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are SageKeep Dogs bred or owned by Esther Wilson

unless otherwise specified.

Beware of Bernese Mtn Dog Breeder websites that steal photos of Berners from other breeders and then display those photos to falsely portray their kennel.


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~ Eaglecaps Morning Star~




Star brought some incredibly important traits to my breeding program

and I'm very thankful for her.


Star was a very sound dog: sound in body and in temperament.

She came from a pedigree full of sound dogs.


Star was the best of brood bitches.


Star was a wonderful wet-nurse / surrogate mother

to other puppies in need of her help.


She gladly joined Mariah in the whelping box

to help nurse the other half of Mariah's huge litter of 12 puppies in Feb 2007.

She helped nurse this litter until pups were weaned at age six weeks.


Then, in March 2008, Star wet-nursed her grandbabies

in a strange house, around people she'd never met before,

in a strange whelping box meant for the pups' mother,

around several dogs she'd never met before

and all this without me around at all!

On the day they were whelped, the puppies' mother

died from complications due to a C-Section.

Star wet-nursed her grandbabies until they were weaned at age 5 weeks.

By generously offering her mothering skills,

Star stepped in to help save the lives of her grandbabies.

This is an amazing story!


Most importantly, Star consistently produced very sound, healthy puppies.


Star is the mother to: Panner.

She is also the Grandmother to Vinny, Savvy and Napa.



Star with her First litter of pups: SageKeeps American Mountain Litter




Star begins to nurse and clean newborn pups recently whelped

by a very exhausted Mariah (12 pups, total)



Standing on the left, Mariah nurses a group of her pups while

Star, laying down on the right, nurses the rest of Mariah's 6 week old pups



Date of Birth:  October 12, 2002

Date of Death: December 2, 2010

Orthopedic Clearances:

PennHIP: Left 0.52, Right 0.24

Top 40% in PennHIP Database for Berners

WCVM: Good Hips, Normal Elbows

See also: www.bernergarde.org database

Look up Star on the Berner Garde Database:




Star, on the left below, is playing

"Caring Big Sister" to a very young Mariah in the snow




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