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The 9th Annual Berner-Garde Foundation Fundraiser

Stewards of the Open Bernese Mountain Dog Database


The Berner-Garde Foundation (BGF) was established to collect, maintain and disseminate information about genetic diseases observed in the Bernese Mountain Dog. The BGF is comprised of a voluntary Board of Directors, several committees and, at it's core, a computerized database. The database contains information which has been compiled over many years from voluntary submissions of data from owners and from other public sources of information.

Check out the website and submit details of your Berners here:

http://www.bernergarde.org/


Berner-Garde Foundation and Michigan State University, with support from the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America, have established a repository that will collect, store and maintain DNA and tissue samples from a large population of BMDs, whether affected with a disorder or not, along with pedigree and medical history information. MSU is providing a repository that will store and catalog DNA and tissue samples for future health research purposes, and will use available state of the art diagnostic evaluation of submitted specimens, as well. The samples that will be stored for future research purposes include blood samples, cheek swabs, preserved tissue biopsy samples, and fresh frozen tumor tissue.

To encourage submission of samples to the Repository, the cost of submission of blood, swabs and biopsy samples is covered by funds from Berner-Garde and the BMDCA. The owner will have the cost of shipping and veterinary costs to obtain the sample.

See www.bernergarde.org, the DNA/Tissue Repository link, for more information.


But more funding is needed to help this Foundation continue with it's magnificent work


Please help by making a generous donation to the Berner-Garde Foundation to help with their mission "to ensure that all Bernese Mountain Dogs (BMD) have a long and healthy lifespan of 12 - 14 years." We need everyone's support to achieve this dream!!

All checks/cheques should be sent to Joye Neff.

If it is a check from a U.S. bank, make it payable to the "Berner-Garde Foundation," otherwise make it payable to "Joye M. Neff
She can deposit foreign cheques without any fees.

Send your cheques to:


Joye Neff
1182 Firwood Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15243-1825

Berner-Garde Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization, and donations are tax deductible for US Tax purposes. As always, you should consult your accountant when making deductions on your income tax return

The information in the BGF database is now available online to owners, breeders, veterinarians and researchers who are working to reduce genetic disease in the Bernese Mountain Dog.

In addition to maintaining the database, the Berner-Garde Foundation funds research studies aimed at reducing the health problems found in Bernese Mountain Dogs. Research proposals and grants are approved on a case-by-case basis by the Board of Directors.

The Berner-Garde Information Pamphlet is now available online.

http://www.bernergarde.org/data/BGPamphlet.pdf





2008 Berner-Garde Free Ticket Bonanza



Dates TBA



In appreciation to Berner Lovers everywhere, we have assembled many lovely Berner items to give away to those who have Berners in their lives or who wish they did have a Berner in their life. Tickets to win these wonderful Berner items are FREE!!! How can you get these FREE Tickets? It's easy. All you have to do is send an e-mail to Joye Neff wbneff@pitt.edu and ask her for tickets. Tell her how many tickets you would like and how you would like her to distribute the tickets you are requesting. For example: "Joye, please give me 20 FREE Tickets. I'd like you to place the FREE Tickets into the following envelopes: 2 each in items number 2, 8, 14, 22, 33. 34, 45, 63, 77 and 89." That's it. Just ask for tickets. People can also request that Joye send FREE Tickets to their friends, mentors and people they admire It's fun!!! Here are the items that you can try to win with your FREE Tickets:


But remember, all contibutions to Berner-Garde will be much appreciated!:-))



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Donated by Ann Comfort

In Memory of: CH Degrasso's Glory V Legacy
"You were my heart and soul, Carly Marie."

5 Large Needlepoint Berner Puppy Christmas Stockings
with Burgundy Velveteen Back

This adorable berner puppy stands guard in the colored evergreens and ribbon, looking over its treasured ball, candy cane, and presents.


5 Tickets will be drawn






Item #2

Donated in memory of: CH WODAN by Ann and Ben Comfort.
"Wodan was our gentle giant. We will miss you forever"

Before Santa Was Santa by Gareth Lee and Susan Ellenbee;
Illustrated by Mary Garbe
Before Santa Was Santa Twelve days 'til Christmas Count Down ~
Coloring Book by Gareth Lee and Susan Ellenbee;
Illustrated by Mary Garbe

Prepare for a Berner Christmas with this charming book beautifully illustrated by talented artist, Mary Garbe. This is a must have book for the Berner aficionado.

As a bonus, you will also receive the corresponding coloring book!







Item #3

Items are donated in loving memory of dear sweet Emma, CH Glory's Emma by the Lake, and her lovely daughter, Flora, Glory's Flora V Lakeland. We cherish every moment we had together.

Christmas is for children, or so they say...


