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Old 23.01.2011, 14:14
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New Dogs at the Grand-Saint-Bernard Kennel :)

Nine dogs are born recently at the Kennel.





The article is here with a video of the dogs at the end of the page, and some pictures are there.

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Old 23.01.2011, 15:39
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Re: New Dogs at the Grand-Saint-Bernard Kennel :)

Last summer I went to Martigny for a day with a friend, but we spent the entire time at the Fondation Giannada and did not visit the Saint Bernard Kennels. A pity, as I do not think that I will return to Martigny just for them.
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The article is here with a video of the dogs at the end of the page, and some pictures are there.

Cute, especially these two pictures

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Re: New Dogs at the Grand-Saint-Bernard Kennel :)

Article about the dogs in general: Behind the legend of the St Bernard. Comment about the myth of the barrel of brandy:
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And the legend of the barrels? It seems that stories about St Bernards bearing vessels of alcohol began to circulate at the time Napoleon’s soldiers passed through; perhaps the dogs were commandeered to help carry provisions. But it was the enormous popularity from 1832 of a picture – a painting copied and sold throughout Europe in the form of engravings – that sealed the myth once and for all.

The image shows a pair of dogs discovering a traveller half-buried in snow. One of the dogs, with a barrel around its neck, is licking the travellers’ hand; the other is barking, apparently summoning help. The painting is called “St Bernards to the Rescue” – by none other than the English artist Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, famous for his paintings and sculptures of animals, including the Monarch of the Glen, and the lions of Trafalgar Square.

So, it seems that a reputation for consumption of alcohol in life-threatening quantities at holiday resorts can once again be attributed to the English. Sounds familiar? Plus ça change…
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Re: New Dogs at the Grand-Saint-Bernard Kennel :)

I love all the random info one stumbles across via EF!

Your link got me curious, so I looked Sir Edwin Landseer up... and yes, the Landseer breed (an offshoot of the newfie - a beautiful black and white dog) is named after him, based on the dogs his paintings popularized.

Thanks, RINH!
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Re: New Dogs at the Grand-Saint-Bernard Kennel :)

I agree. I didn't know about Sir Edwin Landseer. Looked on google and found some amazing paintings....

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I agree. I didn't know about Sir Edwin Landseer. Looked on google and found some amazing paintings....

This is the one he is most famous for (Monarch of The Glen). Prints of this one have adorned many UK households.

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