Bernese News 7th March 2017

I was sorry to hear that Cath Lamb (Bernalpen) passed away on 2nd March 2017 aged
84.  Having resided in Carlisle for many years, she had relocated to the Isle of Arran a short
while ago  

The funeral will be held at 12.20pm on Tuesday 14th March at Carlisle Crematorium, Dalston 
Road, Carlisle, Cumbria CA2 6AR.  

Flowers are welcome or donations may be made to RNLI Isle of Arran.  There will be a box for
donations at the crematorium or donations may be sent to Kennedy and Ferguson Funeral
Directors, 87 Blackwell Road, Carlisle CA2 4EH. I understand the family have requested their
privacy be respected at this sad time. Sincere condolences to daughters Helen, Jane and
partner David, family and friends.



27th January 2007 ~ 17th February 2017 

"Bliss was everything you’d hope for in a dog and so much more. She was our constant
companion over the last 10 years; she was so loyal, dignified, funny yet undemanding (apart
from meal times when her barking was incessant until her bowl appeared).

"Bliss was our protector, foot-warmer and shadow, (especially with her dad Paul, she never
left his side)

"She made friends wherever she went, especially when meeting children, then rolling over to
have her tummy tickled. Seldom did we have a quiet drink at our local pub where everyone
knew and adored her, so she usually had crowds around making a fuss, which she loved.

"Christmas time was special with her making us laugh at how she managed to rip open the
presents in no time at all and delighted to be covered by all of the glittering paper (this was
her “party trick”).

"Sadly our lives changed forever on February 17th when we lost her, she has left a gaping
and irreplaceable hole in our lives. We are so grateful to the late Mrs Harrington for allowing
allowing us to have this magnificent bitch BLISS who made us all the better, for the grace and
compassion she brought into our lives.  

"Sleep tight Angel we are all missing you, but you’re in our hearts forever.

"Gaynor, Paul and Sam Pearce-Warrilow."


The March 2017 issue of the Kennel Club Journal
is to hand and contains a few items of
particular interest to Bernese folk.

Permission to show;

Miss D Wells
Labanc-Volgyi Happy Feet (Imp Hun)
Date of birth 12.08.2012 
Cruciate Ligament (rupture). 

Confirmed Championship Show judging appointments;

2017 Working & Pastoral Breeds of Scotland - Anne Wells (Bernfold)
2018 WELKS - Janet Riseborough (Moonbach)
2018 BMD Club of GB - Dogs Jackie Green (Arvella)
                                       Bitches John Jakobsen (Norway)
                                       Referee Sandra Gatward
2019 Bath Sue Hewart-Chambers,
2019 Southern BMD Club  Mrs G J Lilley
2019 Blackpool Mr A Foss.


Marion Scott emailed to tell me
that that the entry for the Northern BMD Club Championship
Show to be held on 26th March at Thirsk is 118 exhibits making 126 entries plus 14 NFC.   

The judge is Trish Barr. 

For comparison the entry at the 2016 show was 99 entries with 17 absentees plus 1 exhibit
withdrawn for breed specialist Tom Kelly (Belhof).  


Helen Davenport-Willis emailed details of the next (second) edition of the International book
The World of Bernese Mountain Dogs 2014 - 2016. Helen is the UK Breed Editor and Tom Kelly
is collating the champions details,  photographs and 3 generation pedigrees. Helen has sent
letters to all owners of Bernese who attained their UK titles in the showing in the period 2014 -  
2016  inviting them to submit photographs (dog only - no handlers) and their dogs details etc., 
to Tom by 15th March.

It is hoped the book will be out for the World Dog Show in Leipzig in November. The first edition 
of the book TWOBMD 2011 - 2013 (ISBN 978-90-6717-49-4)  will be reprinted then too.

Both books are printed in the Netherlands by BB Press    email  
Those wanting to pre pay/order either or both books, can follow the Link for the printing house's
website.  The pre-order price of ‘The World of Bernese Mountain Dogs in 2014, 2015 and 2016
is € 52,50.  After publication the selling price will be € 62,50.  

For those owners who do not have a good photoghraph of their dog there is still time and for those 
attending Crufts there is every possibility that one could be taken there.  

Helen will be at Crufts or contact her by email


The very first set of CCs for Bernese in Great Britain
were awarded 40 years ago at Crufts
which took place at Olympia, London on 12th February 1977.  

Brian and I were at the show. We arrived very early and sat expectantly at the ringside eager
to see the dogs and watch the events of the day unfold.

