Shopping at the BMDCA Specialty 2012

In 1998, Pat Long attended her first National Specialty and upon returning home she did a series of articles featuring the vendors from the Specialty. I attended my first National Specialty in 1999 and Pat asked me if I would like to continue the series. I have done the “Shopping at the Specialty” series every year since then and know that those of you who can’t attend the Specialty love seeing the photos of the items at the vendors’ booths and seeing the details about what they are selling.

1-2013 Specialty Ways & Mean 6-BMDC of Northern Carolina 11-Raining Cats and Dogs 16-Sara England Designs
2-2012 Specialty Ways & Means 7-BMDC of Nashoba Valley 12-Live Life Large 17-BARC
3-Agiledogs Rock 8-Dogs Gone Wild 13-Mason Dixon Rescue 18-Sign Barn
4-Berner Treasures 9-Groomright Tables 14-Pooch Painter 19-Sleeping Dogs Pottery
5-BMDCA Ways and Means 10-Heartland BMDC 15-Pure Paws 20-Truman Collar

I will feature one vendor every day for the next month and hope that you enjoy the series and will visit the websites of the vendors. Each vendor has given me at least one item for the 2013 Berner-Garde Fundraiser so we have a great start to next year’s Berner-Garde Gift Bonanza


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May 17, 2012 – Part 1

2013 Specialty Ways and Means
Contact: Louise Tucker
Phone: 303-791-4425
Email: bltdog@msn.com
Website: http://www.bmdca.org/specialty/2013/

This year many of the specialty vendors set up their booths on Sunday and the lucky people who were already at the Specialty drifted over to the Allstar Center and began buying items from the vendors. The next year’s Specialty is always one of the most popular booths because everyone wants to buy the new T-shirt and other items. The new logo is fantastic and looks terrific on the T-shirts, sweatshirts, baseball caps, and other things. I especially loved the messenger bags with the 2013 logo
Next year’s Specialty will be at The Ranch Events Complex and Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa and Conference Center in Loveland, CO. Be sure to visit the website to see the details of how to enter the lottery for the host hotel: http://www.bmdca.org/specialty/2013/

The 2013 Specialty Ways and Means gave me a gray messenger bag and a light blue baseball cap for the 2013 Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

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May 18, 2012 – Part 2
2012 Specialty Ways and Means
Contact: Linda Carney
Phone: 570-647-0394
Email: linc@echoes.net

The apple themed logo for the 2012 Specialty was very popular this year. In fact, it was so popular that they began running out of items mid-week! By the last day of the Specialty, they only had Berner flip flops and stadium seats left to sell. As Best of Breed was ending, they completely sold out of all of their items!! Even though you can’t buy anything from the 2012 Specialty Ways and Means, you can still see how nice their items were.


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May 19, 2012 – Part 3
Agiledogs Rock
Contacts: Robin Confir and Wendy Snyder
2421 John Penn Circle
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Phone: 570-394-7825 Phone: 570-594-9573
Email: robin@agiledogsrock Email: wendy@agiledogsrock.com
Website: www.agiledogsrock.com

This vendor had a booth full of interactive dog toys that would thrill any dog of any breed! I could have bought dozens of things to bring back home to our Berner and German Shorthair Pointer and ended up coming back several times to get things. I had never seen some of the toys, and others were things that I know entertain and challenge dogs. They carry Berner Swirl Skirts, and Berner long and short sleeve T-shirts in iris, aqua, and red ($18-$21). Their tri-color fleece braided leash is soft and a perfect fit for your hand. It’s great if your dog likes interactive play with you as a reward after running. Their website features crates, rubber and vinyl toys, harnesses, leashes, storage bowls, balls and launchers, a wide variety of treat/toy games, chew toys, interactive toys, plush toys, water toys and treats. You are sure to find some great items for your Berners. Be sure to go to their website to see their items.

Agiledogs Rock donated a braided tri-color leash and a Comfort Flex Sports Harness to the 2013 Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

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May 20, 2012 – Part 4
Berner Treasures
Contact: Jon and Andrea Peck
111 Winsor Drive
White River Junction,
VT 05001
Phone: 1-888-720-2295
Fax: 1-802-296-7932
Email: peck873@comcast.net
Website: www.bernertreasures.com

This vendor has the perfect name for his business because there were certainly berner treasures galore in their booth. Jon and Andrea Peck were always so friendly and helpful each time I came into their booth; it was a pleasure to visit and shop with them. They have so many lovely Berner items to choose from.

