Barkley ready to play

     Here is our (Sonja's and mine) very first canine companion.  This is Barkley and after all these years we still miss her.   Barkley was a great dog, smart and devoted, always wanting to do something to please us.  She was 4 yr. old in this shot, taken down at the bay just b/4 going on a romp in the fields.  Barkley was a Sheltie/Chow Chow mixed female.  She was quite a swimmer and loved to swim for long distances.  She would plunge into the bay and paddle out to where it was over her head, then turn and parallel the beach, swimming along while i walked along the land following after her.