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May20, 2013 - From Scott and Barb Merritt - Polling the club members for any advice on helping us (and Zoey, AND Cooper), get through Zoey's first heat cycle. Following the advice of many in allowing her to go through her first estrus before spaying. After the initial indicators, Zoey started showing outward signs (discharge) last Wednesday, 5/16. So far, it's been very manageable with a diaper/pad combination. Cooper is certainly interested in what's going on but Zoey hasn't started "flagging" yet or shown a willingness to mate - but we know it's coming. Just looking for any secrets/tricks/advice since that's part of the reason we sought membership in the group. We're anticipating 3 weeks in heat - curious if that is the collective experience of the group?
May 14, 2013 - From Robin Korotki - Titan - Another weekend, another title! Three legs ins three straight shows with 2 placements including a perfect run. This dog has more initials than anyone I know. He is so a pleasure to train and work with. He now picked up his RO1, that's a rally title in the UKC. Proud mom, Robin
May 13, 2013 - Thank you Carmelita for arranging our get together at Frederick's Bark in the Park event on Saturday. Our numbers were light, mostly due to members heading out to Colorado for the BMDCA national, but for those of us who aren't heading West, Saturday was great fun. Thanks to everyone who came out: Carmelita & Happy, Barb Merritt and her two pups, Michael and his corgi girl, Beki & Jezebel, Susan & Danny, Sharon, George & Mimi, Katie and Yukon, and Carol, Ken, and, briefly, bad boy Bracken. We had several Berner owners stop by for a chat, so got in some good PR. Yukon made us all smile as he carted to the site with his mom's chair onboard. Mimi entertained us with her special "mean face" trick; Danny demonstrated his penchant for bread catching; the pups enjoyed the puddles, and Bracken won the weight pulling contest, dragging his mom to every female he saw. There were somewhere around 30 vendors on hand and several food concessions, and probably a hundred other people with dogs of every breed milling around the large park. Check the Gallery page for photos.
May 11, 2013 - Weather be danged, we're heading up to Utica Park for the PV Dog Walk and Frederick County's Bark in the Park event. It might end up being Splash in the Park, but our dogs will love being outside with their best friends just the same. Come on out. Remember, you need your dog's rabies certificate and $5 to enter. We'll have a couple of pop-ups for shelter. BRING CHAIRS, and your lunch.
May 4, 2013 - Added another health clinic notice to the Healthy Berner page.
April 26, 2013 - From Robin - "Titan" Well, this dog continues to amaze me. At Timonium he picked up 3 titles, he finished his Rally Advanced with 3 first place legs, his CD with a first and third place and his Beginner Novice with a third place. All he did in straight shows and he is already learning to retrieve the dumbbell and go over all the jumps and do out of sight stays. He is a super partner! On to rally advanced and grad novice and carting! Robin
April21, 2013 - Brenda Bernard writes that Tebow also did well at the Harrisburg shows, going Winners Dog and Best of Winners for a major. Additionally, he won Winners Dog the at Concord, NC shows. Tebow is owned by Debbie Reams and co-owned by Brenda. Congratulations!
April16, 2013 - Congratulations to Robin and Titan for their successful "walks" in Harrisburg this past weekend. Titan picked up his second leg and took third place in Beginners Novice, and then took first place in Rally Advanced for his second leg with a perfect score of 100! Way to go! Good luck in Timonium at the Cherry Blossom Cluster.
And a big brag from Georgeann on her boy Rolex's new Grand Champion title, which he finished up this past weekend at the Chattahoochee BMDC Regional Specialty in Atlanta. Rolex just finished his CH in February at our Specialty, and wasted no time to prove at not quite 18 months old he is ready to play with the big kids. Congratulations, Georgeann & Rolex!
April 3, 2013 - To help members find local health clinics, we are now posting announcements to the Healthy Berners page on this site. Please send notices of clinics you want posted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 24, 2013 - A big shout out of THANKS! to Beki & Gary Gieseke for sharing their home and hospitality for our March meeting yesterday. There were 17 members and two guests (applicants) in attendance. Beki prepared several scrumptious dishes, and Gary was in charge of the pork loin roast on the BBQ. Together with contributions from members, it was a great feast! At the general meeting we voted to accept our latest member -- Lisa Haene of Lovettsville, Va. Welcome Lisa! Following the meeting, Sara Chapman, DVM, gave a super presentation on Holistic Medicine and Orthopedics, Cancer and Bloat. Her notes are accessible from the Healthy Berners page. Thanks so much, Sara!
March 22, 2013 - Best wishes to Alexis Smith for a speedy recovery from an orthopedic mishap while attending the herding workshop in North Carolina.
March 13, 2013 - Buck Sykes reports that 18 dogs attended his three day herding workshop last week, and 17 of them earned titles! Congratulations to the participating PV members who now have new HCT designations -- Alexis Smith with both Kay & Wojo; Wendy Keene & Divi, and Jan Burgan & Brooks.
March 5, 2013 - Congratulations to Tanner & Apollo - Announced today that both have qualified for the special Top 20 competition at the BMDCA 2013 National Specialty Specialty in Loveland, CO. Congratulations to owners (and family) Debbie & Jim Reams (Apollo) and Georgeann & Bob Reeve (Tanner)!
January 27, 2013 - Everyone had a great time at the Winter Warm-Up yesterday! Thanks so much to the organizers, Sharon & Carmelita, and cooks Sharon, Carmelita, Brenda, Bob Reeve & Beki Gieseke, and activity leaders Valerie (Rally) and Brenda (Conformation). We had 23 members and 17 guests in attendance; a super turn out for the morning after a light coating of snow the night before.
Our collection of items for the Frederick County Animal Control/Shelter was impressive -- almost 100 pounds of dog kibble, 26# of Milkbone dog treats, 20# of kitty litter, fleece blankets, quilts, brand new large breed dog toys, canned & rolled dog food, a harness, two large bottles of Dawn, and bleach, and $85 in cash and checks, and a Petco gift card! Everything will be delivered to the shelter on Monday, weather permitting.
During the brief business meeting, the membership voted to accept the applications of Megan Brown, Matthew Kashima, Melinda & Tim Pritchard. A big welcome to each of you!
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January 8, 2013 - Our sincere condolences to Jack and Maria Crifasi on the loss of their boy Justin yesterday. Maria has penned a lovely tribute to Justin which is posted on the Memorial page.
January 7, 2013 - Georgeann is once again heading the Photo Contest at the Specialty the year. You can get all the information and submission form by clicking here. Deadline for photo submissions is February 10. Grand prize winner will receive this lovely tile tray.
January 3, 2013- PVBMDC WINTER WARM-UP will be held January 26, 2013 at the Catoctin Kennel Club training facility in Point of Rocks, Md. The event flyer is now available (see above).
January 3, 2013 - Mason Dixon BMDC Health Clinic - Sunday, January 6, 2013, 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM, Mason-Dixon BMDC will host a health clinic at the Dog Sense Learning Center, Lancaster, PA. Clinic will include CERF, cardio (auscultation and echocardiogram), microchipping, AKC DNA, Berner-Garde DNA and tissue depository, and pet photography. Contact Valerie Chase (email@example.com) for a flyer, or Christine Vlassis for information or to schedule an appointment, 717-293-0901 firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 9, 2012 - Mucho thanks to Beki & Sharon & Carmelita for all their work in organizing the Holiday party and annual meeting on Saturday where we had over 50 members and guests in attendance. Also to Valerie, Sandy & Norb, and helpers Matt & Amy, for their skilled presentation of the auctions which netted over $1200, and to Maria who kept tabs of all the bidders. And to everyone who helped afterwards by putting up the tables and chairs, packing the leftover food, sweeping and mopping.
During the meeting we welcomed Tracey Kashima into the membership, and elected our new board -- Carmelita, Beki, Jack, Carol, Sandy, Brenda, Jennifer, and Dotty. Carmelita reviewed our 2012 events, recognizing all the leaders who contributed greatly to the success of the club.
Thank you, everyone, who participated by bringing food and a great holiday spirit to make the day Merry & Bright.
Best wishes to all for a wonderful Holiday Season!
December 9, 2012 - At the annual meeting, Valerie mentioned that Buck Sykes is planning another Herding Workshop next year, March 8 - 10, in Rutherford, NC. This is an all day, every day clinic for dogs and their people who range from total novices to those who may already have a title or two. If you are interested in learning more, write Buck at email@example.com. The workshop filled last time, so make sure to sign up early.
November27, 2012 - As posted by Jack Crifasi on the PV members list this morning, you can find a copy of the 2013 dues submission form on the Membership page.
November14, 2012 - When the heart is ready - Alexis Smith lost her beloved Duke in May, just before the National Specialty where he was entered in the Veteran Parade. We all wept with her then as she stood in the ring without him. Today we're honored to add Duke to our Memorials page with the tribute Alexis wrote the day of his passing.
November 9, 2012 - A couple of well-deserved brags --
Jan Burgan - We went to the GA Draft test this past weekend and had a great time. Berri earned her open draft dog title and one leg toward her master draft dog. She also earned her Nov Brace Draft Dog title with Brooks helping. Brooks already had this with Sawyer but he was very happy to help Berri get hers. The end of Sept. Berri earned her Nov. Agility Preferred (NAP) making her a Versatily Dog!!!!! Now we have to work toward our Working Award and Master Dog --- Thats for next year
Valerie Chase - Sonny picked up his last three points in Virginia Beach, November 4, making him CH Olekas Howlin' Moon at Owl Branch CGC. The CGC was earned a few weeks ago at 4 Paws Spa in Maryland.
