Ezell - Thor - Beech Mountain, NC

Jill Ezell
Beech Mtn., NC
Berner-Garde # 107586

Thor was the baby until his human parents had a human baby.

In April of 2013, my friend Elizabeth who helps coordinate transport for rescues, got a call from CVBMDC rescue in need of someone to pick up Thor right away because his human parents finally decided to give him up for adoption due to his bad behavior. Elizabeth had the first few legs of transport covered but couldn’t find anyone for one leg of his rescue journey. I told her I would get him and keep him at my house until the weekend and at that point I would meet up with our rescue person and she would evaluate and place Thor into his forever home.

I guess Thor’s rescue didn’t go as planned. He bounded into my backyard with my other two Berners waiting to see who this new boy was. My female, Sookee, loved him immediately but Sookee’s not fussy when it comes to boys. My male, Sumo, wasn’t so sure but in Sumo fashion thought he was okay. And of course my heart was starting to let this new boy in.

I was told he barked incessantly, pooped in the house, and was aggressive with food. Thor has never barked incessantly in my house and has never pooped in my house. But Thor is a sneaky table surfer, garbage rummager, and anything that resembles food. When he launches into this behavior it’s reminds me of a manic state and he will growl and won’t let any human of animal near his prized stolen food/paper towel/plastic bag. Good news, I’m on to him and his scary pattern of food aggression is not a part of his life anymore. With that said, I don’t leave any food, paper towels, or anything Thor would deem “sneakable treat” in his tall reach. I guess I’m trained, but now when it does happen on occasion I’m able to retrieve the item without him aggressively growling at me and he is awarded with a tasty treat for his good behavior.

Thor has added so much to my life, Sookee’s life and Sumo’s life. Sookee adores him and he her, and Sumo thinks he’s still okay. Thor has taken on an active part in our pack and has taken on herding, carting, (he’s a natural), and swimming in the ocean, (again, a natural).

Thor’s transformation from a scared Berner who engaged in negative behavior for attention to new pack and family member is nothing short of heart warming and amazing. He’s a love and I’m so happy he’s mine!

Jill Ezell
Beech Mtn., NC
Berner-Garde # 107586

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