Cannon-Mackey - Caleb - Eudora, KS

Berner Garde 83718

DOB unknown (assume 6 years old)

My brother Eli and I were found wondering near Benton Harbor, Michigan in the Spring of 2010. We were both really scared and severely underweight (I weighed about 60 pounds). I had Stage 2 heartworms and an extremely matted coat. After spending a couple of weeks in the local shelter, Bruce Whiteside (HMBMDC) came to get us. Eli was very sick and there were times I thought he was going to leave me. I did everything I could to make him feel better - I shared my toys with him and cuddled with him in his kennel when he really felt down. Over the summer we hung out with Bruce’s family as we got healthier. We enjoyed playing with the Whiteside berner gang, enjoying the cool grass and lazy summer nights.

On the 4th of July Bruce told us that some people in Kansas wanted us to live with them. I’d never heard of Kansas, but it sounded kind of like “Caleb” so I figured it would be a good place. In August 2010, Bruce loaded me, Eli, and our toys into his car and started us on our journey. We rode with other berner people across Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri to meet our new mom. In Kansas we’ve met coyotes, opossums, and skunks and found something called a cat. Eli thought it was a squeaky toy. We have a berner sister (Stella) who is a princess, and a berner brother (Duncan) that I play with a lot. They also were rescued by our new mom and dad.

I had my first heartworm treatment in Michigan, so I had to stay pretty quiet once I got to Kansas. My second heartworm treatment came after I got to our new home. Doctor Annette was really nice and let Eli stay with me to make sure I was OK. When I got better, I learned to do stairs, how to walk on a leash (without chewing through it), and to pull a draft cart. I’m also working on my manners (when I’m not rolling around in the tall grass) and learning some obedience. I love all of our stuffed toys, especially the one that looks like a duck. Kansas isn’t as cold as Michigan, but they do have snow!

Mom says I’m the sweetest berner she’s ever know – I think it’s because I crawl up in the chair with her to watch movies and I wake her up every morning with a kiss, a hug, and a song. She and my dad can’t understand how someone could have turned their back on me.

Thank you Bruce Whiteside for your love and for finding me and Eli a new forever home in the Land of Oz.

Shari Cannon-Mackey and Alan Mackey
Eudora KS