Around Dutchland, February, 2003

by Penny Pyrbred

The big news from Dutchland since our last issue is the Club's excellent participation in the Lehigh Valley Kennel Club's Canine Learning Experience on January 25th.

A Manwiller puppy poses for an admiring fan at the CLE.

A large number of Penn-Dutch Pyrs and their people staffed our booth and introduced our breed to the public. The Manwiller puppies drew lots of smiles, as did Brutus and Kayla Gress in their colorful hats and Tristan Unger, who served as host and social director.

It was a pleasure to meet the charming Gracie Matolicz (one of the Manwiller puppies who showed up with her new people). There was also a handsome guy named Colby who visited with Penny when he wasn't busy charming the crowd.

A Corgi pup has a nose pat
for a Penn-Dutch Pyr at the CLE.

In other news, Christy Skorup is participating in the R.E.A.D. program where young students read to dogs. She gives us her first impressions of this activity elsewhere in this issue, but Penny has just learned that on February 20th Christy is scheduled to visit Deibler Elementary School where she may become a media star. Covering the R.E.A.D. program that day are the Associated Press, Philadelphia's KYW-TV and PBS Channel 39 from Bethlehem. This could be interesting!

Penn-Dutchies who may have some Pyr hair that they don't know what to do with might be interested in getting it spun into yarn. Gail Hillard has learned that Judi Lehrhaupt will do this for very reasonable rates. You can contact Judi by e-mail at or by phone at 215-321-9157.

The Allentown Haloween Parade was so much fun that the Gress family has invited Penn-Dutch Pyrs and their people to join them on Sunday, March 16th for the Allentown St. Patrick's Day Parade. For more information, call Kathy Gress at 610-398-1363 or Karl Edinger at 610-253-4618.

The next Penn-Dutch event is the Annual Meeting, and as explained elsewhere in this issue, this is an especially important, because the possibility of hosting a Great Pyrenees Club of America National Specialty in 2006 will be discussed. As Penny has said before, a National Specialty is a 4-day party, seminar and, by the way, dog show, which is the most fun event you and your Pyrs will ever attend together.

The Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, March 22nd at the Host Conference Center in Lancaster, so we can check out their facilities as a venue for the 2006 National. Unfortunately the location and agenda make this a people-only event, but I'm sure we Pyrs will hear lots about it from our people.

In addition to attending the Penn-Dutch Annual Meeting, Penny encourages everyone to participate in the 2003 National Specialty near Cleveland, OH. The Ohio Pyrs are real party animals and it is a reasonable drive from most of Dutchland, so Penny hopes to see lots of Penn-Dutch Pyrs and their people at the show!

Until next time, remember that Pyrs are excellent bed warmers.

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