Barley: Puggle Model Extraordinaire

Barley the Model

Last week I mentioned that Barley was actually listening to me when I told the puggles they needed to start contributing financially. I’ve been saying for a while now that both Honey and Barley understand English, and this only confirmed my suspicions. Further proof: the other day I was getting ready in the bathroom and Barley came in, as he usually does, to jump all over me and try to get me to play. I told him to “go get your toy” (both dogs definitely understand this phrase) and he ran into the living room to find it. He came back a moment later looking confused and without the toy, so I casually said “hmm, maybe it’s in the office”. And he ran into the office and came back with the toy. Crazy. Honey’s vocabulary is even bigger, unless you’re telling her “off the couch” and then she’s all “Huh? What is ‘off’? What is ‘couch’?”. Ask her “do you want some food?” and she’ll bolt for the kitchen.

Anyway, when Barley booked his modeling gig, I think Aaron and I were both a little nervous he was going to be a hot mess, running all over the studio, forgetting “sit” and “down” (similar to Honey and “off”), and just generally making it look like we’re bad dog parents. We were pleasantly surprised that it was quite the opposite. Barley stayed put for a solid thirty minutes and was a total pro, turning on the charm and giving, in my expert and very unbiased opinion, a fairly large range of poses.

Here’s where I post a million puppy photos. You don’t mind, do you?

Disclaimer: These are unedited and I’m not sure which, if any of these, the client has selected for their campaign. They’re a small sampling of the images Aaron and I decided are the funniest and most adorable, among many, many others. Also, I think the photographer enjoyed working with Barley more than the human models. Can’t say I blame him.

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Do you have a favorite? I am the worst when it comes to objectively selecting photos of my dogs, which is why there are over twenty in this post. It’s a miracle I even narrowed it down that much.



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  1. seriously puppies are the most understanding creature. Since I communicate in both English and Nepali (my native language), I feel like Bailey understands both. And I love all the pictures of Barley, too adorable.

  2. Laura S. says

    Adorable! I like the one where he’s licking his lips and the one right before it where he almost looked pained! So cool that your baby gets to be in an ad campaign! Hope you and Aaron made a little dough too. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing these!!

  3. Lisa says

    Okay! Dying. So cute. I’ve been telling Eli he needs to start contributing for years. Maybe he hasn’t quite mastered English yet, haha.

  4. I love them all! Adorable πŸ™‚ He looks like a Sphinx in the last one!

    1. Amanda says

      He does kind of look like a sphinx there!

  5. My favoritesβ€”the ones with a little peeky pink tongue and/or an inquisitive head tilt. Too cute!

    1. Amanda says

      I love the head tilt ones too.

  6. Um so I love each and every one of them, he is so so cute!! Props to your pup for booking that gig!

  7. Um, all of them?! Seriously, I die!! He is SO cute!
    I think my favorites are the last one and the fifth from the bottom. What a little charmer!!

  8. erinwyso says

    OMG I can’t pick the best photo, because the are all adorable. Kudos for the puggles recognizing they need to contribute financially. Now, if I could get my cat to do this/understand, we’d be on to something.

    In all seriousness, my thoughts:

    #2: A++ for wicked side-eye action: Barley has some attitude!

    #6: dawwww ….

    #11: beautiful + majestic!

    #18: so cute!

    1. Amanda says

      #2 and #6 crack me up too. The photographer definitely captured some funny moments!

  9. I love the ones where his little tongue are peeking out!

    And the head tilt thing is such a pug move! Mine does it all the time.

    1. Amanda says

      I love the pug head tilt thing. I try to get Honey and Barley to do it all the time and end up talking to them in some very high-pitched, crazy voices. πŸ™‚

  10. Cadry says

    That’s such a great story about the toy! One of the best things about companion animals is the language that evolves between you. Our cats are talking to us all the time with their very specific needs, wants, and desires.

    Barley sounds like a real pro with the modeling gig! The pictures are completely adorable. I wouldn’t be able to pick a favorite either!

    1. Amanda says

      Yes, there is definitely a language that evolves. I love that I can understand (most) of Honey and Barley’s little nuances, and they can understand mine too. Animals are the best! πŸ™‚

  11. Cathee says

    Morning Amanda…

    Love them all but my favorite is #sweet 16 where there is intense focus going on…but I guess it depends on what the ad campaign is for?! πŸ˜‰

    I keep telling my sweet Sophie that she needs to earn her keep around here! She is a “veggie dog” and though only 5.5 pounds, she could teach kids a thing or two about nutrition. She goes crazy for green smoothies and steals all our broccoli!

    1. Amanda says

      I like #16 too because he has a lot of wrinkles (so cute) and looks to be concentrating very hard on something…probably a treat!
      Sophie sounds adorable and very much like Honey and Barley in that they go nuts for fruits and vegetables. 5.5 pounds is tiny!

  12. Tricia says

    All are great – the ones with his tongue out are so cute! And I love the first and second ones (he looks quite wary of what you have him doing in the second one!!!). Great and thanks for sharing.

    1. Amanda says

      That second photo cracks me up! He does look very concerned there.
      Glad you enjoyed the photos, Tricia!

  13. He’s just gorgeous. No, I can’t pick a fav. Why do I have to?
    He’s got such a stately posture. What a cutie!

    1. Amanda says

      You sound like me – they’re all my favorite. πŸ˜‰

  14. Kristy says

    I love all of them but the 16th and 17th, where Barley looks confused and/or deep in thought, literally made me laugh out loud. What a cutee!

    1. Amanda says

      haha Barley is always contemplating the big life questions…like how to get more peanut butter treats. πŸ˜‰

  15. OMG, they are all my favorite! But I think I’m partial the ones where his ears are perked up and he is looking curiously downward. So, so adorable! And so handsome! πŸ™‚

    1. Amanda says

      I will pass your compliments along to Barley. πŸ™‚


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