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BMDCA Speciality 2004

Shopping at the 2004 BMDCA National Specialty

BMDCA website

2005 Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America National Specialty May 9-14,
Eisenhower Inn & Conference Center,
Gettysburg, PA
Web site:

National Specialty 2004 Mesquite, Texas March 28 to April 3, 2004

Web site:

Shopping at the Specialty - Part 1
April 10, 2004

BMD Speciality Shopping

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America Ways & Means
Lynne Hawkinson
670 Bayview Lane
Arroyo Grande,
CA 93420

You can check out their web site at:

As always, the BMDCA Ways & Means booth was filled with wonderful Berner items.

Illustrated Standard - With full color photos - Price $8.00 - postage - $1.00. Every Berner person should have one of these!!!
Beautiful Brushed Rib Long Sleeve Cardigan in red & cream, Sizes - Medium, Large - Price - $58.00
Flannel plaid Robe with embroidered BMDCA logo on left chest area One size fits all - Price $45.00
Versatility Bumper Sticker - $2.00 - postage paid
BMDCA Car Decal - $2.00 postage paid
AKC Bernese Mountain Dog Video - Price $18.00
2002 Yearbook - Price $48.00 Yearbooks- 1998 Yearbook - $43.00; 2000 Yearbook - $45.00; 2001 Yearbook - $45.00 -
Postage on 1 Yearbook - $4.00 - Each additional Yearbook add $3.00 The CD Yearbook has all 30 years of Yearbooks (1968 - 2000) and is fully searchable.
Also included is the 50th anniversary issue of the Alpenhorn. It does NOT include the Yearbooks from 2001 and later. This is a great tool for anyone not in the breed years ago and for anyone interested in the history of Berners - Price $85.00, shipping - $2.00
BMDCA Info Series CD - Twelve, color Info Sheets covering a wide array of breed information. Ideal material for puppy buyers and those interested in the breed - Price - $20.00, shipping - $2.00 BMDCA Draft Regulations - June 2003 Edition - $2.00 postage paid
BMD Handbook - A great general information guide on the Bernese Mountain Dog. These are great to give out to prospective puppy buyers - Price - $1.50 each or 10/$10.00; Postage - $.50 for 1 or $1.50 for 10 11" X 17" heavy, coated (glossy) high quality, color poster. It's perfect for display at vet offices, stores and anywhere the purebred dog fancy might gather. - Price - $1.50 each and the minimum order must be for 25 ($37.50 postage paid).
We can only ship to addresses in the US and must have a street delivery address.
Stuffed Berners

The BMDCA Ways & Means Booth was also featuring some items being sold by the Junior Handlers, who also volunteered at the booth during the Specialty, see photo above. I bought a copy of "Another Piece of the Puzzle: Puppy Development" edited by Pat Hastings and Erin Ann Rouse. It was great to see them involved!!

Happy Shopping!

Joye Neff and Nicky (and Ben)
Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA


Shopping at the Specialty - Part 2
April 11, 2004 - Easter Sunday

BMD Shopping2

Today I am featuring the 2004 BMDCA National Specialty Ways & Means. They had a table of wonderful Berner items , and I'm not sure how much stuff they still have available.

2004 BMDCA National Specialty - Mesquite, TX - Ways & Means
Patti Morgan
Lou Tucker

2004 Specialty Website:

The 2004 Specialty table was filled with wonderful Berner items with the Specialty theme. I bought a lot of items from them that were very nice.

The Speciality pins are always a must for everyone at the Specialty. I do know that they had these left over and the price is just $6.

They had nice embroidered patches, logo T-shirts, both short and long sleeved, and sweatshirts and sweatpants, too. They also carried baseball caps, neck scarves, hooded zipper sweatshirts, henley shirts and shorts with their logo. I especially liked the grooming smocks and the washcloths and towel sets. They even carried queen sized sheets with their logo, which were great for crate covers or to cover the blankets in the hotel. They had a nice array of wooden items with laser engroved logos: round box, clocks, card boxes, key chains and key holders. My husband liked the leather zipper portfolio with the Specialty logo on it that I bought for him. Their etched glass items were also very nice: salt & pepper shakers, treat jars and jewelry boxes. They had travel pouches, wind socks, decals, purses and the Berner children's play set.

If you're interested in any of these items, contact the co-chairs to see if they are still available
Happy Easter to Everyone!!!

Joye Neff and Nicky (and Ben)
Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA


Shopping at the Specialty - Part 3
April 12, 2004

It's always fun to shop at the booth of the next year's Specialty. This year was no different from other years in that they had wonderful Berner items which were really special. Next year's BMDCA National Specialty will be held in Gettysburg, PA from May 9 through May 14, 2005.

BMDCA Speciality Shop

2005 Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America National Specialty May 9-14,
Eisenhower Inn & Conference Center, Gettysburg, PA
Show Chair: Tari Hafner
Assistant Show Chair: Claire Coppola

Web site:

I know that you will want to order your 2005 Specialty items right away, so you can start wearing them now!

