©2007 The Hitching Post Family
yes, the dog has antlers
on, we couldn't help ourselves!!
myla is just the most wonderful dog, very
sweet, smart and friendly...couldn't imagine
not having her at her last vet appt she was
32lbs....she doubled her size in a month,
but seems to have slowed down:) playing with
other puppies in puppy class and jumping in
leaf piles have been her favorite things so
far (other than dinner time)
can't wait to see her with snow!!
thanks again for a great pup, happy
jackie & myla
Tubing summer 2009
Our Murphy turned 2 on May
5th.(Sophie and Harley). I wanted to
send you a picture of his new
favorite love in life. I bought him
a life jacket and decided to try
this after he had shown an interrest
in doing this when anyone was on the
tube. He absolutly loves this and
now our only problem will be is to
get him to share.
Murphy loves the water we can't
keep him out of the lake. He is
on a mission to get all of the
rocks out of the lake. He will
actually stick his head under
the water to get them. He also
loves to play fetch with the
kong in the water too. Everyone
at the lake just thinks he is so
funny. He loves to sit out at
the end of the pier and watch
people go by and point at him.
He sits there as if to say "yeah
I'm handsome, it's ok you can
look". I'm a pretty boy" I just
love this dog so much. Brian
will say he knows the ranking in
our house, Murphy first then
Brian. He says he is spoiled
rotten and I say pampered
Take Care, Cindy and Brian.
I have attached a couple of pics of our
Hitching Post girl "Willow." ~ Tiffany
Sending you an updated
picture of Shelby. She is doing wonderful and has
such the personality now. Her and Bailey love
playing together and get into such mischief. At her
last vet appointment she weighed in at 18lbs, so she
is growing like a weed. Thanks so much!!
~Tracy, Bailey and Shelby
Madison and Shelby
The Goodwin Sisters
Molly, Shelby, and Hailey
(Sophie Monty Litter 9-08)
Hi Stephanie and Len!
Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know how
Quincy was doing.
It's hard to believe he's 4 1/2 months old already.
He knows hand signals for sit and stay and we're
working on down. He will give us his paw when we say
"paw" and speaks on command. He is one of the most
loving dogs I've ever owned and is a great addition
to our family. He loves the snow!!! He is full of
personality and I especially love the fact that he
"talks" to us.
I've enclosed a picture of him as of today.
Shelley- Carmel, IN
(Maggie and Monty 11-08 litter)
Here are some recent pics of
He has gained about thirty pounds in three months. Enjoy, Jenn
Hi Stephanie and Len,
I just wanted to send you some pictures of Dublin
at three months. He went to the vet on Monday and
now weighs 20 pounds. Obviously, he is eating well
and is a happy, growing puppy. He attends puppy
pre-school and is doing a good job being socialized.
Once the weather gets warmer he will have more
opportunities to meet other dogs and people. - -
and brother Cashew
Dan with Mom Sophie
Ann with Dan
~The Roebucks - Michigan
It's long overdue, but I wanted to thank you for the
opportunity to work with you. We love Tara. She is
such a good dog. She and Heidi are still working out
their territorial issues, but it's fun to watch.
Tara is so well-behaved I almost can't believe it.
She was almost completely potty trained when she
arrived. She's a tough little dog (I guess that
comes from living in the barn and being outside a
lot). She acclimated easily to our family and is
also very comfortable in her crate. She sleeps there
at night until she gets a little older. She's very
healthy and happy. And of course, she is beautiful!
She has been a welcome addition for Heidi. They stay
outside most of the day and run with each other. At
four years old, Heidi gets more exercise than ever.
I hope that all is well with you and your family. I
wish we could have come to your farm to meet you
personally. Next time we get a new puppy, I'm going
to fly out from New Jersey to meet you. Take care.
Friends of Tara in Tewksbury New Jersey,
Cathy, Michael, Jessica & Nicole
Bella Christmas 2008
(Sophie-Monty Litter 9-08)
Just wanted to let you know how much we're enjoying
Obi! He has got
such a personality; still talks up a storm. He has
certain rules that
we need to comply with, including: all dishtowels
must be on the
floor, all shoes must be out of the closet (he
doesn't chew on them,
he just likes to have them all within sight..). He's
about 55#'s and
gets more handsome by the day. As you can see, he
really enjoys the
snow-may have to import some this summer! Take care,
Obi has settled right in, what a personality! He is
still a talker and is not shy about giving his
opinion. He loves the snow and really just about
everything else he comes into contact with: shoes,
dishtowels, the cat... He just got his second round
of vaccinations before Christmas which just leaves
one more rabies shot at 4 months...Rose
Stephanie & Len,
I just want to say how pleased we were with your
farm, you two, and your son.
