I am a bit hesitant to post this as I know people in general do not respond well to negative information about positive organizations such as the Berner Garde. People in their immature nature attack the messenger or will attack the victim. I will start by saying the Berner Garde is an incredible database operation. All you have to do is enter your dog then the busy workers find all data on any dogs related to yours, they have access to all information even how many litters you have registered through AKC etc. It's actually a little spooky as if it were a CIA file based on every aspect of your personal life and this is where the trouble begins. Often times in every dept is a bad seed, there is always a bad cop, a bad CIA or FBI agent, a bad soldier etc etc. I was one that was attacked by a bad database operator for Berner Garde. I did email the Lori Jodar the President yet all she could say is that employees work record was impeccable. It all began 6 yrs ago as I entered into the arena of raising Bernese Mountain Dogs. They were my dog of choice, I wanted to show my first pup but the breeders I approached at the AKC dog show were very cold & not welcoming at all so I pretty much steered clear of those people altogether so I did the best I could to go it alone and made many mistakes. The one thing I would never do is breed a dog with less than good hips so I had to retire them soon after the purchase. I also discovered that 90% of all Berner breeders I encountered would lie about hip certifications of parents. I knew there were certain percentages of dishonest people in the world but never imagined it was the larger of the population so now I know to verify these documents from the very start but even people that show are reluctant or refuse to show certification so that really says a lot about even people within the show arena who do breed. This is terrible & I try to tell everybody to see those documents. I made sure my dogs had these documents then posted a website. I offered a really good warranty that favored the buyer over my interests. All was going well, people were satisfied for years to come but then someone named Patti Smith from Maine began a harassment campaign against me & I could not understand why. I found out where she lived using her email source code. Then Patti gets her friend Sherri Venditti involved from Cromwell Connecticut who tried to actually take me down using methods I don't even tell people about anymore for reasons I will explain below. It did not stop there, another cohort was Susan Ablon in Balch Spring Texas. She was then given my website & I will tell you methods she used. When I sold a puppy I placed the first & last name of that person under the puppy they bought, I never imagined anyone could be so lowly but she took those first & last names, ran them through a database she has access to then actually found contact information for the people who placed deposits on my puppies. She did everything in her power to generate lies about me then offered to sell her puppies to my customers. Incredible. I never knew the competition was this fierce & corrupt. And this is one reason I don't talk about the techniques used by Sherri is because I discovered other breeders began using those techniques to wipe out the competition. But this even gets dirtier. At the time I never heard of the Berner Garde yet as soon as I was told of it's existence I jumped on it. I am all for bettering the breed but really is difficult when these elitist groups want to corner the arena on these dogs. So I registered my 3 Berners with Berner Garde and guess who processed my information... Susan Ablon. Then as the Berner Garde busy bees began to add all the additional information it was clear how Susan and her group of friends work & how they obtain the information they get to harass people. I did not need to actually be registered with Berner Garde for her to access all of my info as I posted my dogs AKC documents online which has the AKC registration number, that's all Susan needed in order to get the information for her & her group to harass people all over the United States, What a racket and this is what I had complained about to the President of Berner Garde. At first I could not understand why people would be so evil to just randomly attack a fellow Berner lover but the more I researched the clearer it became. 15 yrs ago the Bernese Mountain dog was extremely difficult to find. A puppy would bring $5000. If you could sell a litter of 10 that's $50,000 for a litter. That would certainly pay to show the dogs all over the world plus fit in a vacation. I highly suspect many of the upper class took advantage of that and made some pretty tight bonds with Judges as well. For every new breeder that breeds the Berner interferes with the supply and demand, as long as Susan & her group can wipe out the competition they can keep the price high. This works with anything, such as Silver, Diamonds, Oil. I am either just a nice guy and can't imagine getting involved in such immoral actions, or I am naive, or perhaps do not make a good businessman because I can't allow myself to lie, steal, manipulate or murder people for profits. It seems in the corporate world all of the above make a good businessman. I have spoken with people all over the world. I thought the attitudes I discovered at the local shows were isolated to AKC or perhaps my location but I have learned that it is the same in New Zealand as it is in Belgium as it is in America. Fascinating, so apparently I just have to be thick skinned, just ignore everyone else then show my dogs & not worry about the busy body snobs. There must be something genetically wrong with these people. A great deal of attention is placed on breeding dogs with the best of temperaments but it seems clear that more attention should be placed on human breeding because these people seem to have been bred with the worst of temperaments. I have heard so many stories from all over the world about show breeders, even in the cat world and seems many have these terrible traits that they really should try to breed out of the human race if at all possible. That's too funny because then we can have human shows where we all get to run around a track to check conformation, do a few acrobatic stunts, inspect for bite and observe temperament then only humans with the most ribbons should mate and all the rest get spayed and neutered. Then maybe the human race of the future won't hate others because of their ethnicity or financial status but just be well adjusted and fun loving people. I think perhaps the AKC could branch off into AHC, American Human Club. But actually it should be a global club because the varied standards at present create great conflict of which standard of breeds is the correct one as I have seen where even amongst the Berner groups they are divided and actually hate each other and try to take down the others even if they win title so there would have to be one single global human standard for there to be total unity. The other controls would have to be set in motion to prevent crooked judges. I heard of this from a breeder in Belgium as well as my vet 45yrs in his business confirmed what I was told. It seems the Judging carries the same corruption and favoritism as America's political system. This breeder was a bit upset that I was only searching for dogs with a lengthy Champion title background. I knew there were two that I knew of that have extensive champion pedigrees in her same region. This breeder explained that Champion titles are extremely difficult to get and the only way these other breeders get back to back titles on all of they're dogs is because they are very close to the judge. I ran this by my vet and he shook his head yes and said that is true. Hmm, so it seems that I not only have to be thick skinned but sleeping with the Judge seems to get my dog more points in the ring, I suppose that part isn't so bad as long as she is good looking but what a lot of work with such a haphazard operation led by poorly bred genetically flawed people. It really is no wonder I have never entered that arena and wonder if I have the mental stamina to play all of the mind games. Another local show breeder says the Judges often times Judge the one holding the leash instead of the dog which is why she hired a professional dog handler to show her dog then won top ribbons which then she too reported harassment from other show breeders. Well, that has been my encounter in relation to the show & breeder world of the Bernese Mountain Dog. I suppose those that like to ignore the ugly side of life will attack me for revealing this stuff in which seems to be another genetic flaw of humans as they only want to hear the pleasant stuff and ignore the reality of life.