Fostering and re-homing greyhounds in the South Lake District, Cumbria
RACING NAME: NAVAJO VIERE
EARMARK: AP - BHP
Barry arrived on Saturday 15th June 2013
and was in long-term foster care with Flower and Colin.
Sadly Barry passed away on the 24th January 2014
following the diagnosis of pelvic cancer.
Barry's arrival and a brief history
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Barry is a handsome black ex-racing greyhound who was born on the 23rd October 2003. He is neutered, inoculated, microchiped and has recently had a dental.
Barry is a real gentleman, has a lovely nature, such friendly looking eyes and adores cuddles. He walks nicely on the lead and travels well in the car.
|* The branch kennel at the bottom
of our garden is where Barry
the other resident(s) will
be for the first day or so until he
gets to know the other greyhounds.
our garden and
paddock, and once he gets to know
the other dogs he will be allowed in
the house during the day and all
the dogs will then take it
in turn to
sleep in the house at night, so
they become use to sleeping in
both the kennel and the house.
15th June 2013
29th June 2013
Flower emailed to say that Barry is a really loving boy and follows her everywhere. He has made their bedroom his bedroom along with their greyhound Flower which they think is rather nice. He is definately not cat friendly because they came across four cats during a walk two days ago and he was intent on trying to get them.
On their walk today they came across two small dogs at different times and he just lunged at them, this she says, she will have to work on. He appears fine with bigger dogs, but not the smaller ones.
Today they realized he is toy posessive, so they will work on that also. They had been out, and when they arrived back he greated them as usual and then took a teddy from the dog toy box onto his bed. Flower went to stroke him and he snarled at her with a possessive stance over his toy. Probably thought she was going to take it off him. She worked with him for 10 minutes and he seemed more relaxed, Colin also took the toy of him a couple of times then they left it. Barry got four more toys and put them on his bed then just walked off and left them and hasn't bothered with them since. They will work on this and sees how it progresses, but if what we know of the past with other dogs, it will pass in time. It's just that he's not used to toys nor sharing whatever he's found with others. Given time he will settle and be fine. We've seen it loadsof times before with new dogs.
8th July 2013
Flower who is now fostering Barry says he is now okay with toys and is no longer possessive with them as he was when he first came. He really enjoys a game of fetch and tug of war.
He loves his toys and has even taken a little teddy up to bed which he plays with while they are getting ready for bed, then he settles down for the night after making his own bed. He's enjoying playing with a squeaky toy now bless him after a play in the garden with the other dogs.
Barry is quite a comedian when he is in play mode and runs in and out of the house and round the garden like a puppy with his toy. He is such a sweety and Flower's brother thinks he is a lovely dog with a beautiful temperament. When he finds his forever home he will make his new owners a wonderful pet. He is always there with his head pushed into my hand or groin - he just can't get close enough or get enough love.
30th July 2013
Flower who is fostering Barry gave him a bath today.
1st August 2013
This morning Flower and Colin took Barry to see Ken Woodacre because they say he seems stiff and finds it difficult to stand from a laying down position sometimes.
Ken put back both his hips, which were out along with his 7th lumber in his back. All this work released a sciatic nerve that was trapped.
When they arrived home Flower later phoned to say Barry seemed so much better since he'd seen Ken and they now hope he will start to enjoy life with a little less pain and discomfort than before.
11th August 2013
Barry is still doing fine and coming along nicely. Flower hasn't tried him off lead
as yet as there is nowhere secure enough if he decides to bolt. His coat is coming on nicely now that he's lost nearly all his kennel coat
and they have a lovely sleek little man now. Unfortinately he is still has his little problem with urineafter he's been asleep,
but it isn't too bad, Flower just washes his bedding every other day. It shouldn't cause a problem with the right
Barry has such a lovely charecter, he can't get close enough to them and he loves his cuddles and soft toys, which
he plays with inside and out. He now has a little run around in the garden with the others, and if they get a bit rough he puts them in their place, then runs in and out the house with his toy.
It was possible Barry didn't know his name when he first arrived, but he answers to it now.
1st September 2013
Barry is settling in well in his foster home and becoming firm friends with the other dogs in the household. He loves his toys and is no longer quite so possesive when one of the others walks near one. He's still following Flower around a lot, but this should diminish as he settles more.
20th September 2013
Flower took a trip to the vet with Barry a few days ago because his urine problems has been slowly getting worse. He's now on Propaline 3 times a day to reduce or stop this 'leakage'. It's early days, but Flower thinks it may be beginning to work.
12th October 2013
We heard today that Barry has been looking for the cat he heard on the TV. He knew it was there somewhere, but he just couldn't see it!
2nd November 2013
Flower emailed to say the medication for Barry has helped his leakage problem tremendously. She tried cutting his dose down to twice a day but had to up it back to three times a day again.
He is very settled
now and doesn't come to her for security cuddles all the time. He was always pushing his head into her hand and butting her with his head, but now he comes over when he wants a bit of a fuss and waits quietly.
still a oportunist though when it comes to a brew, he also pinched some chilli and chutney sausages yesterday before they got chance to find their way to the fryer, the little minx!
5th November 2013
Flower emailed to say fire works have been going off all weekend especially this evening. Barry has passed with flying colours, all the bangers and weird noises have not troubled him in the least, and he has been his lovely usual calm self.
22nd December 2013
Received an email today letting us know that Barry is fine and his medication seems to be doing the trick. When he first went to them he was rather wary of the grand children but he is totally fine and at ease with them now even when they get a little rowdy. A photo was attached of him overseeing Jake putting all the christmas dog food and treats away waiting to see if any were dropped. Jake gave him some treats for his patience.
6th January 2014
Flower phoned today because she was concerned for Barry's health. He had started limping on his back left leg, his walks have slowed down and become shorter. He's stopped playing with his toys and just wants to lay on his bed not bothering too much with what is going on. These things have all come on gradual so Flower said she hadn't really noticed until now because he's stopped going upstairs with them at night, he's become weaker on his back legs and seems to be doing less each day.
An appointment was arranged for Barry to see his vet, but I warned Flower that from what she was describing things didn't look too good and to be prepared for the worse.
A visit to the vet a couple of days later suggested he may have arthritus and Metacam was prescribed.
A few days on Metacam and things got no better so it was suggested Barry go back to the vet for further tests.
24th January 2014
This morning Barry went to the vet to determine why his back legs are so stiff and to see what the lump was that had just appeared near his hip, which appeared to be growing.
Flower, having just got back home from leaving Barry at the vets for his x-ray emailed to say it looks rather bleak for him as bone cancer was mentioned in his pelvic area. She was asked to keep her mobile at hand. She asked the vets to do the best thing for him according to the results of the x-ray and if necessary to let him pass away peacefully whilst still under the anastetic. His lump has grown by half again overnight which is a concern. Both vets are puzzled as to how guick it has apeared - in just 48 hrs.
The vet phoned Flower and Colin while Barry was still asleep with the anaesthetic with the result of the x-ray. The x-ray had revealed quite severe bone cancer in his pelvis, so things were much worse than first thought, and, as a result, it was felt it would be kinder for Barry to let him pass away in his sleep, which the vet arranged.
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* The branch kennel
In our garden
18th June 2013
Lenny and Barry sharing a bed
24th September 2013
Enjoying the autumn sunshine
27th September 2013
Is there something behind there?
12th October 2013
29th November 2013
Helping to put the
Christmas treats away
22nd December 2013
Sadly Barry passed away on
Friday 24th January 2014
following the diagnosis of
bone cancer in his pelvic region.
Born: 23rd October 2003
Died: 24th January 2014
(Aged: 10 years, 3 months old)