Age: 1 year
Breed: Labrador Retriever Blend
Weight: 67 lbs.
Status: Matched for Adoption
To be eligible to adopt Barkley, you must be an approved adopter of GRRMF. If you are already on our approved adopter waiting list, an adoption coordinator will contact you if you are matched to meet this pup’s needs. Visit our How to Adopt page to review our process, policies and application. Please pay special attention to the sections on puppy facts, children and dogs and fences on our website prior to submitting an application for a puppy.
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Update: August 22, 2022
We just received an update from Barkley Jaxson! This happy-go-lucky guy is doing well with his foster family and learning how to channel his puppy energy positively. His foster mom tells us that he loves kids, and even smiles and wags his tail when you talk to him. Here’s the update Barkley dictated to his foster mom:
It’s Barkley! I thought I’d drop a note to let you know how it’s going. Mom has come down with a terrible disease. I’m not sure what it is, but she goes into a clear-your-throat mode followed by, “NO! NO!” Sometimes that is even followed by, “Where did you find THAT?!”
It’s been a while since they’ve had a pup here, and they keep forgetting to close doors behind them. You should see what I’ve found in the trash cans, dad’s work shop… Oh, the list goes on and on! But they are getting wiser, so my hunting days are coming to an end. I still chase those lizards, but can’t seem to catch them. I saw a couple of squirrels and some birds at the feeder but I wasn’t too sure what they were and they ran off. I’ll keep an eye out for them and report back.
But on a serious side, we’ve been doing great. In this calmer house with no kids running around, I have found I can be a calm puppy, too. I love going on walks and smelling all the smells this new neighborhood has to take in. I was supposed to have a playdate yesterday, but it rained most of the day and mom started throwing around the “bath” word!
Mom is teaching me some new things! I now have to sit AND wait for my dinner, and to go out the front door. That was hard at first but mom insisted and I was hungry, so I now wait patiently.
I sleep through the night on my bed in mom and dad’s room, but occasionally, when they get up to go potty during the night, they let me go too. It helps everyone sleep better! I only had one accident in my crate and that was the first time I was left there and I wasn’t sure what was going on. Now I know better and haven’t had an accident since. Mom puts me in the crate and leaves almost every day. I bark until I know she’s not coming back to get me, then settle down and chew on my peanut butter bone!
Mom’s still correcting me on my puppy nibbles – like her hand. I think it’s fun to run past her and grab her hand. I don’t mean to be bad, but it’s just there! I usually get, “NO-NO, Barkley,” and then have to go and tell her I’m sorry. I have no real interest in that ball she keeps throwing, but sometimes I run after it just to humor her. I don’t bring it back and once it’s in my mouth, I see no reason to keep it there! I love my Kong and mom fills it with all sorts of good things. I play with the Kong until it’s empty and then ask mom to fill ‘er up!
Even though my name is Barkley, the only time I’ve barked is when I was in the crate. That was more my puppy bark just to tell mom to come rescue me! It’s a good name for a playful pup like me, though. I love it here and my mom’s helping learn what puppy’s need to grow into a good big boy. I can’t wait to meet my new family!
P.S. Here’s some photos mom insists on taking.
Meet Barkley, a spunky, playful puppy who’s come to us all the way from Louisiana. Barkley is a Labrador blend and has shown his foster family some of the traits typical of labs. He’s high-energy, smart, goofy, social and loves to chew things. The ideal family for him will provide consistent training with patience and lots of love to help Barkley become his best self. A large fenced yard would suit Barkley, too.
Barkley loves to play and be close to his people. He is good with children; however, this big pup can be too rambunctious for smaller tots. Barkley is house-broken and is learning crate training. He knows the sit command and walks very well on a leash. Barkley is extremely food motivated, so that’s helpful in training and enrichment games. He’s still learning what things he should chew and what he needs to leave alone.
Barkley is good with other dogs, but probably wouldn’t do well in a home with cats because he loves to chase squirrels and bunnies. We don’t know how he’d like kangaroos, but Barkley loves to jump – on people, over baby gates, or in the air! Silly boy! Consistent training will help Barkley learn to channel his energy appropriately.
This sweet, big, goofball is ready for a life of love and play times with a forever family willing to work with him, in exchange for a loyal companion. Could that be your family?