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                                                                                                                                                                 *June to Dec 2016 revision in progress

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            C H R I S T M A S    G R E E T I N G S   FROM    DHARMANSK   

         

                                              Merry Christmas everyone  and best wishes for 2017 from us all !

                         

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      June 2016

                   Love is a trusty Bernese Mountain Dog - here is Chocolate :)

           

                                                  

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Dec 2015

 

 

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              C H R I S T M A S    G R E E T I N G S   FROM    DHARMANSK   

 

                                                                              

                                                                                                                                     

                                         Merry Christmas everyone  and best wishes for 2016 from us all !

                         

 

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                                                                         Last Revised Feb/March 2015

This Revision includes:- a Tribute to Charlie's amazing 13 years, new puppy photos, new friends

Canine Assoc revision to breeding rules, revised Code of Ethics on its way, The World Bernese Mountain Dog Book about to be published

      

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          Tribute to Charlie Gall in his 14th year     27.12.2001  -  16.11.2014        Dharmansk Misty Intalude

 

            Charlie was born 27th Dec 2001 to Zhali - Dharmansk Forest Mist and Dylan - Shadow Wizard of Estcarp Imp NZ

     He leaves behind siblings Abbey 13, Nanya and Barney 11 years, mother Zhali 12 years and her sister Bella 13 years and Bonny 10 years                    

        Below is the website link that Charlies family have created in honour of this beautiful boy

                Check out Charlie’s growing website    http://dharmanskmistyintalude.wordpress.com

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        Previous puppies

                   

                                  "Boo" Man about town :)                                                               Benson                                                                Maggie                     

                

                           (General) Pattern                            Boo again                                       Higgins and Bentley                            Willow   

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           NEW FRIENDS

                                                               

 

              

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   LOENE and Pups and New Friends

        

              Loene                          Scarlet and family                             Muffey  

     

       Shelby and family                 Reggie and family                   Harley and family  

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    In Japan

                               Mondo stretch

                

                               Osamu and family - going on summer vacation

         Yuki loves toys

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         Soon to be published - Collectors Item Hardback "The World of Bernese Mountain Dogs 2011,2012,2013 "  

                                                                 For Orders      Contact Lyn brand [lynbrand1@bigpond.com]  Approx  EUROS  $62.00

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                   Breeders Note - Proposed changes to reduce the minimum breeding age for Bernese Mountain Dog bitches in Victoria to 12 months

                                               A submission was put forward to Dogs Victoria to maintain the current minimum age at 20 months

                                            The revised decision to maintain the age at 20 months has been published in Dogs Victoria July 2015.

                                              Also the BMDCV are currently revising the Code of Ethics for breeders of Bernese Mountain Dogs

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                                Christmas 2014 - where is the time going?????

               

        Vienna in NSW                Ruby in NSW                       Tango in Hawaii                             Yuki in Japan

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     Fun pics

                             

                                      Amelia and Cooper                                                     Olive having chats

                 

                Prince and James working off Christmas lunch 2014                                         Vanessa's   Romi              Romi and Yoyo

               

                                                                         Harley and family summer vacation at the beach                                  Piper

       

        Holly tummy rubs                                                                  Holly growing up                                                                 
                                                                                  

                                                                                      Dec 2014

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 C H R I S T M A S    G R E E T I N G S   FROM    DHARMANSK            

   

                                        Merry Christmas everyone and we look forward to 2015 !!

            

 

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                                                                                      Dec 2013-July 2014

  Dizzy is a Dad, Ruby, Annya, Bear, Odee and co,  Prince retires, New Friends, Photos in .....

  We moved house .....

  Longevity - Alpenhorn Magazine article.....

      Bloominthyme Hand Made Country Hats              

              Contact    deborahmelbom@hotmail.com                                                                      ... ..of course there are Bernese on this one !!

                        

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          Photos at home       

            

                                              Ruby at 7+ years                                                                                This is a current photo of Bear - Ruby's son          and                Annya - Ruby's daughter                                                                                                                        

                                            

                        Princely Charming retires to be completely spoilt !!                                Prince and James at play :)                                                                 Prince and James

                                           

                      Lassie smile                                                       Mitzy,  Miss Curious                                                        Pia sweetie                                                       Mr Odee grin

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   We move house                                                                     

      

                     Moving day and stuff everywhere  !!                                              Later the first of the new exercise yards                                                    Bear explores the new exercise yard

                    My furry friends watch on intrigued :)

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    New friends

              

             "I thought this is where the biscuits were? "                           Kobi and friend                                   " It's mine!! "                                                               Clever Kobi brings in the newspaper!