Here is a partial list of some of the great things you can get from Berner Treasures:
1. New – Auto magnet with two Berners and Swiss Flag ($6 each)
2. Four different garden flags ($17.50) each featuring art by Carol Pontin, Anne Mainman, Michael Steddum and Malfo
3. 3-D woodart ornaments, handmade in Vermont ($19)
4. Painted metal signs, made in New Hampshire ($16.95 to $30)
5. Woven Bernese Christmas stocking ($20)
6. Mendota 6 foot slip leads made in the USA ($17.95)
7. Limited edition giclee prints of Anne Mainman’s “Athos and Isis” – this is the same print as the one Jon and Andrea Peck donated to the Health Auction, which was the original water color.

Please visit their website to see all of the Berner Treasures they have, and to sign up for their Berner newsletter. www.bernertreasures.com

Berner Treasures donated a Cutting Board featuring Berner artwork by Carol Pontin and a bottle of “First Choice” Multi-Vitamin Mineral Supplements to the 2013 Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

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May 21, 2012 – Part 5
Contact: Beverly Hilmes
7 Ridge Road
Westcliffe, CO 81252
Phone: 1-719-783-0762
Email: bernese4me@aol.com

The BMDCA booth was jam packed with such wonderful Berner items that it was difficult to pick out which ones to buy! Early in the week, they had gorgeous soft chenille hooded jackets in such pretty pastels. I should have bought one when I first saw them because when I went back later in the week when I had a few minutes of downtime from doing Longshots with Pat Long, they were gone. I hope they have them again next year, and if they do, I’ll buy one early in the week.

Here are some of the other BMDCA logo items that they had at their booth:
1. BMDCA embroidered Columbia fleece vests – men’s and women’s sizes Small to 3XL in navy, black and charcoal gray
2. BMDCA embroidered comfort crew sweatshirts – unixex sizes from Small to 3XL
3. Berner art by Andrea Madely (really cute items): Coffee mugs ($15), Clocks (Small - $15 and Large - $40), Tiles ($15)
4. Laser engraved rollerball pens ($10) – black and bronze
5. Black “50 State Legal” license plate frames: “A Working Breed – Bernese Mountain Dogs” (2 for $10)
6. Heavenly soft, chenille throws ($35) in pink, purple, red, and blue with BMDCA logo
7. The 2011 BMDCA Yearbook – information and the ordering form will run in the soon to come out Bulletin. The form will also be placed on the website and posted on Facebook. The cost at the Specialty was $40 but when mailed postage/handling will be added, so we don’t the exact price for the yearbooks yet.
8. Miscellaneous other BMDCA logo items: Mugs, baseball caps, previous years’ yearbooks and yearbook CD, Illustrated Standard, magnets, T-shirts, sweatshirts, water bottles, and various other neat Berner items.

Email Beverly Hilmes at bernese4me@aol.com to order items from this list and to ask her about other BMDCA logo items that are available.

The BMDCA Ways and Means donated a heavenly soft red chenille throw embroidered with the BMDCA logo for the 2013 Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

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May 22, 2012 - Part 6
Contact: Peggy Ford-Smith
1801 Hanford Street
Petaluma, CA 94954
Phone: 1-707-494-4774
Fax: 1-415-499-5145
Email: president@norcalbernese.org
Website: www.norcalbernese.org

The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Northern California (BMDCNC) has the best T-shirts. I just love my red “I left my Cart in San Francisco” shirt! Their logo with the Berner and the Golden Gate Bridge is beautiful!

Here are some of the items that they had at their booth at the specialty:
1. “I Left my Cart in San Francisco” T-Shirts ($18 to $20)
2. “Berners Do It All” T-Shirts ($18 to $20)
3. “BMDCNC” logo T-Shirts ($18 to $20)
4. Draft pins ($8)
5. Club logo pins ($8)
6. Ribbon magnets ($5)
7. Clip magnets ($3)
8. Mouse pads, Berner flags, sweatshirts, and more

Check out their website to see the many items they have – you can print an order form on their website, then use PayPal or fax your order form and check to the BMDCNC to order Berner items. Additional items they have on their website include socks, T-shirts, sweatshirts, books, bookmarks, corkboards, key chains, holiday painted word letters, Christmas tree ornaments, picture frames, pens, pen lights, tote bags, wine charms, paw magnets and magnet pins. Here is their website so you can see these fantastic Berner items: www.norcalbernese.org

The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Northern California donated a red “I Left my Cart in San Francisco” T-shirt in size large for the 2013 Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

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May 23, 2012 - Part 7
Contact: Mae Elliott
Phone: 1-203-306-8748
Email: fzappa@optonline.net
Website: http://www.bmdcnv.org/shop/apparel_accessories.html

The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Nashoba Valley (BMDCNV) has the greatest set up for their booth and they carry the most fantastic T-shirts and sweatshirts. I wasn’t able to visit the vendors until Wednesday at the Specialty, and when I went to their booth that day, they were practically sold out!!

