Club Fun Match April 26, 2015

Save the date!

More information will follow soon. Honest!

Posted in Club Specialty | Comments Off on Club Fun Match April 26, 2015





The Northern California Irish Wolfhound Club (NCIWC) has been invited to participate in the 164th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade sponsored by the United Irish Societies of San Francisco. It has been a long tradition for the NCIWC to participate in this parade and we urge all that are able to participate. The parade route will take us and our Wolfhounds down Market Street and eventually to the judge’s reviewing stand which is located in front of San Francisco City Hall.

This event is open to NCIWC members and their invited guests. Participants and Wolfhounds will gather on 2nd St. at 10:30AM, one hour prior to the parade start time for registration and required check-in. At check-in all members and guests will be required to sign a waiver of liability for parade participation.

A support van will follow our parade unit. Small items can be placed in the support van as needed. Bottled water will be available in the van for participants and hounds.

When we reach City Hall and the judge’s reviewing stand we will perform a “snake” maneuver to impress the reviewing stand and the judges. We will form a single line and zig-zag with our Wolfhounds for the judge’s review. One person per hound please! Extra walkers can follow along in front of the support van smiling and waving to the crowd. NCIWC has won prizes in the past so let’s try for another prize by really impressing the judges with our graceful and majestic Wolfhounds.

For those who have not attended the parade in the past, there will be several times that the parade stops along the route. This is a great opportunity for well socialized Wolfhounds to visit the crowd and make new friends. However, please break off from visiting when the parade starts moving again. We really need to stay together as a unit. There are several sections of Market St. that are covered with metal grating. Please use caution in these areas and walk your Wolfhounds around rather than across the grates. Past experience has shown that Wolfhounds do not like to go over these grates and we do not want a Wolfhound “stuck” in mid-parade on a grate.

Be sure to wear a GREEN or WHITE shirt, GREEN sweater or other tasteful St. PATRICK’S DAY attire. Good walking shoes are a must! Bring water and necessary bags for your hound/s.

Not sure what to wear? The club has some great new apparel available that would be perfect for the parade. Order deadline is February 23rd for pick up at the parade or as otherwise arranged with Megan Thompson. See attached flyer for details.

For logistical purposes please let us know if you are planning to attend and include the number of Wolfhounds and guests. We would appreciate your notice of intent to attend by Monday, March 9th.

Last year our unit was awarded a first place prize. LET’S DO IT AGAIN AND LET’S HAVE FUN !

Tom and Inga Bourdon

If you have questions please call or email.

707.864.0567/email: (subj: St. Patrick’s Day Parade)

Posted in Club Specialty | Comments Off on ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE SAN FRANCISCO march 14, 2015

Annual Monterey Beach Walk January, 17, 2015

Monterey Walk January 17th, 2015

After Lunch we have a club Board meeting at the Pub. All members and guests of members are Welcome.

This is a fun event for you and your dog(s). You will be strolling along raised walkways overlooking the ocean. Lunch will be served at the London Bridge Pub (and yes, the dogs are invited!). So join us for a beautiful stroll along the beach.

DATE:          Saturday, January 17th, 2015

TIME: 9:30am Meeting Time

PLACE:      Parking lot, on Ocean View Blvd. Between Beach Street & Balboa Avenue

LUNCH:     London Bridge Pub around noon

             CONTACT:   Kay Paz (831) 385-3148  home

DIRECTIONS: Head towards Monterey on HWY I. Follow the signs to Cannery Row Aquarium. Turn left on Ocean View Blvd. (toward Pacific Grove). The parking lot (meeting place) is on Ocean View Blvd., between Beach Street & Balboa Avenue, on the right.

Dress in comfortable clothes to walk in and bring a windbreaker. In case of light rain, you may want to bring an umbrella. The London Bridge Pub (lunch place) is near the Monterey State Beach, a great place to let the dogs romp. The lW’s will have a great time with all the smells and activity that will include lots of people wanting to know more about our dogs.

Remember to bring water & “poop bags” for your dog(s).

For those that do not want to walk the full distance, call Kay to get information on a closer parking area. We should have a van to help out those that need a ride back to their car.

Please call Kay Paz to let her know how many are coming. If the weather is not cooperating, the walk may be cancelled; many times it may rain the night before and be perfect on the day of the walk.

