Quite a bit has been said about the importance dogs have played in human evolution and it comes as no surprise that many people love their dogs. That love seems to be especially stong in the folks who are devoted to the Bernese Mountain Dog.
I learned this fact after becoming a Berner mom myself. It has been almost two years since we brought Sophia home from her BARC foster home in Dallas, where she had spent several months recuperating after her traumatic start at a puppy-mill; and as you all know, our little Berner girl has been joined by a bouncing Berner boy not too long ago. So the question is this, what makes this breed so irresistible? And why is it that there is no such thing as a One Berner Household, provided there is room for a second, a third, and maybe even a fourth?
The addition of our second Berner was initially strategic. Our girl had come a long way from the frightened pup she had been when she first arrive, and she had learned to love her new home and family. But something was still missing. She did not fit the description of the Bernese: loving, outgoing, goofy, fun to be with… None of that seemed to be possible in her live.
Our Berner girl needed help in the final adjustment to a normal life.
When Sam arrived, he entered our lives in true Berner fashion: a big boy with an even bigger heart, he walked in and claimed us as his own. There is no shyness about this boy and no hesitation. And ever so slowly he has done precisely what we hoped he would do – he has helped Sophia to a nearly normal life.
Today our Berner girl showers us with Berner love and she comes running to claim her share of hugs and kisses. She is practicing the Berner-lean and often now she shows a goofy smile and participates in Sammy’s adorable silliness.
Luckily a member of the Berner community has produced a video that makes my point most clearly and I’d like to share it here. Watch and enjoy:
Before you click, please note that there is a slight problem with the video link, but if you type in “Bernese go together” at the Youtube screen, the video will pop up. Or better yet, if you go to Cyndi’s comment at the end of the post you will find the video ready for viewing. Please also note that the video has a slight delay at the beginning.
Many thanks to Lori in Minnesota for this wonderful video. It will make you smile.