Barley, a beautiful Dogue de Bordeaux, was surrendered to Big Dogs Huge Paws with her younger sister Josie by an Oklahoma breeder. Josie found foster first and has a wonderful forever home.
Barley waited in boarding until a foster home in the Wichita area could take her. The two could not be fostered together as they did not get along. Her initial introduction to her foster home saw a relatively uneventful first week. It seemed she was learning not to be a bossy girl.
When it comes to people, she can’t get enough attention and belly rubs. However, as it turned out, Barley is particular and has definite ideas about what animals she does and doesn’t like. And smaller dogs are not for her.
“She’s been quite good with the bigger dogs, the Great Dane and the Mastiff,” said her foster home. “But for some reason, she took a dislike to our smallest dog, a 58-pound mixed breed.”
Barley had shown aggression with a small dog at boarding as well. She has found the cats and kittens in the house a constant source of amusement. It has to be overseen, though, because Barley is 102 pounds of solid Mastiff puppy.
“She’s just playful and doesn’t realize how much bigger she is,” her foster home notes. “But when the in and out cat is outside, she becomes fair game and Barley will chase her clear across the yard.”
Typical of a puppy, since Barley is now just over a year old, she is learning her manners: not to pull on a leash, that the cats are not moving play toys, how to play “fetch,” and what she can and cannot chew on. She is house trained and crate trained. She has an outgoing personality, but is very happy at a person’s feet.
While she has been in foster, Barley has seen two other fosters go to their forever homes. Her foster home notes that she would be a good man’s dog as she has bonded more closely with the men of the household. Ideally, Barley would be the only dog as she is bossy, but being in a home with one or two older, larger dogs will help Barley find her place in the pack. Cats are okay, as long as she’s not left out alone with them.
“She’s a gorgeous girl, and the Bordeauxs are one of the smaller Mastiffs,” said her foster home. “She would be fine in a home with older children and lots of attention.”
Though Barley is fostered in the Wichita area, Big Dogs Huge Paws will work with an adopter to arrange transport to other states for the right home for Barley.
To apply to adopt Barley, you can download an adoption application at the Big Dogs Huge Paws web site.