November 9, 2012 - From Joyce Dickhoff - The new calendars are in and they turned out great; they have the dogs call names on each and every picture, and also the covers are the same as last year with more dogs for us to enjoy. I will be going to Salisbury on Saturday and then to Howard Co. I ordered 25 calendars so first come first served but we can always order more. The price is the same $15 per calendar and $3 for mailing. Please contact Maria or Joyce to place your order.
November8, 2012 - Sara Chapman sent along the following announcement of the upcoming International All Breed Canine Association in our area. She's going to be there with two of her girls, and thought others might like to join in.
This is a Sieger show where the judge gives a written evaluation of every dog presented. The organization makes it possible to attain International Champion titles without taking the dog out of the country.
Subject: IABCA Calendar Reminder: Int'l Dog Shows in Point of Rocks, MD
Hello from International Dog Shows andIABCA.com,
Just a reminder that we have an upcoming show in your area.2012 Maryland Sieger is November 17 & 18, 2012 in Point of Rocks, MD.
The2012 Maryland Sieger will be held at the Catoctin Kennel Club Training Facility in Point of Rocks, MD. This show will be indoors. Please visit our website for more information on the 2012 Maryland Sieger at www.iabca.com. The show will remain open to Late Entries until November 15, 2012 at 6PM Pacific (though regular entries close at 6PM Pacific on November 12, 2012).
November 3, 2012 - We had a great time at Georgeann & Bob Reeve's home in Leesburg this afternoon! Eighteen members and four guests gathered around noon to enjoy a scrumptious buffet prepared by Chef Bob, after noshing on a spread of fine appetizers contributed by members, and then followed by another array of wonderful desserts also provided by members. Following lunch we had a brief general meeting, and after a short break for coffee and more goodies from the dessert table, Georgeann led us in a game of Berner Jeopardy, where two teams of five each took turns attempting to answer some challenging questions (okay, how many remember the date of the second revision to our breed standard?!). Great fun, and a very enjoyable afternoon relaxing with friends and getting acquainted with our new club applicants. Thanks again to our hosts, and also to everyone who came to support the club. One more event to go in 2012 -- our annual meeting and holiday party on December 8 in Point of Rocks. We'll have more information available on the calendar page soon.
October 2, 2012 - Jane Thomas
We've lost another old friend and long-time member of PV. Jane died on Sept 30 at a healthcare facility in Hagerstown. Jane was membership chair for PV for many years, and it was through her association with the Walkersville community where she lived that we came to hold our annual Match at the Walkersville Community Park. Jane was a skilled artist, and many of us prize the artwork she donated to our auctions each year. She also did beautiful needlework pieces, which were envied top awards at our early Specialties. EB was one of her most beloved Berners, and she was bereft when she came to the point in her life when she no longer had a BMD to keep her company.
Jane is survived by her children Lee (Harvey Lee Thomas, Jr.) and Linda T. Aikey, and grandson Warren Aikey, and their families.
There will be a graveside service at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Frederick on Thursday, Oct 4 at 11AM. Details and directions are available at www.keeneybasford.com.
September 27, 2012 - Saul Genendlis
It is with great sadness we
share the news of Saul Genendlis' passing at his home
yesterday morning, Tuesday, September 25. His family is
comforted that he was able to leave the hospital last week and
spend the weekend at home surrounded by his loved ones, and
celebrate his 84th birthday on Monday.
Our hearts are with his beloved wife Elaine, daughters Robin and Mona, grandson Matt, and granddaughter Ariel.
Robin wrote, "The Club meant so much to him. . .it was his extended family."
Services will be at 10AM Friday, September 28, at the Sol Levinson Funeral Home in Pikesville, Md.
Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc.
8900 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208
www.sollevinson.com (for directions)
Interment to follow at Mikro Kodesh Beth Israel Cemetary - 6700 Bowleys Lane.
Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the charity of your choice.
The family will be receiving at their home following internment.
For directions, go to www.sollevinson.com. Click the link for an online memorial book where you can leave messages for the family.
September 10, 2012 - And yet another heartbreak -- Georgeann & Bob Reeve have lost their beautiful Dori, the foundation of Brightwater. Georgeann has written a beautiful eulogy for her girl that is posted on the Memorials page.
September 10, 2012 - More sad news. We read on the Berner-L this morning that Wendy Keene's veteran Xoie passed on Friday, Sept 7. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Wendy on the loss of her beautiful girl.
September 10, 2012 - We were so sorry to learn that Valerie Chase's boy Sumo crossed to the Bridge last Wednesday. Valerie has written a wonderful tribute to him which can be found on the Memorials page. Sumo donated blood samples to the Ostrander Lab at the National Institutes of Health, and Valerie hopes others will be encouraged to support this important study.
September 4, 2012 - Big Weekend Coming Up! Looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday (9/8) at the Match. Sara and Dotty have been working hard to make it an all inclusive event. Rally, Obedience and Conformation venues for anyone wanting to practice their skills. Lunch, Raffle, and lots of dogs to keep your feet warm. There is no general meeting at this event, but we are conducting a special meeting for voting members to cast their vote on proposed bylaws changes as previously announced via the Yahoo Group List, and mailing.
On Sunday (9/9) Jack and Katherine will be conducting the Draft workshop. Registration onsite is welcomed.
29, 2012 - News from Robin Korotki
the good news is that Matt and Titan continue their winning
ways. They went Grand Champion in Obedience at the Carroll
County 4-H fair and then took 3rd place in obedience at the
State Fair. 10 years ago Matt started with Magic and went
Champion in obedience at Carroll County and 3rd in obed at the
state fair. History repeats itself! Congratulations,
also wrote that her dad, member Saul Genendliss, had to return
to the hospital last week due to an infection following his
recent surgery. While being treated, one of the meds
caused him to have a heart attack and he ended up in ICU in
very serious condition. He was improving last report,
but Robin asks we continue to pray for him and the family as
they go through this ordeal.
Well, the good news is that Matt and Titan continue their winning ways. They went Grand Champion in Obedience at the Carroll County 4-H fair and then took 3rd place in obedience at the State Fair. 10 years ago Matt started with Magic and went Champion in obedience at Carroll County and 3rd in obed at the state fair. History repeats itself! Congratulations, Matthew!
Robin also wrote that her dad, member Saul Genendliss, had to return to the hospital last week due to an infection following his recent surgery. While being treated, one of the meds caused him to have a heart attack and he ended up in ICU in very serious condition. He was improving last report, but Robin asks we continue to pray for him and the family as they go through this ordeal.
August 3, 2012 - MISSING BERNER ALERT - OWINGS MILLS, MD AREA - From Sharon
I received a note from a family that adopted Ben four years ago. He is about seven now and may have been spooked by thunder or trying to find his old home. This family recently moved here from a location nine miles away. Among other things, they've brought in search dogs and have an ad on Find Toto. Here is a link to that ad with his photo. http://www.findtoto.com/lost-pet-Ben-8466.html
August 3, 2012 - Happy to report that Saul Genendlis is back home and up and around following surgery on Wednesday. Big hugs from us to you, Saul, for a speedy recovery.
July 30, 2012 - From Joyce Dickhoff
What a Week! Cabby went to Bloomsburg, Pa. last week with his owners Jack and Maria Crifasi to win all four days and finish his championship, so he is now CH. Witchway To Cabernet. While Cabby was up north, Ice went south. Valerie Chase and Bill Johnson are off to vacation in Alaska, so their boy Ice went dog showing with handler JoAnn Charnik and made enough grand champion points to become GCH. Witchways Keeping My Cool. With these boys winning, my favorite girl Tonka, Ch. Witchway Trail of Tears, is now a Top Producer!
A very special thanks to my great owners.
July 11, 2012 - Most know of Andrea & Chris Stefanac's recent loss of their beloved Barkley. Please check the Memorials page for their tribute to their magnificent boy.
July 11, 2012 - From Robin Korotki -- July 5, 2012 -- Having lost power from the storm on Fri we were taken in and have lived with a good friend who took in two dogs and my family. Who knew that on July 4th, in less than an hour, the most loving BMD I have known in 27 years would be taken from us? No where in my wildest dreams would I have thought that I wouldv'e left my hone with my two berners, Stormy and Titan, and be coming home with just Titan. Storm was a talkative, big loving goof who never growled in 8.4 years, was a wonderful therapy dog, was willing to work in rally and obedience with Matt, his young handler. To me, Robin, his mom, he was the one who woke me with kisses and love pats, bowled me over with his love and never met a patch of wet grass that he didn't want to roll in. He made friends wherever he went, even up to the night before he died he befriended neighbors of where we were staying and three horses. Still powerless and homeless and now grieving for my bubba dog. Robin and Matt Korotki Snowking Bernese in MD .
July 9, 2012 - Thanks to Georgeann's careful planning, yesterday's event went splendidly. Trophies were ringside and delivered to the winners at the appropriate times, while Berner folks lined up their chairs at one end to sit and enjoy the judging. Sweepstakes winner was Dawn Hitchcock's and Sandy Walker's Tallpine's & Bedmark's Easy Virtue (6 & under 9 months bitch), and Georgeann Reeve's 6 to 9 months dog, Brightwater's Keep On Rollin, was Best Opposite Sex to Best in Sweeps. Veteran Best went to the 7 to 9 year bitch, Von Engel's Catch The Wave RN, owned by Wendy Keene & Sherry Von Engel. In regular judging, Dawn Hitchcock's Tallpines Appletini won breed, making it her third win in the four-day cluster, including a Group 4 on Friday. (Full results are posted at www.infodog.com.)