The BMDCNV “Paws “N” Shop” has unique graphics by Colleen Hanlon, and Swiss inspired designs on quality shirts. They carry handmade, nickel/silver Swiss icon jewelry by Ann and Jane from California. You really need to go to their website to see the many Berner items: http://www.bmdcnv.org/shop/apparel_accessories.html

On their website, they have a wide variety of T-shirts, sweatshirts, fleece pullovers, rain slickers and more. They have clothes designed especially for kids and even the tiniest baby Berner lovers: hoodies, sweatshirts, denim apparel, etc. They carry fleece caps and scarves, leather belts, lightweight, micro-twill, leather, and custom canvas tote bags, a huge selection of hats and caps, wallets and socks.

The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Nashoba Valley donated two shirts, a BMD water bottle and a key chain for the 2013 Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

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May 24, 2012 - Part 8
Contact: John Seabrook
1100 Bellemore Road
Baltimore, MD 21210
Phone: 1-410-960-8667
Email: sales@dgwrawfood.com
Website: www.dgwrawfood.com

Dogs Gone Wild produces an all natural line of UDSA certified, human grade raw food. Founded by John and Stacey Seabrook, Dogs Gone Wild is the culmination of many years of research and development of the optinal raw food diet. All products are sourced from the USA and are free of steroids, hormones and antibiotics. They carry mixes of chicken, turkey, beef, duck and lamb. They have been raw feeding their Berners for over ten years, and were turned on to raw feeding by Sharon Smith. For more information about their products, go to their website: www.dgwrawfood.com

Dogs Gone Wild will make a donation to the 2013 Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

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May 25, 2012 - Part 9
20 Twin Hills Drive
Weaverville, NC 28787
Phone: 1-828-484-1407
Email: info@groomright.com
Website: www.groomright.com

GroomRight All Breed Grooming Tables are a super solution to the many sub-standard, cheap grooming tables on the market today. They are sturdy, strong, and guaranteed for life and are a great fit for larger breed dogs. Their Medium Grooming Table has two height adjustments (24 to 36 inches and 30 to 42 inches) and costs $299 for black and $329 for colors. The Large Grooming Table (20 inch to 30 inch adjustment) runs $379 for black and $399 for colors. It is an additional $20 for shipping anywhere in the continental United States. They also sell great grooming aprons in attractive colors ($18).

GroomRight Tables has donated a red grooming apron to the 2013 Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

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May 26, 2012 - Part 10
Contact: Shari Cannon Mackey
2261 N. 1137 Road
Eudona, KS 66025
Phone: 1-785-331-8028
Email: sharicannonmackey@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.hbmdc.org/WaysandMeans.html
(Updated catalogue and order form coming soon)

There were a lot of nice Berner shirts and items at the Heartland Bernese Mountain Dog Club (HBMDC) booth. “Come get your game on” with their Bernercrombie & Hitch sweatshirts and T-shirts ($20 to $35) in Herding, Tracking, or Drafting shirts, all with “Property of Bernercrombie & Hitch” on them. They also had a nice selection of Heartland BMD Club logo embroidered merchandise: Sweatshirts, T-shirts, polos, and button-down shirts. You can also order your kennel or rescue name as a special order on the shirts. Sweatshirts are $45, T-shirts are $22, and Polos and button-down shirts are $40.

Contact Sheri Cannon Mackey at sharicannonmackey@yahoo.com to order items from the HBMDC.

The Heartland BMD Club has donated a lovely tri-color bracelet to the 2013 Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

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May 27, 2012 - Part 11
Contact: Marilyn Braunstein
167 Springtime Lane
Levittown, NY 11756
Phone: 1-516-735-9251
Email: sushimom@aol.com
Website: www.itsrainingcatsanddogs.net

This vendor was so busy selling jewelry each time I stopped by her booth to give her the form to complete for my “Shopping at the 2012 Specialty,” that I didn’t want to interrupt her when she was talking to people purchasing items. In fact, I think that she sold all of her merchandise at the show, a good problem to have. She had lovely crystal pendants and beaded necklaces with hand painted Berners for $50, cuff bracelets with hand painted Berners for $45, hand painted Berner pins in both head study or full body for $20 and assorted paw print jewelry for $20 to $35.

