Bernese News 24th November 2018




The Bernese entry at LKA Championship Show 2018 has been announced as 75 exhibits giving 81 entries for breed specialist judge Kater MacDuff (Torridonian).
For comparison at LKA 2017 there were 90 entries with 33 absentees for all-rounder judge Jeff Luscott.


Those of you who may have been watching the Embarrassing Pets TV series screened on Channel 4 at 5.30pm on weekdays will have seen a Bernese featured in the programme aired on Friday 16th November.  Zuri's "embarrassing" problem was an ongoing issue with her dirty, smelly ears plus a history of itchy feet which were examined and diagnosed by one of the programme's vets who prescribed treatment.

Zuri appeared to be a very nice type of Bernese with a kind, friendly, affectionate and biddable temperament and is owned by Jenna Dixon who explained that Zuri is not only her cherished companion but also her invaluable assistance dog providing aid and support throughout each day.

Zuri's Kennel Club registered name is Meadowpark Name Of Love, she was born on 10th September 2013 and is a daughter of Ch Jaybiem Utwo JW ShCM x Meadowpark Sugar's Diva which for those familiar with pedigrees indicates Zuri is a litter sister to the well-known Ch Meadowpark Vertigo JW and Ch Meadowpark Sweetest Thing At Jaybiem. Carole Hartley-Mair and the late Bernice Mair bred her.

The programme can be viewed online here;



The Northern BMD Club SuperLeague 2018 took place last Saturday at the usual venue, the Ribston Room at the Bridge Hotel near Wetherby. The two judges who were announced on the day were breed specialist Julie Ann Wright (Roesilbern) and all-rounder Toni Jackson (Elbereth).

I don't have a catalogue nor any entry figures or details but event organiser Marian Scott kindly forwarded the results of the four categories to me together with the photographs (below) courtesy of Donna Whincup- thanks Marian!


Best Youngster was awarded to Carole Hartley-Mair & Gary Dybdall’s 7 month old homebred Meadowpark Talk About Class who is a son of Ch Meadowpark High Class x Ch Meadowpark Just A Dream.

Runner Up Best Youngster went to June Miles' homebred 7 month old Jaybiem Modus Operandi who is a sired by Shirdees Leathal Weapon x Save Dallas Kiss For Jaybiem.


Best Youth winner was Mike Atherton’s Arvella Penny Lane. Jointly bred by Di Atherton and Jackie Green, this bitch is 2 years old and sired by Monalou Rodney x Alpenspirit Que Sera Sera (imp Can).

Runner Up Best Youth winner was Lee Reynolds' Beaucroft Moon Light Over Etterbern who was bred by Gerry Jones & Jackie Carr. 20 months old, she is a daughter of Czech import Ch Guiness Record From Christofland To Fortonpark x Beaucroft Beau Peep.


Winning Best Champion was Mike & Di Atherton’s homebred 6 1/2 year old Ch Athersbern Peronelle Blush who is a daughter of Ch Monalou Dutch Courage x Athersbern Affinity.


Runner Up Best Champion was Julie Baldwin's homebred Ch Fortonpark Chasing Dreams. Rising 3 years old she is by Ch Meadowpark Vertigo JW x Ch Meadowpark Living My Dream At Fortonpark.

The Best Veteran winner was Lianne Marsden & Dave Robertson’s homebred Trudaleaze I’m A Maze Zing who is rising 9 years old, is sired by Duntiblae Brave Protector Of Otherton x Trudaleaze Tiga Lilli.

Runner Up Best Veteran and also declared Oldest Veteran in the event was Chris Rossall’s 9 year old Fortonpark Molly Malone who was bred by Julie Baldwin and sired by Ch Monalou Dutch Courage x Fortonpark It's A Star. Congratulations.



A timid, submissive, sweet natured and inoffensive little Bernese bitch was recently given euthenasia just one month after her 7th birthday - the victim of an aggressive cancer that crept up then quickly overtook her. Seven years old yet she had enjoyed ONLY three years of happy life.

Bred by a commercial breeder her destiny was as a brood, a role she fulfilled for almost 4 years until she was no longer commercially viable due to whelping complications and so she was offered for sale on the internet. Viewed by a well-meaning family who were assured by the seller that the terrified little bitch who tried to escape from their gaze and their touch WOULD be fine with them once loaded into their car and subsequently unloaded at their home; they went ahead with the purchase and handed over the not inconsiderable fee of £700.

The little bitch was fearful during the journey - the first car journey she had ever experienced. She was fearful of her new surroundings and panicked by the strangers who had purchased her - and everyone and everything else. Never having been inside a "normal" home, she was unfamiliar with noises and movements that a socialised dog would have been long-accustomed to, and she spent her time being anxious about everything - exiting the room when anyone entered and would only take food when no one was around. Not house-trained and soiling away from anyone's view whenever she felt the need and wherever she happened to be in the house, her purchasers were not equipped with the skills to address her numerous issues nor cope with her special needs and finally became exasperated when they realised she was also eating some of her own faeces. That was the final straw for them. She was not the family companion they had hoped for (she had never relaxed enough for any of them to stroke or fuss her) but despite al her fears and anxieties she never once "defended" herself by growling or snapping - she merely collapsed in fear when being handled.  This pathetic little bitch was subsequently handed into the Bernese Welfare UK rescue and rehoming service where she was immediately placed within the refuge network to a home with people experienced in rehabilitating institutionalised Bernese.  

Within a few short weeks she was beginning to enjoy living in a home, had become reliably house-trained, became more confident and relaxed and trusting with the people she lived with and had bonded with but she always retained her anxiety with strangers and unfamiliar surroundings. She enjoyed stability, affection, care and comfort for the three years prior to her death and received, and gave, as much happiness as her issues would allow but three years of comfort and happiness is not enough for any dog and definitely not enough for any Bernese.

This is not a story concocted to evoke sympathy - this is a true story about a real Bernese who should never have been sentenced to a life of exploitation and subsequently disposed of, un-spayed, by her abuser with only one thought - to wring every penny out of the first gullible buyer with money to spend. This dear but desperately sad  little bitch didn't deserve the existence that she had endured for her first four years and she was denied the enjoyment of living a carefree, perfect life until her death because of what happened to her during those institutionalised first four years and the anxieties and psychological scars which remained with her.

I hope I am relaying this to folk who are aware and appalled at the exploitation directed at Bernese Mountain Dogs in theUK; most owners and breeders of Bernese who read this column are not breed profiteers but for all of you who DO sell Bernese puppies and provide Bernese stud services PLEASE make a concerted effort to investigate those who seek to acquire a Bernese before agreeing to a sale or a stud.  PLEASE do everything you can to avoid engaging with and supporting commercial breeders and PLEASE do everything you can to learn enough about the individuals who may seek to obtain a Bernese and who may not already be multi-dog owners but who are in fact intent on exploiting any Bernese they acquire.



Jude Simonds

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