The Quartermaster Shoppe ( aka 2005 Specialty Ways and Means) features a variety of items for young and old, large and small. The designs are either a screened color version of the logo, "The Address is Gettysburg" with USA and Swiss Flags, or a smaller, embroidered version of the center of the logo design, with their mascot, Drummer, with his front feet on a military drum with the drumsticks crossed in his mouth. In the clothing line, the following items are available:

* Short sleeve T-shirts in denim blue, stonewash blue, nautical red, yam and sand with either a screen version of the 2005 logo or a smaller embroidered version of Drummer, the mascot - $18 for most sizes (2xl and 3 xl @ $20) (These colors are really great!)
* Long sleeve T-shirts, the same as above in stone washed blue or denim blue - $20 for most sizes, (2XL & 3XL @$22)
* 3/4 length sleeve hot, new pink lemonade color T-shirt for ladies (runs small and tight!), embroidered with Drummer - $20
* Long sleeve v-neck in beautiful medium blue, embroidered with Drummer (runs small and tight) *price tba* * For the kids and smaller size adults - "Love Me, Love My Berner - Gettysburg 2005" designed by logo artist, Melissa Bartlett, t-shirts in youth sizes XS, S, Youth Large and in adult sizes S, M, L. Colors: blue or natural - $18. Features a Drummer as a puppy with a heart behind him. (I just had to buy one of these for my granddaughter, Ella!)
* Sweat shirts - boxy crew shape (open bottom and sleeve) in mocha, yam, nautical red or moss green, either screened full logo or embroidered Drummer - $30 (2XL, 3XL = $34)
* Pullover hooded sweat with front pouch pockets in denim - $38. These have sold out! They will need to reorder! full logo or embroidered!
* Zip, hooded, pocketed sweat with Drummer embroiderery in denim - $38 * Mountain fleece zip vest in maroon (will be ordering green, too) with Drummer embroidery - $38
* Sweatpants with pockets and zip bottom at ankle, medium blue or forest green - $28 (2XL = $30). Different colors to come!
* Embroidered Drummer baseball hats in nautical red, moss green or khaki with dark gray bill - $15

* Specialty logo pin = $ 6 " The Address is Gettysburg" - Everyone has to buy a pin for their Specialty Collection!!!
* Specialty 30th Anniversary logo iron-on patch = $8
* Booster buttons $5 minimum donation " I Helped Drive 2005" , higher donations welcome!
* "Bernese Mountain Dog from A to Z" poster created by logo artist, Melissa Bartlett - $5
* "Through the Years... On the Back Berner" Specialty Cookbook - $15 each, OR $28 for two OR $12 each for 3 or more. This great cookbook features over 500 recipes by members and friends including 50 Swiss recipes, 50 Berner Bowl recipes and 50 historic recipes, not to mention beautiful section dividers using very old photos and drawings of Bernerse, with a lovely introduction by Sylvia Howison.
* Bernese and large and small bone copper cookie cutters offered at a special price if you purchase a cookbook. $10 for the Berner and large bone cookie cutters each & $8 for the small bone cookie cutter without buying the cookbook ...OR... $8 for the Berner and large bone cookie cutters each & $6 for the small bone cookie cutter if you purchase a cookbook! (I've already ordered the cookbook and of course, cookies cutters for my three granddaughters!!)
* To order for 2005: A Commemorative Specialty 15 month photo calendar "Through the Years" featuring the Best of Breed and High in Trial winners from ALL of the past 30 specialties as well as photos of Bernese in Gettysburg. - $20 per calendar! A COLLECTORS MUST HAVE! For $3, you can insert a photo of YOUR Berner (limit 2 photos per owner) and for $10 you can advertise your business, kennel or add a support message. All orders must be in by August 31, 2004 to publish by October, 2004.

For internet ordering information, contact Claire Coppola

Stay tuned for the Quartermaster Shoppe to soon be online at the BMDCA 2005 Specialty website.

The 2005 Specialty Committee wants to thank everyone who has supported them already and for the wonderful reception their logo design has received!

Happy Shopping!!!

Joye Neff and Nicky (and Ben)
Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA


The Lone Star Bernese Mountain Dog Club is the logical vendor to be featured next in my shopping series from the Specialty in TX!

Shopping at the Specialty - Part 4
April 13, 2004

Lone Star Bernese Mountain Dogs
Lone Star BMDC shared this booth with BMDC of Alaska

Lone Star Bernese Mountain Dog Club
6403 Meadowcrest Lane Flower Mound,
TX 75022-6340
(817) 430-2850
Web site:

Their ash colored "Bigger and Better in Texas!" T-shirt says it all! You should see the size of the coffee mug that we got at the Awards Dinner Banquet i TX. Texans do seem to like "BIG THINGS!" They have a really cute, whimsical Berner pulling a cart with longhorn steer horns on the cart. It has color accents from the gorgeous bluebonnets, with an oil derrick gushing oil on the left and longhorn steer peeking over the hill at the Berner pulling his cart on the right. The cart has 3 dinosaur bones in it and the sky is full of big yellow stars.- $20 (sizes M through LX) and $23 (sizes XXL and XXXL.)

