Out and about with the Saint Bernards
In March and April, the Barry Foundation will be organising walks with the Saint Bernards on the theme: "Discover the homeland of the Saint Bernards and learn more about the culture, the history and the specialities of the Canton of Valais". A unique experience: participants can take it in turns to hold one of our hospice dogs on a lead themselves during the walk.
The hospice dogs have spent each winter down in the valley for over 60 years. During the daytime, they cannot just be found at the Saint Bernard museum in Martigny, but also out in the open air. Anybody who is interested can come and accompany the exceptional dogs on a walk. The outings will take place every Wednesday and Saturday in March and April.
The new route begins at the Saint Bernard museum, leads along the "La Meunière" stream through the Martigny-Bourg district, and ends at the historic mill, "Semblanet".
After the 45-minute walk, participants can taste a selection of excellent Valais wines in the wine cellar of the mill, served with a plate of Valais specialities. A wide range of regional fruit juices and syrups are available for children to enjoy. They can guess the flavours as they drink.
As the trips lead along level ground, they are particularly suitable for families. Coming into such direct contact with the Saint Bernards is of course a very special experience. "Who wouldn't want to take advantage of a chance to touch one of the legendary dogs from the Great Saint Bernard pass and to hold them on a lead?" smiles Jennifer Billot, a dog keeper at the Barry Foundation. "And our good-natured four-legged friends are always happy to be stroked or photographed, to give people a souvenir to take home with them."
"Anybody who hasn't seen enough of the Saint Bernards by the end of the walk can find out more about them for themselves at the Saint Bernard museum in Martigny," explains Claudio Rossetti, Managing Director of the Barry Foundation. "Visitors to the museum can meet the famous hospice dogs up close again, as well as immersing themselves in the history of the homeland of the Saint Bernards".