Berner-Garde Database Challenge
In honor of Mark Milligan
Stewards of the Open Bernese Mountain Dog Database

Raise $$$ for Berners by entering info. into Berner-Garde

Would you like to help Berner-Garde, the Cancer Fundraiser and the future of Berners?

Results so far

You can help raise $7 for the above organizations by entering the date and cause of death of past Berners into the Berner-Garde database. At the same time, you will also contribute towards research on histio and other heriditary diseases in our beloved breed. What could be easier? Nothing really! Here is how you can honor the memory of Mark Milligan and help Berners at the same time:

In order to honor Mark Milligan and all he has done for us and the Berners we all love, Valerie Horney has chosen to donate to the future by donating to Berner-Garde in his memory. Valerie will donate $1 for every death date AND $1 for every cause of death that are entered into the Berner-Garde database between now and the March 2013 SE Wisconsin Regional Specialties.

All it takes to submit this information is an e-mail to one of the BG operators,

or you can enter the data via the Submit Data button on the BG website

If you do not know the exact date, a month and year, or even just the year, is still very important. If you have a written diagnosis to share, that is excellent; if not, just tell BG what the cause was and it can still be entered. BG will keep track of all entries between now and Feb 28, 2013 and will let Valerie know how much she owes.

In addition, an anonymous donor has offered to match Valerie’s donation by donating $1 to Berner-Garde for every death date entered between now and February 28, 2013.

A second anonymous donor is matching Valerie’s donation by donating $1 (up to a total of $300) to the Cancer Fundraiser Joye Neff is running until 1/31/13,

A third anonymous donor has since offered to also match Valerie’s contribution of $1 for each date and each cause of death, to be given to BG in Mark’s memory.

That’s a maximum total of $7 for each dog that we have lost, just for entering information about their passing to the Berner-Garde database.

THANK YOU for loving Bernese Mountain Dogs and contributing to their future good health and longevity by entering information into the Berner-Garde database.

Joye Neff and Breeze
Mt. Lebanon,
Pittsburgh, PA

From Val - Death dates and causes of death are crucial information for improving longevity and health in our breed, but they often go unreported to Berner-Garde. It is imperative that breeders and stud dog owners enter the data on their own dogs and also on the dogs they have bred. But it is not just about the dogs that have produced litters, the companion animal's data is just as important, these dogs are absolutely critical in BG also. I know reporting this can be painful, one of the hardest things I've had to do was report Marshall's date at the National Specialty two weeks after losing him.

I beg each of you to go to the Berner-Garde website and look at your own dogs and make sure all their data is correct and complete. Then if you are a breeder or a stud dog owner, take a litter a day and make sure that data is complete. Reach out to the puppy owners that have slipped through the cracks and find out what is happening. Please take the time to do this to help yourselves and the rest of us for the future. This is a wonderful opportunity to help two great causes and you don't have to spend a cent, just a bit of time!!

Please, please help make this a memorial gift that would make Mark smile.

Valerie Horney, Freedom and Kuza
Aurora, CO

Results so far

As of January 17th 2013 - We have been a bit busy with Berner-Garde updates, the challenge there has raised:

For Berner-Garde in Mark Milligan's honor: $449
For the cancer fundraiser: $298 (almost to the $300 maximum!!)

That's a total of $747 raised so far, just from people entering date and causes of death into BG.

That challenge goes until the SE Wisconsin Regional Specialties in March.

THANK YOU for loving Bernese Mountain Dogs and contributing to their future good health and longevity by entering information into the Berner-Garde database.


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