Barney The Farm Dog

About the Book

Inspired by a true story, Barney the Farm Dog, tells the life of an adorable Saint Bernard dog named Barney. At the Brewer Farm in Leonard, Michigan, Farmer Vic and the farm animals develop an extraordinary friendship filled with genuine love and compassion.

Mary Lynn Swiderski

About the Author

Mary Lynn Swiderski has degrees in journalism and family education. She has more than twenty-five years of experience as a 4-H educator and as a health and nutrition educator at Michigan State University.

Barney the Farm Dog is her first children’s book. The story was told to her by Victor, her late husband.

Mary Lynn Swiderski has always had a passion for creative writing, poetry, books, and music.

Mary Lynn Swiderski


Barney came to Brewer Farm in 1971. The people who took care of Barney decided they could not keep him because he had become too big for their apartment. They found a good home for him with Farmer Vic at Brewer Farm in Leonard, Michigan.

Farmer Vic introduced Barney to all the farm animals.

Cocoa, Farmer Vic’s horse, took a liking to Barney.

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