As I sit writing this message (April 21), we are still on “lock down” but looking forward to the loosening of restrictions in the near future. I hope that everyone is safe and maintaining their sanity by keeping in touch with friends and relatives. If one good thing can come out of this tragedy, it is that some of us may have renewed contacts with friends and family that may have gone unattended over the years. It just makes sense: We have so much time to sit around that there is no reason not to reach out to long lost friends and relatives.
I hope everyone saw the email blast about the AKC Trick Dog title information. Thanks to Lori Cicchini for bringing this to our attention. The email on the requirements went out of April 13 so you can look it up if you missed it the first time. With time on our hands, this is the perfect opportunity to have some fun with our Newfs. If you do participate in the program, please keep your videos so you can share them with the Club when we are together again.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect dog events. The Working Dog Committee made the decision on April 20 to cancel the water seminar scheduled for May 16. Hopefully, it will be rescheduled later in the summer. The status of the Annual Picnic and Rescue Parade is still up in the air but I expect the chairs to make a decision soon. [Editor's note: Sadly, the 2nd Quarter Meetings, Annual Picnic, Rescue Parade scheduled for May 30 have been canceled.]
In addition to the cancellation of our events, many all-breed clubs have cancelled their events, too. Notably, Woofstock has been cancelled as well as other shows scheduled for May and June. You may check the AKC website or InfoDog for updates on the status of upcoming shows.
While staying at home and maintaining “social distancing” is a bother, it is clear that California is doing a good job in our goal of flattening the curve. With a little encouragement from each other, we will be able to stay the course to beat this virus and get back to some sense of normal. Don’t give up now.
Looking forward to seeing all of you very soon.