October, 2018 - Amazing weekend! Decker won two Best of Breeds and two Group 2's. Bitsy finished her Championship at the shows in Saline, AR. We just needed a major to finish it up, so I turned over the reins to professional handler Paul Catterson. Thank you Paul! I showed Bitsy myself the next day and we came home with Best of Opposite to Sue's boy Decker, and then a Owner Handler Group 1.
Decker & Paul - Group 2
Bitsy - New Champion with Paul
October, 2018 - Bitsy (Tollhaus Butter Me Up) received a Best of Breed for a 5 point major towards her championship. And Cami (Campana Hard River) was Reserve Winners Bitch. Nice job girls! Bitsy also tried her hand at Beginners Novice B Obedience and got a 198-1/2 (out of 200) and 1st place.
August 2018 - Great weekend! Cookie (CH Tollhaus Through The Years) finished her championship. And Decker (GCHB Tollhaus You Decorated My Life) finished his Bronze Level Grand Championship. Sophia (CH Tollhaus Amazing Grace) got her 1st leg towards her Companion Dog (CD) title with 1st place and a score of 190 out of 200 points. Nice job everyone!
July, 2018 - Sunni (Tallpines Blinded By The Light) was Winners Bitch at the Piedmont Bernese Mountain Dog Club Regional Specialty for 5 points and also was award another Winners Bitch for 4 points that same weekend. Sunni was handled by Linda Whitney for both awards! Thanks Linda!
July, 2018 - Sophia naturally whelped 7 puppies (4 girls and 3 boys on July 2, 2018. She's been a great mother.
June, 2018 - Excellent news! We confirmed pregnancy on Sophia. She was bred to CH Tallpine's It's Got A Hemi In It - Hemi. Stay tuned for updates and if you're interested - go to the puppy plans to see more information about this breeding.
May, 2018 - We travelled to the BMDCA National Specialty in Sturbridge, MA. Decker earned a 2nd place in Intermediate Rally and Bueller qualified in Novice Rally to earn his title! Nice job boys! Sunni placed 3rd in the 6-9 Bitch Futurity class.
Decker 2nd Place Intermediate Rally
Bueller obtains his Rally Novice Title
Sunni in Conformation
Decker in Draft
Later in the month, Sue and Decker participated in a BMDCA Draft Test in IL and Decker passed! Congrats!
April, 2018 - Cookie is now 1 point away from her championship. We showed Cookie two weekends in April and she came away with 4 more points towards her championship. She will have a little break before we take her out again, as she is starting to lose her coat. We definitely hope to have her finish her championship this fall!
February 17 & 18, 2018 - Holy cow! What fun! We took Sunni to an IABCA International show and Sunni won 4 Best Puppy In Shows and to top it off, she won it all - Grand Sieger. She competed against all of the other adult dogs that won Best In Show for the weekend, under 4 respected judges and they decided she was the Grand Sieger Best In Show! What an honor! Thanks to Dawn Hitchcock of Tallpine Kennels for sending her to us. We're having a blast with her!
February 2018 - Another great weekend for Tollhaus Kennels! Sunni won Best Puppy In Show at her very first show and Cookie won Winners Bitch for another 5 point major! Let's hope that these girls are on a roll!
December 2017 - Sue's boy Decker finished the AKC Owner Handler Series at #6! We're very proud of that, considering he was shown very limitedly in 2017 as a special! Wonderful job you two! They went down to Florida for the AKC National Championship and really did a wonderful job representing Tollhaus kennels.
Here's a pic of Decker having fun at the Royal Canin set-up!
October 28 & 29, 2017 - What a weekend! The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Northern Illinois had their back to back regional specialty, with a large entry of 119 dogs and our dogs did amazing! The first day, Heidi was award Select Bitch for her very first time in the Best of Breed ring as a special. Bitsy got 2nd in the 12-18 mo. bitch class and Pippa got 4th in the competitive Bred By Bitch class. All 3 girls received these awards under esteemed breeder judge Svante Frisk, from Sweden. Day 2 - Pippa got High In Trial in obedience for finish her Companion Dog (CD) title with a 195-1/2! Way to go girls!
