Adams - Shiraz - Augusta, GA

Time to Uncork the Wine
Berner-Garde # 68175

Shiraz is now 9 years old and has been with us for just over 7 years. He was whelped in a puppy mill in Colorado on March 8, 2004 and lived nearly two years with his first family before being relinquished to the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of the Rockies Rescue after an attack by the family’s older intact male dog. He came to us as a foster. A veterinary exam found he was underweight, suffering from entropion and had minor fight wounds, but was otherwise healthy. Shiraz was neutered, his entropion corrected and he was adopted by a family in Salt Lake City, Utah. While this placement should have been an ideal home for him, five weeks later his second family surrendered Shiraz back to BMDCR Rescue, claiming that Shiraz was unable to bond with the men in their family. Bill and I were immediately notified that another home would be sought for Shiraz, but we believed he had been through enough and asked to adopt him.

Shiraz arrived back in our lives suffering from shyness and insecurities as a result of losing his first family and being rejected by his first adoptive home. We patiently worked with him and he soon proved he could indeed bond well with men when given enough love, time and attention. He was very earnest and eager to please. He learned drafting, some agility and in 2010 he was awarded the Canine Good Citizen certificate.

He is certainly not the best example of his breed. In addition to the now-corrected entropion, he has droopy flews and drools a lot, his rear feet turn outward, and he suffers from digestive issues and a host of inhalant seasonal allergies. On the other hand, he is blessed with a beautiful, loving temperament and does the Berner Sit, the Berner Lean, and the Berner Bump with the best of them.

He is, however, not the brightest Berner boy. Alas, the Brain Fairy chose not to pay him a visit. He therefore lives life as Peter Pan – the eternal puppy. At age 9, he may be graying a bit around the muzzle and slowing down in his squirrel chases, but in his heart he is still two years old. Since the loss of his beloved Berner girl playmate, Callie, in 2011, he has turned his attentions to The Spooky Cat, our large black and white cat who tolerates all his puzzling dog behavior with as much patience as any cat can muster.

We thank the BMDCR for entrusting this big, goofy boy to our care. We love our silly, earnest, wonderful Peter Pan dog.

Registered with AKC as “Time to Uncork the Wine,” he is our very own special Shiraz.

Bill and Linda Adams
Augusta, Georgia
(Formerly Colorado Springs, Colorado)