My Dogs

Dog lovers tend to want to know more about our mutts, so I’ve added this page to introduce them properly.

Max and Barkley

Max & Barkley

Max is the ruggedy handsome chap. Barkley is the brindle.

Barkley is a greyhound / spaniel mix, although we’ve recently discovered that he looks exactly like a Plott Hound. The breed is supposed to tree small animals, which now makes perfect sense to us. He’s absolutely insane whenever a squirrel, chipmunk, cat, small dog is anywhere in his sight.

Barkley Dressed up

Barkley was listed in the newspaper as “Free To Good Home”. The gal that was giving him away had him in a small cage where he spun around and around, yelping like crazy. She even went so far as to say, “If he doesn’t work out, you can bring him back. The last two people did.” His name at the time was Bonner, which didn’t make sense. He barked incessently, and thus became Barkley.

Barkley on a treadmill

He’s mellowed out with age, and we’ve learned a LOT from the book written by the Dog Whisperer titled “Cesar’s Way”. He is now trained to run on the treadmill, and pulls my husband (Whitey) on a skateboard while running about 30mph. He’s got tons of nervous energy. He’s the most affectionate dog I’ve ever known, and can cuddle like none other.


Max is our newest addition to the family. Max lived in Portland in a home with a bit of domestic abuse, and it wasn’t a very good situation for a rottweiler to be in. Our friend took the dog from the couple that owned him, and brought him to Bend with him while visiting. He was visiting Whitey at the bar he worked at, and asked if he knew of anyone looking for a dog. Twenty minutes later, Max was at home with me.

Max, the Rottweiler

Max growls constantly. It took some getting used to. It’s his way of talking, but it scares the bejeezus out of people who come over to our house. He is a very, very good dog, and is incredibly loyal. He loves playing hide-and-seek, his favorite snack is whatever you’re eating, he has a tendency to lie on his back with his legs straight up in the air, and his favorite activity is swimming.

Rottweiler Smile

Max the Model

Max and Barkley are the best of friends. They rarely are in a room without each other, and even snuggle on occasion. They both have a pretty good life together. Every morning, they go on a long walk before breakfast. They typically get to go play frisbee at a nearby park 5 days a week, and during the Summer, they go swimming almost every other day. In the evenings, we’ll take them skateboarding or walk them to my mother-in-law’s house to play with her dog.

Swimming with the boys, 2007

Max swimming Max and the Frisbee

Max and Barksalot

Playing in the snow

Sharing a Frisbee

And lastly, here are a few photos of my Saint, Buddy Blackdog. Buddy passed away in October of 2005, and I’m still not over it. I’m tearing up right now as I type this.

Buddy, the best dog in the world

Barks, Max, and Bud

Trio of trouble

Buddy and Max in the La-Z-Boy

Buddy and Max

Buddy hated the water…. but he hated the new dog (Max) even more. I think watching Max and Barkley swimming while at the river, and getting all of the attention for doing so, really motivated him to learn to swim.

Buddy was in the final years of his life when he went swimming for the first time. I remember when Whitey called me at my office, telling me that Buddy was half-way across the Deschutes River fetching a frisbee. I didn’t believe him, and he emailed a photo to me from his camera phone. I was so excited – I ran out of work and drove to where they were. It was a miracle! Buddy was not only swimming, but he was swimming faster than the other dogs to fetch the frisbee. I was like a momma watching her baby learn to walk — completely teared up and clapping my hands while jumping up and down.

Sweet Buddy.

Buddy swimming

Buddy Swimming, August 2005

This photo was taken the last day he ever went swimming, about a month before he had to be put down. Sweet, sweet Buddy Blackdog. Dammit! Why do I do this to myself?!??

SO….. (wiping eyes) these are my boys. Thanks for looking at their photos and learning a bit more about them. Now you’ll understand why I say that my dogs really are better than your dogs. Because they are.



Update, August 2012:
Meet the newest hellion in our family:

Pepper Oni Lou Minerva Peanut Butter

At least, that’s her name this week.

She’s a little rascal; an Australian Shepard momma with a McNab herding dog for a poppa. She’ll bring blood to your ankles, and rules the house. So far, she likes running, terrorizing the bigger dogs, riding in the golf cart and racing behind it on par 4 and 5 holes.

Her birthday is June 14th, 2012. Send dog treats and band-aids, please.



