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by Carole Feeny |

Adopter Name

Theresa & Scott

Rescue Dog’s Name


Where Did You Find Your Dog?

We adopted Barley from PAWS Chicago, the city’s largest no-kill humane organization.

Tell Us About the Moment When You Knew that You Two Were Meant for Each Other.

We had met a lot of dogs during our visit at PAWS Chicago, and it was so overwhelming because how do you choose between so many dogs that all deserve fur-ever homes? Turns out, what they say is true: You don’t choose your dog. Your dog chooses you. When we walked into the room, we saw two dogs. One was a border collie that was trying to herd us into the center of the room by running around in circles. When I sat down, the other dog calmly came up to me, sniffed and then flopped herself in my lap, belly up, eyes wide…as if to say, ”rub my belly and then take me home.” So that’s what we did. That dog was introduced to us as Adrianna, and as a tribute to the wonderful folks at PAWS Chicago, we kept that as her middle name. Today, she is Barley Adrianna Beaudry-Chu.

How Has Your Hero Changed Your Life?

There are so many ways Barley has changed our lives. Aside from the fact that she inspired our small business Barley Labs (we make all-natural dog treats out of recycled barley from a local brewery), she has given us a kind of love I never knew was possible. I (Theresa) wasn’t originally a dog lover. It wasn’t that I disliked them or was scared of them…I was more or less indifferent. Scott on the other hand grew up with dogs and wanted one so badly as an adult. Thank goodness for him because I can’t imagine life now without her. We spend so much more time outside because there’s nothing better than seeing the excitement on her face (and mostly her tail) when we put her collar on her to take her out. And she’s given us this new-found respect for the term ”unconditional love.” Barley never fails to nuzzle in or romp over with her tail wagging when we need it the most. She is one of the best things to ever happen to us, and we can’t thank the rescue community enough for making it possible.

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