You can check out this cute shirt and other Berner items on their website at:

Of course you can always order their ever popular shirt: "Berners - Betcha can't have just one!" t-shirt and sweatshirts. In fact, I'll betcha can't even look at these shirts without a smile, either. These playful pups are a must have item. Available on white 100% cotton t-shirts or ash colored 100% cotton sweatshirts. This design was produced exclusively for their club by local artist and LSBMDC member, Ann Landeros.

You are really going to love their leather doorknob hanger with a Berner with 2 large gold jingle bells on it.

They also carry Happy-Go-Lucky Bernese Mt. Dogs made by Stone Critters (R). The "Happy Berner" is approx 4 inches tall x 5 inches long. It is made by Stone Critters (R)

Happy Shopping!!

Joye Neff and Nick (and Ben)
Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA


Shopping at the 2004 BMDCA Specialty - Part 5
April 14, 2004

Shopping at the Speciality
BMDC of Alaska shared this booth with Lone Star BMDC

The vendor I am featuring today brings up images of Berners playing in lots of snow!!!....and for many months of the year!! Of course where else could this be, but in ...... Alaska!!!!

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Alaska
Randy Johnson
(907) 333-6194

The "Iditadraft" T-shirts are just fantastic!!! How appropriate that the Berner is drafting on this shirt. They carry the T-shirts in royal blue, natural, stone, stonewashed green in sizes Medium to XXL - $20 to $23. I had to buy one of these great shirts and just loved the royal blue.

They had a berner pulling a milk cart on mouse pads in blue or green - $15. Yep...I bought one of these, too!

I also liked their Bernese Mountain Dog zipper pulls ($12) and pins ($15) by William Spear Design

The club donated a "Iditadraft" T-shirt - size XL to next year's Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

Happy Shopping!!
Joye Neff and Nicky (and Ben)
Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA


Shopping at the 2004 BMDCA Specialty - Part 6
April 15, 2004

Berner Spciality Shopping 6

Being a very large club, the Nashoba Valley Club has a very large amount of items for it's Ways and Means!

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Nashoba Valley, Inc.
President: Jon Cons
P. O. Box 40
Cape Neddick, ME 03902
Fax: (207) 363-8064
Website: -
Click on "Paws-n-Shop" in the lower left corner

The Nashoba Valley Club has a 15 page catalogue full of wonderful Berner items to tempt you to spend you money! Here is a sampling of the Berner items that they carry:
Porcelain Treat Jar with Berner portrait by Vladi - $35
Berner Apron with drafting Berner by artist Mary Badenshop - $20
Dishtowel & Potholder Gift Set - $16
Bottle Re-Corker with enamel top featuring a Berner - $10
SMD Swiss Wine Charms - to help identify your own wine glass - Set of 4 - $24
Yellow Rain Slicker with hood - embroidered Berner on front - $32.50
Oversized Berner Umbrella - $30
Blue denim or grey argyle Berner socks - $9.50
Berner Vest features two berners on the front and trim and border on front and back. Handcrafted and made to order by Anna Schmid - $90
Sitting or Running Scupper Pins - $12.50
Welcome Slate with Berner portrait - $25
Berner pins -- $12.50 - $20
24 -ct gold plated jewelry - Small pendant on 18 inch chain - $37.50;
Large pendant on 24 inch chain - $50;
Earings - hoop or stud - $37.50
Lamp Finial - $10
Stained glass Portrait Suncatcher - each work of art signed by the Phoenix Studios - $60
Berner Tyrolean Winter Cap, handcrafted by Anna Schmid - $37.50
Holiday ornaments - $7.50 to $18
Swiss Chocolates - one dozen quality Swiss Chocolates, wrapper decorated with Berner and pups in Swiss cart - $8
Holiday Sweatshirt - Berner framed withing red & white candy stripped wreath; green ribbon encircles BMD & shines brightly with metallic gold jingle bells - designed by Colleen Hanlon - $35
Berner Music Boxes - $32.50 to $69.99

I've only told you some of the wonderful items that the BMDC of Nashoba Valley has for sale. You must visit their website to see the terrific things that you can buy for your friends or yourself.

: Happy Shopping!!

Joye Neff and Nicky (and Ben)
Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA


Shopping at the 2004 BMDCA Specialty - Part 7
April 16, 2004

Missy Wright's Booth

My dogs just LOVE the treats that I've given them from Natural Concepts in Pet Nutrition. But they REALLY LOVE the big raw bones that I get from Missy for them!

Natural Concepts in Pet Nutrition
Maria "Missy" Wright
414 W. Prospect Street
Painesville, OH
44077 (440) 357-6461

Missy carries all kinds of wonderful things for your Berners: 8 different varieties of raw food for dogs, homemade dog cookies with NO wheat and dehydrated dog treats. She has frozen packages of meaty bones, which I'm going to have her mail to me since I'm not that far from her. She can pack them with some cooling deveic and they will deliver them the next day. My dogs will be most happy!!!

She also carries a full line of supplements, and she has shampoos and conditioners, too.

