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Sebastian’s Story

Walter Witschard begins the story of his beloved boy Sebastian by explaining a little about the breed. “Bernese Mountain Dogs were originally bred in Switzerland to pull carts in the mountains.  They are powerful, docile, intelligent.” Walter once bred and showed what he calls “Berners,” and today he has Sebastian, who is ... Learn More

Sebastian’s Story

Walter Witschard begins the story of his beloved boy Sebastian by explaining a little about the breed. “Bernese Mountain Dogs were originally bred in Switzerland to pull carts in the mountains.  They are powerful, docile, intelligent.” Walter once bred and showed what he calls “Berners,” and today he has Sebastian, who is ... Learn More

Mesa’s Story

Wendy and Phil Sandstrom love their Labs.  Beautiful black Labs, to be specific.  Wendy says their 11-year-old Mesa “is a big . . . beautiful . . . she has me wrapped.  We’re so proud.  We love her so much.” Mesa joined the family at just six weeks old, not long ... Learn More

Falkor’s Story

Sometimes the story of a woman and her dog is as much about loving her dog as the lifestyle they share.  This is one. Falkor, a 14-week-old white fluffball, joined Geri, her partner, and her partner’s Collie, “Burger,” in February 2013.  Geri taught K-2 special ed, and wanted the structure, cheer ... Learn More

Scooter’s Story

Bill Bugenhagen grew up with dogs, and loves them.  But, he says, “I’ve never been a pet-dependent person,” and hadn’t as an adult had dogs of his own. Then in 2001, he says, “My girlfriend had a co-worker with an 11-month-old puppy he needed to sell due to life changes. She ... Learn More

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