Bernese Mountain Dog
Picture of Argus, a male Bernese Mountain Dog

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Home:Columbus Jct., IA  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 8 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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Argy-Wargy, Brat, Piss 'n' Vinegar, Ruffian, Rummy, Rotten, Ar-Tard, G-Unit

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

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Quick Bio:

May 14th 2008

Terrorizing the cats, playing tug-o-war, givin' us guff, napping, playin' with the big dogs.

N0t getting exactly what he wants!

Favorite Toy:
His Kong, tug-o-war rope, anything else he can get in his mouth.

Favorite Food:
Iams Smart Puppy formula, chewies, hot dog pieces.

Favorite Walk:
Following us to the mailbox at the end of the lane seems to satisfy him for now, but he's bound to venture farther when he's bigger.

Best Tricks:
Bernese Mountain Dogs, like rest of the working breeds (Shepherds, Mastiffs, Huskies, etc.), are intelligent, goal-oriented, mentally active, loyal, and dedicated to their human counterparts. We are confident that Argus will be a genius. :-P

Arrival Story:
Argus's human, Khamryn, has finally gotten to a place in his life where he feels ready to take on having his own dog. So, me being the dog expert/fanatic, I sat him down and ran him through lists (and pictures) of every dog breed we could find online. Finally, we had the list narrowed down to about five different breeds we were certain we could care for and/or handle. Berners were at the top of the list along with their similar breed buddies, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs. We began searching papers, online ads, etc. Finally, we found a local breeder just miles from our home ( e_Mt.php)! We called, added our names to the waiting list, and now we have only a week or so left before he comes home! We'll end up paying $950.00 for him, but we're told he's pick of the litter and even if that wasn't the case, the time, money, and effort will be well worth Khamryn's first experience as a dog owner and my first experience with a Bernese Mountain Dog. :-)

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Forums Motto:
The best of the bunch!

I've Been On Dogster Since:
July 2nd 2008 More than 8 years!

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Meet my family
Sara Marie
Leo, in memory
Rook, back
from the dead!
Howard J.

Meet my Pup Pals

Argus's Exploits

Fatty, fatty, two by four!

July 30th 2008 4:55 am
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I'm driving my new family up the wall! I can't help it; I'm just all piss 'n' vinegar! All five of them can't keep up with me. I learned my lesson though when I tried givin' guff to Sara, the alpha dog in my family. She gave me a good smack on the nose with her big Chow-Chow canines and sent me runnin'! I'll always have a little pink dot of a scar on my muzzle now to remind me of what happens when you try messin' with the big dogs!

When I first came home, I didn't like the fancy Iams food they'd gotten for me so I didn't eat it and got a little too skinny for my human's taste so they gave me canned food mixed in. Ha! I showed them -- I ate right around the kibbles so they gave up and gave me nothin' but the good stuff! I fattened right up. When I went to my first vet visit, the doc' had to pop my little hip back in because it had shifted a little from all the weight gain. He says I'm growin' like a weed and need to slow down! So... they switched me to Purina Pro-Plan Adult food to give my bones a little more time to adjust to my growing body. I guess I'm 'average' weight now but I sure do miss all the fatty stuff and treats I was allowed to have before.

I took my first trip to Petland and Petco on Monday; it was so much fun! There weren't any other dogs there so I had no one to compete with for attention. Everyone loved me and couldn't stop talking about how handsome I am. Guess it's just natural. :-) Khamryn let me pick out my own jumbo-sized chew bone at Petland and when we went to Petco, I got two new two! I rope ball for fetching and chewing and a tuggy with a rope ball at the end for super tug-o-war! My new bed is great, too. Khamryn put it right over the A/C vent where I like to sleep so it keeps me nice and cool.

I also have new pics! All is well here in Iowa with my new people. Thanks for reading!


Argus's New Home

July 6th 2008 5:14 pm
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On Thursday, July 3rd we drove out to Wellman and picked up our brand new family member, Argus! As you can see from his profile, he is a purebred Bernese Mountain Dog. His grandparents were imported from Russia so I assume that means he comes from great stock. :-P He was the pick of the litter and after Iowa State taxes or whatever the case was, Khamryn ended up paying $1,016.00 for him. So far, he's done quite well in his new home. He's had a few accidents on the floor but he's taken to going outside as long as we remember to take him out. It's a bit too hot outside for him right now so he stays inside and sleeps in my room with me in front of the fan. He sleeps in a kennel at night so that he can't get into mischief, but he doesn't like it at all. For the first twenty minutes or so, he complains rather loudly (he almost sounds like he's being tortured!), but eventually he gives up and goes to bed. He's a sweet boy and he loves it when we get rowdy with him and wrestle (gently!) or give him things to play tug-o-war with. However, he's got a bit of an attitude and can be a real brat if he doesn't get his way! He loves to torture our cats and stands up to our bigger dogs like he's already twice their size. We're all looking forward to watching him grow up and, hopefully, learn some manners!

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