You can tell you take
great care, effort, and pride in what you do for the
breeding of the dogs. Even though it was a long
trip; it was worth seeing what a great environment
Brody came from, getting to meet you all, and
hearing you talk about the dogs and the love
into your breeding program. We are so glad we found
The Hitching Post
and Brody, his breed and
personality is a great fit with our family. I will
recommend your farm to those that are
looking for a large breed dog, and who
I think would
give the proper care and provide the proper
Cosmo and McIntire 2008 "Fur Ball"
event for Paws Black Tie Affair Chicago, IL
McIntire from 2007 litter
McIntire's first birthday!
Chicago neighbors "Cosmo" and "McIntire", both
from The Hitching Post Farm, go to day care
together during the week. These are some
candid shots when they first met. It's great
having a Berner as your Buddy. It's even
better when they live next door!
I just wanted
you to know how much we have enjoyed our Berner
pup, Leo. The last year and a half have been
delightful. He has a wonderful disposition and
is truly a gentleman. I'm looking forward to
sending you pictures of Louie, our 10 week old
Newf pup from Tusk and Farra's
Crate training and house breaking are going
well. I'm just thrilled with him!
Thank you so
Lake Zurich, IL
Just an update on the puppies. Well, we
could not have 2 more different
personalities than these two.. Daisy May is
ruling the roost, & Zeus just takes it in
his stride. They had their 2nd lot of shots
on Thursday, & Zeus weighed in at almost
29lb, while Daisy May was just over 24lb.
They are great fun to be around, & we
couldn't be without them now. Thanks so
Well, the little monsters
are still giving us enormous pleasure. they are
growing up before our very eyes. At the moment they
are digging holes everywhere, then bringing their
not so small muddy paws into the house. They also
play a game called hunt the missing shoe!! But
having said that, we love them dearly, & could not
imagine our lives without them.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! We LOVE the
latest addition to the family. Maggie is
growing like a weed and rejuvenating our older
dogs. She and Callie, our Westie, just wear
themselves out playing. Maggie is our little
bear cub. Well, at least for a little while
anyway. She is SO SMART!! Already she is
better house trained, I think, than Callie! She
just runs in and out of that doggie door like a
pro! She loves it out there, because itís been
so nice a cool. She only wakes up about once
around 5:00 in the morning, and when I walk her
downstairs, she just goes out, does her
business, and is ready to go back to bed!
Sheís also become the mascot at the coffee
shop. EVERYONE just LOVES her. When we donít
take her, people are MOST disappointed!
I was a little distressed when I found out I was
getting a THIRD dog and not a little one at
that, but I have to say, she is so sweet, so
loving, and so playful that she is a joy to have
around. Weíre going to start taking her to
doggie day care as soon as she gets her rabies
shot next week so that we can make sure sheís
totally socially trained to be with other dogs.
I have NO DOUBT that wonít be a problem, but you
I just canít tell you how much we loved meeting
you guys and visiting Fairmount (Hey! Did you
know James Dean is from there??? Curt made me
say that!). If you remember correctly, I
almost didnít give you a hug when we left,
because I just felt like I was going to be
seeing you the next day or next week! That is
how comfortable and part of your family you made
If you ever need to use us as a reference, weíd
be happy to sing your praises!! Many thanks and
best wishes for more beautiful puppies and
families in the future.
Janet and Curt- TX
Maggie in April 2008
Rylee has transitioned quickly and has already
made herself at home. She weighs 12.8 lbs at 9 weeks
and already understands "do you want to go outside".
She is my constant shadow and always at my heels.
Her personality really steps up a notch when she
goes outside. She prances around and really comes to
life. No leaf is safe! She has basically gotten over
being shy and is exploring all rooms in the house
now. Our son's Berner is 7 mos and last nite they
met for the first time. Lots of laughs for us as
they played tug with the chew toy. The video is
hilarious. Today was her first time out in the snow
and we'll do pictures when she gets up from her NAP.
Love her to pieces!
J & M Pecor
Little Rylee and her other Hitching Post friend
Rylee is the calmest puppy I have ever had! So
relaxed and sweet natured. Reminds me so much of the
St. Bernard/German Shepherd mix I had 20 years ago.
I thought that was the best dog ever, but Rylee ties
She has a basket of toys that keeps her occupied but
she doesn't live to chew. Yeah! (Hope I don't knock
my head against a wall later for saying that) She is
growing like a weed and always makes us laugh and
smile. She is so faithful and is always in the same
room as I am, even if she has to come and look for
We have our special cuddle time every morning when I
let her out of the kennel. She won't eat, drink or
go outside until we've had that time.
Amazingly adept at walking on the leash. Of course,
she has to HOLD it in her mouth. She kinda grunts
because she has to breathe only from her nose. Once
she gets tired out on the way home she releases it.
Never pulls me though and I never have to coax her.
I take her everywhere and am not sure if she is just
a sleepy dog or if she has motion sickness. She is
never concerned when I get in and out of the car and
just lays there and sleeps. Last week I took her to
a bridal shower and kept checking on her. It was the
first time she sat up and waited for me to come
back. Never even thinks about chewing on the seat or
console. Of course she was the hit of the party when
they invited her in at the end.
She would make an excellent therapy dog and I had
thought seriously about nursing homes when I first
got her, but we are so busy I don't think I could
fit one more thing in. But she sure has the
disposition for it.
