sas, So sorry to hear about your Berner. No, I never heard of any Berner being wired like that but I have heard of many other problems associated with the poor breeding practices of this remarkable breed. My neighbor purchased a Berner in downstate Illinois from some Russian breeder. They purchased the dog for a few hundred less than reputable breeders and they paid $2000.00 in medical costs for surgers in the first year due to congenital bone problems. Some breeders have no ethics, no concern for the dog or their eventual owners. I went oversees for mine. I was so put off by the local breeders. One had me fill out a 3 page personal history form and turned us down because we never had a Berner before, only mutts. My breeder in the Netherlands was fabulous and she gave me a seven generation history of my pooch. Inga flew in on an airline that transports exotic animals including racehorses. It was a tough ride for her but now she's a city girl and couch potato. Again, sorry about your dog..It's tough enough losing them when they get old...it's criminal what these breeders do to make the almighty buck.