We are Bill & Roz Salbenblatt and live on 1 1/2 acres in Flushing, Michigan. We loved a rescue Great Pyrenees for about 16 years before she passed over the Rainbow Bridge. After her passing we knew we wanted another large dog. We considered another Great Pyrenees, the Golden Retriever, Newfoundland and Saint Bernard and then after much research decided on a Bernese Mountain Dog. We got our first Bernese Mountain Dog (Berner or BMD), Sadie, in 2005. We fell in love with the breed and have had a total of 9 Berners since then/ After Sadie we got Maggie from Mark Mohapp, a breeder in Wisconsin Then Lacy came as a rescue in 2007 from the rescue chair of The Heart of Michigan Bernese Mountain Dog Club. We found out Berners are truly like Potato Chips - you can't have just one. Then came Diamond and Ralphie. They are from the litter we had in 2008. Next Chestnut came from Dorri Poppe in Massachusetts. Then we rescued Bella, again from the Heart of Michigan Bernese Mountain Dog Rescue. The last 2 are Bernie and Charlie that are from our litters in 2016. Our dogs are a big part of our life.
They are house dogs and yes they do sleep with us on occasion. We are members of the Heart of Michigan Bernese Mountain Dog Club, joining shortly after we got Sadie. We enjoy all the outings the club has and being around the other members and their dogs. We have made many good friends through the club. Ros is also a member of the BMDCA, our national Club. Roz has shown Diamond and Chestnut in AKC and UKC Conformation. Bernie has also been shown in AKC Conformation. Diamond and Chestnut have their UKC CH. Sadie, Maggie, Ralphie and Diamond have their CGC titles and Ralphie was a Therapy dog. The individual dog pages have more information on Conformation Show history.
After much research on the breed and the health issues the breed can have we decided we wanted to breed to help better the health and longevity of the breed. Our Breeding Philosophy page covers our thoughts in more depth.
When trying to pick a Kennel Name we wanted something that truly portrays the temperament, loving personality and loyalty of the BMD.
If you are considering buying a Bernese Mountain Dog PLEASE do your research, there are many uneducated breeders around. It is in your best interest and the best interest of the Bernese Mountain Dog to have a full understanding of the breed and the best way to go about getting your pet from a reputable breeder.
Bernese can be very difficult to breed. After numerous attempts we have had 3 litters, the last 2 being singleton litters and giving us our Bernie and Charlie. More information can be found on the litter pages.