By repeated request, here’s a profile of one of the stars of my recently concluded competition.
Barney: Behind the Contest
The Chihuahua whose buggy eyes hypnotized and terrified entrants in my 2010 contest is Barney. He was photographed in his sombrero, duded up for Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days — aka Fiesta, a four-day SB party every August. He is the second rescued dog to find a happy home with my brother Bill and sister-in-law Sleeplessnsb (“What happens in Fresno, stays in Fresno”).
Sleeplessnsb is Barney’s publicist and mouthpiece, so I’ll let her give you the juicy details:
“Wow, Barney is an international ‘blog-star!’ Here are a few Barney bio-bullets…
Namesake: Barney Rubble from the Flintstones (eyes give it away).
DOB: 8.19.2004 — runt of the litter — orphaned by his mother, Biscuit, who was tragically run over by the breeder’s Hummer (no kidding).
Place: Painted Cave area of Santa Barbara.
Likes: cheese, licking toes, dirty socks, snapping at big dogs — especially greyhounds.
Dislikes: flashlights, thunder, anything canine or feline, vacuum cleaners, riding on the freeway.
Life Partner: Monty.”
Monty is rescue-dog #1, found beneath an abandoned mobile home in central California. Now both Chihuahuas live among the towering Gardiner clan in Santa Barbara.
Many thanks to Barney for lending this blog his star power.
Note: Interviews with the other two stars of the contest will not be possible. The bomb-disposal robot has zig-zagged into hiding, and Butterscotch the explodey pony has, well, blown the whole thing off.