GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. -- There’s a new resident at historic Timberline Lodge. He’s eight weeks old and furry.
Bruno, a purebred St. Bernard puppy, continues the longstanding tradition of St. Bernards at the lodge. The dogs have been a part of Timberline Lodge since its dedication in 1937 by Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The first St. Bernards were named Lady and Bruel. For a short period, Huskies replaced the St. Bernards as mascots but when the Kohnstamm family took over management of the lodge in the 1950’s, they brought back the tradition.
Since the early 1960’s, the lodge has always had St. Bernards named Heidi and Bruno.
“Timberline is a place that celebrates tradition, and one such tradition is being greeted by Heidi or Bruno when visiting the lodge,” said Jeff Kohnstamm, pictured with the new pup. “They have brought so much happiness to people over the years. We are really happy to keep that tradition alive.”
These days, the dogs are each owned by Timberline employees and visit the lodge when their owner is there.
"It's best for them to have an 'Alpha male,' explained Director of Public Affairs Jon Tullis. "They come and go to work with their master. Unfortunately, our staff member who is/was Bruno’s master left the company this fall, so it was time for a new puppy. Wes Gagnon, our food and Beverage Manager is [our new] Bruno’s master."