I can't imagine ever having another breed of dog. I
am so over the moon with Rylee. The Hitching Post
Family Farm ROCKS!!
Mac and the McCarthy's Christmas 2007- Indiana
Murphy is doing great! I took Murphy
to the vet this week for his final shots. He weighs 48
pounds and is getting very big. He is still very mellow
and is such a sweet pup. Here is a picture of Murphy and
Gertie. They are two peas in a pod.
Gertie from Belle Berners and Murphy from
The Hitching Post Farm
Murphy at 1 year
I just wanted to
drop you a note and let you know how our Murphy is
doing. Murphy is now 18 weeks old and weighs 46
pounds. Murphy has steadily gained 2-4 pounds per
week. He gets his Nu-Vet every morning. and is
eating about 1 1/2 cups of food 3 times a day. We
have him on Heartguard and a flea preventive. As
you can tell from the attached pictures he is
growing so quickly. He has adapted so well and has
become a major joy in our lives. I can not imagine
our lives with out him. We stay at the lake on the
weekends and he has yet to take to the water as you
can see in the attached picture. We take him out on
the boat and he loves to ride with the wind in his
face. He loves to ride in the car as long as he has
the air conditioning blowing on him. He has to have
his fan on at night and the radio on when we leave.
He loves to chase butterflies and birds. He has
received all of his shots and he has graduated puppy
class. (The classes were to socialized the puppies
and basic obedience.) It did not take Murphy long to
realize that everyone in the puppy classes had
treats. When it was time to let the puppies play
Murphy would first visit with everyone in class to
get his treats and then he would play. It looked as
though he was working the food line line.) Our vet
and his staff love Murphy and he enjoys going there
because the staff spoils him. We have taken him on a
trip to WVa. and he did great. He has been one of
the easiest dogs to train. He sits, stays, shakes,
high five, and lays down on command. Housebreaking
is going extremely well. He has only had a couple of
accidents since we have brought him home. Two were
because he went to the door and I thought he was
just looking out the window and I did not let him
out. That taught me quickly to let him out. anytime
he is at the door. (He has yet to learn to bark at
the door when he wants to go out.) He has never
tried to chew on furniture or anything that is not
his. He has tons of toys and his favorite blanket
and pillow that he likes to sleep with. He has
started losing his puppy teeth and we are counting
the days until his sharp K-9 teeth come out.
Everyone who sees
Murphy thinks he is absolutely beautiful and then
they will ask what kind of dog he is. Murphy thinks
that everyone he meets or sees is there to visit
him. He loves people. We have 2 friends with adult
Bernese and Murphy has gotten to play with them and
it is amazing to look at them and at Murphy and to
think that our little fur ball will soon be as big.
Brian and I want to
let you know that we were very impressed with your
dogs and your facility. Any one who meets you can
tell that you love what you are doing as well as
your dogs. We were impressed with how clean the
facilities were and how well that you cared for all
of the dogs and puppies. If we ever decide to get
another dog we will surely come back to you.
The pictures that I
am sending range from 8 weeks to 16 weeks of age.
Thanks Shari for
our new edition to our family!!! We love him so
Cindy Becraft and
Brian Schneider- IN
I just wanted to
let you know how Murphy is doing. He is now 8 months
old and weighs 80 pounds. We had him neutered in
November. He has been enjoying the snow that we have
had. He loves to lay in the deepest part of the yard
that he can find and would no doubt lay there all
day if we would let him. We had an underground fence
installed so now he has about 3 acres or more to
roam and play. He continues to surprise us with his
antics and lively personality. He is such a joy to
Brian and I that we can't imagine life with out him.
HE loves to sleep on his half of the bed at night
and still requires a fan at night. He is a hit at
the groomers and the vet and to anyone who meets
him. Murphy I believe feels that people are here on
this planet to visit him. He continues to get along
with other dogs as well. However he has yet to
realize his size when playing with small dogs. Brian
and I are waiting for the calmer side of the Bernese
to emerge from Murphy because he has so much energy
and loves to play. We are grateful that he has never
chewed on furniture he has only destroyed his toys.
It has become quite the challenge to find toys that
will last for more than 5 minutes. We have tried
soccer balls, basket balls, and footballs, but he
pops them in minutes. Thank goodness for KONGS. He
has been housebroken for several months now and he
has free reign of the house when we are away. We
have no further need of the kennel. He has been the
easiest dog for us to train. We want to thank you
again for our wonderful addition to our family.
Murphy has turned 1
year old this May and I thought I would give you an
update. He now weighs over 100 pounds and we are two
weeks away from completing level one obedience. We
still take him to Doggie Day care. He loves going
there because he gets to play with other dogs and
not to mention he gets to play in the mud as well.
He is the perfect watch dog. Since he has been on
guard we don't have to worry about any birds in the
yard. Murphy feels that it is his job to chase them
away. I am sending you a few pictures of him too.
