WEST WIND SAINT BERNARD'S
Some Bit's About the Saint
Bernard
A well socialized saint is a mellow, affectionate , lazy dog.  They prefer to always be with
someone; They do score high in learning and problem solving, but their activity level is low
to medium, and they don't deal well with heat.
They are great watchdogs and will alert you to anything unusual, but they are poor guard
dogs as they are friendly to almost everyone.
Please know and be aware that there are many puppy  mills and breeders that  lack the knowledge or compassion to
properly care about the puppy's they raise, they sell them cheap to make a buck, as`a result  you end up with a pup that
has health issues (sometimes extremely severe) a lot of these puppies also have
genetic problems.  I, myself, once fell prey to that type of person - I was unfortunate enough years ago and bought a
dog with a heart problem that only lived a few months. This was not only heartbreaking and expensive but was also a
good lesson learned. The puppy only lived to be 6 months old, we never got to enjoy him. As a result I have carefully
started studying pedigrees and have learned what bloodlines to stay away from. I am asking anyone that purchases a
puppy to not only please educate yourself about the breed of dog you choose, but choose your breeder carefully, its
well worth the time and money to gain a healthy companion that will be with you for many years
"Dogs are not our whole
life, but they make our
lives whole"
The Saint Bernard projects confidence and strength. The Saint Bernard is a
trainable breed that loves spending time with it's owner. A gentle giant, the
affectionate Saint Bernard makes a wonderful companion for children. The
Saint's loving and gentle nature makes him a great playmate for children, the
Saint is very loyal, caring and docile. In most cases the Saint is very easily
trained and extremely intelligent.
There is no such thing as a "dry mouth" Saint Bernard - some do drool more
then others. The drool is caused from the "flews" the hanging part of the jaw. ,

A saint Bernard is not for everyone they are very cute when they are small, but
grow very large sometimes the male can get up to 200 lbs.
Saint Bernard's do not eat according to size, but it can get a bit expensive at the
veterinarian's due to the cost of medications given by weight of the dog.
All breeds of dogs large or small have certain health problems that they can be
prone to; some problems that can occur with saint bernards are cardiac
problems, epilepsy,hip dysplasia and bloat. Some are genetic - beware of some   
bloodlines, some issues are due to poor diet and exercise.
Most people that want to own a big dog worry about Hip Dysplasia,  Please
know that it is not always genetic. If a dog is predisposed  to joint problems it
doesn't necessarily mean they will ever have dysplasia, while some dogs that  
are not predisposed to it  can get it  if they are not raised properly. You  only
have one chance to turn a puppy into a dog, so how you raise them and what
you feed them is very important, Especially Large  Breed dogs. Because of my
care and concern to have healthy dogs, I  have no issues with joint problems --.  
For some interesting reading  about  joint problems and how to prevent them
click here  
JOINT RESEARCH  for an article on the research done by Dr.  
Wendall Belfield  DVM. Diet is very important to insure they grow at the proper
rate, if they grow too fast, you will have problems with their joints.    
They
must have a premium quality food , they cannot be raised on cheap
bargain brands.   Even though saint bernards grow huge their digestive system
is half the size of a small dog.
TIPS ON FOOD:  Many brands of dog food are "open formulas" since most
companies use corn,wheat,beetpulp and other products for fillers , they then
don't have to add as much meat product, so they can keep the cost down,
however, the reason they are called open formulas is because they can vary the
amount of the ingredients, so if corn is cheaper to buy at that time then you may
get more corn, or if beet pulp is cheaper then you may get more of that; it is all
determined by the harvest / market price, which can vary  with bad weather
crops, drought,poor yield quantities, etc..
Do your homework on foods, you want quality at a fair price, cheap foods are no
bargain, premium foods usually have better quality ingredients and the label
should have a good amount of meat, as dogs are not vegetarians.
There are some foods labeled as super premium, these have an impressive
ingredient label  but they are usually too "rich" for a saint,watch the ratio of
protein and fat;  there is one in particular that comes to mind that lists thirty three
percent protein and saints can't have that much protein it is hard on their
joints.    
We have raised many Saints  to live long healthy lives they can live to be  10 to
12 years with proper care.
TIPS ON BLOAT: Large breed dogs are prone to bloat because they are deep
chested,
bloat is an extremely dangerous problem. Bloat is a type of
twisting; When the actual  torsion occurs, the esophagus is closed off, limiting
the dog's ability to get any relief  by vomiting or belching. Often the spleen
becomes entrapped as well, and its blood supply is cut off. Then a long chain of
things can happen; the end being shock and then peritonitis (poisoning of the
blood). A
lthough, bloat can be caused by many different reasons - I have
notated just a couple; Never  let your dog run and play after eating.  My dogs
usually play then are fed, then take a nap after they eat;  It can also be caused
from drinking excessive amounts of water AFTER eating.
I have had this breed since 1980 and never had a case of bloat, until now.
Dec. 2013 We lost our beloved Daisy, because her stomach twisted, sad thing is
she didn't fit the "normal" bloat conditions, she didn't gulp her food,  and when
they did surgery she did not have food and water in her stomach; how can a   
large healthy girl, with an empty stomach , have it twist and kill her ? Only thing
we can figure is she did it to herself , she loved to roll and twist, whether she
was playing or sleeping , and I found her on her bed in distress so we rushed
her to the vet,  she lived about 15 minutes after the surgery.  
Even when you try to do everything right, things still happen
                             West Winds Daisy---2007--2013  Sadly missed  
           
