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Monday, August 10, 2009

Strolling Down Memory Lane


I thought I might share this picture of the Newfoundland dog we used to have. When we bought him, he was just a black ball of fur. The whole family fell in love with him. I told my boys, who were 14, 15, and 16 at the time, that they could name him. They kicked around a few choices like Inky and Midnight; finally I said, "You really should name him after something big and black." My oldest, a basketball fan made the choice: Charlie Barkley!
Barkley grew, and he grew, and he grew to a full grown weight of 216 pounds of cuddly, drooling, perpetual puppy! I say perpetual puppy, because he still wanted to be a lap dog as an adult and was basicallly a big baby. Oh, he talked a good game. Our town had a leash law, so when he was outside, his collar was attached to a strong chain. When the oil man would come to fill our oil tank, Barkley would protect his territory; he would bark and bark, yanking on that chain until the poor oil deliveryman was shaking in his boots. One day I took pity on the poor man and said, "You know, the dog is harmless."
"He doesn't bite?" When I shook my head, the man asked, "What's his name?"
"Barkley," I responded. The whole time Barkley was still growling and yanking at that chain.
"Hello, Barkley," the man said, as he approached the huge dog. Charlie B. stopped mid-bark, and ran and hid under the deck! His bark was much worse than his bite.

7 comments:

Rae said...

That's a cute story. And he certainly had an original name. I guess he really did take after his namesake, since the real Charles Barkley is a love fluff and hype too. Newfie's are a great breed. I imagine you miss him.

Jen said...

BET YOU MISS HIM......!!! Nice story..

Aleta said...

Awww, what a sweet picture and oh my.. a big dog!

Melissa B. said...

Awwwww...My SIL and her family had a Newfie. In fact, she did a post about Nelson the Newfie a few weeks ago. Think you'll enjoy it!

http://poprs.blogspot.com/2009/07/weekly-winners-for-all-dogs-weve-loved.html

Alicia said...

aww so cute!! he is adorable! people do the same with my dogs...i have 2 boxers and they look intimidating but the worst they would do would be to lick you to death!

Becca said...

So sweet! I sure miss the dog from my childhood. But, now my husband and I have 2 wonderful bullmastiffs (one bites, one would never) but I tell everyone that they bite... just for their protection so they stay away. The male who has bitten had fair reason to do so, but I just like to be cautious and not allow people to pet my animals unless I am supervising!

Equidae said...

how sweet :)