Adams - Shiraz - Augusta, GA
Time to Uncork the Wine
Berner-Garde # 68175
Shiraz is now 10 years old and has been with us for just over 8 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. After neutering and entropion surgery, 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 his Canine Good Citizen certificate.
Shiraz is certainly not the best example of his breed. In addition to the now-corrected entropion, he drools a lot, his rear feet turn outward, and he suffers from digestive issues and a host of 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. The Brain Fairy chose not to pay him a visit, so he has always lived his life as Peter Pan – the eternal puppy.
In July 2013 he sadly received a presumptive diagnosis of Degenerative Myelopathy and embarked on a rigorous exercise program to help maintain muscle tone and function for as long as possible. He loves going to the gym for workouts and walks on the underwater treadmill and adores his rehab therapists and his acupuncture vet. He maintains his usual joyful attitude toward life even though he is losing function and can no longer chase those aggravating squirrels. Our goal is to make the end of life happy and stress-free for our goofy, lovable “Peter Pan Puppy.” To that end, we cherish each new day and strive to make the most of each moment we spend together. Life is good.
Registered with AKC as “Time to Uncork the Wine,” he is our very own special Shiraz.
Bill and Linda Adams
(Formerly Colorado Springs, Colorado)