Retrieving my catalogue from my library my memories were awakened as my catalogue is covered
is covered in observations, comments and notes - what a historical day for the breed that was!
27 Bernese exhibits made 51 entries and the judge was all-rounder A J Chandler.
The GB Club had a Breed Standwhich was manned by Fiona Karolus and Linda Stephenson and  
aided by junior Club members Nigel Howard and Stephen Robbins.  

There were Bernese enthusiasts from overseas at the ringside too, but obviously nowhere near
the same numbers as we see at Crufts ringside nowadays.  

With just 6 classes including Junior and Post Graduate being mixed sex, it was a very different
classification to what we currently expect at Championship shows.  

Sonja Gorbould's Swiss import Mustang v Nesselacker of Glanzberg who was to become a
popular and influential sire won Special Junior with Eddie Sizmur's Duntiblae Dark And Dapper
placed 2nd and the Butchers' Burbank Mudlark of Roysia 3rd.  

Post Graduate was won by Julie Devonald's (later to become Julie Vaughan (Carlacot) Kisumu
Duchesse, 2nd was the Strides' Majanco Gypsera and Lena Robbins' Tarncred Puffin in 3rd place.    

Limit Dog was won by Cynthia Totty's (who later became Cynthia Bailey) Meiklestane Dark Ace
who went on to be awarded the Dog CC and Best of Breed. 2nd place was Roger Meadows'
Forgeman Fedora and 3rd was Doreen Edmunds' Majanco Gallus.  

The winner of Limit Bitch was Lena Robbins' Forgeman Folksong Of Tarncred who also took
the Bitch CC,  with Fiona Karulus' Sinova Solo of Starkenbichl 2nd and Dorothy Campbell's (later
to be known as Dorothy MacVicar-Campbell)  Meiklestane Dark Angel in 3rd place.

Meiklestane Dark Ace also won Open Dog, Majanco Gallus was 2nd and Mustang was 3rd.  

I haven't got legible results for Open Bitch - sorry!  All CC and Reserve CC winners were sired by
Diana Cochrane's import Duntiblae Nalle but Diana had not entered any of her own Bernese but
had entered one of her Rough Collies.

So here we are forty years on with Crufts attracting massive entries for Bernese; the pre-show
entry announcement was 219 exhibits (106 dogs + 113 bitches) giving 244 entries (119 dogs +
125 bitches) for breed specialist Helen McAulay (Elnside) who will travel down from Scotland.. 

For those who are interested in the 'cousins' of our Bernese, I believe the first set of CCs for
Great Swiss Mountain Dogs are on offer at Crufts this year with 40 exhibits giving 42 entries.
I wonder how their popularity and entry figures will have increased at Crufts in 40 years time?

Kennel Club Press Release 

More Crufts on TV Than Ever Before

Dog lovers can look forward to a record-breaking 11 and a half hours of television coverage
when Crufts returns to Channel 4 and More4 this March to celebrate the world's largest dog

With Clare Balding at the helm, Channel 4 and More4 will broadcast all the action across the
four days of the show, leading up to the grand finale on Sunday when Best in Show will be

In addition to the traditional evening shows, Channel 4 will be broadcasting an extra one-hour
programme from the show in the afternoon on both Thursday and Friday.

Channel 4 and More4 will cover the event at the following times:

On More4
Thursday 9th March: 18.30-20.00
Friday 10th March: 18.30-19.30

On Channel 4
Thursday 9th March: 16.00-17.00 and 20.00-21.00
Friday 10th March: 16.00-17.00 and 19.30-21.00
Saturday 11th March: 19.00-21.00
Sunday 12th March: 18.00-20.30

Clare Balding will be joined at the famous dog show at Birmingham’s NEC by a team of
presenters; all of them dog lovers who will cover the many varied aspects of the show. 
Details of these presenters will be announced in due course.

All of the Arena action from the show will also be shown every day live on the
Crufts YouTube channel which can be found at

Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club, which runs Crufts, said: “We are delighted that
Channel 4 and More4 will be offering viewers at home the opportunity to enjoy even more of
this year’s Crufts. The event holds such a special place in dog lovers' hearts because it 
celebrates everything that we love most about dogs and the programmes will reflect on the
benefits dogs bring to our lives and the many fascinating aspects of Crufts.

The enhanced TV coverage will not only bring exciting sports such as agility and flyball into
people’s homes, but will enable people to see the diverse range of wonderful dog breeds, 
including some of the more unusual breeds that are not often seen in the streets and parks
across the country, through the dog show aspect of Crufts. it will also cover topics about
choosing, caring for and enjoying life with dogs as well as different issues affecting dog owners
in the UK.” 

Channel 4 and More4’s coverage of Crufts will be produced by Sunset + Vine.

This Kennel Club announcement first appeared here;

Jude Simonds


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