From Megan: “Aaron and I have fallen in love with our Westie, Barley! She was truly a gift from God at a time in our lives when we needed her the most. When Aaron, my husband, and I met, I had a Golden Retriever named, Charley. Charley was in my life since she was a little furball and it’s hard to put into words what our friendship meant. I don’t know if you have pets or not, but there is a closeness there that grows and grows over time. We were inseparable. Aaron had a Yorkie named, Baxter (Bax) who he absolutely adored. Yes, my husband who is 6’2 had a tiny dog, and short little me had a big 65lb sweetie! Needless to say, both of our animals had our hearts. In 2015, a few years later, Aaron and I were planning our wedding, and ready to start our lives together when one day I woke up and I could tell Charley wasn’t feeling well. I took her to the vet, and waited patiently as tests were done, while she was wagging her tail the entire time. The vet brought me into a room with Charley and began to tell me she had kidney failure, and I couldn’t stop crying. He was positive and kept my spirits up that we were going to try a few things to help her. A month went by with many vet trips, new foods, and lots of love. Aaron and I were married in June of 2015, and when we returned home from our honeymoon, we knew it was Charley’s time to say goodbye. My mom was spending time with Charley while we were away, and told us that Charley waited for us to say goodbye. We created a bucket list for our Charley, and she was able to swim one last time, which she absolutely loved more than anything in this world! We said our goodbyes, tears fell for many days and continue to do so, and there is not a day that goes by where we don’t think of our sweet, loving dog. She will always have a special place in our hearts. Aaron and I also had Bax at this time, and it was a godsend that he was still in our lives to love on and to talk to. He was the sweetest Yorkie! I only knew Bax a few short years, and we became best friends quick. He always wanted to snuggle and help around the office. He made a fabulous office assistant! Months went by after Charley passed away, Aaron and I talked and decided to add a new addition to our family, and we met Barley in October.
We brought Barley home, and Baxter didn’t know what to think about this little white fur ball in his house and spent much of his time on the couch. A few days later, Baxter started not eating, drinking water, going outside, and we decided to take him to the vet because we were worried about him. Aaron returned home from the vet that day, and I knew that our lives with Bax would never be the same, he had kidney failure. Those words were like a knife to my heart. Bax had to stay at the emergency vet over the weekend for fluids, and nothing seemed to be working. We kept our spirits up, prayed, and hoped Bax would pull through that entire weekend, but on that Sunday evening, Aaron and I made the second hardest choice we had to and said goodbye to our Bax. We visited Bax one last time, and once we saw him, we knew it was his time to say goodbye. We know we were blessed to have such sweet, loving animals in our lives and we hope they know that they were loved more than anything in this world. Our hearts hurt still, but there is peace in knowing that they are together, running around, chasing squirrels and swimming! Now for our new addition to the family, Barley. We came up with the name Barley because it is half of Bax’s name and half of Charley’s name.
She was a godsend to us at a time when we needed her most. She has helped us heal, love again, and each day with her is a true blessing. This is why I take photos of our Barley every Wednesday and create a post called Westie Wednesday, to capture moments with her that will be gone one day.
Photographs are precious pieces of life that we can hold onto to remember the happy, funny, loving moments that take place in our lives.
Barley has helped Aaron and I more than she will ever know and we are thankful for this sweet, fun-loving fur-ball!
You can see more of Barley every Wednesday on Megan’s blog. Follow Megan on Instagram to see more of Barley as well as Megan’s latest work.
If you are interested in adopting a Westie or another terrier, Wag N Train Terrier Rescue always seems to have some fantastic dogs available.
About Megan Travis Photography: Based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Megan is a photojounalistic wedding and portrait photographer. She is available for travel.
Amy Shojai says
These pictures make me smile! What a photogenic doggy…and great story.
What an emotional story!. It’s heartbreaking to go through the lose of a pet once, but twice! I’m happy that they have Barely in their life to help them heal and love again and I think it’s great how they chose Barley’s name.
There photographs are so sweet and Barley sure is a whole lot of cute!
Thank you so much for featuring our story, and my sweet Barley!! We love your blog!
Barley is just so adorable, I’m so glad I could share her!
Ruth and Layla says
What a beautiful story and amazing pictures
Bryn Nowell says
This is such a lovely tribute to the pups that have passed and to Barley! The photos are beyond stunning. Thanks so much for sharing!
Dusty Desert Dogs says
What fantastic photos! I wish I could have indoor photo shoots go that well!
Rugby James says
Well, I was all teary from Charley’s story, and then Bax, and then I smiled from start to finish as I met Barley!! Darling photos, and what a wonderful meaningful name! I hope she has a wonderful life with your and many, many barkdays to celebrate the goodness of life!
Kitty Cat Chronicles says
Barley is absolutely adorable! Love all the photos. Thanks for sharing her story too. It’s amazing what animals can do to heal broken hearts
Miss Molly Says says
Barley is a beautiful furbaby! What a bittersweet story! Thank you for sharing with us!
Dash Kitten Crew says
Dome very fine pictures here, and what a sweet dog (and so small!!!) so patient and still during the picture shoot.
Sweet Purrfections says
Such a touching and happy post. Mom Paula psychiatrist has a couple of Westies that are always in his office when she sees him. They help her relax.
Carol Bryant says
Barley, you are so beyond adorable. These pictures deserve to win awards, I tell you.
Tenacious Little Terrier says
Those are some fabulous pictures! And Barley is adorable. Especially in sunglasses!
Talent Hounds says
Aww I had tears – such a touching story- so hard losing our pets. Barley is so cute and the photos are amazing. Just love them.
Look at those ears! Barley is such a cutie and it’s so nice to hear about how she helped Megan and Aaron through such an unfortunate situation.
That’s so sad about Baxter and Charley, but I do like the combination of their names to create Barley! She is so adorable. Thanks for sharing this sweet story about Barley the Westie and Megan!