"Barkley" - Bark Rivers-Ray of Sunshine
Born Aug. 23, 1998. His breeder is Suzanne Church, originally from Wisconsin, but now an Arizona resident. Barkley came to live with me when he was a six-month old puppy. For years I had no intention on training him for trials, but through an agility class just for fun we became involved in obedience.
I happened to end up with a Shiba who is very friendly to people and other dogs, but is extremely independent, stubborn, and inattentive. Training him is a big challenge. We made it through the first two legs in Novice A obedience so far. All in all, I am very proud of him to achieve even this much on account of his nature.
He has his TDI certification and we visit in the local hospital once a week where he is a great success, mostly on account of his looks. Very few people have ever seen a Shiba and I am asked a lot of questions on his breed.