Barkley rescued us almost 3 years ago. He was a small 20 lb, 4 yr old Schipperke mix. I was going thru a divorce and lots of things were changing. I felt my children and I needed a good change in our lives. I went to Peggy Adams online, found Barkley and as soon as I met him knew he was right for us. Barkley had been trained around small kids and cats before, and was full of love. He was in great health, and while I love puppies, I don't have the time to train and house-break one. Barkley has a lot of playfulness in him with the benefits of an older dog. I brought my 2 kids, then 6 & 9, to meet him the next day. They fell in love immediately! Barkley had a former name that we felt didn't fit him, and he took to his new name instantly. He is extremely affectionate and loves everyone and thinks every dog is his friend. I have no idea how he had 2-3 homes before becoming part of our family b/c we could never let him go. He is so sweet, affectionate, and just wants to be as physically close to me and the kids as possible. He has never showed his teeth or bitten me or the kids. If my son 8 or daughter 10 hug him too tight by accident, Barkley will let out a little growl and get up and walk away. I taught my kids to be gentle, and we have never had a problem. We love him so much and he knows it! He sleeps on our beds with us at our feet. Thank you, Peggy Adams, for taking great care of all the animals in your care and finding fur-ever homes for them. I would take home all the dogs and cats if I could! God bless your staff and volunteers!