Missy has a line of handcrafted Bernese Mountain Dog items, including 3 sizes of Berner Pigs (banks,) an outdoor handpainted concrete garden statue of a Bernese Mountain Dog lying down with a bone and Bernese Mountain Dog bird house and planters. She has new Bernese Mountain Dog embroidery designs with carting, agility and conformation. I love her Welcome Signs and Leash Hooks, too.

Missy donated a really nice wooden letter holder with drawer to the upcoming Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

Happy Shopping!!

Joye Neff and Nicky (and Ben)
Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA


Shopping at the BMDCA 2004 Specialty - Part 8
Bernese Auction Rescue Coalition, Inc.
April 17, 2004

President Amy Kessler and two BARC families
at the BARC Booth at the National Speciality in Texas

BARC's president, Amy Kessler, was honored by Berner-Garde at the Awards Dinner at the 2004 BMDCA National Specialty as the recipient of the Winston Neff Award.

Winston Neff Award
2004 Winston Neff Award:
Given to Amy Kessler for her Outstanding Service to the Bernese Community

Bernese Auction Rescue Coalition (BARC), Inc.

c/o Amy Kessler
31301 Rockville Road
Louisburg, KS 66053
Phone: (913) 837-3129

c/o Jane Heggen
383 19th Street SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403-2755

c/o Nancy Melone
118 Lakeland Drive Mars,
PA 16046-2114

BARC, Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt (501c3) 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, Inc. places these dogs in loving pet homes as spayed or neutered companions.

Several BARC rescued dogs attended the 2004 BMDCA National Specialty in Mesquite, TX a few weeks ago, sporting their "BARC'n FOR RESCUE" bandanas. What lucky dogs they are - their lives took a turn for the "good" when BARC rescued them and their lives have continued in that same good direction since then. Both the dogs and their people showed their love for each other in everything they did, including entering BARC dog health data into the new Berner-Garde Foundation Database!

BARC introduced a lovely NEW cloisonné BARC logo lapel pin at the Specialty. It features "BARCer", the puppy, and their "Break the Chain" motto. These pins are just $5 and a great little gift for friends or collectors. The pins can be obtained from Ways and Means Chair, Jane Heggen, at:

BARC "Stop the cruelty, don't buy pet store puppies" T-shirts are available in white in sizes L to XXL. These stylish, quality T-shirts are $10 each and will provide plenty of opportunities for you to educate others when you wear one. Be prepared to answer questions from the public about puppy mills when you wear your shirt!!! Contact Jane Heggen, Ways and Means Chair, at:

Another new item for BARC is the crystal beveled-glass BARC sun catcher, featuring the BARC logo etched into the round glass disk. This classy item has a silver or gold hanger, making it easy to hang over the rear view mirror of your Berner Mobile to enjoy as you drive home from obedience class! The cost is $20 (which includes a nice gift box.) Contact Jane Heggen, Ways and Means Chair, at: to purchase a gorgeous BARC sun catcher.

BARC also has a limited-edition, numbered and signed-by-the-artist etching of "BARC 2003". These are not prints, but rather hand printed (etched) collectable works of art, crafted by internationally recognized canine artist, Geoffrey Lasko, whose artwork has been sold at the famed Sotheby's. Lasko, who has portrayed other breeds for the AKC, donated his artistic talents to BARC in appreciation of board member, Jane Heggen, who assisted in rescuing his artwork from a fire in his studio.

The 50 limited-edition, numbered, hand-colored, hand-printed etchings are selling quickly, but if you act fast, it is not too late to add a gorgeous colored etching to your personal art collection. According to one well known Ohio Berner exhibitor, "This was the classiest item for sale at the 2004 Specialty!" Hand-colored etchings are $130, plus $6 for shipping and handling. These etchings will not be reprinted, so they are truly a collector's item.

If you would rather have an etching in classic black and white, these are also available for $80 each, plus $6 for shipping and handling. Only 180 of these limited edition etchings exist and they are selling well. Once they are sold, they will never be printed again. Each etching, hand numbered and embossed with the artist's personal stamp, is printed on museum quality archival paper.

To order your limited-edition BARC 2003 etchings, please e-mail your request to BARC Board Member, Jane Heggen at: Be sure to make your check payable to "Bernese Auction Rescue Coalition, Inc."

And, don't forget about the other lovely T-shirt that is available. Every rescue organization needs a friend like Rachelle Johnstad, who was one of 4 individuals honored by BARC at the National Specialty for outstanding contributions to BARC! Rachelle, an enthusiastic BARC supporter, has designed and is offering a "Rescue a Berner" T-shirt to anyone who is willing to make a tax-deductible donation to BARC. The quality T-shirt is printed on a natural colored T-shirt made of 100% pre shrunk cotton with a beautiful picture of her BARC rescue baby, Bearon. Sizes are available in small, medium, large, and extra large. To make your donation and receive your shirt, contact Rachelle at:

Happy Shopping!

Joye Neff and Nicky (and Ben)
Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA


Shopping at the 2004 BMDCA Specialty - Part 9
April 18, 2004


There is a LOT of EXCITEMENT surrounding the new Berner-Garde Database!!!!!

