Zunari News

November 2017





September 2017

The past few months we have been going to Rally-Obedience trials with Luda and Ziva. Luda gained her Rally-O Novice title very quickly, Ziva is almost there! (Handler error meaning we failed a test we did perfectly)




March 2017

The Western Classic is one of Perth's biggest shows for the year, with a panel of International Judges. I took Finn and Ziva who performed brilliantly!

Show 1: Judge Snr R Alcrudo- Spain
Finn: Reserve Challenge Dog, Best Open of Breed
Ziva: 1st Intermediate Bitch, Challenge & Runner Up Best of Breed.She was also shortlisted for Intermediate in Group


Show 2: Judge Mrs L Strongman - New Zealand
Finn: Reserve Challenge Dog
Ziva: 1st Open Bitch, Reserve Challenge Bitch



December 2016

Some photos below of the past few months at Zunari!

Luda & Ava on a morning run at the park

              Finn at Bunbury winning Best of Breed Both days!                                                      Luda & Ziva


     Bonnie (left) from our first litter & Ziva (with Baby Hunter!)


                                                                 Ziva and I caught up with JR on a recent trip to Melbourne




September 2016

Ziva and I travelled to SA for the Bernese Mountain Dog of SA Specialty and the Adelaide Royal. We had a lot of fun catching up with friends and showing. Ziva was awarded 2nd place in Junior under specialist judge Mrs J Gerow (USA)! I am so proud of how she showed, and her placing!


We entered the Best Breeder, Owner Handler Award at the Specialty and won this class!! I am thrilled to have been awarded this under a Specialist Bernese judge!!



July 2016

Over the past few months, Ziva has been awarded numerous Challenge & Best of Breeds and has attained her Australian Championship title! So proud of this girl!





June 2016

Some Updated photos  below!






















February 2016

The past few months have been very busy, here are some highlights!

In November, we attended the BMDCV specialty, which had an entry of 104 Bernese. Judge was Mr D Dennis (Canada)

Finn was 1st in Aust Bred Dog from a very large class, and Ava was 1st in Aust Bred Bitch/Aus Bred in Show (also from a very large class!)

































Mid November Ziva had her first show and was Baby of Breed! At her next show she won Best Baby Sweepstakes against 18 other baby puppies!




 Finn is awarded numerous Best of Breeds throughout December and January, giving him the final points needed for his Australian Championship title! Ziva picks up a few Baby in Group awards under Australian and International judges!


















October 2015

Finn adores the puppies, he is with Leon and Ziva.



August 2015

Finn and I caught up with his lovely sisters Camembert & Maggie (all 3 look very similar!) and their owners later this month.












We have puppies!! The long awaited litter from Luda has arrived, all are doing well.

A few photos of Luda's puppies below!



Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Victoria Open Show July 2015

Ava : Best Opposite Open in Show!













July 2015

Our Bernese often come to work with me or out with friends. Luda loves to have coffee at Gloria Jeans!






June 2015

Some photos below of Finn and Ava at shows, who have both been awarded numerous Challenges and Best of Breeds.

Above: Ava Best of Breed and shortlisted for Best in Group at the Bulla Autumn Extravangza. Judge: A Ancell (NZ)
Photo: Ffire Images




March 2015

In 2 weekends of shows, Ava has picked up 4 challenges and 2x RUBOB, and Finn has been awarded a reserve challenge and 2x Best of breeds, and a Junior in Group! Below is a photo of Finn running for Junior in Show, photo credit to Michelle Doe.





February 2015 

We have had a bit of a break from showing during the summer months!  

 I took Fil to some shows towards the end of 2014 where he was awarded multiple best of breeds and class in groups. 

He achieved his Australian Championship with a 15 point Best of Breed and a Runner-up in Group under judge Mr G Ball (WA) ! A great way to finish his title!  Below is his winning picture with the judge, myself and his owner Emma Sankey.
He is now known as Am, Au, Rus Jnr Clb Ch, Rus Grd Ch, Kaz & Ukr Ch Terra de Bern Shatobrian! (Imp RUS via USA)






 Below: Fil is awarded Best of Breed and Open in Group under judge Mrs M Boyd (NZ)







November 2014

Results from the BMDCV November specialty show:
Finn- Best Opposite Junior of Breed
Ava- 2nd Intermediate Bitch
Luda- 4th Australian Bred Bitch














October 2014

Finn celebrated his 1st birthday and enjoyed a special cake with his buddies!







