Bernese News 4th January 2019



I'd like to start this first edition of Bernese News for 2019 by thanking all of you who sent Christmas cards, posted messages and made phone calls to us - having such kind and thoughtful friends is much appreciated and very humbling. Happy New Year!


The 2019 UK Bernese Events Calendar has now been compiled and can be found at the top of the left-hand Menu of this website.

Other events will be added as details become available so please be sure to let me know of any other events that should be included.


Between 1st January 2018 and 10th December 2018 Bernese Welfare UK accepted 20 Bernese into care - the same number as last year - plus helped with the rehoming of a further 18 Bernese.

As reported last year, we are both witnessing and experiencing the rapidly changing, downward trends associated with the exploitative, opportunistic and careless activities of a significant number of Bernese puppy producers. When, consequently, ill-informed buyers make a reckless purchase it is inevitable that there is a higher risk for problems and a subsequent parting of company between Bernese and owner.

Nowadays more owners relinquish their Bernese because their dogs failed to meet expectations and became too difficult for them to manage. Bernese with serious and potentially dangerous temperament and/or behaviour issues now account for a disturbingly greater percentage of the Bernese we have been asked to accept or help rehome. Numbers of fearful, institutionalised ex-breeding Bernese are also rising.

Also, many owners find the cost of pet insurance prohibitive and as a consequence we experience a higher volume of relinquished Bernese with unresolved health issues, particularly in Bernese aged 6 years and above.

We are also being swamped by the unprecedented volume of daily requests to rehome "Bernese crossbreeds"; almost all of those dogs bearing no physical resemblance to Bernese at all.

Every penny that Bernese Welfare UK receives is spent on unfortunate, displaced Bernese who need refuge, care and help. None of the money that Bernese Welfare UK receives is spent on Honorariums, gratuities or administration costs - every penny donated or fund-raised goes towards the expenses directly associated with the actual day-to-day care, rehabilitation, veterinary treatment and rehoming of rejected or displaced Bernese.

Without the generosity of supporters it would be difficult to help so many needy Bernese but achieving sufficient financing for our service is an ongoing challenge for us.

An enormous and heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who has gifted time and energy and/or financial support to Bernese Welfare UK - your assistance and generosity makes the world of difference to needy Bernese in the UK.


The first of the 2019 Championship Shows was Boston & District Canine Society who hold their show from 3rd to 6th January at the Exhibition Hall, The Arena, at the East of England Showground at Peterborough.


Bernese were scheduled yesterday, Thursday, the first day of the show, and all-rounder judge Barry Blunden had attracted 14 entries with 1 absentee across 10 classes.

No CCs were on offer for Bernese but the winners of Best of Breed, Best Puppy plus 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Puppy, Junior, Post Graduate and Open classes were qualifying awards for entry to Crufts 2019.

June Miles had a successful day taking all three of the top awards.
Best Dog and Best of Breed was awarded to June Miles & Sofia Ishaque's Jaybiem Stan Innovation JW, a 2 1/2 year old bred by June and sired by Ch Meadowpark Vertigo JW x Save Dallas Kiss For Jaybiem.

June's recently crowned homebred Jaybiem Burli Shassi JW took the Best Bitch award. 10 days short of her 3rd birthday, she is a duaghter of Jaybiem Y'euben Chozen JW ShCM x Ch Meadowpark Sweetest Thing At Jaybiem who is litter sister to the sire of the Best of Breed winner.

At few days short of 9 months old Jaybiem Modus Operandi won Best Puppy. He is a half-brother to the Best of Breed winner and sired by Shirdees Leathal Weapon. This youngster then went on to take Working Puppy Group 4 under all-rounder Keith Pursglove. Congratulations.

Class results Boston Championship Show 3rd January 2019

Puppy Dog (2 entries)
1st & Best Puppy & Working Puppy Group 4 Miles' Jaybiem Modus Operandi
2nd Hyland's Charmsway Rewrite The Stars

Junior Dog No entries

Post Graduate Dog (1)
1st & Reserve Best Dog King & Green's Joseph Vom Durrbachler Wald At Arvella JW (Imp Nld)

Open Dog
1st & Best of Breed Miles & Ishaque's Jaybiem Stan Innovation JW
2nd Hyland's Charmsway Adventurer
3rd Walton's Enchambray Waterloo

Special Beginners Dog (1)
1st & Best Special Beginner Connelly's Shirdees Top Gun

Puppy Bitch (3 entries, 1 absentee)
1st Green's Olivia Vom Durrbachler Wald (Imp Nld)
2nd Kluge's Megan Stroz Zagrod (Imp Pol)

Junior Bitch (2)
1st Green's Olivia Vom Durrbachler Wald (Imp Nld)
2nd Worrall's Jesterbrock Dragonstone

Post Graduate Bitch (1)
1st & Reserve Best Bitch Harris' Meadowpark's Dancin' On My Own

Open Bitch (1)
1st Miles' Jaybiem Burli Shassi JW

Jude Simonds


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