Berner-Garde Foundation
President: Lori Jodar
Web Site:

Ways and Means:
Nancy Stewart
8650 E. Wood Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Phone: (602) 315-1281
Fax: (480) 905-1842

One of the very exciting things at the 2004 National Specialty in Mesquite, TX earlier this month, was the NEW, IMPROVED BERNER-GARDE DATABASE that was on display at the Berner-Garde Booth!! For those of you who don't know about it, you need to check it out!!! You can actually update your information on line and add new dogs and litters, too.

The Berner-Garde Foundation (BGF) is a tax exempt organization, 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, including the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals(OFA) and the Canine Eye Registration Foundation(CERF).

The collection of information in the dababase is the heart and soul of Berner-Garde. A year ago, The Berner-Garde board made a determination to totally revamp the database technology. It was a huge project that cost a moderate amount of money and lots of time and effort. Basically they have moved the database to higher capacity technology and made it directly available via a web based application. That means that at anytime, anyone can view the database that all of the operators update directly.

For those of you who are return visitors to this website, you will notice many many changes. The format is certainly different but most importantly, all of the information contained in the database is now available for your review. 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.

While it does not provide instant modifications to information you provide on-line, the changes made are a huge step in the direction of information sharing. The hope is that seeing the database in its entirety, you will be compelled to not only update, but to correct and add information that is missing in the database. Only with complete data can they provide the information necessary for researchers to adequately study our beloved Bernese Mountain Dogs and their genetic diseases.

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 Data Operators are volunteers that receive your data submissions and enter the information into the Berner-Garde Database. Under the guidance of the File Manager, they work hard to insure that the data is entered accurately and completely. Health and Certification information is verified to insure the integrity of the database. You can submit your dog or litter data via the forms available on their web site or by contacting one of the Data Operators directly.

Oh....and by the sure to check out the photos of the distinguished trustees for Berner-Garde on their website.

The Berner-Garde items that are available for your purchase are listed below. Please note that they are currently on sale!!

Long Sleeve 100% chambray shirt - Mens in sizes Med, Large, XL, XXL; Ladies, without pocket, in sizes Med, Large, XL - $50 (Now on sale for $40)

Pique Classic Polo 100% Cotton - Men's are available in Khaki, White, Mint in Sizes Med, Lg, XL, XXL; Ladies are available in White, Mint in sizes Med, Lg, XL. (Mint in limited sizes) - email for availability - $35 (Now on sale for $25)

Berner-Garde Logo Pin - The Berner-Garde fabulous logo on a 1" Gold Tone square pin - $6

Add $4 for shipping on all shirts, $1 for shipping on pin. No sales tax.

Berner-Garde donated a blue long sleever chambray shirt for the Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

Happy Shopping!!

Joye Neff and Nicky (and Ben)
Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA


Shopping at the 2004 BMDCA Specialty - Part 10
April 19, 2004

Pat's embroidery and Tails R Us
Tails R Us shared this booth with Pat.s Embroidery
Tails R Us on the R of the pic.

I saw a lot of people wearing the Diane Wat shirts at the Specialty! They are really great!

Tails R Us

Nancy Stewart
8650 E. Wood Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Phone: (620) 315-1281
Fax: (480) 905-1842

At Tails & Us their mission is to find the quality clothing and accessories that pet or animal lovers everywhere want and appreciate. Their assortment changes frequently as they find new artists and products.

One of the very popular items that Nancy carries are the handpainted Diane Wat T-Shirts ($40,) the ¾ length sleever lycra shirts ($45) and the long sleeve French terry shirts ($48.)

Nancy's exclusive Bernese Mountain Dog lightweight cotton stretch socks were designed for Tails & Us to take to the BMDCA National Specialty ($10.) Nancy carries the exclusive Bernese Mountain Dog lightweight cotton stretch "Lucky Green Socks" - rumor has it that if you wear these socks in the ring, you will have good luck ($10.) She also has the white acrylic yarn original Berner socks ($7.)

Nancy also carries items representing Janet Weisman - notecards ($14 for ten,) prints ($25 to $90) and original paintings (up to $500.)

Nancy donated a Diane Wat T-Shirt to the Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

Happy Shopping!!

Joye Neff and Nicky (and Ben)
Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA


Shopping at the 2004 Specialty - Part 11
April 20, 2004

B.B Unlimited Inc

B. B. Unlimited, Inc.
Kevin & Darla Brooks
P. O. Box 1237
Lake Dallas, TX 75065
Phone and Fax: (940) 497-5887
Website: (coming soon)

This vendor had the most gorgeous 14k gold jewelry. He had pendants, pins, bracelets and rings. They were just lovely. If you want some classy gold berner jewelry, this is the place to get it.

Kevin and Darla donated a beautiful 14k gold silhouette berner pendant for the Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

Happy Shopping!!

Joye Neff and Nicky (and Ben)
Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA


Shopping at the 2004 Specialty - Part 12
April 21, 2004

Pat's Embroidery and Tails R Us
Pat's Embroidery and Tail R Us shared this booth
Pat's Emdroidery on the L of the pic.

