While I was at the Specialty in Colorado, my co-owner of Bonnie's mother said she refused to do a C-section on Carnie because she had nothing but bad luck. We knew Carnie had a small litter of 1 or 2.
Large breed dogs cannot have a singleton puppy on their own as their body does not get triggered into labor because there is not enough of the right hormones present to sometimes even recognize that they are pregnant.
I told her that either we do a C-section or we can loose everyone, the mother and the babies. Not to mention this was the first and very anticipated litter from my Jesse James av Hiselfoss.
When I arrived home on May 19, 2013 my life was turned upside down and my rug was pulled out from under me~! Without getting into details of what I found in my home because I showed up about 8 hours early, led to a very long drawn out divorce after 23 years of marriage.
6 days later my partner said she needed my help and that she was bringing Carnie (Bonnie's mother) over for me to handle the rest of the pregnancy. My brain could hardly wrap myself around taking care of a mother and young pups at that moment. I was trying to figure out what direction I was going with my life. The emotional heart break I was going through was so great I didn't know how I would cope. Carnie soon showed up and we did a C-section on May 26th. It was a beautiful litter of two, whom I named "Bonnie" & "Clyde".
It is amazing Bonnie turned out as well as she did because I feel I did not give her and Clyde as much love and attention that I should have, or that I normally give a litter just because I was just so torn and always going somewhere to escape my home where there was not much happiness.
Bonnie and Clyde grew nicely and I brought the 2 of then down to my dear friend Jeni West to see if we had a show dog in the bunch. I so wanted something nice out of my champion show stud dog, Jesse James, to show people what he can do.
Bonnie was chosen as the show pup. You can see the fun 8 week old pictures where we analyzed the two of them. Clyde went to a wonderful family in Colorado that I met while I was at the specialty show a few weeks prior.
Bonnie sure went through some goofy growing fazes, if it wasn't for the fact that she was the first born Jesse daughter, I would have sold her into a forever home and had her spayed. Instead, around 13-15 months she really came around and OH MY...she is an absolutely amazing bitch~! In all aspects. She has a fun and bouncy personality which is all her. And her structure is of the top bitches in the country!
At 19 months, after I had taken almost a year off from showing because of everything that had happened, I decided I just had to get her in the ring no matter what it took. I took her to Jeni West in December of 2014, left her there for a couple weeks and then she went to her first show. The first time out she won her class both days and went Best of Winners and Best of Opposite. I was so excited for her. Another weekend of showing went by a few weeks later and again Bonnie won~! We were on a roll~!
About 3 weeks before her next show Bonnie had a very large swelling about the size of half of a Base Ball one morning. She was still eating and seemed fine except for this ugly swelling that was hard as a rock. Wasn't sure if she ran into something or what was going on. I was hoping it wasn't an abscessed tooth. I treated the problem with antibiotics and inflammation reducers. There was some small change after about a week, but not enough. I then took her to a specialty dentistry vet. There, of course, she was diagnosed with an abscessed tooth...ugh. The recommended treatment is to remove the tooth. Not a big deal on a non-show dog~! At this point I was sure her show career was over...... At that point the treatment was the best thing to do. Bonnie recovered well, but it took all of the next two weeks and another surgery to get all her swelling down before that next show.
I wasn't going to send her, but I sent Craig to take her down to Jeni West and she said she would hot pack it and see how she was after a couple more days. We all agreed and made the decision to show Bonnie in Des Moines which I was so thankful for as she again came up Winners Bitch both days and received a major one of the days~!
At that point Bonnie only needed one more major to finish her Championship~!
Her next show was the huge BMDCSEW Back to Back in Wisconsin were there were 77 Bernese Mountain Dogs she competed against. What an exciting weekend...her first day shown she received Winners Bitch over 32 bitches, Best of Winners over the Male Winners Dog and then went into the Breed Ring and Took a Best of Opposite against all the other Champion Specials behind the Best of Breed Winner~!
We won so many neat trophies that day and it was my first time to win one of the beautiful embroidered chairs~!
Bonnie was now a Champion~!
She was only shown in 4 weekends and finished her Championship~! It was the fastest I have ever finished a Championship on a dog~! And to be a girl that I raised and a first daughter/offspring from my Jesse James~!
So needless to say Bonnie is very precious and dear to my heart and loved by my significant other and partner Craig and I~!
There is light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel and I have found that in my life now~!