Yes, MM and I have a new family member. We met him at an adoption event on Saturday for a rescue group called Magnificent Mutts. Most of the dogs at the event were puppies, but Barkley was so sweet and calm, I gravitated toward him right away. We think he's a flat-coated retriever mix, and they told us he's about a year old.
Barkley is adjusting well. We're pretty sure he was a family dog prior to ending up in a kill shelter in Kentucky. We have no idea how he got there, but we're glad he was rescued.
Honestly, I can't believe how lucky we are. I know if we had walked away--even for an hour, just to think about it--Barkley would have been adopted by someone else. He tends to be pretty relaxed, but is very social and playful with people and other dogs, but he seems to know the difference between his toys and, for example, my slippers.
He's also potty trained beyond anything we could have hoped for. He actually woke MM up in the middle of the night because he needed a potty break. He hasn't had one accident inside, which is kind of mind boggling, but I'm crossing my fingers that this sticks. We are still going to take him to obedience school because, despite he's sweet disposition and pretty good manners, he doesn't seem to know any standard commands, nor does he seem terribly inclined to listen to us (lucky for us he's really not getting into much trouble and he's probably still learning his name). He pulls a little on his leash and jumps sometimes when he's excited to meet someone, which are behaviors I'd like to see curbed. But overall, he's got the sweetest disposition and just wants to be loved. Basically, he's exactly the kind of dog we were hoping we'd find.
We're officially pet parents!