Posted in Club Events | Comments Off on Annual Monterey Beach Walk January, 17, 2015

Carmel by the sea, Sunday December 7, 2014

Carmel by the sea, Sunday December 7, 2014

Join us this year, and enjoy a day at Carmel by the sea; a most dog friendly town. Show up around 10:30 at the parking lot at the end of Ocean Ave. and we can let the hounds romp on the beach. Then at 1;15 we have reservations at the restaurant The Forge in the Forest. After lunch we can walk around town with our hounds and window shop.

Let me know if you are going so I can tell the restaurant how many to expect. Click here to respond

Map to Forge in the Forest restaurant.

10:30am meet at beach. look at the map below. Let our dogs romp around and enjoy the sand and serf.

1:15pm Our brunch at The Forge in the Forest restaurant We are having a Pirate gift Exchange during brunch. Bring a wrapped gift to participate. Parking can be found around the restaurant, with a little patience.  We are ordering off the regular or brunch menu. click here for restaurant menu.

3:30pm walk around town with hounds. Click on the link below for fun map of downtown Carmel. don’t forget to bring a copy; it can’t hurt.

This is a link for the map of downtown Carmel. It shows the different businesses that one can visit. Look for the dog images on the map. this indicates dog friendly business.  Fun Map of downtown Carmel


For those of you that want to plan a weekend holiday and need a place to camp with your RV, or by tent. this is the best place in the Monterey area. The Veterans Memorial park and camp ground. It is on a hill overlooking Monterey with lots of trees and lawns. It has full bathrooms with showers and water at sites. It is a first come fist use facility, with many spaces for rv’s and tents. Below is a web site with information on the campground. The price is reasonable ($27/night), with a self service pay station. Notice that there are areas to walk and enjoy around the camp area. I think this campground is one of the best kept secrets of Monterey that everyone knows about. You won’t be disappointed. Click this link for information on the Veterans Memorial park and campground.  Click here for information on Veterans memorial park and campground.

Posted in Club Specialty | Comments Off on Carmel by the sea, Sunday December 7, 2014

Back to Back Specialty Oct. 23-25 Petaluma

It’s getting close! For more details about the show please look at the Back to Back Specialty Premium List.

Friday, October 24, 2014 – Obedience (Mr. C J Pat Alvarez), Conformation (Mrs. Pat Pask), ASFA Lure (Kathy Kelly)

Saturday, October 25, 2014 – Sweeps (Bernie Smith), Conformation (Mr. Peter Pask) Judges Dinner

Sunday, October 26, 2014 – AKC Lure Trial (Ginnie Koscinski)

Back to Back Specialty Premium List

NCIWC Spec ASFA Lure Premium list   NCIWC Spec ASFA Entry Form 2014   

NCIWC AKC Specialty Trial Premium list     NCIWC Spec AKC Lure Coursing Entry form

IW Cardiac testing forms: Echo-Fillable_1335379016_4470    AFCompare-Fillable_1335379016_6829   Health_testing_CHIC_heart_study_2014   NCIWC_Specialty_Cardiac_Clinic

I hope you will enjoy a Tee shirt with this years logo! Pre-orders close Sunday October 5, 2014.

2014 logo items


Posted in Club Specialty | Comments Off on Back to Back Specialty Oct. 23-25 Petaluma

18th Annual Celtic Festival September 26 to 28, 2014 Nevada County Fairgrounds Grass Valley


NCIWC has been invited to appear once more at this festival as an exhibition of the “Great Celtic Hounds of Antiquity”.

Bring your well socialized Irish Wolfhound(s) for a weekend of fun and frivolity !


Dressing-up in period costume is definitely encouraged, so if you ever wanted to be a lady-in-waiting, a country squire or “just” a peasant with his or her hound(s) by your side, then this is most definitely for you …

NCIWC supplies the event insurance, some tents and electric fans and you bring your seats, x-pens and those lover’ly hounds.

(btw – if an attendee is not a member, the club insurance does not cover them so we recommend they ensure they have adequate coverage for this public event)

As per Festival rules, only Irish Wolfhounds please !


First, I will need to know who is going to attend – I have to get together a formal gate list well before the event date.