Three items are offered for the Berner Fancier who may or may not have children to please. The Crayon Factory features a Berner along with several other breeds. It opens up into an artistic wonderland.


The Before Santa Was Santa Twelve days 'til Christmas... Count Down ~ Coloring Book featuring Mary Garbe's artwork is a wonderful companion to the Crayon Factory.


As a stocking stuffer, the Puppy Love plush toy, holding a heart in its mouth, will be a winner. This adorable plush Berner plays "PUPPY LOVE" when you press the hidden button.









Item #4

Donated by Ann Comfort

In loving memory of Jean Cheesman's Barney
who gave us so many happy memories.


Our plush Berner Santa is ready to celebrate the holiday season with his Santa hat, plaid bow tie, and brass jingle bell.




The Pipsqueak frame, by Mary Badenhop, awaits a picture of your favorite Berner.



This Pipsqueak pin, by Mary Badenhop, is a festive addition to any outfit.





Item #5

Donated by by Ann Comfort in thanks to Pat Long, a steadfast friend and the "wind beneath my wings" who continually reminds me, "We are making a difference."

We are offering a signed copy of Nose to Nose ~ A Memoir of Healing by Barry J. Schieber. This heart felt story is a chronicle of Barry's unexpected life with Moritz, a large Berner with an even larger heart.

Also offered in this drawing is a McCartney Berner T-shirt
(Size Large - very roomy!)





Item #6

Donated by Ann Comfort

Berne Heritage Cookbook (Indiana Sister City to Berne)

Switzerland book by Martin Hurlimann




Item #7

Donated by Lisa Baldwin

2 packets of this

homemade treat for your Berners

Barkscotti


2 tickets will be drawn





Item #8

Donated and signed by the author

Bernd Guenter's magnificent coffee table book

"The Bernese Mountain Dog

A Dog of Destiny"







Item #9

Donated by the photographer

Bernd Guenter's

2008 Bernese Mountain Dog Calendar



Item #10

Donated by

Potomac Valley Bernese Mountain Dog Club
http://www.pvbmdc.org/Ways_and_Means.htm


Panama Straw Hat
with a Berner Band



Item #11

Donated by Doris Braun

Berner V-Neck T-Shirt
(Size 46)




Item #12

Donated by Joye Neff

2007 Woof Soap & Berner Frame

( for 2.5" x 3.5" photo)




Days 2 & 3 Day 63
Item #13

Donated and photographed by Doris Braun

Ziska's Litter Book




Item #14

Donated by Patti Finley

2 Bernese Puppyweights

Made of cloth stuffed with polyfil and weighted with plastic pellets.
It is approximately 4" tall.


2 winners will be drawn



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Donated by Patti Finley

Barbie Pet Doctor
(I have checked, no it is not on any recall list).
It is a Berner that has a stethoscope, bone, pill bottle, etc. and there is a heart on the puppy that you can press that will tell you if the puppy needs more care.






Item #16

Donated by Pat Long

Matted/Framed Beth Schmoyer Puppy at Door Print




Item #17

Made and donated by Coral Denis

Hand knitted Tri-Color Socks



Item #18

Made and donated by Coral Denis

Beaded Hand knitted Tri-Color Socks






Item #19

Donated by Coral Denis

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sweatshirt with 2 decals
Size Large



Item #20

Anonymous Donor

Gently Used Red Sweatshirt/embroidered Berner
Size Large





Item #21

Anonymous Donor

Gently Used dusty blue BMDCA Sweatshirt
Size XL




Item #22

Donated by Isle of Dogs
dandcsunlin@iodogs.com

www.iodogs.com

White Coat & Black Coat Shampoo




Item #23

Anonymous Donor

The Swiss Cookbook
by Nika Standen Hazelton




Item #24

Anonymous Donor

Berner CD Case
(holds 12 CDs)




Item #25

Anonymous Donor

Heart & Flowers Mackenzie martingale collar (24")




Item #26

Anonymous Donor

Berner Family




Item #27

Anonymous Donor

Set of Berner Mugs



Item #28

Anonymous Donor

2 Berner Puppy Folders & 2 Notebook

4 winners will be drawn




Item #29

Anonymous Donor

2 Berner Watches

2 Winners will be drawn





Item #30

Anonymous Donor

2007 Specialty Derby Stakes Key Ring





Item #31

Donated by Animal Artworks - Dee Craig
AnimalArtworks@aol.com
Hometown.aol.com/dogsart

Berner & Puppy painted tile
Size 6" x 6"



Item #32

Donated by TAILS R US - Nancy Stewart
Arizonabmd@cox.net

Diane Wat Shirt
Size Med/Large




Item #33

Donated by MONET'S GALLERY - E. Adair/C. Gan
Joeganz@saturnnet.com or
www.Eur-Am1942@aol.com

