Make This Puppy Lucky: Barney the Terrier Mix

This senior Jack Russell and Rat Terrier mix has so much love to give.

Barney may be older in years, but not in spirit! Happy, loving, and very friendly, this spry little senior craves attention and loves to please his humans. Might you have room in your home (and your lap) for this pint-sized gentleman?

Name: Barney.

Age and sex: 11-year-old male.

Breed: Rat Terrier and Jack Russell Terrier mix.

Size and weight: Small and 13 pounds.

Coat: Short and white with tan patches.

Location: Friends of Rescue in Alabama.

Activity level: Low.

Likes: Food, treats, walks, being petted, and snuggling next to people.

Dislikes: Dogs who constantly pester him to play.

Training: Barney is house and crate trained, knows to wait politely for his food, and understands basic commands.

Barney is such a sweet and sensitive little lad with so much love left to give! (Photos courtesy Alexandra Straub)
Barney is such a sweet and sensitive little lad with so much love left to give! (Photos courtesy Alexandra Straub)

Yard requirements: Although a fenced-in yard would be ideal, Barney would be fine without one as long as he receives daily walks.

Kids: Great with kids who are mindful to treat him with care and not roughhouse with him.

Dogs and cats: Gets along with both.

Health issues: Barney appears to have limited vision in his right eye. He had two cruciate ligament surgeries last year on his left rear leg, resulting in a metal plate on his knee. Due to a lack of dental care in his former life, he had to have nine teeth extracted, but this doesn’t bother him or stop him from enjoying hooves and bully sticks. He also has skin allergies that are controlled with meds and/or shots, and a grain-free diet.

His story: Barney was found as a stray in Huntsville, Alabama. When foster mom Alexandra discovered him at Huntsville Animal Services two years ago, he was a sad, pitiful sight, with missing patches of fur, bad teeth, a sore leg, an inflamed eye, and in obvious discomfort. She has been fostering Barney ever since, and FOR has spared no expense in restoring him back to health.

His ideal forever home: Barney would like a quiet home with a family who is either retired or works from home so he can get plenty of attention and lap time. An older fur sibling would be fine as long as they respect his space during naps.

Other details prospective adopters should know: When in new surroundings, Barney has a tendency to mark for a day or two until he becomes acclimated, an issue that can be controlled with the use of a bellyband. He also shows some crate anxiety when left alone for more than three to four hours.

Contact info: Email [email protected].

Lisa Plummer Savas

A devoted dog mom, journalist, and animal activist, Lisa uses her writing to spread awareness about animal welfare and cruelty issues. She lives in Atlanta with two spoiled German Shepherds, one entitled Pug, and a very understanding husband. Read more of her work at her blog and website, and follow her on Twitter.


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