She was our first AKC Champion and our first certified therapy dog

TIPS ON PUPPY'S: Everyone wants to show off their new puppy but remember
to take things slowly. Puppies are not like an adult dog. They need vaccination's
to boost their immune system, they cannot be fed table scraps or treats, their
stomach can't handle it. At birth, puppies go from being blind, deaf, helpless and
unable to control their internal thermostat, but, in just a few short weeks with an
experienced person's care they rapidly turn into robust healthy puppies.
Its my job to make sure when you get them at  8 weeks, to see to it that they are
better prepared to face the world, physically and psychologically.
I am not a vet or claim to be an expert that knows everything, my experience
comes from research, learning from vets, friends , and hands on experience
SAINT BERNARD'S MAKE
WONDERFUL THERAPY DOGS
I Made a great friend from the Detroit area ; Carrie bought a Saint Bernard From me
in 2007. Carrie is a Teacher for autistic children and would bring her dog to class with
her everyday, it became such a success that she ended up purchasing a second
saint from me to follow the footsteps of her first "class helper" - This type of therapy
for the kids is great; a warm, living, breathing companion that brings joy, smiles and
love to the kids on a daily basis.
Carrie, is an awesome teacher and "Bo"  is her helper along with her new addition
"Samson",  Carrie writes;

"Hi Diana, if you talk about Bo going to school, the children are all severely autistic. Bo is great therapy for
the students.  He really gets them to open up, show affection, and calms them down.  He is an all around
awesome dog. Samson settled in very nicely.  As I write, he is sleeping under my feet.  He, too, follows me
around everywhere.  Bo doesn't seem to mind - they actually slept side by side (in my bed of course!!) this
afternoon when we took a nap.  The kids love him and he and Bo are my soul mates.  What great dogs!
Thank you again - you really have some wonderful dogs.
I hope you like the pictures!"

Carrie
THE NEW ADDITION
SAMSON
   
BO IN THE CLASS ROOM
GETTING READY TO GET A BIG
HUG!!!
BO AGAIN - GIVING OUT ALL THAT
AFFECTION                   KISSES ???
WHAT  ???
I LOVE KISSES!!!
!
WHAT A LIFE; SITTING ON A
LITTLE BOYS LAP, WHILE I GET
SOME MAJOR LOVING FROM
ANOTHER LITTLE BOY -                
SHH...
LIFE IS GOOD!!
BO AND SAMSON EVEN GET A RECESS!! YES PLEASE RUB
MY BELLY.
BO STANDS ON LOOKOUT, AS SAINTS ARE VERY WELL
KNOWN TO BE GUARDIANS OF CHILDREN
.
All creatures are a gift from God,  
Dog spelled backwards is God,
that translates to unconditional love
Tierra and Treasure
2010  All grown up
Love being kissed by a Moose !!!!!!!
Another great adventure at Frankenmuth
Just a few of the beautiful  West Wind  pups that were raised in 2011
Lets not only measure a Breeders success by the
amount of winning their dogs do in the show ring--But
by the number of dogs placed in  forever homes with a
family that purchased them as a pup and loved them
till their last breath
TIPS ON CRATES--  I always get asked about crating a puppy, you do not want
to give the puppy the freedom of the house till its housebroke but you HAVE to
limit the time in the crate to short periods ; no longer than pup can hold its urine
otherwise you will have messes to clean and pup will learn nothing.   You want
the puppy to view his crate as his "Den" and will want to sleep there, the crate
should NEVER be used as a source of punishment or time away from the family  
There are two coat lengths and coat types --but all saints have white legs,belly,chest
Spash coat                                Mantle coat
rough coat                   Smooth coat
Saint Bernard dogs come in
colors of dark to light shades
of red and brown. a black
mask over eyes is
characteristic of the breed but
is not required.
White with brown splashes           solid brown body with necessary white
Only difference between  long hair and short hair
is coat length  and long hair has feathered legs,
tail and thighs
New pups Tiarra and Treasure, recently purchased by
West Wind Saints to  gain wonderful  bloodline of
Slaton Saints, multi show winner, Piece of the Action