                       

                                    Indie " mmm I'd really like that biscuit Ben?                                                               Suzi, Steve and young Benjamin                                            Ruby and Ben            

                                 

                                           "   Serious? You mean she's for us? "                              "   Is she real?   -   I'll touch and see "                                        "  Does she eat my food? "

                                       

                                                      "  But how big?  "                                                    " Oh look she moves   !!!  "               " Ok, but first we have to establish some rules!!! "

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             Dizzy's all grown up ...     

                         

                                                   Dizzy at 1yr.                                                                                                                    .........Relaxing !!                                                                                     I'm ready now....

                                                    

                                                          the charismatic lap dog??????                                                                       ...at home                                                       ....at the beach

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           Dizzy is a Dad!!        Dizzy's  pups below  on their homeward journey

             

                         Katherine and Perceus                                                               Vienna kisses for Dwayne                                                                                       Vienna with KL

                                                

                          Mitzy out to it after a big puppy play :)                              Mitzy at play                                                                                   Leo helping .....................     

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BREEDERS AND LONGEVITY

 From  “Alpenhorn” The Official Publication of the Bernese Mountain Dog of America

 Excerpts quoted directly from the article from the recent symposium in Switzerland

 “Genetic Progress in the Fight against Histiocytic Sarcoma

   Development of a Genetic Pre-test for Breeders Selection “

 “Histiocytic diseases ….breed specific genetic disorders ..have become of significant concern to BMD, Rottweiller and Retriever owners in the USA and Europe in recent years…….studies suggested a multigenic mode of inheritance based on the work by Benoit Hedan…To study this cancer, since 2003 we have collected in CNRS Rennes over 2000 blood samples and 500 tissue sample of BMD’s. The collaboration with Elaine Ostranders’s lab and our team, previously funded by the AKC Canine Health Foundation, allowed us to identify several loci associated with susceptibility to histiocytic cancers……….To investigate the possible roles of these loci and their interaction, we analyzed 1000 French BMD’s….Genetic analyses confirmed the involvement of at least five loci with an interaction between the two major loci. A paper on recent discoveries regarding interaction of these markers is pending.

Analysis of the risk and protective genotypes from French BMD’s allowed us to propose a statistical model ‘estimating’ the risk of histiocytic sarcoma development….we considered that these first genetic tests could be used to provide breeders a pre-test useful for selection in their kennel….it was divided into three scores (A, B and C) On the French tested BMD population, dogs with a score A were estimated to have four times more chance to be healthy dogs (older than 10 year) while dogs with a C score were estimated to have four times more risk to be affected by HS. We validated their use with recent collaboration of the French BMD club and several French breeders on multi-generation families….. This pre test is intended to help breeders in their selection and breeding programs and should be used as a selection factor amoung others (hip dysplaysia, confirmation, behavior etc) and not to be detrimental to genetic diversity. ….Research is ongoing…grant fully funded by Joye Neff’s Berner Lover Fund”….…

 …It is a RISK test to be used as a tool for selection

          Not all dogs at risk (IndexC) will develop cancer BUT a majority will

•          Not all dogs with a  good index (Index A) will be healthy, BUT a majority will

         Advice to breeders is to keep genetic diversity

•          This index should be just one of many selection criteria. If a dog with a C Index has a number of other positive qualities, mate it with Index A or B dogs

•          Avoid Index C X C matings

•          Select for future breedings dogs in the litter "

  summation – This is an amazing development and step forward for longevity in the Bernese Mountain Dog and addresses specifically improved breeding strategies.  To comprehensively implement such a test, the research, sample collection, analysis and data will be ongoing for many years to come. 

 This is validation of the genetic and heritable component in breeding good longevity from individuals/lines that demonstrate longevity and good health.

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  Photos in from Christmas

                      

                                        Ollie  and Santa                                                                                   Pandora's Christmas Greeting                                                                   KL with Sam and Santa                

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             In Japan this year

                   The Bernese Gathering  celebrating one year

                  

                                                                                                                                                                                      Rokkou Observatory night views

                              

                                                    The photo mosaic- Awajishima                                                                                                  Walking Rokkou Mountain

                

                                            Magic Moon  ....Rin watching                                                                                                                                                Yuki poses :)

                   

                                                                                                              Mondo and his family

           

                                 Rin at play in the snow                                                                                  Mondo at the seaside                                                                      Rin learning to swim

           

       At play .......              Yuki                                                                                                                    Rin                                                                                                               Mondo                      

             

                        Yuki's family                                                                                            Yuki Dance!!                                                                                         Fountain  at the Aoba Forest

            

                                      Yuki loves her blanket                                                                      Rin comfie sharing                                                                       Mondo very comfortable!!

            

                                                                                                                Rin and some of his Family

                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                   Sunset 

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    Photos in - Back Home

       

          Daisy  in Tassie                                                                                          and the bean bag                                                                                                  watching TV

                                                                             

                                                                                                 Pandora and Warren surveying and contemplating the morning  ahead with a kiss :)

           

                                                                             Pandora asking to sleep on the big bed                                                                        hmm                                                            Comfie now :)

                                                          

                                                        Ollie                                                                                          Happy Ollie                                               Ajax and Barney toughing it out?                 

