In Loving Memory
SageKeeps Panning For Gold~
is only 18 months
His height was about 26-1/2" tall and he weighed
about 95 lbs.
At age 2 years, Panner weighed in at 102 lbs.
Date of Birth:
January 21, 2004
Date of Death: May 2, 2006
Cause of Death: HBC
(Hit By Car)
Normal Elbows and Good-to-Excellent Hips
TOP 30% of all Bernese in their database
|CERF: Eyes Normal
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OFA: EL-N, H-G
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It is tough to
write about Panner because I still feel incredible sadness, regret and also
anger with the people I entrusted him to and at myself for entrusting him to
them. I am working to forgive them and myself but it is difficult, especially
because they did not follow-through with their agreement with me. If they had,
Panner would certainly be alive because he would've been left with me when they
went on vacation. I am thankful that, after loss of Panner, another breeder
opted to entrust their puppy to this couple because I simply could not. I was
very sad to learn from other breeders that this couple blames Panner entirely
for his demise. They blamed his temperament, which had always been gorgeous when
he lived with me. Somehow, they expected an adult male dog who had been with
them less than 3 weeks, whom the wife had abandoned when Panner was about to be
attacked by another dog (among other things), was supposed to be happy to endure
being placed at a strange kennel, among more strange dogs, with a 4 ft high
fence. No, Panner wasn't to blame. Human error was to blame, which is often the
case with dog deaths. It's too bad that not everyone can take responsibility for
their own mistakes. I'm very hopeful that these people are making good parents
with their new puppy as I know they have good hearts (they're just not very
experienced with dogs). Their devotion to try to find Panner was sincere and
deep, even if they did delay contacting me for help until it was all but too
late. I know they suffered greatly from Panner's demise, as did all of us that
knew and loved him.
Panner was the puppy I kept as show/breeding potential from my Wild
West Litter (aka, The Dirty Dozen). He brought some important
qualities to my breeding program that I really, really wanted:
overall soundness, wonderful companion temperament, excellent health
and excellent orthopedics. His mother, Star, still lives with me.
June 2006, Panner produced an incredible litter of pups with my
Mariah. Panner was a great stud: he produced better than himself,
which is what you hope for. My Vinny and Savvy are Panner kids.
Because he produced such a nice litter, including the two gorgeous
boys that I have, I no longer needed Panner in my breeding program.
Berners are a breed that requires - thrives - on human
companionship. Several Berners share my companionship and so they
each must vie for my attention. That's why, when I can, I always
feel it's a blessing to place a retired Berner into a wonderful pet home
whenever possible. The pet home will likely give lots more
individual attention that I can. I strongly feel that Berner
hoarders (breeders who keep their healthy, well-adjusted Berners
even after they're neutered/spayed and so amass 30+ Berners living
with them) do a great disservice to those animals. So I thought
that, since Panner had finished as a stud, I would love him enough
to put him with a loving, committed family who could better meet his
Panner was incredibly athletic with the excellent orthopedics to
support it. In late March 2007, Panner was neutered and placed with a
in northern Idaho who enjoy
hiking and are very physically active outdoors. Panner is incredibly
athletic and, as I discussed with this couple at length, this was a
big reason I placed Panner with them.
Prior to placing Panner with them, this couple told me they had
plans to go to Louisiana for a jazz festival in April - but they didn't want to
wait to get Panner. So we agreed that Panner would come back and visit with me -
that I would keep Panner while they were gone and, as I do for all my puppy
buyers, I would do this for FREE. (I always offer my puppy buyers FREE boarding
for the pup's I've placed with them - for their vacations, emergencies, etc. In
fact, very often, I've driven and met them half-way at no cost to them, in order
to kennel their Berner with me while they enjoyed vacation).
So, our agreement was that, when they went on vacation in a few
weeks after they received Panner, Panner would board with me until they returned
home from vacation. Unfortunately, they changed their minds without telling me.
The wife told me that her reason for leaving him with a kennel instead was
because she wanted to feel like Panner was more hers than mine.
following situation is something the wife told TWO of my other puppy
buyers: During his time with them, the wife took Panner over to a
friend's home down the street from their home. These neighbors owned
an aggressive Rottweiler dog. While they were in the backyard, as
the Rottweiler prepared to attack Panner, the wife let go of
Panner's leash and walked away in fear for her safety. Feeling
abandoned and also because he'd never been attacked by another dog
before, Panner ran for his life - he jumped that small fence and ran
down the street, back to his new home where he waited for his new
owner to return (I'm sure he hoped the Rottweiler wouldn't follow
him!). Neither the wife nor husband had told me about this - I had
to learn it from TWO of my other puppy buyers who befriended this
couple in an attempt to help them learn about caring for a Berner.
This shows the couple knew that Panner could -and would- leap
After Panner had
been with this couple for less than 3 weeks, in
the latter part of April 2007, these people Panner was placed in
the care of Happy Tails Boarding Kennel in the Paradise Valley area
of Bonners Ferry. They chose this without telling me. My placement
agreement said that Panner would be brought back to stay with me when they left,
because Panner would've only been with them less than 3 weeks at that time.
IF THESE PEOPLE
HAD STUCK TO THE AGREEMENT
THEY MADE WITH HIS BREEDER,
PANNER WOULD BE ALIVE TODAY!
The kennel they chose instead is located on the edge of the Kootenai
Wildlife Preserve. Published material on this area says there are
cougars, grizzlies and brown bears live in this area. However, the
kennel came highly recommended.
Just three (3) weeks
after they'd brought Panner into their lives,
owners left on a trip and entrusted him to the care of this kennel.
The kennel removed his normal collar with his tags on it and put a
plain choker collar on him, instead. I have no clue 'why' this
kennel did this because, in my view, it's incredibly irresponsible
and plain stupid.