Pat's Embroidery
P. O. Box 580
Mi Wuk Valley,
CA 95346
Phone and Fax: (209) 586-6126
Website: under construction - coming soon

I am always impressed with the quality items that Pat carries. She has many Bernese Mountain Dog head studies, clip art, draft and agility patterns and will do custom designs from your artwork, logos and pictures. She does a variety of other breeds, too.

She carries denim shirts in long sleeve ($45,) short sleeve ($40) and sleeveless ($35) in blue and tan. Pat also carries men's and women's T-shirts and sweatshirts in many colors. Of course they can be adorned with any Berner design or design of your choice.

Pat has comfy fleece vests, jackets and throws in many colors. She also carries towels, aprons and tote bags, all adorned with lovely Berners!

Pat donated a very nice pink long sleeve denim berner shirt to the Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

Happy Shopping!!

Joye Neff and Nicky (and Ben)
Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA


Shopping at the 2004 Specialty - Part 13
April 22, 2004


Suzanne and Alex Riccitelli
1520 N. Beckley Avenue, #338
Dallas, TX 75203
Phones: (214) 632-5197 and (214) 738-4179

This vendor was always demonstrating the two items they had and everyone was most impressed with their effectivness!

"Mr. Sticky" is the lint roller that never needs refills. It comes in 3 sizes: small is pocket size, medium is for clothes and large is for comforters, bedspreads, couches, etc. Now, is this something that a berner owner would need? YES!!! You get all 3 sizes of "Mr. Sticky" for $24.95.

"Magicloth" is a super absorbent, man made chamois. It's terrific for drying your berner after a bath, as a cooling cloth and to pick up spills or accidents from the carpet or any surface. You get 2 - 2 packs (four giant sheets) for $19.99.

Suzanne and Alex donated a "Maticcloth" to the Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

Happy Shopping!!

Joye Neff and Nicky (and Ben)
Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA


Shopping at the 2004 Specialty - Part 14
April 23, 2004

Therapet Foundation

Therapet Foundation
Shari and Kevin Curran
P. O. Box 698
Troup, TX 75789
Phone: (903) 842-2150
Fax: (903) 842-2151
Web Site: or

Therapet Animal Assisted Therapy Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to faciliate the use of animals in the healing and rehabilitation of acute and chronically ill individuals.

Therapet works to accomplish this through the education and training of health care professionals, evaluation and training of animals and human volunteers, as well as the establishment of ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY programs throughout the country.

Therapet is a non profit organization and all funds raised go to help run their program.

The items available at the specialty were:

Berner Burners - candles for the discriminating nose! They are available in eight different fragrances and are only $5 each.

Their collar scrunchies and collars are available in all kinds of fabric. You just slip them over a buckly collar and your berner is ready for any function!

Be sure to check out their website - it's really impressive!!

Happy Shopping!!

Joye Neff and Nicky (and Ben)
Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA


Shopping at the 2004 Specialty - Part 15
April 24, 2004

Silverlite Fashions

Silverlite Fashions
Jennifer Lemerande
5263 Airport Lane
Laona, WI 54541
Phone: (715) 889-0455

Jennifer has such nice Berner stuff!...and she is SO enthusiastic about her merchandise and will let you pick out the transfers you want on your shirts and do them "on the spot!" She has a LOT of stuff: T-shirts, both short sleeve and long sleeve, in nine colors; baseball shirts, nightshirts, polos and Henleys with moving Bernese in front of an American Flag; Bernese outline with rainbow colors; Bernese outline where the dogs is an American Flag; Bernese head with crest (best on polos and Henleys) and then Berner transfers in different pictures. You can have your choice of transfer on any size and color shirt. She also carries shirts with " It's NOT Bermese, this is a Bernese Mountain Dog" and "This is NOT a St. Bernard, this is a Bernese Mountain Dog" available on any style and color shirt. She also carries, "Hair Everywhere" t-shirts and "Dogs come in 3 sizes: small, medium and "Oh my God!" t-shirts. She also has necklaces, Christmas cards, litter announcements, pedigree forms and embroidered blankets, hats and jackets.

Jennifer generously donated a red fleece jacket (size large,) gray Berner socks and a tan Berner baseball cap to our Berner-Garde fundraiser.

Happy Shopping!!

Joye Neff and Nicky (and Ben)
Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA


Shopping at the 2004 Specialty - Part 16
April 25, 2004

Viking Stained Glass

Viking Stained Glass
Ingrid Johsson
HC5, Box 62R
Payson, AZ 85541
Phone: (928) 474-9784

Ingrid Johsson is an international award winning dog show artist. Ingid has done trophies and commissions worldwide for 25 years and specializes in original glass and crystal engravings, oils and oil pencil portraits. Her artwork has been featured in dog and other animal magazines, books and calendars. She does any breed made to order and each piece is signed and handmade. She does plates, bowls and storage jars, barware and beverage lines, beautiful lead crystal faceted ice buckets, glass apothecary jars, lead crystal canister sets, glass boxes, desk collections, beveled glass medallions, and more. Her cut glass stained glass window panels are spectacular! Her catalogue is full of gorgeous items which would make lovely trophies for your clubs. I bought a silverplated business card holder with an engraved berner on it that is very nice.

