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From lost in the Bahamas to blue ribbon winner: meet Barney

Posted: May 14, 2013 4:49 p.m.
Updated: May 15, 2013 5:00 a.m.
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Barney and his owner Judy Reavey at the 77th Annual Spring Dog Show.

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C-I (Camden, S.C.) Localife editor


This year’s winner of Grace Episcopal Church’s Annual Spring Dog Show has an unusual story. Barney was discovered when he was just barely one month old in the tropical islands known as the Bahamas.

His owners, Judy and Ed Reavey, said they were at their residence in the Bahamas when they came home one night and heard a noise outside.

They tried to identify what sort of animal it could possibly be but were unable to figure it out when their other dog, Jet, a black lab, began chasing the mysterious creature behind the noise.

What they didn’t know was that the owner of the scared screams was their now beloved companion, Barney.

The couple fed him but didn’t allow him indoors because it wasn’t until the next morning that they were able to tell that the animal was actually a puppy.

"Our house is in a very isolated area. We’re not quite sure where he came from," the Reaveys said.

Barney quickly became a beloved member of the family and has now been with the Reaveys for about seven years.

"Barney and Jet loved each other," the Reaveys said about the relationship between Barney and Jet who has since passed away.

The Reaveys divide their time between their home in the Bahamas and their home in Camden, spending the winter on the islands and the other months in South Carolina. Barney travels on the plane with them.

"He’s a very good traveler. We call the plane ‘Barney’s Plane,’" the couple said with a laugh.

While this may not be Barney’s first dog show, it is his first time at number one. Barney was entered in the Spring Dog Show a few years back where he won third place in the Mixed Dog Class.

This is the first time Barney has won first in the Mixed Dog Class which led to him winning Best In Show. Barney’s groomer for the show, or "ungroomer" as they referred to him was Jonathan Howell.

The 77th Annual Spring Dog Show took place Saturday, May 4 at noon.


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