Swiss embalmed St. Bernard Barry, who saved 40 people in the Alps in the beginning of the XIX century

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Swiss embalmed St. Bernard Barry, who saved 40 people in the Alps in the beginning of the XIX century Barry (1800-1814) - the most famous dog (breed: St. Bernard). It lived at the monastery on the Italian-Swiss borders and with alpine rescuers worked for more than 10 years and saved 40 people.

Witnesses stated that Barry was mistakenly killed by the last rescued man. In fact it is just touching legend. Another legend narrates that once Barry saved half frozen boy, lying under snow slide near his mother which was already dead. Barry sprawled on the boy's body to warm him, and licked his face as long as the child has not awakened. Then Barry brought him to the nearest shelter.

The name “Barry”, in fact, has nothing to do with the English name of Barry, and is derived from the Swiss-German word "Bäri" (ie “the bear”), which in Switzerland often is given for dogs of black color. At the end of the XIX century the name has changed a bit in the English style and has become a "Barry". This happened because the dog was almost a legend in the English-speaking world, which in those days was carried away by the Alps. Legend of Barry, like a fairy tale “Heidi” is examples of enough clever advertising to attract tourists.

Often legends clearly embellish reality: for example, the story that on Barry’s collar hung a small vial of liquid to warm saved people is also fiction.

Dogs that have been used by the monks of St. Bernard in the gorge of the Alps were very different in shape and color from those whom we call St. Bernards today. After accidentally killed most of the dogs, the monks crossed over from the mastiff, and so were created modern St. Bernards. That is why the color of Barry was not familiar to us.

Mummy of Barry is exhibited today at the Museum of Natural History in Bern, Switzerland. In addition, his statue is located at the entrance to the cemetery of pets in Paris, France.

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