2013 Events and Club Meetings

Western Regional October 19, 2013, GSMDCA Western Regional, hosted by the Golden Gate Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club. Click here for full photo
Date of Event
(Reverse Chronological Order)
December 15, 2013

The GGGSMDC Annual Meeting and Holiday Party will be on Sunday, December 15th at 11 am at the Mexico Lindo Restaurant in Pleasanton. Click here for more information. Please RSVP to Sara at smd9212001@gmail.com.

We will send out the invitation, RSVP details, and other information in an email to follow, but we wanted to be sure this fun-filled event is on your calendar. Although no dogs are allowed, we will have a Yankee Swap of dog-related gifts, which is almost as entertaining as having our Swissies around! The cost of the buffet brunch is $19.15 per person (including tip and mimosas).

November 3, 2013 Lone Oak to Inspiration Point Click here for photo gallery of this hike
We will be doing a 3 mile Walk and Talk hike in Tilden Park. This is a relatively easy hike that takes us up 500ft over 1.5miles to Inspiration Point and then back down to Wildcat Gorge. The trail is qualified for off-leash dogs. Please click here for more information.
November 1st - 3rd, 2013 All Breed Draft Tests: The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Northern California is hosting DRAFT TESTS on Friday through Sunday. This is open to all Breeds. There will be up to 24 entries on Friday and Sunday and 28 on Saturday. The tests will be held at 5355 Timberland Drive, Foresthill, CA 95631. For more information click on the following link http://www.norcalbernese.org/calendar-2/nov-1st-2nd-and-3rd---draft.html
October 18-20, 2013
Western Regional

Yes! We are hosting the GSMD Western Regional Specialty

Join us at the Del Valle Dog Show in Pleasanton, California. Swissys are welcome from all over the Western half of the US. Click here for some preliminary information.
For GSMD attendees who would like to reserve an RV or Camping space please click here.
September 28-29, 2013 End of Summer Party : A terrific weekend has been planned by our hosts Erin and Pauline for the whole family with a variety of events for the family and their Swissies. Please look at this flyer and RSVP to Erin as soon as possible.
September 22, 2013
Swiss Dog Day
Swiss Dog Day Afternoon: The 16th Annual Swiss Dog Day Afternoon will take place on this date at Ft. Mason from 10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. There will be Conformation, Obedience & Rally Workshops and Canine Good Citizen test hosted by the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Northern California.
August 17-18, 2013 Draft Tests : The SierraWest Bernese Mountain Dog Club will be hosting the 20th and 21st Independent Draft Tests at Skypark, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley, CA. These draft tests are open to all eligible dogs. Click here for entry form or visit the Sierra West Club's web site.
August 10, 2013 Ft Funston Walk and Talk : Join us for a very informal get together for our Swissies and their owners on the dunes and beach of Fort Funston. We will start our walk at 10:00 a.m. near the hang glider landing area. see this link http://goo.gl/maps/mpJFD. Contact Rob Blits rblits@goldengategsmdc.com if you have any questions about the hike.
June 15, 2013 Getting Started Handling Class: Join our Toni KillPatrick (breeder/ownder/handler) of Wispering Pine Kennel for a lesson on how to train yourself and your Swissy for the ring at those dog shows.
Location: Hinckley Family Park, Modesto, CA
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Click here for flyer and more information, RSVP requested
June 8th & 9th, 2013 Pack Hike postponed until further notice due to extreme heat.
May 17-19, 2013 Nor Cal All Breed Club Weight Pull: There will be a three day United Kennel Club weight pull held in Loomis CA open to all breeds. Prior registration with the UKC is required but easy to do. Get either a UKC registration number or a Temporary Listing(TL) number. Once you have a UKC registration or TL number, entry forms can be mailed in advance or done at the pull. Entry for each pull is $25 cash at the pull or $20 with pre-entry mailed and received by May 1st.

