John Pearson, NCNC President

President's Message | July, 2016

NCNC members and their dogs have been very busy, again. Austin (Kevin & Laura Gallagher) had multiple Best of Breed awards and two Group 4 placements; Grace (Debbie & Todd Bridge), George (Pamela Jackson & Jill Latchaw), Falcon (Tanya Hill) and Malia (Cathy & Jerry Sayre) also had Best of Breed awards. Ryder (Bari Halperin) and MacKenzie (Patrick Benshoof & Lisa Lee) finished their conformation Championships. Congratulations to all!
Janet Heym has graciously offered to chair the Sunshine Committee. Please contact Janet if you become aware of NCNC members who have lost dogs or relatives, or who have illness or other issues where club encouragement or support would be appropriate. Thank you Janet for volunteering! Thank you, also, to the out-going co-chairs, Pam Jackson and Dawn Druge, for their efforts.
We are looking for a new home for various props and decorations which are used each year at the Golden Gate KC benched show. Please contact Summer Goodwin if you have questions or you would like to volunteer.

We had two very enjoyable and successful club events during the past month. The water training seminar at Folsom Lake went very well. The weather was not as hot as expected (under 100 oF) and the water felt great for both dogs and humans alike. We had a good combination of beginning dogs getting started, along with experienced dogs who practiced WD, WRD and/or WRDX exercises. Thank you Carol & George Chew, Cathy & Jerry Sayre, Lori Littleford and all the others who helped make the event successful. The annual NCNC Picnic and club meeting was held, once again, at the San Leandro Marina Park. We had a wonderful turn out including many new members, visitors and rescue dogs. Patrick Benshoof, Lisa Lee and their crew of helpers did a great job! The barbeque meats and potluck side dishes and desserts provided plenty of tasty food for all. Everyone seemed to have fun eating, playing games with their dogs, or visiting with friends (old friends or new ones). Thank you to everyone who helped make these events so successful and enjoyable!
Water training sessions have begun at Folsom Lake, and I understand that a group will also begin training at Lake Berryessa. For more information, contact Carol Chew for Folsom and Laura Gallagher for Berryessa. So far, dogs are not allowed in the water at Lake Del Valle because of blue-green algae. Although no toxins are being detected at Del Valle and people are now allowed to swim, the park has not yet allowed dogs in the water this year. We are in touch with the Park Supervisor and continue to monitoring the situation. However, we currently do not know if or when the lake will become available for dogs. Arrangements for the September water tests continue in hopes that the issue will be resolved.  Contact John Pearson or Lori Littleford for status information.

Preparations for the Water Tests on July 23 & 24 at Folsom Lake are “full steam ahead.” The premium list is now available on the NCNC website under “upcoming events.” If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact the co-Chairs Carol Chew/Cathy Sayre or the Chief Steward Lynne Baker. Addresses are listed in the premium list.

Preparations and planning are well under way for the 2017 NCA National Specialty, which will be held at the Salishan Spa and Golf Resort in Gleneden Beach on the Oregon coast. Co-Chair Kevin Gallagher gave us an update at the June Picnic and meeting. (See the meeting minutes in the NCNC Newfs Paper.) A website is available for the 2017 show. (You can access it through the National Specialty Information link on the NCA website.) Information will be added to the website regularly. If you are interested in helping with the show, please contact Kevin.

We have lots of activities planned for you and your dogs. As always, check the calendar section of the Newfs Paper or the NCNC website for more details. I hope to see you there!

Have fun with your Newfs!

~ John Pearson, NCNC President

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