Bernese Mountain Dogs
In Loving Memory of
April 13th 1998- July
So sadly missed by Jean,
Pixie and the Longlease Gang
Rescue Barney came to us aged four back in May 2002, he was not
a typical Rescue. Cassie his previous owner has stayed friends
and visited here often, she saw him just a few weeks before he
died and he greeted her enthusiastically down at the gate.
This pic was taken a few weeks after he came to live here
with us at Longlease, in the shady spot under the bushes he
adopted as his own with some of his favourite toys.
He never really played with them too much after this as he
quickly made friends with my then two other Berners, Simmy and
Sunny, he and Sim became the "Terrible Twins" and were
always out and about the grounds doing doggy things!
Barney has had a wonderful life here with us but over the
last couple of years it has been tough. He has been here for me
when I lost Simmy to Malignant Histiocytosis and last year Sunny
to hepatic disease. Losing his two pals was so hard but he
stayed strong for me and my current Berner Pixie.
Barney was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour his chest in
January 2007, established frome necropsy as Bronchial Sarcinoma,
and fought a very good fight!
He did so very well and had a great quality of life right
up until the end.
The end came fast, I had gone to bed very late, was in fact
around 4.30am Sunday morning and all was well, he had eaten
normally and come for his usual 1 ml. walks on the Saturday. A
few hours later Miss Pixie woke me and was urging me to come
outside, Barney was in his favourite den under one of the bushes
down the garden and was in distress. I had to crawl in with him
to give him his meds and a while later was able to coax him out
but it wasn't good. He was coughing up some blood.
We went straight to the vet but knew there was just nothing
more we could do for this Brave Berner
His final sleep was peacefully in my arms!
RIP Barney, we miss you so much!
Barney, Summer 2006
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