Rickie

Rickie

On July 2, 2007, Larry Barker had to say a very difficult goodbye to his youngest GSD, Ricky. This was a dog that was well-known by some, and not known at all by others. You could always tell when Ricky was present. He was... very vocal about expressing his opinions! From the beginning, Ricky's breeder knew that he was a sharp dog, and could only go to a very experienced handler. Larry was just that person. It became a running joke about how many times they butted heads. But Larry persevered, and Ricky found his niche. He was a strong enthusiastic working dog that needed a career and Larry found one for him - as an explosives detector dog. Despite Ricky's bounding "over the top" attitude, when working around the training aids, he became an entirely different dog, just awesome to watch because he knew it was deadly serious work. Then, at 7 years of age, he developed an aggressive form of degenerative myelopathy, making it nearly impossible for him to walk. It was a heartbreaking decision, but one that could not be avoided. Our "Rick-Rack" dog will be missed.

Larry and Rickie