Bernese News 6th January 2015


I'd like to start the New Year off by thanking all of you who sent us Christmas cards; we
received well over 200 this year, many with photos of dogs and Bernese in particular which is
always a massive bonus plus thanks too for all the messages and telephone calls which were
all very much appreciated by both Brian and I. 

I hope you all enjoyed some quality time with your dogs over the festive break but during the
four days after the 25th I was contacted by three distraught owners who had Bernese develop
bloat and torsion during the holiday - sadly two succumbed but one has pulled through.  

There are many factors which may contribute toward an episode of canine volvulus but a change
of normal routine coupled with excitement, stress or heightened activity seems to be a particularly
high-risk combination for our breed.  One of the grieving owners I spoke to hadn't realised that
feeding all the fatty skin and waste from their turkey could prompt a digestive incident - but it did
and that seemed to be the cause of the emergency.  Such a shame.


Some of you have mentioned that you would like to see more results from Open shows here -
well, of course you can if you let me have the results and anything else you would like to be included
in this resource. 

If sending/texting show results please don't forget to state which show it is and who the judge was too. 

You can contact me by


Landline;  01787 37190

Text my mobile;  07770 093743


Looking through the current Radio Times
I saw promotion for a documentary you may be
interested in which will be screened on BBC2  at 8pm tonight and tomorrow night,
Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th January. 

SIX PUPPIES AND US is described thus;
"If you own a dog yourself you may spend half of this programme rolling your eyes in
exasperation or howling with fury.  Most of the six new puppy owners are simply naive and
have romantic notions about what having a dog will be like.  They also haven't a clue how to
deal with normal situations let alone bad habits.  You can't blame the dog for misbehaving if
you think training just means repeatedly telling them "no".  This canine reality check may
be a bit late for people who have rashly bought a dog for Christmas but it could help a bit,
and the six puppies are unbearably cute."

It continues;

"There are insights aplenty into puppy development in this series following six young
canines and their new owners over the course of their first tumultuous year together.
There's Ralph, a beautiful gun dog who's made the fluffy living room rug his toilet; 
Stan, a gentle giant rescue dog with a phobia of a particular country lane;  playful Lola; 
a tiny yorkie cross Stevie who thinks he's a big dog and stalks the neighbourhood;
working border collie Jess; and finally Byron, who is nipping away at his new family."

If the description is accurate many breeders will, regrettably, be saddened by and all too
familiar with the content!


The January 2015 issue of the Kennel Club Journal is to hand and contains a couple of
items of particular interest to Bernese folk. 

The STUD BOOK BAND for Bernese remains as Band C which is 1st & 2nd in Open classes
and 1st in Limit class.  CCs, Reserve CCs and Junior Warrant qualifies in addition to those class
awards as listed.  A Stud Book number qualifies a dog for Crufts. 

Cornwellian from Mrs V Taylor-Wood & Mr P Harfoot to Mrs V Wright. 

There is also confirmation of two CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW JUDGES FOR 2015 being
Leeds 26th July, Mr TH Johnston MPhil and City of Birmingham 5th September, Trish Barr. 
There are still a couple of judges yet to be confirmed for 2015 but completing the list are;

Manchester 17th January, Steve Hall;
Crufts 6th March, Amanda Hearne (Snoanda);
Northern BMD Club 21st March, Svante Frisk (Sweden);
Working & Pastoral Breeds of Wales 18th April, Jeff Luscott; 
WELKS 24th April, Lorraine Grayling (Lujento); 
Birmingham 7th May, Janet Riseborough (Moonbach); 
SKC 17th May, Robin Newhouse; 
Southern Counties 31st May, Jeannette Green (Waldershelf); 
Three Counties 4th June, Andrew Brace;
Southern BMD Club 14th June, Stuart Mallard; 
Border Union 21st June, Sue Pollock-Yule; 
Blackpool 28th June, Trish Goodyear (Harvestbank); 
Windsor 3rd July, Angela Haden (Cotshill);
National Working & Pastoral Breeds 11th July,Tony Granger (Shadybower);
Leeds 26th July, Mr TH Johnston MPhil;
BMD Club of Scotland 1st August, Dogs Kate MacDuff (Torridonian)
                                                            Bitches Richard Hallam (Oldberne); 
Paignton 3rd August, Dr Ron James; 
Bournemouth 10th August, Sandra Gatward; 
Welsh KC 22nd August, William Dobbin;
City of Birmingham 5th September, Trish Barr;
Richmond 12th September, TBC; 
Darlington 19th September, Liz Cartledge; 
BMD Club of GB 26th September, Dogs Linda Stephenson (Durrbach)
                                                            Bitches Frank Kane; 
Belfast 27th September, TBC; 
South Wales 9th October, Mr D Enghe DVM; 
Midland Counties 25th October, Sonja Gorbould (Glanzberg);
Working & Pastoral Breeds of Scotland 7th November, TBC;
LKA 12th December, Frank Wildman.

I have some, but not all of the details of the various BMD Club's 2015 Open Shows;

Southern BMDC 8th February at Leatherhead - John McNulty (Bernhaven);
BMDC Scotland 8th February at Alva - Lianne Marsden (Trudaleaze); 
BMDC of GB 19th April at Grenoside - Sandra Hallam (Oldberne);
Central BMDC 24th May at Overseal  - Joe Smith; 
BMDC Wales 29th August at Oswestry, TBC; 
Southern BMDC 11th October at Leatherhead - Tan Nagrecha; 
Northern BMDC at Thorpe Willoughby - Karen Bird; 
BMDC of GB 5th December at Wantage - TBC.

The new, compilation of the UK Bernese Events calendar for 2015 has been
uploaded to this site (at the top of the left-hand Menu) and will be updated as other
Bernese events are announced;


8th entries close (postmark) for the BMD Club of Scotland Open Show to be held on
8th February 2015 at Cochrane Hall, Alva, FK12 5LJ.  
Further information contact;
Club secretary Agnes Wilson, Ursine Cottage, 19/23 Greenhill Road, Hareshaw,
by Motherwell, ML1 5NF  
Tel; 01698 860298.    Email:

Venue;  Staffordshire County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford.  ST18 OBD
Judge;  Steve Hall
PLEASE NOTE - This is a 4 day show
Day 1 15th - Terrier & Hound
Day 2 16th - Utility & Toy
Day 3 17th - Working & Pastoral
Day 4 18th - Gundog
Further information contact;                                                                                                     
P Harding, Pringham House. 324 Warrington Road, Rainhill, Merseyside L35 9JA
Tel; 0151 426 7737 / 07793 285628    Email:

Venue; The Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Park, near Kenilworth, Warwicks. CV8 2LZ    
Further information contact;
Club secretary;  Karen Bird.  3 Nocton Road, Wroughton, Wilts SN4 0TS
Tel; 01793 845445     Email:

Jude Simonds





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