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Ready for the water!

President’s Letter New Members News Flash The WellGroomed PWD Canine Water Intoxication Early Puppy Socialization Vaccine Chart Board Minutes Branch News Sniffing Across the Country Upcoming Events Shopping

On The Cover GCH BIS BOSS BPIS Pattedeau Crown Jewel, WWD, getting ready for this year's Water Trials. ‘Reef’ is owned by Ann Wilson, Rob Wilson and their breeder, Karine Simard.

Cover Pup The PWDCC was honoured to receive a generous donation from Robyn Lieffers and family, in honour of Bruce and Hallie Howe. Sadly, Bruce recently passed away and Hallie made the incredibly difficult decision to rehome their beloved 6 year old PWD, Breaker. Our family had recently made friends with a couple from Seattle who had PWD and fallen in love with the breed. We were looking at getting a puppy but our daughter has autism and we were worried about the transition of a new (and very excitable) pup into our home. Through a friend we were able to connect with Hallie who generously agreed to allow us to re-home Breaker and bring him back to Canada (Sunshine Coast, BC). He is an absolutely amazing dog and has already brought so much joy and happiness to our family and especially our children. He’s so loving and well behaved (agility trained!) and has helped ease the anxiety that both my daughter and my husband experience. It is abundantly clear how much love he received from Bruce and Hallie and we are so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have him join our family. Breaker is loving the kids and the time out in the beautiful trails and beaches on the Coast. In lieu of a rehoming fee, Hallie asked that we make a donation in Bruce's name to your organization. Breaker with his new family.

Bruce Howe.


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PWDCC Board of Directors and Officers effective January 1, 2019 PRESIDENT



Karine Simard Ste-Famille, Quebec

Yolande Hould Sainte Luce, Quebec

Programme Coordinator and Central Region Frank Davidson London, ON (519) 719-3394


Karen Matthews Fonthill, On SECRETARY, DIRECTOR

Frank Davidson London, ON

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Sandra Allen Petawawa, ON Shelly Johnston Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia

Eastern Region Jennifer Byers Montreal, Quebec (514) 773-9376

Mindy Selby Calgary, Alberta

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Après s’être fait attendre, l’été est bel et bien débutée et avec la saison estivale vient la tenue des activités du club en travail à l’eau. Cette année plusieurs activités d’entraînement ont eu lieu ou auront lieu tant en Ontario qu’en Alberta et deux concours sont prévus en août. Il y aura également un booster dans la ville de Québec au début d’août, un bel événement comprenant de la conformation, du rally-obéissance, de l’obéissance et de l’agilité! Pas de doute, ces événements sont populaires et le club encourage la tenue de ces activités qui cadrent parfaitement avec son rôle dans la promotion d’activités qui mettent en valeur les qualités naturelles du chien d’eau portugais. Avec les activités nautiques vient aussi le défi du toilettage de nos chiens! Je reviens d’une semaine de travail à l’eau avec des amis. Certains chiens avaient leur coupe courte d’été demandant moins d’entretien et d’autres la robe plus longue était préférée, mais demandait un brossage immédiatement après la baignade afin d’éviter le désastre par la suite. L’action de l’eau, du harnais et du gilet de sauvetage sur le poil favorise la formation de nœuds. J’ai donc participé au cours de cette semaine-là à des sessions de démêlage. L’entretien de la robe est très importante pour la santé de nos chiens surtout en période humide et chaude! Prenez-en soin! Vous trouverez d’ailleurs des articles très intéressants sur le sujet dans cette édition du waterlog.

Les branches du club PWDCC sont en mouvement. Le rôle des branches est d’organiser des activités pour les membres avec leurs chiens d’eau portugais dans les diverses régions du Canada. Si vous êtes membre du PWDCC vous devenez automatiquement membre de la branch qui correspond à votre région. Deux nouvelles branches ont a été formées soit celle du Québec et de l’Ouest. La branch de l’Ontario est très active alors que celle du Québec et de l’ouest en sont encore à leur premiers balbutiements. L’implication des membres du club demeurant dans ces régions est primordiale afin de supporter les activités avec les organisateurs. Si vous êtes intéressés à vous impliquer contactez les directeurs de votre branch. Sans l'aide de ses membres aucune de ces activités du club n’est possible. Nous avons déjà des régions très actives, mais certaines régions ont besoin de bénévoles. Ces activités sont appréciées mais demandent votre participation et aide pour être possible. 4

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After a long wait, summer is finally here, and with the summer season comes the Club sponsored activities for water work. This year, a number of water training events have been held in both Ontario and Alberta, and two competitions are scheduled for August. There will also be a booster in Quebec City in August with Conformation, Rally, Obedience and Agility trials. Nodoubt these activities are popular, and the Club supports and encourages these activities that fit perfectly with our mandate to promote and highlight the natural qualities of the Portuguese Water Dog.

With swimming comes the challenge of grooming our dogs! I have just returned from a week of water training with friends and their beautiful PWDs. Some of the dogs had a short summer cut requiring less maintenance, and others had a longer coat that required brushing immediately after swimming to avoid disaster later. The action of water as well as harnesses and life jackets on the hair really promotes the formation of knots and mats, so I participated in many detangling sessions. Regular grooming is very important for the health of our dogs especially in wet and hot conditions! Branches of the club are moving forward with formation and activities. The role of each Branch is to organize activities for members with their Portuguese Water Dogs in the various regions of Canada. If you are a member of PWDCC and live within the Branch geographic area, you are automatically a member of that Branch. New branches have been created, one in the west, and one in Quebec. These new branches are in their infancy, and in order to remain viable and to offer activities, they will require the support of more members to volunteer for the executive positions and to organize activities. Please contact your Branch to offer your assistance. Thanks to all the volunteers, the long-standing and very active Ontario Branch has hosted many well-attended activities which support it’s members and our fabulous breed. It would be wonderful if we could offer the same type of support nationally through Branch activities. Karine Simard, President, PWDCC PWDCC Waterlog

New member applications March 31 - August 31, 2019 If no objections are received by Frank Davidson, our Secretary (, within 30 days after publication date, membership will become effective. If an objection is received, the application must be voted on by the Board within 30 days of receipt of objection by the Secretary. The applicant is notified of the result.

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Annie Arsenault, Beloeil QC

Daniel Goldberg, Brossard QC

Tracy Morgan, Stayner ON

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Babak Beiki, Richmond Hill ON

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Joy Mouryas, Toronto ON

Susanne Urzendowsky, Pefferlaw ON

Mona Bell, Calgary AB

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Phil & Heather Narini, Hampton ON

Louise Veffer, North York ON

Martin Bolduc, Chelsea QC

Laura & Jonathan Hewitt, Peterborough ON

Tracy Novak, Cambridge ON

Eva Virgilio, Woodbridge ON

Megan Parsons & Brenda Wakeham, Toronto ON

Christian Jolivet, Montreal QC

Hans Poelman, Cantley QC

Heather & Dan Vogel, Heidelberg ON

John Brock, Cumming GA USA

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Gordon Wallace, Toronto ON

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Rick Kloepfer, Kettleby ON

Christine Rayment Mckinnon, Edmonton AB

Jennifer Wasmund, Pembroke ON

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Joan Lamb, Victoria BC

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Congratulations Lori and Oscar! ar! Oscar, the first Portuguese Water Dog to earn a Grand Master in Obedience and Grand Champion in Rally!