Following judging, 21 members and 7 guests gathered outside under the trees to enjoy a picnic lunch provided by the members. Despite the heat wave, there was a nice breeze and it was quiet and secluded so we could enjoy each other's company and, after lunch, conduct a brief meeting. (Minutes are being sent electronically to members.) At the end of the meeting everyone shared a piece of personal news. We learned that Sara Chapman's girl Rubiy has earned her second Utility leg; Debbie Reams' Apollo won a Group 1 at the Richmond shows; Beki Gieseke is enjoying her new puppy Jezebel; the Novocins picked up a major with their Tibby this weekend; Bill Davis and Pete Williams have five puppies and endured five days without power last week; Brenda Bernard has seven Apollo X Billie puppies; Susan Trivers said her Danny continues to be wonderful; Valerie had sad news that her Sumo has been diagnosed with an inoperable tumor, but he doesn't know it and is still running the pasture; Georgeann reported her Valentino has 12 points, both majors, needing just the three little ones to finish; Becky Braukus has 7 pups four weeks old, and was also without power for several days; Natalie Brock celebrated that the motor home made the trip without breaking down!; Wendy Keene boasted a three-point major on her girl "Divi" on Memorial Day, and a bummer for nine-year old Xoie who blew her cruciate, and didn't her seven-year old vet Future, who made the cut at the National, look wonderful in the ring today; Carmelita says new puppy "Happy" is the best puppy girl and loves mud holes; and Eleanor Mix was pleased to report that her rescued girl Holly is settled in and doing well.
Was a good ol' summertime day that we'll be dreaming of come next January.
July 8, 2012 - Update on today's picnic:
NOTE THERE'S BEEN A SLIGHT CHANGE IN THE LOCATION OF SUNDAY'S (JULY 8) PICNIC.
The meeting/potluck will take place just inside
the Pedestrian Gate Entrance to the Howard County Fairgrounds, under the trees.
This area is on Livestock Lane which runs parallel to the main street. (This is
behind the fairground offices if you are familiar with them.) Georgeann's
RV will be parked there and there will be plenty of power. Be sure to bring your
See you there!
- Update on Sunday's picnic -- Georgeann
suggests that we bring only salads and main courses for the
potluck - She is planning a special desert for us. Items may
be dropped off early at the RV and Bob Reeve will be there to
take them and keep them chilled until the meeting.
Cold drinks as always provided by the club. Dress for hot weather but if you are feeling the need, you can hop into the RV for some cool air.
Fans are welcome and can be plugged into RV.
If you're not showing at this event, your dog might thank you if he stays home in the AC.
June 26, 2012 - Hope to see everyone at the Supported Entry and Potluck Picnic on Sunday, July 8. Here is the ring schedule for the entire cluster for those who might want to come watch the dogs every day. Berners will be in Ring #9 all four days. Ring #9 is the last ring from the front entrance off the main drag. Might be more convenient to enter from the back at the unloading area. Bring chairs! There will be space for sitting ringside at these shows.
THURS - 11:00
FRI - 10:45 (following 8 dogs of other breeds)
SAT - 9:30 (following 2)
SUN - 10:15 Sweepstakes - 5 Dogs, 6 Bitches - One Veteran
10:45 - Regular classes - 13 Class Dogs, 16 Class Bitches, BOB 4 dogs; 2 bitches.
POTLUCK PICNIC FOLLOWS BREED JUDGING, BEGINNING APPROXIMATELY AT NOON.
LOOK FOR THE PVBMDC BANNER NEAR FAIRGROUNDS RD, OUTSIDE THE FAIR TICKET BOOTH. (See the flyer for more info.)
A GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING WILL BE HELD FOLLOWING LUNCH. PLEASE BRING SUGGESTIONS FOR RECIPIENTS FOR OUR ANNUAL CHARITABLE DONATIONS.
June 26, 2012 - The premium list for the back-to-back BMDCA Draft Tests, September 29 & 30, hosted by the BMDC of Central Virginia, and Potomac Valley BMDC, has been posted to the site. Jennifer Donnelly is draft chair, and Julie Bacon draft secretary for our test on Sunday. Stay tuned for more information coming in the August newsletter.
June 26, 2012 - Congratulations to the Korotki and Genendlis family! - Deservedly proud mom Robin reports that "boy wonder" Matt has won two scholarships: one from Delegate Nancy Stocksdale, and one from Delegate Justin Ready! And he and Titan recently showed at the Wills Fair and took Reserve Champion in Obedience and First in their Rally class. (This is a 4-H Fair for all the counties.) And the day he thought would never come has arrived--Matt is getting ready to apply for his learner's permit! WHOO HOO, MATTHEW!! And not to be overshadowed by their grandson in remarkable milestones -- a big CONGRATULATIONS to Saul & Elaine on their 60th wedding anniversary this month! You guys are amazing!
June 2, 2012 - Thanks to Maria & Jack Crifasi for another Fun Day on top of their beautiful mountain, where 20 members gathered to enjoy the day with their dogs and friends.
June 2, 2012 - FUN DAY IS A GO! See the Calendar page for details.
21, 2012 - From Joyce Dickhoff
Hello,Fun Day is coming very quickly, and, as every year, I need to know how the membership feels about the calendar that I have put out for the last few years. First, does the membership still want me to put out a calendar? If so, I need to have the date that we stop receiving pictures moved up to Sep. 15th. That will give us and the printer more time to include the changes that have been mentioned. This would also move the date up for us to receive the calendars from December to November. Since that is the time people really start looking for the new year calendar, I hope that it opens us up for more sales. Please send any comments to joyceD9@aol.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope to see you at Fun Day or hear from you soon. Thanks Joyce
May 21, 2012 - We convey our deep sympathy to Barbara Bootes on the passing of her grand old girl, Cindy, on Saturday, May 19, just one week following her participation in the farewell dinner at the National Specialty in Gettysburg, where she was recognized as the oldest dog competing in this year's event. Cindy accomplished every goal Barbara asked of her, earning an astounding amount of titles and awards, but valued most was her loyalty and companionship to her family, both four and two-legged. She has left an incredible legacy to her puppies, and a lifetime of memories to her humans.
17, 2012 - From Robin Korotki - Well,
it was a great specailty for us, Titan came home with his RN
title, picked up his third leg with a respectable 191, earned
his first Beginner's Novice leg with a 185.5, beaten by his
big brother Stormy who had a 186, also picking up his first
leg. Most proud of Titan for his first Novice B leg, class of
17 and only 3 qualified, including him, yeah!! Matt won
the BMDCA scholarship and was the # 2 junior in performance
for 2011. And Stormy got to prance around in the Parade of
Veterans. Titan then picked up a group 2 at the Old Line KC on
Sunday. Was a truly fulfilling week capped off with buying a
training cart and harness. Robin
15, 2012 - From Georgeann Reeve Had
a great and exhausting time at the Specialty! Highlight was
being able to show
my 10 year old girl Dori (Ahquabi's Dancer of Doriath) in 7-9
It was a very beautiful class and we managed to win fourth
place with me
as handler. This was the first time I could show her so her
breeder Kathy Berge
who trusted us with this very special girl 10 years ago could
see her. On Saturday,
she moved up a placement to 3rd in non-regular classes. It
was also good to see our Tanner boys (Rolex and Crosby- just 6
months + a few
days old) win first in the brace class. Rolex won 4th in his
sweeps class in
a very big and competitive class and his brother Crosby made
the cut. Our
boy Tanner was recognized at the Annual Awards dinner as #1
Bernese as he was
#1 All Breed and #2 Breed for 2011. He won second in stud dog
classes on Wednesday
with his two beautiful girls Hannah and Landon. We
are so proud that Tanner was Select Dog and First award of
merit in Breed on Saturday.
What a nail biter! Retired from campaigning, we love this
and his offspring. We look forward to adding more Champions to
his current tally
of 16 over this next year. Finally,
we brought home a Dori grandson, Valentino, ( Nobleheart
Valentino v Anabern),
for the year from our dear friend Cathy in Vancouver, BC.
Cathy and I met
in Gettysburg 7 years ago. Valentino competed in Open and was
'5th dog left
standing in the ring' after placements in the Open class. He
is a finished
Canadian Champion, and we hope to get his AKC CH, an obedience
novice draft dog before he returns next spring to his Mom at
the 2013 National. It
was an adventurous week with the RV arena water shortage,
waking up to the smoke
alarm and about a foot of smoke at the ceiling in the RV
Saturday morning at
2 am and too much Godiva chocolate that kept us up at night. Can't
wait for next year! Georgeann
May 15, 2012 - From Georgeann Reeve
Had a great and exhausting time at the Specialty! Highlight was being able to
show my 10 year old girl Dori (Ahquabi's Dancer of Doriath) in 7-9 veteran
sweeps. It was a very beautiful class and we managed to win fourth place with
me as handler. This was the first time I could show her so her breeder Kathy
Berge who trusted us with this very special girl 10 years ago could see her. On
Saturday, she moved up a placement to 3rd in non-regular classes.
It was also good to see our Tanner boys (Rolex and Crosby- just 6 months + a
few days old) win first in the brace class. Rolex won 4th in his sweeps class
in a very big and competitive class and his brother Crosby made the cut.
Our boy Tanner was recognized at the Annual Awards dinner as #1 Bernese as he
was #1 All Breed and #2 Breed for 2011. He won second in stud dog classes on
Wednesday with his two beautiful girls Hannah and Landon.
We are so proud that Tanner was Select Dog and First award of merit in Breed on
Saturday. What a nail biter! Retired from campaigning, we love this beautiful
boy and his offspring. We look forward to adding more Champions to his current
tally of 16 over this next year.
