Bianca v. d. Homburgertal CGC
|April 29, 1995 - January 14, 2003|
Bianca, Christmas 1998
| It is with great sadness that I say goodbye to my dear Bianca. She
never asked for anything but love, she never did anything wrong, she
went in the show ring with grace, clowned around in obedience class, and
mothered anything that cried. She once carried a baby mouse around in
her mouth for over an hour to keep the other dogs from hurting it. She
adopted a stray cat once and I would find the cat sleeping on her back
in the sun although the cat would not let me near it. She was one major
win away from her championship, she was an ambassador to the breed. She
was born in Switzerland, I met her at 4 weeks of age, and she came to
live in Virginia a few weeks later. She was my second berner, and the
first one I have lost. Although she was never bred, she raised my Raven
and even Raven's litter - taught all the younger dogs manners - which
they all needed, comforted me during my illness, and had a
arrroooooooooo yodel unlike any of my other berners. She is my Hooey
Monster, Hoosters, Hooties, Binanca, Hoots, and all those other silly
names we have for our dogs. We helped her peacefully to Rainbow Bridge
in my arms this afternoon around 4:30pm - she was diagnosed with
malignant histiocytosis on Friday. Her decline was rapid - within 3
weeks she lost incredible weight, stopped eating, and became week, Her
blood work was horrible, but her x-rays clean. We did a bone marrow
biopsy Friday and there were barely any normal cells. She passed
peacefully in my arms with dignity - Wendi Giordano is one of the best
people as she stayed up with me most of the night and was there to help
when Bianca passed today. My vets were marvelous, calm, and caring.
Before she went we drew blood for the study at the Fred Hutchinson
Institute - this was not easy as her system was shutting down but IT HAD
TO BE DONE! She will continue to live on - both in her legacy in my
family, and in her work she is doing for other berners. I could not let
her suffer any longer and this was one of the hardest decisions I have
made in my life. But having been through chemo on my own, I was not
about to subject her to even a day of it for maybe a week longer with
her - that would not be fair to her - she gave me so much in her
wonderful life. As the vets left with her and my dogs grew silent, it
began to snow..........
Winston, Bianca is looking for you! Please show her the ropes!
I miss you so much Bianca!
Love, Molly, Bogen, Raven, Kosak, and Anouschka Bianca,
you will always be in my heart and soul
Baby Bernese, Bianca
Bianca was born on April 29, 1995, in Laeufelfingen, Switzerland, to breeders Franz and Martha Joss. Her mother, Bessy von der Sagerei and her father was Zar v. Huebelihof. She was selected at 4 weeks of age and imported on July 13, 1995.
Bianca needs one more major to earn her championship.
May 1998 - Best of Winner's Furniture City Kennel Club
One of our favorite photos from Sugar Hollow.
Beautiful Bianca, Summer 2002
pictures of Bianca on Molly's Quellen Bernese Site
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