As my first competition dog Oscar has proven to be the best partner imaginable. Exuberantly eager to please, he has taught me the joy and generosity of companionship. In 2016 Oscar had the highest average score and was #1 PWD competing in AKC Obedience. PWDCA specialties have been a highlight with a hit in 2015, he was second in the Super Dog 2017 competition and third in 2018. At home, Oscar recently completed the final elements for the elite obedience titles of Grand Master in Obedience, Grand Champion in Rally and his 15th career HIT! With 7 Master water Q's, maybe we can bring this new title home this year. A special thanks to his breeder Karen Matthews for trusting me with this extraordinary creature! Lorie Crouch

GMOTCH / Multiple HIT RGCH Ridgehaven’s Oscar The Crouch RMX CGN CRB RAE7 AGN AGNJ NP CWDX MAC6 GROM AKC UD RE NF TKP 2018 CKC Obedience - #1 PWD, #1 Working Group 2018 CKC Rally - #1 PWD, #2 Working Group Owners: Monte & Lorie Crouch Breeder: Karen O Matthews


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THE WELL-GROOMED WATER DOG Excerpts from Seafarer Magazine, 1992


Jack Girton As you’ve probably already discovered, Water Dogs are a high maintenance breed. Learning to groom them yourself not only



saves money, but trips to the groomer - and may help avoid that ‘Oh no, he’s groomed like a Poodle’ surprise when you pick up your dog. Also, grooming can be rewarding and enjoyable in its own right.



Your grooming equipment should include: PASTERN

1) A sturdy grooming surface, preferably one that places your dog at roughly eye-level. Most people find a commercial grooming table with a non-slip surface convenient. Not only is this easier on the groomer’s back, but it tends to promote

Let’s grab our scissors and comb and get started! Put your dog

better behaviour in the dog. And don’t feel you have to buy

on the table and stand behind it, with the dog facing away from

the largest table available. Many people have found that a

you. We always start scissoring from the rear and work toward

medium-sized table is easier to use since it limits the dog’s

the front. Invariably, trimming the head first results in a rather

range of movement. You may also want to include a grooming

pin-headed look which is exactly the opposite of what we want.

arm, particularly if you’re estarting a puppy, or even an older

By trimming th head last, you can more easily keep it in propor-

dog who’s not yet table-trained. (Remember, NEVER leave a

tion with the body.

dog unattended while attached to a grooming arm).

Grab the tail and scissor all the way around it, starting about

2) A good pair of motor-driven electric animal clippers.

one-third of the way down from the tip. Please be sure the tail

I recommend Oster A-5 or A-2 models. There are many differ-

on an adult dog is short on the two-thirds closest to the body.

ent blades available for these. For our purposes, we’ll basically

Some young puppies need time to grow into their tails, resulting

use three: a No.10 (which may be included with the clippers);

in a brief period when the tail is too long. During this period,

a no.4 or 4F; and an 8/8 or ‘foot’ blade.

leaving the pume on more of the tail can make it appear shorter.

3) Good shears and thinning shears. I’ve found that I can do everything with a pair of 8 1/2 inch straight shears, and a pair of 46-tooth single-blade thinning shears. Try to remember the old adage, ‘You get what you pay for’. Unless you do very large amounts of grooming, you will probably find it impractical

However, to me an adult dog with half the tail at full length looks out of proportion and even dumpy, especially if the tail is somewhat short to begin with. So, my rule of thumb is that, at most, one-third of the tail is to be left at full length. Scissor the tail tapering toward the body so it is shaped like a carrot.

to buy the most expensive shears, but it can be equally imprac-

We will now begin to scissor from the base of the tail down the

tical to buy the least expensive. In general, the better the

buttocks. Keep your scissors at an approximate 45 degree angle

shears, the easier it is to keep them sharp and in adjustment.

from the ischium, angled up toward the hipbones. Otherwise,

This can make all the difference in your grooming sessions.

you will end up with a squared-off look when the dog is seen in

4) General grooming tools. Finally we come to the less


expensive, but equally necessary grooming tools. You will need

Now, start down the rear legs. Remember, you’re still standing

a slicker brush, a pin brush, a metal comb with both fine- and

behind the dog. We’ll scissor the backs of the legs first, leaving

medium-spaded teeth, nail clippers, ear cleaning solution, ear

the sides for later. I find it more attractive to scissor from the

powder, a tooth scaler (the one you’re looking for has a flat

ischium to the hock joit shorter than from the hock joint to the

end, like a hoe), and a spray bottle filled with distilled water

heel pad. Please keep this comment in perspective. I am not

to which you’ve added a small amount of coat conditioner.

advocating leaving immense amounts of hair on any part of the

I will now share how I scissor the Retriever Clip. Keep in mind that unless you show, the length of coat and shape of your Portuguese Water Dog is up to you.

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body. If a dog is truly sound, it looks good with a correct-length coat. Therefore, when I say ‘shorter than’, I’m generally talking about subtle differences.

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Next we’ll scissor around the sides of the legs, keeping them

With your scissors, follow the shape of the dog to blend the hair

rounded for a natural look. As you go up toward the hips, be

around the sides and into the back of the neck. I like to leave

sure to follow the shape of the dog. Leaving excessive hair on

the hair a little longer here so that it blends nicely into the back

the outside of the hips results in an exaggerated inverted ‘U’

of the head. Then, move down to the chest area where we’re

effect that tends to make movement look dumpy. You can

going to again taper the hair. Have you noticed yet we don’t

blend into the topline later. As you work around to the front

want severe angles anywhere on the dog? This time we’re taper-

of the leg, just scissor along the natural shape. Then, go to the

ing the hair from the breast bone up, blending with the neck

sides of the body and scissor, still following the natural shape

hair we shaved with the No.4 blade, and also outwards toward

of the dog. (We’re only working on the sides right now - the

the front legs and shoulders. This is a very difficult procedure to

topline and underline will come next). Make sure that you

describe, but the result is to leave the coat slightly longer over

don’t leave additional length at the loin (the area between the

the fore-chest, which I think provides a smooth, pleasing look.

ribcage and the hips). You dont want to hide the dog’s natural ‘waist’. You can see this most visibly by looking at the dog from above. (If there is a straight line between shoulders and hips, either your dog is overweight or you have too much length over the sides of the loin). As you move forward to the ribcage, keep the hair short. More than an inch here is too long, as it tends to flop when the dog is moving, especially on wavies.

Now we’re at the font legs, and scissoring here is relatively easy. Scissor around the legs and feet keeping them proportionate with the rear legs. You want an even blanket of hair that follows the outline of the legs. ONe thing I do on feet is scissor them a little shorter on top so that they don’t blend in entirely with the leg hair, to prevent the Terrier ‘tube’ effect. There should be a definition between the legs and feet on a Water Dog. ON both

Now it’s time to work the topline and underline. When scissor-

front and rear feet, make sure that you scissor very closely

ing the topline, I always start at the base of the tail and work

around the edge of the foot. Leaving too much hair here makes

forward. Point the scissors toward the head an be sure to keep

the foot look overly large, and the dog look ‘down in the

the tips up or you may end up with ‘gouges’. Try to keep the

pasterns’. Also check to make sure that you haven’t left too

topline level, with maybe a slight rise as you approach the

much hair between the legs which can create an inaccurate

shoulders. This will allow a smoother transition into the hair

impression of your dog’s movement.

at the back of the neck.