The picture of him in the hat was from his birthday
party at Doggie Day care and the theme of his party
was an Outdoor adventure. One of my favorite
pictures of him is the one of him sitting on his red
ball. This has because one of his favorite things to
do. He sits on all of his toys this way. The trainer
feels it is his way of claiming his possessions. We
continue to love him more and can't imagine life
with out him.
Thanks again for
our wonderful companion.
Brian and Cindy
Murphy at 1 year
just wanted to let you know how Buster and Maggie
are progressing. When they were at the vet for
their final shots Buster went from 23 lbs to 36 lbs
and Maggie from 18 lbs to 32 lbs! Theyíre growing
like weeds! They are absolutely the sweetest
puppies ever! Buster is very laid back and our
resident couch potato. He prefers to watch the
others run around and bark at them as they pass him
by. I know the heat has been harder on him and he
prefers the cool garage during our afternoon
outings. Maggie is always busy, she hardly ever
sits still. When she gets hot she goes to the water
bowl and sticks both front feet in. One of the
funniest things ever was when they discovered
toads. They got close, the toad jumped, and so did
they. I didnít know puppies could simultaneously
jump so high! I laughed so hard I cried! I could
go on and on but you already know how wonderful your
puppies are. Iíve included a few pictures. Iíll
keep you updated on their progress. Thanks again
for trusting me with two of your babies.
We are SO enjoying the
little monster. She is pure puppy and chews on
everything, including people. I told her not to bite
my ankles as we were walking on the grass so she
stopped.........now she bites my calves and knees
You did a wonderful job
with her as she really does know her name and when
called she generally will come..
She's really good about
going potty outside. Everytime I take her out she
goes, never in the house.
Sunday she was out in
the yard with me alot just laying on the grass
watching the world go by. The neighbors ran out in
the street to get their ball and Forrest stayed.
Smart little whip!
Pretty soon I won't be
able to pick her up like a baby, she is growing like
a weed and getting heavy and tall already.
Everyone who meets
Forrest falls in love with her. She is a precious
addition to our family.
Forrest is doing
GREAT and everyone LOVES her. She plays fetch
and tug and obeys the command "Down".
She had her last
shots and weighed in at 32 lbs.
Tyler had her at the
river for a couple of hours and she loved it,
which is good since we live on a lake! He is
still building his house so he hasn't had alot
of time to teach her tricks but she is very
Forrest is doing great
and we LOVE her SO much!
Forrest at 5 months
Forrest Christmas 2007
HI Shari, hope you and your family are
having a great summer. Goose is doing
great and is about
30 pounds now. He loves everyone he meets as well as
with other dogs.
Goose loves to play football, soccer, basketball (in
addition to his aviary diet!)
He also chased two deer today that came by our
He is doing so well, Nick will be thrilled with him
when he gets to spend some time with him tonight.
He did go with me this morning to meet him & fell in
love too. He is wonderful, love him already!!!
Totally mellow & calm and loving.
Thank you for the little guy.
We have been having so much fun with the puppies
that I haven't had time to write to you. They are
doing great and are so sweet. Newfie loves to
splash the water out of his water bowl. Typical
Newfoundland. Jazzy is such a sweetheart. The vet
said they are both in great shape and she said they
are beautiful. Thanks so much!
Jazzy and Newfie Christmas- 2007
Lexie is doing great!? She is a
real sweetheart and very smart.? She fits in
well with the family! -McLean-
Wanted you to know that I took Charley for his 12 week
shots this morning....EVERYONE at the vet's office is IN
LOVE with him! Everything is going really
well...friends and neighbors are amazed at how well he
listens to us....Wesley and Charley are the best of
buddies! Thank you so much for our new member of
the family! -Carruth- IL
Charley at 7 mths- Christmas 2007
How can we ever thank you for our
new little family member. McIntire is the
greatest dog, he keeps us laughing at all of his
antics everyday. He is still chasing the cats a
bit but knows when to stop and let them go to
another room. They should all be friends soon.
Sam the cat comes in to investigate McIntire
while he is sleeping , but Bailey the cat is
keeping his distance for now. He goes to a puppy
class once a week for playtime with other
puppies his age and he has a blast. We both
laugh because we have never seen a dog get so
much attention as McIntire gets. We go to run
errands and it takes us so much longer because
he is so adorable and everyone wants to play
with him. He is growing right before our eyes,
he is already up to 18 pounds at 11 weeks . He
is going to be a big boy for sure.
Thank you again for such a
wonderful little guy, you raise the best dogs
with the best personalities. He is so much fun.
We will keep you updated on his progress.
Janie and Strib Koster - Chicago
We just got back last week
from out west and McIntire went to Pottycamp
while we were gone. Wow he grew so much
and is getting so tall. He did fantastic at
camp and is fully potty trained now!!! HE
sleeps from 9:30 till 6:30, does not chase
the cats anymore, just gives them a lick
when they walk by:-) He has learned "sit ,
shake, wait, bang dead, watch me, drop it
leave it, off and the beginning of come" I
would say we will have a pretty smart little
guy. He is up to about 40 pounds at 4
months. We just think he hung the moon in
Thanks so much!
