Meet the dog behind Contest 2010

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.

11 responses to “Meet the dog behind Contest 2010

  1. Awwww… Barney is a wee beaut! That was wonderful, thanks Meg. (Deej will be very pleased!) 😀
    I think it’s wonderful that your brother and sister-in-law have taken these guys in, so many lovely animals miss out on a happy life.
    Our other dog (“Oz”, a four yr old Golden Lab/Huntaway X) is a rescue animal. He and his brother had been tied up and left for dead on a rural property.

    Thanks to your family for sharing their babies with us! (Oh, and I love his name – Barney Rubble, perfect!)

    P.S… RIP, Biscuit.

  2. Yes, I am so tickled to read about Barney.

    Living in California and being that he is homosexual, I’m sure Prop 8 was a very important issue for he and Monty. I am so glad that you found both, and that they found each other.

    Does this make Butterscotch a “fag nag?”

  3. Oh, and the baby in the photo is just adorable.

  4. And Monty’s a cutie too. My guess is he eats table scraps. Just sayin’.

  5. It’s a pleasure to meet Barney and to learn more about him, his partner Monty, and his people. Now that we know he is related to you, Meg, the resemblance is unmistakable.

    And Barney Rubble may, in fact, be his namesake, but I can’t help thinking of a song my parents used to sing called “Barney Google,” who had “Goo-goo-goo-ga-ly eyes.” (Wikipedia tells me that it was a 1923 Spike Jones song based on Barney Google, the comic strip character. Maybe Barney Rubble was inspired by Barney Google?)

    By the way, wasn’t there a contest entry that put the dog on Stern’s Wharf during Fiesta as part of a Precision Chihuahua Drill Team and Cross-Dressing Colloquium? Uncanny. Whoever wrote that should really win the whole enchilada.

  6. So, Gardiner, you think you have it tricky? What about me? Blog star, all round good doggie and Peter Lorre look-alike. No wonder I’m sleeping.

  7. I am thrilled to be able to share Barney with all of you!! He is a special little guy, the only thing bigger than his eyeballs is his heart!!

  8. Thank you for letting us skewer the poor guy. He really looks very sweet.

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