Hey! My name is Emily, and I am a Berner lover! When I was 10 my parents and I brought our first girl, Hope, home. When I was 12 we got Draco. As an only child they became my siblings and best friends. My bond with Draco was something extra special. Unfortunately we lost him to cancer at 5, Hope passed 3 years ago, living to be 12. My dream is coming true, my boyfriend and I have put a deposit down for a Berner puppy! We only met with one Breeder but my boyfriend was absolutely taken with her dogs. It was a positive meeting and I've read every word on her website but I don't know if there's any other way I can make sure she's a good breeder? I've done A LOT of research on how to best prepare for the puppy. My biggest concern is having a peaceful and happy home as we bring to puppy into our apartment with our 5 year old cat. The cat's name is Tupac. I got him when he was a year old from a someone who couldn't keep him as they were moving. He's always been uneasy with visitors, mostly keeping his distance, but if people would look at him too long or try engaging him, he might get aggressive (growl, or actually go over and swipe their leg.) We don't often have people over, but for example when my mom is walking by he will sometimes swipe her. Recently we've gotten the Feliway spray and he's calmed down a lot. Two weeks ago my parents came and he didn't swipe at my mom after I sprayed her legs! He and my boyfriend "play" where he tries to get my boyfriends ankles. Rarely, but sometimes, he will go for my ankles/calves and make me bleed. He's a big boy too, about 19 lbs. But at the end of the day he's a cat, he sleeps most of the day, when I come home and sit down he comes up next to me and wants cuddles for a while (he only cuddles on his terms), he sleeps with us, he loves food and coming in the bathroom, no problem with peeing anywhere but the litter box. We have an upstairs neighbor who has a dog that frequently barks and he has no problem with that. There's also a dog next door that he watches from the window with no growling or aggressive body language. I walk a black lab daily and last week I brought her to the apartment so he could see my boyfriend and I petting her through a window on the deck. He was curious but did have a low growl, and when the dog started barking for me he hissed. But we were giving him treats while she was there and he was eating. From the research I've gathered I have a plan in mind for the first couple days of having the puppy. Having a gate for the room the puppy is in, letting Tupac have the roam of the rest of the apartment and sometimes putting him in the back room. Having places Tupac can hide/get away, we've already put his food up on the counter. Putting a towel that smells like the puppy under Tupac's food, feeding them both when they are meeting face to face, and having the puppy on the leash at all times. I know this is a lot of information but I'm wondering if anyone has any advice on going forward! I'm determined to make this work and will do whatever it takes (and take any advice I can get!!) I know Tupac can be difficult, but it's my biggest hope that he will learn to love our new family member.