ABOUT US

Kristi and I have been married since June 18th, 2002 and have 5 children and 8 grandchildren,  between the two of us. We both lead very active lives--Kristi is the Quality Assurance Manager for Fairbanks Resource Agency, a non-profit organization that provides services to families and seniors, as well as to developmentally and/or physically handicapped individuals in assisted living homes. I spent over 20 years in the US Air Force in fighter aircraft maintenance (RF-4C, F-4G, & A-10) prior to my retirement in 2006. I am currently working on a second retirement with the State of Alaska as Fairbanks District Foreman for the Department of Transportation & Public Facilities

Our first experience with the Bernese Mountain Dog (Berner) came during a trip to the Dayton, Ohio, area in 2004. While in the area, we happened upon a pet store in a mall, where we saw a big, black, white & rust colored ball of fur sleeping in a kennel. We both remarked at what a beautiful coat and markings it had. Unfortunately, the puppy was fast asleep and we decided not to wake him from his slumber. We passed by again a week later, and saw the puppy in the arms of some children with his or her tail wagging a mile-a-minute. I believe it was at that moment that we both decided we needed to check into the breed. Over the next few days, Kristi spent a considerable amount of time scouring the Internet for as much information as she could find on this wonderful breed, and it was decided that once our Sheltie-mix (who was way up there in years) passed on, we would get a puppy. After returning to our home in North Pole, Alaska, we set about getting back to our normal activities. Little did I know that our lives were about to take a drastic change! The day after our return, Kristi found an ad in the paper for someone selling Berner puppies, so we decided to go take a look. Less than 1 week later, Buster became  a part of our family :)

Our journey with the Bernese Mountain Dog breed has been nothing short of awesome! Like so many others, we were nowhere near knowledgeable enough about the breed when we brought home our first puppy. We have committed ourselves to this breed, and spend a great deal of time reading about them and trying to learn as much as we possibly can. We like to do a lot of activities with our dogs. We participate in Rally & Obedience, and have dabbled a little bit in Tracking & Agility. We are also beginning to train several of our dogs in drafting. We also have our girl Emma working as a Therapy Dog for Companions Inc. We travel throughout Alaska when time (and finances) allow and participate in as many shows as we can. We have traveled to the Lower 48 for the last 4 Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America Specialty Shows, which has been especially fun for us!

 

We have bred two litters and it has been a great experience, we hope to do other breedings and raise some athletic working dogs.  We have met some very wonderful Berner people along the way, and trust in their judgment and opinions and appreciate all of their help. Our goal as breeders will be to keep all of the valuable assets that the Bernese Mountain Dog has brought to people throughout the centuries, while attempting to maintain their longevity, beauty, and temperament. Because showing is a new hobby, and a valuable asset in breeding quality dogs, we will be breeding for prospective show quality dogs as well as companion dogs, but our primary concern is to ensure that our puppies are placed in homes that will nurture and develop our dogs to their full potential. We hope to provide other dog lovers the opportunity to own such a special dog and experience what a unique opportunity it is to enter into a lifelong relationship with a Berner. As breeders, we will be committed to providing you with support for the entire life of your Berner, and if we don't know the answer, we will work together with you to find the answer as a team!  

 

Bowdie (Blue Boy), Sprig (Red Boy), Tuks (Turquoise Boy), Kyrie (Pink Girl "tiny"), Schatzi (multicolor Girl), & Cashmere (Purple Girl)