Now comes a really fun part - scissoring the head! In my opin-

Sometime when you are at a dog show, notice the differences

ion, this is where th entire groomling job can be made or bro-

in toplines among the dogs in the ring. Some may dip in the

ken. Start by trimming around the ears. We shave the underside

middle, and some may slope downward from the hips. Very

of the ear with a No.10 blade. Then grasp the ear, and holding

often, these incorrect toplines truly reflect the dog underneath,

it at a right angle to the head, and start by scissoring around

but it is possible to inadvertently scissor-on a bad topline (just

the edge as closely as possible ot the ear leather. Remember,

as it’s possible to scissor-in a good one). If your dog already

the Standard says ‘tips should not reach below the lower jaw’.

has a good topline, make sure that you maintain it as you

Be very careful here, as a nick in the ear leather can bleed

scissor along the back.

profusely. Next back-comb the hair on the outside of the ear

Next, let’s go to the underline. A good underline forms an angle under the dog, roughly from the elbows in front to the ischium in back. The length you leave will depend upon how much leg and chest your dog has. For example, if your dog has an approximately deep chest (to the elbow), but short legs, you will want to be careful not to leave additional length. Now we’re at the shoulders and front assembly. At this point, I move to the front of the dog. Using a No.4 blade on my clippers, I clip from the base of the lower jaw (top of the neck) straight down to the breastbone. We’re clipping the front of the dog only and will move around the neck in a moment. Be sure you clip with the grain of the hair, and taper, so it gets longer as you approach the sides of the neck. This same effect can be achieved with scissors, but clippers are faster, and provide a more even result.


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so that it stands up as much as possible. (I’m using the term ‘back-comb’ to indicate simply combing the hair against the natural lay of the coat). Starting at the edge of the ear, scissor the hair short, blending it evenly into the topknot. Nothing looks worse, especially on wavy dogs, than just chopping off the hair around the edge of the ear and leaving the outside at full length, like a Cocker Spaniel. Start at the lower jaw and scissor the sides of the head, rounding toward the tope of the skull. Blend the hair so that the ears flow into the topknot. The appearance of the head, when viewed from the front, will look rather round with the ears hardly noticeable. I hate it when groomers scissor the sides of the head short, creating a sort of Poodle topknot so the ears stick out and look as though they were added as an afterthought. When you get to the top, follow the shape of the skull. I prefer that the PWDCC Waterlog

topknot be slightly flat to avoid a Bichon appearance. This will

you haven’t left too much hair on the elbows, feet, inside rear

be more pronounced when viewed from the side than the front.

legs or inside front legs. This is especially important on wavies

Do not carry this to an extreme or it will look like someone hit

because too much hair can flop, detracting from even the

the dog over the head with a board. Be sure when you view the

soundest movement.

head in profile that the backskull blends smoothly into the hair on the back of the neck. Ok, now let’s move on to what I consider the most crucial part

As you will soon find out, you can get what you think is the perfect clip on a wavy, and as the hair settles, the entire look changes. ONe factor that you’re dealing with here, which is

of grooming the head. To scissor the front of the topknot, start

not such a factor in curlies, is gravity. Since wavy hair hangs

at the jawline, laying the scissor at a right angle to side of the

straight down, hair left too long of the back legs disguises

muzzle, with the tip pointing up, and work up and over the brow

angulation and movement. If the coat on the front legs and

and down the other side. Be careful not to take the brow too far

back legs are scissored to identical length, the front legs can

back or you lose the definition between skull and muzzle. Con-

appear thinner because the hair is hanging directly down along

versely, don’t leave it too long either. ONce you have the brow

the leg bone. Be careful when trimming a wavy that you main-

even, trim the hair between the eyes with your scissors held

tain the natural balance. When scissoring legs on wavies, lift

horizontally, parallel to the eyes. (If you feel more comfortable,

the leg off the table, back-comb the hair, and scissor to the

use your thinning shears here). The brow should be forming a

appropriate length. Don’t go too short until you set the foot

ledge that you are actually scissoring underneath. Trim the hair

back down. Then, after the hair settles, fine-tune your scissor-

between the eyes clean to the top. Don’t go too high up the

ing while your have an idea of the final picture. For the most

forehead, or you’ll lose the Water Dog profile you just created.

even finish, scissor wavy legs and sides with the scissors point-

Take out a little at a time, then evaluate. You want to see your

ing down rather than across.

dog’s expression, not just two eyeholes. When you like the result, stop! Now for the muzzle. Actually, this areas is very easy to trim if

Wavy muzzles are very difficult to scissor evenly, even after you’ve been at it a while. If you aren’t having much success, you can clip the muzzle with a No.4 blade. If you’re not show-

you do it properly. I feel there should be a definite distinction

ing, you can clip the muzzle as often as necessary to maintain

between muzzle and backskull, and the hair on the muzzle

the desired length, or an even line to follow with your scissors.

should be the same length all the way around. The secret word

If you are showing you may want to clip anywhere from 2 to 6

here is the muzzle should appear ‘round’. I detest the look that

weeks prior to show, depending upon how fast hair grows, and

results form shaving the top and bottom of the muzzle and leav-

the natural breadth of the muzzle.

ing hair long on the sides straight into the backskill. You may need to scissor a little shorter on the top into the stop so the dog has an unobstructed view of the world. I find trimming the muzzle easier with a pair of curved grooming shears. Then hold the dog by the muzzle straight down from the nose to the chin and blend with the sides if necessary. Now comes the real fun, especially if you have a wavy dog.

Don’t be upset if you have to trim stray hairs on your wavy every couple of days. Scissoring a wavy can be frustrating, but think how much easier it is to comb. Also, don’t worry if you can’t get your ideal effect from the scissors. As they say, the only difference between a good haircut and a bad haircut is a couple of weeks! Keep at it, and you’ll get better every time. Happy grooming!

Stand back form the table about 10 feet or so and admire your handiwork. At this point the entire picture should flow together, with no extreme angles, so that no single part is out of propor-

Jack Girton has been actively involved

tion to the whole. It helps here if you have a grooming arm to

in the sport of purebred dogs since

attach to the dog. You will now be able to see if you need some

1967. He has run his own boarding

touch-up work here or there. Let the dog down to run around,

and grooming businesses, and has

and I’ll bet you see many stray hairs that need removing. Also,

bred and co-bred over forty champi-

watch the dog move, especially coming and going, to be sure

ons in six different breeds. Jack has finished six Portuguese Water Dogs, including his own.

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CANINE WATER INTOXICATION Dr. Karen Becker Water intoxication is a rare but often fatal condition in dogs.

Other potential candidates are dogs that drink too much water

Dogs that love being in the water and playing with sprinklers

during or after exercise or competition, and dogs that enjoy

or hoses are at highest risk. Water intoxication causes hypona-

getting sprayed with water from a hose or sprinklers.

tremia, a condition in which sodium levels drops to dangerously low levels. Hyponatremia is a condition in which more water enters the body than the body can process. The excessive amount of water dilutes bodily fluids, throwing off the electrolyte balance. It reduces sodium levels in fluid outside of cells (extracellular fluid). Sodium is necessary to maintain blood pressure and the function of muscles and nerves. As the sodium level in extracellular fluid drops, the cells fill with water as the dog’s body tries to balance sodium levels inside cells with falling levels outside cells. The water-filled cells, which include brain cells, start to expand. The central nervous system can also be impacted. Symptoms of water intoxication include staggering, vomiting, pale gums, and dilated pupils; severe cases can cause loss of consciousness and death. Water intoxication is a medical emergency, and even with aggressive veterinary care, many dogs do not survive. It can result in a potentially fatal condition called hyponatremia, which is an excessively low blood sodium level. Dogs that play in the water for long periods of time are at highest risk, as are dogs that ingest water from a lawn sprinkler or hose.

