KATHLEEN MEIER WITH CHARLOTTE AND HEIDI
BREED: BERNESE CIT Y: GREENBRAE
WHERE DID YOU MEET? I met my first Bernese mountain dog in about 1976 through a friend and fell in love with the breed. My first Berner joined our household
in 1979 and except for three months in 1987, after I lost [that] first Berner, I have always had one or two to share my life with. Charlotte is number six and Heidi
is number seven. I brought both of them home when they were each eight weeks old. FAVORI TE SNACK? The girls love Frosty Paws — a special treat in warmer
weather. They also love Zuke’s treats and Newman chicken/sweet potato sticks. FAVORI TE PARK/ TRAIL? They love to frequent the path along the Corte Madera
Creek here in Greenbrae and also the Bay Trail. DO THE Y SLEEP IN YOUR BED? Yes, both of them sleep in the bed. THE ORIGIN OF THEIR NAME. Because it is a Swiss
breed I favored S wiss names. My first Berner was named Liesl, from The Sound of Music. I picked Charlotte because I loved the name and there were few if any
Berners I knew of (or dogs for that matter) with the name Charlotte. It suits her perfectly. And then I was back to S wiss-derived names with my youngest, Heidi.
SOME THING UNIQUE ABOUT THEM. Charlotte is an amazing therapy dog — well-known throughout the county — and there is just something about her that really
makes an impression on people. She is comical, she’s engaging, has a bounce in her step at eight-and-a-half and seriously seeks out people engagement. Heidi is
just two and this is her first year taking part in animal assisted therapy. She is an amazing agility dog and a great partner to the autistic kids in our Jumping for
Joy program. She also seems to have a very special appreciation for people with disabilities and really engages with them.