Friday, 15 February 2013

St Bernard puppy

This one is called Barry, after Barry the most famous St Bernard ever,  (1800-1814) in whose honour the breed is named. Barry is credited with saving the lives of 40 people from his working base , the Hospice du Grand-St-Bernard on the mountain pass of the same name in Switzerland. When I visited the Hospice, there were plenty of dogs to pet and admire although sadly they no longer keep them there. The puppies were especially adorable. The Foundation Barry du Grand Saint Bernard was founded to establish kennels in Martigny, a village further down the pass, to take over the breeding of St. Bernard puppies from the friars at Hospice, a few years ago.
Next week, an adult St Bernard, but minus the garlands of drool that I recall seeing on the doggies in Switzerland. A dog needs to look his best in his portrait, I think.
Have a great weekend and thanks for reading.