“I Get by With a Little Help from My Friends”

If you are old enough to remember this snappy Beatles tune from 1967, or possibly Joe Cocker’s 2008 remake, then you know the gist of this song.  Life can be complicated, but ever so much better if we have the support of special friends. If you are currently wondering who the Beatles or Joe Cocker might be, that’s OK, keep reading anyway.

When Barb started rescuing dogs some 20 years ago, the grounds looked nothing like they do today. Over the years, with the help of some very special people, the rescue has grown into an iconic representation of a miracle crafted from commitment and love. Visiting the Rescue will cause you to ask the question, “How could one woman possibly have done all this.” The answer of course, is that Barb has always had “a little help from her friends.”


Each year hundreds and hundreds of dogs are adopted here at the Rescue in Puerto Peñasco.  Some others, however, have found their new homes through Barb’s partnership with Halo Animal Rescue in Phoenix and Saving Orphan Souls Rescue in Glendale. Monthly, we transfer eligible residents to these organizations to meet the high demand for pets who do not come from Puppy Mills or Pet Stores.

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Other great friends to the Rescue are the owners and groomers from Pets Salon here in Peñasco. Recently the dedicated staff donated their day off to come to Barb’s where they bathed and cut nails for 60 of our dogs. If you are in need of top-quality grooming for your dog, call them at 638-383-6806 and tell them Barb sent you.

Making a donation or bringing dog food and other needed supplies (detergent, Clorox wipes, Pine Sol liquid, Glad tall garbage sacks, puppy training pads and/or Bounty paper towels) is another way to add your name to the list of Barb’s friends. We also must thank the Why Not Travel Store in Why, Arizona for allowing people to leave donations at their location. If you are passing through and have some extra room, stop, and pick up some of these supplies and transport them to Barb’s on your way into town.


This adorable four-month-old guy is a Chihuahua mix who has ears to go with his name. He is as smart as he is adorable. If you have been looking for a smaller bundle of love and kisses, come meet Mr. Spock any day between 10 am and 2 pm. Mr. Spock has been neutered, had all vaccinations, and comes with the necessary paperwork to cross the border into the U.S. If not Spock, remember Barb’s has roughly 350+ other residents from which to choose.


You may have noticed that for the first time this article has only one author instead of two. That’s because a member of Barb’s Dog Rescue Board of Directors, avid dog lover, dedicated volunteer, and my beloved partner in crime and husband of 52 years, Bo Bernard, passed away in April. If you knew Bo and wish to remember him, please donate to Barb’s Dog Rescue in his honor.

Please visit us online at http://www.facebook.com/BarbsDogRescue or our website:  www.BarbsDogRescue.org or Barb’s Mexico cell: (638) 114-1659 or U.S. cell: (602) 774-1578 Email: barbsdogrescue@gmail.com