Longlease Bernese Mountain
A Very Happy Day!
The Winston Neff Memorial
From Pat Long, May 18th
at the BMDCA National
"The Winston Neff
Award was created to honor the person who does the most for health
and rescue in the breed. And this years winner is notable for
I dont remember
when I first met Jean Cheesman, I do know that it was through the
Berner-L. But now? I dont remember not knowing Jean. She is
one of the most caring people we have in the breed, and she works
tirelessly behind the scenes. Joye Neff fundraisers? Jean does the
websites. Im not saying that Joye couldnt find a way to
suck money out of our wallets without her, but Jean sure helps make
it easier for Joye to do! Lost Berners? Jean has a website for that.
The histio roll call? She maintains a website for that too. She runs
an eList for people whose dogs have cancer, and she is always
helpful in providing treatment and supportive dietary information.
She started the super senior website based on the Alpenhorns
December senior issues, but a place where our double digit dogs can
be celebrated year round. She adds links to Berner-Garde on those
web pages, and helps get all those super seniors entered as well.
In 2003 when the Berner-L
got slammed with a virus and we had to move off of Prairienet, Jean
had already thought to set up a Berner-L group on yahoogroups. She
has helped run the L for many years, and knows more of the ins and
outs of YahooGroups than anyone else I know. And whenever we need to
get information posted somewhere accessible, shes always ready
and able to get it online. She claims to sleep, but I rarely email
her without getting an immediate response.
So for a lady that has
helped in so many ways this award is small thanks. I just
wish she could be here to accept it!"
I was just so stunned to
receive this from Pat and learn that I had won this award, so proud
and very happy and taken so completely by surprise. The mails from
so many people from all over the world congratulating me have been
Thank You Everybody!
Pat accepted the award on
my behalf, and I am pleased to say that she also was taken by
surprise and presented with her own award too!
Pat arranged with Jackie Green who was at the Specialty this
year to bring it over to the UK for me, Jackie was coming to the
Three Counties Dog Show in Malvern which is near here and so, today,
I finally received my award!
June 18th 2013 -
Receiving my award from Karen Bird, Honorary Secretary of the BMDC
Now to get the award
Girls, we're back with the Award!
over Sooty, let me sit down to unpack!
Ida, keep that wagging
tail safely out of the way while Kelvin gets it set up and a
Oh, such fun, it's all
lit up now!
"Kelvin, thank you
so much for taking these wonderful pictures and taking Jean to
collect her award!"
"Next time you come
over, bring Zeus to visit too!"
For the very first ever
Winston Neff Memorial Award
Denis' Award 2009
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