May 2016 – Frankenmuth Michigan; Jim and Carley were among the select few teams at the BMDCA National Specialty to win the Triathlete Award. To win the award, teams have to earn a qualifying score in three or more different working venues. The eligible events are Agility, Draft, Herding, Obedience, Rally, and Tracking. Jim and Carly qualified in Four (!) events – rally, obedience, agility, and drafting. Out of 60 teams, only 20 teams qualified. Go Carly!
April 2016 - Tina and Pirate at the Draft Test at Blue Ridge BMDC – another leg toward the ANDD (Advanced Novice Draft Dog) One more passing leg for the title. Judges are Barb Gibson and Steve Dudley
March 2016 at the Star City Rally and Obedience trials in Roanoke VA, Rosemary Mitchell with Ella was able to get Ella’s final leg for her Rally Advance title. Dan Lynn and Vasca were able to get the last two legs of Vasca’s Rally Advance title – it wasn’t real pretty, but Vasca earned the green qualifying ribbon twice, earning the title. Ella now has the RA, CGC, and TDI RVA titles. Vasca now has the RA, CGC, and TDI titles, along with his Championship.
May 2016 -Tina and Pirate at the BMDCA National Specialty in Frankenmuth, MI; the final leg towards the ANDD Title! Title Holder! Go TEAM Pirate!
Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on the snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die.
By Mary Elizabeth Frye
23 Feb 2004 – 21 Oct 2015
Owned & loved by Jim & Peggy Barrett
Sheena, you graced us for nearly twelve years, more than any other of our Berners save one (“Beta”). I saw you the day Annie whelped you (the last of seven!). As an eight-week old puppy, you squirmed your way into our hearts (even though I was determined to pick a boy puppy – okay, I was wrong, you were right.)
Janet Hughes rescued Heidi from Lone Star. She was rehomed via the rescue group. She loved to swim and once crashed a seniors water aerobics class via a hole in the fence. She was thrilled with her first experience of snow in Virginia. Heidi died in May at the age of 9.
Janet Hughes rescued Barkley from Lone Star. Barkley had 3 TPLO Surgeries and needed lots of rehab because he was an abuse rescue but with Heidi as his rock, he blossomed and galloped after squirrels. Barkley died in November at the age of 6.
Brighteye Sterlyn Silver ‘Sabre’, CGC April 21, 2006 ~ March 6, 2014 Berner Garde # 30719 Owned and loved by Carolyn Smith. Sabre had no title other than Cherished Companion - a pleasure to live with - always a smile on his face, play in his heart and an unequaled zest for life! Living with serious orthopedic issues never dampened this boy’s spirit - he was always READY FOR ANYTHING!!. Sa-man I loved you so much for the joy and laughter you brought every day! You were my first berner and set the bar for the boys who have followed you! You were my teacher and my friend and the sweetest boy ever!! Miss you big fellow, until we meet again, Love, Mom
Owned and missed by Carolyn Smith March 6, 2010 ~ March 24, 2014 Berner Garde # 72687
Souljer, you were my first performance dog. We still had lots to accomplish - you only needed one major to finish your Championship; one leg to complete your CD…but alas, it was not meant to be….the evil Histo claimed you way too young. Both you and I knew it was ‘all about the fun’, never taking any events too seriously – you were my ‘baby’. You were loved. You were a big ole clown. You were so photogenic and will continue to grace Bernese Mountain Dog calendars for years to come. Boy, you had Charisma! They say the good die young, and I have to believe it.
Love you Soulj man, rest in peace good dog, until we meet again, XOXO…..Mom
Burk and Linda Hershey lost their rescued Berner, Sadie, in September, 2016. It was that awful illness, Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), that all too many times affects our beloved Berners, that took Sadie. She was about a year old when she was rescued by Burk & Linda several years ago. Sadie spent most of her life up to that point living in a kennel. When she finally got home with Linda & Burk, she joyfully ran all around the house, including the tops of the furniture! She was so excited to be free that she never really seemed to calm down for the rest of the time she was with Linda & Burk. Sadie was a sweet Berner girl who truly was a loving companion and joy to be around, and when the disease began to impact her so hard, it was such a hard decision to help her along to the Rainbow Bridge. Be free sweet Sadie girl!
Bailey was not a Berner, but she was the next best thing – a Berner Buddy. She was a rescued Golden Retriever and the best buddy to Linda & Burk’s rescued Berner, Andy, who they brought home after they lost Sadie. Bailey was an older Golden girl, but still was the best friend to Andy. Andy & Bailey enjoyed romping together. In January 2017, when Baily began to develop symptoms of cancer in her brain, Andy was heartbroken. Linda & Burke were also devastated when, in a matter of three months, they had to send yet another beloved family member to the Rainbow Bridge. Run free Baily!