Ganz - Anja - Washoe Valley, NV

Anja has been with us for two years now. In 2009 she was found on the streets of Reno, Nevada. With no one coming forward to claim her, she needed a home. We had lost our Berner girl Heidi a few months earlier and, while we still had two boys, we missed having a girl in the house. Last year, I wrote:

“With family (2 humans, two other Berners and one gray kitty) and friends, Anja has all the sweetness and charm one expects from a Berner but she also brought us some surprises. She had a scar that the vets assumed was from spay surgery. Wrong. When she came into season we were left to wonder if she may have had a Cesarian or some other unknown surgery. A routine spay solved that problem. Next came a severe allergic reaction. This is ongoing and includes scratching and chewing herself raw as well as periodic panting and pacing. Acupuncture, NAET, and Chinese herbs have helped a lot but she still has periodic extreme episodes. The most recent episode (on a weekend night, of course), included a high fever and found us rushing to the emergency clinic. Anja also has a very strange gate and, off and on, some limping. X-rays revealed severe arthritis in both her right hip and right elbow. She also has a bone spur and spondylosis. At this point, we are treating with acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments and adequan injections as well as Chinese herbs and Zeel for pain. Once she gets to know you, Anja is your friend for life. But, when it comes to strangers (sometimes human but mainly canine), she is highly reactive. Another area we are working on!! Would we trade our high maintenance girl for anything? Not a chance.”

The past year brought a sad loss to our family as we had to say good-by to our ten year old Berner, Monet. However, shortly after we lost Monet, Anja’s scratching and chewing issues improved dramatically as did the panting and pacing episodes. We don’t know if this was just coincidence or if a three dog household had been just too much for her or even if she had some unknown issue involving Monet. Whatever the reason, life is now much more comfortable for Anja. She is very bonded with our other Berner boy Panda and her kitty, Alonzo.
Joe and Carol Ganz
Washoe Valley, NV
Anja’s Berner-Garde number: 64725