Howdy Oliver Barkley!
You are very cute!
What kind of dog are you?
Well, I’m an F1B miniature Goldendoodle.
An F1B? That sounds like a race car, not a dog!
I’m a dog! But I’m fancy like a race car.
Tell us about being an F1B, I’m curious now.
Well, my biological mom was a Goldendoodle and my biological dad was a Toy Poodle. My real Momma and Dada picked me because Dada has severe allergies — and a pup like me can be perfect for allergy sufferers!
How ‘miniature’ are you?
Well, I’m fully grown now at 12 1/2 pounds, but everyone still mistakes me for a little puppy.
How old are you Mr. Oliver Barkley?
I am 2 1/2 years old and will turn 3 in August. My birthday party theme last year was bunnies — and Momma made me a cake for my party. It was pawesome!
How did you get your name?
Well my proper first name is Oliver Barkley, but lots of people shorten it to just Oliver. I guess it seems like a pretty formal name for such a little guy. Momma only calls me Oliver if I’m in trouble, which isn’t very often because I’m spoiled rotten! I have TONS of nicknames though: Poot, Barbar, Pickles, Barky…and some others that I’m too embarrassed to mention!
Tell us, where do you live?
I live in Sleepy Hollow.
Sleepy Hollow? With the headless horseman?
No silly, Sleepy Hollow, Illinois, which is a suburb of Chicago. It is a great place to live because I have the best of both worlds. I can shop on Michigan Avenue or go for a romp in the woods and enjoy wide open spaces.
How long have you lived there in Sleepy Hollow?
I have lived in the Chicago area since Thanksgiving of 2010. I was born in Fountain Inn, South Carolina and flew all the way to my forever home where Momma and Dada picked me up at O’Hare International Airport.
You flew on an airplane?
I sure did! I even had a stopover in Texas! I was well-traveled at such a young age.
Were you scared?
My Momma stressed about my flight, but I was very well-cared for all along the way and arrived healthy, safe and happy – although I was a little shy at first. It was all worth it! I had tons of toys and lots and lots of unconditional love waiting for me when I arrived!
Would you say that your city is dog-friendly?
We are pleased to have discovered lots of dog-friendly places in our area – hotels, restaurants and even an entire mall! The first store I went to was Yankee Candle, and even our local Home Depot is dog-friendly so I get to help pick out supplies for projects at our house!
Wow, that sounds like a great place already!
It is. I also took swimming lessons for the first time recently at a local indoor swimming pool designed just for dogs. It was very exciting!
Do they have dog parks in your area?
Yes they do. I live just a minute or two from the nearest dog park, but I’m always more interested in the people than playing with other dogs, so we don’t go there much. I attend daycare 2-3 times a week though and have made lots of four-legged (and human!) friends there. Daycare is my favorite place of all!
Can dogs go on public transit?
Well now that you mention it, I’ve never actually tried to take the train to the city. I’m very scared of the vacuum cleaner, so the sound of a train might really upset me! But that’s an interesting idea! I bet I could charm my way into a cab or onto a bus with no problem since I’m so small and always being held in someone’s arms.
My absolute favorite is just riding in the car with Momma and Dada. Sometimes we go on road trips to visit family and other times we just go for Sunday drives together. I love it!
Are there any particular places you like to go walking?
Our neighborhood doesn’t have sidewalks, so I get really nervous walking in my neighborhood and will always ask to be picked up and carried instead. We did discover a great place nearby called Beverly Lake where there’s lots of walking trails, rolling hills and grassy fields for me to amble through and explore.
Sometimes I get to go off my leash, but I am always aware of where my parents are at all times. I like to walk ahead of them and then wait for them to catch up. I’m very attached to them, so I never let them leave my sight. My little legs still get tired easily though, and eventually, I always ask to be picked up and carried for a while along our journey.
Do people in your city dress their dogs in clothes?
Well, some people do, and my Momma is definitely one of those peoples!
She says I have more clothes than she has! I have a winter coat to keep me warm, lots of hooded sweatshirts, sweaters, t-shirts, a St. Louis Cardinals baseball jersey — and even pajamas! My Gangy and Pop Pop gave me my favorite sweater of all. It’s a turtleneck sweater with blue stripes and a bone on the back. I ask to wear it all the time when it’s cold outside! I also won first place in a costume contest one year when I dressed up as a red crayon for Halloween!
Do most people have dogs there?
There are a lot of dogs at my daycare and lots of dog-friendly events, so we do see a lot of pups around town. But I think humans probably have a wide range of pets around here — even horses!
What is the climate like in Sleepy Hollow?
Our winter is usually cold and snowy, but summer can be rather hot and humid. Spring and fall are generally nice, and my favorite is crunching through the leaves and jumping in the leaf piles in the Fall! We also have a fire pit in our backyard that we like to sit around during chilly weather. I love that the seasons are always changing. I even like to splash around in the rain!
What is your favorite local treat to eat?
I’m very picky about food. Sometimes I will get a treat and just carry it around for weeks at a time, hiding it in different areas of the house (my favourite treat-hiding place is under the covers in my parents’ bed!), but I really get excited when we order sausage pizza. I LOVE having pizza parties! There are lots of great shops that specialize in yummy dog treats, too. The last treat I was given was a frosted ginger snap cookie with sprinkles! But I’m not sure how it tasted really. I carried it around for a long time until one day I finally dropped it on the floor and it broke into little pieces. Then it was thrown away. I never really planned on eating it in the first place. I’m silly like that!
What else do dogs do for fun there?
Oh, there are all kinds of things to do for fun, but the most fun of all is running around the yard barking at people who are walking or jogging by! The best way to do this is by sitting on the back of the couch and watching out the window — then when someone starts approaching, you leap off the couch, run for the door, and then run outside like you’re super tough and just bark, bark, bark, bark while running back and forth across the yard! That’s my idea of a perfect afternoon.
Sounds like our house!
Thank you for telling us all about Sleepy Hollow Oliver Barkley! It sounds like you have a great life in a wonderful city!