Most of us are likely practicing “stay home/stay safe” precautions during this time due to COVID-19. These are definitely unusual times. I think acknowledging that this has had an impact on us all in some way is important. We are all navigating the uncertainty and these uncharted waters together. Now more than ever, seems the time to practice kindness and patience to others, our dogs and ourselves. Hang in there, things may be different for awhile but we will get through this!
I find myself trying to think of creative ways to keep myself, my family and my dogs active, engaged, safe and happy. I’ve worried about how to provide support to my fellow PNNC friends, especially because being knowledgeable and up to speed with technology is not a strength I possess! Thankfully my dogs often remind me that instead of worrying about things out of my control, it may be more beneficial to take their lead and just live in and enjoy the moment! Dogs always have the best advice! I’m sure you’d agree, being stuck at home with a Newf(s) is actually pretty wonderful!
In March we enjoyed a “Paint Your Pet ” event at Bottle & Bottega in Portland. We had about twenty people attend and fun was had by all. I really enjoyed spending time with fellow members and WOW, a lot of great paintings were created!
Moving into spring and summer, we have had to push back or cancel some of our planned events. Thanks to the quick thinking and actions of our Draft Test Chair, Deb Kern, we were able to reschedule our Draft Test(s) for later in the year. We are still hopeful for a Water Seminar (tentatively scheduled for June) and our Water Test (September). Things may get pushed back or change but this is the plan for now.
While we are all waiting for clarity regarding future events, the PNNC board, committees and your fellow club members have been pondering ways to continue offering information, support, training opportunities and enjoyment for all. Thanks for being patient!
Included in the May 2020 newsletter you will find some great resources regarding Water Work, AKC Trick Dog and AKC Fit Dog. I hope you find them helpful and fun. Please be sure to check our website www.pnnc.org and/or Facebook page for information. As always, if you have anything you would like to share, please let us know! We will update and share info as it becomes available.
Be well, enjoy the sunshine and most importantly the amazing dogs you share your life with! Hope to see you soon!