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January PVSSC Meeting

The first PVSSC meeting of the New Year was a bit of a change. It was held in the afternoon, something that had been requested by members because of winter weather. We had to move the date to a Sunday because of anticipated local travel gridlock around the Inauguration on Friday and Women’s March on Saturday. Nevertheless we had a good turnout to hear Jill Mitchell’s talk on Getting Started in K9 Nosework. Our great hosts were Kathy McEnearney and Gary Rees. We also honored member Candace Craig for her tireless work on behalf of the club, especially for last year’s Barn Hunt Trial and her many photographic records of our PVSSC events.


February PVSSC Meeting

The February General Meeting highlighted a fascinating and “eye-opening” presentation on animal nutrition by Dr. Michael Watts. Important points made include: “Ingredients in a food are not the same as nutrients”, that many so-called premium foods actually contain ingredients of little or no use to dogs, and that he strongly prefers food companies that manufacture in USA and that conduct double-blind feeding trials to test their product. Mire information can be found on Dr. Watts’ website at

March PVSSC Meeting

The March PVSSC meeting had a theme – “Hey – My Dog Can Do THAT!” – and was a very entertaining exploration of some of the AKC tests and activities, including the very new Trick Dog title. Rose Miller showed slides and video of dogs (admittedly, they were not schnauzers..) completing these tests and also, how to train for some of the simpler tricks. Rose’s presentation is on the PVSSC web site so any that missed the meeting can get ready for the June Picnic.

Annual Awards Dinner

The PVSSC held its Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting at Alfio’s on May 6, with about 40 members from near and far. We all enjoyed watching the running of the Kentucky Derby in the bar before adjourning to our private room for dinner, the election of new officers and – most importantly – our 2016 Annual Awards.

For list of awards, see bottom of 2016 Club News Page :

Photos courtesy Marianna Herpel.

PVSSC ODKC Supported Entry

There was an excellent entry of 34 SS for Judge David Bolus at the April 22 Old Dominion Kennel Club show in Timonium, MD. PVSSC designates this event as a Club Supported Entry each year, and a General Meeting is also held at the show grounds. Results of the judging are as follows:

WINNERS DOG, BEST OF WINNERS: ERNHART CATCH A FIRE. Owner: Chuck Gault & Shawne Imler. Breeder: Shawne Imler.

RESERVE WD: MOHNER’S WOODSTOCK Owner: Sabine Baker & Michelle Bell & Pat White. Breeder: Helle Chrysidis & Stavros Chrysidis.

WINNERS BITCH: OAKWOOD WHITE RAVEN Owner: Chris Linker & Linda McConnell Breeder: Linda McConnell.

RESERVE WB: ASGARD YOU’RE SO VAIN Owner: Joy Pohl & Frances Tomlinson Breeder: Georgia Sabean & Jean Gillen.

BEST OF BREED: CH BLACKHAWK WHERE’S WALDO Owner: Douglas Welsh Breeder: Rhonda & Paul Davis.

BEST OF OPPOSITE SEX: CH SHALIMAR’S SAVANNAH V CARRILLON Owners: Winona Lomando. Breeder: Nonie Lomando.

SELECT BITCH, BEST OWNER-HANDLED, OH GROUP 2: CH. SONDERGEIST UNDER THE STARS VON ROTH Owner: Joy Roth & Valerie Yantz & Michelle & Paul Root. Breeder: Joy Roth & Valerie Yantz & Michelle & Paul Root.

SELECT DOG: GCH CRIVITZ PAPARAZZI Owner and Breeder: Amy Shaffer.

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