The Saint Bernard of the month
In this section, entitled "The Saint Bernard of the month", we aim to give you a better understanding of our dogs. What could make more sense than to open our section with our dogs that were born this month 10 years ago?
Gallia, Homer-Barry and Helios will be celebrating their tenth birthdays this weekend. All three dogs are from the first two litters born during the Barry Foundation era.
Gallia was born on 23 May 2005. Her mother was Salsa du Grand St. Bernard. Gallia used to be an exhibition dog and was nominated as Swiss Beauty Champion by the Swiss Cynological Society in 2008. As a breeding bitch, she gave birth to 2 litters of 7 puppies. Thalia from her first litter stayed on with us. Gallia is now making the most of her retirement at the breeding kennels and enjoying her daily walks and the attention of the dog keepers.
Homer-Barry and Helios were born on 24 May 2005. Their mother was Tenia du Grand St. Bernard.
As the oldest male in our pack, Homer-Barry bears the name of his famous ancestor. He symbolically represents the centuries-old tradition of the hospice dogs.
In July 2008, the founder and former managing director of the Barry Foundation, Ruedi Thomann, covered the entire journey from Lake Thun to the Great Saint Bernard pass on foot in 8 days accompanied by Barry. Barry had a full dog rucksack weighing nearly four kilos strapped to his back. It contained everything he needed for the trip: his food and a small supply of water.
The walk was an amazing experience. Wherever they went, everyone was pleased to see them and wanted to come and stroke Barry.
Helios is one of our stud dogs. As he has such a good-natured character, he used to regularly visit the residents of homes for the elderly and care homes. He gets on extremely well with children as well, which is why we liked using him as a pulling dog and a walking dog.
Helios is also a bit of a television star. In 2014, he featured in the children's series "Tiere bis unter’s Dach", which is broadcast on the German television channel ARD. After being given preliminary training at our breeding kennels and a further month or so of training on Renate's filming animal ranch near Munich, he officially became a film dog, just like Reyka.
We look forward to spending a lot more good times with our three birthday dogs.