Born: December 12, 2017
Robeline, LA USA
at Ammons Cowdogs
Metairie, LA USA
(suburban New Orleans)
Hello my friends, I’m Barqs a young Australian Cattle Dog (commonly called a Red Heeler) and I live in suburban New Orleans, Louisiana. I was born in Robeline, Louisiana at Ammons Cowdogs my cattle dog dad is Boyd and my mom is Melody. I had one brother born with me, his name is Henry and through the power of social media I have located him. Henry lives in Shreveport, LA with a very nice family.
When my Momma & Daddy where trying to come up with a uniquely New Orleans name and were trying to think of things that were red since I’m a red heeler. At first Daddy thought of red velvet cake but thankfully that didn’t happen. Then Daddy came up with Barq’s Red Cream Soda and after a little convincing Momma agreed that I could be named Barqs. Many people think I’m named Barks, but even though I’m not a huge barker the double entendre of that sound a dog makes and my name keeps it interesting. I am an American Kennel Club member and my official legal name is Barqs Red Cream Soda.
Since moving to New Orleans, I have a new human Momma, Daddy and a cattle dog sister, Roxie. I’m now party of a large multi-species family that includes us dogs, two birds a cockatiel & an African grey, a guinea pig, a flemish giant rabbit, lots of fish, a couple axolotls and even a couple of poison dart frogs. Sadly, our family lost my big sister Roxie on March 14, 2019, Meet my entire family below.
Momma & Daddy
I have a great Momma & Daddy and they spend a lot of time with me and take me to fun places. My Dr. Momma is a veterinarian who exclusively sees exotic pets, sometimes I even get to go to the Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital of Louisiana with her. My Daddy runs a giant building and every once in a while Momma will bring me over there to visit him at work. I like to go there because I can run all over! Here are videos from Momma work and Daddy’s work when I get to run and play!
Never Stop Learning
I love to learn! At 9-months old I had already graduated from THREE classes at Puppy University (you might know it as PetSmart, but I call it Puppy U.). First, I had a 6-week “puppy class” which I call my freshman class. It was pretty easy and I moved though that one pretty quickly. My second 6-week class was my “intermediate class” and it was a little more challenging. My sophomore class we worked on things like HEEL, LEAVE IT and the really hard one was COMING WHEN CALLED WITH DISTRACTIONS like a toy or treat between my starting and finishing point. It’s hard to pass up a toy or treat! Most recently I graduated from the Advanced Class at Puppy U.. This class was to prepare me to take the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. I’m currently doing a little extra work before I sign up for to take the CGC test. You can learn all about the CGC here: https://www.akc.org/products-services/training-programs/canine-good-citizen/
My teacher at Puppy U, is Katie but I call her Professor Katie. I like to work with her, she is very nice. She was my teacher for all three of my classes, I hope after I finish my classes that I might learn to run an agility course or other sports the AKC offers. Being a cattle dog, I’m very athletic and I think it would be fun. Being so young I’m not supposed to run or jump until I grow up more so for now my humans are limiting me to classes and learning a lot of commands. I look forward to more athletic pursuits (and running and jumping!).