McIntire at 4 mths
"Finally after 8 mths the cat submits!"
Happy Valentines Day 2008
Just thought I
would give you an update on Hailey, she is almost 50
pounds, she is so smart and funny. We can hardly tell
the difference between the two. she has been a great
addition to our family, when it rains her fur curls up
so tight she looks so cute, we take them for walks and
she plays with everything, she has learned our property
and stays well unless she finds the creek! Molly has
taken on the mothering role and watches her close. The
cat loves her and our bed is pretty crowded!! Just
wanted to thank you and we are so very happy with
"Liberty is beautiful,"
that is what everyone who sees her says. She really
is, she's fun to watch and just a really happy
girl. Everywhere she goes with me, people ask "what
kind of dog is that?" I've told lots of people where
I got her.
Liberty is a great
addition to our family. Coop (our Irish Setter)
thinks she's fun too. They play and get along
really well together. She also loves to play at our
local hardware store with the 2 dogs there. All 4
run through the store, they have such fun. She
loved playing in the snow, now I'm looking forward
to seeing if she likes to swim. She's growing like
crazy. She is a wonderful girl. Thank you
A little more than a year ago we brought
someone new into our lives. She is a really
big part of it now.
Liberty is a really good girl. She was 90+
lbs. at her last vet appointment. She is
quite active, most recently her
favorite activity is chasing squirrels
with Coop, the Irish Setter. They love
playing together. She still loves playing in
We installed a pet containment fence
before we got her, it works great. She is
so smart she learned her boundaries very
quickly. They have about
1/2 acres to play on. Liberty is very
attached to my husband and I, we take her
with us just about everywhere.
I hope all
is well with you, and yours. Continued good
luck. You have wonderful puppies, that grow
into even better dogs. Thanks so much.
really enjoying Samson. Although he wants to
chew a lot (no chewing on furniture yet). He is
almost house trained. Just an occasional
dribble, but doing really well. He gets his 16
week shots this weekend and then the next weekend he
will be enrolled in a puppy class for 6-8 weeks old.
He is really beautiful.
Thank you and God
We just wanted to let you
know that Boomer is adjusting to Connecticut
great! He is such fun and he is so cute that we can barely
stand it. He did great when we picked him up from
the airport!! He has since "come into his
own" and is a bit frisky! He loves to play in
the snow with his old brother Bo. Crate training
is going well, but we need to pay more attention
when is out of his crate. He recently had his 12
week vet visit, and he weighs
27.7 lbs!!! The vet
says he is looking great and is very sweet. Thank you
for such a great pet and new family member!!!! We
will keep you updated as he grows!!
Have a great spring. -Greiner-
great first year we have had with Boomer! He is so
sweet and loving. He does have a touch of "fiesty"
in him which we love. He is growing beautifully and
he made a great team mascot for this year's Town
Champion Softball Team. Everyone adores him and
looks in the car to see if he is with us! Thanks
for a great companion. He sends his love to you
Boomer at 1 yr.
I just thought I would give you an update on how Haley
She has quite the personality, very sweet, yet she has
an bossy side I didn't really expect, any ideas?
She gets along well with our cat and also Molly has
accepted her, they play well, but Haley wants to snap
and growl, I think she is just testing the waters, we
are hopefully getting her to see us as the boss and
not her. Hopefully she will outgrow it.
We took her for her shot 2 weeks ago and she
weighs 28 pounds, our Molly weighs in at 84. Haley is
going to be larger, she loves to go in the hummer to
town, and to work in the nursery.
Thanks again. -Goodwin-
Bernie is very happy, friendly,
playful, lovable and getting big. He likes to drive
Lucky (our other dog) nuts occasionally and I think
Lucky likes to instigate
him too. He loves to have his belly rubbed. He
loves to go for rides in the car. He likes to hang
his head out the window.
He loves people. We have taught him
alot of tricks
(sit, stay, shake, lay down, roll over) Lucky thinks he gets a treat
to just for watching, we are trying to figure out
what to try next. We were trying to play fetch
today, if only he would bring the frisbee back and
let you have it to throw again. He is a joy, we are
happy we have him. Thank you so much.
sorry that it has taken me so long to touch base.
Our new puppy has been keeping us hopping!
The official name for our new baby is 'Christine's
Precious Princess Grayce', (nickname: Gracie but we are
spelling it 'Grayce').
She is such a doll!
Grayce fits her perfectly!
It's hard to believe that it has been 6 weeks since
we brought Grayce home.
She was an angel on the ride home, slept in our
arms all the way!
is the hit of the family and the neighborhood.
been to the vet 3 times and each time she's the hit of the
said she's a beauty and is doing great!
He was impressed with the care she had as a newborn
and the paperwork you provided.
Her most recent visit was this past Monday and she
weighed in at 29.6 lbs.
She is growing so quickly!
is quite the little smartie.
The second week home, I took her out to potty and
she promptly backed her little butt up to the pooper
scooper and went right on it!