Finally, we brought home a Dori grandson, Valentino, ( Nobleheart Valentino v
Anabern), for the year from our dear friend Cathy in Vancouver, BC. Cathy and I
met in Gettysburg 7 years ago. Valentino competed in Open and was '5th dog
left standing in the ring' after placements in the Open class. He is a
finished Canadian Champion, and we hope to get his AKC CH, an obedience title
and novice draft dog before he returns next spring to his Mom at the 2013
It was an adventurous week with the RV arena water shortage, waking up to the
smoke alarm and about a foot of smoke at the ceiling in the RV Saturday morning
at 2 am and too much Godiva chocolate that kept us up at night.
Can't wait for next year!
May 14, 2012 - What a wonderful time we had in Gettysburg at the week-long National Specialty with 600+ Berners from across the states, and friends from all over the world gathered together to celebrate our mutual admiration for our breed! PV members were there in force, and many of their dogs participated in multi disciplines. Barbara Bootes' Cindy was recognized as the oldest participating Berner at 12 years, 5 months, and as such was the only dog invited to the Judge's Dinner on Saturday night. We'll get the list together of special recognitions and awards won by PV members soon, but in the meanwhile, here's a note from Buck & Priscilla Sykes about what their Tranquility dogs accomplished in Gettysburg.
"This will be a short note to bring our Potomac Valley friends up to date on the latest ‘goings-on’ with the Sykes Clan.
We had a great specialty! Thanks especially to George Hasenauer’s extraordinary assistance in getting our car started after a dead-battery at Tuesday’s Draft Test. We send our very best to all of the Potomac Valley gang, and we’ll certainly be looking forward to seeing everyone at this fall’s Draft Test.
At the outset, we would have liked for all of our pups to have qualified for the TriAthlete Award. But, given Priscilla and Buck’s penchant for ‘Handler Errors’ that was perhaps a step-too-far. Unfortunately Little ANJA, our sole TriAthlete (at 9mo & 3da of age) last year, could not overcome Mom & Dads’ Errors this time. But here’s what we did accomplish.
On Monday, Priscilla handled, and qualified with Robyn, CH ROBYN vom Worblental CDX RAE TD HSAs MDD MBDD HRD-Is HTAD-Is RLF-Is JHD-s, Andy, CH Tranquility’s ANDY Robynson CD RAE HSAs HTAD-Is HTD-Is RLF-Is JHD-s, and Anja Tranquility’s ANJA Jungfrau CD RAE HSAs HTAD-Is RLF-Is JHD-s, in the Junior Herding Dog Tests (for Exhibition);ANDY passed the second leg, finishing his Herding Trial Dog (HTD-Is) title, and became the Specialty’s ‘Highest Scoring Bernese Mountain Dog in Herding’
On Tuesday, ROBYN qualified in the Open Draft Test. On Wednesday, ROBYN, ANDY and ANJA successfully qualified in both Rally Excellent and Rally Advanced. Robyn earned 4thPlace in Rally Advanced.
On Thursday, ANDY attained first place in Novice B (Obedience) with a score of 196.5. He was the National Specialty’s High In Trial (Obedience), and the Highest Scoring Champion of Record (Obedience).
At Friday’s Awards Dinner, both ROBYN and ANDY received our Specialty’s Triathlete Challenge Awards."
May 9, 2012 - IT'S NATIONAL SPECIALTY WEEK IN GETTYSBURG! Hope everyone will take advantage of the close proximity of the BMDCA Specialty Show which opened Monday and will run through Best of Breed on Saturday afternoon. We've seen many PV members in the crowd. The grounds are located just off Route 15, exit at Steinwehr, which is the first exit after crossing from Maryland into Pa., and continue north on business 15 for about two miles to the Eisenhower hotel and Allstar Events complex.
Keeps tabs of what's happening and show results at http://bmdca2012.blogspot.com/.
Be sure to check out the PVBMDC regional basket which was donated to the specialty raffle table. Beautiful job, Sharon!
May 2, 2012 - Our condolences go out to Alexis Smith this morning on the passing yesterday of her beautiful boy Duke -- CH De-Li's Duke Devil D. Many of us had the opportunity to watch Duke when he was being shown to his championship, and remember him well. A beautiful photo of him, taken by Pat Long, is on the Berner-L homepage today. This link may take you there http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Berner-l/
April 30, 2012 - From Robin Korotki - Check out the AKC Gazette, April 2012, bernese column, http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dce7ca78#/dce7ca78/26 The article is all about Matt and how PVBMDC was the village that helped raise him. Julia Crawford did a great job. Also, Titan picked up his second rally leg [at Timonium] with a 96/100. Hope he finishes at the National, that would be sweet. Robin
April 29, 2012 - What a delightful time at the Dog Walk at Cape Horn Park today. Thanks a bunch to Robin Korotki and family for all the planning they did to add to the enjoyment on this beautiful spring day. We had a good turnout of 26 adults and children, and got to see some old friends and make new ones - Elaine & Saul Genendlis, Barry & June Huey, Stephen Atwell, Dot Decker, Katie Palmer, Eleanor Mix, Debi Bullard, Valerie Chase, Tracey Kashimi and children, George & Sharon Hasenauer, Carol & Ken Lingley, and an overjoyed family who had just gotten a spanking, new baby Berner! Carmelita hauled a ton of food and drinks in, and as we usually do at PV events, we had more than enough food for our group, and probably several others. Robin generously provided toys as prizes for oldest dog, youngest dog, earliest member, person who traveled the longest distance, etc., and each person got a custom button pin to boast their participation in the Walk. A Super Day in a beautiful location, with our smiling black dogs. THANKS AGAIN, ROBIN!
April 29, 2012 - COME ON OUT TO THE DOG WALK THIS MORNING AT CAPE HORN PARK, HAMPSTEAD, MD. Carmelita bought a ton of food and drinks. If you wish, bring a dessert to share, but don't use that as an excuse not to come. There will be more than plenty for everyone. We need to support the dog walks if we want them to continue!!! We're meeting at 11AM, but come when you can and join in the fun. You can view the flyer by clicking here.
March 21, 2012 - Don't forget we have a meeting and program this weekend. The flyer with directions and times was included with the February newsletter. See the Calendar page for more information.
March 7, 2012 - A big thanks to Beverly Vics, the Sunday PV Specialty conformation judge, for sending her comments along on her entry. You can read them here, Specialty 2012 Results.
February 29, 2012 - Results for our Specialty show and comments from our Sweepstakes judge can be seen by clicking this link. Specialty 2012 Results
February 25, 2012 - Did you know. . .your club provided the venue for working Berners to earn 17 scoring runs in Obedience last weekend? Nine dogs qualified (scored 170+) in the morning, and eight qualified at the afternoon trial.
February 20, 2012 - Congratulations to Debbie Reams and her Specialty team for a well-run weekend. It was super!
January 30, 2012 - A big thanks to Beki Gieseke for organizing the Winter Warm-Up event this past Saturday. Beki, Sharon Hasenauer & the Reeves provided pots of steaming chili and soup, and covered the dessert table with all good things. Carmelita steered us quickly through the business meeting, so we could have plenty of time to do the fun things. Barbara Yoder set up a Rally course and gave some tips for qualifying runs, and new and not-so-new handlers lined up in ring two for some conformation practice. And many members just enjoyed being with friends and having a relaxed conversation. There were close to 40 members and guests at the event.
Welcome to new members, Scott & Shelly Nier, and Lee, Camille & Brian Hall. And welcome back to Jerry Pixton, who has a long history with the club, including serving as club secretary, draft test chair, and newsletter publisher.
Debbie Reams, new Ways & Means Chair, was taking advance orders on some of our brand new items. Be sure to visit the W&M booth at the Specialty early during the Specialty weekend as we are carrying a limited inventory and hope to sell out quickly. Debbie will be taking orders during the show for future delivery.
Georgeann reminds us that the deadline is coming up to submit photos for the contest held during the Specialty. Photos should be 8 X 10 and can be submitted digitally. (See note on January 6 below for more information.)
Just a few days left to get your suggestions for judges for our 2013 Specialty to Beki Gieseke (email@example.com). Deadline is January 31.
Robin Korotki will be organizing our Dog Walk this year, to be held April 29 in Manchester, Md. And Sara Chapman has agreed to chair our September Match.
Our next meeting is on March 24 at the home of Beki & Gary Gieseke, where Sara Fox Chapman, MS, DVM, MRCVS, will present a program on Holistic Medicine.
January 13, 2012 - Just a reminder that submissions for the BMDCA Yearbook are due February 1, 2012.
January 13, 2012 - The premium list for our upcoming specialty is now available online at raudogshows.com/pdfs/upcoming-shows/PotValleyBernerPL2012.pdf
January 12, 2012 - from Buck
& Priscilla Sykes - 2011 was a great year for ROBYN and her
pups (Tranquility's A-Team! pictured above).
At BMDCA’s National, ROBYN earned 1st Place as a
Bitch (under 7yrs). Later
she paired with Donna Coffin’s Mr. JONES to finish his
Master Brace (MBDD) title, and then completed both Rally (RAE)
and several Herding (AKCs HSAs and AHBA’s HTAD-Is and RLF-Is)
most importantly, she’s been a GREAT MOM – in caring for,
and helping to teach her pups some of her skills.
Little ANJA and ANDY finished their CD and RE shortly before the BMDCA Nationals, and earned their Junior Herding Titles in San Diego, within a couple of weeks of their 9mo birthday. ANJA went on to become the Specialty’s youngest TriAthlete. They won’t be old enough for Drafting at our Gettysburg Specialty, but they’ll be there and looking forward to meeting some of mom and dad’s PVBMDC friends.
6, 2012 - 2012 PVBMDC Specialty Photo Contest
It is time to take a look back at all those photos you took last year and submit
your best Berner shot to our 2012 PVBMDC Specialty Photo Contest.