            

                        Loki waiting for his treat                                                                             Helen, Zara and Buttons                                               Buffey swimming over the summer

                                                     

                                                                                                                               Claudia growing up 

                               

                                                                                                                      Katherine and Perceus

                                                                                                                                                                                                    End of July 2014 News and Updates revision

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     ♣ ♫  Dec 2013

          C H R I S T M A S    G R E E T I N G S   FROM    DHARMANSK                     

      

                           Bear is singing "We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! 

                            

                           Ruby is smiling and very happy to extend to everyone our Seasons Greeting 

                                                   Best wishes for a Prosperous and Happy 2014!!

                                      

                                 Princely Charming's version ......                            I would rather play......                              .... if  I  tip my head back its off! ...      

                                         

                                       .... ok .. you can put it on now                                      ....there!!                                  ...Merry Christmas everyone!!

                                      

                                  AND FROM     Mr Odee                                                           Pia                                                       Lassie                 

                                       

                                             Annya                                                     Dizzy                                                                     & Fay                               

                                  So from us all Merry Christmas and we look forward to 2014 !!

                   

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                                                                                         Jan-May 2013

                                    Exciting News for May - Welcome new Import "Scenery Edge of Disaster"        

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                    Recent photos in

                                                   

                                                                I love these photos :) This is Chocolate quietly going about his companion work :)

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                      WELCOME   "SCENERY EDGE OF DISASTER"  -  IMPORT NORWAY

                                          

                                                                                        Information will be added to  "Profiles" page  for updates.

                                                   

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                           Recent photos in..... this is Walter as Gym Mascot!!

                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                              and with Chris

                                                    

                                                                                                                                feeling the heat....

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                                Dogs for Kids with Disabilities - Freida

                      

              Freida with Katie Hunter    - executive Director of the program                                  Frieda at Obedience classes

                              

                                     Freida in her foster home draped over for cuddles :)                                      Freida..............................   growing !!

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       In Hawaii

                                  

                                                                                                                      Tango in Hawaii

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                                                           Buttons settling into her new home   .......................                                           time out (resting on her paw - cute!)

          

        smoochy hugs  for Alison                            first time at the beach with Helen               rest on Phils knee for ear rubs:)                                               lean on Phil

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        The Japan Connection                                       starting with Yuki

                                         

                                             Masami, Yuki and Takuya                                                                   which road does Yuki choose?

                                                       

                                                       Yuki dances in the snow                                                               The Ezo deer in the snow forest in Japan

                                 

                                            

                                                            Yuki's favorite toy                                                                                 Yuki is growing quickly now

                                                                                                         Mondo and his family

                                       

                                         

                                                            Snow!                                                                                                 Mondo helps Fumiya with the chores !!

                                            

                                  

                                                                                                                               Time out   !!                                 

                                                                                                             Rin and Family

                                 

                                      

                                          

                                        Rin would really like the toy frog                                                           Rin learning to 'wait' for his meal

                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                              Got it!!     

                                                               

                                                                                                                                   Magic  

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          Recent photos in

                                                                         

                                                                                                                 Bruno

                                                           

                                                          Bentley upside down resting                                                               Bentley Hugs

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                                         Douglas Bernese & Janet in the "OZDOGZ" team....

There are approx 18 members, all different breeds,  that regularly provide entertainment at Retirement Villages

Janet says " we do, and have done this work as a group of friends, quietly without ceremony since Aug 1999 - to make others lives perhaps a little better - not for any reward other than that....Every year we are booked out so we must be doing a good thing!

                                

                       

                                                                                         Douglas and Janet at work

                                                  

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                              Recent photos in

                   

                                                 Edward   "Eddie"

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                                                                                                        Latest Cute puppy pics

              

                                              

                                                           

                                                                                      

                                                     

                                            

       

                            

                           

                                       

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                  Recent photos in

               

                                                                                                              Holly  companion Nanny

                                      

                                  KL - at Obedience training  ?                                                KL the alarm clock                                                   KL ready in the car

                                             

                                           KL at Christmas                               KL's Brother Kobi at Christmas                                        Kobi

                                                                                       

                                                                                                      Andrew, Loene, Lincoln and Miller

                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                     Maya

                                                        

                                                                                   Odin  - now recovering from recent surgery     

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                                      Featuring Olive............

                                                         

                                    

                                                   Olive at work                                                                                            Olive working on the clients !!                      

                     

            Olive the lap dog                                        Time out with Dad                                                  Can I have it?                                               Please???        

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                                                                                                                      Ruby in N.S.W.