If you are not on that gate list (up to two persons per hound maximum please), you will be denied entry on the day, because none but service dogs are normally allowed on site.  It is better that you place your name on the list and then not be able to come (in which case please inform me asap), than to expect entry and be denied.  Anyone on the NCIWC “performers” gate list will have free access to the festival site, though if you’re not camping, the regular parking fees will have to be paid.  The organisers tell me they intend being extra “hot” on security this year.   On site parking (RVs, Trailers, Tents, etc) must be arranged directly with the Fairgrounds through the website – specify you’re with the Irish Wolfhounds so that you get a space near our display set up.

The Gate List will be held at the Grounds Entertainment check-in, just past gate 4.  To get to our display area, once checked in, you will enter via gate 5, waaaay in the back – we are in the “Animals of Celtic Lands” area.

Our display area is adjacent to but slightly set apart from the living history area. Whatever you do in the way of costumes is great. Throughout the Festival there will be the occasional musket-volley or field -cannon firing, so be prepared to handle your hound in a firm manner at these times in front of the public (its best is if you can de-sensitise them beforehand). There will be sheep (which are very well contained) horses (not so very well contained) and various other animals / birds on site, so be sure “Fido” is well socialised to such things … not to mention generally, around crowds of people.  As for the Raptors (birds of prey) and chickens, they are USUALLY tethered (but not always), so you’ll need to be especially careful when passing near them  …

Go to :

To be placed on the Gate List, please contact Chris Thompson - even if  
you are not yet decided (it is better to cancel than to try adding  

NCIWC members have free entry if named on the Gate List.  Only IWs and  
service dogs allowed, by the Fairgrounds.  We are placed in the  
"Animals of Celtic Lands" area - on the uphill side of the facility.   
Limited shade, fans & help setting-up will be provided - if you have a  
pop-up tent then do please bring it.  If you want to, you can decorate  
with Celtic-theme cloths, for atmosphere (these are available for  
purchase at the event).  You'll need sufficient X-pens, etc. for the  
number of hounds you are bringing.

Sign-ups so far :

Chris & Megan Thompson / Lynette+Brenda+Tyler+Kale Pierce / Lisa &  
Harry Burr / Donna & John Guenther / Kerry Sullivan / Joyce Childs &  
Mark Morgan / Hal & Colette Griffin

Here are some links :

Home website :

FAQ's / rules / camping / entry info :

Tickets (showing a map of our entrance point, gate 5) :

Musicians :

History :


We look forward to seeing you there ... !

Chris & Megan Thompson
(707) 965-1531




Posted in Club Specialty | Comments Off on 18th Annual Celtic Festival September 26 to 28, 2014 Nevada County Fairgrounds Grass Valley

Fun Match May 24, 2014 Dixon, CA.

Northern California Irish Wolfhound Club

 Specialty Match Sanctioned B Match

Hall Park, Dixon, California Saturday,

May 24, 2014

Judging begins at 10:30

Judge Allyn Babitch

 Directions:HallPark is located behind the Dixon May Fairgrounds in Dixon.East or West bound 1·80, take Hwy 113 South and exit on 1st Street. Drive south on 1st St to E Chestnut St, turn left. Follow E Chestnut St which will end at the park and our event site. Parking is on the right.

What to bring: Shade, water, and a X-pen for your hounds. a chair, some shade or hat for you,  maybe some warm jacket for morning chill, and a Pot Luck dish for lunch.

Pre-entries close Wednesday, May 19, 2014

Click here for the Premium list (event information): NCIWC_Match_Premium_List 2014

Click here for the entry form:  NCIWC_Match_PL_Entry 2014

SCHEDULE (this is a tentative schedule)

 8am –  Day of Match entries, $16.00 each,

will be accepted at the registration table UNTIL 9:30 AM ONLYI

9am –  Grooming class: This isn’t just for show hounds but for all hounds. Learn how to groom your dog for at home and for the show ring.

9:30am – Handling class: This class is for everyone, whether you’re a novice or an experienced handler. You’ll also get some practice time prior to the Match judging.

10:30am – Judging begins and will continue until completed, including Keeper of the Couch and the Costume Contest.

12:30pm – Lunch Pot luck Bring something to add to our lunch

 1:30pm – CGC Testing

2: 30pm – Lure Course  practice will be offered through the courtesy of Terry Burchett. A donation of $1.00 per hound would be appreciated. (Helps to keep the equipment running)


Any questions? Contact Lisa Burr (707) 648-1505


1st through 4th place ribbons in each class Award for all 1 st placements

Rosette Ribbons for:

Best Puppy and Best Opposite Sex Puppy Best Adult and Best Opposite Sex Adult

Awards for:

Best Puppy and Best Opposite Sex Puppy Best Adult and Best Opposite Sex Adult

Donated by Carol Gabriel

Activities Offered:

 Grooming Class: Learn how to groom your dog for the show ring or just for home life. A good “how to” for all Irish Wolfhounds.

