Friday, December 24, 2004

$4.15M Donated for Swiss Saint Bernards

"Swiss philanthropists are giving more than $4 million to keep the famed Saint Bernard rescue dogs working on the mountain pass that gave them their name, a key advocate said Friday.

Monks of the Congregation of Canons of the Great Saint Bernard have kept the dogs in their mountain monastery since about 1660. However, the monks said in October that maintaining the kennels had become too much of a financial burden.

Rudolf Thomann, president of the Swiss Saint Bernard Club, said two foundations were being created to care for the dogs and build a museum in their honor. The canines are credited with having saved some 2,000 travelers over the past 200 years."

I have two of these magnificent animals as next-door neighbors...Cheyenne and Dakota. They'll be thrilled to hear of I imagine will the humans who live there also.

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