The legendary St. Bernard dog, is the national dog of Switzerland and famous for his rescue skills. I’ll visited the Barry Foundation who keeps the story of “Barry” alive: The dog who rescued more than 40 people during 1800 and 1810 who wanted to cross the famous Great St. Bernard Pass, to go from Swiss to Italy and back.
“The name of St. Bernard, was the name of a monk who lived at the monastery, which provide hospitality for travellers who went from Swiss to Italy or the other way around, during the 11th century.”
You love to meet these fabulous dogs? Well, it’s absolutely possible!
In Martigny, there’s a foundation that works with volunteers and you can visit or even join them. 18 dogs of the Barry Foundation spent the summer months up on to the Great St. Bernard Pass to rescue and keeping the ancestral tradition. These dogs and their caretakers have done extremely good work for the population in this area. Of course “the Barry” is still trained for target searches.
“Your special friend “Barry” is still able to find you when you have lost your way in the mountains during bad weather.”
3 highlights of the Barry foundation:
Walk with “Barry”
Whether its winter, spring, summer or autumn, the Barry foundation will have an adventurous walk prepared for you. And the Saint Bernard dog will stay at your side. With every step you take, so you won’t get lost! You can even take a walk through the famous Great St. Bernard Pass. Barryland, dogs allover…
The foundation is open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and you can watch St. Bernard Dogs of all ages as they frolic around in the park grounds. If you love dogs, an absolute adorable experience.The museum
for a little bit of history and culture you can read and hear stories, see paintings and drawings about the real Barry and also other dogs and the people they saved. A little dark museum will give you the real vibe how it was in the ancient times….
If you are looking for a nice place to stay in the neighbourhood, read: Montagne Alternative, a peaceful hideaway in Swiss