                                   

                                                                                                                           Sulley

                                       

                         Samyia and Buffey hanging out                                          Zeb with his toys                                                              Zeb

                                                            

                                                                                             Zollie turns 9    - see Veterans

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                     C H R I S T M A S    G R E E T I N G S   FROM    DHARMANSK                    Dec 2012

           

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                                                                                           September 2012

                                                                  Odee

                                                  

                             Odee in the kitchen   "OK Here's a kiss for you Mum"                       " What's wrong ? I thought you'd love that :)"    

                                              

                                                                                               Odee having a rest in the exercise yard

                                                    

                                                                                                                Princely Charming

                                                          

                                                                                 Prince                                                          Prince - Portrait by 12 yo Jackson Cook

                                                

                                                                 

                                                                                      Zollie in her 8th year with Zeb nearly 2 yrs . Qld

                              

                                                Pandora in Tassie                                                                                 Pandora getting her way at last!!!

                                                     

                                            Pandora's beach holiday                                                              "What is that frothy stuff???

                                

                                        Olive learning to stay in her basket                                             Samyia and Teddy hanging out on the weekend

                                      

                        Sully                                                                               Odin sharing toys                                     Vanessa with Romi        

                                   

                                                                                                   Ganesha ~ 1 yr old and portrait done by Heike

                                                           

                                                                                                      Ganesha  (Panda daughter)

                                   

                     Ganesha cooling off in the shower base                                   Ganesha in Mushel                                         Ganesha and Shadow

                                             

                                                                                   Buttons with Ruby (Grandmother) visiting  at Nannas place

                             

                                                                                                              Buttons with Jess

                                         

                                Charlie cooling off at doggy daycare                                                             Bozzley with Rebecca and new friend Maisy

                                               

                                    Abbey  & Cassie - lap dogs incorporated??                                                         Abbey & Cassie sharing  toys

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                                                           Jan 2012 to June 2012

                 

                                                                                          Will playing with his cuddly mate "Bear"

                                    

                                    Nelson with Geoff                                           Nelson                                                      Nelson with Emily                                    

                                      

                            Sully with Bruce and Yvette                                  Sully                                                          Sully's new toy!!

                                      

                                    Edward and Imogen - who is for first bath?                            Coopers broken toe !!           Sassy visits with Sally & Nick 

                   

                               Daisy in Tassie                                                               Hugs for Carolyn                                                            Couch potatoes                 

                                                    

                                                                                 Hope in Qld  wearing her ribbons and bows with Tiah                                                 

                                                                                                

                                                                                                                         Luna hugs

                                               

                            Kobi & Bruno partying  "Whats the problem Mum?"                           Bruno & Kobi with Diane for afternoon tea squash     

                                                           

                                                                                                            Inca enjoying her bone

                                 

                       Miller "establishing" herself                           Miller & Lincoln - Love Bugs                         Loene, Miller & Lincoln winery tour at Bright

                                       

                                Miller with Andrew and Loene                                                                   Odin with his new family                              

                                                   

                                              Maya with Dermott                                                                                      Maya settling in     

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                     Pandora in Tassie helping Warren with the chores                                     Olive in Qld checking out the horses with Steve 

                                      

              Walter getting comfy on the long drive                               Bliss    (Walter with Alana)                                               Walter  2 months    

                                    

                      Walter heading off with Chris                  Vanessa & Romi visiting Walter                           Walter walking with Alana                

                                 

                                                                                             Kerri with Bentleigh  Christmas 2011

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                    C H R I S T M A S    G R E E T I N G S   FROM    DHARMANSK                      Dec 2011

                                                                                        

                      I wish all our friends and extended family a very Happy 2011 Christmas

               and a Prosperous and Happy New Year ahead from Dharmansk Bernese Mountain Dogs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Oct 2011

            Dharmansk Veteran Celebration !! & October fun pics next

                                          A Veteran Bernese Mountain Dog is described as one having attained the age of 7 years.

                            Being a Veteran Bernese is a really important milestone.

                           Today we have a very special celebration for the Bernese bred by me having attained the age of 7 years plus

                                   

                                             Bella 13 .5  years     21/12/97 to 12/7/2011                                                              Zhali    12 years     24/12/97 to 27/12/09   

                                                  

                                        Nanya 10 yrs   27/12/2001                              Barney 10 yrs  27/12/2001                         Gemma 10 yrs  27/12/2001 

 

                               

                                                   Charlie 10  yrs        27/12/2001 →                                                             Abbey10 yrs 27/12/2001                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

        

               Panda 8+ yrs   30/3/03  →                         &   Newman  now 8+ yrs  30/3/03             Bernese right to left , Bella with , Panda  & Newman now 8+ shown here both about 6 months

 Rusty  7+ yrs    2/3/2004                      Mia 7+ yrs   2/3/2004                    Katie  7+ yrs   2/3/2004         Maddy Jnr 7+ yrs   2/3/2004         Zali Jnr 7+   yrs 2/3/2004           Sam 7+ yrs 2/3/2004

 

                           

                                                               Zollie 7 yrs + 23/3/2004                                                              &  Anastasia as a puppy 23/3/2004                                        

 Achieving good longevity in the Bernese that I breed at Dharmansk has become an integral commitment to my breeding program. 

