Cody - Mare McCusker - Wilmington, DE

Berner-Garde #37923

Cody came into my life in January 2007. It started when a friend of mine at work was telling me her son was getting a Berner puppy. She told me a long story about how her daughter in law contacted a rescue and was picking up the puppy to surprise him. I asked her about the rescue and she said a large puppy mill was shut down in Kansas. Wait a minute- my berner Shelby’s breeder was in Kansas… could it have been a puppy mill? Turns out it was. I have never felt so guilty in my life! I read the stories of these BARC babies and I knew I had to rescue one- since I myself had unknowingly supported a mill.

I looked on the BARC website at all the sad adult dogs and Cody caught my eye. He was so skinny! His chest looked like Santa Clause’s beard. I live pretty far from Kansas- Delaware to be exact- but Cody was being fostered in Pittsburgh, so I felt it was fate! Once I was approved to adopt I contacted the wonderful Perkins family who were fostering Cody and made arrangements to pick him up. I had my doubts the whole five-hour trip- what if he didn’t like me? What if he ran away? What am I going to do with over 200 lbs of dog in my life?

I had no reason to worry. Shelby made the trip with me to meet Cody, and he went right to her and hasn’t left her side since. Cody adjusted to living in a house with regular meals and treats and love very quickly. He is the light of my life. He has taught me so much about releasing the past and trusting again that he brings tears to my eyes at times. He is also quite the King at my house. He likes his couch, he backyard, his sister and his people, and also any other person at the dog park that he randomly sits down next to and asks for pets and treats! I can’t believe how far he has come in 1 year- and I look forward to many more years of his love in my life.

Mare McCusker
Wilmington DE
BARC’s Cody and Shelby