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.'
For the last two or three decades our love of Bernese Mountain Dogs has been expressed only in rescue efforts. Now we have decided that we need to have some puppies on the farm again. My cousin Clark Powell and I will be adopting breeding quality Bernese Mountain Dog puppies for my farm. The puppies will live partly on the Longbranch farm and partly at my cousin Clark's home on Mercer Island in metropolitan Seattle. We expect that the mix of urban and rural environments 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 health and the city for socialization.
The intent of this website is to show any interested breeder or adopter 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 (DM) 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.
When looking for a Berner to adopt, please don't trust any breeders that don't publish all of their dogs, litters, and their health data on Berner Garde! It is an open database that is free to update and free to use so there is no excuse for not using it.