Today we really have something special to celebrate with these Bernese achieving their Veteran Milestone !!!

At Dharmansk my approach for breeding embraces individuals (lines) demonstrating good longevity.

My plan acknowledges these individuals and each litter includes in the parentage combination at least one partner with

 this or other known longevity lineage. I believe, and overseas studies support, that longevity has genetic expression and

 therefore  I will continue with earnest,  this work,  in my breeding program to maximize genetic penetration of

longevity in the Dharmansk breeding program. The results so far are very rewarding and consolidating.

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                                 Fun Pics                                Oct 2011

                                      

                                   Barney babysitting                                        Nell helping out with the studying            Pandora helping out with relaxing 

                                           

          Bear determined to get all of those Camelia flower chew toy  things down !!                                 Pandora in Tassie herding         

                                   

                                                Piper rather comfortable                                                                        Buffey's pat slave

                                           

                        Riley's new very groovy non slip boots                 Buffey trying to steel the groovy boots                           End of play 

 

       

                 'Edward' with Pam and Wolf                                  Riley the teenager                      'Douglas'  with Gyles and Janet

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                                                                                                    March 2011

Are you suited to a Bernese Mountain Dog - An Australian Perspective                                                                                             

 

Are you suited to a Bernese Mountain Dog? An Australian Perspective  

                                                                                                    by  Fay Carvill                  

 The Bernese Mountain dog is a friend and companion functional as an integral member of the family/household. With a moderately low activity level the BMD can be suited to a variety of circumstances because the primary criteria for his happiness revolves around the level of interaction and companionship he enjoys with his owner. 

Suitability is therefore more about the relationship with his owner rather than other extraneous considerations. 

With correct type in temperament represented (this is a must), the Bernese is a most agreeable companion when out and about socializing. They usually love the car and enjoy to be included even if only to watch. At home the Bernese wagging tail can clear your coffee table in one sweep and wag a toddler off his feet!! Kitchen and household duties are usually observed in a semi sleep repose from a favorite tactical observation point. (You will probably have to step over himJ ) Computer work or any idle time sitting around is always accompanied by the Bernese strategically parked on your feet for a nudge and a pat. They are great with children and most adaptable to all manner of other family pets and can be bonded quite easily at a young age to pet rabbits etc. Cats in the household are usually still the boss !! 

Not naturally inclined to retrieve or chase the Bernese prefer to be in your company. 

Potential owners need to be aware that the Bernese adolescent period does need some extra time. The happy go lucky compliant puppy begins to “push the envelope” exploring the limitations of his world. It is important not to shut him out during this temporary phase of his development & learning as this can result in stress and anxiety. Adopting a patient and calm attitude giving more quiet attention is appropriate. 

Bernese are not suited to extremes of heat nor consequently prolonged periods of activity. As a rule of thumb, I believe a Bernese should never engage in any activity from which he cannot choose to rest. Thus accompanying you on a bike or horse ride or a run which may be fulfilling your agenda is not suited to him. 

“Home” is important to the Bernese and they cope just fine with a normal work day routine if consideration is given to him in the morning before you set off for work. This will balance his day until he can spend time with you in the evenings etc.  Family holidays are best catered for with an arrangement at home if he is not travelling with you. 

The Bernese Mountain Dog develops a wonderful bond with his people because of their special interaction. Most people comment that once owned by a Bernese they can never be without one in their lives. The greatest attribute of the Bernese,  is their willingness to please you. Whether you choose to explore this through obedience, showing, carting or just walking on the beach or sharing time on the couch at home, you will be touched by the beauty of these magnificent dogs and their capacity to be at one with you. 

 

  

 

          

 

 

                             Dharmansk Bernese

 

                           www.bernese.com.au

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                                                                                             Jan/Feb 2011

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                                      In the Hayshed                                      Bringing in the Mail                                        "This is MY sandpile"                         

                                  

                                     " Hold hands for the photo and smile"                                                                              " Kiss "                   

                                         

                                                       Zeb's sandpile                                                                                        Zeb's afternoon nap

                                       

                                           " Its your fault - you bathed me so now I have hose rage "                                          "  Don't take any notice of him - Pick me - I'm way more adorable!!"