Due to their size, smaller dogs show signs of water intoxication more quickly than larger breeds because it doesn’t take long for an excessive amount of water to accumulate in their bodies. Treatment of Hyponatremia Water intoxication progresses very quickly and can threaten your pet’s life, so if he’s been playing in water and begins to show one or more of the symptoms listed above, you should seek veterinary care immediately. Treatment of the result of water intoxication, hyponatremia, usually involves intravenous (IV) electrolytes, diuretics, and medications to reduce brain swelling. With aggressive veterinary care, some dogs do recover, but tragically, many do not. Avoiding Disaster There are several common sense steps you can take to prevent your canine companion from ingesting too much water. Whenever your dog’s in or near water, make sure you’re there to supervise. If they like retrieving a ball or other toy from the water, make sure they take frequent breaks. And be especially careful when the water is rough. Watch your dog closely when they are interacting with the water. If their mouth is open a lot it’s a given they are ingesting water, and potentially too much. Dogs that dive beneath the water’s surface to retrieve items are also ingesting water. If your dog likes to play in or drink from

Symptoms of Water Intoxication Staggering, loss of coordination Bloating

the hose or sprinkler, monitor the activity closely. And water from a hose or sprinkler is under pressure, so dogs can ingest a great deal of it in a short amount of time.

Glazed eyes Lethargy

Know the symptoms of water intoxication and monitor your

Nausea, vomiting

dog’s appearance and behavior when near water. After exercise

Pale gums, dilated pupils

or a competitive event, make sure your dog rehydrates safely.

Excessive drooling

If your dog laps up every drop in their water bowl, allow for

If the condition is severe, there may also be difficulty breath-

rest before offering a refill. Take water with you when your dog

ing, collapse, loss of consciousness, seizures, coma, and

exercises so you can give frequent short water breaks to keep


them hydrated.

Is Your Dog At Risk? It’s possible for any dog to ingest too much water, but hyponatremia is most often seen in water-loving canines that spend hours at a time in the pond, pool, or lake; dogs that constantly lap up water or bite at it while they’re swimming; and dogs that inadvertently swallow water as they dive for toys.


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MY THOUGHTS ON THE PORTUGUESE WATER DOG Excerpts from Seafarer Magazine Miss Pat Jones The PWD is a curiosity - a dog steeped in history - it’s believed

originally described as massive, it must be well balanced, with

as far back as 600 B.C., a dog who is believed to be the

the skull slightly longer than the muzzle; and must have a very

ancestor of many other well-known breeds of today. Poodles, of

well-defined stop. But it is the skull that differs from others,

course, and the Irish Water Spaniel being two of these. He is

with the very domed bones above the eyebrows, and the central

believed to have begun his life in Egypt, and by the procession

furrow for two-thirds of the length of the back skull. This is a

of time, to make his way into Europe, and to settle firstly in

patent design for an underwater swimmer. His fore face should

Spain and then Portugal. Here he was a worker, and a very

be broad and short, and he should have an undertow. It is not

important par of life at sea, as well as guardian of the boats

always commonly known that if the muzzle becomes longer and

and gear at night. He was a courier, takin messages form ship

automatically narrower, the undertow disappears, until shortly

to ship, or ship to shore; but it was his other attributes that set

there is not enough room for all the teeth. Teeth, scissor bit;

him apart from other water breeds. Not only is he a great

not must b large with open nostrils, as this is the key to the

retriever, but he is a diver with capacities for swimming under-

lungs. The ears if it neatly and closely on the head - it is

water for long distances. This special unique achievement sets

almost impossible for water to enter his ears when in the water.

him apart form the other water breeds, and also explains his

Tight lips without flue. Eyes tidily placed and do not protrude.

unusual head, with its very special features.

There is no haw.

He is a robust, extremely energetic dog with a brain and a

The short thick neck is arched and muscled. If it were not, it

coat! Easy to train because of his will to please, but he

would not carry his retrieval, which is sometimes heavy His

becomes easily bored unless he has company. Left alone for

shoulders are tremendously powerful - very, very strongly mus-

long periods, his is a destruction machine, and nothing is

cled; and he must have well-laid shoulder blades and good

impossible to undo, untie, or chew through. The same animal,

upper arms. The shoulder blades, however, must be wide at the

having done a Grade One demolition job on his kennel or

withers to allow for heavy forward movement in water (which is

home, converts instantly to an obedient sensible dog, content

usually under pressure). There are very heavy muscles under

to be at. Your feet once he has company of human or animal.

the withers, as in all water dogs. Tight elbows, well-boned legs, strong pasterns which are not very apparent; feet with the

He is the most tractable breed that I have ever had. He

desired web to act as a paddle.

accepts whatever you throw at him. Groom him, look in his ears, lift his feet, he stays where he was put - his tail wags

Tremendous rib cage is a must. Deep enough, almost to the

constantly - clip him for the first time, he stays on the table,

elbow, not below or it interferes with his swimming action, and

accepts it, and wags his tail.

more importantly it MUST be long; i.e., 3/4 rib, 3/4 loin. Ribs not flat or rounded, but well enough sprung to allow plenty of

He almost became extinct. In the 1940’s, after radios took over his work on the boats, there were only 40 water dogs alive in the world. One of these dogs, Leao, was superb. He

heart and lung room; but not to interfere with from movement, as round ribs would. Chest must be wide to allow for leg action when swimming. Legs strong with strong joints.

was used on all or any of the bitches. To say that this breed is closely bred in an understatement. But the breed has survived.

Muscled toppling - tidy underneath with a graceful line towards

A lot of hard work, but at first a small group of people gradual-

hindquarters. Croup hardly apparent - hips should not protrude.

ly helped the breed to cling to survival, and slowly they were

Tail thick at the root - not any longer than the hocks. The tail

sent to different countries, and now they flourish worldwide.

is raised in movement and forms a ring, which must not reach further forward than the kidneys. Hindquarters very muscled

The breed standard says that this is a rectangular dog, docile and bred for stamina. He is capable of swimming many miles; and even more importantly, swimming underwater for great distances. Bearing mind that he swam in the Atlantic, and it was his daily job - unlike that of a dog who works seasonally - it is not surprising that he must have stamina. He is attentive and brave, with excellent eyesight and a fair nose’ and of course, he must be extremely well-muscled. His head is a specialty -

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with broad second thighs, moderately angulated; certainly not straight as this would restrict his forward thrust. Angulation helps his maneuverability in water, and provided the power push. High hocks to act in propelling him powerfully forward. There is a 4-inch difference per sex in size which could give the appearance of two breeds. There is also a substantial weight difference. Whatever the size, the animal must be substantial without exhibiting any sign of weakness or frailty. JULY 2019 11

Colours in Europe differ from the North America, where white

He should face the world by your side, with calmness, and a

is acceptable on a coloured dog, but only in the right places,

complete understanding of the world passing him by.

and no more than one-third of the total color. It is very important that pigment is correct, being black or brown; but nose, mouth and eyes must be coloured. Temperment should be superb; bold but kind, and nothing should upset him, any way, any time.


Pat Jones of Carmel fame has been breeding Portuguese Water Dogs in Cumbria, England since 1980. She judged Sweepstakes at the PWDCA National Specialty in 1995, and has been gracious enough to share her observations on the Portuguese Water Dog.

Almost half of all dogs turned in to shelters have at least one behavior problem -- aggression and destructiveness are among the most common. Both of these behaviors can be caused by the fear and anxiety that develops from improper or incomplete

Socialization means exposing your puppy to as many new


people, animals, environments and other stimuli as possible without overwhelming him. Over-stimulation of a young puppy can result in excessive fear, withdrawal or avoidance behavior, so knowing how much is enough is important.