The categories this year are:
Seasons - Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Sporting (Obedience, Rally, Drafting, Agility)
Each entry is $8 with the tenth photo entry free. Make checks payable to PVBMDC, and mail to PVBMDC Photo Contest, c/o Georgeann Reeve, 42220 Heaters Island Court, Leesburg VA 20176
Photos submitted should be 8 x 10 inch, black & white or color. They do not need to be mounted. On the back of the photo place a label with your name, email address (for confirmation of photo), phone number, and the category that you wish the photo to be placed in.
Digital photos may be submitted
directly via email for an additional $2 per photo.
Photos must be received by Feb 12, 2012.
For more information contact Georgeann Reeve, firstname.lastname@example.org
1, 2012 - from Barbara Yoder - Wanted to report that at
the herding trials at the Keepstone Farm in Berryville, Va.,
our Cindy (CH Brenna's Cindy von Lindenhof CD, E, NA, NAJ, OAP,
OJP, DD, HCT-s, JHD-s, HTAD-I-s, VD, WD, CGC), completed the
requirements for her Working Dog Excellent award by earning
the HTAD-I on sheep. This is particularly significant as
Cindy turned 12 years old on December 12, 2011. Her
daughter Ingrid (Ingrid Ida v. Lindenhof CD, RE, NAP, NJP, HCT-S,
JHD-S, HTAD-I-s, NDD, WD, CGC) who will become a senior dog at
7 on January 13, also completed her HTAD-i on sheep.
Seems mother and daughter have accumulated quite a few letters
after their names--way to go girls!
December 12, 2011 - From Barbara Yoder. We finished up the Oriole Dog Training Club agility trials this afternoon; have a couple of accomplishments to report. Lara doubled "Q"d on Friday, picking up a leg each in Open Standard and Open Jumpers, then Freya finished up her third and final leg for her Novice Jumpers title (NAJ).
On the herding front, all four girls finished their JHDs over the Thanksgiving w.e. -- Cindy, Ingrid and Freya just needed one leg, but Lara needed two. Noticed that Cindy, Ingrid and Lara were mentioned in this month's Bulletin, but didn't find Freya. She's now Lindenhof's Freya v. Chargun, RE NA NAJ JHD CGC. Once she and Lara pass their draft tests (maybe next spring?), they too can qualify for the Working Dog award.
December 11, 2011 - Can anyone supply the name of the young artist who created the artwork above? Would like to give him credit. Thanks. email@example.com (It was Woodrow Kashima, age 9).
December 11, 2011 - Thanks to all who made yesterday's holiday party merry and bright. Especially to Julie Bacon who took the helm this year, arrived early to do the set-up and decorating, and organized the day so we could have a relaxed, happy time, and then stayed to put it all away and make sure we left the premises in good shape. To cooks Carmelita and Sharon for the delicious turkey and ham, and to Valerie for manning the new silent auction table, and to Norb & Sandy for their expertise in running the traditional live auction. And a big thanks to all the members and guests who contributed food, auction items, and smiles to add to the spirit of the season. We also want to acknowledge Julie's thoughtfulness in offering us an opportunity to donate to the Animal Welfare League of Frederick County's food bank. There was quite a haul in the lobby by day's end! and we know there were some monetary donations as well. Julie had arranged for a representative from AWLFC to pick up the donations after the party, so rest assured that your contributions are now accessible to pets in need.
To everyone who lent a hand yesterday, thank you so much!
During the meeting portion of the day, we welcomed our new president Carmelita White, wishing her well over the next two years, and thanking her for her willingness to work on our behalf. Our board members have all returned to their positions from the previous year, and we thank them for all they do for our club. In accordance with our By-laws, the Board will appoint a member to fill the remaining term of the Vice President's position vacated by Carmelita.
We welcomed Anita Schweinfurth who was voted in as a regular member yesterday. Anita lives in Gaithersburg. And we sang a Happy 18th Birthday to Matt Korotki. How did 18 happen? Wasn't he 10 last year??
The activities ended with a hearty round of applause for Georgeann Reeve, thanking her for all her hard work over the last four years as president of PVBMDC.
November 20, 2011 - Don't forget to honor your 10+ veteran Berners in our December newsletter. Photos and blurbs due to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 25.
November 20, 2011 - From Wendy Keene
[Congrats, Wendy. And thanks for the explanation of URO1 -- URO1 is the UKC rally level one designation]
November 18, 2011 - From Wendy Keene - I am pleased to announce that Divi (Von Engel's Mystical Divination RN) completed her Rally Novice title on October 30 in Hampton, Va., at the ripe old age of seven months.
I want to shout out to all my Berner friends that my Xoie (URO1 Magic Mtn's Xoie v Alderhorst, CD RAE CGC TDI) will be eight years old on November 18. Knock on wood, she is in perfect health! She just showed several weekends ago in Veteran's Obedience and won her class both days. Only a touch of gray around the muzzle shows any age on this beautiful girl. Many, many thanks to Judy Butenas for sharing her "X" litter with me. Xoie has been a great ride so far and I'm looking forward to more years with her!
Windy Keene, Just Say K9 Sports
November 14, 2011- Congrats to Barbara Yoder, who traveled to North Carolina for the Herding Workshop, Clinic & Tests, sponsored by Chattahoochee Valley BMD Club over the weekend. Three of her four dogs picked up their first JHD legs (on sheep), and Freya and Lara completed their HCTs titles (on sheep)! Way to go Barbara and her herding girls!
November 10, 2011- Food Bank - At the meeting Sunday, there was mention of opportunities to donate food and supplies for dogs in need. Subsequently read in the Frederick Post that the Animal Welfare League of Frederick County has established a pet food bank, providing dog and cat food to anyone in need of assistance. Donations welcomed at AWLFC, 1202 E. Patrick St., Frederick. FMI 301-663-5855.
November 7, 2011- THANKS, GEORGEANN & BOB! for hosting PV members and guests yesterday for a scrumptious buffet lunch, general meeting, and a fun time with Berner "Jeopardy." A quick head count tallied 35 Berner lovers were on hand to enjoy the beautiful afternoon in Leesburg.
The members ratified an increase in dues proposed by the Treasurer and recommended by the Board. Dues notices will be sent to members soon.
There were no applicants ready for vote, and no new applications were read.
Specialty catalog ads are needed to support the 2012 show. Sandy Novocin is collecting ads now and requests they be submitted by December 15. She will write ads for anyone needing help.
The slate of Officers & Directors was read. There were no nominations from the floor, therefore, the slate will be elected at the annual meeting in December.
November 3, 2011- We were greatly shocked to learn yesterday that David Casnoff has died, passing away in his sleep Tuesday night. We extend our most sincere sympathy to his wife, Cheryl. Cheryl and David joined PV many years ago after acquiring their first Berners from Sandy Novocin, and while no longer active because of their distance from PV events, they did frequent our February/March meetings a number of times at Joel and Jeanne's home in Silver Spring. David was enthusiastic about his Bouvier Club and wished he could be more active in PV. We will post any information we receive about funeral/visitation arrangements.
October 30, 2011- Very sad news from Jan & Dave Burgan -- their beautiful Sawyer (Brooknoll Sawyer of Beowulf) died on October 25 of lymphoma. Jan and Sawyer excelled in many companion events in his brief five years, earning 17 titles overall, and Sawyer was awarded the BMDCA's Working Dog Excellent designation in 2010. Sawyer was a Master Draft Dog (requires a passing score at five Open Draft tests), a BNDD (Brace Novice Draft Dog), had his CDX in Obedience, an RE in Rally, and an AXP (awarded July 2011), OAP (Jan 28, 2011), NFP and OJP in Agility. It is always tough to lose a Berner friend, especially a young one, but Sawyer's passing also ended a very special bond formed between dog and handler during years of training and competing. Our hearts go out to Jan, recognizing the enormity of her loss of her very special boy.
On a brighter note, congratulations to the other Burgan Berners -- Hayfields Grand Brooknoll, "Brooks" on his RAE on October 8, 2011. And CH Hayfields Grand Tribute to Bayberry v Bera, "Berri" who got her HCT on September 30.
October 27, 2011- From Pete & Bill - Kody received his RN with two placements at the Cumberland Shows this past weekend. The weekend before he passed the CGC test at the Howard County Show. Rose picked up two legs towards her RE title. Sophie. . . well she performed great in Open B but just so happened to be on the second command and decided to rest on the sit. It was just too long a day to sit there and look pretty.
Pete Williams/Bill Davis
October 12, 2011 - We finally have the PV draft test results. Click here to see names of teams who were successful in their attempts for new titles at Crozet, Virginia on September 24 & 25.
October 10, 2011- The day got even better for the Stefanacs yesterday when Barkley went back in the ring, after winning best Veteran at the Watchung Specialty, to compete for Best of Breed. He received one of the two Awards of Merit! Congratulations Andrea & Chris!
October 9, 2011- Happy travel to our members who trekked to Bethlehem, Pa. for the Watchung BMD Club's annual Specialty this weekend. We just got word that Barkley, owned by Chris & Andrea Stefanac, won Best Veteran Sweepstakes. Way to go Bark!
Sept 28, 2011- Greatly saddened to learn that Valerie & Bill lost their ol' girl Tart suddenly last evening. Sound all her years and enjoying the good life, in the blink of a short afternoon, stressed by beeping smoke detectors and the exertion of avoiding them, Tart slipped peacefully away. Our most sincere condolences to Bill and Valerie as they cope with the shock of this loss, and the vast hole left in their Owl Branch pack. Valerie's tribute to Tart is posted on the Memorials page.