 

                                                     

                                                                   Tango and Riley                                                                                            Zeb 12 months

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                                 Buffey & Bear - (Prince X Ruby kids)

                                           

                                                                                                                               At 8 weeks

                                            

                                                                                                                  At 16 weeks

                                      

                                                                                        At 12 weeks in the puppy exercise yard

                                           

                  With Boyd at Emerald Lake ~ 6 months of age                                     Group Shot BMDCV  at Emerald Lake                                                        Over the Bridge

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Window of Opportunity for Breeding Bernese - Fertility

                                Endrometritus and Pyometra

                  Benign Hyperplaysia of the Prostate and Struvite Crystals

Breeding Bernese is no easy matter. Apart from initial screening considerations to determine suitability of breeding stock (ie Hip and Elbow evaluations, & Health criteria) , both  female and male entire Bernese  can experience limited accessible breeding availability due respectively to the above conditions. These conditions affect fertility and breeding performance and are in no way a concern for the de-sexed Pet home Bernese. Studies overseas indicate that Pyometra is at the top of the list of problems in breeding females for Bernese . My experience, in my own breeding program, is demonstrating  reliably that both males and females commence their fertile time just prior to two years of age but begin to diminish at just over 5 years of age. Whilst there may be individuals who are exceptions to this, the general picture for an optimal breeding time frame is relatively limited.

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                                                                   Late Dec 2010

                       Another Milestone for Dharmansk

                             Dharmansk  6th  generation  from  foundation

Dharmansk Sweet Dream - Lassie's recent litter takes the Dharmansk breeding program into its 6th generation !!

                                  

                                       

                                                       Just born                                                                          3 weeks                                                  6 weeks

                                         

                                                In the Cart - Bernese Practice                          Flight Simulation Training for interstate and overseas puppies

                              

                                                                                 Group shot at 8 weeks in the Puppy Exercise Yard

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                                              Family Photos

                                                       

                                                    Nell                                                                  Bentley                                                                 Loki

                                              

                                  Nell and Barney                                                                        Nell                                                                        Pandora

                                   

                             Pandora                                              Riley                                                      Pia                                                    Riley              

                                                     

                                    Tango off to Hawaii                                               Tango cuddles                                                    Tango kisses

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Histiocytosis Cancer and the Dharmansk Breeding Program

 

Last year, I noted here that Research facilities overseas have made great headway with regard to DNA identification of Histiocytosis Cancer, a condition that can affect some Bernese. Development of a suitable test is suggestive of a 2 year time frame. From a breeding management perspective, utilizing such a test would assist to reduce the proliferation of the condition with a collaborative approach from breeders screening breeding stock. 

At Dharmansk my approach embraces individuals (lines) demonstrating good longevity.

As the years have come and gone and I evaluate all of the Dharmansk progeny, there are significant individuals in the breeding program that have made an amazing contribution to longevity.

My plan for breeding acknowledges these individuals and each litter includes in the parentage combination at least one partner with this or other known longevity lineage. The results so far are very rewarding.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Late Dec 2010

                          Happy 13th Birthday Bella !!

                                                                              

 

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                                                                                                                                                                         Nov/Dec 2010

             C H R I S T M A S    G R E E T I N G S

                                   FROM  ALL  AT  DHARMANSK !!

   

 

With Lassie about to embark on the adventure of Motherhood, and with my impending family commitments as the festive season is on the doorstep, I felt it timely to wish all our friends and extended family a very Happy 2010 Christmas and a Prosperous and Happy New Year from us all at Dharmansk.

We have had an amazing year - lots of new things happening, lots of growth, and all happily so !!

Many challenges still ahead - how else would we like to be

        

 Merry Christmas Everyone .........   BUT ....... what really happened was...........this ........      

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                                                   Lassie is pregnant !!      

                       She is due to have her puppies mid December 2010  -   more details early in the New Year.

                                          

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                                     Ruby and Prince's puppies off on their new life adventure

                                             

                                  

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                       November pics - our fave shady deck

                                         

                                  Lassie and Ruby                                                                                   Mr  Odee

                                                                          

         Odee " I'm so good, passed my scores , I got ED 0:0 HD 0:0 !!!"                                Ruby

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                                 Sept/Oct 2010

                     Couch Potatoes Incorporated Pty Ltd.

            

                       Fulfilling my Job Description

                         

                       Satdy arvo AFL Footy Grand Final hype ?

                                                                       

                                 (left).....sharing this couch with her ...... well it really gives me the grotts !!

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News on Histiocytosis Cancer Screening for Breeders

 

Research facilities overseas have made great headway with regard to DNA identification of Histiocytosis Cancer. Development of a suitable test is suggestive of a 2 year time frame. From a breeding management perspective, utilizing such a test would assist to reduce the proliferation of the condition with a collaborative approach from breeders screening breeding stock. 

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                                                                                                                Welcome Duke  !! 

