I’ve loved dogs all my life. My fascination with the beautiful tri-color Swiss breeds started in 2002, when I worked on a story for USA TODAY that featured Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs. When I discovered the Bernese Mountain Dog, I fell in love and knew that these beautiful hairy beasts would be in my life in a big way. And they certainly have.
Teddy, our first Berner, has been competing in Obedience and Rally. He’s earned his Beginner Novice, Companion Dog, Rally Novice, Rally Advanced and Canine Good Citizen titles. And he’s also a certified Therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International. We are now preparing for Agility competitions.
Merlin is three. He is a character, a big boy and he keeps us laughing with his silly antics. He has discovered a love for canine scent work. And I hope to earn nose work titles with him in the future.
Ziva, the baby in the family, is a year and a half old and is having success in the Conformation ring (owner-handled). She just became an AKC Champion and is now working on her Grand Championship.
I’m at my happiest when I’m hanging out with these guys.
There’s always a camera around.
I was a staff photographer for USA TODAY for 26 years. In all, I’ve been a professional photographer for more than 36 years, beginning with the Lansing State Journal (Michigan). I retired from newspapers in 2015.
I have now launched my own photography business, specializing in storytelling using both stills and video. You can visit my business site at EileenBlass.com.
I hope you enjoy BernerWise. You’ll find great stories and photographs, lessons learned and training tips for both dog lovers and photographers.