Heidi's Select Bitch
Pippa's HIT photo
Bitsy 2nd place in 12-18 mo. bitch
Pippa's 4th in Bred By
September, 2017 - We took a trip to Biloxi, MS and McDonald, TN and Decker completed his Grand Championship in conformation, with 8 Best of Breeds and 6 Best Owner Handler awards. Pippa came home with 5 points and Bitsy got 1 point towards their championships.
August, 2017 - Sophia obtained her Beginners Novice Obedience title with the scores of 198, 189.5 & 193.5 out of a possible score of 200. We're very happy with that!
July, 2017 - Pippa earned her Beginners Novice Obedience title with great scores: Out of 200 points - 197, 197.5 & 198.5! Such a good girl!
April, 2017 - We now have two champions to add - Introducing AKC/UKC CH Tollhaus You Decorated My Life (Decker) and AKC/UKC CH Tollhaus Amazing Grace (Sophia) Both dogs got their AKC championships on the same day in April, 2017! Yippee!
Also in April, Cookie won a 5 point major towards her championship, shown by Sue. Excellent job!
October 2016 - Addison earned her last two legs of her CD (Companion Dog) title! Way to go Pat and Addison. This title earned Addison Top CD Dog of the Year for Rand Park Training. See the blanket they were awarded below:
Addison earning her CD in obedience with Pat.
May 1, 2016 - Heidi passed her Open Dog Draft Test at the BMDCA National Specialty in Frankenmuth, MI! Nice job Heidi!
March 5, 2016 - Ruby obtained her Beginners Novice Obedience title with Pat showing her at the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Southeast Wisconsin Regional Specialty. They looked great and had a great time!
February 19 - 21, 2016 - A fabulous weekend for the Tollhaus Crew. Sue and Lynn took the pups down to Perry, GA for UKC shows and we came home with two Champions! Decker finished his Championship on Friday night with Best of Breed and a Guardian Group 3 in show #2. On Saturday in show #1 in addition to another Best of Breed and a Guardian Group 3, Decker earned a Nosework (scent detection) leg for Superior Containers. This earned him a Total Dog award. Decker finished his week-...end in Sunday's show #1, with Best of Breed, Guardian Group 1 and a Reserve Best in Show. What a Thrill!
Here's a picture of the entire crew with Sue and Lynn. Left to right is: Decker, Sophia, Pippa & Heidi.
Pictured below is Decker (Ruby/Diezel) and Sue for their Total Dog award.
This was Sophia & Pippa's first conformation shows and I couldn't have been prouder of both girls. We showed them in a total of 5 shows and Sophia won Best of Breed in two of the shows, a Guardian Group 3 and Winners Bitch 4 times to obtain her UKC Championship. Pippa really hadn't received much conformation training prior to going in the ring and she was such a good girl - she won Reserve Winners Bitch in 4 of the shows. Pictured below is Sophia (Heidi/Boozer) and Lynn for the Group 3.
February 6, 2016 - Great news from Christine Irrgang Vogt who lives in Switzerland with Yoshi (Ruby/Diezel). Yoshi passed his very first appearance on the dance floor at the international Dogdance competition in Winterthur last weekend. We performed in beginners class with rather simple movements and tricks, clicker and treats were allowed. Main goal was to give Yoshi a happy time in the ring. The judges gave us a very good to excellent for this first performance. I had no idea how Yoshi would behave, he still is easily distracted and loves to sniff around, so finally, I was happy how he showed. In this tournament some 150 teams performed, dogs came from 45 different breeds, Yoshi was the only Berner.
Here are some short parts of the 2 minutes routine, the music is a popular Bavarian melody. Hoping that the link works, Jürgen tried his best ;-))
December 6, 2015 - Addison finished her Beginners Novice Obedience (BN) title with Pat. They are currently working on her Companion Dog (CD) and Pat reports that she is a hoot to work with, especially since she is still going strong at 9 years old. Go team Addison!
October 25, 2015 - We are very proud of Ruby, Mother and now Grandmother of our Tollhaus Berners. She earned 3rd place in a very competitive 7-9 year old Veteran Bitch class at the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Northeast Illinois on October 25, 2015.
October 16 & 18, 2015 - Heidi had a great obedience weekend after her maternity leave from obedience. Heidi and Lynn competed in Graduate Novice and Open Obedience and finished both of those titles in one weekend. Nice job!
