Mary-Ann & Kim


The humans behind Kaibab (pronounced 'kI-"bab) Bernese Mountain Dogs are Mary-Ann and Kim Bowman. Mary-Ann obtained her first Bernese Mountain Dog in 1994 and Kim married into the breed. Mary-Ann trains and shows the dogs in conformation, obedience, agility, tracking, rally, and draft while Kim plays the all-important support role. Mary-Ann is an active member of the Bernese Mountain Club of America.
 
Away from dogs, Kim is a retired law enforcement professional with a masters degree in social work; he also spent many years coaching high school football and wrestling. Although retired, Kim keeps very busy and is enjoying his life as a “kept man.” Mary-Ann has a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and is a professor at the University of Montana; her areas of expertise include grief and loss, death and dying, and animal-assisted therapy.
 
The name “Kaibab” comes from the Kaibab National Forest in northern Arizona; the Native American word “Kaibab” translates to “mountain lying down.” Although located in Montana, Kim and Mary-Ann have special ties to the Kaibab and enjoy spending time there with their dogs.  
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