Berner Note Cards/Tablets




Item #34

Donated by Kelp Products
kelpproduc@aol.com
www.kelpproductsofflorida.com

Norwegian Kelp (2 pounds)



Item #35

Donated by Christie's Canine Cafe
christi@thecaninecafe.com
www.thecaninecafe.com

Beef Loaf (4 pounds)



Item #36

Donated by Alpenschatz - Mary Dawn Debriae
Marydawn@alpenschatz.com
www.alpenschatz.com

Swiss Farmer/Dog & Cow Leather Collar (23")



Item #37

Donated by Elizabeth Pearson

Glass Berner Christmas Ornament




Item #38

Donated by Swiss Traditions
Regula Munz & Larry Smith
swiss@swisstraditions.com.
www.swisstraditions.com

Plush Stuffed Berner




Item #39

Donated by STUDIO H - Ingrid Hubbard
Ingrid.hubbard@sbcglobal.net
www.StudioHonline.com

Berner Pendant Necklace





Item #40

Donated by STUDIO H - Ingrid Hubbard
Ingrid.hubbard@sbcglobal.net
www.StudioHonline.com

Berner Pendant Necklace




Item #41

Donated by The Truman Collar - Debby Fitch
thetrumancollar@yahoo.com
www.thetrumancollar.com

Collar & Leash Set Gift Cert






Item #42

Donated by Coral Denis

Berner Team Sled Ride
Matted & Framed Pen & Ink Print

with
Wording for sled ride pen & ink




Item #43

Donated by Bobbie Abern

Berner & Parrot matted print
(11x14)





Item #44

Donated by Bobbie Abern

2 Berner Michael Steddum matted prints
(11x14)

2 winners will be drawn




Item #45

Donated by Alexis Smith

2 sets Berner Puppy folder & 2 notebooks

2 winners will be drawn




Item #46

Anonymous Donor

When Your Pet Outlives You






Logo close-up
Item #47

Donated by Heartland BMD Club
scannonmackey@landrum-brown.com
www.hbmdc.org

Denim Jacket-embroidered with logo
Size XL







Logo close-up
Item #48

Donated by Pat's Embroidery - Pat Helmbold
p.helmbold@mlode.com

Shirt with embroidered Berner




Item #49

Donated by 2008 Specialty Committee
rescue@bmdcnv.org
www.bmdca.org/specialty/2008

2008 Specialty Sweatshirt
Size Large




Item #50

Donated by Waddel Art Works - Ted Waddell
tedwaddell@cox.net
www.tuckered.net

Signed Tucker Gets Tuckered Book




Item #51

Donated by Lori Jodar

Swiss Army Belt Edelweis Collar (25")



Item #52

Donated by Pet Fabulous-Amolsch/Bowman
petfabulous@comcast.net

Mahogany Memory Box (6.5mx6.5")




Item #53

Donated by Eleanor Weston

2 Berner Pot Holders

2 winners will be drawn




Item #54

Sonated by Eleanor Weston

3 Berner & Dog Pillowcases

3 winners will be drawn




Item #55

Donated by Judy Dieter

Swiss wooden cube puzzle (4"x5.5")




Item #56

Donated by Judy Dieter

Swiss Berner & Puppy wooden cube Puzzle (3"x3")



Item #57

Donated by Anne Burke

3 Sets of 2 Euro Bernese Mountain Dog Decals

3 winners will be drawn




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Anonymous Donor

Happy Howlidays Berner Pin -




Item #59

Made and donated by Sylvia Katvala

Hand Knitted Tri Color Warm Scarf



Item #60

Donated by Doris Braun

Suncatcher
100th Anniversary Exhibitor's Gift



Item #61

UK Artist Carol Pontin has donated a painting of YOUR dog
for this fundraiser
http://www.carolpontin.co.uk/

The painting shown is Alexis Smith's Duke -
the prize from the 2007 BARC Fundraiser






{short description of image} Item #62

Donated by Patty Tomaszewski

Booster Bath

with tropic shower attachment
No more putting off washing the dog because it's such a hassle!
The Booster Bath makes washing your dog quick and painless.




Item #63

Donated by Patti Finley


2 Drs. Foster and Smith Paw Print Furniture Throws.
They are 60"X30" Chair/Sofa size

2 winners will be drawn





Have your dog’s fur spun
into beautiful soft yarn

You collect 50 grams of the brushings from your dog, and I will spin it into yarn you can knit just as you would regular wool yarn!

Berner fur spins into a fairly fine, very soft, very warm yarn. I know – I spin my own Berner’s fur and have made hats, scarves and other items from it.

