General Meeting & Potluck Picnic
We encourage everyone—member or not—showing or loving Wheatens to join us for a potluck picnic on the Vallejo’s Solano County show grounds on Saturday, June 6th, 2015. We will announce the time as soon as we have a ring time. The General Club Meeting will follow the picnic.
The picnic and meeting are in conjunction with the very popular Woofstock Shows on June 4, 5, 6, & 7 at Vallejo's Solano County Fairgrounds.
PLEASE invite your family and friends who will be visiting the show to join us for lunch--ALL are welcome. If you do not have the time to contribute something, PLEASE join us anyway; maybe you can help next time. Contact Susan Solsby by June 1st, with what you would like to bring.
Save the Date
October 10, 2015 will be the annual Family Fun Faire. Details to follow.
Home on the Range
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of Northern California
Specialty Weekend April 9 – 12, 2015
Camille Taylor and Barbara Ostrom, Specialty Co-Chairs
What a wonderful Specialty weekend! Our club members, friends and Wheaties from all around the country came together at Sacramento to enjoy Home on the Range. The Northern California weather was fantastic creating a great spring setting that was cool and sunny in the mornings and warm in the afternoons and evenings - perfect weather for a dog show and party.
Each morning as our club members and friends gathered to prepare for the day’s events, they were met with delicious breakfast treats prepared by Susan Solsby. Throughout the morning Susan added more snacks for everyone to enjoy as they prepared their Wheatens for the ring, celebrated their wins, and laughed and talked with old and new friends. Judges for the Specialty weekend were: Thursday, Mrs. Patricia Nemirovsky de Alsina; Friday for the Specialty, Ms. Patricia Anne Keenan; Saturday, Mrs. Cindy Vogels; and on Sunday, Mr. Elliott B. Weiss.
On the day of our Specialty the show ring was decorated in true old west style by Michael Weiss and Barbara Ostrom. Bales of hay, a large cut-out silhouette of a cowboy, wagon wheels, a stuffed cowboy Wheaten, and sun flowers set the stage for the show. The morning began with Puppy Sweepstakes judged by Mrs. Patrice Chevalier. 14 adorable Wheaten puppies paraded in the ring vying for Best in Sweepstakes. Next, 51 beautiful dogs competed in the Breed ring, judged by Ms. Patricia Anne Keenan. The morning ended with a Parade of Veterans. Mrs. Chevalier announced each veteran as they entered the ring. It was touching to see our older wheatens prance in the ring again: CH Marquee’s Trick or Treat, CH Orion’s Ya Talkin to Me, CH Bonney Touch of Reality and, CH Marquee’s Party Girl.
This year’s Puppy Sweeps and Breed winners were presented with whimsical trophies representing our Home on the Range theme. Barbara Zapf and Marcia Weisman planned the beautiful, colorful trophies which included an etched wood pedigree, painted glass trays and plates, etched vases and stemless glasses. Our puppy winners were presented with soft and colorful toys that depicted our theme. Pat Rutherford worked her magic ahead of time collecting donations for all of our trophies.
Our Specialty concluded with a dinner, raffle and auction held outdoors in an elegant white tent expertly decorated by Michael Weiss and Barbara Ostrom. The dinner, planned by Tami Herzog, exceeded everyone’s expectations. The food was delicious; the weather perfect, and the setting beautiful. Table decorations featured clay Wheaten figurines riding horses and wagons or sitting in colorfully decorated cowboy boots. These figurines were auctioned off later in the evening by Richard Urquhart who always manages to hold a lively, fun and profitable auction. Rose Rose organized our raffle which provided our guests with an opportunity to win Wheaten novelty items, art, jewelry, or gift certificates.
That’s what our Specialty weekend was all about - time to spend with our Wheaties and our friends, celebrating and making new memories. Our club would like to thank our exhibitors, our judges, our friends, and all of the people who donated their time and money to make our Specialty a success.