Nature Walks (this can be a plot of land owned by a friend, or a trail less frequentedby other dogs, etc.) • Uneven terrain = coordination, body awareness • Sense Stimulation • Strengthen your bond/develop trust = following behavior

A properly socialized puppy is:

S Handled from birth and learns to accept touching of all body parts

S Exposed to as many people, other animals, places and situations as possible

S Encouraged to explore and investigate his environment

S Allowed to experience a variety of toys and games, surfaces and other stimuli

S Brought along often on car rides to new environments with his owner

S Proper socialization will engage all of your puppy’s senses through exposure to the sights, sounds and smells of day-to-day life.

and recall Everyday Life • Car Rides • Appliances • Grooming (Tools and Noises) • Overnight trips (family, hotels, or camping!) • Garbage day • Music (instruments or audio player) • Events with large crowds/lots of people • Time in his crate in the home and outside of the home • Access to test out water/swimming or a beach • Playtime with friendly, stable, vaccinated dogs. (using discretion) • Different breeds, colours, sizes, etc. • Puppy Social Nights • People introductions

This exposure will desensitize and condition your pup so that he develops a comfort level with different and new situations. Socialization also helps you train your young dog to handle new experiences and challenges with acceptable, appropriate

• Young, tall, old, young, different ethnicities, people wearing hats, etc • Handling – feet, teeth/mouth, petting, massaging, looking in ears/eyes, etc.

behavior. “Don’t worry unnecessarily about risks to your puppy’s health An unsocialized dog is unlikely to cope well with changes in his environment or situation, making him difficult to handle for his owner, veterinarian, groomer, pet sitter, and any visitors to the dog’s home. If your puppy isn’t properly socialized, he

from other pets in a well-run puppy class. Just keep in mind that the risk of illness from early socialization is small compared to the risks your dog could face if he develops behavior problems later in life.”

can develop permanently ingrained fear responses and generalized anxiety. This type of behavior problem can ultimately make

More information about your pets health can be found at:

your dog unsuitable as a pet – for you or anyone else.


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Sniffingacrossthecountry… From Kitchener, On PWDCC B OOSTER K-W ALL BREED SHOW, MAY 20, 2019 Judge Kim Ramey-Leblanc (1-6-2-2)

Best Of Breed Ch Claircreek Pure Art Best Of Opposite Sex GCh Aviators Nobreza @ Macduff Best Of Winners Charbr Landshark At Drewsar Best Puppy In Breed Ch Claircreek Pure Art Select Dog GCh Charbr's Tropical Breeze

Rally For the first time PWDCC added a performance event to our Booster. Congratulations are in order: Tan Crombie and Grace (Big Bay High Society CGN, JWD, AGNJ, SDS-SP, SGDC, CRNMCL, MJDC) earned their Rally Novice Title pending CKC approval. Photo right. Lorie Crouch and Oscar (GMOTCH Ridgehavens Oscar The Crouch RAE8, RMX, CRB, AGN, AGNJ, NP, SDS-SP, CGN, CWDX, MAC 6, GROM) earned their Rally Grand Champion pending CKC approval. Photo below.

Select Bitch Ch Bigbay Little Black Dress

Above: Tan Crombie and Grace in Rally

Winners Dog Bigbay Miguel Do Algarve

Far left: Lorie Crouch and Oscar in Rally

Junior Puppy Dog Class 1 Bigbay Miguel Do Algarv e

Left: Ashley Martins with Keeva Bay baby puppies.

3-6 Month Dog Class 1 Keevabay's The Teddy Sneak 2 Keevabay's Backfield In Motion 3 Claircreek Here Comes The Sun Winners Bitch Charbr Landshark At Drewsar Reserve Winners Bitch Claircreek Elegant Ivy Senior Puppy Bitch Class 1 Chasinwaves Rising Star At Keevabay 2 Claircreek Olympia De La Seine Canadian Bred Bitch Class 1 Charbr Thank Hvn Fur Ltl Girls Bred By Exhibitor Bitch Class 1 Charbr Landshark At Drews ar Open Bitch Class 1 Claircreek Elegant Ivy 2 Bigbay Maggie Mae Macfarlane 3-6 Month Bitch Class 1 Claircreek Cordon Bleu 2 Keevabay's Warrior Princess 3 Keevabay's One More Down

There’s always time for a bit of fun! Sharon Lapstra and her baby pups.

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Donna Gottdenker, Best of Breed, Booster, CH Claircreek Pure Art.

Sara Manzi with Best of Winners, Winners Bitch, Charbr's Landshark At Drewsar

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PWDCC Board Minutes

Committee Reports

New Business

March 12, 2019 8:00 p.m. EST

Performance/Event Committee - Karen Booster has been moved to Kitchener from Erie Shores due to renovations of their performance ring. The Kitchener club has backed away from rosettes or performance due to cost. Booster will be one day (not entire weekend), so that costs can be properly assessed.

Frank presented three families for potential adoptive home for Ryder (from Kamolot Kennels). One family was selected and they will be notified March 13 with target hand off date of March 16.

Present Sandra Allen Frank Davidson Yolande Hould Karen Mathews Mindy Selby Karine Simard Absent Shelly Johnston Guest Roslyn Eskind Welcome Motion to approve revised January minutes detailing CKC quote by Frank, seconded by Sandra. Approved. Motion by Sandra to approve February minutes composed by Roslyn, seconded by Yolande. Approved. Motion by Sharon Lapstra to accept the 2018 Financial Statements as presented by Pat Vokes. Seconded by Deirdre Hall. Treasurer’s Report $ 14,752.34 bank balance 00.0 outstanding cheques $ $ 14,752.34 register balance 250.92 Paypal balance $ 307 members (23 inactive) 2 new members pending 27 new members (5 family, 2 single) 76 renewals (24 family, 52 single) 116 non-renewed 62 puppy members The 2 pending members will be immediately deleted and refunded by Yolande. We still have problems with TD Bank in attempting to change the sign atories. Frank to try to work with a local branch in London to expedite this process. If unsuccessful, the account will be closed and a new account opened. Payments made : $ $ $ $ $ $

872.04 Flights, Judge Janice Reilly ($635.13 USD) 190.25 Pat Vokes’s expenses 119.76 Easy Hosting for Jan - Feb. 55.37 GoToMeeting for January 15.12 Postage 190.25 GoToMeeting

Discussion re: GoToMeeting: If we are switching to annual payment we will save $120 per year. Motion to approve by Frank, seconded by Mindy. Approved.

Membership Committee - Shelley Frank received and email from Shelley several weeks ago (Feb 28) asking about sending an email blast to increase membership to names on a list that she has created. Frank responded back that he did not recall getting that list and to please resend with verbiage to entice me mbership renewal. Shelley to report at next meeting. Breeder Committee - Sandra Discussed a breeder list and it was determined to be too challenging to regulate and would require a full time individual to ensure compliance. Hoping for changes to puppy list (i.e. keeping puppies listed longer and when next litters might arrive). Discussed possible email blast to breeders to ask what they would like to see, do they use puppy list, if not why not, topics for seminars, training and stud dog list. Discussed reason why Breeders List was removed from the website (a few not doing health testing, and if on our website, they are still being passively promoted – which is not in-line with our code). Puppy list can be posted for 12 weeks from date of pregnancy confirmation… maybe expand from planned breeding (health testing must be completed first). Committee to make a recommendation to the Board as to what they would like to see (a complete thought-out plan). Sandra to get together a complete list of Breeder members and send questions using Google Survey (or Survey Monkey). Karine is familiar with Google Survey and can set this up. Merchandise Committee - Yolande Nothing to report Rescue Committee - Frank Frank to r each out to Jennifer to discuss various aspects of rescue, then to initiate a conference call with entire committee. Main concern with rescue is the cost. So far there have been 2 rescues in 2019. The first one cost the club approx. $1,500.00 and the second, nothing - thanks to Frank fostering the dog. Committee needs to research the use of a third party rescue organization and/or explore other options (w alk for rescue). Judge Education Committee - Roslyn Karine to get in touch with Roslyn for video’s/more details.

