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

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

Abby – Sweet Puppy is Now Adopted!

This adorable little girl is Abby, also known as Posie.  She is an extremely sweet and joyful 10 month old puppy who needs a loving home.  She is great with other dogs, cats and has been around children. Very young children would probably be too much for her.  This darling little girl has been afflicted with several orthopedic issues and needs a home who will be dedicated to helping her enjoy life to the fullest and to provide her with the care she needs.  She does not need surgery but would benefit greatly from ongoing therapy such as laser, supplements, acupuncture, and/or underwater treadmill.  This is an amazing puppy who has proven to be a survivor. She is a petite little girl at 63 lbs but her capacity for love is huge.  Due to her orthopedic issues, a home with lots of stairs would NOT be suitable for this little darling.  If you are interested in adopting or fostering please contact Laura at


    ***This precious girl just went to her fantastic new forever home in Chicago!***

Kevin needs your help to live! *Goal Met*

I'm Kevin, I need your help so I can grow up

We have been contacted about a young Berner puppy with a Portosystemic Liver Shunt. He needs surgery to repair it and the family can not afford the $5,000 quoted at MSU. The breeder is willing to help by refunding the purchase price and the family can help so they can come up with a total of at least $1,500 of the costs but need help with the rest or he may be euthanized. Or he could be given to our rescue to absorb the cost and the adopt him out. His family deeply loves him and wants to do what is best what ever will allow him to live, even if that means giving him up.

I’m trying to arrange a form of donation to help raise the $3,500 still needed. If you can help please contact me at
April has set up an account to help with Kevin’s medical emergency, the 16 week old Berner boy needing liver surgery. The site is
We’ve received several commitments already for donations so this will make it easier to help donations. The will go to the HMBMD Rescue, Inc’s account and then will be sent to MSU when the surgery is scheduled. Your support is deeply appreciated by Kevin’s family. If you prefer to write a check, yo can send it to us at
Heart of Michigan Bernese Mtn Dog Rescue
Bruce & Linda Whiteside
1063 Legault Blvd, Ortonville, MI. 48462
When I agreed to try to help, this is what I got in response. I asked that he be entered into Berner-Garde, and he not be bred.
We appreciate any help that you can give. We will be happy to get the DNA test done and planned on getting him neutered anyway’s. And for some reason if the surgery does not happen of course we would want the money to go to another Berner. We can’t believe that there are people so willing to help with our babies troubles. Thank you for all your help.Melanie
UPDATE 4/26/14
Thanks to everyone we have reached our goal!! April added the check we received and we are even a little about the mark! WOW!!!
Berner people are the most caring we have ever been involved with. We are humbled know there are so many out there willing to help a family trying to save their little guys life. I’m proud to have been a part of Kevin’s recovery.
Since we have reached our goal and some of yo may have placed to donate but did not get the chance. Please save it for the next little one that needs help. Kevin’s care is covered. So until we can close the site we have met our goal. If you still want to help Berner in need, I’m sure regional Berner rescue’s could use your help. Here is a list from the site. rescues can always use your help.
Thank you everyone!!
Heart of Michigan Bernese Mtn Dog Rescue
Bruce & Linda Whiteside, Michigan
Web Site:

Clyde – Adopted!!!

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!