Wednesday, 14 February 2018

WALK with the St. BERNARDS DOGS all weekends until end May -Barry Foundation - 2 hrs from Geneva

The Barry Foundation, who owns the oldest St. Bernards dogs breeding center organizes walks with their famous dogs every Sunday and Saturday until end of May.
A  45 minutes walk in the nice landscape of  Champex Lac during winter and in the woods around Martigny in summer costs 30 CHF per adult and 15 CHF per child  of age between 6 and 16 years old, walks are free for kids younger than 6 years old, accompanied by an adult.
Please book your place in advance  through the tourist office in Champex-Lac (telephone +41 (0) 27 775 23 83, www.champex.ch or e-mail champexlac@saint-bernard.ch), for the winter walks , book directly at the Barry Foundation for the spring walks from March through May

    images of a spring walk with the Saint Bernard dogs copyright www.fondation-barry.ch

About the St. Bernards , these dogs are the Swiss National dogs and one of the symbols of Switzerland , their origins dates back to the 11 century when monks founded a hospice in the Grand Saint Bernard pass to host travelers and pilgrims, The monks brought with them at the hospice some big mountain dogs  to guard and protect the people there, these dogs were the ancestors of the St. Bernards dogs and became soon famous also for being able to rescue people in the snow avalanches . 

The Barry foundation , not only owns the oldest breeding center but also promotes several activities to increase awareness and interest about these  special type of dogs and  takes care about these dogs in Switzerland and beyond. Its name it's in memory of a dog called Barry who lived at the beginning of the 19th century and who saved more than 40 people in the snows.

St Bernards at teh Fondation Barry  www.fonfdation-barry.ch


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