Check her website at: www.itsrainingcatsanddogs.net to see more of her beautiful items.
She also does jewelry for other breeds and can do trophies for club shows.

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs has donated a beautiful crystal pendant with a hand painted Berner to the 2013 Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

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May 28, 2012 - Part 12
Contact: Kathy Dutterer
376 East King Street
Littlestown, PA 17340
Phone: 1-717-359-4943
Email: kathy@livelifelargecollars.com
Website: www.livelifelargecollars.com

Live, Life, Large was designed with large breed dogs in mind. They manufacture dog collars and leashes specializing in the large breeds. They have also expanded to all sizes for all of our canine companions. Live, Life, Large collars are classic patterns with the most popular styles being burberry, blackwatch plaids, nautical stripes and prints. Their collars and leashes are known for their durability and high quality hardware. They have expanded to many other products, including doggie bags and “poo poo pouches.”

Visit their website to see all of their collars, leashes and other products: http://livelifelargecollars.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=22

Live, Life, Large has donated a beautiful red with black paw print collar and leash to the 2013 Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

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May 29, 2012 - Part 13

Contact: April Clark
220 Lyndel Drive
Palmyra, PA 17078
Phone: 1-717-944-0011
Email: jabbclark@comcast.net
Website: www.mdbmdc.org/pages/MDBMDC_Bernese_Rescue.php

Everywhere I was at the Specialty, someone was wearing one of the unique Mason Dixon Yin-Yang Berner head T-shirts. The club carries rescue related items, such as collars, leads, magnets, and books on their website. One hundred percent (100%) of their funds go towards the rescue and veterinary care of rescued Berners in the Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland areas. Be sure to visit their website: www.mdbmdc.org/pages/MDBMDC_Bernese_Rescue.php to get information on their rescue program. Contact April Clark to order your Yin-Yang T-shirt in a wide range of colors.

Mason Dixon Rescue has donated a beautiful blue Yin-Yang Berner T-shirt (size Small) to the 2013 Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

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May 30, 2012 - Part 14
Contact: Alice Furlong
938 Goose Creek Road
Seymour, TN 37865
Phone: 865-453-6492
Email: alice@poochpainter.com
Website: Go to facebook and find Alice at: www.poochpainter.com

It’s always great to see the artwork at the vendor’s booths at the specialty, but it’s even better when you can see the artist actually creating the painting at their booth. Alice Furlong, Pooch Painter, does airbrush art and her work is beautiful. All of her items are painted from photographs of your own dog. Here is a pricelist of her work: plaques ($70,) walnut-look plaques (80,) license plates ($65,) slates (heart, oval, round, bone - $75,) large slates (round, rectangle, oval - $90,) agates ($80,) large agates ($100 and up,) free standing agates ($75,) agate bookends ($100,) mail boxes ($125 and up,) and tire covers ($175 and up.) All prices are for one head study. Add $60 for full body and per additional head study. She does such gorgeous work. You can see samples of her artwork by going to facebook www.poochpainter.com Contact Alice to order artwork.

Pooch Painter has donated a painted box of your Berner to the 2013 Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

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May 31, 2012 - Part 15
Contact: Ed Kennedy
19806 Black Cherry Bend Street
Cypress, TX 77433
Phone: 281-382-6465
Fax: 281-256-1101
Email: info@purepawsusa.com
Website: www.purepawsusa.com

Pure Paws supplied all of the shampoo for bathing dogs at the 2012 Specialty, so many exhibitors got a good chance to use his products during the week. Ed Kennedy carries Brightening Shampoo (16 oz = $16.50; gallon = $49.50) which is good for all colors, and uses optical brighteners to enhance colors. He also has Volumizing Shampoo at the same price, which adds texture and volume to the coat. Star Line No Rinse (16 oz = $14.25; gallon $41.75) is used as a pre-soak to whiten whites and can be used as a shampoo or as a waterless no rinse. Go to the website to see the products they carry: www.purepawsusa.com

Pure Paws will make a donation to the 2013 Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

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June 1, 2012 - Part 16

Contact: Sara England
P.O. Box 803
New Market, MD 21774
Phone: 301-685-1239
Fax: 301-685-3359
Email: sara@saraenglanddesigns.com
Website: www.saraenglanddesigns.com

