The St. Bernard dog is an ancient breed with a modern name. Originally they were known as Hospice Dogs, until the early 1800’s when Barry came along.
Barry is credited with saving forty people trapped in avalanches. For a long time after that, this breed was known as Barryhund (Barry dog) in its native Switzerland.
Legend has it that Barry was killed by the forty first person he attempted to rescue, but other more reliable sources claim he lived to a ripe old age and died in 1814.
To this day the monks at the Great St. Bernard Hospice always have one dog named Barry in his honor.