Bortnick - Lilly - Loveland, CO

    The day Lilly came into our lives is a day we will never forget. My mother-in-law called and told me there was a Bernese mountain dog that needed a new home. My first thought was NO WAY! That’s all we need a big rambunctious, slobbering, hairy puppy. All I could think about was the movie Beethoven, where in their case the dog was a Saint Bernard that came into a family’s house and caused havoc. I imagined in my head a sick malnourished dog that would require a lot of medical attention.   With little interest, I inquired reluctantly. She told me that Lilly was owned by a couple who just thought of Lilly as an inconvenience.

The couple kept Lilly outside and she was never allowed in the house. The only attention she got was when it was time to eat and she got a bowl of food shoved out the door. Lilly had never been on a leash, never ridden in a car, never played with a ball, was not house broken, let alone had interaction on a daily bases with a companion. As my mother-in-law told me about Lilly my heart went out to her. Now all I could think about is how lonely that sweet puppy must be. Without any hesitation I told my mother-in-law to bring her over.

My family and I waited in anticipation for Lilly’s arrival.  Lilly barged through the front door as if she new this was a place she would truly feel loved. Lilly jumped right into our arms and we instantly new we had another addition to our family. She was the most beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog we had ever seen.  Within two days, following the lead of our other dog Roxy, she was house broken.

Lilly is now surrounded by so much love and companionship.  I am sure she doesn’t know what to do with it all.  I am a licensed childcare provider that cares for eight children daily and Lilly is our mascot.  Our sweet Lilly is such a joy each and everyday.  Lilly is so big, yet so loving and gentle.  It is as if she was made for us!  Everyday as the kiddos come to our home their faces light up just by being able to give Lilly a big hug.  Lilly loves to show off all her tricks to the kids.  She can now sit, stay, lie down, roll over and play dead!  The kiddos get a hoot out of seeing a dog listen so well.  Lilly loves to go for walks, play at the park and go for car rides.  It’s a wonderful feeling to see Lilly’s eyes light up, tongue dragging the concrete, and ears flapping in the wind when she sticks her head out of the car window. Words can’t express how truly blessed we are to have her in our lives.

AKC # WS19649607
Berner-Garde # 64774
Rebecca Bortnick
Loveland, CO