Bernese News 21st October 2015



Photo taken at the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Great Britain Championship Show 2013
Photo by Benita Gower
Dog judge Virginia Stenner, Gary Dybdall with Best in Show winner Ch Meadowpark
Whispers Breeze, Best in Show judge Harry Nelson, Aileen Trevett with Reserve Best in
Show winner Vellbern You Japanese Gem and Bitch judge Jeannette Green.

Virginia Stenner passed away on 13th October aged 65 years.  She was a very well-liked and
very well respected breeder, exhibitor and judge of Bernese and will be sorely missed by those 
who knew her and shared her passion and interest in Bernese Mountain Dogs.

Virginia Stenner obtained her first Bernese from Lena Robbins. Tarncred Tattoo was born on 8th
September 1979 and transferred to Virginia Cameron Stenner in March the following year.  The
Clashaidy affix was added in December 1980 and Tattoo was to become a solid foundation bitch
for Virginia's breeding programme.  The first Clashaidy litter from Tattoo (sired by Glanzberg Blue
Wind) was born on 25th September 1981 and Tattoo went on to produce a total of 31 puppies in
4 litters to three different sires. 

Virginia had a definite idea of what she liked and what she hoped to achieve with her breeding
programme and saw the benefit of line-breeding to dogs she admired but she also made prudent
use of outcrosses and she just loved to analyse bloodlines and talk pedigrees!  Family life was also
very important to Virginia and she kept only a very few Bernese at a time; Virginia was selective
about what she kept and what she bred from and took advantage of the KC Loan of Bitch agreement
a few times to help further her breeding goals.  The last Clashaidy litter was born on 23rd December
2009, sired by Ch Jaybiem Utwo JW ShCM and Virginia kept a lovely big lad called Shiloh who she
adored. In total there were 19 Clashaidy Bernese litters resulting in 102 KC registered puppies.
Amongst the Clashaidy bred successes in the show ring were Ch Nordic Fire (who gained his 3rd
CC and went Best of Breed at Crufts 1989) and Ch Designer Genes and also CC winners Carex,               Alice Blue Gown of Kleinetatzen, Nidelva Flowing of Balahunz and Stormy Dusk Over Millermead JW
ShCM plus a few others who gained their Stud Book numbers.

Approved to award CCs for the first time at South Wales in 1993, Virginia awarded CCs in Bernese a
total of 9 times and her last appointment was judging the dog classes at the BMD Club of Great Britain
Championship Show 2013. Virginia was very proud to be the named judge for Bernese at Crufts 2016
and had been greatly looking forward to attending but sadly withdrew from the appointment earlier
this year when her health continued to deteriorate.

Virginia's fascination with pedigrees didn't stop with dogs!  She had a very keen interest in ancestry 
and geneology.  If she met anyone who was researching their family history she was more than
willing to help too and spent many happy hours trawling through online records resources. 

Virginia was diagnosed with Leukaemia and underwent a bone marrow transplant and bore all the
associated treatment with great courage and bravery.   When there was some improvement in her
health recently she and husband Ray decided to take a short break in Cornwall but within a few
days she contracted a virus which had a drastic effect on her already compromised immune system. 
Virginia returned home and was admitted to hospital but passed away peacefully 4 weeks later 
with her husband Ray and her daughter Meghann at her bedside.

Sincere condolences tRay, son Craig, Meghann and granddaughter Mackenzie and all family and
friends.  Virginia's love of Bernese didn't waver despite everything else she was going through and
her two resident homebred Bernese Shiloh and his dam Keira brought joy and comfort to Virginia
and will continue to do so for Ray.

The funeral will take place on Tuesday, 27th October at 2.30pm.

Virginia will be cremated at a private family service on Monday 26th but a full church service and 
burial of her ashes will take place on the Tuesday for everyone to attend.  This will be held at
The Holy Rood Church, Wool, Dorset BH20 6DD. (Parking in the road on weekdays). 
A reception will be held after the service.
Ray has requested that flowers may be brought and be placed at the burial site.

Those wishing to attend should contact Heather Head by 10pm on Friday 23rd October to allow  
for catering arrangements.  Please do not ring Ray at this sad time.  
Call Heather on 01639 871497; email or text mobile 07984 469325


Brewster ~ Greybern Young Dude 
22nd February 2007 ~ 15th October 2015

Dave and Lin Biggins emailed;

"It is with a broken and very sad heart that we had to say goodbye to our beloved Brewster at 8 years
8 months.  He was the greatest dog that anyone could wish for and all who knew him loved him; we 
are devastated. 

"He had competed in the Veteran Class at the SMBC on Sunday and all was well. On Wednesday 
he showed no sign of being ill, he had been out for a walk with Cassie on the field and trotted about
without any worries. When he woke up on Thursday he could not get up, we rushed him to the vets 
who did lots of tests but they could not do anything to save our boy. We are in shock at the moment
with how quickly he went downhill. He is now in doggy heaven with his mumWillow and Auntie Sasha."

Jude Simonds

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