The Sheltie lives to please his owners. He is intensely loyal, affectionate, intelligent, a very quick learner, and very obedient. Although inclined to be reserved with strangers, he is never to be shy or timid. - DogBiz
Born February 25, 2000, Berkeley is my resident Shetland Sheepdog pup. I got him on May 15 of that year, courtesy of a Mother's Day special held by a breeder near Harper's Ferry. Naturally well-mannered (if a bit highstrung), Berkeley settled in nicely at my DC apartment. My ex-wife and I went through many ideas for names - including Scout, Sprewell, Farley, and Laddie - before settling on Berkeley, after the educational philosopher George Berkeley. Having moved to NYC with me in the fall of 2001, Berk became a fully-acclimated city dog and a frequent fixture at the dog runs in Morningside and Riverside Parks. And, since we've both now returned to DC, his years in Gotham may just have made him a hipster pup.
An artistic rendering of Berkeley, by Michael Wertzel of Dogblog.
Berkeley turns Ten, 2/25/10