Handling Class: Learn how to present your hound in the show ring, and learn some of the finer points of handling. This class is for everyone, whether you are a novice or an experienced handler. A great way to get some practice prior to the Match judging.

Keeper of the Couch:This class is open to all dogs in attendance, including spayed and neutered hounds, veterans, titleholders, and all other beloved companions. Owners are requested to submit a short paragraph describing their special “Pride and Joy”. This will be read while your hound is being presented in the ring. Please WRITE CLEARLY on the form provided. Please share with us, so we can celebrate with you. $2 per entry.

Lunch:  Lunch is Pot Luck (don’t forget to bring something). Lunch will follow the completion of the Judging of the regular classes, in­cluding Keeper of the Couch.

Lure Practice: Terry Burchett is once again bringing his equipment and expertise to our fun match for the benefit of our hounds and puppies. A donation of $1.00 per hound would be appreciated. (helps keep the equipment running)

CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Test – need to bring dog’s AKC #, Rabies record, brush & dog should be wearing a chain collar or buckle collar with 6’ lead.  Chuck will have a form for you to fill out.  This is now a printable title.

Special Classes:  Head (dog & bitch), Type, Gait, Hindquarter

Posted in Club Events | Comments Off on Fun Match May 24, 2014 Dixon, CA.

Thousand Lakes Wilderness Backpacking June 28- July 6, 2014

Hi, If you are interested please contact me.

Click here to contact me.

The closing date is approaching fast. After June 1, 2014, I may not be able to add you to our roster of intrepid adventures.

Thanks folks!

And as Always:

I’ll see you on the trail!

Frank Christian

Posted in Club Events | Comments Off on Thousand Lakes Wilderness Backpacking June 28- July 6, 2014

Thank you for the NCIWC Membership dues

This is our first year to use Paypal for the membership dues method of payment.

Thank you for making your dues payment and continuing to be a member of the Northern California Irish Wolfhound Club. As the NCIWC activities chairman I would like to welcome all members to another year in the club, and hope to see you at the up coming club events.

Say! If you have any ideas for club events, or would like to participate in one, let me know won’t you? Click here to contact activities chairman


NCIWC Activities chairman 2014

Frank Chrisitan

Posted in Club Specialty | Comments Off on Thank you for the NCIWC Membership dues

Club Board meeting April 18, 2014

Saturday, April 18, 2014 at 10:am
Chief Solano Kennel Club
Solano County Fairgrounds at McCormack Pavilion
900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo, Ca.
Roll call at __________by______________
Previous minutes:  m/s to accept minutes by__________________
President Report (Lynne Rosebrock)
Secretary Report (Carla Zayac)
Treasurer Report(Ann Gould):  m/s to accept reports by____________/_______________
2014 Specialty:
     Chair report (Joan Trifeletti)
     Trophies (Dywan Williams)
     Boutique (Cecilia Vasquez/Megan Thompson)
     Lure Course (Robin Burchett)
     Fields & Grounds (Frank Christian)
Activities (Frank Christian)
Bugle (Robin Burchett)
Legislation (Kathy Bowler)
2014 NCIWC AKC/ASFA Lure Coursing (Robin Burchett)
2014 NCIWC Fun Match (Lisa Burr)
Open Field (Ed Powers)
Irish Wolfhound Rescue (Edna Henley)
Website (Frank Christian)
2014 Christmas Party (Frank Christian)
Constitution & Bylaws (Karen Watson) – Electronic notification of membership
Finance (Lori Finucane)
Policy (Robin Burchett)
Website Policy (Chris Thompson)
Nominating Committee (Mary Sharkey)
2014 Gathering of the Cu (Chair Needed)
Election of new members (Robin Burchett)  m/s to accepty by____________/____________
Old Business:
New Business:
     Facebook Policy
     Dues Notice
     Annual General Meeting date and Venue
Brags!  Brags!!   Brags!!!
Adjourned at________________by_____________

Posted in Club Specialty | Comments Off on Club Board meeting April 18, 2014