Deering - Becca - High Point, NC

BARC’s Moonlight Dancer Becca CGC
Born March 23, 2004
BG #44533

Becca has overcome many fears over the years since she joined our family in 2005.  She was a scared girl of 1 ½ who hid under our bed much of the time after we arrived home. She gradually gained confidence and over time she came out from under and now spends most of her time inside the house ON the bed.

She has conquered a common fear of rescues, going through doors.  By following her brothers Xaro and Bruno she has succeeded. At times she still hesitates then rushes through.

From Bruno she learned to play with stuffed toys. For a long time she watched as Bruno took a stuffy in his mouth, squeaked it, and shook it.  Then one day she shyly, gently picked up the smallest, about 6” star, BY THE TAG!  She’s still so very gentle with them, carrying them softly outside.  Holding one in her mouth seems to give her added confidence going through the door.

One of her joys is riding in the car. She claimed the back seat of the van as HER own territory starting when she joined us in Nashville. She lies there, occasionally sitting up to look out, but is mostly content to be riding and with us. On occasions when one of the boys has invaded her territory she finds ways of discouraging them by lying on top of them or squeezing into the corner and slowly nudging them to the floor of the van. Then she triumphantly settles in for the trip.

On her first visit to the vet she was terrified. Just getting on the scale was horrifying.  After some practice standing on various boards and mats, she learned to confidently “weigh in” on command.  She no longer shakes the whole time she is at the vet’s. Now she gives everyone there a tail wag and a lean.  In May 2008 Becca had a fist-sized thyroid carcinoma removed.  With special diet and lots of loving there has been no more sign of this awful disease.

It’s taken time, but one of the most rewarding things this past year has been her bonding with her dad E J.  Over time she has conquered her fear of men, another common fear for dogs who have come from puppy mills.

She is our gentle princess of the crossed paws.

E J and Suzanne Deering
High Point, NC

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BARC’s Moonlight Dancer Becca CGC
March 23, 2004 – February 20, 2011
BG #44533

Our Princess of the Crossed Paws, Becca passed away in her sleep on February 20, 2011, after several months of illness, most likely of cancer.  (While we did get a frozen tissue sample sent to the MSU Bernese Mountain Dog Repository, there was a mix up and the other sample was not sent out for pathology study.)

Becca was a puppy mill girl rescued by BARC in 2005.  She was the most sweet, gentle dog I have ever met.  One by one she overcame the fears that many mill rescues have.  At first at home she was very timid, and kept mostly to herself, mostly under the bed.  Bit by bit she came to trust and love us and eventually others who visited.  Her place became ON our bed.  Once she broke down that trust barrier she became a true Berner girl. She loved to schmooze with dogs and people, the consummate foot-sitter.

From her brothers, at first Socrates, then her BIG brother Xaro, and other brother Bruno, she learned how to be a real dog.  From Socrates she began to learn about going through doors.  From Bruno she learned to play with stuffed toys.  For a long time she would watch as he took a stuffy in his mouth, squeaked it, and shook it.  Then one day she shyly, gently picked up the smallest, about 6” star, BY THE TAG!  She was always so very gentle with them, carrying them softly outside.  Holding one in her mouth seemed to give her added confidence going through the door.  She and Xaro always shared the best shady places in the yard…close to us.

In May 2008 Becca survived having a fist-sized thyroid carcinoma surgically removed.

The highlight of the past year or so has been Becca becoming her dad,   E J’s buddy.  For a long time she was fearful of men, but his patience and caring won her over.

Her gentle spirit lasted up to the very end.  On the afternoon or her last Saturday we took Becca and Bruno walking along the river near home where we met a family with two sweet girls, pre/early teens.  The younger girl just hunkered down and held Becca the whole time we visited with her parents.  It was so beautiful!  They both looked so happy.  Walking back to the car, when we stopped to rest, she lay there on the river bank with her paws crossed watching the birds.  So beautiful and content.  Even that last evening Becca was still able to come upstairs to be with me by my desk.  Around midnight we went out to say goodnight to the moon and went to bed.  Within two hours she was peacefully, unexpectedly gone.

Beautiful travels, our sweet Princess

E J and Suzanne Deering
High Point, NC