10 Responses to My Dogs

  1. cw says:

    BARKLEY is the cutest name ever. and these guys seem like the best kids you could ever have. i love them! tell them auntie cw says aloha!!

  2. paperseed says:

    Hah! Love this page. My dog’s name is Barkley, too, although it was about a year until we actually heard him bark (which he learned from his friend Mia). I simply liked the name.

    I also enjoyed “Cesar’s Way” although I never really cared for the two episodes I saw. I LOVE that second photo of Max and Barkley.

  3. Heather says:

    This page is great! I started tearing up reading about 2 people returning Barkley. I have always had a soft spot for animals and these guys seem so happy now that you have rescued them!!!

  4. abarclay12 says:

    Oh my Gosh. This is the best about page EVER. Your dogs are beautiful, and they are THE LUCKIEST DOGS IN THE WORLD. I can tell how much you love them. And as for Buddy, I totally feel your pain. I had to put down my dog Jack in July of last year, and I cannot even get out a few sentences without putting my head into my hands and weeping. I loved that dog. I just have one dog now, and I love him so much.

    Max and Barkley are stunning. They look proud and regal, and you’ve given them such happiness. You can see how happy they are in the pictures.

    By the way, my Barkley and I share the same last name, so give him an extra pat for me, but don’t let Max see.

    Have a great Christmas.

  5. CONNI C says:

    I started tearing up just reading about buddy blackdog. awww.
    I have a spaniel retriever mix that kind of looks like your barkley.

    I just found your page today. I will mark it in my favs.


  6. CONNI C says:

    p.s. i found your site by google blog search on ocd. lol. my daughter has that mildly and looking for any help.

    she refuses meds and i think it would help her sometimes.

    ok…bye now

  7. RadRobin says:

    Oh my goodness gracious. So,I am just reading bendoregonrestaurant’s blog hoping for some tips on good food,and hit your link.

    What a lovely blog. I wish you and whitey the very best. But the link to ‘our dogs’ was trouble for me. Thank you so much for having such an indepth intro to your babies.

    And Buddy Blackdog. ohhhhhhhhh. Breaks my heart in a good way (and the heart of anyone who has lost their first forever dog). My two forever dogs – fritz and andy — were put down at 13 yrs of age in 2005 and 2007 respectively. I hear ya when you pronounce your dogs are better than anyone else’s. Cause, well, I relate, cause my dogs were better than anyone else’s. Uh huh.

    Lovely blog. Best of luck with your pizzeria. (But, I think you need to raise your prices. There’s no waiting it out. 20 years ago there was ‘waiting it out’ but now? We have a good 10 years of great depression type living. Scary. But seems true to me.)

    Peace from Bend, OR.


  8. mt says:

    What great page. Reading about Buddy made me weep. We put down our furry child in April ’07 instead of watching her suffer though cancer treatments. That was not a quality life for her and would have been unfair. Tears well up when we think about her and they will for many years to come. We take solace in knowing we gave her a good life and that she was very happy. Here is the site we created

  9. Jamie says:

    Your dogs are very gorgeous. I’ve always wanted a rottweiler. They are so beautiful.

    I have a plott hound as well. They are great dogs and from the pictures I would say that Barkley could be a Plott mix. It looks like he’s got a bit of hair, (but pictures are sometimes deceiving) Plotts only have one coat so their coat is very thin and not too coarse. His face is also slightly different from the plotts, it suggests that he might have some lab in him. That would explain being a good off leash dog, most plotts aren’t. They are most commonly used to hunt bear and cougar because of their bravery.
    Sorry about the article :), but thought you might want a little more insight on the breed.

    Thanks for all the pictures, you’re dogs are awesome. Well, maybe we’ll see you around at the dog park or downtown bend. My dogs love making new friends.

    P.S. They are the best cuddlers.

  10. Karen greene says:

    Hi. Found your blog trying to contact Ceasr Millan. My disabled daughter and our dogs were featured in his CeasarsWay magazine a few years ago. Since then, my one dog has bit people and just 10 days ago he bit a man jogging by our house! We are getting fined of course. I wasn’t home but still it’s my dog. I don’t know what else to do but get rid of him. So, my daughter is freaking out. She says the dog will die without me! He won’t eat unless I stand by him. He even open closet doors to try and find me. I just was hoping Cesar would us since the dog and my daughter where in his magazine. I’ve had the dog since he was 10mos. He is now 11yrs. Please HELP!!!! Karen Greene 717 382-4340

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