Dusc

Pet Name – Barney

Age – 6 Years

Breed – Chow Chow

Why this breed?

‘My family have always had Chows. This is the 4th we’ve had dating back to the early 50’s.’

How old was Barney when he joined your family?

‘He was 9 weeks old.’

Where did you get Barney from?

‘Dawnanda Kennels in Sutton in Ashfield’

Funny Story of Habit –

‘Most Chows are untrainable. In a survey by an American University of 158 breeds of dog, the Chow came out the 157th most intelligent with only the Borzoi in last place. I can just about get Barney to sit for treats but that’s it.’

What’s the best thing about the breed?

‘They are very sedate. They hardly ever bark, which is strange because the breed was actually brought down from the Mongolian mountains to act as guard dogs for the Chinese emperors many centuries ago. They are great companions, known for being very loyal to their owners.’

What’s the worst thing about the breed?

‘He is very stubborn, very strong and can run off and not come back if let off the lead. I once chased him for 2 miles down to near a local shooting ground. Thankfully I managed to catch him before he entered the compound. They would have been very confused as to why a big hairy beast was trespassing.’

Does he get lots of attention?

‘When he was 10 weeks old and looking about as cute as any pup could I took him to see the woman who cuts my hair and when I arrived there were about 20 people in the salon. Within seconds every single person had got up and surrounded Barney to pet him and say hello. For about 10 minutes he was very much the centre of attention and loved every minute of it.’

Strange Habits?

‘He does a very strange thing when I give him a chew or bone. I drop it on the kitchen floor, he picks it up, runs into the back garden, drops the chew/bone on the floor, then falls over and rolls on top of it. He also digs big holes in my garden and sits in them (rather than bury bones which most dogs do).’

We are always on the hunt for handsome hounds and pretty pups to feature in our throwback Thursday blogs. If you would like to get involved, email us at Hello@Buddies.co.uk.

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