HMBMDRescue, Inc has changed addresses

The rescue has a new President. Our Fomer VP, April VanBuren is now in charge of the Rescue. Her contact information is below. This is where all e-mails, questions, and applications should be sent. We are here to answer any question you may have. We are proud to have her heading our program.

April VanBuren
18555 Warner Road
Decatur, MI 49045

Trooper Update!

Trooper has been adopted into a wonderful home that is working with us on his continued plan of care!

We wanted to share a final update with all of you who have generously donated towards Trooper’s surgery, and inquired about him over these last couple of months.

Navigating Trooper’s treatment plan from planned surgery in August, to postponing the procedure in lieu of one more attempt at a less invasive procedure proved unsuccessful. During this time, Trooper found his wonderful forever home and has blossomed under the care and love of his new family.

On Wednesday November 4th, Trooper underwent the surgery he has waited so patiently for: bilateral TECABO procedures. The surgery was a difficult but successful one, and should provide Trooper with a pain-free life after all these years.

He is now back home with his family, and well on the road to recovery. Thank you to all who have asked about him, sent love and prayers along the way, and ultimately provided this gift for him.

We continue to be grateful for the support we’ve received.

Thank you again from all of us,
Heart of Michigan Bernese Mountain Dog Rescue




Kodi found his forever home!


*Update* Kodi has been adopted! 

If you are looking for a big Berner boy with lots of love to give, then Kodi is a perfect match! This boy has impressed all of our volunteers with his sweet and gentle temperament. Kodi LOVES people and gets along with kids, dogs and cats. He is a calm, easygoing boy who loves getting hugs and has never met a stranger. He walks well on a leash and knows several commands including sit and stay. Kodi is also housetrained and loves to just lay by your feet getting affection.

Kodi was rescued as a very sick boy from a local kill shelter. It has taken a lot of hard work, love and medical bills to get this wonderful boy back on his feet. Due to his amazing personality we just could not give up on this gentle giant. Kodi has hypothyroidism and a condition called Megaesophagus. You can read more about Megaesophagus here – Fortunately, there is a distinct possibility that after Kodi has been on thyroid medication for a few months the megaesophagus may resolve.

There are a few simple things that Kodi needs to stay healthy and happy. Kodi needs to be fed and watered in an elevated position and his food needs to be the consistency of puree (gruel). Kodi’s foster mom can provide more information but as long as he is fed his puree twice a day he is thriving. Kodi is also on a few inexpensive medications that he needs to take twice a day, every day. He easily takes his pills without any trouble. Kodi will need to be on his thyroid medication everyday for the rest of his life.

Kodi is housetrained, heartworm negative, microchipped and will be neutered. He is believed to be around five years old and should weigh around 105 lbs. If you think you have that special home for this wonderful boy, please fill out an application on our website!! He will need a physically fenced in yard.
* We DO adopt out of state!*

*Adopted* Sweet puppy seeks understanding new home


*Update* Bronco found his forever home with a loving family that met his needs! Thank you to all who inquired about this sweet boy.

This adorable, super sweet little guy is Bronco!  He is estimated to be about 18 months old. Bronco is great with other dogs, house trained, and loves to give kisses. This is an amazingly loving and affectionate pup! He is a small little guy currently at a thin 70 lbs. Bronco is very eager to please and food motivated. He would probably LOVE agility or Rally. Unfortunately Bronco was very mistreated by the children in his previous home and he can NOT be around kids. A good, experienced positive trainer could probably change this as he is very eager to please. Right now though, Bronco needs to be put in a separate room if children come to house. Due to his extreme fear of children, Bronco MUST got to a home with a fenced in yard. Adult visitors, Bronco adores and is happy to give snuggles and kisses.

Bronco is looking for a home with a fenced yard, no children and someone who would share his joy for life.  He is still very young will be required to take some positive training classes.
If you are interested in adopting a loving, devoted puppy please fill out an application on our website  Bronco is being fostered by Kalamazoo, MI but we do adopt out of state.  He is neutered, heartworm neg, and up to date on his shots.


