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Why a St. Bernard Will Not Save You in the Alps

World  (tags: St. Bernard dogs, heroes, legend, Alps, Italy, Switzerland, Great St. Bernard Pass, monks )

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High in the Alps, you've lost your way: snow blind, thirsty and cold. But what's that bark? A rescue dog? And can it be? Has the St. Bernard that's come to your aid really brought you a flagon of brandy? Why not have a sip?

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Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 2:10 am
I am cancelling my trip in the Alps! thanks Carrie.

Lone F (67)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 4:13 am
I learned something new today. Interesting post. Thanks, Carrie

Gloria p (304)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 8:05 am
My favorite place is the Cimetiere des Chiens in Asnières-sur-Seine, France. There is a giant monument to a Saint Bernard named Barry. He saved 40 people and died saving the 41st. There is no mention or image of a cask. Rin Tin Tin is also buried there.

Lona G (80)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 8:55 am
As far as I know, some rescue organisations in Switzerland still work with the occasional St Bernard. Whether this is done just to keep tourists happy or because these dogs have the insulation, the endurance and the strength to track missing people and drag them out if the snow, but one thing is certain: if they have a little cask, there's no brandy inside. That myth really went out the door a long time ago.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 11:43 am
Thanks for sharing.

Janis K (126)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 12:49 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 2:20 pm
I'm afraid no St Bernard will save me in the Alps because I won't be there.

Kathleen M (224)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 2:44 pm
Noted. Interesting article. Thanks for posting, Carrie!

Nelson Baker (0)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 2:51 pm
Thank you for the article.

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 5:34 pm
Interesting. Thanks Carrie

Sheri Schongold (7)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 6:26 pm
Thanks for the info.

Bruce C D (89)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 8:27 pm
Not entirely true. The dog could help keep you warm and bark to signal rescue. Instead of carrying brandy, it could be carrying needed food and fluids to sustain a person--possibly even some medical supplies.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 10:23 pm
Thanks Carrie--I agree with with Bruce.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 10:39 pm
St. Bernard's can smell the scent of a human 8 feet under the snow, human's emit odor's. They bark and the human can hear this. Great Article!
Thank you Carrie

reft h (66)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 10:51 pm
Oh well, love the dogs and the legend all the same.

P A (117)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 11:41 pm
Apparently the myth about the brandy arose because of a Victorian painting - but now we know better. I too know about Barry the St Bernard - and according to QI (BBC) he died trying to save a 41st person - who for some demented reason thought the St Bernard was a wolf and shot him dead, the utter cretin!

Wolfgang W (235)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 3:14 am
I agree with Richard Speights who says:"You don't drink a bracer of alcohol to warm up but to help curb the risk of shock, to bring one's senses back after long exposure to harsh conditions. That brandy makes one feel warm is helpful when warming a person who has come close to hypothermia; because it gives the patient a feeling of hopefulness and confidence--and making the patient feel better helps the patient become better. So--a shot of brandy is helpful. A half-bottle of brandy, not helpful. As much as I like the Myth Busters, and I really do, I don't think I'll take my medical advice from them."

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 3:32 am
Thanks Carrie.

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 6:12 am
That's true Bruce.

Frances Darcy (133)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 11:20 am

Vallee R (280)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 12:35 pm
Maria - I am with you - let's go to the tropics!

Wolfgang - I agree - a sip of brandy does the job!

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Wednesday June 11, 2014, 4:33 pm

Valentina R (12)
Friday May 15, 2015, 1:32 pm
One of the stupidest "articles" I've ever read and also offensive towards the great Saint Bernard dogs.
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