Around Dutchland, September, 2004

by Penny Pyrbred

July 31st dawned sunny with a slight breeze, and while a bit warm for those of us with attached fur coats, it was nearly ideal weather for the Penn-Dutch social event of the summer, the Pyrenean Fun Day. There was tons of food for people and Pyrs alike, and some new faces, including the hunky pup, Chevy Ward. This guy will break some hearts in a year or so!

Chevy Ward

Jane Gill organized Fiendishly Clever Canine Games which were enjoyed by all. Jack Witt cut short a European vacation to participate with Robert, so he should win the award for traveling the farthest to compete.

Robert & Jack Witt (L) compete with
Beauregard & Franklin Doughten (R).

In other news, it has been a very busy Summer for Penn-Dutch Rescue, but Barb Bowes is handling things out of her new digs near Lehighton, PA. The upside of the busy Rescue season has been some wonderful new homes for some lucky Pyrs. Check out the photo below of Buddy O'Connor settling in at his new home!

Buddy O'Connor

Penny encourages all Penn-Dutchies to participate in upcoming Club activities. The tailgate party after the Pyr judging at our Specialty on Sept. 11th is especially important, as plans will be discussed for the 2006 National Specialty, hosted by Penn-Dutch.

Penn-Dutch has a reputation for throwing the greatest parties in Pyrdom, so please sign up for a committee appropriate for your special skills and talents and let's make 2006 a Specialty that will be the benchmark for years to come. We can only do this with wide participation by our members—no show experience necessary.

Sept. 25th brings the All-Breed Rescue Fair at Lahaska, PA which has been a really fun day in the past. The very popular Fall Walk-in-the–Woods is scheduled for October 16th, and the Holiday Party will be on Dec. 4th.

On a sad note, we must say goodbye to three Penn-Dutch Pyrs who have passed on to the Rainbow Bridge. The Gresses lost Brutus, the McCarrons lost Maggie, and the Blackwells lost Little Moe. Our sincere sympathy to the families of these noble Pyrs. They will be missed.

On a happier note, we welcome a new Pyr to Penn-Dutch, the charming Ms. Bonnie Skorup. Penny has met this young lady and she is quite a character. Expect big things from her in obedience and agility competition down the road.

As mentioned elsewhere in this issue, the Pyr-A-Scoop will be getting a new editorial staff. Since Penny is a freelancer, the future of this column is somewhat up in the air. Penny would welcome an opportunity to continue with an occasional column, and in any case, will continue to bring Cyber Pyrs and their people great stories and photos on her Web site. Penny thanks the outgoing staff for a job well done and wishes the new staff the best of luck. She will help in any way she can.

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