8 year old dark gray large male, he can be a bit hard to handle, if he likes you he is very sweet, but on his own terms.
10/26/12 – Berny was transferred to the Multnomah County Animal Shelter.
11/4/12 – Berny went to live in a foster home today in Portland. His foster owner reports that Berny is having to learn some social skills, but is good with other dogs.
12/6/12 – Berny is so worth the time, and will make the right person a fantastic dog. He will need an experienced dog home, preferrable with another dog friend, owners who are calm & patient to work with him … but they will be rewarded with a smart, cuddly dog.
12/18/12 – Report from Berny’s foster mom: Berny’s ready for adoption, but his new owner must be an experienced dog person. He’s now walking up to most strangers on his own, waging his tail & looking for love & treats. He sulks but sits while being leashed, still has issues if you grab his collar, but if his owners have a slip lead, they can get around the collar thing. He is good with cats & dogs, loves love & cuddles, ok with baths. Berny is not a fan of crates or crating. His mom is setting one up in the living room and starting to feed him in it, but right now, he’d rather starve than go back in a crate!! He comes when called, unless he gets distracted by something more interesting than treats. He likes to hoard the toys too, really enjoys his big green squeaky turtle – he sleeps with that one. He’s learning to play tug of war with other dogs, and is a real gentleman about it.
4/7/13 – Berny’s foster mom delivered Berny to his new forever home today. he walked into their house and proceeded to climb into a lap for love.
5/16/13 – A report from Berny’s new home: “It’s been almost 5 weeks and he has grown SO much. He is a wonderful dog. He is very happy and well adjusted. He tells us when he needs to go out and loves his walks. He has learned a bunch of new commands including “wait” at crossing the street. Also, sit, backup, come, and more. Very smart and eager. He’s also learned to go up and down stairs. We took him to a dog park a couple of weekends to see how he was, off leash, and he was perfectly well behaved. Last weekend, we went to the beach and he loved it. He found the limit to distance from us and didn’t exceed that. He continued to check in with us. He never got too far away. He is SO devoted and attached. He is the perfect dog and we love him very much.” A wonderful, happy ending to Berny’s saga. Thanks to everyone who helped him along the way!
9/4/13 – A note from Berny’s owners: “Bernie continues to impress and amaze us. He is so smart and eager to please. Our neighbors all love him and tell us he’s like a different dog after five months. Thanks for helping us find Bernie. He is a treasured member of the family.”
December 2013 – Look at him now! His new owner says “He continues to grow and change with every month. He’s very eager to please and is very trusting and devoted.”
5/22/14 – From Berny’s owners: A few weeks ago Berny was diagnosed with a malignant oral melanoma when we took him in for a dental appt. The tumor was surrounding a back upper tooth. Our vet said it was up in his palette and jaw. We’ve taken him to a specialist vet, as well. So far, it hasn’t spread to the lungs. To remove the mass would mean removing his jaw and that side of his face at a minimum. Then, even with radiation and the melanoma vacine there is no guaranty of survival beyond a few months. I think it may have spread into his nose or sinus in the last few days. He lays in his bed most of the time now with short walks outside. He does have moments on some days where he seems ok. We took him to a dog park the other day and he played with the other dogs for a few minutes, chasing and running and barking, then he wanted to go home.
8/25/14 – Despite radiation treatments and all the love and care that Bernie’s owners could give him, he was having trouble breathing and had stopped eating, so they made the difficult decision to put Bernie to sleep. It was such a brief time that they had him, but they gave him all the love and care that he needed for the final 14 months of his life.