Bella v Moosboden and me in 1966
A Brief Description of Our Breeding Efforts
followed by a Photo History
My mother, Jane Schindler Thompson, is Swiss. That is, her ancestors came from the Canton of Glarus, Switzerland in 1845 and founded the town of New Glarus, Wisconsin. In the late 50's and early 60's, my father, a USAF officer, was stationed with his family in Germany. Being so close to Switzerland the family naturally made many visits to Switzerland and Glarus. It was during these visits that my family fell in love with the Bernese Mountain Dog breed.
My parents brought Bella v Moosboden from Switzerland to our farm in Longbranch, WA in 1963. In 1965, Bella was sired with Christine Pike's Bobi v Bauerheim producing Bella's Albertine, a pup which would go on to whelp some distinguished dogs. Also notable from that litter was Bella's Axel who went to Beatrice Knight's Sanctuary Woods Kennel in Oregon and sired four litters for her. In 1966, my parents brought Arno v Grasburg from Switzerland and with Albertine this pair went on to produce champions. In 1967, the pair produced Bella's Clara, Top Producer of Champions BMDCA 1975 and Bella's Cesar, AKC Champion. In 1970, the pair produced Bella's Albertine Faymie, AKC Champion. Faymie became part of Christine Pike's kennel. Then in 1971, the pair produced B Albertine's George or "Gorgeous George" as we know him on the farm. George was an AKC Champion in 1973 and finished the year with 41 'Best of Breeds.'
The family's Bernese Mountain Dog breeding program went on hiatus sometime toward the end of the 90's. I was busy raising my children and and my parents were enjoying life and traveling.
Now we have decided that we need to have some puppies on the farm again. My mother, my brother John, and I along with my cousin, Clark Powell, will be adopting a female Bernese Mountain Dog puppy for the farm. The puppy will be raised on the farm but, will spend some time at my cousin Clark's home in the city at which she go on walks and meet people and dogs. We hope this will produce a well socialized and healthy dog as well as a dog that can handle crowds and show well. We feel this will be the perfect environment, the country for exercise and the city for socialization.
We have talked to breeders both locally and in Switzerland, about obtaining a female puppy and have received interest in our breeding plans. As is appropriate, the breeders have asked about our background with this breed and what our intentions are with respect to our breeding program. We accept this prudent inquiry. The intent of this website is to show any interested breeder that we have been and will continue to be ethical breeders of Bernese Mountain Dogs. Furthermore, we expect no profit from the breeding of these dogs beyond the satisfaction of living with our favorite breed.
Life with our Dogs, A Photo History
Barbali with sister Elsa and me in 1966.
Arno v. Grasburg, sire of champions!
My family portrait (except Walter and Tee) in 1966, Willy, John, Tim, Elsa, me, Mom, Dad and Aunt Toni (Streiff.) Note the expression of surprise on my mother's face as Arno puts a paw on her best stockings.
Farm dogs, Arno and Albertine in the pickup truck.
Mom with Ursula and puppies. Ursula came from Christine Pike of Squim, WA to us in the late 70's.
Gorgeous George and I in 1971. In 1973 George would win
41 Best of Breed Awards.
My mom, Jane Schindler Thompson, and Bella in front of her raven carving that greeted visitors to our farm.
My brother John Thompson, Hanseli, and I in 1972. Today, John and my mother live on the adjacent farm and my husband, John Heidal, and I live on the original family farm. Together we have about twenty acres for our dogs, goats, and horses.
Sheba and I. We had horses, cows, sheep, chickens, and any other creature one might find on a farm.
Mom and me with Ursula's puppies in 1979. Ursula's full name was Pike's Edo Faymie Ursula and she came to us from Christine Pike's kennel. Her mother was Bella's Abertine Faymie, Ms Pike's dog from our kennel.
Boda with Grandad, Admiral Schindler, in 1990
Dad takes a nap with Boda 1990
Boda keeps an eye on the deer 1990
Clark's rescue dog, Rémy, died of degenerative myelopathy in September, 2016 at 8 years. We have felt the pain of loosing dogs to completely preventable diseases and will not breed dogs that don't pass their health tests and would produce "at risk" puppies. In addition, we will report all of our health test finding to Berner-Guarde database.
Don't trust any breeder that doesn't publish all of their dogs and litters and their health data on Berner Garde!