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Shopping at the BMDCA Specialty 2010

It's time for the Shopping at the Specialty series to begin! In 1998, Pat Long reported on the vendors at the Rhode Island Specialty and in 1999, she handed off the series to me and I've been doing it since then.

For the past two years, Lynn Alvarez has taken the photos for the series, which has been a huge help to me. THANK YOU, Lynn!!!

1 - Swiss Traditions, Inc. 6 - Truman Collars 11 - BMDCR Ways & Means 16 - BMDCA 2011 21 - BMDCGTC 26 - BMDCNV
2 - BMDCNI 7 - Dancing Dog Design 12 - BMDCA 17 - Wilczek Woodworks 22 - Mary Garbe 27 - Whitman Sharpening
3 - HBMDC 8 - Gone Doggin' 13- All Things Bright & Biothane 18 - Woof and Hoof Massage 23 - Timberlake Gems
4 - Schaussi's Alpen Schatz 9 - Pelli's CastleWorks 14 - Foxloft Studios 19 - By Jove 24 - Helmbold’s Woodworks
5 - Berner Treasures 10- Susan's Studio 15- Just Like Home Doggie Motel 20 - Stewart's Dog Carts 25 - Pat’s Embroidery

I know that there are a lot of people who were not able to attend the Specialty, but who wished they could have shopped at the vendor booths. You can still shop with the vendors - I will feature one vendor every day until all of the vendors have been featured. Check out their web sites and shop until you drop!!

Now, let the shopping begin!!


Shopping at the 2010 Specialty in Oconomowoc, WI
May 19, 2010 - Part 1

Swiss Traditions, Inc.
P. O. Box 252
Lovettsville, VA 20180
Phone: (540) 822-9305
Fax: (540) 822-9306
Web Site:

Swiss Traditions was started in 1993 when the owners would travel to Switzerland and bring back dog collars for people. They decided to start a business with Swiss items. It is still a small company, specializing in mail order business. They do a few shows each year, including the BMDCA Specialty. The products have expanded from dog collars and leashes to include dtuffed Berners and St. Bernards, cow bells, belts and many more Swiss items. The leather products are from the Appenzell Region in Northeast Switzerland. They carry items with cows and herdsmen ornaments on leather clothing, cow bells, and dog collars. They carry the "Thildy" line of leather items, a high quality line with beautiful craftsmanship.

Here are some of the prices for their wonderful items:
Swiss dog collars - $50 to $100
Matching leashes - $60 People belts - $65 to $95
Bells (Many sizes and prices) - $6.25 to $1592
Stuffed Berner puppies - $7.50 to $75
Swiss bags - $25 to $95 Scarfs - $6.95
Bandanas - $6.95 Swiss and Berner Flags - $9.50 to $12.50
Many other Swiss items

Swiss Traditions donated a stuffed Berner Puppy to the 2010 Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

Swiss Traditions

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The first thing that I noticed at today's featured vendor's booth was the lovely Berner wine glasses they were selling. Way cool!! I knew of several friends who would just love them.


Shopping at the 2010 Specialty in Oconomowoc, WI
May 20, 2010 - Part 2

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Northeastern Illinois
Vendor: Michele Dominy
15738 Miller Road
Plano, IL 60545
Phone Number: 630-552-3604

The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Northeastern Illinois had some lovely painted Berner plates and some very nice Christmas ornaments. I loved the turquoise night shirt with the saying, "Visions of cookies dance in their heads," I bought one for a good friend and understand that it was their best selling item at their booth. They had some great items with the BMDCNI logo, too.

Here are some of the items they had, along with the prices.
Shipping fees will be added at checkout. What a terrific club booth!!

Sleep Shirt/Beach Cover-Up - aqua color with "Visions of cookies dance in their heads" by Mary Garbe - sizes: S/M; L/XL; 2XL/3XL - $23
Olive green T-shirt silkscreened with masculine Berner head portrait - sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL - $18
Hand painted Berner head study wine glasses - $15
Hand painted Berner head study beer pilsner glasses - $15
Swiss farmhand design etched plates - 8 inches - $8; 10 inches - $10
Embroidered Berner treat bags, denim, plastic lined with zipper and belt clip - $20
Insulated travel tumbler with Berner design - $5
Coffee mug with Berner design - $5
Toothbrush holder with Berner design - $5
Add shipping fees to above items.