Ontario Nothing to report at this time

Complaints Committee - Mindy Complaints received from the public against a breeder/member and from one member against another member. Seems too onerous to address at this time. Discussed possible policy and procedure changes, as well as a complaints procedure. Mindy to make some updates and pre sent to Karine and Frank for further discussion.

Nova Scotia Nothing to report at this time

Unfinished Business Frank has signed the Club up on

Quebec Sylvie is working toward creating executive for this branch. Additionally she is working on the water camp (beginner level with one day la nd and one day water). Karen has been asked to assist (and has agreed to do so). Now narrowing down the location. Sylvie is currently working on the budget to be submitted when available.

CKC quote and photo: CKC failed to reply to our requests Karine will speak with local CKC representative.

Regional Updates Alberta Andy to finalize water camp budget and submit to the Board.


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Update policy and procedures manual – currently with Mindy. 2020 Speciality No news at this time out of the American Club regarding their dates and location (possibly Virginia). As a re sult our Speciality planning is in limbo as we do not wish date conflicts.

Motion to adjourn meeting by Karen. Seconded by Frank. Next meeting scheduled for April 16.

PWDCC Board Minutes May 14, 2019 8:00 p.m. EST Present Sandra Allen Frank Davidson Yolande Hould Karen Mathews Mindy Selby Karine Simard Absent Shelly Johnston Guest Roslyn Eskind Welcome Motion by Sandra to approve March minutes composed by Frank, secoonded by Karen. Approved. As there was no meeting last month, we will report April’s balance sheet first: Treasurer’s Report, April $ 16 235.84 bank balance $ 00.0 outstanding cheques $ 16 235.84 register balance $ 423.14 Paypal balance 314 members (181 active) 27 new members (5 family, 22 single) 83 renewals (25 family, 58 single) 111 non-renewed 70 puppy members Treasurer’s Report, May $ 14,123.10 bank balance $ 700.00 outstanding paypal $ 14,752.34 register balance $ 179.68 Paypal balance 341 members (21 inactive,110 expired) 37 new members (6 family, 31 single) 85 renewals (24 family, 52 single) 87 puppy members Contributions $ 1,667.00: 92.00 Sandra Allen, General Funds 1,000.00 Kathie Tight, Rescue 450.00 Kristine McCabe, Rescue 100.00 Polleman Hans, General Funds 25.00 John Brock, Health Disbursements $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $


649.75 Bev Furer, March Waterlog 370.00 Elizabeth Johnston, (bags) 124.29 Catherine Gadd, Courier ad 91.49 Brawna Levy, CGN, Fun Day 38.93 Johanne Skalos Silverspring, Food, Fun Day 310.75 Pat Vokes, hall, Fun Day 310.75 Hall, CDT Land Camp 1,356.00 Gold medals 525.00 GRCA site, June, July, Aug 172.56 Youlande Hould, GoToMeeting March, April. Easyhosting April 116.22 GoTo Meeting for May, and Easyhosting for May PWDCC Waterlog

Regional Updates Alberta Enough members now to form a Branch and paperwork is forthcoming. Letter to the Alberta Club to be drafted in an effort to dispel any misunderstanding regarding transfers of funds from the APWDC to the PWDCC. We have Pat Vokes involved as she was the treasurer at that time. Additionally we will detail the differences between Branches and Cl ubs. This letter is to be sent to the APWDC Board, all active PWDCC Alberta members. Posting in the Waterlog will be determined at a later date. Ontario Ontario board liaison is Sandra and she is fine with this task. Land camp had 18 beginners with one auditor, and nine advanced participants. Fun day and land camp were huge successes and facility was great. $140.00 was received for new/renew memberships . Nova Scotia Nothing to report in Shelly’s absence. Quebec Sylvie is now moving during the dates of both land and water camps which is also the same date that Karen can come to teach. So currently this is on hold with maybe an event at the end of summer. Committee Reports Performance/Event Committee - Karen First booster is in Kitchener May 20 with 19 dogs registered. Membership Committee - Shelley Eblast h as not yet been done yet. Membership Progression March 12 307 April 16 314 May 14 341 Breeder Committee - Sandra Eblast to breeders. Puppy list. Committee member and breeding practice: Sandra to send an email to board members detailing the questions to be put forward to our breeders once approved an electronic survey will be sent out. For future reference, when an email requesting app roval goes out to the Board, it must be accompanied by a motion, then seconded, then all Board Members are to vote within 48 hours. Merchandise Committee - Yolande Yolande presented a request from Frances Berman for a merchandise budget of $1800.00. Frank posed a question regarding the current dollar value of inventory to ensure we don’t overspend based on our sales history. Yolande to gather all the facts and send an email for an approval vote next week. Rescue Committee - Frank Frank reported that he reached out to the national no-kill rescue network to determine if there is an opportunity to work together. Waiting to hear back. Found a lady from Airdre trying to re-home her PWD via Facebook. Frank responded to her post to please contact our rescue. She claimed that she did, and Frank commente d back that he did not receive any communication. Apparently she reached out to Val with no help. Waiting on more details. If she can’t find a home then she will call us.

Judge Education Committee - Roslyn Karine held the judges education in Quebec with Yolande. There were 5 dogs present some in lion trim, retriever trim, some brown, a black and white and many coat types. Nine judges (some judges in train ing) were present. Karine also showed two videos of dogs doing water work. This was very well received by all who attended. We will also approach the Ontario association of judges to determine interest as well. There could also be an eastern Ontario Judges association. Complaints Committee - Mindy Nothing to report. Unfinished Business Update Policy and Procedures Manual – currently with Mindy. Karen a nd Frank are to review the updates that Mindy completed. Mindy to discuss these updates via conference calls in segments as the document is too large to do it all at once. When completed, the revised Policy and Procedures Manual will be presented to the board for approval. Hope to have this ready by next meeting. Code of Ethics will follow the same process. 2020 Speciality Still no word about the dates fo r the American Specialty, so while we are unable to determine the date of our Specialty, we are considering locations East: Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Dog Association. New Business Frank to send an email stating that we are not interested in participating with the Canadian Dog National Magazine. We are planning our AGM for September 24, 2019. Announcement should go out on July 24, 2019. To be a conferen ce call format. We need to increase our available call in spots for this event to 50 plus for one month. Treasurer task Yolande is spending so much time doing her treasurer task which includes membership, finances in and out and budget preparation. It may be time to have a dedicated individual(s) to handle membership (as database entry is time consuming). Yolande to ask our web designer what’s working and what’s not - in hopes to simplify the database entry process. Motion by Mindy to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Karen. Approved.

PWDCC Board Minutes June, 2019 8:00 p.m. EST Present Sandra Allen Frank Davidson Shelly Johnston Karen Mathews Mindy Selby Karine Simard Absent Yolande Hould Guest Roslyn Eskind Welcome Motion by Sandra to approve revised May minutes, seconded by Karen. Approved. Motion by Sandra to approve February minutes composed by Roslyn, seconded by Yolande. Approved.

