upon a time, there was a wonderful Golden Retriever puppy that arrived
at our home as a blessing in the form of a birthday present. We named
him Jonah and he was as handsome as he was smart. As he grew, so did
our hearts, as he gave us much joy, love, and affection. When he matured,
he was quite the salesman; greeting customers with a "pawshake" when
they would arrive to purchase his offspring.
one winter day, we had great concern when he didn't answer to his
name. After much searching, approximately one week later, he was discovered
by our neighbors where he had crawled beneath their home after being
struck by a vehicle. We found him only hours after his death.
hearts were broken and it was hard to understand why he would leave
our lives at such a young age. Then God revealed to us "Go
to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give
you" Jonah 3:2. We find comfort in knowing that
God called him to go to Nineveh. And so Nineveh, our kennel's name,
is a tribute to Jonah, who without him, we would not be who we are.
June 5, 1997 - February 8, 2000
as Jonah was called to fulfill his mission, we felt led to have the
mission of a hobby-breeder. We want to fulfill others' lives with
the joy and wonder that an owner can experience through the companionship
of a dog. However, without Jonah, our mission could not be achieved.
Although we truly love the characteristics of the Golden Retriever
breed, it was just too hard to fill the void left in our hearts. So
we focused our attention toward a breed with similar traits, the Bernese
on nearly 19 years of dog breeding experience, we knew the importance
of choosing quality stock to develop a breeding program. Thus, our
search began in Switzerland where the breed originated. In the Spring
of 2000, we were fortunate to afford the opportunity to travel to
Switzerland. We visited various kennels and selected, as puppies,
a male and two females. Ironically, our male Bux, was born just a
few days before Jonah's death. When God closes a door, he opens a