Barney was still a young puppy when his owners decided that they were unable to care for him, and brought him to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in the UK. It was there that the rambunctious Labrador met the clinic’s head nurse, Rachel Ab’dee, and both knew instantly that Barney would be going home with her.
Ab'dee had a soft spot for Labradors and their happy, easygoing nature, but wanted to give other families a chance to adopt Barney before filling out the paperwork herself. “I had recently lost my own Labrador retriever and my first thought upon seeing Barney was, ‘I’d love to have him,’ but I thought that he would find a home very quickly," Ab’dee told The Dodo. "When a week had passed and Barney was still in kennels without a home, I knew it was meant to be.”