Around Dutchland, July 1999

by Penny Pyrbred

Pyrs, including Penn-Dutchies, posted some standout performances at the Memorial Weekend Classic shows in NJ, May 28-31. At the Staten Island Kennel Club show on Friday, Cory Seigfried-Champion (CH Maranatha Cormoryn O'Brygyn) took the breed and a Working Group 4th place.

Saturday's Monmouth Co. Kennel Club show brought the Garden State GPC Regional Specialty, with a wonderful turnout of exceptional Pyrs. Winners Dog was Impyrial's Sir Walter Rieley owned by Penn-Dutchies Betsy Hoffmeier and Karen Justin. Winners Bitch and Best of Winners was Impyrial's American Gothic (who attained her championship at this show) owned by Penn-Dutchies Rhonda Dalton and Karen Justin. CH Rivergroves Kendall-Jackson took the breed and a Working Group 1st.

Penn-Dutchie Gimlet Justin (CH Pyrless Prime Time) took the Breed, a Working Group 1st AND Best in Show at Sunday's Plainfield Kennel Club show. Gimlet was just shy of his 9th birthday at the time. Winners Dog and Best of Winners went to Impyrial's Sir Walter Rieley, who attained his championship at this show.

At Monday's Union Co. Kennel Club show Kendall (CH Rivergroves Kendall-Jackson) took the breed and a Working Group 1st. Congratulations to all these wonderful Pyrs and their owners, and special plaudits to the Garden State Club for an outstanding Regional!

The Penn-Dutch calendar is full of upcoming activities for Pyrs and their people. Just weeks away on July 31st is the summer Pyrenean Fun Day, featuring food, fun and the fiendishly clever canine games. This year the Red Cross is presenting a workshop on canine CPR, so come check this out. Penny understands that the CPR dummy is a very handsome Berner.

August 21st brings the Delta Society Pet Partners workshop on animal therapy. Join Brutus Gress, Lillie Edinger, Paddy Alleman and Clondike Kintsfather (to name just a few Penn-Dutch theraPyrs) in this rewarding and fun activity.

September 18th marks the Penn-Dutch Supported Entry at the Lehigh Valley Kennel Club show in Macungie, PA (near Allentown). We will have a tailgate picnic after the breed judging, so come out and support our show Pyrs and make our guests feel welcome. If possible, bring a covered dish to share. Ring times aren't usually announced until the Monday before the show, so check the Penn-Dutch Web Site ( pdgpc) or call a board member to determine ring times.

Then on October 2nd ALL of our Penn-Dutch Pyrs get a chance to strut their stuff at the Penn-Dutch Fun Match to be held in Lancaster Central Park. For those unfamiliar with this event, a fun match is an opportunity to learn about showing and to allow us Pyrs to socialize. Any Pyr can be entered (there will be a spay/neuter class), but fun matches are generally for dogs that have not yet obtained their first official point in an AKC show. The competition is very low key and no one expects the people to perform like professional handlers or the Pyrs to perform like champions.

Even people who never plan to show can learn a lot at a fun match, and it gives those stay-at-home "pet" Pyrs a chance to show off and schmooze with their friends. So Penny hopes to see lots of Penn-Dutchies there. More details of Fun Match activities will be available at the Pyrenean Fun Day, July 31st, or you can call or e-mail Dianne Migas at 732-477-2489,

On October 16th the more hardy of our Penn-Dutch people and Pyrs will put on their hiking shoes (well, the people will) and head off to Nockamixon State Park for the Fall Walk-in-the-Woods. Maybe Penny will actually make it this year--it seems like a lot of fun.

Finally the year will close with the Penn-Dutch Holiday Party, December 4th at Lancaster Central Park. More details will be included in the next Pyr-A-Scoop.

Penny hopes to see everyone at a Penn-Dutch event in the near future. Have a great summer!

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