May 15, 2023 Bryan Striegler

Sad news

I know it’s been a long time since my last post or update. Honestly, I’ve been struggling with this for months.

Unfortunately, Ellie passed away. She was such a loving and happy dog. Her only issue was her obsession with food and chewing on things.

Last summer, I took my kids to Branson for the day, and left the dogs inside. For those of you that know Bernese, they love their people and get sad and anxious when they aren’t with them.

That night when we got back, Ellie pulled some things off the counter and ate them. I’m not sure what it was, but the next day, I found the mess and she was acting strange. I knew something was wrong.

I took her to the emergency vet. The place was packed. After talking to them, I left her there and was told I would hear back later.

Bernese mountain dog with hid in yogurt container

Late that night, they called. They opened her up, and found that a large part of her intestines had died from the blockage. The only way to save her would have been a $10,000 surgery with a low success rate. Even if she had survived, she would have diarrhea the rest of her life.

It was one of the saddest and toughest decisions I’ve had to make. She wasn’t even 2 yet. It seemed really unfair that this would happen to her at such a young age.

I know this is sad news, and like I said, I’ve waited such a long time to share it. I thought it was something people needed to know. Ellie had 16 puppies, so there were that many families connected to her life. Many got to meet her.

Several months after Ellie’s passing, I was in the KC area. I stopped by a breeder and found Emma. She’s just as sweet as Ellie, but is much thicker. She’s almost a year old, and she outweighs Finn.

I’m hoping to have more puppies in the next 8 months or so. It’s not the same without Ellie, but we love Emma and are excited for more puppies in the future.