I wish I had the camera!
She is completely potty trained, and has started
ringing the bell to go out to potty!
She 'sits' and 'high fives' already too!
She has warmed her way into Grandpa's 92 year old
seems to understand that she should take care with him.
They have been best buds from the start!
My daughter Alexis adores her, she couldn't wait to
introduce her to her friends (and their dogs)!
It took a few weeks of camping at my feet, but she
has found her rightful place in the house - right on my
great with our 2 cats too.
Grayce sleeps with Thumper, she shares her kennel
with him. Buster
doesn't care much for puppies so they are warming up to
each other slowly.
loves the frigid weather we are having, it's pretty tough
to get her back in the house once she's stepped out into
so much for such an angel!
I have attached a few pictures, she is a beauty!
I'll be sure to keep in touch!
I wanted to send a quick note to wish you and
your family a happy holiday season! Grayce had
a great 1st Birthday! She had her very own
Birthday 'Pupcake' and Pedigree Ice Cream
Sandwich. She thoroughly enjoyed them both!
She has been such a pleasure this past year, she
always greets you with a 'smile'! And smart as
a whip, she loves to chew but only chews on her
toys! And when it's bedtime, she puts them back
in her toy basket! I've always had very
intelligent pets, but that's a first for me!
And beautiful too! She turns all the heads on
our walks and at the park!
We love her bunches!!
Grayce at 1 yr.
was the first real snow that we had and
cupcake absolutely loved it! She
played out in the snow with Katelyn, Jacob
and the neighbors 3 kids, ages 8, 6 and 3. They
had a ball. Cupcake was exhausted! She was
so gentle when she played with the kids. The
neighbors fell in love with her. We couldn't be
happier. The vet has seen her twice and he just
loves her so much. He said she is very healthy and
happy, and that she is very good when he looks her over.
Oh, Im not sure I told you, but Cupcake seems to get the
hiccups whenever she gets nervous. When we hear
her hiccupping we take extra time to make her feel
calm and loved. My husband has fallen in love with
her. He holds her on her back in his arms like a
baby, every night for a little while. Darin said
that the only one that greets him when he comes home
from work is cupcake-he just loves that. When he
walks in she doesn't maul him or knock him down, she
sits down and wags her tail until he hugs and kisses her
and knows it's okay to get crazy!! I never thought
I would see him love an animal as deeply as I do. Thanks
again for Cupcake we absolutely adore
Yogi is a fantastic big
boy! I am in awe of the puppies you raise- I honestly
think he is the nicest looking puppy that I have seen
in person and am very proud to be owned by him. He has
such a great personality to go along with his good
looks and appears to be very easy to train- I have not
had to put him in a kennel at all (he has had a couple
of accidents- but my fault for not paying closer
attention) but he seems to have the concept down of
going to the door and whimpering and we go out
together- he used to come right back in, but the past
few days he has decided not to come, so I started
giving him treats when I would get him in the house
and say the word "treat" and he already has
that down now, and all I have to do is tell him
"house, treat" and he comes running. Very
I had him weighed last Thursday and he weighed 29.4
pounds at almost 3 mths.
Yogi is absolutely wonderful and perfect, thanks for
such a great boy!
Zuri is doing great.
The drive home went really well, she was a little
nervous at first but by the time we got on 26 she was
We went to the vet yesterday morning and the entire
staff was in love with
her. I gave your website address to one of the vets
because she knows
someone who has been looking for a Berner puppy. She
got her second round of
shots along with the Bordetella vaccine. We also
signed up for puppy
preschool and will be starting that a week from
Tuesday. The vet was really
impressed with the packet that you gave me, especially
the yellow sheet with
all of the vaccine information.
Today has been a pretty relaxing day, just playing in
the snow and napping.
Thank you so much for everything! I will keep you
updated as she continues
to grow. Speaking of which, she has already gained a
pound since Wednesday!
"Did you say we're going to the lake!"
Zuri isnít quite
sold on the heat here in Dallas, but she really
loves all the dog parks around. And she is the hit
of the park, everyone wants to pet her (but she is
more interested in the other dogs rather than the
We tried a few different ways to get her to swim, it
took about 3-4 weeks before she would get in. The
first time that she went swimming she actually fell
off of the dock so needless to say she didnít really
enjoy it. Then I tried carrying her into the water
and just holding her. But what got her into the
water on her own was the geese. She saw them,
decided that she wanted one and just chased them
into the lake. Since then I have trouble keeping her
out because it cools her off so nicely.
There is actually a dog park here with lake access,
so she still gets to practice her swimming, although
not everyday like she did at my parents house.
But she is definitely growing up quick. Its very
funny because she has the personality of her mother
but the energy level of her dad. Its a very
interesting mix. She is also started getting
broader. So far she likes Dallas, she especially
likes the toads that we see every day on our walk in
Shari and family,
Thom and I want to wish you a very joyous holiday season!
