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Come Play by the Bay!

The 25th PWDCA National Specialty
will be held in beautiful Monterey, California
It is being hosted by the
Portuguese Water Dog Club of Northern California

September 24-30, 2016


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The best New Year’s Resolution ever – make your plans now for the 2016 PWDCA National Specialty, our Silver Anniversary! It’s time to start thinking about where you want to be in September 2016, and that should be beautiful Monterey, California.

The Portuguese Water Dog Club of Northern California (PWDCNC) is again hosting our National Specialty and has returned to lovely Monterey Bay (home of PWDCA Specialty 2000). For 2016, our venues will include the Monterey County Fair & Event Center for the majority of events (conformation, obedience, rally and agility) and for water we will use Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area, the PWDCNC water trial site, located in Pleasanton, California (about 95 miles north of Monterey). Tracking (Saturday) will be held at Evergreen and West Valley Colleges in the San Jose area.

You will need to decide on your itinerary in order to make appropriate reservations for these venues. Our host hotel in Monterey is the Embassy Suites Hotel (just a few miles from the Fair & Event Center) and for water our host hotel will be the DoubleTree at the Park in Pleasanton.

Use the current tentative schedule below to plan your trip!

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2016 National Specialty Tentative Schedule (Only major day and evening events shown)

  • Friday, 9/23: Water Trial Practice, Water Trial Committee Forum
  • Saturday, 9/24: Water Trial-Day 1, Tracking Tests-TDU/VST
  • Sunday, 9/25: Water Trial-Day 2
  • Monday, 9/26: Agility-Day 1, Futurity/Maturity, Breeder Education Seminar, Welcome Beach Party
  • Tuesday, 9/27: Agility-Day 2, Sweepstakes, CGC, CGCA and TDI Testing, Top Twenty, Silent Auction
  • Wednesday, 9/28: 4-6 Mo. Beginner Puppy Competition, Class/Veteran Dogs, Non-Regular Classes, Rally, Annual Meeting, 25th Anniversary Party & Live Auction
  • Thursday, 9/29: Class/Veteran Bitches, Obedience, OHA Gathering
  • Friday, 9/30: Jr. Showmanship, Bests, BOB, Awards Dinner & Basket Raffle

Hotel Reservation Information

The Embassy Suites is pleased to host our group and has set aside a block of rooms to accommodate us, September 23 – October 1. These are all two-room suites and will be from either $149 or $169/night, dependent on the view – inland or Bay, (additional charges for multiple guests will apply). Each room may have a maximum of four dogs. There will be a one- time, non-refundable charge of $25 for each room with a dog(s). The Embassy Suites has a huge list of amenities including daily hot, made to order breakfast, ‘happy hour’ each evening, refrigerator and microwave in each room, exercise facility and indoor pool (human use only), hairdryers, free WIFI, parking ($5/day), and each room is equipped with a 37” TV with remote.

Our host hotel in Pleasanton is the DoubleTree at the Park. The DoubleTree will host our group, September 22-24. Rates are $99 (single or double) and include free WIFI, fitness center, indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna and free parking. The Pet fee is a non-refundable $50 for up to two dogs per room.

Reservations for both hotels open at 9 AM (PST), January 11, 2016.

Reservations made earlier will be cancelled. More information and links to the special reservation sites for our event will be posted before the hotel reservation launch date. Set these important dates and destinations on your calendar and stay tuned!

Keeping Informed (before, during, and after the Specialty)

We are providing several ways to keep you informed about the 2016 Specialty:

  • The Specialty website (newly redesigned), will launch the first week in January.
  • Our Facebook page, http://www.Facebook.com/groups/2016Specialty (login required) will provide updated Specialty information, as well as a place for online discussion and feedback.
  • We will be using our Specialty e-mail, [email protected], both to broadcast information to people who have specifically requested getting such information and to answer specific questions.