September 20, 2015 - Decker earned his Nosework (NW1) title in Wilmot WI. Nosework is a scent detection sport that can be done by any dog. There are four elements (containers, interiors, exteriors and vehicles) that each dog is tested on. The dog must pass all four at one trial. We had a beautiful sunny day for Decker's test. As you can see from the photo, Decker and Sue are equally pleased with his performance.
August 20, 2015 - Heidi's has 5 girls and 1 boy and all are spoken for.
May 27, 2015 - Heidi was bred to BISS GCH Tallpines Life of the Party (Boozer). Bernergarde # 78259 . We have confirmed the pregnancy and puppies will be due July 1, 2015. Heidi lives in the metro Atlanta area with Lynn and the puppies will be whelped there.
Here is a clip of Boozer being shown at the National Dog Show in Philadelphia, November, 2014.
Boozer was the #1 BMDCA conformation dog in 2013 and he was #1 breed and all-breed in 2014. He is owned by Dawn Hitchock and Stephen Crisp in SC.
March 1, 2015 - Heidi and I competed in Open obedience both days up in WI and came home with 2 Q's and decent scores (189-1/2 & 191-1/2). Nice job Miss Heidi!
February 14, 2015 - Will earned his NW1 today in Cumming, GA. Will earned a second in vehicles at 9.91 seconds and a third in containers at 10.87 seconds. 32 out of 39 dog earned their NW1 title today. Willie Rocks!!!
February 5, 2015 - Excellent news - Ruby got her Companion Dog (CD) title. Ruby turned in scores of 194 1/2, 192 1/2 and 186 to earn CD. It was so much fun to watch them and that tail of Ruby's never stopped wagging as they worked the ring!
August 21 & 22nd, 2014 - Heidi and Lynn showed in Graduate Novice Obedience in Atlanta, GA. Graduate Novice is a class that is in between Novice and Open Obedience (they modify the Open exercises and there is only the out of sight down stay). Heidi did an awesome job and won her class both days with a 188-1/2 (out of 200 points) and a 193.
August 1, 2014 -Ruby - CH SANDUSKY TOLLHAUS TOURIST V THISTLEDOWN TD, RA (Bernergarde 60279 ) was bred to Derrick - GCH Honeoye Arundel's Arm Candy (Berner Garde # 80814). We have confirmed the pregnancy and the litter is due August 23, 2014!
Derrick - GCH Honeoye Arundel's Arm Candy
July 20, 2014 -
Heidi and Lynn had a nice time at the 4Paw Obedience Trial this weekend! Heidi came home with two titles to add to her name (CD & BMDCA Working Dog Award) and I was super happy with our improvement. I haven't shown her since our Natl Specialty in April and she got a 192-1/2, 191 and 193-1/2 in Nov. B. She also won High Scoring Working Dog 2 days, and High Scoring Dog with a Tracking Title, 2 days.
June 14, 2014 - At almost 10 years old, Kobi earned his United Nosework Novice Containers title at the UKC Premier in Kalamazoo MI. He placed third with a time of just over 4 second to find the hide. Kobi started Nosework last year as a dog to fill a class in a newly offered dog sport. Surprise, he loves it and vehicles is his favorite search element.
June 8, 2014 - Wow - another great weekend for Tollhaus Kennels. Maple is wins Winners Bitch, Best of Winners and Best of Opposite this weekend to finish her championship with Erica handling. The win photos will be coming in a couple of weeks.
Decker (Tollhaus You Decorated My Life) completes his United Nosework pretrial in textbook style. He checks each box until he finds the order of birch and then gives Sue the alert. In Decker's case his alert is to look at his handler. Decker is six months ands two days old during this video and he demonstrates the focus a working Berners can possess.
May 31, 2014 - Announcing CH Tollhaus Suisse Holiday TD RA BN NDD (Heidi) - Heidi and Lynn travelled to Biloxi, MS. Heidi was handled by Dawn Hitchcock for two 5 point majors! Dawn is a great handler and she also finished Heidi's mother Ruby! See Dawn's website at http://webpages.charter.net/stephencrisp/best/index.html. In addition, we received the results back for Heidi's health testing and she has clear elbows, good hips, DM clear, eyes & heart normal. She is vWd cleared by parentage.
