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Arnie and Barney are double trouble for the Wood family

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 10, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Barney

  • Arnie after attention

  • Above left: Barney.

  • Barney and Arnie

  • Barney and Arnie

  • Pam Wood with Barney and Arnie

  • Pam Wood with Barney and Arnie

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Former nurse Pam Wood and her husband Phillip haven't had a dog in their family for two years but now they have two fluffy bundles of joy racing around their house in Ashbourne Road, Leek.

Pam said: "After our last dog, a Shiatsu, passed away two years ago, I said I wouldn't have another dog due to the issues you can have when you go on holiday, and also the smell they create in your home."

However, Pam decided six weeks ago that the time was right to get another canine friend.

Brothers Arnie and Barney are poodles crossed with Cavalier Spaniels and are four-months old.

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The pair came from a litter of such pups from a breeder in Warrington after Pam and family members went in search for a canine pal for the Wood household.

However, after Pam fell in love with black fluffy Barney, her son, Michael, and his partner Lara decided to have Barney's brother, Arnie for their family home, also in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Retired Pam looks after Arnie during the working day, giving the brothers the chance to continue their sibling bond.

Pam, who is a town and district councillor, said: "We chose this breed as they are intelligent, especially the Poodle in them.

"Also such small dogs don't need as much exercise as other breeds and they don't shed hair.

"They are both loveable dogs to have around the home.

"They are lively and like lots of attention.

"Our two-year-old grandson loves them and they are great with him.

"However, I wouldn't leave them alone with him at any time - you don't leave a young child with any kind of dog."

As for having two dogs bounding around her house during the daytime, Pam added: "It is nice for the brothers to see each other most days."

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