Focus on the Saint Bernard

by MBC

A Saint Bernard makes a great pet for anyone who has the space needed and can afford it's food.

Some of the "working classification" of dogs include Saint Bernards, Alaskan Malamutes, Akitas, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Rough-Coated Collies, German Shepherds, Great Danes and others. On this lens I will focus on the St. Bernard. The most famous St. Bernard was a mountain-rescue dog named Barry. When Barry died in 1814 he had saved forty lives.

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Some History and Background on the Saint Bernard Breed

Stain Bernard HistoryThe dog gets it’s name from the “Hospice of the Great Saint Bernard Pass”, which was a mountain refuge founded by St. Bernard de Menthon in AD 980 on a mountain pass between Switzerland and Italy. The monks bread St. Bernards as guides and as rescue dogs to find people who were lost on the mountain. The first St. Bernards had short coats, but later were mixed with Newfoundlands which created a long-coated variety.

When doing mountain rescue work the dogs went out in groups of four as a team. Once a victim was located, two of the dogs would lie next to the person to keep them warm, one would lick the person’s face to revive them, and one dog would return to the hospice or hostel to get human help. Often the St. Bernard had brandy in a barrel on the collar to be given to the victim to help in recovery.

Each Year in Denver, Colorado They Host the Furry Scurry

It's a fund-raising parade open to all dogs. Here is one of the participants.

Anyone can enter their dog in the "race" which is actually a long walk around Washington Park with a bunch of other dogs and their owners.  It takes place annually in May. You should come either to watch, which is a hoot, or to compete. They also have events and contests such as conformation. Usually they group the dogs by breed.

St. Bernard in Furry Scurry Parade
St. Bernard in Furry Scurry Parade
Personal photos taken by Marsha Camblin
Another St. Bernard in the Parada
Another St. Bernard in the Parada

Create an outdoor shower where you can wash your dog in HEALTHY ION Water

Raise the vibration of your dog or garden (also can be used by humans indoors if you prefer)

Imagine showering your pooch in water that is energized, oxygenated, grounding, ionizing, and contains the imprint of flower essences and gemstone therapy.  To order your cool shower head from VibesUP simply click on the image below.  Pamper your pet this year!  Hint:  when you get to the page at the top of the page is a search box type in shower and hit enter.

Waterfall Ion Therapy

Meet Harlee, a St. Bernard Service Dog

This breed loves to be of service to its human.

Saint Bernards are BIG Eaters

Be prepared to have a rather large food expense if you choose a St. Bernard for a pet. Sometimes it makes sense to buy food based on the age of the dog. One thing I like about ordering your dog food on-line is often you get Free Shipping for a certain price of order or cheap flat-rate shipping, especially if you use auto ship each month which saves you placing the order manually on a regular basis. Also the deliver driver schleps that big bag to your door so you don't have to drag around that big heavy bag to the garage. They also offer organic pet shampoo, vitamins, toys and grooming supplies. Here is some suggested food:

Only Natural Pet offers thousands of high quality options from all the leading manufacturers of natural pet care products.  That's who we use and recommend them highly.

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Decorate Your Tree with Saint Bernard Ornaments

Or give as a stocking stuffer present
Updated: 10/18/2016, MBC
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Comments from My Dog Lover Guests

MBC on 11/25/2014

Yes, it's convenient. Thanks for your visit.

ologsinquito on 11/25/2014

I love this historical information on Saint Bernard dogs. I had assumed they were named after Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, but I guess not. We also order our dog food online now and I love it.

MBC on 11/05/2014

Yes, they are gentle giants. I have a cat that knocks things off the table with both tail and paws.

dustytoes on 11/03/2014

I happen to love all large dog breeds. I used to babysit for a little boy whose family owned a St. Bernard and that dog would drink out of the fish tank, and knock everything off the tables with his tail! That was my only experience with a St. Bernard, but I thought he was beautiful.

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