Named for the head of the Barksdale Organization in the HBO series "The Wire," Mr. Avon Barksdale is very much the dominant figure in our household. He was rescued in April 2012 from a high-kill Los Angeles shelter, where he was so terrified and withdrawn he had to be carried to the car. It only took Avon a few days to come out of his shell and trust us. He attends doggy daycare five days a week and plays with other dogs all day long. He loves watching TV with us on the couch, sleeping on his back in our bed, eating sweet potatoes, and chewing on deer antlers. We are so lucky to have Avon!