  Melbourne Royal Show September 2014

This years Royal attracted an entry of 65+ Bernese Mountain Dogs. Under judge Mrs E Haapaniemi (Finland) Ava won the Intermediate class!

Fil- AM Ch, Rus Jnr Club Ch, Rus Grd Ch, Kaz Ch & Ukr Ch Terra de Bern Shatobrian (Imp Russia) was awarded 1st in Open dog, and Reserve Challenge Dog!  Fil is owned by Emma Sankey.
















September 2014


  We have recently relocated from Perth to Melbourne and are enjoying the cool change! Ava and I travelled to Adelaide for the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of SA Specialty. Ava was awarded 2nd in Intermediate under breed specialist Mr J Herngren (Sweden)








January 2014      


  Finn had his first shows recently, and was awarded 3x Baby Puppy in Groups and 1x Baby Puppy in Show! An amazing achievement!




  31 December 2013


 Ava finishes 2013 with a Best of Breed from an entry of 14 Bernese! Judge Dr F McEvoy also awarded her Intermediate in Group.
Despite her limited showing throughout 2013, Ava has finished as the #1 Bernese Mountain Dog in WA, and #5 in Australia!! (Dogzonline Pointscore)


Ava & Luda enjoyed a morning at the beach to end 2013.




November 2013.

Ava and I travelled east to Melbourne for some shows and to catch up with some friends. While over there we caught up with Ava's very handsome brother Elwood (pic below left) and his lovely owner Katrina.  We had a day to get ready for the show, the pic below right is Ava enjoying the Melbourne sunshine!
It was a very busy weekend, but was great to see so many lovely Bernese and meet lots of people. Thank-you to Emma, Paul & Brady for having us!








Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Victoria Specialty 2013


This year's specialty was judged by Madame Uschi Eisner from Austria, with an entry of 87 Bernese! Below are some pictures of Ava, who from a large class was placed 2nd! I was very proud of how she did, as she was also one of the youngest in the class. Her critique reads:

"Feminine head, good topline, chest, bones & angulation. Correct standing, good tail carriage, moves well and friendly."



Thankyou Shane Millard for the lovely pic of Ava below.



I was also very lucky to be able to handle Emma Sankey's stunning Bernese-  Emir Hard River (Imp Pol). Emir was awarded Best Junior in Show at the Specialty! He is a beautiful dog in both appearance and temperament. Thank-you Emma for the opportunity to show a lovely boy! You can see more of Emir at http://www.zollkonbernese.com.au/



Victorian Women's Dog Club Show

Before we flew home, we had one more show under judge Mr C Liepmann (USA) who had an entry of 54 Bernese. Ava did very well again, placing third out of a large Intermediate class!
I was thrilled to handle Emir to Res Challenge Dog, and Runner-up Best of Breed!


For a bit of fun, we entered a Breeders Team competition.

Emma Sankey with Cami (Zollikon I Want It All)

 Lindsay Ryan-Thomson with Cherry (Ch Zollikon You Give Love a Bad Name)

and Myself with Ava (Ch Zollikon Foreign Liaison)





October 2013

Perth Royal Show.

We had a great day at the Perth Royal Show! Our judge was Mr S Pizzorno from Uraguay. Luda won Reserve challenge bitch and Ava won her class and was Intermediate of Breed!



8 September 2013

After a short break from the show ring, Ava returns and is awarded Challenge, Runner-up Best of Breed & Intermediate in Group! Thankyou Bev for taking some lovely pictures of her.



28 July 2013

Luda was awarded Best of Breed today under judge Mr J Burgess (Qld) Today's win gave her the final points for her Australian Championship title!!



20 July 2013

 Thank-you to my friend Ali for this gorgeous pic of Ranger! In his short stay here, he was awarded 4 Best of Breeds and the final points for his Australian Championship title!! Ranger lives with his breeder Emma Sankey (Zollikon) in Melbourne.



13 & 14 July 2013 

This weekend WA had a major international Winter Festival Show. Ranger was Dog Challenge and Best of Breed both days, and Ava was Bitch Challenge and Runner-up Best of Breed both days!

Judges were Mrs Z Oleinikova (Ukraine) & Mrs R Kadike-Skadina (Latvia)

Below is a pic of Ranger & Ava in the Best of Breed runoff. Thankyou Nat for the pic.



Below: Ava on the move


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Mel Hondema
Perth, WA

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