                                                                         

                                                                         Dharmansk Wizards Prince     X     CH Swiss kiss Empire Rose

                                      

                                                                                         " Sassy" with Sally and Nick on the Snow Walk

                                          

                                                                                                                        Lassie 18 months

                                  

                                                                                                                Prince Charming 4 yrs

                                

                                                                                                                               Panda 7.5 yrs

                                    

                                                                                                                          Katie  6 yrs

                                  

                                                                                                          Chocolate ~ 18 months

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                                                                      July  2010

                                      

                                                                     Zeb  5 months  old with  Zollie  5 yrs old - romping at  the beach

                                            

                       From left to right - Great work by KL bonding with other family members

                       Lincoln is famous and recently appeared in an "Age" newspaper article on doggy day care

                       Kobi  doing just famously with the marrowbone                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

                                                                    June  2010

Bernese Mountain Dog 10th Anniversary Championship Specialty Show, Victoria 

Over 100 entries is a record entry.  Bernese Specialist Judge from Finland - Satu Yla Mononen.

 

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                          Lassie and Tilly

                                                

                         Best mates - Lassie with young Tilly  after a tough afternoons play......... zzzzzzzzzzzzz ...... bliss.......

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                                                                                                                               June  2010

      Bernerped, the Australian Bernese Data Base,  suspended due to lack of support

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                                                                                           June  2010

               Grand Exciting News  !!!                                                                                                                                           Welcome  Canadian  Champion  Hautbois  Rembrandt

                                         

 

My  sincere  thanks  to  Simon  Verge,  Dr  of  Veterinary  Medicine  in  Quebec  Canada,  for  sharing  this  beautiful  dog  of  his  breeding.  Rembrandt  has  excellent credentials  and  both  his  parents  Hautbois  Kootenay  and  Hautbois  Kelowna  have  been  successfully  shown  at  9 +years  of  age.  Rembrandt  will  undoubtedly  make  a wonderful  contribution  here.  My  first  priority  is  to  introduce  him  to  his  new  home and  friends  and  get  him  settled  in .  You  will  find more  information  about  him  in the  Profiles  pages.

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                                                                                                  May  2010

                       Coralie's adorable boy  "Cooper"  to  be  offered  "at stud "

                                                        

                                            Dharmansk Magic Allure 

                                                Details in Profiles - Inquiry welcome

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                                                                                                           March, April 2010

Ruby's cute puppies 6-8 weeks of age                      

  

       

 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Feb  2010

                                                                                               Well done Ruby !!

                                                  Dharmansk  4th  generation  puppies  from  foundation

                                                                    

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Dec 2009

                                                           Tribute to Dharmansk Forest Mist - Zhali                      

                                                                                             24.12.97  -  27.12.09 

                                                                                                                                                                                              

It is with profound sadness that I make this tribute to an amazing Bernese friend and constant companion.

One hour into her 12th Birthday, Zhali suffered a stroke and debilitating seizures. She fought on briefly to come to terms with the inevitable and has found her peace and sanctuary.

I will forever miss my little friend (and my boss).

Zhali has made, and shall continue to make an outstanding contribution to longevity through her progeny here.

Her two litters are currently 8 years and 6 years of age.

                     Zhali 6 weeks                                           Zhali 3 years                                           Zhali 5 years   

             Zhali's pups                                               Zhali 7.5 years            Zhali with her daughter and 1st Grand daughter

                     

              Zhali   10th  and 11th Year -   Her favorite job was on the back deck supervising me with the morning and evening walk and exercise program

                           

    Zhali' s Grandson and Great Grand daughter                   Zhali's Grand daughter and Great Grand Daughter

          

                                            Zhali  almost 12 years                                                     Zhali's legacy lives on    ............

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                        Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to our friends

                                     From all at Dharmansk

 

                                       

                                             Nanya 8 yrs                                             Zhali 12 years 25/12/09                     Zhali daughter & grand daughter

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                                                                                                                                                                              Dec 2009

                              Cody visits

                        

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                                Will with "Bear" in his new role as Nanny

                                         

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                                                                                                                                     Nov 2009

                                     Heritable Diseases Seminar Victoria 

 Victorian Canine Assoc Seminar in conjunction with Dept of Agriculture - The legislation changes explained

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                                                                                                                               Nov 2009

                       Sasha and family

                          

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                                                                                                     Nov 2009

               Canine Reproduction Lecture.

              Dr Stuart Mason from the Monash Vet Clinic presented Dr Verstegen of Belgium,  who is working out of the University of Florida USA

                                                and is currently one of the worlds leaders in the field of canine reproduction. 

