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Author: Brandi Barker

Useless

Useless

Before I roll out my workout mat, I play tug or fetch with Mabel, then give her a bone on her bed. Or, sometimes, Mabel chases water from the hose, so there’s also a rug by the door, where she loves lying, and I love that it prevents her from slipping when her paws are wet…. View more

Home

Home

My home is Mabel’s fourth. My sweet girl spent the first two years of her life with a man who could no longer care for her, so he relinquished her to a rescue. I assume she was driven to the farm, where she stayed for a bit. Mabel then took another car ride to her… View more

Labor & Love

Labor & Love

I launched Bark Pouch almost ten years ago with two lovely business partners who signed over ownership to me five years ago to focus on their families. I laugh now, thinking that making 100 pouches was such a big deal, and I once tracked inventory in a note on my phone. On so many levels,… View more

Baggage

Baggage

I can’t tell you how often I’ve been told that rescuing dogs isn’t feasible because they have too much baggage. My response is usually some variation:  “If you’re a living, breathing, thinking, feeling being who’s been on this planet for any time, your past is part of you. However, I’ve met dogs at the shelters… View more

Big

Big

Today would have been my big-love, big-feelings, big-headed, big-hearted boy Gavin’s 11th birthday. To celebrate, Mabel and I walked through her second favorite sniffer spot, Scioto Grove Metro Park. Her best-loved stroll spot is the tree line at my mom’s house. I’m unsure whether it’s the ultra-quiet setting, the fact that my sweet girl gets to greet… View more

Luck & Abundance

Luck & Abundance

I listen to guided meditations every morning and evening while Mabel snuggles with me. They all say the same thing in different ways. If we want to live our best, love-filled, financially-free, and most joyous lives, we must think, feel, and believe those things even before we experience them. So, today, I offer us all the… View more

Safe

Safe

We had a smooth week at the shop with Felix. The piston filler works better than she’s worked in over a year. We’re still not back to maximum production because Cammie took a couple of days off to celebrate her wedding anniversary (so happy for her). Still, there was a profound feeling of safety on kitchen… View more

Wonky

Wonky

This week was wonky on every level. Mabel felt amazing by Sunday night but needed a few more symptom-free days before safely returning to daycare. The replacement part that Cammie and Mark tried to put on Felix to repair our piston filler was wrong. The manufacturer sent us the incorrect part. Fortunately, the amazingness that is… View more

Best Laid Plans

Best Laid Plans

After Mabel’s vet visit last Friday, she was 90% better, then improved to 98% by Saturday, so I was feeling way too proud of myself for catching whatever she caught early while simultaneously thinking it may have just been allergies, and the herbal supplement Mabel’s holistic veterinarian prescribed her will continue clearing out the gunk in her… View more

Always Something

Always Something

My sweet Mabel woke up this morning with green goop coming out of her nose and a bit of bubbling breathing. We’re now home from the vet, grateful for their urgent care option, with antibiotics, as it’s possibly something contagious or still the long game of allergies. She’s not going to be happy about not going… View more