Sara England’s prints make you smile! She does whimsical art in prints, coasters, jewelry boxes, and more. She has fun themes like “Dogs Wineing,” “Party Animals,” “Rasta Berner,” and “5 o’clock in the ring” Her prices average $40 and up. Be sure to check her website to see her artwork at: www.saraenglanddesigns.com

Sara England Designs donated two prints (Dogs Wineing and Angels Past and Present) to the 2013 Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

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June 2, 2012 - Part 17
Contact: Debby Fitch and Beth McNeal – Ways and Means
98 Settlers Drive
Hancock, ME 04640
Phone: 207-422-3764
Website: www.barcinc.net

BARC, Inc. is a non-profit corporation dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating Bernese Mountain Dogs from dog brokers, dog auctions, puppy mills, and any other dangerous, exploitative or abusive situation. BARC places these dogs in loving pet homes as spayed or neutered companions. BARC carries: BARC T-shirts ($20,) BARC decals ($10 or three for $25,) BARC Calendar Note Cards (set of twelve for $18,) and a yearly calendar featuring BARC dogs ($25.) Visit the BARC website to learn more about BARC: http://www.barcinc.net

BARC has donated two 2013 BARC Calendars to the 2013 Berner-Garde Fundraiser

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June 3, 2012 - Part 18
Contact: Rhonda Cushwa
247 S. Undermountain Road
Sheffield, MA 01257
Phone: 413-229-2292
Email: signbarn.ma@gmail.com
Website: www.signbarn.com

The Sign Barn has been creating unique signs, vehicle decals and magnets, as well as custom license plates, mailboxes and banners since 1979. They had a wonderful display of vehicle decals and magnets including 6” breed magnets, agility magnets, Berner on Shamrock magnets, 5x7 draft dog magnets and herding magnets, all for $15 each. They carried decals of the same as above for $11. Their 6” Show dogs on board magnets are $13 each and the decal is $10. Berner cell phone decals are $2.50 each or 5 for $10. Gate signs made from solid PVC are $29.95. Go to their website to see what they have: www.signbarn.com

Sign Barn has donated two Berner magnets to the 2013 Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

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June 4, 2012 - Part 19
Contact: Dorene McCune
1612 Burgess Hill Court
Apex, NC 27539
Phone: 919-244-1034
Email: dorene.mccune@sleepingdogspottery.com
Website: www.sleepingdogspottery.com

Sleeping Dogs Pottery had a great booth with wonderful ceramic pieces with Berners on them. Dorene will also do a portrait of your own Berner on a handcrafted piece of art. You select the type of ceramic piece, the background color, and provide the photos for the portrait to be crafted. The result is a professional “one of a kind” rendering of your special Berner. Some of the items available are large dog bowls ($40 for paw print design; $45 for one of Dorene’s stock images; $50 for your custom image,) small dog bowls ($35, $40, $45,) Lidded Treat Jars – Medium (35, $40, $45,) Mugs and Ornaments ($25 for custom image,) Pitchers ($55 for custom image,) Plates – Large ($40, $45, $50) and Small ($35, $40, $5,) deep serving bowl ($45, $50, $55,) Spoon rest ($25 for custom image,) Wine Chiller – Tall ($45, $50, $55.) You can visit the website to see Dorene’s work at: www.sleepingdogspottery.com

Sleeping Dogs Pottery has donated a Berner bowl to the 2013 Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

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June 5, 2012 - Part 20
Contact: Debby Fitch
98 Settlers Drive
Hancock, MS 04640
Phone: 207-422-3764
Email: thetrumancollar@yahoo.com
Website: www.thetrumancollar.com

As I sit here typing this article, both of our dogs are wearing their gorgeous Truman Collars. Debby Fitch makes so many beautiful collars and leashes that it is hard to decide which one to buy! Debby carries a large selection of edelweiss and other trim collars and leashes. Trim martingale collars and trim buckle collars are $17; Extra wide collars (1 ½ and 2 inch width) are $15 to $20. Matching leashes are $22 and Swiss bandanas are $10. Debby donates 50% from the sale of collars and leashes to Berner Auction Rescue Coalition (BARC). Be sure to visit Debby’s website to see the wide selection of trim that you can choose for your Berner’s special collars and leashes: www.thetrumancollar.com

The Truman Collar has donated two gift certificates for a collar/leash ($40 value each) to the 2013 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 2012 Specialty series.


Joye Neff
Berner Shopper
Mt. Lebanon,
Pittsburgh, PA

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