Sept 27, 2011- Wild Mushroom alert! With the recent rains and now cooler weather, wild mushrooms abound in our yards. Local news the past few days reported two men, one in Springfield, Virginia, the other in Frederick, Maryland, nearly died from ingesting Death Cap (Amanita phalloides) mushrooms. Dogs and small children are often victims of mushroom poisoning because they like to taste as they explore. For more information on Death Caps and other dangerous fungi, here's one link with basic description and pictures. http://americanmushrooms.com/deathcap.htm. Also, links to two Bernese-related posters regarding mushroom poisoning. http://bernese.biz/MushroomFlyer.htm and http://bernese.biz/MushroomFlyer2.htm
Sept 26, 2011 - Matt Korotki & Titan had a busy week. First, Matt put Titan through his paces to earn his Canine Good Citizen designation at 4-H last Tuesday. Then at a Baltimore County Match, Titan took a Working Group 1 and scored a 93 and first place in Rally Novice B. Then Matt was a judge and Titan was a grand marshall at the Carroll's Pets In Need Dog Show on Sunday. Congratulations to this winning team!
Sept 25, 2011- For PVBMDC 2011 Match Results - click here
Sept 23, 2011- Happy Fall, Everyone! This is a great time to take pictures of your Berner. If you get any good shots, we'd like to add some seasonal color to the site and would be happy to post them to the top of this page. Please send in .jpg format to email@example.com. Thanks! Also, you can start working on getting your best pictures now so you can enter the Specialty Photo Contest in 2012. We'll be getting details on that soon from Georgeann Reeve.
Sept 22, 2011 - Does anyone recognize the young man with the Berner pup pictured in Tuesday's Frederick News Post at the 4-H Fitting & Showing on Monday, September 19, at the Great Frederick Fair? Here's a link to the picture (probably will only work for a week). http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/display.htm?StoryID=126269 Maybe he'd like to get involved with the club. Thanks, Carmelita, for spotting the picture.
Sept 22, 2011- Good luck to all the draft teams this weekend at the two draft tests in Charlottesville! A little bird told us that Debi Bullard and Dallas have been working especially hard preparing for their first try, participating at the PV Draft Workshop on Sept 11, and following up with lots of practice at Valerie Chase's place the following weekend where Mason Dixon BMDC sponsored sessions for teams entered in upcoming draft tests. Fingers crossed that all the hard work pays off.
Sept 15, 2011 - Apologies to Barbara Yoder for missing her recent event results -
July 22/24 The Blue Heron Agility
Association of Delaware (BHAD) held a three-day agility trial
in Salisbury, MD over the weekend of July 22-24. Four
Lindenhof girls participated, including veteran Cindy. But
during those three days, Freya completed her Novice Agility
title and picked up her first leg in Open Standard; Ingrid
qualified for her first leg in Novice Standard Preferred and
added two legs in Novice Jumpers Preferred; Lara earned her
first leg in Novice Standard. Although Cindy did not qualify
in Novice Fast, she made the bonus point section two out of
the three days. Granddaughter Karalynn came along to help,
which was much appreciated by both Grandma and the pups.
August 14 Congratulations are in order for Lara Lydia v. Lindenhof, granddaughter of Cindy, on her new Novice Agility title this afternoon (August 14). The girls ran on Friday and Sunday (closed out of the entries for Saturday) for two qualifying scores--one in Jumpers (her 2nd) for Freya and one for Lara in Standard. The girls were a little "off" this w.e. and not jumping their best, but we were happy for the new title and good effort. Once again, grandkids Mark and Karalynn were on hand to provide assistance. This time they even earned $ for their ring crew, score and leash running efforts--a bonus they had not expected. They are first-rate kennel help and seem to thoroughly enjoy coming along. Certainly the girls like having them around and are on their best behavior when the kids take them out for walks or hold them for their next event.
Sept 13, 2011- Buck & Priscilla Sykes would like you to know about an upcoming Herding Workshop, Clinic & Tests, sponsored by Chattahoochee Valley BMD Club in North Carolina, November 11 - 13. This is a three-day introduction to Herding for beginners. You can read more about it at http://www.cvbmdc.org/PossumHollowNov11-13Premium.pdf. Buck writes that they have enlisted the help of instructors and farms which helped them start their own pups in herding. "These are folks that really understand Berners, and I honestly think that their methods and help will make a very enjoyable and successful venture into the sport of herding for Berner owners." Check it out!
Sept 11, 2011- Fantastic weekend in Walkersville! Thanks a million to the event chairs -- Carmelita White, Saturday's AKC Sanctioned Match, and Barbara Yoder & Katherine Skerl, Sunday's Draft Workshop. And to everyone who pitched in to help make both days productive and fun. Hooray for the sunshine, and hooray for our dogs that make it all worthwhile. Will get the results and pictures posted soon.
Sept 10, 2011- Congrats to Robin Korotki and her boy Titan (Snowking's Titan of Winterthur) who went Group 3 and Group 2 (Guardian Group) at UKC shows last weekend.
Sept 9, 2011- The weekend events are still on, as far as we know. Ken Lingley and George Hasenauer are setting up this afternoon and will report on the condition of the grounds. We'll post any changes here.
Sept 8, 2011- Another award for Matt Korotki - Congratulations, Matthew! Just heard he was named Youth Philanthropist of the Year for Carroll County (Md.). His mom says they are running out of wall space for all his awards!
July 19, 2011 - From Valerie Chase - On July 2 Justy took BOB and earned her GCH (Grand Champion) title with her third and last major win, earned at Bel Alton MD. She took the big spring shows off to try to have puppies (no luck) so it was hard to find majors when she came back out. A huge "thank you" to Jo Ann Charnik and Adam Thistle who have taken great care of her and trained her to show with joy and enthusiasm. Justy finished just in time as she is blowing coat big time! She is now GCH Owl Branch Rough Justice CD RN. Picture above of her in one of my flower beds - the plants came as volunteers and took over the entire bed. Valerie
July 11, 2011- PV MEMBERS VOTE TO SUPPORT VITAL RESEARCH! Yesterday, at the July General Meeting held at the Howard County Fairgrounds, PVBMDC members once again demonstrated their care and concern for our breed by donating $2,000 to medical research. Designees will be determined by the Board, but the membership directed $1,000 for histio research, and $1,000 for continued investigation into degenerative myelopathy. Another $475 is to be donated to Berner Garde Foundation. Congratulations, fellow club members, for this continued dedication to improving the health of our beloved Bernese Mountain Dogs!
A quick head count tallied 41 members and guests in attendance at the picnic. The number of dishes prepared and shared was impressive. Delicious salads, fresh fruits, cakes, pies. . .OH MY! Thank you, cooks! And thanks to everyone who arrived early and helped set-up the tables, provided cold drinks, and organized the settings, and for staying late to undo and repack it all. Much appreciated!
Special thanks to Robin Korotki and the Juniors who presented ring favors and made sure the trophies were at the judges table in time for the awards.
July 9, 2011 - The Club's general meeting will take place at the Howard County Fairgrounds tomorrow where PV is supporting the Berner entry at the National Capital Kennel Club Show. The meeting and picnic will begin after judging is done. Judging begins in Ring 5 (first ring inside the main hall entrance) at 11AM. We estimate judging will be done close to Noon. Members are asked to gather in the barn just above the vendors by 12:15 when we hope to be able to start the meeting. The plan is to grab a plate a food and get settled so we can eat, meet and socialize.
June 27, 2011 - Janet & Don Grandstaff's Hayfield Grand Tribute to Bayberry V Bera, co-owned by Dr. & Mrs. Fred Tanzer, finished her AKC Championship on May 21 with a major win at the Mattaponi Kennel Club show. Congratulations to all on your new Champion!
May 29, 2011- Thanks Maria & Jack, for another lovely event on the mountain! Fun Day this year was well attended and the weatherman provided a beautiful, Berner-perfect afternoon. There was ample food provided by members and lots of "yummies" from those who indulged in the pound cake topped with scrumptious mountain grown strawberries. (Thanks, Maria, for all that hulling!)
The President and Vice President were not able to attend, so next in line to lead the meeting was our Treasurer, Jack, who did a great job filling in.
From memory (sans notes), there was one motion and affirmative vote to authorize Joyce's calendar for 2012. Maria read the names of current club applicants, but no one was eligible for voting. There was discussion about the Club's 2011 charitable giving, and members were asked to send their suggestions to Georgeann so the Board can make recommendations to enable the members to make an informed vote at the Supported Entry picnic at the July 10 show at Howard County Fairgrounds. Sandy gave a report for the RCC (Regional Council of Clubs) and brought us up to date on the 2014 National Specialty, which, although officially in the PV rotation, will not be held in our area since the BMDCA approved the 2012 show in nearby Gettysburg. Two members received special recognition for their service to the club -- Sharon Hasenauer, Rescue Coordinator, & Carol Lingley, Newsletter Editor and Webmaster. After the meeting, everyone was invited to walk the trails Jack had cleared, or use the agility set-up.
Thanks again to the Crifasi's for all the hard work they put in for everyone's enjoyment!
May 6, 2011- New Titleholders - Congratulations to Nan Pixton and Jennifer Donnelly on for Anatar's Galway Piper's new Draft Title - Advanced Novice Draft Dog (ANDD) - earned at the Blue Ridge BMD Club's first Draft test in April.
Congrats also go out to Julie Bacon and Karma (Edgeside Karma) for his new AX, earned at the Shetland Sheepdog Agility Trial in Frederick last weekend. Julie also shared that Karma has a new baby sister -- Edgeside's Grand Indulgence V Anatar, "Indie", bred by Janet Grandstaff, sired by one of Jennifer Donnelly's boys.
April 20, 2011- AKC TO RECORD DRAFTING TITLES - Effective June 1, 2011, AKC will record, for a fee, the following titles Draft titles - NDD, DD, NBDD and BDD. Any of these titles earned since January 1, 2000 will be recognized. Other parent clubs approved for the same titles were the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club of America, Mastiff Club of America and American Bouvier des Flandres Club. The Saint Bernard Club of America was approved for DD and TDD titles and the American Rottweiler Club was approved for titles unique to their club. The process starts with a request from the owner.
