If it weren't for Barney, I wouldn't have made it through the past year without losing my mind. Barney has provided me with the stability and prospective to help me through my battles with an eating disorder, family and work.
He's afraid of thunder, the vacuum and especially hates plastic bags left on the ground, but he's taught me that it's not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog.
Barney does whatever Barney wants, he doesn't let other people or especially bigger dogs push him order. I've seen him stand up to the biggest dogs at the park and they back down.
Some would call him stubborn, but through this strong willed little dog, I've learned never to back down and to speak up for myself - no one else can do so for you.
He also has a softer side. When my mind is racing at night and I can't sleep, Barney's warm body and soft heart beat helps me to get out of my own head and focus on what's here and now.
He also knows that every day is a new opportunity to enjoy life. So roll around in the grass, chase a butterfly or just soak up the sun because every day is a blessing.
I know I'm turning into a crazy dog lady for this little dachshund mix that I picked up at the pound has shown me parts of myself I didn't know existed. He's given me the hope and the passion to life live to it's fullest every day.
He may not be perfect - his teeth are crooked, his ears are too long but to me - he's the best dog in the whole entire world. Thank you for helping me through one of the most difficult times in my life. I only hope that I can provide you with the same love and devotion in return.