Barley is a golden retriever who lives in Amsterdam with his two favorite people, Zita Butler and Marc Wisselo.
But there's another individual who's very, very important to Barley — even if he's an inanimate object.
And that's Fluffy.
Fluffy is a stuffed toy who happens to look just like Barley.
Barley and Fluffy have been together ever since Barley came to live with his favorite people.
"A week before Barley came home, we were in IKEA and noticed all the stuffed golden retrievers on the shelves," Butler and Wisselo told The Dodo in an email. "We thought it would be fun for Barley to have a little friend ... He’s totally besotted with his mini-me."
Fluffy is an important part of Barley's activities every single day: "They go for walks together, they chill together, they sleep next to each other. They even pee together," Butler and Wisselo said. "Often you’ll just find them both snoozing together on the couch or watching TV."
Fluffy also takes part in bigger adventures, too: "Fluffy must join us on our holidays," Butler and Wisselo said. "So far Barley and Fluffy have explored the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany. Marc built a special 'bakfiets' (a special Dutch bike which parents use to ferry their kids around) for Barley so that he can travel with us all around the city."