This last Sunday, I had the treat to meet a beautiful 11yr old Bernese Mountain Dog named Baker!!! He immediately greeted me with his friendly bark and to say hello in his delightful baritone voice. His face is joyful and gentle and his eyes are friendly and sweet. Baker weighs 104lbs and was born December 1, 2001 in Corvallis, OR. His family brought him home when he was 7 weeks old. Baker has some great characteristics as well as some delightful traits such as being known for a ‘counter cruiser’ extraordinaire. He loves stealing food of all varieties and likes to raid the litter box for ‘kitty roca’. (YUCK!)
His loving Mom…Debra says he is the most incredible dog we’ve ever been owned by!!! A few other notables about Baker are that he LOVES to hike. Doesn’t swim, fetch or do any pet tricks besides the ‘high 5’. He was part of a photo shoot for Cascade East magazine in their Winter 2006 issue. Debra recollects that day “We were walking down the sidewalk in the Old Mill and a gal who worked for them came running up to us and asked if my beautiful dog could be in the magazine. Oddly, his paycheck was written in his name! (I forged his pawtograph)” And while he loves his other family members greatly, he’s definitely a “Mama’s Boy” and is often told by his Aunt to “cut the cord”!
But the most profound part of meeting Baker was knowing what he is going through and how hard it is on his family. Baker was diagnosed with Malignant Hystiocytosis on March 20. His first chemo tx was March 28th. He just started on some Chinese herbs to support his immune system and will have a 2nd chemo tx next week. Baker and Debra now attend a weekly pet grief support group through Bend Hospice Partners in Care and they can be found at: http://www.partnersbend.org/. Debra and her family were gracious enough to open their home and beautiful Baker to me to photograph all of them sharing some special time together. I hope you enjoy the photos….I certainly enjoyed getting to know this lovely family and Mr. Baker ~ The Handsome Bernese Mountain Dog.