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When I was child on vacation...

...with my parents in New England, we came upon a St. Bernard at a hotel. I was intrigued by these huge domestic animals. It became a goal of mine to own a St. Bernard once I made my own way in the world.

You really  - REALLY, have to be a dedicated dog person to love St. Bernards. They drool, shed and have uncountable medical problems because of their size. Owning a St. Bernard keeps you from having any illusion of control over your life.


All our Saints were house dogs. Shortly after buying our first house, Mary Lou and I bought our first St. Bernard, Ralph (first picture above at 8 weeks). We bred Ralph (yes Ralph was a "she") and kept one of her 12 pups, Bogart (second from left with wrinkled forehead in second picture above). After Bogart died at 12 years old, we bought Rufus (third picture above at 8 weeks) whose 160 pounds of hair, drool and adventure was a part of our family's life for over 11 years. Rufus left us for the St. Bernard pass in the sky in October 2007.

In July, 2009 we once again joined the dog world, rescuing two "Gentle Giants" - an 11 month old Great Pyrenees named Charlie (first picture below) and a 14 month old Borzoi named Leo (second picture below). The third picture below shows Craig, Leo, ML, Charlie, Ashley (Ben's girlfriend) and Ben at the rescue center getting acquainted. More pictures and stories to come.


Charlie and Leo quickly adjusted to each other and to our family. The pictures below were taken three months after they arrived.


Charlie passed away far too soon at the age of 5 in 2014. Leo held down the fort on his own until March of 2016, when we inherited two collies, Norm and Thunder.

Press play below for "Annie Dog" from The Smashing Pumpkin's 1998 "Adore" CD.

Up Ralph Bogart Rufus

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