Saturday, January 26, 2013

Metamorphosis




























When Barley came to us at the age of four, he wore the internal scars of neglect and abuse. The first time we walked in the woods together, he hung close to my side.  Where the path turned, I stopped, supposing that he would want to explore, but instead he sat down and watched me, waiting for the next move.  The concept of freedom can take a while to get ahold of.

In the weeks and months that followed, little by little, Barley's confidence increased, and now he owns the woods.  He examines the new scents along the way, marks the area to establish his dominance, drags back disgusting bones, and rolls in things that stink.  Now he's almost eight, and he knows he's a real dog.    

We heard Barley bark for the first time 83 days after he came to us, and now he does it when a stranger comes to visit, just a few deep, loud, protective barks, until he's sure we have the situation in hand.

One thing hasn't changed on our walks--he's always glad to head back to the house.
The only difference is, now, when he gets there... he knows he's home.







For the moving pictures, I referred to this excellent tutorial by Georgia B.



27 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

a sweet and gorgeous happy dog - as it should be. :)

Kelly said...

Your pictures and words never cease to amaze me. As well as Barley ... God bless

Sandra said...

Barley is one happy dog now and his contentment and confidence shows in his lovely face and perked up ears! A nice story about him with a happy ending! Have a beautiful Sunday, Connie.

Captain Shagrat said...

Yes I agree about the happy beginnings for both of you. Nice story, he looks so sweet

pens and needles said...

Barley has no idea that he has such a loyal and adoring fan club out here in cyberspace, just waiting to see another beautiful photo of him enjoying nature. That is one gorgeous dog -- but it is his eyes that just suck us in.

Carol L McKenna said...

Beautiful dog ~ love him ~ Wow! What a story and so glad you have each other ~ Great post!

Carol of: A Creative Harbor ^_^

Deanna said...

what a beautiful dog and such a beautiful story.

Madge Bloom said...

He's so handsome and lucky to have such a loving home... we have a rescue dog too... she's a Corgi mix and we love her SO much! Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #67!

Cathy said...

That face... what a great story too.

S. Etole said...

What a loving rescue along with beautiful photos.

She Who Carries Camera said...

love how you did the motion!

georgia b. said...

love that dog and his name. what a pretty creature. i always love to hear stories of rescued animals and how they are so loved in their new homes. what a lucky guy he is to have an owner like you... who cares for him and takes him on those walks. they look lovely... beautiful surroundings {and great moving pic!}. i know i'd love to go on a walk there. and if i were a dog or even a kid, i'd love to run around as well. now, i'm to old for the running part. =)

nice to hear from you. it's been a while. thanks for the link-up!

Jennifer Richardson said...

that kind of restoration
is one of the most beautiful things
I know.
makes my heart flip flop grateful.
and your photos and the glorious
camera work
are wonderful!
thanks for sharing...you give me such joy!
-Jennifer

Leave It To Davis said...

What a heart warming story, and what a handsome dog!!!

I also envy your moving picture!

Sharon said...

So very cool! Abby just swooned!!LOL

Pat said...

I like the movement!
I'm so glad you and Barley found each other!

Molly said...

I love the message of this post... never too late to teach an old dog new tricks... especially ones of love and safety. He looks like a really handsome chap

Mollyxxx

Kathleen said...

Cool moving pics! Good to see him and know he is doing so much better, as our Baby is, too! Love ya! Kathleen

tinajo said...

Beautiful pics of a beautiful dog!

Buckeroomama said...

What a beautiful dog... and what a beautiful piece about him.

The moving pics are so cool! I'll have to check out the tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

(Also, thanks for linking up with us over at Communal Global.)

Sharon said...

Barley is an awesome, beautiful dog! The moving effect surprised me -- love it!

Lisa Gordon said...

What a beautiful post this is, Connie.
How lucky you are to have each other.
xo.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

I nearly missed this and I love it!!!

Misty DawnS said...

Absolutely beautiful post. All three of my Border Collies are rescues, so this truly resonates with me.

Nancy Claeys said...

Bless your heart -- he has found a forever home. xo

Jeanne said...

Love your moving shot of Barley and what a wonderful story of his now happy life!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for rescuing Barley. Prescious dog now has wonderful home. Nothing more rewarding than rescuing a dog.