I’ve always been a dog lover and have raised dogs for years. Putting my black lab, Sam, down last year was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. He was a great companion. I never thought I’d shine up to another breed. But then I met a full grown, 130-lb. Bernese Mountain Dog perfectly poised in the back of a sport utility vehicle and looking like an incident commander in control of his crews, I fell in love with the breed and had to have one.