2013 News

Date of News Club News
Note: Please forward any new items of club interest to Rob Blits
Dec 5, 2013 Susan Robinson sent in this wonderful picture of her rescue Zelda with friends Sunny and Louie (King's dad) going for a joy ride. With apologies to John Fogerty, click on the player for the music of their ride.

November 20, 2013 RamsGate's Quinn up in Oregon is trying her first pack hike. It appears she is enjoying the work.
November 16, 2013 Bentley, A New Champion - Alyssa Ashton Shah provided this picture of Ch. Alpinez Heart of Gold aka Bentley, from Whispering Pine's Riley and Alpinez's Candy first litter.
Bentley Bentley at the San Gabriel Valley Kennel Club show in November 2013
November 10, 2013 It's a family affair
AllInFamily A gathering of the Swissy klan (All in the Family)
November 3, 2013 Great day for hike to Inspiration Point - We had a wonderful hike in Tilden Park on this Sunday morning.
InspirationPoint Click on photo for larger picture
We met at the Lone Oak Picnic table and hiked 1.5 miles up to Inspiration Point where we stopped for refreshments, snacks, wonderful conversation and took in the sights. Then we hiked down to Wildcat Gorge where we followed the trail lush with vegetation along a native trout stream back to our starting point. Click here for photo gallery of this hike.
October 18-20, 2013 Congratulations to the club on hosting a succesful Western Regional for Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs in Pleasanton California.
SetUpCrew Click on photo for larger picture
On Friday, this crew worked very hard to set up an incredible space for hosting our dogs, vehicles and for hosting any and all guests for the club's Saturday evening barbecue, including an incredible raffle full of wonderful gifts. There were approximately 44 Swissies entered in the Show and the GGGSMDC thanks all those who turned out to compete and take part in this Western Regional.
Click here to visit our photo gallery of 125 pictures.
September 28, 2013 At Least 21 Swissies and a Great Party Crowd
Party Crowd GGGSMDC End of Summer Party hosted by Paula and Erin Click here for full photo
September 14, 2013 The GGGSMDC was well represented at the Sir Francis Drake Kennel Club show in Vallejo this weekend.
Brix won his Champion rating on Saturday by taking Best of Breed
Murray won the puppy event and showed well in the puppy workgroup competition.
Enzo won the Best of Breed on Sunday.
A photo gallery of Saturday's fun has been added, click here to view or go to our Swissy Photos page under Photos from Shows. Below is short 27second video of Brix in WorkGroup with Paula
August 24, 2013
King - a new Grand Champion - The Swissies were out in force at the Mensona Dog Show in Santa Rosa and we had many winners this day.
Toni and King King Best of Breed and Toni
King, owned by Susan Robinson was awarded Best of Breed and earned enough honors to become a Grand Champion upon which Susan promptly announced King's retirement from the ring.

Jake - a new Champion - Jake took the Winners - New Champion.
Paula and Jake Jake and Paula
Jake, owned and handled by Paula Robles was awarded Winners - New Champion at the Mensona Show in Santa Rosa.

Click here to see our photo galery of the show

August 18, 2013 Jake takes Best of Breed in Reno
JakeAndPaula Happy Faces in Reno
Congratulations to Paula Robles and Jake for their wonderful showing as Best of Breed in Reno, Nevada.

Merlin gets first major points in Reno
MerlinHeidi Merlin and Heidi enjoying their win
Photo by Warren Cook
Congratulations to Heidi Steenstra and Merlin who got their first major points in Reno showing as Best of Breed.
August 10, 2013

What a great gathering of Swissies


The biggest gathering of Swissies that Ft Funston has probably experienced was a wondeful day for all. For more pictures Click Here.

July 30, 2013

Petra, more herding titles than any other Greater Swiss Mountain Dog in the history of the breed.


CH Petra of Whispering Pine HSAdsc HIAs OTDd ATDs ATDc HRDIIs RLFIs(owned by Tom and Grace Easterly). Congratulations to Petra, who also earned the AKC Herding Started Course A Cattle and was awarded the Best Damn Dog Award 2012 by the Vaca Valley Stockdog Group.
June 24, 2013
New Champion Ch. Alpinez Pirates Gold "Gambit". Gambit's first champion a 1 year old with 4 majors is a puppy of Alpinez's Candy and Toni Killpatrick Whispering Pine's Riley.
June 23, 2013
Jetta 1
Jetta 2
New Champion Ch. Alpinez Colorful Dream "Jetta". Jetta is an offspring of Alpinez's Maddy and Toni Killpatrick Whispering Pine's Roy.
April 21, 2013
Shell Ridge
These brave souls (both 2 and 4 legged kind) came out on a warm day to participate in the hike up Shell Ridge and back in the Walnut Creek Open Space. To see a larger picture as well as others in the photo gallery, click on the following link: April 20, 2013 Shell Ridge Hike
April 12, 2013 Susan and King have been getting prepared for both the Day Hike on April 20th and for the upcoming pack hike. With Yosemite in the background and wildflowers all along the trail, here is King with pack on Telegraph Road. Click on the photo for a larger picture.
April 6-7, 2013
Wow! We had a wonderful Independent Specialty of Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs at Merced as you can tell from the 15 Swissies in the above picture. To see the full gallery of 79 photos over two days Click Here.
March 23, 2013
On March 23rd I needed a puppy fix so we took a trip to Whispering Pines Kennel and spent the day photographing and playing with the Aloha litter. It was a very good day!
Click here to see the photos of the Aloha litter
March 18, 2013
Group 1
Group 2
We had a great turnout and wonderful day for the Fort Funston Walk and Talk. There were at least 14 Swissies and more than twice as many people who enjoyed this stroll on the beach. A new photo gallery of this gorgeous and fun day has been added please click here to view it or go to our Swissy Photos page and the March 17, Fort Funston Walk and Talk gallery. Those of you who took photos and would like to have them shared in the gallery as well, please forward to rblits@goldengategsmdc.com.
Jan 30, 2013
Swissy Winners
Our GGGSMDC was very well represented at the January 2013 Cow Palace Bench Dog Show as you can tell from the happy winners in this photo. To see more of our Swissies please view our new Jan 2013 Cow Palace Dog Show photo gallery
Jan 21, 2013
The Swissies and their people enjoyed a great day for our first hike of 2013 that took place in Briones East Bay Regional Park. Along the way we met cows, horses, other dogs, and people all enjoying the day.MottPeak We took a short break on Mott Peak to enjoy the view.
Jan 20, 2013 We had a few changes in the governing board of our club. Allison Ching and Tracey Turner have asked to be released from their positions for family reasons, as they are both expecting. We want to thank them for their hard work in bringing the club back up and running. We wish them comfortable and easy pregnancies.
Rob Blits and Carol Bamsch have stepped up to cover their positions until the next election at the January 26, 2013 board meeting.

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