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                                                                                     Nov 2009

             A Visit to see Tarjh and Barney

     

               Tarjh 3 years                                            Barney 8 years                                             Great Friends

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                                     Pandas baby puppies

                                                         

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                                                                                                                              Sept 2009

         Interstate jet setter Zollie visits

 

                                                                          

                             Annie and Zollie                  Zollie now 5 years            Boyd and Princely hugs 

                                           

                   Smoochy Ruby ear rubs                Zollie surveying                         Boyd & Prince new friends 

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                                                                 Aug 2009

         Clever Coya's beautiful babies

                    

                  Not for much longer !!                             Ruby's family                            Who Me?                        

                           

                              'Morning Mark                  Chocolate's family                             Chocolate's new toys

                                

                                 Belly Rubs Ruby                                                    Coya and her pups at 2 weeks       

                         

                                                                           Coyas pups at 4 weeks            

                                                        

                                                                                       Coya               

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                 Cooper's  10 months old !!

              

                             Cooper and Friends Tug of War                                                   Cooper 10 months old        

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                                                                                   July 2009

       Changes to State Legislation affecting all breeders

State Legislation changes (Cruelty to Animals Act),  prohibits the breeding of dogs with known genetic defects and requires

     implementation of rigorous screening by all breeders to this end.

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                   Data Base updates

                                                  Dharmansk Date Base on the way  to the Berner Garde Foundation (USA) & BernerPed (Aust)

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                                Sassy's Sleepover

                                                              

                                     

                           Sassy and Friends at the Beach                    Sassy in 'Ella & Friends' Publication                      Sassy's Family            

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          Summer 08-09   Cooper at the Beach

                                                 

                                   Cooper & Friends Romping                    Sand Holes !!! Yipee !!!

                                 

                                       Cooper after the beach !!     

                                                                  

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                      Congratulations  Coya !! - Due Feb 09

Coya is finally pregnant after 2 difficult episodes of Pyometra which is a condition affecting  reproduction.

 Pyomentra can be a problem particularly for entire  bitches over 5 years of age.

After a lot of special treatment Coya has recovered and is doing what she loves best - being a MUM !! 

       

                                 Awwww    I'd love a pat                                .............and a  treat                                 ..............  Pick me !!!

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                                                  National Dog Magazine 

                                                                       

                        Jan/feb 09  - Bernese Breed feature         

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                       Balto visits us at 8 months

                           

                         Balto 8 weeks                                  Balto 8 months                                 Balto, Gillian and Zhali    

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                      Zhali's 11th Birthday !! Date - 25th December 2008

                    

                                                               

Zhali was the last pup born Christmas morning in  Bonny's litter that was mostly born on the 24th December  1997. I can still remember burning toast on Christmas morning when at 8am  Bonny was busy in the whelping box again (hours after supposedly the last pup was born !!)  Now at  11 yrs of age Zhali and her sister Bella were recently included in the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America's magazine "Alpenhorn" which published a celebrated special world wide December Veterans edition .

Zhali knows everything that goes on  around the place - when, where, how,  if its right or if its wrong and she can always find a way to let me know so!! She also has a clock in her head I am sure, for at the right time morning and night she starts her excited little tap dance and circling routine to tell me its time for FOOD!! - Amazing !!

She really enjoys the freedom of her wander around the garden time and grins from ear to ear when she arrives back at the house now ready for her nap. It's all really quite precious :)

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In the blink of an eye

                                

                            Pandas baby puppies                           Chasing the Milk Bar                  " Cooper"  from Pandas last litter growing up all too quickly

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Changes to rules for all breeds from the Australian Veterinary Association - PennHIP

 

The Australian Veterinary Association recently published an  expression of preferential support for the hip screening method PennHIP.

 

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         Keeping abreast of all the news with Dad

 'Alby' Bernese demonstrating the importance of  staying  informed and helping as much as possible (with remote)!!

                                                                                   

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                            The Long and the short of it

                                                                                                    

                                                    Teddy & his tiny aged mate Rhodie who is currently breaking all the records with his amazing

                                                                         chemotherapy treatment progress for prostate cancer.

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                                                                              Beds - Bernese survival essentials list

                              

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             A mothers work is never done !!

                                   

At nearly 12 years old Zhali still washes thoroughly her 5 yrs old daughter Katie's  face at least twice a day!! This is a privilege Zhali reserves only for her own kids, much to the disappointment of a couple of the other Bernese girls here. Katie carries  her Buzzie Bee with her everywhere and I (the human) am only allowed to mind it while she attends to her bathroom activities and dines at the Restaurant !!

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                           Captions

                           

                     'I know there are ducks over there Mum"                            "Pick me !!!"                                                         "Kiss"                  

                                            

                                        "Sumwun say lollies?????                             "Walk anyone?"                                 "I'm sooo  over this ....Zzzzz  

                                  

                              Cat says:- "Well do ya feel lucky?"                                    "Trickkky"  (Prince manoeuvre)                " Both hands now "

 

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