April 11, 2011 - It was great to see so many members turn out with their Berners for the Dog Walk yesterday. Robin Kelly, event chair, said she counted 25 Berners, and there was a guesstimate of 35 or so people in attendance. We missed the members that had traveled to California for the National Specialty, and those that were showing down in Harrisonburg, Va. and a couple we know that are vacationing, but it was nice to have something Bernerly to do on such a nice spring afternoon.
The main group started walking the path around the perimeter of the park at 11:30, while it was still cool enough for jackets. Carmelita stayed behind and started the charcoal grill and got things ready for lunch. As the temperatures climbed the tired walkers headed back to the pavilion, watered their dogs and settled in for a couple of hours of socializing while enjoying the grilled hamburgers and hot dogs and the nice dishes contributed by members. We greatly appreciate all of Robin's efforts to pull off another enjoyable PVBMDC event. We were sad to learn that she is in the process of relocating to the Raleigh, NC area. We will miss her tremendously!
March 17, 2011- Contributed by Sharon Hasenauer Our thanks to Jennifer Donnelly and husband Scott for hosting our meeting last Sunday in their beautiful home in Lovettsville, Virginia. Members and guests enjoyed a bountiful lunch of Jennifer's "Poor Man's Lasagna," her mom's family recipe. It was accompanied by several salads and fresh rolls, followed by several decadent (but totally calorie-free) desserts, all brought by members. President Georgeann Reeve chaired an informative meeting, followed by Julie Bacon, who gave a presentation on non-conformation events we can enjoy with our dogs, such as drafting, rally, obedience and herding. Thanks to Daylight Savings Time, the sun followed everyone home.
March 16, 2011 - One of the sweetest boys that ever wore a Berner suit has left us. Sharon & George Hasenauer's beloved Luke took flight for the Bridge on Monday to join his sister Frenchie who died in 2010. Luke probably attended more PV functions over the last eleven years than any other of our Berner members, and we will miss his presence more than words can convey. Even with progressing paralysis that stilled his former wild, happy tail wagging, he made it clear that he enjoyed every encounter with his many friends, especially if they had a cookie in their pocket. Our hearts go out to Sharon & George whose house is way too still tonight. Please take a moment to read Luke's tribute on the Memorials page.
March 9, 2011 - From Buck & Priscilla Sykes
continues to do well. Her
‘ANDY’ and ‘ANJA’ just turned 8mo last week, and they
are a good-looking couple of kids.
ANDY has already finished his CD and RE, and will
probably be ready for the JrHerding test at nationals.
We held ANJA back a bit so as to avoid much jumping.
She’s a ‘wild child’ but a clone of ROBYN and a
real sweetheart. With
Priscilla as her handler, ANJA finished her ‘RN’ this past
weekend with two perfect 100’s, and she also completed the
first leg of her ‘CD.’ Priscilla
thinks that she may also be ready for the Specialties’ JHD
test. Who knows,
with a bit of luck perhaps ROBYN and both her pups will earn
Tri-Athlete Awards (Obedience, Rally & Herding) at our
Now ROBYN and
her babies are formally: CH
ROBYN vom Worblental CDX
RAE TD MDD MBDD JHDs HRD-Is HTAD-Is -- Tranquility’s ANDY
Robynson CD RE, and
ANJA JUNGFRAU RN.
hello for us. We’ll
be looking forward to seeing Georgeann and any of our gang from
PVBMDC that are able to make the Specialty.
Buck and Priscilla
February 27, 2011 - From Andrea Stafanac -
The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Central Virginia will be holding a Draft Workshop on March 13, 2011 at Crump Park (also known as Meadow Farm Museum) in Glen Allen, VA. Glen Allen is a suburb of Richmond. The workshop, open to all breeds, will run from 9:00 a.m to 3:30 p.m. or so. Please bring water for your dog, a chair and something for shade if the weather is going to be warm. There are no trees in the area of the workshop. Also please bring a bag lunch. There is a grocery store with a deli section and prepared foods approximately 5 minutes from the park.
The morning will be focused on helping those that are new to drafting and introducing the dogs to a draft harness, dragging a sled, etc. We will break for lunch, then the afternoon session will be draft ring practice and proofing for teams that are preparing for the spring draft tests. The beginner teams are welcome to continue working at their own pace during the afternoon.
Beginner Workshop- $25
Draft Ring Practice and Proof- $15
Further information, registration form and directions can be found on the club's
website at www.bmdccv.org.
February 21, 2011 - From Georgeann:
Thanks to all for making our Specialty so SPECIAL! I`ve received so many compliments from our exhibitors and judges. Thanks to our Chair Becky Braukus and all the many committee chairs, and our tireless (and now exhausted) club members for all your hard work. I'm thrilled to be associated with such generous and talented folks! Thanks again!
February 14, 2011 - From the Crifasis - Maggie (Witchway To Hearts Delight CD AJP AXP OFP BNDD DD, BMDCA Working Dog Award) is the BMDCA's Top Agility Excellent A Standard BMD for 2010! Flying Maggie had a great year, adding AKC titles for Agility Open Jumper Preferred, Excellent Jumper Preferred, Agility FAST Novice Preferred, Agility FAST Open Preferred, Agility Excellent Preferred, and BMDCA titles for Brace Novice Draft Dog and Draft Dog. Our Justin (CH Bedro's Justintime v Greenway CD NJP BNDD DD) had a fantastic 2010 also, completing titles for AKC Champion, Companion Dog, and Agility Novice Jumper Preferred, as well as BMDCA titles for Brace Novice Dog, Draft Dog, and qualifying for the BMDCA Versatility and Working Dog Awards.
Jack and Maria Crifasi
February 13, 2011 - New York City Goes To The Dogs - The Frederick News Post has an article about the upcoming Westminster Kennel Club show this morning featuring an interview with Georgeann and accompanied by a nice photo of her Berner special, Tanner, who will be making his third appearance at the show. Check it out at Frederick News Post.com
Best of luck to Tanner and everyone traveling to New York this week. The Working Group will be televised on Tuesday night, Feb 15. FMI, go to www.westminsterkennelclub.com
February 9, 2011 - The Judging Program for the Specialty is now available on the superintendent's website - www.raudogshows.com. The JP has the ring schedule, so you might want to print out a copy and carry it with you. If you have a dog entered, you will receive a copy in the mail.
February 9, 2011 - Jim Barrett, member of PVBMDC and president of Central Virginia BMD Club, would like to introduce some of the CV members to PV members at the Specialty next week. He thinks a group of around six CV members will be at the Saturday show, and they will be wearing CV caps and/or CV logo shirts. Please extend a warm welcome to our southern neighbors!
January 30, 2011 - Great turn out for yesterday's Winter Warm-Up. A big thanks to George & Sharon Hasenauer for organizing, and to all who helped with food, set-up, programs and clean-up.
January 17, 2011 - Andrea Stefanac and Josie (CH Adesa L-Sin's Objection Overruled) had a great day in Fredericksburg on Saturday, where Josie earned her Rally Novice title. Congratulations!
January 14, 2011 - Marcy Maycock has posted a beautiful tribute to Zeus on the Memorial page.
January 8, 2011 - The year has not started well for a couple of our members. Our sincere condolences to Eleanor Mix on the loss of her beloved Peter, and to Marcy Maycock on the passing of her wonderful boy Zeus on December 22.
January 7, 2011 - Thanks to Sandy Novocin for sending along the 2011 event calendar that the Board put together on December 15. Dates are now posted to the Calendar page.
December 21, 2010 - From Barbara Yoder - After battling traffic to get up to Baltimore last Friday evening (12/17), we nonetheless managed to arrive at the Oriole Dog Training Club's Rally trial on time to participate in the [Rally] Excellent A & B classes (from work to home to venue took over 3 hours, a distance of just over 50 miles...). Am happy to report that Lara completed her Rally Excellent title with a first place finish and qualifying score of 85. That completes her Rally competitions (unless we decide to do RAE) and we're now focusing on her CD. She's not as good at that as she has been with Rally, so this will take some more work to succeed in that event. Barbara.
December 12, 2010 - Wonderful turn
out for the Annual Meeting and Holiday Party today in Point of
Rocks - Thanks to Beki Gieseke and Sharon Hasenauer for their
joint efforts in coordinating the event!
Lots of help setting up and tearing down made all the
difference and we appreciate those who made the effort to show
up early and stay late to pitch in.
Following a brief meeting where the membership elected
the 2011 Officers (VP - Carmelita White; Secretary - Beki
Gieseke; Two-Year Directors - Sandy Novocin and Sharon Hasenauer,
and One-Year Director - Debbie Reams), the crowd participated
enthusiastically in bidding for the wide-assortment of donated
items for the annual auction.
Thanks to Norb & Sandy Novocin for conducting the
auction and to their able assistants, Lizzie Hemme and Matt
Today's event finished up the 2010 PV event year. We look forward to the coming year and the good times we will share in the company of our beautiful dogs and their people.
December 2, 2010 - New member Julie
Bacon has something to brag about! This past weekend at the
Keystone English Springer Spaniel Club in New Jersey, Karma (Edgeside's
Karma) finished both his OA and OF agility titles!