Ingrid donated a limited edition, signed and numbered print (20/100) for our Berner-Garde Fundraiser. This print is from a Best in Show juried art show of an original oil painting.

Happy Shopping!!

Joye Neff and Nicky (and Ben)
Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA


Shopping at the 2004 Specialty - Part 17
April 26 , 2004

Moriah Leather

Moriah Leather
Connie Harris
628 Fleet Circle
Mesquite, TX
Phone: (505) 447-4072

The Moriah Company offers an excellent selection of leather colors. All Moriah leather leads are handsewn and finished with the appropriate brass or Italian bronze fastener. With all of their leads where stitching is required, all work is done by hand rather than machine-stitched.

Moriah show leads are available in any length and a variety of widths necessary for the conformation ring. All leads have edges beveled, are dyed the requested color, handstitched, and finished with solid brass or Italian bronze. The Moriah Company's round leather choke collars are a unique collar - they are excellent for show or everyday use, and the collars do not cut the dog's coat. They are available in nearly any size, from the giant breed to the toy breeds. They also offer a snap collar version. The Moriah rounded leather buckle collars are constructed of a heavily rounded, thick piece of leather. These "oval" widths are currently available in 3/8" and 1/2".

The Moriah Leather company donated three colorful 28x48 inch crate pads to the Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

Happy Shopping!!

Joye Neff and Nicky (and Ben)
Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA


Shopping at the 2004 Specialty - Part 18
April 27, 2004


Alpen Schatz
Mary Dawn DeBriae
301 Rio Vista Road, Unit B
Telluride, CO 81435
Phone: (970) 369-0400
Web site:

Mary Dawn carries such wonderful Swiss items - I always come away with some of her Berner things. She carries the original Swiss collars with traditional cows, herdsmen and edelweiss. She has the sweetheart collar with traditional alpine fabric on leather backing. Her Swiss watches with edelweiss band and decorative face with Swiss cows are very nice. She has Austrian woven table linens, Tyrolean felt hats and stuffed European made Berners of all sizes. She also has Bernese mailboxes, lovely embroidered Swiss T-Shirts for adults and children, silk edelweiss scarves and traditional pewter jewelry.

Mary Dawn donated a Swiss watch with an edelweiss strap and cow and edelweiss decorated face.

Happy Shopping!!

Joye Neff and Nicky (and Ben)
Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA


Shopping at the 2004 Specialty - Part 19
April 28, 2004

Giusti's Enterprising Art

Giusti's Enterprising Art
Tom and Nancy Giusti
933 Barview Court
Eureka, CA 95503
(707) 442-5249
Web site:

Tom and Nancy formed Giusti's Enterprising Art in 1984 - they work as a team and have created some bright, stunning and refined images on their gorgeous ancient Japanese method of Raku pottery. Their 16x8" "Looking Cool" and "Puppy Sit" Raku wall hangings are delightful. You can have a 16 inch diameter custom ceramic Raku wall hanging of your own berner. You send them a photo of your dog via e-mail or snail mail, giving them your choice of wording (limited number of letters) for the border. These run $200 for one dog and $300 with two dogs on the same plaque. They donate $25 for every plaque sold to one of the following Berner funds: Berner-Garde, BEHAF or BARC.

Breeze plaque

Moxie with the edelweiss

I have both of the 16x8 inch raku wall hangings. plus a lovely custom Raku plaque they made of Winston hanging in my livingroom. Everyone comments about how gorgeous they are!

They generously donate one of their pieces to all of my fundraisers!

Joe Giusti is the brother of Tom Giusti, and Joe shared the booth with Nancy and Tom Giusti at the Specialty.

Joe Giusti
2840 Stuart Drive
Ft. Worth, TX 76104
Phone: (814) 923-7660

Joe does lovely portraits of pets and had several beautiful portraits on display at the booth. His portraits run from $250-350 each and are well worth it!

Happy Shopping!!

Joye Neff and Nicky (and Ben)
Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA


Shopping at the 2004 Specialty - Part 20
April 29, 2004

Originals by Yvonne

Originals by Yvonne
Yvonne Badoni
2145 N. Main Street
Mansfield, TX 76063
Phone: (817) 658-3556 or (817) 561-7737
Web site:

Yvonne creates original clay sculptures. It was fascinating to watch her work with the clay and sculpt berners out of a lump of clay! She has been sculpting show dogs for more than 15 years, doing all breeds in multiple and creative designs. Many of her different statue styles can be seen on her website. You can also have your own idea created, as all of her work is completely hand made .... no two sculptures are exactly alike ... all are ''originals'' ... truly a work of art. They are glazed and kiln fired and are dishwasher safe! Special orders are welcome. Her prices range from $40 to $400.

Yvonne donated a Texas Berner to the Berner-Garde Fundraiser.

Happy Shopping!!

Joye Neff and Nicky (and Ben)
Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA


Shopping at the 2004 Specialty - Part 21
April 30, 2004

Big Dogs Sportswear

Big Dog Sportswear
Web site:

I think that most people know the Big Dog Sportswear line. They had a nice selection of items at the specialty: youth, kids, adult and bigs graphic T-shirts, rayon shirts and polo shirts; infant rompers and dog accessories, too.

