My name is Barney!

Poodle (Miniature)/Shih Tzu Mix Dog for adoption in Rockville, Maryland - Barney
Photo 1 - Poodle (Miniature)/Shih Tzu Mix Dog for adoption in Rockville, Maryland - Barney
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Mutts Matter Rescue

Facts about Barney

  • Breed: Poodle (Miniature)/Shih Tzu Mix
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 10709128
Meet MMR's newest rescue... this sweet little guy is Barney. He is an 18 month old (estimated) Poodle mix. He currently weighs about 11 pounds, and will need to gain a few pounds.  He will not be larger than 12-13 pounds, and will be a perfect lap dog. Like so many dogs we take in, Barney  was found as a stray, and taken to one of our shelter partners in Baltimore, Maryland. No one ever came looking for him.   
Barney was a matted, filthy mess when he was picked up. His fur was so matted that he could barely see and could also barely walk!!  You can see this in his before bath and haircut pictures below. Barney has since been given a shave down and he has received several baths. He is now fresh and clean and free of all the mats that hindered him for who knows how long. You can see his transformation in his 'after' photos.  Don't worry, all of his fur will grow back before it gets too cold.  
Barney was very upset when he first arrived at the shelter, which is understandable given his condition.  He did not like being restrained at all, but once he was given the chance to calm himself, the staff was able to examine him.  He has also been vetted by our rescue vets and is now up to date on his vaccinations, has been neutered, and has been microchipped.   He does have an old scar on one eye, but it has healed and his vision is good.   He was tested for heart worm disease and is thankfully negative.  He is receiving a monthly preventative to make sure he is safe from getting heart worm disease.  He is healthy and has been given a clean bill of health. He is VERY smart and doing well learning his house manners.
MMR believes that Barney would do best in a home with another family dog in the home.  A small , friendly, social dog who wants a buddy would be best.  Because he is still a little hand shy with anyone around his face, MMR will only place him in a home with children over the age of 12, or in a home with no children.  Barney is a VERY nice, friendly dog, but we do not feel younger children could understand that he needs a little time to trust, and that he must be handled in a gentle manner.  He enjoys having his people around, so a home where someone can be around some part of the day is preferred.  He is learning about leash walking and is doing well.  A fenced yard is preferred, but not required as long as his family can walk him several times a day and will continue to work with him on this skill.   
Above all, Barney needs a family where he will never again be neglected and left to care for himself on the streets.  He has a heart of gold, and we want to find him a family deserving of his love.  If you are looking for a nice little lap dog, who also likes to play and go for walks, please fill out an application and request Barney.  He is truly a diamond in the rough.

My adoption fee is $350, which covers the cost of routine vetting, rabies and distemper/parvo vaccinations, deworming, spay/neuter surgery, heartworm testing, my microchip, monthly heartworm prevention, monthly flea/tick prevention, and any transport costs if applicable.  

If you can't adopt me, consider sponsoring my care and being a rescue angel. Click on the DONATE button below and chip in what you can. Your donation is tax deductible and helps us save more lives!

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You can save animals like this one by becoming a foster home for a dog in need! Fosters are like way stations between high kill shelters and forever homes. We need fosters so that we can save dogs before they are euthanized at the shelters. If you are interested in becoming a foster, please check out our information about fostering on our website:

MMR covers the vet care, food, and tools to get started. You supply the love. Fostering saves lives. Sometimes a foster home is the only thing standing between life and death.

About Mutts Matter Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

A Little History... Mutts Matter Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non profit, all volunteer based organization, with combined rescue experience of over 15 years. We work in conjunction with shelters and other organizations to help save animals on death row, the strays on the street, or ones in unsafe living conditions. We adopt in the DC, VA, and MD areas, with a few exception out of the tri-state area depending on the dog and situation. We are driven by love, compassion, and hope.

All of our rescues enter their new home spayed or neutered, up to date on all shots, and are micro-chipped. If we take a dog into our rescue, we do our very best to ensure that they are healthy before going to their new “furever”home. With enough hard work and dedication, we hope to be able to empty the shelters one day soon.

Come Meet Our Pets...

At adoption events posted on our events page:

Our Adoption Process...

We require you to fill out an adoption application on our website at
The application will ask for both a vet and personal reference. Both will need to be verified. After those are checked, a pre-screener contacts you to discuss your application.
Once that is complete, they screener decides if they are recommended for a home visit. If the home visit goes well and they are approved to adopt, then they can meet the dog.
Our adoption fee includes the cost of routine vetting, spay/neuter, and microchipping.