From Neglected to Spoiled
In 2016, a sweet freckled face bernese mountain dog (Lady) was taken to be put to sleep by a breeder since the dog could no longer have puppies. The dog was 6 years old and had no other major health problems. Instead of putting the dog to sleep, the vet clinic instead said they would rehome her. She was extremely underweight (≈40lbs) and was terrified of anything and everything. It was obvious she was not given the love and care she deserved.
Long story short, that sweet freckled faced berner eventually became mine. The very first time I saw her I immediately fell in love with her and there was an immediate bond. Her story broke my heart and I knew I wanted to do anything I could to help other dogs in her situation. We then rescued Kylie and Gita and our “Berner Bunch” became whole.
Instead of taking the dogs to be put to sleep, the breeder now surrenders the dogs they can no longer use to a mutual friend and I then find them a good home (or I personally keep them). Over the past several years, I have helped to rescue and rehome 13 bernese mountain dogs from this awful breeder. The dogs are finally getting a second chance at the life they always deserved.
Unfortunately in 2020, we had to say goodbye to both Lady and Kylie less than 10 months apart. I miss them both every single day. Not a day goes by where I don’t think about them.
5 months after losing Lady, I had the privilege to get a call from an incredible bernese mountain dog rescue organization, BARC (Bernese Auction Rescue Coalition). They had rescued 6 puppies from a puppy mill auction and had chosen my application as a potential home for one of the puppies. A week later, I drove to the amazing foster home in Kansas and picked up Weller, the newest addition to The Berner Bunch.