The Hairy Barry Chronicles (a recap)

In the spring of 2014, we adopted Hairy Barry, a sweet, lovable Flat-Coated Retriever with some serious anxiety issues, most of which appeared when camping in our RV.  Barry’s “not-so-good” behaviors include running away from our home/campsites, severe Separation Anxiety, obnoxiously barking at other dogs, and an over-active prey drive.

The Hairy Barry Chronicles didn’t start as a series.  It was originally written as one very long article that ended up being over 2,500 words!  I later divided it into three articles that delve into Barry’s behaviors and what we’ve tried to help calm his anxiety:

I am delighted to report that Barry’s anxiety is getting better.  The Hairy Barry Chronicles shares the joy and challenges in rescuing a loving, anxious dog in hopes of supporting my fellow RVers who might find themselves in a similar situation.

Thank you for your interest in and enthusiasm for our sweet Hairy Barry.  We love him so much… can you tell?  Feel free to ask questions and share any tips of what has or hasn’t worked for your anxious dog.

With Appreciation, Chris

Update 4/17/16:  This is difficult news to share.  We lost Hairy Barry to Cancer.  We were completely stunned to learn of this development and heartbroken to say goodbye to our beloved furry friend.  Thanks to all for your delight at his antics and for caring about our journey with Hairy Barry.  We’ve decided to leave these posts up for the time being because they help us to remember him with a smile.  Also, because we want to help other RVers with anxious dogs.  Hug your furry friends for us and say prayer for Hairy Barry.

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  • Reply Sandi Thomas Preddy April 22, 2015 at 10:54 am

    I’ve really enjoyed the chronicles on your dog. Having had pets with behavioral problems I laughed along with you. We can’t always laugh about it until well after the event, right?!?

    • Reply Chris Hughes April 24, 2015 at 8:01 am

      Sandi, I think that’s just about the best compliment I could receive. I’m so glad you enjoyed Hairy Barry’s stories! And, agreed, sometimes it takes a little bit of time for the behaviors to be funny. It sure helps that he’s adorable and loving. 🙂 Thanks again!!!

  • Reply 4 Strategies That DIDN’T Help Our Anxious Dog (Part 3) – CU On The Road April 23, 2015 at 12:02 pm

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  • Reply 5 Day Black and White Challenge (Day 1) – CU On The Road May 11, 2015 at 10:19 pm

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  • Reply Hairy Barry: Still An Anxious Dog? – CU On The Road November 27, 2015 at 9:36 am

    […] Want to know more about what worked and didn’t work to help our newly adopted anxious dog, Hairy Barry?  Click here to check out the article series: “The Hairy Barry Chronicles.”   […]

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