I’ve got a puppy!

On Saturday I got a puppy!

She is a Bernese Mountain Dog, so she won’t be small for long.

I have been trying to get a dog for a long time, but Bernese Mountain Dogs are quite rare here in the UK so it has taken me a while to find one.

Her name is Ayla (after the central character in Clan of the Cave Bear, one of my favourite books). She is very quick to learn, but doesn’t like being on her own so I’m having sleepless nights at the moment.

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  1. Verity says:

    She’s so sweet! I’m not really a dog person but think she looks gorgeous!

  2. Amy says:

    Aww she is adorable! All the best.

  3. She is gorgeous. (Look at the size of those paws) LOL

    (Have you tried a crate with her? Most puppies and new dogs feel very secure with the crate.)

    1. Jackie says:

      Diane, Yes, she’s got a crate and she is slowly getting used to it as we play and put treats in there, but she still prefers to lie next to someone. Can’t blame her really :-)

  4. Sandy says:

    Oh oh oh! Look at the size of her paws!!! Puppies are like toddlers…needy, willful sometimes, and so darned cute they distract you from everything else going on. In about six months, your kids are going to be able to ride her she will be so big! Congratulations!

    1. Jackie says:

      Sandy, She is very much like a toddler, but is more like a new born with her sleep patterns. I’m exhausted :-( It is all worth it though :-)

  5. cbjames says:

    She’s adorable. They are a great breed, too. They really do pull small carts in parts of the world when fully grown. Any local parades you all can participate in? ;-)

    1. Jackie says:

      cbjames, I’m looking forward to getting her to pull a cart when she’s bigger. I’m not sure there are any local parades, but I’m sure my boys will be excited enough just watching her in the garden. :-)

  6. Bellezza says:

    Oh! I’m so happy for you (both)! What a wonderful, wonderful sweet one to welcome into your arms and lane.

  7. Clover says:

    How absolutely adorable! :)

  8. Alex says:

    She’s lovely! How;’ the weather where you live? She’s such a little ball of fur – how will she take your summer?

    1. Jackie says:

      Alex, Luckily? it is only hot for a few weeks a year here. She’ll enjoy the weather the rest of the year. :-)

  9. Misfit says:

    What a darling, one of our customers has one and he brought her in when she was a puppy. I wanted to steal her and take her home :)

    1. Jackie says:

      Misfit, They do make very cute puppies. I can’t wait until I’m able to take her out and introduce her to lots of people.

  10. Lezlie says:

    Congratulations!!! BMDs are sooo cute! They’re one of my favorite breeds. If I wasn’t so hooked on Border Collies, there would most likely be at least one in my yard right now. :-) She’s adorable!


    1. Jackie says:

      Lezlie, I’m a big fan of border collies too, but they have so much energy :-) I’m glad BMDs are happy with a slow romp instead of walking/running 10 miles and still being up for more!

  11. What an adorable pup! I love her ears…so floppy and look so soft! Raising a puppy is definitely hard, but so rewarding. Looking forward to many posts on Ayla. Congrats!

    1. Jackie says:

      Jenny, She is so soft and fluffy all over. I’ll ensure I include a few photos as she grows. :-)

  12. Steph says:

    Yay! Congratulations! Ayla looks adorable and I’m sure she’ll grow up to be a real stunner. Early days with a puppy can be exhausting but they are also some of the best times as well, so enjoy! And take plenty of pictures! :D

    1. Jackie says:

      Steph, I’ve taken about 50 pictures in the last couple of days, so I won’t have a shortage of those :-)

  13. Wendy says:

    OMG, Jackie, she is so adorable!!! I love Bernese Mountain Dogs :) I remember those sleepless nights – but they are so worth it…keep posting photos, I love watching them grow up!

    1. Laura says:

      I’ll just echo what Wendy said!!

  14. Word Lily says:

    Ohh, what a cutie!

  15. Andi says:

    What a sweet, sweet girl! Enjoy your new fur-baby. Adorable!

  16. Annabel says:

    My, what big paws she has! Sooo sweet. Do enjoy your new family member.

  17. She is so adorable! She looks a little like a stuffed animal right now :) It must be almost impossible not to want to cuddle with her all the time.

  18. Brenna says:

    Awe Jackie she is adorable! Congratulations! Puppies are the best.

  19. Beth F says:

    OMG — sooooooo cute. Bernese Mountain Dogs have such great personalities.

  20. sakura says:

    She is adorable. It’s funny how quickly they grow and how their faces change. Enjoy her while she’s little:)

  21. Rob says:

    Awwww wook is a wittle puppy……

    All the very best to the new addition to your family, Jackie. She’s an absolute stunner, and sure to keep you on your toes for years to come (as if you needed any more of that with the active family that you’ve got :) )

  22. What a sweetie! I’m sure she’ll keep you very busy.

  23. What an adorable dog! Friends of ours have the same breed and love it! Having a dog takes so much time and energy, but what they give back is absolutely wonderful. Enjoy

  24. Patty says:

    She is so adorable…don’t worry about blogging and enjoy her!!!