The BMDCNI has donated both a "Visions of cookies dance in their heads" night shirt and an olive green Berner head study shirt to our 2010 Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

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I saw a lot of apparel with the three Berner heart shaped logo from the Heartland club at the Specialty! It's such a clever logo!


Shopping at the 2010 Specialty in Oconomowoc, WI
May 21, 2010 - Part 3

Heartland Bernese Mountain Dog Club - HBMDC
Shari Cannon-Mackey, Ways and Means Chair
2261 N. 1137 Road
Endora, KS 66025
Phone: 785-331-8028
Web Site:

The Heartland Bernese Mountain Dog Club Ways and Means Committee raises funds to allow the club to hold events for the benefit of their club members and the community. Funds are also used to support Rescue and Education efforts. They always have creative items. This year they had "Bernercrombie & Hitch" Apparel, Heartland Logo embroidered apparel, single Berner head study embroidered apparel, "I'm No Saint" apparel, Berner Candles and headbands. The club also had a section of crafts made by their members, which was very nice! The treats, both doggy and human, looked really great. As a bonus, HBMDC shirts can be personalized with kennel names.

The Heartland Bernese Mountain Dog Club donated a denin jacket with their heart shaped Berner logo on the front.

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Shopping at the 2010 Specialty in Oconomowoc, WI
May 22, 2010 - Part 4

Schaussi's Alpen Schatz
Mary Dawn Bebriae
100 West Colorado Avenue
P. O. Box 823
Teluride, CO 81435
Phone: 1(970) 728-4433
Fax: 1(303) 484-3612
Web Site:

Mary Dawn is an importer of unique, quality items from the Swiss, Austrian, German and Italian Alps. You feel like you have been transported to Europe when you come to her booth. Some of the beautiful items she features, are: the Original Classic Swiss Dog Collars, Decorative Harnesses, Classic Swiss Cowbells, Brandy Rescue Kegs, Belts and Leashes. Also, imported are handsome Lederhosen and beautiful Dirndl dresses, German Alpine Hats, Edelweiss Scarves and Alpine Pewter Jewelry. Alpen Schatz travels to Europe at least twice a year and is always on the lookout for unique Alpine gear for Berners and their people. Visit their website for a closer look at what they do! Yodel-eh-hi-huuuu! Prices range from $10 for a Swiss key chain or Edelweiss zipper pull, to $400+ for a classic, decorative Swiss Carting Harness.

You are going to just love this vendor and the Swiss items she has. Be sure to visit her website at:

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Since my Nicky's birthday was Christmas Day, I collected Christmas Berner ornaments and carvings. I was delighted to see three beautiful handpainted ornaments at this vendor's booth!


Shopping at the 2010 Specialty in Oconomowoc, WI
May 23, 2010 - Part 5

Berner Treasures
Vendor: Jon Peck
111 Winsor Drive
White River Junction, VT 05001
Phone: 888-720-2295
Fax: 802-296-7932
Web Site:

This vendor was well named!! Berner Treasures is indeed what he had at his booth. You can make wonderful cookies using his solid copper Bernese cookie cutter ($15) and his "Cornish Delight" cutting board with artwork by Carol Pontin is beautiful ($30). Jon carries First Choice multi-vitamin/mineral supplements (90 count per bottle - $20). The woven placemat featuring "Beethoven" by Carol Pontin is $10 and the handmade pewter and bronze pin/pendant by artist Mack Shields is $36. He carries fun and colorful Berner travel alarm clocks if you Berner isn't an early riser and you need to get up and go for $18. He has three new Bernese magnets - Pupmobile, Berners Rock and My Berner is Smarter than your Honor Roll Student ($5 each). The Bernese puppy cuddle toy was $19.95 and if you a real Berner you will want the hand painted Berner "Time for a Walk" Leash Holder ($20). Jon carried three different Berner handpainted Christmas ornaments and I had trouble deciding which one to pick ($27). The Christmas cards featured the artwork of Anne Mainman ($13/10 pack) and the handpainted Berner Welcome Sign is solid steel, made in the USA ($30). The great Berner Treasures Flag will soon be available also.

All of these great items and many more are available at his website:

You can also check Berner Treasures out on Facebook.

