Barry: The Saint Bernard who Saved Over 40 Lives in Switzerland
Barry was a Saint Bernard who lived in the Swiss Alps in the early 19th century. He was trained as a rescue dog by the monks of the Great St. Bernard Hospice and became famous for his heroic efforts in saving people lost in the mountains.
Barry is credited with saving over 40 lives during his lifetime, and his bravery and loyalty have made him a legend in Switzerland. His most famous rescue was that of a young boy who had become lost in a snowstorm. Barry found the boy and lay on top of him to keep him warm until the rescue team arrived.
Barry lived out the rest of his life at the hospice, where he was treated as a hero. After his death in 1814, his body was preserved and is now on display at the Natural History Museum of Bern in Switzerland.
Barry’s legacy as a rescue dog has inspired many other Saint Bernards to become rescue dogs, and the breed is now synonymous with mountain rescue.