Former shelter dog Barney makes triumphant return |

Former shelter dog Barney makes triumphant return

Story and photos submitted by Jennifer Miller
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Barney, a happy dog at Carbondale's Bone Days at Dogdale event.

CARBONDALE ” Not only was the first annual Bone Days at Dogdale event a special day for those pooches who attended, but it was a very special day for Animal Rescue Foundation. Barney, one of ARF’s most well known and beloved rescue dogs, made a triumphant return to the valley for the event.

It was a happy reunion for ARF founder and director Peggy Corcillo, her husband and children, Barney’s veterinarian Dr. Ben Macklin and ARF volunteers. Now a resident of Colorado Springs, Barney has gained 20 pounds and is a happy, healthy yellow lab with a winning personality. He runs and plays and is your typical lab, except there is nothing typical about Barney. Noticeable is a deformity in his front shoulders and a slightly different movement to his gate. Tiring easily, proud owner and companion Dennis Dittrich pulls him in a shiny red wagon with a plush cushion and a handy water dish.

Barney and his survival story have touched the hearts of many. Featured as the “cover dog” on ARF’s 2007 calendar, he’s easily the most asked about rescued pet.

Initially known as Perry, he began his journey in Grand Junction. Severely underweight, deformed and barely able to walk, Barney was rescued and fostered by Peggy and her family.

It is because of dogs like Barney that non-profit Animal Rescue Foundation continues work to save as many dogs, cats, puppies and kittens as possible. Founded in 2003, ARF has rescued and placed more than 500 pets in loving homes such as Dennis Dittrich’s. Throughout the valley, ARF attends over 20 public events a year with their pets in hopes of finding them homes. They are in need of additional volunteers, foster homes and donations to help save even more lives.

ARF’s next planned fundraiser will be a workshop on pet nutrition. Specifically, how to cook a balanced meal for your dog using common grocery store items and health store supplements. It will be held Saturday, June 21 from 3-5 at the Carbondale town hall. Tickets are $50 at the door, $40 in advance through High Tails Pet Store.

For more information about ARF visit:

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User