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Sharon   Miami, FL

8/21/2011 1:52:28 PM

I loved it! I had 2 St. BERnards in the past and I absolutely adore these dogs. however, I now live in a hot, humid climate which is not good for this type of dog. they are the sweetest, smartest and most lovable animals! I hope to live in the mountains one day and adopt another sweet Baby Tank like the male. Dog I had.

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Mary   Joliet, IL

3/13/2011 8:35:41 AM

I enjoyed reading about aggression in the St. Bernard. We have a 1 yr old who is a gentle giant with us, but becomes extremely aggressive with strangers, especially men. He is so large, we aren't able to control him. We've decided to send him to a Learn and Lodge program for 15 days. Hopefully this will help our Saint!

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M.E.   College Place, WA

3/18/2010 2:27:21 PM

Good article! I have an 11-year-old Saint who worked as my Mobility Assistance Service Dog, before I retired her due to arthritis a few years ago, and I can certainly vouch for their rescue and herding instincts! Callie tried to "rescue" me from the bathtub once... when she was only 4 months old! And she still "body-herds" (although not to the extent she did when she was
younger!)

These are ~fabulous~ dogs, but require training: they don't, as I always told people who admired my girl, come pre-trained and well-behaved! Training is important for all dogs, but especially for these giants, since normal puppy exuberance can be dangerous with a dog that's over 100 pounds before it's a year old! But a well-trained Saint Bernard is an awesome sight, and their love and loyalty make up for the other difficulties inherent with the breed: drool (and more drool!); excessive hair that gets *everywhere*; and their size (which is not always a benefit!)


It's a shame more people don't consider ~ALL~ the realities of owning a dog of this size/type, *before* they get one! Having also done rescue, it's my experience that most of these giants end up there before their first birthday. They're cute, sweet puppies, but people don't consider the *dog* they're going to be, and, after one too many "accidents", or a chewing episode where the couch is rendered into kindling, these dogs--often still puppies!--are given over to Rescue, or taken to the local shelter, simply because the owners are overwhelmed. Behaviour that could be overlooked in a smaller dog is extreme in a Saint, and training is usually left until too late--when the dog has reached/passed the 60-80-100 pound mark (which it will do in a VERY short time: average 10 pounds per month for the first year!) Teaching a 6-month-old Beagle to "Sit" is nothing compared to a 6-month-old, 60+ pound Saint
Bernard!

So please, people: RESEARCH before you buy, and don't let your heart get in the way of what you know is right! Saint's are very special dogs, and deserve better than to be cast out from their homes because they got "too big"! After all, they *ARE* Saint Bernards! What did you expect!?!

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marian smith   shamokin, PA

11/22/2009 11:19:26 AM

We love our bennie although quite loving, he is very protective over our family!!

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Shauna   Newton, IA

12/29/2008 5:22:49 PM

I have had my Ludo for some time now, and another before him. Saints are amazing family dogs who would do anything for those who they are devoted to. Amazing dogs! I wouldn't trade mine for the world.

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Jim   Pitt Meadoes, BC

10/12/2008 4:55:43 PM

We love our "little" boy Hugo. Wouldn't trade him for anything!!

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Rob   Warner Robins, GA

4/16/2008 5:36:48 PM

I would love to own one of these .

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Tina   Akron, OH

4/12/2008 3:39:32 PM

Hi
there
I was wondering if there are any plans to feature Mastiffs in one of these
magabooks?
Thank you in advance for your time

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