For those Swissy owners planning to attend, Troy Riewe has volunteered to help you through the entry process. Email for Troy is troy.riewe@gmail.com. Troy will be attending all events.
  • May 17th WPULL – Rails Entries & Weigh in 4:30-5:15 pm Pull 6 pm
  • May 18th WPULL – Rails Pull Entries & Weigh in 6:30-7:15 am Pull 8 am
  • May 19th WPULL – Rails Pull Entries & Weigh in 6:30-7:15 am Pull 8am
General information on Weight Pull for GSMDogs can be found on the national club website at http://www.gsmdca.org/activities/weight-pulling/
May 11, 2013 All Breed Weight Pull: The Northern California Alaskan Malamute Association, under the auspices of the Alaskan Malamute Club of America, Inc. will coordinate an All-Breed Weight Pull Saturday, May 9, 2009 weather permitting. All dogs must weigh in. Weighing starts at 6:30 P.M. Weight Pull begins one half hour after the close of weigh-in. (Due to time & weather, Novice pulls may not be offered). Entry fee is $10.00 per dog payable day of event.
General information on Weight Pull for GSMDogs can be found on the national club website at http://www.gsmdca.org/activities/weight-pulling/
May 4, 2013

Cinqo de Mayo Picnic/Barbeque start 11:00 a.m. in Muirwood Community Park, 4701 Muirwood Drive, Pleasanton, CA.

This will be a fun event and will also include a short prep class for earning a Canine Good Citizenship (CGC) AKC Title after lunch.

The Hospitality Committee will be serving lunch around noon featuring a taco bar with all the fixings, along with chips, salsa, guacamole and a yummy dessert. Waters and soft drinks will also be available. Please feel free to bring any side dish you wish (no obligation!) or other items if you have dietary restrictions.

A club meeting will be held while we have lunch.

We will also have a piñata for humans and a hot dog dunking game for the dogs.

April 20, 2013 The Walk and Talk in Walnut Creek Open Space. The planned hiking route is a loop between 4.7 to 5 miles and will take us below Shell Ridge on the way out and up Shell Ridge on the way back. An alternate route is planned that is only 3 miles long and we will do that if it gets too hot. The average high temperature for that day is 73 and average low is 42. Hopefully it will be around 70 that day.
Click here for a a map of the route (marked in magenta/pink)
Click here for street directions
Starting time of hike: 9:30a.m.
To whet your appetite here is a link to a photo overlooking part of the open space from Shell Ridge taken on Feb 6, 2013, http://blitsed.smugmug.com/Potpourri/WhileWalking/i-wGr7mVF/0/X2/P2060123crop-X2.jpg.
April 6-7, 2013 Yosemite Kennel Club Dog Show in Merced
GGGSMDC Specialty evening of April 6th at:
Merced County Fairgrounds
900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Merced, CA 95341
For Photo Gallery of the completed event, click here.
March 17, 2013 Fort Funston Walk and Talk on Sunday March 17th. The 10 day forecast as of March 9th indicates that Sunday, March 17th may be a sunny day. Please join us and our dogs on this informal Walk and Talk at 10:30a.m. at Fort Funston. We will meet at end of the Parking Lot closest to the beach, see this link http://goo.gl/maps/mpJFD.
February 23, 2013 The Walk and Talk - Ft. Funston will be rescheduled to a future date.
February 16-17, 2013 Santa Clara Dog Show
January 26-27, 2013 Golden Gate Kennel Club bench show at the Cow Palace. Click here for Area Map.
For those of you who don't know, a bench show is like a huge "meet the breed" event, with most of the breeds in AKC in attendance. The whole purpose of a bench show is to give the public a chance to meet and interact with breeds that they might be interested in and even see some they did not know existed. The main focus of this show is public education.
Both days are all-day events (8a.m.- 5p.m.). You can come one day (Saturday or Sunday) or both. We will have handouts and answer lots of question all weekend long. Fifteen Swissies are expecting to be there.

GGGSMDC Board Meeting Jan 26, 2013 at 7p.m. La Quinta Inn, 20 Airport Blvd, South San Francisco.
January 21, 2013 Hike in Briones - Join us and our dogs on a wonderful hike to the top of Mott Peak in Briones East Bay Regional Park. This hike is listed as one of the top hikes in the East Bay area for dogs and people by Tom Sienstra, the nature writer for the S.F. Chroinicle. The loop we will be hiking is approximately 4.5 miles and is moderately strenuous as it climbs fairly rapidly up to Mott Peak. We will depart from the Parking lot of the Briones Bear Creek and Archery staging area at 11:00a.m. Please contact Rob Blits if you need further directions.

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