Sam's Giardino Photo Gallery
Bernese Mountain Dogs
& Their Visitors
Sam's Giardino is the home of Bernese Mountain Dogs in
This magnificent breed, although originating from the
Alpine regions of Switzerland, adapts well to the moderate coastal
climate of Namibia. As a herding dog, the Bernese is particularly
family-oriented and a faithful, soft-natured companion of humans of all
ages. Friendly visitors are quickly adopted into the "family" - making the
Bernese an easy-going inhabitant even of a busy hotel environment.
of those who shared our lives will ever be forgotten...
who was part of the team from
the very beginnings of Sam's Giardino. His special personality made an
unforgettable contribution to shaping the characteristics and public
appearances of our guesthouse and ultimately to the success of both.
When Einstein left for the Rainbow Bridge in 2007, we decided to honour
all Bernese Mountain Dogs and the exceptional roles most of them play in
the lives of their human companions by incorporating his image into our
logo - the one that can be seen in all our printed publications, since
who joint the Giardino team in
2006 as a boisterous puppy enjoyed one-and-a-half happy years together
with her mentor Einstein. Although not as outgoing and keen to pose for
the camera as he used to be, we were able to document a few highlights in
In late 2007, Ornella succeeded Einstein as four-pawed PR
Manager and Sam's faithful companion but she never quite got over losing
her canine friend. Only two years later, she followed him to the Rainbow
In the last quarter of 2009,
our Internet connection, telephone and fax lines ran hot with "dog talks"
- it proved impossible to find another Bernese puppy in our part of the
world! With the kind help of Marion Brown, the breeder of Einstein and
Ornella, as well as another Bernese fan in South Africa, we got lucky in
Germany. Thanks to the wonderful support of the
breeder, the Sandmann Family
in Markranstädt near Leipzig, we were able to follow his developments
since birth, and to fly him safely to Namibia, at only 10 weeks old.
Since January 2010, we are proud to have "Björn vom
Sandmännchenhof" around, who became Beethoven, upon
arrival in Swakopmund, and a much loved ambassador for his breed amongst
At 5 years of age (in Oct. 2014), he is in the prime of his life, a
big boy even for Bernese standards, and playful as ever. He loves his
daily long walks on the beach, across sand dunes, or in the dry Swakop
River bed, and being outside in all coastal weather. Apart from
enthusiastically digging into his food, it is a special treat for him
being allowed to join in a car ride.
Beethoven is friendly also
towards other dogs of all sizes, which enables us to welcome the
occasional canine visitor too.