Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Shopping at the 2009 Specialty – Part 16 – BernerGarde Foundation

I have a special place in my heart for The Berner-Garde Foundation!

The Berner-Garde Foundation
Daniel Sernicola
23095 Hilliard Blvd.
Westlake, OH 44145
Phone: 1(440) 356-0184
Web Site:

The Berner-Garde Booth has a lot of wonderful items and was always busy with people shopping. Here are just some of the items and the prices so you can shop from home:

  • Just Perfect by P. T. Custard - $16.00
  • Moments of Wonder by Barry Schieber - $22.00
  • 2008 Limited Edition Berner-Garde Carting Ornament - $25.00
  • 2009 Limited Edition Berner-Garde Herding Ornament - $30.00

The Berner-Garde Foundation has donated one of their lovely 2009 Limited Edition Berner-Garde Herding Ornaments for the upcoming Berner-Garde Foundation Fundraiser.

Did you know that the Berner-Garde database now contains information on almost 55,000 dogs? Everyone I meet who is associated with pure-bred dogs is in awe of this incredible accomplishment. When I have attended the AKC CHF Health Symposium, other breed clubs are amazed at what we have accomplished with our database. With our new DNA bank and repository we have both blood and cheek swabs on over 900 dogs in just two years. The DNA bank and repository is going to be a huge help to researchers who want to study Berners - it will give them a big head start on their research project. Is your Berner entered in the data bank? We need blood and cheek swabs on as many Berners as we can get to have this be a great success.

Be sure to check out the website to see the fantastic things that Berner-Garde does for our Berners and to check out the 2009 Berner-Garde Annual, which you can download. Look up your Berner - see the information on the generations that preceed your Berner - it is fascinating!

While you are at the website, be sure to make certain that all of your past and present Berners are in the database and that their information is up to date. It is so easy to enter your Berners in the database - and if you send the data operators copies of the vet's diagnoses your information will be entered as verified which gives the database a very accurate picture of your Berner.

Joye Neff and Nicky "BG #38330"
(and Will)
Berner-Garde Vice-President and Fundraiser
Berner Fundraiser
Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA

P. S. If you know anyone who needs to buy or sell a home anywhere in the USA please be sure to give me their name and phone number. I can help them find a professional, experienced agent and make sure they get great service.

Dress up your house plants with a Michael Park carved Berner. Share your love of Berners with your friends by using note cards based on the illustrations in P. T. Custard's newest Berner book "Just Perfect: More Adventures of Jules the Lighthouse Dog."

The Michael Park ornaments are wonderful. I am lucky enough to have the past two, and will be adding the 2009 herding ornament to my collection, soon. Someday, I am going to have a holiday tree all of my own that MY ornaments will be displayed and my Berners won't have to worry about Klingon or Jedi cross-fire. I wasn't able to get a picture of the 2009 ornament, because it SOLD OUT! More will be available, but don't wait to place your order.

Toys, toys, and more toys. I got Monty and Lottie the big Tuffy purple octopus that Berner-Garde sells. It is big enough for my two sillies to play together and they haven't unstuffed it! In addition to the Tuffy toys, there are other dog toys available. Just to show you how great the Berner-Garde toys are, I've included a picture of Lottie and Monty the day we unpacked our octopus. Lottie was just three months old then!

Berner-Garde also has yard stakes that can be customized with either your name, or perhaps your kennel's name.

There are also two styles of door toppers: the gaiting Berner or the peeking Berner, letter openers and also the wonderful Stephen Huneck flying dog ornaments. I can attest to the quality of these ornaments. Ours is named Sherman (after our own Heavenly messenger) and hangs over my Berner's water bowl. It is too nice to have out only at the holidays, so mine is on display year round.

Last, but certainly not least are the Steiff Berners. My son saw this picture and desperately wants one to add to our collection of stuffed Berners.

Lynn Alvarez
Prospect Heights, Illinois
with Tobie, Monty, Lottie and McGee forever in our hearts

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