Deering - Stanley - High Point, NC

Stanley of Kersey Valley
Born March 5, 2006
BG # 81834

Stanley’s rescue story is short. We received a call in October 2011 from a lady in South Carolina who had gotten our number from the Blue Ridge BMDC website. She wanted to know if the club did rescue. She was taking in a five year old Berner whose owner had just died of cancer and whose daughter could not take the dog. Could we take him and find him a furever home? Of course!

It turned out that Stanley had been staying alone for the past month with just a neighbor coming in mornings to feed and leave the door open so he could go in and out as he wanted. He was about fifteen pounds overweight and had no energy. We told her we would come and get him.

We met the lady who called and the daughter of the deceased so the daughter could say good bye to Stanley. It was a very touching farewell, and I think the daughter was grateful that Stanley would be going to a good home. On the way back to High Point Stanley became a member of our family.

Other than the name of his breeder, we know very little about Stanley. He was pretty well trained to sit, down, stay, and VERY polite about waiting to be fed. However, he is the worst counter surfer we’ve ever had. He can snag a sandwich faster than the speed of light! And then snag the napkin for dessert when we’re done. This has gotten him into trouble several times when he has eaten something he REALLY shouldn’t have.

Stanley loves to stay outside to the point of some very long games of keep-away when it’s time to come inside. String cheese helps. He’s been on TV news twice showing off his trick of sitting pretty and doing enthusiastic push-ups along with his basic obedience other than heeling.

He’s a delightful, almost exuberant, big galoot who looks like a bear when he gallops around the yard. But when he runs full out, he navigates the sharp turns on our path through the woods like a slalom skier; absolutely beautiful to watch. He’s our third cross-pawed Berner following in the footsteps of BARC’s Becca and Xaro.

Suzanne and E J Deering
High Point, NC