This is Peggy and Karl Rickenbach's Zeke, the Streaking Man of Steel, who received his wings at a much too young an age. Peggy had commissioned me to do two Heath Fund Auction pieces this year and I wanted some special way to thank her.
This is Maya. Andrea Carlson, DVM gave me permission to use her logo of Singing Sands Bernese for Health Fund Auction Pieces and for trophies. Because I used Maya's image for both Best of Breed and Best of Opposite Sex trophies I modified the logo and had her tail outstretched.
This is LeLe and she received her wings after a valiant battle with Degenerative Myelopathy. She fought her battle for nearly two years until it was just time to join her littermates and her other "brothers" and "sisters" at the Bridge.
This is Ruler, he was a PITA but I adored him. It was understood that should anything ever happen to his owner I was to inherit him. He was sweet, loving, playful but HORRIBLY mischievous--he will be missed by many.
This is Stitch a Frenchie whose mommy likes to dress him up but whose dad doesn't think that's too cool. So we are doing a compromise--dad will get the beer steins sans bowtie and mom will get a plate with the tie.
This is Leia; she was the Weber's first Berner and the start of what would become a magical journey for the family in the world of conformation. Leia, or Princess Leia to the family, was taken from us after a battle with the insidious Malignant Histiocytosis at the very young age of only five. She left an incredible legacy in her wake.
This is Regan. She is a 12 yr old Bull Mastiff owned and loved by Katie. She has been battling Lymphoma for more than two years. Katie is a professional dog handler who currently is Specialing one of the top Bull Mastiffs in the country. Regan goes with Katie to alll the show. She is and always will be Katie's Heart Dog.
Regan lost her battle with Lymphoma in the Spring of 2015 after bravely fighting it for nearly four years.
This is Dingo. She was owned and loved by Willem and Truus Wijnberg from the Netherlands. Dingo fought a courageous battle against Lymphoma but the terrible cancer beat her in the end. Willem and Truus have long been responsible for nearly single handedly supplying all of the prizes for the huge annual Berner fundraiser against cancer. Willem is legally blind but he paints gorgeous canvases of people's Berners; especially preferring to paint Berners in nature settings. I have been blessed to own two of Willem's paintings of my first two Berners, Missy and Kenzie. Doing this etched portrait was my small token of appreciation for all of the love and work Willem and Truus have given to the breed over the years.
This is Sophie. She was loved and owned by my sister-in-law, Donna, and her husband, Jim. Donna and Jim introduced me, through my late husband, to the incredible world of Berners. Sophie fought valiantly against Lymphoma but is now at the Bridge with her mom, dad, brother and sisters waiting for the day...off into the future when they will all see Donna and Jim once again.
This is Marco. He was loved and owned by Murray and Gilbert Johnston. Marco was an incredibly beautiful boy in body and spirit. His zest for life and love was unparelled. He loved to "help" his mommy quilt in his own special way; he had developed an affinity to fabric that caused excitement on more than one occasion. If not fabric, then sticks; he loved to chew on sticks. Never mind that he wasn't a beaver and the sticks piled up in his stomach to the point they built a dam. Of course he had to teach these wonderful funny "tricks" to his sister, leading Murray on a merry chase more than once.
Marco's time here on Earth was cut far too short. He loved so deeply that he was called to "Steer the Stars" at only four years old. Marco died of Malignant Histiocytosis of the Spleen after being sick just two very short weeks. His death rocked the worlds of those who loved him and thosed who loved the ones he loved.