We hope you are all doing well. I am attaching a recent
pic of Bosley and Murphy. They are the best dogs - real
pals and we enjoy watching them romp and play together.
This past spring our city opened an off-leash park where they
can play with lots of other dogs. Bosley is very social
and playful, Murphy somewhat shy, but both well behaved.
Thanks for such great companions.
Have a wonderful New Year!
-Debra and Tom- MN
and The Wallace Family,
It seems like just yesterday that we were there to pick up
Doc. We just absolutely love him!!! He has
become best buddies with our Labs and has turned them back
into puppies! Doc has been the best thing for our
son, Ben. Doc sleeps in Ben's room and Ben can't
wait to get home from school to play with him. Doc
goes with me every morning to drop the kids off at school
and also with me every afternoon to pick them up. He
has become the unofficial mascot of the school. All
of the kids swarm around him to pet him after school.
No one can believe how big he is already!
In October, Doc won the cutest Halloween Costume Contest
at the Broadripple Animal Clinic Party. He was a
sheriff (we knew he would win)! He makes us laugh all of
the time and of course when we laugh at him he gives us
this "What are you looking at" look which just
makes us laugh even harder. He loves to look for
"critters" and sit at the top of the stairs and
play "mountain dog."
owned by Sherrie Osborne in Ohio, is a very active
participant in The Horse Shoot. He is pictured with the
group and by himself benefiting Breast Cancer Awareness
month in October 2006. The theme was "Tough
Enough to Wear Pink." I think Rio looks tough
beautiful Laila at 6 mths with her owner Drew (15) bought
and paid for himself. The only puppy out of
Marla and Harley 3/06. We absolutely love her.
People stop and ask us all the time what kind of dog she
is and how beautiful she is. We are so happy to have
her as a part of our family. Thank you for producing
such great dogs.
Laila as a baby
great addition to our family. Zane is a funny
little guy with a ton of spunk and character. We
love that he is a "talker" like his Mom
Sophie....the kids don't, though. We are
starting dog training in our home this week and
we have selected a "doggie day care" that came
highly recommended. I will keep you updated and
send photos often. We love our Zane even more
than we thought possible. (P.S. We think he
looks like Harley, what do you think?)
Thanks so much for giving us so much joy... VanUum's Cincinnati, Ohio
Zane at doggy daycare
Zane at 1 year- 98 lbs
Shari- just wanted to
let you know that Mackenzie is doing great. We just
love him so much, he is such a great dog. He is
adjusting well and enjoying Alaska and the great
outdoors a lot. He goes everywhere with me right
now, he is
a great little sidekick. Everyone loves him and he
loves everyone (He is such a social butterfly.. we
brought him to a youth group gathering at my
in-laws of 25 high schoolers and he was in heaven
playing with all of them.. he shows not an ounce of
shyness!) What a great personality. He went on his
first ocean boat ride last weekend and did great, he
loves the great outdoors and has gotten plenty of
it! Alaska seems like a wonderful fit for this
He loves kids, people, other dogs, chasing cats (we
are working on breaking this.. he is doing pretty
good!) , he loves treats, tennis balls, walks,
playing in the park, rolling in the grass, getting
muddy, etc.. etc.. he seems to have lots of "loves"
I have only discovered one "hate" and this is
carwashes!! He got a little scared by the loud
noise... oh he also hates being hot...he acts hot at
the hot hot temperature of 70.. good thing this dog
moved to Alaska!!
He is enrolled in puppy school and we have started
going but he can't go till he gets his 2nd round of
boosters and then he will go.
I love taking him out, but it takes me twice as long
to get anything done with him because everyone
I meet wants to pet him and ask about him and of
course everyone remarks how beautiful and sweet he
He is 25.5lbs already, what a little chunk! He is kind
of a finicky eater though and I have to bribe him
with a little soft Eukanueba puppy food in his hard
food to get him to eat a substantial amount.,,
otherwise 2-3 bites and he is off again to play! But
he is getting in at least 2 & 1/4 cups a day +
plenty of treats.
Thanks again for the wonderful pup! -Huey- Alaska
Mackenzie is doing great up here in
Alaska... he LOVES the snow. He wants outside more now in the
winter than he did this summer! He buries himself in the snow
and loves making tunnels.. funny little guy. Thanks again for
our pup he is doing great. Wonderful, wonderful personality.
He is getting to be so grown up. He doesn't have to be in his
crate much anymore.. he sleeps in our room now (or wherever he
wanders to in the night) and has been staying out in the house
when we are gone, and has been such a good boy, no messes and
he hasn't destroyed anything! He is almost 7 months and just
over 70 lbs, and still as cute and sweet as ever.
Macks first Christmas in Alaska-2006
Just wanted to show you how
"regal" and manly our little boy was looking these
days. He was neutered a few weeks ago.. went fine. They xray'd
his hips and said they look really good and that he is at
least starting out life with really good hips!
He is such a joy and still always draws comments from people
at the dog park! There are a bunch of BMD's in town and the
other day 5 of us were at the dog park at the same time...
what a site! I am getting the puppy itch again... so we
will see... I have to convince my hubby first!