We have had a very big 2010! We started the year with
just a RN and now he is officially known as: Edgeside's Karma
CD, RE, OA, NAP, NJP, OF, CGC plus the BMDCA NDD and Working Dog
Award and AHBA HCT which we earned in October! I am VERY proud
of my versatile boy and what he has accomplished just this
December 1, 2010 - We were sad to
read the following post on the Berner-L from Paul Rosbolt -
November 28 - We lost our boy Tyr to
Lymphoma this past week. He was a typical Berner boy--goofy,
loving, and protective. He loved to work. The long trek to UD,
despite the occasional disappointing trial, was a journey of
joy. We will miss him. Paul Rosbolt Middletown, RI
Our deepest sympathies go out to Paul & Robin. The bond one experiences when doing advanced obedience training is very special. We know Tyr's loss must be felt enormously.
November 24, 2010 - Westminster Holiday Parade, Saturday, Nov 27 - Mason Dixon BMD Club will have a unit in the parade again this year and invites all Swiss breeds to join in. The route is about one mile long through downtown Westminster, Md., and the walk starts promptly at 5PM. The group gathers by 4PM at the middle school on Monroe Street. There will be a vehicle parked at the end of the parade route to transport people and dogs back to the starting point. The easiest access to the formation area is Route 140, south on Englar Road, and then a right on Monroe Street. The middle school is up the hill on the left side. The group usually parks and decorates the truck at the far end of the middle school building. If you have questions, contact Sue Eller at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: This is an event for dogs that are comfortable in crowds and around loud noises -- drums, sirens, whistles, etc. Not the place to socialize a young or nervous dog.
November 20, 2010 - The Turkey Cluster, four days of shows, is coming Nov 26 - 29 to the Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD. BMD entries are as follows. Please double check times at infodog.com. We take no responsibility for anyone missing classes based on information printed here.
Fri 11/26 - 13 BMDs 5-5 (1-2) - Ring 5 @ 10AM (behind 13 other dogs)
Sat 11/27 - 17 BMDs 6-8 (1-2) - Ring 6 @ 1PM
Sun 11/28 - 17 BMDs 8-6 (1-2) - Ring 5 @ Noon
Mon 11/29 - 10 BMDs 5-3 (1-1) - Ring 6 @ 9AM
November 17, 2010 - Just a reminder to PV members who ordered calendars: please send your check made out of PVBMDC to Maria Crifasi. Price is $15 if you are picking up the calendar in December. If you want it shipped, add $2. Joyce will put in the order for printing tomorrow so if anyone wishes to order a calendar, just send me an email today to email@example.com
November 17, 2010 - From Barbara Yoder - We attended the Salisbury shows and on Saturday (11/13) Lara qualified for her third and final leg in Rally Advanced to earn that title.
November 11, 2010 - Thank you, Veterans! We know we have many members who have served our country in the past, and some who are currently serving. A big hats off to you all! Honored at the 2010 PV Match by our Juniors, photo shows from left to right, Buck Sykes, Jim Reams, Deb Reams, Georgeann Reeve, Saul Genendlis, Herb Hoffman, Norb Novocin, Ken Lingley, and Barbara Yoder.
November 7, 2010 - Great turnout today! About 35 members and guests were treated to a wonderful buffet lunch at Bob & Georgeann Reeve's this afternoon. Chef Bob served up fabulous beef tenderloin, and Georgeann's "chocolate" chicken was scrumptious. Thanks to everyone who contributed appetizers and desserts. We could have fed an army! During the meeting, Dot Decker read SEVEN new applications, including our first Junior membership app. Several applicants will be ready for vote in December. Georgeann read the Nominating Committee's slate, and asked for any nominations from the floor. Jack Crifasi nominated Sandy Novocin for two-year director, and Sandy accepted nomination. Regular members will vote on the following nominees at the annual meeting December 12.
These nominees will be elected as they are unopposed. Vice President - Carmelita White; Secretary - Beki Gieseke; One-Year Director - Deborah Reams.
There are three nominees for the two 2-Year Director positions - Sharon Hasenauer, Sandy Novocin, and Sherry Von Engel.
Short nominee bios will be sent with the December newsletter.
Joyce Dickhoff was happy to have the proof for the 2011 PV Calendar today for members to preview, and is very pleased how it has turned out. She says with some minor adjustments it is ready for printing. Maria Crifasi is taking calendar orders. Please contact her soon if you would like to reserve a calendar for pick-up at the December meeting. Price is $15. Joyce will determine the number of calendars to be produced based on pre-sales. You can reach Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org. All net proceeds will be donated to Pets In Need.
Becky Braukus gave an update on the 2011 Specialty and asked everyone to look at the committees outlined in the latest newsletter and to contact committee chairs to volunteer to help. The trophy committee reported pledges of more than $4,000.
Sandy Novocin encouraged everyone to consider placing ads in the 2011 Specialty Catalog and provided advertising forms which explain categories and pricing. (Online version can be viewed by clicking here). Sandy will help write and format your ads. Just give her a call. Due to the holidays, Sandy asks that ads be sent to her early in December. The final deadline is January 4, 2011.
Members who stayed for the program, enjoyed an informal discussion on current research and the importance of testing our dogs and entering the results in Berner-Garde.
Our thanks to the Reeves for once again hosting an enjoyable afternoon in their lovely home.
November 7, 2010 - Congratulations to Marsha DePuy who guided Witchways Lady Luna to Reserve Winners Bitch/Best Amateur Owner Handler in the classes yesterday at the Virginia Beach show, and then went on to win Group 3 in the Amateur Owner Handler competition. Way to go, Marsha!
November 4, 2010 - The Eastern Shore Classic cluster in Salisbury, Md. has drawn a good Berner entry. The shows run from Wednesday, Nov 10 thru Sunday, Nov 14. Majors in males Thursday - Sunday, and Thursday - Saturday in bitches. Might be a nice opportunity to take a fall drive. The shopping is always good. Remember to pick up something for the December PV Auction and also for the Specialty Raffle. Here's the breakdown:
Wednesday, 17 BMDs @ 1:15P
Thursday, 21 BMDs @ 1:30
Friday, 23 BMDs @ 12:45
Saturday, 29 BMDs @ 12:45
Sunday, 23 BMDs @ 12:45
FMI - www.infodog.com
November 2, 2010 - Our condolences to Deb Bullard on the recent loss of her beautiful boy Dakota (Santera Classic Dakota).
October 28, 2010 - The news no one likes to hear. . .Our hearts go out to Dorrie Zimmerman who wrote last night:
don't know how to begin... I guess I still don't believe it, but I
have lost my Spirit to cancer. Words cannot express what I am
feeling now. I know many, many others have gone through this,
but to me it is the end of a wonderful dream that I do not want to
wake up from."
Please take a moment to read Spirit's tribute on the Memorials page written from the heart of her best friend Dorrie.
October 26, 2010 - News from Robin Korotki - Matt took Stormy to the UKC obedience shows this weekend and finished his Rally Level 1 title. He earned 3 straight legs. Not bad considering Storm was in the ER two weeks ago.
Happy to hear everything turned out OK, Robin. Congrats to Matt who is an amazing young man!
October 26, 2010 - New club applicants John & Sara Chapman took a drive to Cumberland this past weekend with Rubi (Rubigen Bahnli of Bernvonrust, CD, RN, and came home with not only a BOB ribbon, but placed third in Open Obedience and picked up a Rally Advanced B leg. All that a leaf peeping too. Congratulations!
October 24, 2010 - Please note that there is an error on the November meeting flyer that was included with the newsletter. November 7 is a Sunday, not Saturday. Everything else is the same. Daylight savings time ends at 2:00 AM on the 7th, so be sure to check your clocks and calendars, and plan on lunch at NOON on SUNDAY, NOV 7.
October 22, 2010 - Congratulations to Valerie Chase & Bill Johnson on their new champion! Owl Branch Rough Justice, CD RN finished at the Maryland KC show last weekend with a three-point major by going Best of Winners. Valerie says she and Justy are off to do some serious obedience and drafting training.
October 21, 2010 - Parents and grandparents, and anyone interested in protecting children from dog bites and dogs from provocative children, check out this website.
Learning to Live Happily Ever After - http://dogsandbabies.wordpress.com/about/ Some excellent advice and videos illustrating common mistakes we allow our children to make when interacting with dogs.
October 20, 2010 - Jay Dickhoff's Memorial
A celebration of Jay's life will be held on October 30, Noon to dusk, at the Patapsco Valley State Park, 8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043, at the Hollofield Pavillion #301. Joyce would like all her friends to join the family as they remember Jay. She requests that you bring a picnic dish to accompany the meat entree that she is providing. Please RSVP to Eileen Lewis at email@example.com.
October 16, 2010 - John Moriarty and Rosebud are recovering from a run-in with yellow jackets when hiking on Thursday. John got stung several dozen times and there were around 30 wasps pulled from Rose's coat. OUCH! Latest word is they are both doing okay, but it was a painful experience. John Moriarty and Rosebud are recovering from a run-in with yellow jackets when hiking on Thursday. John got stung several dozen times and there were around 30 wasps pulled from Rose's coat. OUCH! Latest word is they are both doing okay, but it was a painful experience. John Moriarty and Rosebud are recovering from a run-in with yellow jackets when hiking on Thursday. John got stung several dozen times and there were around 30 wasps pulled from Rose's coat. OUCH! Latest word is they are both doing okay, but it was a painful experience. John Moriarty and Rosebud are recovering from a run-in with yellow jackets when hiking on Thursday. John got stung several dozen times and there were around 30 wasps pulled from Rose's coat. OUCH! Latest word is they are both doing okay, but it was a painful experience.
October 14, 2010 - From Valerie Chase - The Mason Dixon BMDC annual Potluck Halloween Picnic and dog costume parade is Sunday afternoon October 17 (no rain date) in Valerie and Bill's front fenced pasture - dogs can run free. No intact males off leash. Anyone who owns a Berner is welcome. Each dog in costume earns a free raffle ticket. Kids too. FMI email firstname.lastname@example.org