Jon donated a limited edition, signed and numbered print of Alexis Smith's Duke by Carol Pontin to the 2010 Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

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I bought two collars for Breeze from Debby Fitch - the first one I bought was too big, so I went back and bought a second collar that she can wear now. She will grow into the other collar before too long the way she is growing.


Shopping at the 2010 Specialty in Oconomowoc, WI
May 24, 2010 - Part Six

The Truman Collar
Debby Fitch
98 Settlers Drive
Hancock, ME 04640
Phone: 207-422-3764
Web Site:

Debby Fitch founded The Truman Collar in loving memory of her Berner, Truman, who died at age four from hemolytic anemia. She donates 25% of the price of ever collar to the Morris Animal Foundation and has donated $18,130.68 in loving memory of Truman.

She carries a large selection of Swiss and Tyrolean trims in many colors and designs. Each dog is unique, so the collars should also be unique!!

Debby carries Martingale collars ($17 which includes shipping) - you can add a plastic buckle ($1) or metal buckle ($2). You can also purchase leashes to match the collars for $22. She has a terrific selection of fabric to choose from so you can design your own collars/leashes for any event.

Debby Fitch donated a gift certificate to the 2010 Berner-Garde Fundraiser for a collar of your choice, plus a matching leash! Thank you Debby!!

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When I came into the vendor tent, I was drawn to the Dancing Dog Design booth by the lovely canvas barncoat with embroidered Berners on it!


Shopping at the 2010 Specialty in Oconomowoc, WI
May 25, 2010 - Part 7

Dancing Dog Design
Kris Beyer
1548 E. Algonquin Road
P. O. Box 236
Algonquin, IL 60102
Phone: 847-387-8578
Web Site:

Kristen combines her love of dogs with her 15 years experience in the clothing and textile business. Alexandra, Kristen's friend and collegue in the apparel industry for over 15 years, designs the embroideries for Dancing Dog Design. Their philosophy is simple--bring a stylish and well made product to the breed enthusiast. Whether you are a pet owner or an experienced dog breed professional, they hope you love their products and will pass the word along about "Dancing Dog Design".

They carry a wonderful ladies canvas barncoat, embellished with embroidered Bernese Maountain Dogs ($149 - sizes, Saall, Medium, Large and Extra Large). Washed canvas, fully lined with corduroy collar and cuffs. Front welt pockets plus an inside pocket for holding a cell phone...or treats!

Their Best Friend Belt is a ladies belt embroidered with Bernese Mountain Dogs ($29 - sizes Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large)

The workmanship on both of these items is beautiful and when you seen their items you will want them for your wardrobe!

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Six years ago I purchased a jacket from Gone Doggin' and every single time I wear it, I get many compliments on it! People are amazed to find out that I was able to pick out the scenes I wanted to appear on the back and the front of the coat. The jackets are made from two of the tapestry throws and I was able to select the portions of the throwss that I wanted for the jacket and the placement of each. She made the jacket that night and I picked it up the next day at the Pittsburgh Dog Show!! What service!!


Shopping at the 2010 Specialty in Oconomowoc, WI
May 26, 2010 - Part 8

Gone Doggin'
Susan and Michael Osher
14796 Dove Road
Grass Valley, CA 95949
Phone: 530-477-5925
Fax: 530-477-2792
Web Site:

I have several items from this vendor which I have purchased over the years at the National Specialties. They have a wide range of items priced to fit your budget! The light switch plates are unique and run from $12.95 to $14.95. They make great little gifts! They carry a high quality wooden hinged jewelry/music box with a ceramic tile inlay for $65, and for an additional $12 you can get your own Berner on the inlay piece. The presentation jewelry box is $55 and can also be personalized. They have a 14x14 pillow with a beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog tapestry for $39. The 16x15x3 catch-all bag features a Bernese Mountain Dog tapestry front and black canvas back for $38. Their 2X18 tapestry Berner placemats ($18 each or set of 4 for $50) match the Bernese Mountain Dog Table Runner, which is truly beautiful ($50). Their 50x70 ultra weave Bernese Mountain Dog coverlet or throw blanket is a woven blanket weaving a detailed picture of the Bernese Mt Dog into it. The Bernese Mountain Dog is depicted in scenes that describe his history and the Bernese Mountain Dog is depicted accurately as described by the standard of the breed. ($89.95) You will love the Berner Bell Pull ($39) and the sweet Berner night light ($24). They also have cutting boards, purses, handbags, luggage tags and much more.

