Dear PCTC Friends,
Spring is in the air! Even though it is chilly, buds are bursting out on the trees, and my kitchen floor is covered with tumbleweeds of fluffy dog hair as big as pumpkins.
Our annual meeting on March 3 at the Amphora in Herndon, Virginia, was well attended, and it was a pleasure to see so many of you there, despite the challenges of the weather. Our secretary, Peggy Slattery, has provided highlights of the Board and committee reports in this Thistletalk. Thanks to John Cleland, Jeff Spencer, Roberta Perry, and Liz Ludlow for their hard work on the Board last year and their dedication to the PCTC. I also want to thank Lydia Hutchinson who, as our past-president, supported us in a myriad of ways. I welcome Lois Cleland, Linda Reiff, John Kornylo, and Bill Kent to the new Board, and look forward to working with them.
Our biggest event, the 2018 annual specialty, will take place in Timonium, Maryland on April 20. This is our 40th specialty, and Beth Wilder Wilson and her volunteers are working hard to make it special. Even if you don’t show your dog, please join us for hospitality on Thursday—or lunch or dinner at the Specialty on Friday. You will have received a brochure in the mail; and the information is also on our website calendar
. If you were at the annual meeting, you had a chance to see the wonderful, framed cairn picture that is our raffle item. Send in your raffle tickets for a chance to win.
Following the specialty, our next event is the Spring Field Trials, at the home of Veronica and Ken Hudak-Moe on June 2. Join us there for dog athletics and a great pot luck lunch. Please let Veronica know if you can help out in any way.
Thistletalk, our newsletter, is the primary way we all keep in touch and share vital information about Cairn Terriers. If you have an article you would like to share, please contact Sharon and Larry Deibel, our editors; they are always looking for ways to enrich the newsletter.