– Susan Berlin, Handspinner
Item #64

Donated by Susan Berlin

Susan will spin 50grams (about 2 oz)
of someone's berner's fur as a prize.





Item #65

Donated by Sara Grier

Berner Address Labels
The winner will get 6 sheets of 30 labels



Item #66

Donated by Susan Kowitz

Crystal Berner Pin





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Donated by Terri Babcock

Large canvas tote-bag with a Berner embroidered on it (work in progress
One of the fleece Berner blankets (from Wal-Mart),
The Little Big Book of Dogs (which contains stories, poems and recipes),
two Berner Mugs and a pound of Berner Beans coffee (from BMDCNV),
two boxes of chocolates,
package of Wellness dog treats,
and a Hyper-Gnaws dog toy.





Item #68

Donated by Lone Star BMD Club

Welcome Sign - wrought iron





Item #69

Donated by Lone Star BMD Club

Leash holder - wrought iron





Item #69

Donated by: Gone Doggin
Michael Osher
www.gonedoggin.com

Glass Berner Clock





Item #70

Donated by: Bobbie Abern

Two Berners on a bone
(3 1/2 in. long) - has 2 rings for hanging



Item #71

Anonymous Donor

Gift wrap, gift bag and 3 berner bookmarks



{short description of image} Item #72

Donated by: Deborah Behr and George Utermohle
and Berners Frank & Otto

2007 Berner Calendars
- the time is gone, but the photos are good forever!



Item #73

Donated by: Deborah Behr and George Utermohle
and Berners Frank & Otto 8. Jules

6 "The Dog" Notebooks -

6 winners will be drawn



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Donated by Deborah Behr and George Utermohle
and Berners Frank & Otto

The Lighthouse Dog and
The Bernese and Other Mountain Dogs books



Item #75

Donated by Bobbie Abern

Retractable Safety Leash with Flashlight and Radio



Item #76

Donated by: Bobbie Abern

Santa with Berner and Cat Sweatshirt
- Size XL



Item #77

Donated by: Bobbie Abern

Long Sleeve "You Can Never Have Too Many Berners T-Shirt"
Size XL



Item ##78

Donated by: Bobbie Abern

Berner on Motorcycle Ornament



Item #79

Donated by: Bobbie Abern

3 books: The Complete Bernese Mountain Dog by Jude Simonds;
The Bernese Mountain Dog Today by Dr. Malcolm Willis;
The Bernese Mount Dog by Paddy Petch



Item #80

Donated by Bobbie Abern

The Bernese Mountain Dog Annual
Years 1994, 1995, 1998



Item #81

Donated by Bobbie Abern

Berner Head Pin and earrings



Item #82

Donated by: Bobbie Abern

Berner Eating Watermelon Pin



Item #83

Donated by: Bobbie Abern

Berner with Pumpkin Necklace



Item #84

Donated by: Bobbie Abern

Berner Trio Pin and Earrings



Item #85

Donated by: Bobbie Abern

Berner Earrings



Item #86

Anonymous Donor

. Green 2006 BMDCA Scarf



Item #87

Donated by: Julia Airgood

Glass Berner Ornament by Joy to the World



Item #88

Anonymous Donor

AKC CHF Mouse Pad, Luggage Tag, Ribbon Magnet
and Coaster; Clock



Item #89

Donated by: Judith Dieterom the Swiss Museum Shop

Music Box with Berner on side



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Donated by: Judith Dieter

Swiss Ball Cap
(Adjustable size)





Item #91

Donated by: Judith Dieter

Berner Pulling Cart with Milkcan (6 inches long)
from the Swiss Museum Shop



Item #92

Donated by Judith Dieter

2 Matted prints of "Bern um 1830"

2 prints so two winners will be drawn



Item #93

Donated by: Bobbie Abern

Berner Plate by Monique Akar (11-16-86)



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Item #94

Donated by: Judith Dieter

Berner School Supplies Kit from Italy



Item #95

Donated by Judith Dieter

Puppy Labels (12 labels) -

3 sets so 3 winners will be drawn



{short description of image} Item #96

Donated by: Judith Dieter

Berner Puppy Notebooks with graph paper from Italy

(3 sets of two so 3 winners will be drawn



{short description of image} Item #97

Anonymous Donor

Gently used "I'm No Saint" Sweatshirt
size Large



pic to come! Item #98

Donated by Martha Hyams

Walmart Throw



{short description of image} Item #99

Donated by Kay Taylor

Berner Slippers
size Small





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Item #100

Donated by: Coral Denis

Swedish Hand Painted Berner Clogs - size 40 European size.

Clogs are a traditional and very popular summertime footwear in Sweden - it's not only the Dutch who wear them! The Swedish clogs have a rubber sole fastened onto the wooden structure, and the upper part is leather. This makes them lighter and very functional.




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