POW! The Name of The Perfect Dog Is 'Barkley'

POW! The Name of The Perfect Dog Is ‘Barkley’

Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.”
Franklini P. Jones, humourist, reporter

  • KCAC’s Adorable, Adoptable Pet of the Week is written by Tecla Metzel of Kane County Animal Control. Additional photos by Lorena Page Photography.

In case you ever wondered what the name of the perfect dog is, it’s Barkley.

You’ll know when he’s in the room because he barges in with a smile on his face and a pull-toy in his mouth. He dares you to take it away from him, and when you make a really good attempt at doing so, he runs away. You can almost hear him laughing as he skids down the hallway.


“I got one over on the two-legged one!” he might exclaim.

He’ll come back and try to do it again until you do actually grab it and toss it across the room. Now, he’s suckered you into the game. “A few more times, maybe,” you try to tell him.

When he puts his head on your lap and stares adoringly into your eyes, you’re hooked. This 4-year-old black Labrador retriever has stolen your heart — and the cookie you left on your desk.

Barkley was owner-surrendered due to circumstances beyond his control, but Barkley is more than ready for his final fur-ever home. His favorite part of the day is when he receives scratches behind the ears from his people friends.

He’ll even ignore getting to play with toys if he can get a bunch of petting sessions.

He’s very passive around other dogs, even tending to hide behind his handler. He seems to like other dogs, just doesn’t know how to act around them.


Barkley is potty-trained, even letting his people know when he has to go by barking, whining and leading them to the door. How do we clone this dog?

Fall is here. The cool days and nights have begun.

Barkley is the perfect dog to take for a brisk walk down the street as leaves crunch under your feet. He’ll look up at you from time to time to make sure he’s doing what you want him to do.

When it’s time to come home, he’s more than happy to lay by your feet and chew on a bone while you sip hot chocolate and stream videos.

If a best fur-ever friend is what you’re looking for in this uncertain time, then Barkley is ready for you to make an appointment to come see him.

He’s ready! Are you?

KCAC Update

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 virus situation, KCAC is asking any potential adopters to call ahead and make an appointment to visit with Barkley or any one of KCAC’s adoptable animals.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but we want to continue to remain vigilant in keeping our employees and county animals as healthy as possible.

How to Adopt

All Kane County Animal Control adoptable cats and dogs are spayed/neutered, microchipped and up-to-date on all vaccines, including rabies. They are tested for feline leukemia/FIV and heartworm.

The adoption fee is $200 for dogs and $100 for cats. Adoption of two dogs is $300, and adoption of two cats is $150. The adoption fee for cockatiels is $25.

For more information regarding Kane County Animal Control’s adoptable animals and for an adoption application, please visit www.kanecountypets.org.

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About Kane County Animal Control

It is the duty of the Animal Control Department to:

  • Ensure that all domesticated dogs and cats over 4 months of age are vaccinated against rabies and have a Kane County rabies tag.
  • Ensure that all reported animal bites are given precautionary attention in relation to the possibility rabies infection.
  • Ensure that pet owners are instructed on proper procedures pertaining to animal bites and enforce adherence to these procedures.
  • Contain loose\stray dogs in unincorporated Kane County and those towns and villages with whom contracted.
  • Investigate nuisance dog complaints in unincorporated Kane County and those towns and villages with whom contracted.

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