Saturday, May 23, 2009


Nani has a few videos on YouTube.
If you haven't seen them, check them out!
Short one of Nani at last years Helen Woodward Surf Dog, Surf-A-Thon:

Yet another short shot of Nani at the Surf-A-Thon:

Way cool one of Nani at last years Surf-A-Thon: (by Rene Bruce)

Nani surfing for the Surf Dog Calendar. (See's on one of the Post Cards) (by Eric Janson)

Nani Surf Diva:

Nani Surfing With Kia:

Friday, May 22, 2009


Nani's on Dogster!
Check her out at:

Busy Summer

Nani has a busy summer.

Nani will participate in the Purina® Incredible Dog Challenge - Western Regional - Surf Competition at Dog Beach in Ocean Beach on June 13th, 2009. Come Check it out! This is the first time a Dog Surfing Event has been added to the Purina® Incredible Dog Challenge Series. This will appear on ESPN later in the year.

She will also participate in the Loew's Surf Dog Competition on June 20th, 2009. Proceeds from this event benefit the Loews Coronado Bay Resort's Good Neighbor Partner, Modest Needs Foundation. Go to: for more information. Come participate or just come to cheer on Nani!

On June 11th, 2009 she will go up to Hunington Beach to participate in the Surfing Paws Dog Jam. This will be an incredible event that benefits the Orange County SPCA. There will be a Red Carpet Awards Event after the Contest at the Waterfront Hilton. For more information go to:
(Rene Bruce (he organized this event) is using video of Nani surfing with his dog Kia on this web site to promote the Dog Surfing event. Way Cool!)

She not done yet....

On September 13, 2009 Nani will again participate in the 4th annual Helen Woodward Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon that benefits the Helen Woodward Animal Center. This event will help raise awareness and money for orphaned pets while promoting responsible pet ownership.
This is a must see event!

Purina® Incredible Dog Challenge

Nani has been Invited to participate in the Purina® Incredible Dog Challenge® Western Regional Surf Competition at Dog Beach in Ocean Beach on June 13th, 2009
This is a new event for the Purina Dog Challenge series and will be televised some time in the future on ESPN.

Surf Calendar

After the Helenwoodwar Surf-a-thon last year in September, Nani was approached to participate in a photo shoot for a Surfdog Calendar.
Every year a surf Dog Calendar, Post Cards and Note Cards are put together to benifit animal charities.
Go to :
Nani is one of the most popular note cards. They are available at:
Imperial Beach by the Sea Gifts - 862 Seacoast Dr.
Earth, Wind & Sea - Orange Ave; Coronado
Postal Annex - Orange Ave. Coronado
Rite-Aid - Orange Ave; Coronado
Hotel Del Coronado - Set Sail
Old Town Market - Dog Booth
World Famous Dog Wash - Ocean Beach
Surf Diva - La Jolla Shores
Scripps Green Gift Shop - N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla
Hansen's - Encinitas
The Grateful Dog - Pacific Coast Hwy. Encinitas/Leucadia
Queen Eileen's - Pacific Coast Hwy. Encinitas
Offshore Surf Shop - Coast Hwy. Carlsbad


After visiting a friend in Germany who had a Bernese Mountain Dog, Gabi and I decided that was it. When we get home, we're going to get a Bernese Mountain Dog. Well it took more than a year, but we heard of one over in Arizona. We decide we would go look. Well, we drove to Tempe Arizona and when we saw her, it was all over. Fell in love instantly. We grabed her and drove right back to San Diego.

At an early age, Nani was diagnosed with hip dysplasia.
Several Veterinarians and orthopedic specialist were consulted
Some suggested various surgical procedures and some suggested various medications. Still others suggested various physical therapies.
In the end, we decided we would try swimming.
We took Nani to Mission Bay. The idea was that I would paddle my kayak and Nani would swim behind. Problem was, Nani would be crying the entire time. I would pull onto the beach and Nani would jump into the kayak. So I ended up paddling her around the bay. The other dogs got wind of this and before you knew it, I was paddling three dogs around the bay. Clearly this was not going to work. (I was getting in shape, but this was never the plan)
So I tried swimming out 50 yards or so from the beach and tread water waiting for. (Nani wasn’t far behind) Problem was, she was crying the entire time. I think she thought I was drowning. So I would hold on the nap of her neck and Nani would pull me back to the beach. This would be repeated a half dozen times. This turned out to be a pretty good workout.
When I would go surf Kayaking, Nani would run back and forth on the beach, you guessed it, crying the entire time. One time the kayak came back to the beach with out me (this happened more than once) and Nani jumped in. So, I pushed her out into the surf. I pushed her into a wave and she sat there like Cleopatra all the way to the beach.
A close friend witness this curious behavior. She told us about a surfing contest for dogs (The Helen Woodward Surf-A-Thon) and suggested that we sign Nani up. I thought she was nuts and didn’t give it much thought again. About six months later she called me to remind me that the surfing contest was coming up in two weeks and wondered if I was going to enter Nani. We decided we would take her to dog beach in Del Mar that weekend to she if she could surf. I had a $99.00 foam top surf board I purchased at Costco to teach our friends children visiting from Germany.
I swear, this is the honest truth. I walked out into the water with Nani close behind. I set the surfboard down in the shallow water and Nani jump right up onto the surfboard. I pushed her out through a few waves, turn her around and pushed her into a small wave.
She rode that wave all the way to the beach. We could not believe it! We tried again and she did it again. When we got home, we signed her up for the surfing contest.
The day of the contest was a typically beautiful sunny San Diego day. We entered Nani in the xtra large dog division. She won first place (a gold metal) in her weight group and moved on to compete in the finals. She won second place (a silver metal) over all. Not bad for two weekends of practice. Don’t forget, she has hip dysplasia.

Since then, we’ve taken her several more times just for fun. She loves it!
When she hears the sound of the Velcro of my board shorts, she goes nuts, She starts crying, jumping up and down, barking and starts nosing me towards the car. This doesn’t stop until she’s on the board in the water.
I can’t tell you how many times people have come up to us to say it made their day to watch her surf. She regularly draws a crowd.
We don’t make her do this. If she didn’t want to do it, we would not force her.
I'm always watching her and am close by to be sure she’s o.k.
Nobody should force their dog to do anything they don’t want to do.
There’s a better than average chance if you go to Dog Beach in Del Mar on any sunny weekend, you’ll see this very happy Bernese Mountain Dog surfing. If this doesn’t make you smile, nothing will!