The Bernese Auction Rescue Coalition, Inc. – also known as BARC – entered our lives in January of 2009 when I discovered their web-site www.barcinc.net and contacted them about adopting one of their rescued Berners.
Initially I was interested in Casper, an older Berner boy with hip dysplasia, who had been at his foster home for many, many months. After speaking with his foster mom at length I was not at all surprised when, a few days later, I was told that his foster family just could not bear to part with him.
Our remaining option was a young female, named Brandy, who was being fostered in Texas. I knew form BARC’s web-site that Brandy was overly shy which made me hesitate. I was not sure that I wanted to deal with yet another super shy pup – after all – I had struggled for two years with our shelter dog Lilly, until she finally blosomed into the lovely dog she was meant to be.
But let me continue about BARC. As you know from the beginning of this blog, we adopted BARC’s Brandy, drove all the way to Dallas in early March and brought our super shy Berner girl home to Wisconsin. Brandy became our lovely Sophia who, within a short seven months, has settled in with us beyond all expectations. We thought for sure it would take her years to relax and lose her fears. Instead she is well on her way to become the loving dog she was meant to be.
And finally my wonderful experience in meeting BARC’s Emma, the Berner who had to be re-homed because she was afraid of the men in her adopted family. As you know from previous posts, Emma found her forever-home through BARC’s life time committment to its rescues. She now lives with her new dad Greg in Dubuque, Iowa.
It was incredible to watch her bond with Greg at first sight. On their weekly visits she shows her true personality more and more. She is a funny girl who follows Greg like a shadow and she can be a bit bossy with Sophia, who has learned to bark when Emma grabs all the attention. And much to everyone’s astonishment and surprise Emma takes over Sophia’s sleeping crate any chance she gets.
In order to fully appreciate the significance of this picture you must know that Emma spent the initial five years of her live locked in a crate at a puppy mill. Upon her rescue by BARC it was discoverd that she had chewed her front teeth down to nubs trying to escape.
So let me praise BARC and thank all the awesome people who make such happy endings possible.