Treasurer’s Report - Yolande No current report as Yolande is away. Regional Updates Alberta Alberta dry land training is going well with 7-8 participants. Water camp is scheduled for July 5-6. Andy is in charge of that. Mindy is looking for alternative spots just in case the water conditions change at Dixon Dam. Report of Meeting with the APWDC and PWDCC Present from the APWDC Brenda Brown Tracy Brown Kate Polkovsky Speaking on behalf of the PWDCC Frank Davidson Karen Mathews Karine Simard This meeting was requested by the APWDC and the agenda was presented by their board. 1. Why the email with note went out? 2. To whom did this communication go out to? 3. How to rectify moving forward? The email and note went out to help with any misunderstanding around the differences between a club and a branch, as well as respective financial issues concerning both entities. At the National level we have received several comments; questions and concerns so we felt it wise to communicate this. This communication went o ut to active Alberta PWDCC members. It was suggested by the APWDC to invite a Board Member from each entity to join the others board meeting on a quarterly basis. This will be put forward by each Clubs’ executive and voted on. The results of the vote with be shared with each other. An additional suggestion was to share equipment and possible resources for various events. Frank will get back to the APWDC with the results of the PWDCC vote and someone from the APWDC will do likewise. Ontario Water camp Saturday went well for Working and Courier. Sunday was also well attended. Both days about 10 dogs participated. Nova Scotia Attended dog expo to promote club and activities. Waiting for the arrival of Cathy Gadd as she moves east. Quebec Nothing to report, maybe an event in the fall. Committee Reports Performa nce/Event Committee - Karen K-W Booster was well attended with 12 dogs, plus 7 baby puppies. 4 dogs participated in Rally with 3 winning prizes. Many thanks to Sharon Lapstra and Lorrie Crouch for all of their efforts to make this event such a success. Next booster in Quebec at the beginning of August. Membership Committee - Shelley E-blast to be sent out in a week or so to remind those expired members to renew their memberships. Breeder Committee - Sandra Working on about 3 questions regarding the puppy list. Frank to set up the survey anonymously using Survey Hero.

Motion by Sharon Lapstra to accept the 2018 Financial Statements as presented by Pat Vokes. Seconded by Deirdre Hall. Approved.

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Merchandise Committee - Yolande Frances Bernman is requesting a budget of $370. for the purchase of gear bags and pouches for water work. The treat pouches are the clip-on type, and the gear bags come in 3 styles - zipper, drawstring with mesh and drawstring without mesh. Pouches would cost us $9 each and be sold for $15. Gear bags with mesh would cost $35 and be sold for $50. Gear bags without mesh or with a zipper would cost $25 and be sold for $40. These products are only available at ForMyPWD, a U.S. based company. Anything ordered from them is subject to duty and shipping shipping costs. Frances is offering to drive to Burlington to avoid shipping costs, and reiterated that this is definitely a good deal - and the quality is excellent. Members of the water committee who took a look at the products were impressed. These products are made by a Club member who is a professional seamstress. She is giving the Club the opportunity to make a profit on products that people involved in water-work are looking for. If we are are not interested, she will sell them online. Suggest first order is 10 gear bags (3 with mesh, 3 zipper, 4 drawstring) and 10 t reat pouches, all in a variety of colours and patterns. Rescue Committee - Frank The dog that was previously posted on social media is now in our program. That said, still in the original owner’s possession. Frank sent an email to our Western membership seeking help in finding this dog a suitable home. One of our members forwarded that email to a friend who Frank has been speaking with, and it looks like a suitable home is in the cards. This dog has atypical Addison’s disease and is on 2.5 mg of prednisone per day. Judge Education Committee - Roslyn Nothing to report. Complaints Committee - Mindy Nothing to report.

PWDCC Board motion to expunge the “Dog Aggression by Host Committee” report, submitted August 10, 2018 by the APWDC Water Trial Chair regarding Mrs. Sue Ailsby and her dog “Syn”. Further to an extensive investigation we find that the subject report as submitted has errors, reference to irrelevant information, and did not include key elements as required by the PWDCC. To wit, the report was not signed by the Host Committee Chair, the attachments to the statement were not shown to the exhibitor when asked to sign the report or at any time thereafter, obvious changes made to the report were not initialed by the either of the signatories and failure to send a Judge’s Report to name a few. There were also grave errors made regarding the witness statements that included references to prior unreported events, a s well as, substantial conjecture, opinion and extrapolation that could not be affirmed as “having been personally witnessed in relation to the (subject) aggression incident” Furthermore, after completing this investigation, we find that the incident that was the source of the report did not meet the description of a “significant act of dog aggression” as required in order to constitute a valid report . We, the Board of Directors of the PWDCC, therefore move that the subject report be expunged from record and all decisions made and actions taken as a result of the report be expunged or rescinded including the letter sent to the subject exhibitor that was required to be sent with any Water Trial Entry submitted by that exhibitor. Approved August 1, 2019

Incident Investigation The reopening by the PWDCC Board of this incident and attendant Report was conducted on the request of the PWDCA Board. Each Club struck a committee to investigate the incident. The investigation that had been done at the time of the Report was limited due, in part, to time constraints. Each committee had members of the Water Trial Committees and Board members. There was a great deal of communication and shared information between the committees. Catherine Gadd and Pat Vokes, (who was serving on the committee at the time), were part of the committee from the PWDCC WTC. Susan Cucura and Jane Freeman were the PWDCA WTC participants. Both Board Presidents were also members of the Committee. Due to the nature of the investigation, the APWDC 2018 Water Trial Committee members would have been in conflict and so were not included on the investigation side although the members who submitted Witness Statements at the time and the Chair of the AWTC were questioned by the committees. In fact, it was determined that at the time of the original report investigation/analysis that no members of that committee should have been involved in the original incident report review. Upon conducting a further analysis of the actual written Report it was found that there were, among other things, several irregularities and errors and as well as a lack of due process and irregularities in the process. Both Clubs found considerable inconsistancy between statements made at the time of the incident and recent statements by those same witnesses. There were also significant inconsistencies between recent statements of the 10-12 people who were contacted by both clubs and the original Witness Statements. The PWDCC will be working with the PWDCA to change the Water Trial Manual to ensure that proper procedure, due process and other issues with this particular case will not be repeated in the future.

Unfinished Business Updated Policy and Procedures Manual is currently with Mindy. She has not had an opportunity to gain input from Frank and Karen. A conference call is scheduled for Monday Ju ne 17. 2020 Speciality U.S. speciality dates now confirmed October 1-10. Ideally we would like to hold water trial in conjunction with our National Speciality. Also would prefer to hold only one water trial in Ontario per year due to costs and work involved. There are three shows in Ontario (2 with performance events) scheduled. Those are Brockville and St. Catherine’s. Hosting our National Specialty at St. Catherine’s would be the most reasonable drive to Waterloo. New Business Frank presented three families for potential adoptive home for Ryder (from Kamolot Kennels). One family was selected and they will be notified March 13 with target hand off date of March 16. Motion to adjourn meeting by Karen. Seconded by Frank. Next meeting scheduled for April 16.


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P UPOGRA PHY Name: Cicco Date of Birth: February 4, 2019 Leader Of My Pack: I lead and I follow. Education: Self taught. Leisure Time Activities: Chew, chew, then chew some more.

Pet Peeve: Shoe laces. Favourite Non-Consumable: Old rags. Special Skills: Poop poop and poop (sorry!). Biggest Catastrophe: Jumping into the tub! Bathing and Grooming Tolerance: It’s all part of the beautifying process, so I got this!

Favourite Destination: Yoga studio. Most ashamed of: Chewing toilet paper. Most proud of: All kinds of tricks! -Get shot and play dead, roll over, left and right paw shake, whine and bark on command, heel, sit, stay, and play 'find it' with my nose ... I love to show off.

What I’d Like To Be When I Grow Up: A concert pianist. Already have my tuxedo on!

Cicco lives with Heather and Phil Narini in Hampton Ontario.

