Barclay has been irritated that all the attention has been focused on Oliver lately. Given that today is Barclay’s 4th birthday, today will be all about him.
But, briefly, Oliver is responding to meds well, eating voraciously, active, engaged and shows no external signs of being sick, other than the side effects of prednisone (the general ones – muscle weakness, excessive thirst/hunger, etc.). We see the doctor for a two-week check up tomorrow, so we’ll know what blood levels, etc., are and can gauge how he’s doing.
Back to Barclay.
Barclay was actually born on August 27, 2009. So, technically speaking, today is his “gotcha” day.
Barclay was born at Saddlehill Labradors in Riverside, CA; the story of how he came to be a Buck-White Boy is for another post. His dad is “Ch Saddlehill Struttin In The Moonlight” and his mom is “Beshire Saddlehill Spring Sparkle.” This means that Barclay’s full name is Saddlehill Barclay Buck-White.
Dads had to drive all the way to Riverside to pick him up and got to meet his mom and dad and brothers and sisters and uncles and cousins and everybody.
Then they had to drive him all the way home. Four hours. He threw up in the car.
Tucker had stayed at a friend’s house that day. Then they met . . .
But it really didn’t take long until they became the best of friends.
He’s named Barclay because he’s an English-style lab. And dads wanted something that sounded English. So, like Barclay’s Bank, right? Also, “Bar” in Hebrew means “son of” and one of our dads’ name is Clay, so, “Son of Clay.” Other daddy felt left out when he learned that, but Barmike would’ve sounded weird.
For awhile Barclay looked just like Shirley’s pet Boo Boo Kitty. Remember her?
So Barclay picked up the name “Boo Boo Kitty” and very often gets called Barclay Boo Boo Kitty Buck-White
Or sometimes just “Boo” for short.
But we can’t remember a time when there wasn’t a Barclay and are so glad he became a Buck-White, even if he is a little stand-offish sometimes and thinks that every bag has toys for him in it. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
Happy Birth/Gotcha-Day, Barclay Boo Boo Kitty Barcle-butt.