May 24, 2014 - Pat showed Cookie for the first time in a puppy competition in Bloomington, IL. Cookie did an outstanding job and won the breed and received a Group 4!
May 10, 2014 - Heidi took Winners Bitch the first day of shows up in Eau Claire, WI. This has now singled her out and we will try for majors now towards her championship. Unfortunately we didn't take a picture, so we'll have to wait for the pics when she gets her majors!
April 7 - 12, 2014 - Just to update everyone on the National Specialty at Hampton, VA. I would encourage all of you to attend at least one BMDCA in your lifetime. If you love berners, you will be in heaven! About 600 - 700 berners in one spot! Anyway - we had a fabulous week! On Tuesday, Heidi passed her Novice Draft test in VERY muddy conditions!
Tuesday afternoon brought Sue Balsiger and Kobi (her almost 10 y.o. boy) in Versatility conformation (That's where dogs that have a ...Championship, Draft Title and usually a obedience title (companion dog) compete. Kobi and Sue placed 3rd in the 7 years and older class. Wednesday night was the Veterans Sweepstakes Gala and Sue showed both Will (7 y.o.) and Kobi again and Kobi won his 9-11 years old class!
Also on Wednesday, both Ruby and Heidi had their eyes and hearts tested at the health clinic and both were good girls and passed their tests with flying colors! On Thursday, Sue was back in the Veterans ring for the regular classes in the morning with Will & Kobi and Kobi won his 9-11 class again, which meant that he would then move on to Best of Breed on Saturday! Yippee! Lynn & Heidi showed in obedience and got a 185-1/2 out of 200 and then in the afternoon, they showed in conformation in the Amateur Owner Handler Bitch class and got 3rd place!
On Saturday, Sue showed Kobi in Best of Breed and they made the first cut! For those of you not familiar with showing, making the cut in Best of Breed at a National Specialty is pretty awesome, because you are up against the top dogs in the nation! Congrats to Sue and Kobi! Here's a pic of Heidi's conformation placing and I'll let Sue post a picture of her boy! Plus I think Sue has some lovely candids of all of our dogs by the lake! It was a fun week, but I think we are all really happy to be back in our own beds!
2/28 & 3/1: Awesome news! Kobi and Sue won Best Veteran in Sweeps both days at the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Southeast Wisconsin Regional Specialty! Doesn't Kobi look wonderful for 9-1/2 years old? Way to go!
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1/3/2014: Erica had a little (big) boy - Justin Joseph Arena, 9lbs, 2oz. He is a beautiful, healthy boy!
12/11 & 12th, 2013: Lynn and Heidi attended the pre-shows at the Eukanuba National Championships in Orlando, FL. They were entered in Pre-Novice Obedience, Rally Obedience and Dock Dogs. It was a great time and Heidi performed her little heart out. Her scores on Wednesday in Pre-Novice were 191 - 3rd Place, Rally Advanced B - 99 - 2nd Place. On Thursday, Heidi and Lynn got a 192 in Pre-Novice and in Rally Advanced B, they got 98 and 4th Place against some very stiff competition. We had a ton of fun competing in dock dogs and her best jump in three waves was 12'3". Additionally we volunteered at the Meet The Breeds both for the BMDCA. Heidi loves meeting new people.
12/6/13: Ruby gave birth to 9 puppies out of CH Arundel's Diezel's Nobody's Fool. There are 6 girls and 3 boys and all are very healthy, robust puppies.
11/2/13: Sue traveled to GA for a draft test and Ivy & Will passed their Brace Novice Draft Dog test! They are an amazing team!
10/27 & 28th, 2013: What a great weekend for our family! The BMDCNI held their regional specialty and our dogs did a wonderful job! Sue showed Kobi & Ivy in conformation and Pat showed Ivy in obedience.
Kobi won an Award of Merit from the 9-12 year Veteran Dog class under breeder Judge Christine Mann. Kobi also won Best Veteran in Sweepstakes the second day of the show!
Ivy also won 2nd Place in the 7-9 year Veteran Bitch class under breeder judge Christine Mann! In addition, she won her Veterans Obedience class on Saturday!
9/28/13: Pat & Ivy showed great teamwork and passed the Novice Draft Dog, so Ivy now has a NDD to add to her name! Way to go!