I really hope this kennel
re-thinks this policy AND their policy to leave new dogs unattended
in an open kennel in a wilderness area where - per published
information - there are many large animal predators that live in the
area. I feel this kennel made some irresponsible choices that
enabled Panner's flight and helped prevent his being identified.
Having served in rescue, I cannot imagine anyone with any rescue
experience making those choices.
Friday, April 27th, Panner jumped a 4-foot fence at this kennel and tried
to go home. As soon as his owners learned of Panner's dilemma, they
left their vacation early and spent a small fortune to fly home asap
to find him.
They searched for Panner all weekend and then
called to tell me about this situation on Monday, April 30th. I
immediately drove the 4+ hours north to join the search for Panner.
On Tuesday, as I was searching near a pond where Panner had been
sighted, I became very alarmed after I saw adult cougar footprints
near the pond. I've lived in an area where cougars roamed
freely (like the 3 cougars who lived on my property in a Montana
mountain community), so I am familiar both with the pawprints and the risks
owners and the kennel owner put up flyers everywhere, including
nearby towns. The kennel owner put an ad in the local newspaper. All
of us called nearby animal shelters and vet clinics.
camped out in various areas where Panner had been sighted. Their
friends came to help. Panner's owners mounted a huge effort to find Panner.
As you may imagine, it was a very, very emotional time. I do applaud Panner's
owners for never giving up hope to find him AND for taking time from their busy
careers to look for him (I know that was a huge price to pay to find a runaway
was sighted a few times after he escaped his kennel. One time, he
almost came to a particular stranger. There were no official
sightings of Panner after Sunday, April 29th 5pm, although there was
a possible sighting on Monday.
I drove up there, I felt I was a day too late and I did my best to
shake this feeling. His owners remained hopeful and very vigilant.
employed the help of two animal communicators, two intuitives and
The animal communicators and the intuitives said that
Panner was unhappy at the kennel and desperately wanted to go home.
So he jumped the fence and tried to find his way home. (Okay, so we
didn't really need anyone to tell us this but it confirmed what we
thought we knew).
intuitives said that Panner had been rescued by a very nice,
middle-aged couple who were trying to find his owners. Both animal
communicators said that Panner was roaming freely and trying to find
home. The douser agreed with the intuitives that Panner had been
of the intuitives said that Panner would be returned to his owners
on Friday after being rescued by a middle-aged couple, family
people. She said that the town of Elmira was especially important to
post flyers in because Elmira played an important part in how Panner
would be found. The other intuitive said this very same thing - not
knowing what the other one had said. Neither of the animal
communicators had anything about any particular town (and that's
probably because Panner was in a strange area).
problem was that no one - not one of them and none of us - knew
where Panner was or had any really good idea.
two dreams about Panner this week. Both dreams happened in the same
night: in the wee hours of Thursday morning, about 5 am.
first dream was that Panner was in a barn. A farmer had taken a
shot-gun and shot Panner, who had been roaming freely. Panner laid
down and, after a little while, died.
the dream that immediately followed, I saw Panner lying down,
stretched out a little on the ground. The ground beneath him was
different than the ground had been in the barn (it was grassy
instead of hay). When I arrived to see Panner - and in the dream I
knew I was in spirit-form - Panner looked up at me briefly to
acknowledge my presence and then he put his head back down. He was
in incredible pain. A moment later, I knew Panner had died. When I
awoke from the dream, I put as much positive energy into Panner as
possible and I desperately hoped neither of my dreams were true. But
I had a strong gut feeling that Panner had been killed by a human.
arranged to drive up on Friday night to the home of another puppy
buyer in the area. We agreed that I could use their home as a base
for sleep and showers so I could again join the search for Panner
over the weekend. I felt strongly confident we would find him and I
couldn't get rid of the heavy thought that Panner was dead. But I
was determined to find him - just as his owners were also
after I left work on Friday, I called Panner's owners to inquire if
Panner had been found and to make arrangements to connect with their
search efforts over the weekend.
Panner's new dad said that he had been standing in Elmira
putting out more flyers when he got a phone call from a strange
number. The call was from a man in the area. This man had seen the
photos of Panner on his flyers and had gone back to confirm that a
dead dog he saw matched Panner's description. The dead dog and the
description matched, so he called the number on the flyer.
it was Panner who lay dead on the side of a road near Naples (not
far from Elmira). It appears Panner was hit and killed by a car in
an area that was far south of the kennel. He was headed home.
the help of the caller, Panner's new dad loaded Panner's remains into his car
and took him to their Vet for cremation.
Panner with his new dad
are all devastated at the loss of our beloved boy, Panner. He had
just turned two years old in January. We're all amid feelings of
remorse, guilt and a fervent desire to change past decisions. If
Thankfully, Panner's legacy lives on in his wonderful children. He
produced one litter in June 2006. You can visit
Napa webpages to learn more about Panner's progeny.
Clifford, who was Bella's human, loved Panner deeply. He wanted
Panner to live with him but he was physically handicapped and it
wasn't possible. But he adored Panner. Clifford left us in early
April due to a terrible lung disease. It helps me to think that,
somehow, Clifford was waiting to greet Panner at the Rainbow Bridge.
I know Panner loved Clifford, too, and having Clifford greet him
would've been a joy for Panner.
darling boy, I am so sorry you're gone and for anything I did that
made you unhappy. I know Patrick and Lisa feel the same. We all
learned lessons at your expense.
Panner, you were
such a devoted friend and your passing has left a gaping hole in our
lives. Thank you for the wonderful memories you left with us.
Rest in Peace, Panner
WE LOVE YOU STILL!!!
and you'll never be forgotten as long as I draw breath.