We have always had dogs in our lives and we found ourselves missing the companionship of an active, intelligent, and engaged dog after the passing of our sixteen year old Dalmatian, Doogie, in 2005. Shortly after that, we began our search for the perfect combination of intelligence, strength, and drive all of which had to come in a non-shedding exterior. Little did we know the Perfectly Wonderful Dog also known as the PWD or Portuguese Water Dog would lead us down such an exciting path. Since then we have become actively involved in training, showing, and competing with this amazing breed. Most importantly we get to experience the daily joy of having these amazing dogs in our lives.
Each year, we journey to our Regional and National Specialties to participate in conformation and also for the camaraderie of fellow PWD people. This presents a unique opportunity to learn about this breed, develop relationships, and interact with others who are committed to the health, well being, and betterment of our water dogs and of the fancy.
We remain actively engaged in training, grooming, and competing. And we can always find time for hikes and adventures with our pack. Most importantly these dogs are part of our home and family. When not training, traveling and competing, our pack can be found running around the property, on a neighborhood walk, attentively at our heels, or nestled in the couch pillows. Or, at times, counter surfing the kitchen, a skill at which they demonstrate innate adeptness.
Rebecca MorinVice President
I have been involved with animals my entire life. As a child we had a toy poodle then a Boxer but had to give him to friends when we moved to Taiwan in 1968. While in Taiwan we had a variety of dogs, birds, horses, snakes, lizard, guinea pigs and even a water buffalo. We rescued a fox Terrier/Spitz cross after a big typhoon and later bought a Lhasa Apso. As a child I took care of the school’s guard dogs and their puppies (German Shepherds) because I so enjoyed all interactions with animals.
We returned to the US in the later part of 1970’s and brought our Lhasa and fox terrier cross with us. The family landed in Pennsylvania where I immediately found a neighbor who bred English Setters and helped him out on weekends. I bought my first dog at 19 while attending college. Chinook CD WTD was an Alaskan Malamute which got me involved in sled dog racing, weight pull and packing. In the early 80’s I started looking for a second breed and focused on Otterhounds and Portuguese Water Dogs. I met Bandido do Mar at our Malamute Specialty in the early 80’s (Doc and Dawn Woods owned Malamutes) and loved him. They offered him to me when they were getting out of water dogs however I was afraid to bring an adult PWD into a home with nine adult Malamutes, so I had to pass. I sought long and hard and with the help of Deyanne Miller I contacted Kathryn Braund (Roughrider) and Mickey (CH Roughrider Pescador De Toraq CD) came into my life in 1987. At the time I was a Commercial Whitewater guide living on the South Fork of the American river and Mickey soon became a hit with the customers at camp and on the river. A short year later Maddie (CH Roughriders Madeira De Toraq CD) joined the home and then Corrie (CH Xacara Do Mar CD) from Sonya Santos (Do Mar), was welcomed in 1990. Mickey and Maddie both ran on my team with Mickey running lead and Maddie point.
I bred my first litter in 1990 and the rest is history. I have enjoyed conformation, tracking, water, agility, weight pull, back packing, rally, obedience, nose work, barn hunt, trick dog and dock diving with my dogs. Now that my children are all adults, I can travel to our National Specialties and give more time to the breed I love. I look forward to working with the Board and membership to highlight our lovely dogs and enjoy time with friends and fellow enthusiasts. I currently live with 6 PWD’s aged 1- 12 yrs, a Ridgeback, 2 kittens and 7 finches.
Cathy LydonRecording Secretary
In 2009 I began my adventure with Portuguese Water Dogs by purchasing my first dog from Karen and Lloyd D’Augusta. I have the distinct honor of owning the only puppy that Lloyd ever sold. Lloyd told me two things, one, I was going to love this dog and in three years I would have a pretty good dog.
I was looking for a dog that would be my companion and found so much more. Kiley, as this pup became known, launched me into a world that has changed my life. Together we have trained in Water, Obedience, Rally, Agility, and Conformation. These experiences have provided me with lifelong friends and wonderful opportunities. I also worked with Kiley’s mother, Dancer to qualify us as a Therapy Dog Team.
Kiley’s brother, Comet, went on to be a Grand Champion and Top Twenty dog. I had the privilege of working with his owner Lisa Gallow, and his handler, Chloe Lete, who taught me so much and became more family than friends.
Working with Karen D’Augusta I have the opportunity, to now co-own several dogs, whelp litters and continue to train and share my life with these amazing dogs.
I was a member of the winning Obedience Team at the 2016 National Specialty in Monterey. I was responsible for hospitality at sponsored Club events and serve on the Star Award Committee and now on the PWDCNC Board.
Professionally, I grew up in the Catering business working for my father, later working in accounting, and software, and now have followed my father into the Grocery business. I am currently working as the Sr. Project Manager, for Infrastructure, Network, and Security in Information Technology at The Save Mart Companies, which includes Save Mart, Lucky, Lucky California, Food Maxx, & Smart Trucking.
My life is rich and fulfilled with my PWD’s and the lifelong friends that they have brought to me. I am so grateful that they are so generous to share their dogs with me. I am looking forward to the future, working with this Club, its members, and their dogs.
Don NiemannCorresponding Secretary
Motivated by the challenge and opportunity to share our lives with a dog breed reputed to be smarter than we were, my wife Barbara and I got our first PWD in 1994. Our lives have been both stimulated and enriched by this extraordinary breed. Each of the five PWDs we have owned has brought a unique personality, perspective, and joy to our lives.
We have participated in many canine performance activities, therapy, and conformation. Our most rewarding has been Water, with the challenge and satisfaction of training these amazing dogs to pursue their working lineage.
We joined the PWDCNC in 1999 shortly before relocating from Chicago. We have been active in the local and national clubs since then. Barbara has served as President of the PWDCA, and we have been Treasurers of several National Specialties. I also have served as PWDCNC Treasurer. I look forward to rejoining the PWDCNC Board as Corresponding Secretary and member of the Obedience/Rally Committee.
PWDCNC Club Directors
Ann GaskellImmediate Past President
I joined the PWDCNC in 2003, became active in 2007, and have been on the PWDCNC board, in various positions, since 2009. I am also the Programs Chair and a Member of the PWDCNC Water Committee.
I got my first PWD, Scamp, in 1993. Scamp was the family dog, my second son and my son’s little brother. Scamp definitely trained us. In 2006 I got my wonderful Norman. I decided that I would train the dog this time instead of the other way around. It is still questionable who is training who, but at least Norman and I are having fun. We compete in Obedience, Rally, PWD Water Work and Barn Hunt. We also do therapy dog visits. Norman is certified with Alliance of Therapy Dogs. He is also certified with the therapy dog program at El Camino Hospital in Mt. View where we make weekly visits. Nationally, I am a member of both the PWDCA Seizure Committee and the PWDCA Gastrointestinal (IBD) Committee.
I love the PWD breed with their wonderful and crazy personalities combined with their hilarious antics. The club members also have wonderful personalities and are lots of fun to work with. I really enjoy my volunteer time with the PWDCNC and the PWDCA.
PWDCNC Club Committee Chairs
Linda BirdwellMembership Chair
Julie CongerRescue & Relocation
Frank and Margaret DietrichWavies and Curlies Editors