Ganz - Anja - Washoe Valley, NV

In 2009 Anja was found on the streets of Reno, Nevada. With no one coming forward to claim her, she needed a home. We had lost our first Berner, Heidi, a few months earlier. While we still had two boys, we missed having a girl in the house.

From the past:
“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. 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.”

2012: This past year we lost the second of the two Berner boys who welcomed Anja into our family 3 years ago so now it is just Anja and her kitty friend, Alonzo. Treatment has improved her allergy problems greatly and kept her orthopedic issues in check. During this year, Anja has developed some fears of several things–an alarm system noise, thunderstorms and recently something else, as yet undetermined. These all cause lots of panting, pacing and hiding in the upstairs shower! We are trying both herbal and homeopathic treatments. Anja is very much loved and we will continue to help with her issues in every way we can.

Joe and Carol Ganz
Washoe Valley, NV
Anja’s Berner-Garde number: 64725