Chloe (Berner-Garde #36930) came to us through the Heart of Michigan Bernese Mountain Dog Rescue run by Bruce and Linda Whiteside in May of 2008. She was, as Bruce says, “shamelessly trolled” around at the annual meeting. Chloe stole our hearts with her big brown eyes and happy demeanor; we were thrilled when they agreed to let her join our family. We were looking for a friend for our then 18 month old Berner Remi, and we thought Chloe would fit the bill. In the days that followed, Chloe let it be known that she is the queen of the house; Remi was, and still is, happy to let her be the ring leader. She keeps Remi in line and reprimands him when he is not behaving in a way Chloe thinks a family dog should act!
Chloe is a devoted and affectionate member of the family. She listens and studies every move, and is by our side every minute of the day; from the time we wake in the morning until she stops by our bed each and every night. She is true devotion! Not only is she affectionate, but very attentive and intelligent. Our daughter calls her the “Smarticle”! She seems to know what’s going on long before we tell her. We could not have asked for a better family member.
Chloe came with some health issues, mostly skeletal. But these problems have never slowed her down. Such willpower! She will be the first one at the door to go for a walk or a ride and never complain about her everyday aches and pains. Her drive and determination have been an inspiration to everyone in the family! When we brought Chloe home, we felt that we were doing her a favor, but in the end, I think Chloe has enriched our lives far more than anything we have done for her.
Belly rubs and biscuits to you Chloe girl! We hope for many more years with you Miss Sassy Pants!
This handsome boy is Clyde. He is approximately 4 years and is one of the sweetest dogs you will ever meet. He ADORES people and is great with kids! Clyde is great with female dogs and needs a fenced in yard with a 6 ft fence. He is neutered, heartworm negative, microchipped and up to date on his shots. This is an AMAZING dog! Clyde currently has an adoption pending, he hopefully will be going to his new home soon!
Ripley has finally found a new home! She was here too long. We got very attached to her and became overly protective on where she would go. We were really close to just letting her stay because she fit in so well with our clan and she loved us very much. But we knew that 7 was too many since we want to travel some as we get closer to retirement, so we need to go the other way, not up. So we decided she needs a very special home, and would wait for it.
Our patience paid off, and a home did come along but not they way we like to see things happen. We received a note from Peter and Lynda Starkel about the passing of their special boy Polar whom had succumbed to cancer. We received a second note telling us that when they were ready they were going to continue to look into rescue since Oscar turned out to be such a wonderful dog when they adopted him a few years ago. I knew it was too soon but I mentioned about Ripley and they happened to be in our area in a few days. They came to meet her and fell in love but did not want to decide too quickly. So they left and would spend 24 hours to think about it.
I got a call the next day asking if we would allow Ripley to join their family. We instantly agreed because they are such a wonderful home. Lynda and Peter have 2 children that also came to meet her and wanted to take her right then, but cooler heads prevailed.
Lynda and Martha (their daughter) came to pick up Ripley yesterday and she was ready to go. We got an update and she is doing fine. Peter hopes to build Ripley up to be able to join him hiking and want to make an across state hike as part of an event, I don’t recall the name of. All I know is that if they make the trek, I want to see some pictures in the newsletter!!
Peter is helping (well, actually building for us) a web site for the rescue. We will be able to keep thing up to the minute to date without having to bother anyone with the constantly changing rescue pages.
Thank You Peter and Lynda for opening your hearts to Ripley, we know she is in great hands.