Dear All Creatures Staff,
Bernese Mountain Dogs are the “poster children” for a particularly nasty cancer called Malignant Histiocytosis. It kills 1 in 4 berners. So when our little Mintaka became very ill at only 18 months old, we suspected the worst. Thank you all for your kind words of encouragement and excellent supportive care as we helped her maintain the best quality of life possible for as long as possible. Losing our little girl at only 22 months of age was heartbreaking, but berner lovers know it is one price we sometimes pay for sharing our lives with this wonderful breed. Thanks again for helping us and her, and for the extra effort it took to collect the many pathology samples needed for the university scientists working on this cancer. We recently heard that progress is being made to isolate the genes predisposing berners (and people) to this cancer.
Carol & Mark Stephenson