Verlie’s twelfth birthday
On 16th August 2014, one of the most remarkable bitches from the Great Saint Bernard breeding kennels celebrated her twelfth birthday.
Verlie is currently the oldest dog owned by the Barry Foundation. She is a highly typical representative of the hospice Saint Bernards. She is relatively light, thin and athletic. When she was younger, she used to be able to run around on the steep slopes of the pass almost like an ibex or a chamois. If you compare her with the legendary Barry I (not the specimen in the Natural History Museum of Bern, but the way he really was), then out of all our dogs, she is probably the one who resembles him the most.
Verlie has given birth to 26 puppies. They include two film dogs, a training dog and an avalanche rescue dog as well as many successful breeding, exhibition and social dogs. It is no accident that the Barry Foundation has established a breeding and working line that goes back to Verlie.
Verlie herself was very versatile:
- Breeding bitch
- Social dog (paying visits to school classes for example)
- Hiking dog and pack dog
- Cart dog
- Exhibition dog (Swiss Veteran Beauty Champion; at the International Dog Show in Lausanne a few years ago, she was named the best veteran dog out of all the breeds taking part!)
Verlie is an extremely amenable dog, whether with people, with other dogs or with other animals. Although she is quite weak now due to old age, she is still very good at imposing herself on the other dogs, in a very subtle manner.
When it comes to food, she is a real gourmet. She not only eats meat, but also enjoys fruit and vegetables. As a result, fruit growing in the garden is never safe when she is around, especially strawberries.
We look forward to sharing many more good times with our beloved Verlie.