Thorin Has Been Adopted!!

Thorin1.jpgThorin is an incredibly sweet four year old boy.  His favorite activities are snuggling on the couch and receiving belly rubs. Once you have gained his trust, Thorin is the gentlest and most affectionate Berner you will ever meet.   Thorin has suffered abuse at the hands of cruel people, as a result he can be very fearful with new people and needs patience to gain his trust.  Thorin does great with other dogs and even regularly plays with a 9 lbs Chihuahua! The ideal home for Thorin would be experienced (or willing to learn!) in clicker training and understand the need to gently, carefully help him discover the world.  Thorin would love a home with a people who are home most of the day or willing to take him to work.  Once he trusts you, he is the most devoted of companions!  Thorin needs a fenced in yard, and would not do well in a home with young children (they would scare him).    Thorin has never shown any aggression, and is such a gentle soul.  He is neutered, up to date on his shots, and microchipped. He would do well with dog savvy cats but may chase a very shy one.


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Priscilla has Been Adopted!

Priscilla1.jpgThis gorgeous beauty is looking for a home that will love and pamper her like she deserves.  Priscilla ADORES people and her favorite thing is to have people pet her.  She is a sweet, out going girl and shows a lot of potential for being a therapy dog.  Priscilla loves everyone she meets, she is good with kids, dogs, and cats.  However, she is a dignified lady and will not tolerate a youngster trying to climb on her back and ‘getting fresh’.  Priscilla has entered her ‘golden years’ and is believed to be 7-9 years young.  She is house-trained and can stay loose alone in the house with out destroying anything.  She is currently a hefty 105 lbs, and will be healthier at 95 lbs.   If you are looking for a dog who is already trained, easy and just wants to be loved on all day, this is your girl! We would prefer Priscilla’s new home to be able to take her to work with them or be home with her most of the day. Priscilla will need a fenced yard.Priscilla2.jpg

Berner Baby in Rescue – Adopted!


Rudy has gone to his new home!

We just took in this adorable, outgoing, 12 week old baby boy.  He needs a dedicated home with someone who is around most of time (either retired or works from home) so that he can receive the love and time that he needs.  Due to his size and immaturity he would not do well with very young children.  We are looking for a home that is committed to taking puppy kindergarten and training classes with him and that understands the time and commitment a puppy needs.  Berner babies require a lot of patient training and socializing to grow up to be the amazing dogs we all know and love.   In return, this little guy will shower you with love and kisses.  He currently weighs twenty three pounds and is up to date on his vaccines.  He WILL  be neutered prior to adoption.    He will need a fenced yard.

If you are interested in this little guy please fill out an application.  We do adopt out of state but you will need to travel to Kalamazoo, Michigan to adopt him.

Berner mix Babies – All Adopted


Lullah and babies

All Puppies have been adopted!

We have a litter of beautiful Berner mix babies who were born on May 15th.  The mom is a wonderful, sweet, Bernese Mountain Dog and the father is a Mastiff/St. Bernard mix.  They will be ready to go to their new homes after they are 8 weeks old.  All the puppies will be fixed, microchipped, and up to date on vaccines before leaving and the adoption fee is $500.  These babies are being raised in a fantastic foster home, where they are receiving lots of love and socialization.

If you are interested in giving a forever home to one of these precious babies, please make sure you have the time and commitment a growing giant breed puppy needs.  They will need to be enrolled in puppy kindergarten classes to help them reach their full potential as amazing family companions.  Gilmore and Mackinaw are the two boys and the other six are girls.

We are beginning to accept applications for these babies.  They will be adopted to the homes best suited for them, not in the order that applications are received.

Panda Bear Mackinaw Holland Gilmore Crystal Clair Arcadia Arbor Rose

Chloe’s Rescue


Chloe backdropChloe (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!

Gene and Mona Williams

Goodrich Michigan