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BRANCH News PWDCOntario Water Camp June 1-2, 2019 at Laurel Creek, Waterloo Ontario Great weekend at the PWDCC Ontario Branch Water Camp! Advanced dogs on Saturday faced strong currents and wind for part of the day with one very strong rower requiring some help from Roy Vokes as they got stranded in the current. Rain (forecasted at 80% chance) thankfully held off until we were packing up. All the teams did a great job! Saturday night was a surprise farewell party for Cathy Gadd who is moving to New Brunswick from Ontario. Party hosted by Carolynne Hardy Issa was a huge success with lots of stories, fun gifts and of course lots of food. Decorating by Joanne Hardy Skalos. I am sure you will see photos of the event pop up on Facebook. We will all miss Cathy so much. Our loss is New Brunswick’s gain! The beginner camp was Sunday – and as you can see in the picture below, the site was a little wet from the overnight rain. The day was a great success with 14 dogs registered! Thank you so much to Lorraine Wilson, Brawna Levy, Pat Vokes, Roy Vokes and all the other volunteers who made the weekend possible. Elora’s (CH Claircreek Limitless Dreams) first time in a boat and on a lake! With Donna Gottdenker. Photo by Norm Schwenker.

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BRANCH News 2019 Water Camps The annual water camps hosted by the PWDCC Ontario Branch were held in May/land camp and June/water camp. These sessions introduce PWDS and their owners to water work. An advanced camp was also held for those progressing to higher levels in the sport. These camps are held annually and open to any PWD – so we hope you will join us again next year! At the Land Camp we had a wide range of participants both in terms of handler age, from youngsters through to seniors, as well as PWDs, puppies as young as 5 months old to adults! Participants, both human and furry thoroughly enjoyed themOn June 1st a Surprise send nd off party was held for Cathy Gad Gadd,

selves as they worked on learning retrieving skills, a foundation

b Mike, daughter Je who is moving to Moncton with her hubby Jen,

of water work, as well as obedience/focus and basic commands,

her husband and their new baby. The party was hosted by

critical for the sport as well as just having a well behaved PWD!

Lorraine Wilson, Carolynne Issa and Brawna Levy and held at Carolynne’s home. To say Cathy was surprized is an understate-

At the In-Water Camp, participants had the chance to start to

ment! She had no idea what was up.

transfer these skills into the water, working on retrieving, boat rides, swimming, etc.! The weather was lovely and although the

A little background for those of you who are new to, or have not

water was a bit chilly it did not deter anyone! Our organizers

participated in water work. Cathy is our Water Queen – a loving

were so impressed with the enthusiasm and active participation

referral to her British heritage and her status as the originator

of all handler and PWDS.

of water work training and trials in Canada. Without Cathy’s commitment and passion for this sport, water trials would not

We are looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible

exist in Canada. Cathy has been a mentor to so many of us as

participate in this year’s water trial to be held Aug 24 and 25

we became acquainted with this wonderful sport. With Cathy’s

at Laurel Creek Conservation Area, Waterloo. Check the club web

coaching and guidance, Canada has produced many of the top

site at for details on entering the trials. Note this

competitors in North America. Additionally our water program

is on first come basis and does fill up fast.

is now recognized as one of the strongest – with new folks getting into this sport every year. Cathy will be back to attend our Water Trial this August, and of course will keep in touch. On a personal note I would like to thank Cathy for all the support and coaching she has provided me over the years- from my first trial dog Hogan to my current roster. Cathy has always been there for me as a friend – and coach.

Not familiar with water work and trials? Go to the following link for a series of videos showing all the trial exercises and levels. Have a great summer and happy playing in the water with your PWD. The Water Program Committee for 2019

We will miss you and wish you all the best in your new adventure. We hope you decide to move back to Ontario soon! Lorraine Wilson


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Cathy Gadd left, Lorraine Wilson

Barb Floch left, assisted by Cathy Gadd

After the camp, a surprise farewell party was organized for Cathy Gadd, who is moving to New Brunswick, she'll be missed in Ontario, but lucky east coasters to have Cathy in your region.

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BRANCH News PWDCOntario Fun Day April 14, 2019 at Laurel Creek, Waterloo Ontario What an outstanding day we had! Twenty-five Portuguese Water

treatments for our dogs. Then we watched Lorie Crouch and

Dogs and their families came out to participate. And many of

Oscar demonstrate Rally Obedience. Lorie and Oscar were

them were new faces!

amazing in showing the skills developed in this sport and how much fun both handler and dog can have. And we did just that

Agility was put together by committee member Tan Crombie,

while working through all the different stations designed by

and both she and Gracie did a great job demonstrating and

Lorie. The room was buzzing with excitement! We had another

running the event. Tan and Gracie also gave us a demonstration

fun educational session with Pat Vokes and Mauzzi. Pat is an

on scent detection and how to train our PWDs to hunt specific

incredible trainer, and she showed us a new way of training and

smells. We learned more about keeping our PWDs healthy with

having fun with our PWD through a sport called Tricks and

Dr. David Feldman who shared the importance of chiropractic

day of events and learnings focused on our PWD breed. “ AWell organized. Good communication from organizers. Met some great people there whom I’ve never met before. Learned a lot about how to groom my dog and it was fun to take him through the exercises.

the reaction of our pup to the “ Enjoyed events and the other dogs. Plus enjoyed the discussions with other dog owners.”


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Conditioning. Pat and Mauzzi did an outstanding job demon-

We had a total of 14 entries and 11 passes. Congratulations

strating the skills involved.

to all participants and to all those that earned their CGN Certificate and Title.

During lunchtime and throughout the day, Committee Members Frances Berman and Carolynne Issa helped participants select

Thanks to the Organizers and Committee members who helped

PWDCC merchandise in support of the Club.

to make the day such a huge success: Carolynne Issa, Lorraine Wilson, Tan Crombie, Frances Berman – you ladies were a

After lunch Cathy Gadd did her magic and shared the importance

pleasure to work with! To Karen Matthews, Pat Vokes, Lorie

of grooming your PWD – and how to go about it the right way.

Crouch and Cathy Gadd, thank you for all your support and

The entire group was thrilled with programme and were excited

sharing your knowledge. And to the wonderful non-committee

to participate in everything the day had to offer.

members who volunteered and helped throughout the day –

One of our committee members, Lorraine Wilson, did a great job demonstrating and sharing all about water work and how much fun this sport is for both handlers and dogs. We learned the basics of retrieving the bumper and how to bring out our dogs’ natural ability and drive for working.

Joanne Skalos, Becca Levy and Alyssa Ber - thank you for a great day! To all participants and PWDs of the day, thank you for your support and helping us have a very successful event. We look orward to having more Fun and Educational days like this one in the future.

To close out our day, Karen Matthews volunteered to assist

Brawna Levy

us with Judging the Canine Good Neighbour (CGN) Testing.

Fun Day Committee Chair

the variety of demos and the chance “ Liked at trying the activities with your dog. ”

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Upcoming Events Look for updates on 2019 August 16

PWDCC Water Trial in Alberta hosted by the APWDC Dickson Pointe, Innisfail Alberta Judge Frank Cardilino For more information check


August 18

Water Trail Prep, Laurel Creek Conservation, Waterloo Ontario Contact Joanne Skalos for more information:


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PWDCC Water Trials, Laurel Creek Conservation, Waterloo Ontario Premium, entry form, practice day registration and volunteer forms now available. Judge Janice Cox Reilly, Cary, North Carolina Friday practice for trial volunteers only, but you can join this group, prior experience not required. You will learn as you go! For more informaiton, contact Catherine Gadd, cathy@pwd Carolynne Issa,, or Joanne Skalos, Secretary,


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Waterlog 2019 July  

The quarterly publication of the Portuguese Water Dog Club of Canada

Waterlog 2019 July  

The quarterly publication of the Portuguese Water Dog Club of Canada