Bernese News 17th February 2016


The prestigious 2016 Westminster Dog Show was held at The Piers and Madison Square
Gardens in New York on Monday and Tuesday. The Bernese Mountain Dog judging took
place yesterday and the video of the Bernese judging lasting 59 minutes is available to view
online here;


Crufts passes

I have been forwarded this clarification by Fosse Data Systems as some recipients of Crufts
passes which have been received this week appear to be confused about the wording on the
passes they have received.

"The Crufts exhibitor passes are slightly different this year in order to speed up admission and
to allow those exhibiting only one dog to bring a helper with them.

"The large number printed on the "admission pass" (top left-hand portion of the pass which
contains the exhibitor's name and address) indicates the number of people and the number of
dogs to be admitted. Anyone exhibiting only one dog will have an "extra helper's pass" printed
on the bottom right-hand portion of the pass.

"Upon arrival, the admission pass plus the extra helper's pass, (if applicable) and any other
extra pre-paid admission passes, must be given up to security staff on the door.

"The individual "removal passes" (printed in the top right-hand portion of the pass), containing
the name, exhibit number and breed of each dog, must be retained for exit at the end of the day.

"If anyone has any queries or problems with their Crufts passes then please contact our office
directly on 01788 860960 Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm or 
email and a member of our team will be able to help you."


Helen Davenport is the UK contact for 'The World of Bernese Mountain Dogs' new book and
advises me that the first edition has sold out but the publishers are considering a reprint if
demand is sufficient.


If you would be interested in purchasing a copy - the cost would likely be around £45 plus
postage and would need to be prepaid - you should contact Helen on 0161 794 2017 for further
details and information.


The official date for the 2016 Worldwide Bernese Walk is Saturday 23rd April with some UK 
walks already organised for that date and also a few which are planned for Sunday 24th.  I'm
compiling a list of walks so please send me details so that I can include them here in this column.


I don't have a catalogue but I have gleaned from various sources that the Southern BMD Club
Open Show drew an entry of 91 for breed specialist Gary Dybdall.

Helena Turner's Ch Tangyachates Beachcomber was declared Best Dog, Best Veteran and
Best in Show with Best Bitch and Reserve Best in Show going to Wills' Kernow Moondust.
Olga Vaychkus' Blue Aira Bernenskie Ranczo (imp Pol) was Best Puppy. Congratulations.

The Southern BMD Club website can be found at


Tim Williams and Margaret Bailey will once again host the Whistley Woofers Weekend on
28th, 29th & 30th May 2016 at Pimlico, near Syresham NN13 5TN in aid of Bernese Welfare 
UK. All dogs and owners and spectators are welcome and assured a good time.


Bernese in the News

In the Henley Standard, published on 18th January 2016

Dog gets stuck in cat flap

This is Narla, the dog that thought she was a cat!

The 15-month-old Bernese mountain dog got stuck in the cat flap at her home in Northend
and firefighters had to be called in to free her. They used a hacksaw blade to cut off the cat
flap surround after an attempt to slip Narla out using olive oil failed.

However, the 77lb dog was none the worse for her ordeal, which happened on January 2 as
her owners Rick and Nicola Scannell were visiting family in Hong Kong with their two children.

Narla, who is 3ft tall, was being looked after by house- sitter Sally Milo when she discovered
the dog with her head through the flap from outside the house.

She tried unsuccessfully to pull the dog out before summoning help and also called Mr
Scannell to tell him what had happened.

He said: “We knew how small the cat flap is and we were amazed Narla had got herself stuck
n there. We were worried because we thought she might panic and hurt herself.  Sally tried to
get her out before calling the fire service but it really needed two people, one to push and one
to pull. “Olive oil and butter was all over the cat flap but they couldn’t squeeze her out.’

Three firefighters from Henley were called in to help. Alastair Letchford and Paul Herrington
were on the inside carefully cutting into the cat flap while Ian Birch was on the outside helping
to keep Narla calm.

A vet from the Henley Veterinary Centre and an asssistant were also present.  The operation to
free her took about half an hour.

Mr Herrington said: “There was butter and olive oil all over the place which they had used to try
to free her but she was well and truly stuck.  "We had to be very careful as she was a bit

Once Narla was free, Ms Milo called Hong Kong again to deliver the good news.  Mr Scannell,
55, said he and his wife, who were visiting her family, hed kept the news from their children,
Oscar, seven, and Isobel, five, until they knew Narla was all right.

“I didn’t think they would like the thought of her being cut out,", he said. "Then when I told my
eldest he joked about hoping they didn’t have to cut her head off!’

The family, who moved to Northend in March, came home on Sunday morning after flying into
Heathrow airport.

Mr Scannell and his wife tried to sneak their children into bed without waking Narla and their other
dog Marlee, a golden retriever, but the dogs started barking.

Mr Scannell, a former barrister who is now a property developer, said "I was trying to be quiet so
we could get the kids to sleep. We went straight upstairs but the dogs heard us. They seemed
pleased to see us, particularly Narla."

The couple got Narla from Poland when she was four months old with the help of a builder
friend. Mr Scannell said: “We told him about how difficult it was to get a Bernese in the UK.’

They chose her from a litter after seeing videos and photographs, The family also has three
cats, Tinga, Midnight and Tiddles, and three chinchillas.

Bernese mountain dogs continue to grow until they are two or three years old.

Mr Scannell said: “At the moment Narla is quite big but after a while you get used to the size.
When we first got her she was a bit smaller than Marlee but she's bigger now.  We've trained
her ourselves using a click and reward system. She’s a great dog, very obedient and lovely.

“She will bark if someone comes towards the house and she is very good with the kids." 

Oscar and Isobel both attend St Mary’s School in St Andrew’s Road, Henley.

Mr Scannell, who rented a house in New Street, Henley, while renovating the family's new home,
thanked everyone who helped in the rescue.

He said: “I think it’s wonderful we are able to call on the emergency services for an animal.

“An animal expert from Amersham was part of the team so he had come a really long way.  He
was specifically there because it was an animal involved. I was hugely impressed.’

And Narla? “I’ve decided to treat her and take her to a grooming parlour for a good bath," added
Mr Scannell.

This news story originally appeared here;


In the Evening Express published on 10th February 2016

Bernese mountain dog Lolo with mum, Ruby.

A dog that spent six days on the run from its owners in gale-force winds and rain is now
recovering at home.

Lolo a one-year-old Bernese mountain dog, escaped from owners Jennifer and Kenneth
Hendry last Tuesday when winds destroyed the couple’s fencing at their St Combs home.

The pup, which was outside with its mum Ruby, bolted and eluded capture from a team of
more than 30 people for the next six days before finally being cornered in Rattray Head -
almost eight miles away.

Mrs Hendry said she had all but given up hope before sightings of the dog began to be 
reported across the North-east coast.

Lolo was finally caught on Sunday after a gamekeeper at St Fergus spotted her running
for Rattray Head.

It was later discovered that between roaming the coast, she had made shelter in an old
coastal pillbox.

Mrs Hendry said: “She’s lost a lot of weight, but she’ll be fine. But the help and support we
got from everyone was unbelievable. It was amazing to see the support from everyone.”

This news story originally appeared here;

Jude Simonds


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