  25. Teresa says:

    Oh Jackie, she’s a beauty and a big beauty at that! Your children will absolutely adore her – I’m hiding this from my children or they’ll want one too – we might do but I’m still recovering from post-natal brain shrinkage….7 years on! Enjoy! :-)

  26. There are quite a few Bernese Mountain Dogs here in rural Nova Scotia – most kept by the numerous sheep farmers. They do grow to be quite a size.

    I hope you have a long and happy relationship with your new pup. Dogs are such a blessing. We love ours!

  27. Jo says:

    Can I just add my awwww!

  28. mee says:

    Oooh that’s the puppy that you said you were getting! TOO CUTE! Look at those big fat paws! Aaawww *melt into goo*

  29. Christina says:

    I’m just green with envy over here. She just adorable! My family and I had a Newfoundland and every time I see a Mountain Dog/Saint Bernard/Newfoundland it makes me want to run out and get another puppy. Enjoy your new family member!

  30. She is adorable :) Looks very soft and cuddly.

    I want a puppy… but I don’t have the time to actually have one. :(

  31. JoAnn says:

    Oh Jackie, she is just adorable!! Our last dog was a Bernese Mountain Dog (we have retired greyhound now). She was so smart and easy to train, and had the most wonderful temperament. Unfortunately, the breed seems to be plagued with numerous health problems (at least here in the US) and her time with us was far too short.

    I hope you’ll post pictures of Ayla from time to time. Berners are the best! Wishing you all much happiness!

    1. Jackie says:

      JoAnn, Yes, it is sad that the breed has so many health issues. They have the shortest average life of any breed. :-( The average lifespan is slightly longer here in the UK (just over 8 years) but it is still a big problem. I did a lot of research before getting Ayla so have avoided breeding lines with incidents of cancer at a young age. All I can do is keep my fingers crossed that she is one of the lucky ones.

  32. Jenny says:

    She COULD NOT be cuter! What an adorable puppy! I hope she stops keeping you up at night — when we first got my puppy, my father sat next to her kennel and squirted her with a water bottle every time she started crying. It was brutal, I could never do that. :p

  33. Michelle says:

    Adorable! And the name is perfect. Enjoy puppyhood!

  34. Mystica says:

    So gorgeous and cuddly!

  35. Amused says:

    So adorable! My dad raised Bernese dogs and they were the sweetest dogs I’ve ever been around. You will be so happy with your new little (and soon very big) love!

  36. @ireadlots says:

    Oh Jackie, she is gorgeous. I had a BMD growing up and was just in love with her. You are so lucky. My heart just aches seeing your Ayla.

    Unfortunately, Mia (my BMD) was a rescue dog (not officially but we were given her by a woman whose husband abused his dogs to make security dogs out of them) and so she was timid and shy for the rest of her life and was always terrified of men.

    I’m told they can be very impressionable in that way and am sad when I think of what Mia must have been through before we got her. She was still one of the most loving and beautiful dogs I’ve ever know and I’m so happy for you knowing what you have to look forward to.


    1. Jackie says:

      @ireadlots, It always makes me sad to hear about dogs that have been abused. At least you gave Mia a good life. I am doing my best to introduce Ayla to as many things as possible at the moment. Hopefully she’ll grow up without any of those horrible negative associations.

  37. NickyB says:

    What a classy dog Jackie! They are superb but boy! will she grow BIG. I remember seeing a similar pup in the mountains once in France, and I asked the owner what breed. She thought I was bonkers for not knowing. But they are absolutely stunning. Congratulations!

  38. Charlie says:

    I remember the evenings with a young dog well. We ended up letting her upstairs sometimes, it can make them spoiled though!

    Cute, and I love the name!

  39. Melissa says:

    I love it! I just got a puppy in February and they do keep you busy. My friend got a Bernese Mountain Dog 2 months ago and it’s the sweetest dog ever! She is getting big, but her fur is so soft and she’s so friendly. Enjoy your new pup.

  40. Kathleen says:

    She is so beautiful! And I love her name!

  41. She says:

    Absolutely adorable!

  42. Ann says:

    Adorable. I can almost smell the puppy breath.

  43. adorable!

    I read somewhere that Bernese Mountain dogs are great with kids with autism.

    1. Jackie says:

      DamnedConjuror, Yes, that is one of the reasons I chose one. I’m actually involved with the PAWS project, run by Dogs for the Disabled, to train her as an assitant dog for my son. In Canada they use Bernese for this all the time, but have decided the perfect dog for autistic children is the labernese: http://www.mira.ca/en/our-dogs/8/the-labernese_37.html They are impossible to get here, but I may create a few in the future ;-)

  44. Jackie says:

    Thank you to everyone for the kind words. I am enjoying my time with her so much :)

  45. stujallen says:

    lovelY winston was that size when I got him hope you have loads of fun ,all the best stu

  46. So cute! I love the coloring of Bernese Mountain Dogs. I’m not much for the big dogs myself, but I think Bernese are the prettiest of the big dogs.

  47. JoV says:

    ooo!! Welcome Ayla… she is finally here! Happy for you.. :)

  48. Erm, she is utterly gorgeous and I am utterly jealous.

  49. Jade says:

    She’s beautiful and looks so cuddly! And the name is beautiful too. :)

  50. Jenners says:

    Yay for you!! She looks soooooo cute … but I bet she will be soooooo big very soon! Enjoy … though I suspect she will keep you very busy!

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