Happy Shopping!!

Joye Neff and Nicky (and Ben)
Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA


Shopping at the 2004 Specialty - Part 22
May 1, 2004

Original Arwork by Ingrid

Original Artwork by Ingrid

Original Artwork by Ingrid
Ingrid Hubbard
973 Cole Road
Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: (614) 878-9017

Ingrid Hubbard had some wonderful berner paintings with her at the specialty. She is proficient in virtually every art medium including painting, drawing and design. She is equally at home with traditional and digital media, including individual art and web design. She has been raising, training and showing dogs for 35 years and has instructed others in dog training for most of these years. Ingrid prefers performance sports with her dogs, but is equally at home in the breed ring.

You must visit her website to check out her beautiful work:

Her glass art can be viewed by reflected light or light transmitted through. Glass art can be hung on a wall or in a window. The vibrant colors and inviting subjects create a colorful and beautiful accent for any room. Glass window art is permanent paint on glass. The translucent t paint and slightly raised surface create a fascinating play of light in any situation, from warm to cool daylight coming through the glass painting to interior evening lights reflecting off it. Each item is hand done, one at a time. No two works are the same. Look through the samples on her website, then imagine your dog's picture hanging in your favorite window. Ingrid can use a photograph sent to her to put your dog's markings on a standard picture head. Pictures are available in 8" x 10," 11" x 14" and larger. Borders can be colored to match your room. The corners can have paw prints, doggie bones or a burst design. Paintings are also available on plates, vases, nightlights and on a curved frame which allows you to display your dog's photograph.

$50 covers a head of your choice with your dog's markings. You may chose any head on her website. You will receive an 8 x 10 picture of your dog in an appropriate frame. $75 includes an 8 x 10 picture of your dog from a favorite photo. $100 includes an 11 inch x 14 inch picture of your dog from a favorite photo in an appropriate frame. The glass around the outside of the picture may be any color you choose.

$50 - Nightlights can be made with any breed or any color glass. The lights come on automatically when dark and go off during the day. They take a standard nightlight bulb.

Ingrid also does terrific tire covers - they are personalized especially for you. Your kennel name or a second dog head can be added. $125.00 plus shipping and tax and cost of wheel cover - $150.00 to add kennel name - $175.00 for two dogs.

Happy Shopping!

Joye Neff and Nicky (and Ben)
Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA


Shopping at the 2004 Specialty - Part 23
May 2, 2004

By Jove

By Jove
Eve Lapolla
5599 Olentangy River Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43235
Web site:

By Jove specializes in the Bernese Mountain Dog items and constantly seeks out new and different products. Many of the Berner items you see on Eve's website are exclusive to By Jove and are created from artists all over the United States, as well as several foreign countries. Emphasis is placed on quality. I have a lot of items from Eve and add to my collection each year.

I know that many people have been wondering where they can buy a copy of Dr. Bernd Günter's fantastic new Bernese Mountain Dog coffee table. "The Bernese Mountain Dog: A Dog of Destiny" is hot off the presses and has been really selling well. The text portrays the essence of the Berner Sennenhund and celebrates the human-Berner bond. The photographs capture the beauty -- body and soul -- of the Bernese Mountain Dog in breathtaking and charming images, many of which are taken in authentic Swiss settings. This is an absolutely wonderful book and a "MUST" for your Berner collection! The book sells for $59.95.

Eve has a lot of great new items - be sure to visit her web site to see them. She has several different Cami Kriner note cards (4 cards/envelopes for $7.50) I just love Cami's art work! Eve also has a cute welcome yard sign handpainted by Dee Craig ($80) and some terrific new T-shirts. I bought T-shirts for my three granddaughters and of course, one for me, too! Eve carries a delightful ash gray sweatshirt with a wonderful caricature of a Berner on it, complete with dirty paw prints. At the bottom of the shirt it says "SIT HAPPENS" ($39.95.) Another great new designs of sweatshirts and t-shirts is one of a Berner running at you on the front of the shirt and on the reverse of the shirt you see his tail end.

Eve carries a wonderful statue of a Berner on a pile of wood (5 1/2"L x 7"W x 9"H) which is another berner in the Platinum Collection of statues. ($70.95) She has a great great decal caricature of a Berner decal (5x7) for your car window ($6) and a real cute fuzzy CD holder. It has a 3 - D face with a zipper that opens to hold your favorite CD's. It also has a nice handle on it for easy transporting. ($12.50) I just love her handpainted pins - they range in price from $39.95 to $55. Eve has a very nice selection of kid's things, too, which are usually hard to find.

Eve always donates items to every fundraiser I have. She donated a Berner shaped chalk board for the Berne-Garde Fundraiser.

This ends my series on "Shopping at the Specialty." I hope that you have all enjoyed seeing what the vendors had to offer at the specialty and that you will visit their websites and purchase some items from them.

Happy Shopping!!

Joye Neff and Nicky (and Ben)
Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA


2005 Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America National Specialty May 9-14,
Eisenhower Inn & Conference Center, Gettysburg, PA
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BMDCA Speciality 2005

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