Mack at 1 year
Just thought I would
let you know how things are going. We named her Nena
and she is doing fine. She has been to our vet, she
is getting used to our routine, she gets PLENTY of
attention, has been for a walk everyday, and if she
ever sits still we will get some pictures. Hope all
is well and thank you - we just love her!
Just wanted to send a
picture of Marley - he is growing and is loved by
humans and dogs. The cat is still deciding.
Thanks for entrusting us with one of your
special puppies. As you can see, we adore her. - Beth
our Berner, is growing so fast! We just love her!
She is the star of the show at her Kindergarten Puppy class.
The trainers thought their next dog would be a Newfie, but
since knowing Gabbie, they"re rethinking that decision.
She sits, she comes, she walks on a loose leash and the down
command. Gabbie is so well crate trained, that she'll
let us know when she needs to go outside. Whenever we
take her for socialization, she attracts much attention.
We use the clicker/reward training and it is working like a
charm as long as we are consistent. She's so beautiful
and loving. She greets with happy kisses and vigorous
To update you on
Katrina, she is growing up too fast, but don't they
all...She is happy, healthy and loves the snow.
We are so pleased with her and love her to death,
however we joke that she looks a bit like a Saint
Bernard from the side cause she's a bit bulky.
She is such a type A personality, that to get her to
sit still for a picture is a miracle!
Nevertheless, we are so glad she is in our lives.
It's been such a
wonderful pleasure working with you. Thank you
for all you have done to ensure a wonderful Berner
I know that it has
been a LOONNG time, but I wanted to let you know
what a joy our Ashlynn is! I was relooking at
your site and saw her puppy picture (2005) and
my heart was all warm and fuzzy all over again!
She is the BEST dog and even my dad prefers her
over most of his grandchildren. She is the only
real grand dog. Her personality fits so well
with our home. In fact she has SO much
personality. She is so funny when she rolls her
eyes at me then winks at the kids. They laugh
hysterically like they share some private
joke. We currently have a lot of snow, so
Ashlynn pulls the sled for the kids when we take
her out on walks. When I got her I had one son,
but now am in the process of adopting another,
as well as taking care of a 3 year old foster
boy. All the boys have special relationships
with her. it is great! My three year old gets
right in her face and nose to nose will say,
"Are you my pumpkin Ashlynn?" It is very cute!
I have had numerous young (2-3 year old)
children in my home. Outside Ashlynn will run
at them full force stopping just short of
running them over. It is amazing to me how she
can come at them so fast and hard, yet slow down
in time. It amazes anyone who watches.
Well, I was feeling
reminiscent and thought I should e-mail and let
you know that Ashlynn was the greatest gift I
ever got for our family!
The pups are doing
great and really feeling at home. I can't get over
how well they are getting along with my older
Berner. They are so beautiful.
She and Maya are getting along great. Coming from
such a large litter Carly seems to be able to hold
her own. Seeing them together reminded me of just 9
months ago bringing Maya home from your farm and
going through the same things. Thanks again!
It never ceases to amaze me how good natured
Maya is. She is so kind to everyone and other animals.
It seems to me that it would never occur to her to be
aggressive with anyone or thing.
I've had lots of dogs, and when playing with
them or seeing them around other dogs, there were times that
they would growl or become defensive - that trait simply
does not appear to be in her personality.
I can't express enough how happy I am with
Barkley is doing wonderful.
Everyone can not get over how cute he is and so calm for a
puppy. He is terrific! -Roths-IN
Barkley is on the
right and in the last year we have adopted Jake ( a
Hitching Post pup) from a local person that wasn't
able to keep him. They are great buddies.
He's doing great and we
love him so much. He is just the hit of
the neighborhood. People can't get over what a cute and
dog he is. He gets a lot of socializing with other dogs
and is great with everyone. We are so glad we got him.
Sysco is 20 months old now
and he weighed in at 115 lbs. We all love him so
much. He is so good with the children. He is very
gentle and has a wonderful temperament. He is very
healthy. He goes everywhere with us, he's one of
the family. We go for car rides, camping, boating
and walks. He really wants to please us, which he
does. He went to obedience training and can sit,
lay down, sit up and stay. Sysco is so gorgeous and
cute. He has a beautiful coat. He's a great
asset to our family and I can't thank you enough for
letting us have him.
-Sue Van Ess- Wisconsin
Sysco at 3 yrs.
Hi Shari, Just
wanted to send a picture of our family with our
beloved Sysco and little brother Jingles. Sysco is
doing great. What a dog. He'll be 4yrs. in Feb. '08,
and weighs in at 130 lbs. He's a great family dog
and a great protector of the family. I feel very
safe with him. He's a great watch dog and very
loving to the family. The VanEss'-Manitowoc, WI.
We love Dewey, he is a
wonderful dog. He's pushing 40lbs. He loves socks and
hates skateboards! -Adam Dean- CA
Dewey as a puppy
Dewey at 2 1/2 yrs.
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