Continuing our story on famous rescuing dogs, in the Swiss Alps rests the highest church in the world and the most-dangerous pass in Europe. The Grand St. Bernard was a lifesaving refuge since the 1600s. St. Bernard monks bred a sturdy dog that saved 2,000 lives. The barrel of brandy around their neck was a myth, but these dogs could climb with ease, smelling victims buried under deep snow. They could sense an avalanche, and when encountering hikers or stranded skiers, they would instinctively lay on top of them while a partner dog would seek help. In 2004, their role as lifesavers was replaced with helicopters and electronic sensors. The last litter was born in October 2004, but the dogs of St. Bernard are pets to many.
Sunny, with a high near 82. Calm winds becoming easterly between 5 mph and 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear, low around 57. Southerly winds 5 mph, becoming calm.