Our dear Bernese Mountain Dog Miss Bess is ready for a forever home to call her own. We were told she is around 3 years old. She has been spayed, up to date on vaccines, has a microchip, house-trained and crate trained. She is one petite girl weighing 53 pounds, she needs to gain a few more pounds, probably shouldn’t weigh anymore than 60 pounds.
Until Bess arrived at our foster home she had lived her entire life in a commercial breeding facility/puppy mill. She is super sweet and wants to be petted and loved, once she begins to trust you. Like most dogs from puppy mills, she is super shy, timid, does not know she can trust humans; everything in the world is new to her. For these reasons she is a flight risk and will need to be leashed whenever outside, extra caution should be taken when opening doors to the house, extra caution even walking her, if something spooks her she will want to run away. She should not be allowed at this point to just run free in a yard, she might try to escape. She has done well in her foster home and has not run away but her foster is experienced with dogs like Bess and knows how to handle these situations.
Her forever family should be extremely patient, willing to celebrate the baby steps she will take forward each day but also understand how to except she will also take steps backwards.
She would do best in a rural setting, the big city noises will be too much for her. She is not a fan of riding in the car but is getting better and hopefully with more fun car rides she will learn the car is not a bad thing.
She walks pretty well on a leash but again can get spooked with new noises. Living in a house is new to her; so far she has done really well in her foster home. She does seem to love to collect shoes. She has learned toys can be played with and chewed on. She has recently discovered treats are yummy! She is smart and learns very quickly.
Bess is super sweet and as she continues to blossom she will just keep getting better and better.
She is located in McCormick, South Carolina. We do not transport our Berners; adopter should plan to travel to her foster home to pick her up. Her adoption donation is $450.00. If interested in Bess please complete our adoption application and return to firstname.lastname@example.org.