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Fundraiser for Tobin,
A Very Special Berner!

Tobin Fundraiser
Fundraiser for Rescue Berner, Tobin,
On behalf of BEHAF
and BMDCNV Rescue

This is a very quick fundraiser for BEHAF, which has helped many people in need. They have a fund for regional rescue, which has come to the aid of a very special couple who took in a dog that was given up by his original family. Within weeks of placement, he was in intensive care to help get his seizures under control. And now they’ve been told that he has cataracts, and will go blind without surgery. His family are people with big hearts, but a bank account much like the rest of us. Since the boy was not currently in rescue, he didn’t qualify for rescue funds. And if he had been in rescue, it’s doubtful that rescue would have had the resources to help even so.

We are putting up these items to help the family with some of the unexpected expenses that they experienced with their generosity in opening their hearts and homes to a Berner in need. Some of the money will go to replacing what BEHAF donated, and any extra will also go to BEHAF to help with the next regional club rescue in need. Anya Wittenborg, the rescue chair of Nashoba Valley (whose heart is often bigger than her brains) also donated her private money to help with this boy, and we’re hoping that we’ll be able to pay her back for that generosity too. She donates quite enough to regional rescue that we don’t need to see her run up her own private credit card as well!

We’re trying to limit the items to a manageable five items, and we’ve tried to make them just as tempting as possible. So for those of you who can help in this unusual situation, we do appreciate it. We don’t plan to make a habit of it, we all adopt Berners knowing that we may have some extraordinary expenses. But none of us could have anticipated that a placement like this would rack up so many thousands of dollars so soon after placement.

For Tobin's pictures and his very special story


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Dates July 15th through August 21st 2007
Prices: Tickets are $5 each..
or 6 for $20...
or 20 for $50

When you send your check/cheque, please include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Also, be sure to include a note telling Joye how to distribute your tickets for the items for the drawing, so you can try to win the prizes you want the most. Mail your checks, your information and your instructions for distributing the tickets you are buying to:

Joye M. Neff,
1182 Firwood Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15243-1825

Checks should be made payable to: BEHAF
In the memo line write: BEHAF Donation to Tobin

Joye Neff can convert foreign cheques to US Dollars with no charge from her bank.

Make foreign cheques payable to "Joye M. Neff" and follow the above instructions. Mail your cheques to:

Joye M. Neff
1182 Firwood Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15243-1825

Donations to some charities are tax deductible under current U.S. tax laws, however donors should always consult their tax advisors regarding the tax status of their charitable donations.

Please give generously knowing you have a chance to win one of these beautiful items

Thank you all....Berner People are the Greatest!!!

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


Pit Bull Terrier, Zorba.
by artist, Andrea Tamkin.

Item #1

This prize will be for a portrait of your dog,
by artist, Andrea Tamkin.

Andrea trained at the Museum School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston Massachusetts, and has had her work exhibited in a number of Boston and New York galleries. Her paintings are in many private collections nationwide. Her pet portraits are done in a setting that properly depicts your dog and really captures his or her personality!

Anya Wittenborg has had paintings done of both her Doberman and Swissie, and has enjoyed having those colorful additions to her home.

Donated jointly by the artist and a Friend of Rescue

A portrait of your dog
by Boston artist,.Andrea Tamkin:

Vest back

Vest front
Item #2

Donated by Anya Wittenborg

Be the envy of other Berner folks when you wear this toasty warm and gorgeous vest with a 7" by 7" embroidered Berner head on the back! You will receive many admiring (covetous) glances when you wear this on a cool New England morning in April at the 2008 National! Wouldn't this be a welcome addition to the wardrobe of one of our Canadian neighbors for those cold winter evenings? This vest is the very last one of a handful that the BMDCNV Paws n Shop had for sale recently for $200.00 each! It could be yours!

What could be better - to DO good and to LOOK good, all at the same time!

faux sheepskin vest
with a large embroidered Berner head on the back.

Women's size large (womens 14);
machine washable.
Embroidered head is 7" by 7"
shoulder to hem - 23"
width across upper back - 16.5"
width across back at underarm - 20.5"
width at hem - 22"
zip front and zip pockets

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Item #3

A pieced Berner quilt donated by Pat.Long

"This quilt was specially made for Pat Long by Dino Candelaria, and hand delivered at the 2004 National Specialty in Texas. Why? Because Pat donated her lap quilt that she had purchased at the Health Fund Auction in 1999 after tough bidding – the bidding that actually saw the creation of Vanna for the auctions!

This quilt is a watercolor style, and I’ll leave it to you to decide just what it depicts. It’s almost square, it measures about 58 inches across and about 55 inches high. It’s been brightening Pat’s living room for 3 years now, and it is going to be terribly missed. Pat started out photographing flowers back in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s before she found out that her camera only worked with a dog in front of it. So this quilt with its cheerful flowers with no need of weeding has been just perfect for her! (Dino? I do believe Pat is going to need to commission a new piece!)"

The print is currently being matted and framed.
Item #4

Alise Burbridge is kindly donating
a framed Berner Print by artist,
Michael Steddum

This print will make a wonderful addition to your art collection.

This work was done entirely with the humble pencil by Michael Steddum.

The Model for this drawing is "Gracie" owned and loved by Jim & Shelly Rose and bred by Denise Birse of "Anderlea Bernese". The detail is wonderful.

The print size is 11” x 14.”

This print is #4 of 100 signed prints

Item #5

Donated by Coral & David Denis'
Rescue Boy, Daegan

An original painting by Susanne Staines
an artist from Mission, BC

The painting measures 7 3/4 x 9 3/4

Coral will also include some Canadiana
from her Bernese stash!:-))

Challenge #1

Great News!!! I have challenges for the mini fundraiser for BEHAF - Tobin Fundraiser.

Teresa Dominguez has ten of those special Berner Pens that she is donating to our fundraiser as a challenge. The first ten people who make a donation of $75 or more, with checks dated on or after July 21, 2007 will receive a lovely Berner Pen.

Challenge #2

Helen Hollander has generously donated three lithographs of "Louie" as Challenge #2. The first three people who donate $250 or more (check dated 7/23 or after) will get a "Louie Lithograph" from Helen.

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Challenge #3

From Willem Wijnberg in the Netherlands the first person who donates $100 or more dated on or after 7/28/07 will win a print of Willem's painting "Fluffy Duffy"

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Challenge #4

From Penny Petrone, CT , the 1st 20 donations of $50 or more dated on or after 7/28/07 will get 2 free tickets for the fundraiser

Challenge #5

From Terri Babcock, MA, the 1st 5 donations of $150 or more dated on or after 7/28/07 will get a Berner Stationery Gift Pack, which includes a Ruth Maystead Bernese Mountain Dog note pad, list pad, magnet and matching pen.

Please give generously to help fund Tobin's Medical Bills
and other Berners through this BEHAF Fundraiser

*see above how to donate*


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