Be sure to check out their web site:

Gone Doggin' has donated a beautiful Berner night light to the 2010 Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

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This was a most interesting booth!!


Shopping at the 2010 Specialty in Oconomowoc, WI
May 27, 2010 - Part 9

Pelli's CastleWorks
Vendor: MaryAnn and Brink Field
2976 E. 50th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Phone: 612-728-3785
Web Site:

Pelli's CastleWorks makes custom made collars, so each one is different. MaryAnn makes the collars using gem stones, crystals and other healing stones. Brink makes the clasps by hand out of copper wire. Check out their website: It says that these collars serve 2 purposes: 1) They look cool to wear and each one is totally unique. 2) The collar helps with healing the body, mind and spirit. The collars are made from healing stones and the price depends upon the size of stones used. Prices range from $95 to $125 or so.

Fetishes are combinations of stones put together in a way that helps with different physical and emotional issues. These fetishes can be used for key chains and zipper pulls for humans, too. Small fetishes are $12 and large are $25. They also make bracelets for people which sell for $50.

The collars are made of only natural materials, whenever possible. They use cotton for the cording, and Brink makes the clasps out of copper. The tags are made from brass, the small cable is stainless steel wire and they do not use dyed or man-made stones. MaryAnn is really particular about having only “real” materials in the collars since natural materials allow the healing process to be as unadulterated as possible.

They include a write-up with each collar that tells which stones were used and what the healing properties of those stones are. They also include a care guide and a printout of each animal’s Earth Astrology sign.

MaryAnn donated a lovely collar to the 2010 Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

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You really couldn't miss Susan's booth with the gorgeous posters hanging to draw you into her area.


Shopping at the 2010 Specialty in Oconomowoc, WI
May 28, 2010 - Part 10

Susan's Studio
or Susan Oristaglio Photography
Vendor: Susan Oristaglio

59 Creekside Lane,
Box 227
Mountainville, NY 10953
Phone: 845-534-2722
Web Site:

After more than 25 years in the professional photography business, Susan introduced her new artwork featuring Bernese Mountain Dogs. It started three years ago when she got her first Bernese Mountain Dog puppy. She instantly enchanted Susan. Before long Susan had thousands of pictures of Berners. It was a real delight to look at this vendor's booth - the photographs of Berners were wonderful! Susan's booth had artwork featuring Bernese Mountain Dogs in lovely prints, cards, T-shirts and other novelty items. She also carries items in children's sizes, which are hard to find.This is a partial list of some of the items that you can get from Susan: Apron ($25.49,) Baby Organic Bodysuit ($28.49,) Bag/Beach Tote ($29.99,) Gym Bag ($20.19,) Customized Banners - any image plus your logo - advertize your show, birthday greetings, etc. ($125,) Bib ($13.49,) Greeting cards - 10 pack (5x7) ($31.99,) Toddler T-shirt ($13.49,) Kid's Hoodie ($28.49,) Magnet (2x3)($4.49,) Mousepad ($16.49,) Large Mug ($17.99,) Poster (23x35) ($29.99,) Mini Poster (11x17)($15.99,) Stein ($20.99,) Women's Organic T-shirt ($34.49,) Women's Tank Top ($22.49) and the list goes on.

Check out Susan's website to see all of her wonderful Berner items.

Susan donated two 18x24 posters to the 2010 Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

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Shopping at the 2010 Specialty in Oconomowoc, WI
May 29, 2010 - Part 11

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of the Rockies
Vendor: BMDCR Ways and Means
PO Box 36
Kiowa CO 80117
Phone: 303-621-2217
Fax: 303-648-4841
Web Site:

I just love the Berne Identity - The A to Z of Bernerhood! It is so clever that I'm sure you will want to order something that has it on it. They have a rainbow of colors of bags with the Berne Identity or you can get a hoodie sweatshirt with the Berner Identity on the back and the BMDCR logo on the front. What fun!

You just have to visit the new online store “Shop the Rockies” on the BMD Club of the Rockies website, They have items and apparel in the themes of The Berne Identity, Euro BMD, Pirates of the Caribberner, Oktobernfest, Bernermania and the BMDCR club logo. Also, available via their online store are vWD DNA test kits and gift certificates. New items are added each year that correspond to their annual independent specialty theme. Most feature designs by popular Berner artists.
Come shop the Rockies!

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The BMDCA booth always has a lot of great Berner items to take home!


Shopping at the 2010 Specialty in Oconomowoc, WI
May 30, 2010 - Part 12

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America (BMDCA)
Dottie Schulte
Phone: 970-392-1806
Web Site:

I love the array of colors on the clothes they had at the BMDCA booth! They have BMDCA logo items in T-shirts, Bags, baseball caps, and dress shirts. They have a great shirt that says, "Life is more fun when there is more than one!' The rhinestone Berner head outline shirts are stunning. They also have rhinestone pawprint T-shirts. The marsh glass Berner head necklace and earrings were lovely. This is also the place to buy publications: yearbooks, illustrated standards, handbooks, draft regulations and more.

The BMDCA donated a marsh glass Berner head necklace and earrings to the 2010 Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

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Martha McCormick's booth was a rainbow of color!


Shopping at the 2010 Specialty in Oconomowoc, WI
June 01, 2010 - Part 13

All Things Bright and Biothane
Vendor: Martha McCormick
121 Gates Road
Lebanon, CT 06249
Phone: 860-456-8881
Web Site:

You might ask, "What is biothane?" Biotnane is mildew and bacteria resistance, has flexibility to -20°F, consistent tensile strength, virtually maintenance free, waterproof and cleans in seconds. It is available in a variety of colors, as well as traditional leather-look choices of Black, Saddle Brown, Chestnut Brown and Havana Dark Brown. Since the colorant is an actual part of the PVC coating and not an added dye, it will not run or bleed when wet. Also, the edges of the strapping are sealed with the coating, so they will not cut or break a dog’s fur. All of their hardware is Solid Brass or Stainless Steel and they use Chicago Screws glued with thread lock instead of rivets, to provide an attractive, secure attachment.

This vendor had to be one of the most colorful displays at the Specialty. Check out the website to see the items Martha carries in a rainbow of color:

They will custom make adjustable siwash harnesses, adjustable tracking harnesses, and chest/parade harnesses. She carries beautiful collars, leads, bells and carting accessories. She also carries carts: colorful collapsible crate carts, brace collapsible crate carts, and wooden competition carts. Be sure to see the title charm collars and leads, and the draft title bells.

Martha is going to make something from her line of products for our 2010 Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

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This was a very interesting vendor with some beautiful artwork.


Shopping at the 2010 Specialty in Oconomowoc, WI June 1, 2010 - Part 14

Foxloft Studios
Vendor: Foxfeather Zenkova
P. O. Box 8058
Rochester, MN 55904
Phone: 763-772-6138
Web Site:

Foxfeather lives in Minnesota and studied Studio Arts and American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. Her playful Yin and Yang Berners look great on short sleeve ($25 to $29) and long sleeve ($35 to $37) T-shirts, hooded shirts ($45 to $47) and jewelry - pendants run $38. She also carries prints of the Yin and Yang Berners ($29) or you can get a framed and matted original for $575. Foxfeather will do custom pet portrait pendants or glass pendants. She can also do logo and trophy designs. Foxfeather also will do feather paintings and native drum artwork.

Be sure to check out her website at:

Foxfeather is donating a giclee print of the Bernese Mountain dog 'Playbow' to the 2010 Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

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This was one of Breeze's most favorite vendors - might it be because she got treats there?


Shopping at the 2010 Specialty in Oconomowoc, WI
June 2, 2010 - Part 15
Just Like Home Doggie Motel
Vendor: Mea West
W8264 County Road South
Watertown, WI 53098
Phone: 414-640-0885

Mea features fresh baked dog treats using natural and organic ingredients in a variety of flavors with wheat, wheat free, or grain free flours. She sells the treats for $5.50 for an 8 ounce bag. Breeze really liked the peanut butter treats! Mea also carries washable, colorful, very strong crocheted leashes, with Berner colors available ($15 to $19.50.) The Oo-Ma-Loo Toys are made by women in poor, multi-cultural neighborhoods in Istanbul. The texture of these toys is fun - the balls have no stuffing and are *super* squeaky. For those who live nearby, she offers dog boarding in a home setting.

Mea donated a lovely crocheted leash to the 2010 Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

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Remember when you shop with the vendors to tell them that you saw their article on Joye Neff's Shopping at the 2010 Specialty series.


Joye Neff
Berner Shopper
Mt. Lebanon,
Pittsburgh, PA

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