Due to the world's current health crisis, all meetings and events scheduled for the Rio Salgado Portuguese Water Dog Club are on hold until further notice.  Please watch your email for updates!

President - Lauren McDermott                                Vice President - Sherri Horstman
Recording Secretary - Gail Gomez                           Treasurer - Lynn Nelson

Corresponding Secretary - Michele Murphy          Director - Jim Beach

Director - Michael Williams

​2020 Sweepstakes and Supported Entry notes from Lynn Nelson

​​​​Our members decided it just wouldn't be a site representative of our club if we didn't have a place to show off our canine family members.

​​Once upon a time....in the late 1980s there was a small group of Portuguese Water Dog owners (twelve of them to be exact), who would once in awhile get together with their dogs....read more

For quick contact information of officers and a list of resources, see our Officers & Resources list.

     I would like to thank everyone who entered our Sweepstakes and the Sahuaro State Kennel Club Dog Show on Saturday, February 1st. We had a very nice turnout with 11 Sweeps and 29 Breed entries. We were thrilled that all owners visited with us for lunch and fellowship at our Hospitality Tent, with most setups surrounding us!

     Thank you to the Sahuaro State Kennel Club for supporting our event and providing us with tent space and tables for not only Saturday, but Friday as well for set up.
​     Aside from a few quite chilly mornings, the weather was perfect!  Sunny days and calm skies.  And thankfully, the dirt and dust were the lowest we’ve seen in a few years…so grateful our rings were pushed back further into the grass to avoid the beaten dirt path and that grass (although a bit dry) was actually growing underneath our tent and setups!

     Heartfelt thanks to:

  • Ms. Linda Otey for judging our puppy and veteran Sweepstakes, we were excited to give you this opportunity and also to have you back in Arizona for the weekend!
  • Everyone who donated and supported our Trophy Fund, purchased 50/50 Raffle and Basket tickets, and bid on our Silent Auction items. Without your support, we couldn’t hold this event each year;
  • Kelly Calhoun for handling and setting up our basket raffle (she wrapped 98% of them up), silent auction items, selling tickets, marking the catalog, helping me with set up very early on both Friday and Saturday, bringing donuts and coffee Saturday morning and everything else I may have missed here;
  • My Co-chairs Gail Gomez, Michele Murphy and Sherri Horstman for all the many things we do to make this event happen! Your hard work and dedication are appreciated much more than you realize! Gail, you were amazing…showing two dogs AND doing so much work for this event…I’m exhausted for you! Michele and Sherri, thank you for picking out and obtaining terrific trophies, once again, and helping to organize our event;
  • To Lauren McDermott and Jenevelyn Martin for your much-appreciated help throughout the weekend.

     Finally, I am so impressed with the way we all came together to help each other—from grooming to handling, to running dogs—whether we’ve known each other for years or just met—what an enjoyable weekend!

     Until 2021….  (to view our list of winners, click here.


                                      

​Our 2020 Board of Directors

Our newsletter, The Salty Dog,  is available online. Stay in the know with upcoming events and special stories about recent happenings.

2019 RSPWDC PWDCA Sanctioned Water Trials

The RSPWDC hosted PWDCA water trials on November 2 and 3, 2019 at Canyon Lake Marina Campgrounds. The heavy rain prior to the trial weekend left us with a beach full of debris to clean up. The amazing crew of campers were up for the challenge and with rakes, shovels, hatchet and an axe, and cleaned the trial site all day Friday.







Judge Alan Reisdorf provided excellent judging, with calming words throughout the two days. Thank you, Alan for sharing your time, expertise and kindness.

The water was colder and the wind stronger than most of us were used to or expecting and it most certainly affected the overall pass rate. We commend all of the teams who braved the elements and put on some of the most amazing performances of teamwork that I have ever seen. The constant heavy wind and sudden gusts of even heavier winds were a challenge for everyone, and each performance was special. The crew of stewards- the rowers, throwers, holders, placers, chasers, and retrievers were outstanding- always smiling and stepping in to help whenever needed. We are all so appreciative of our friends who come from near and far to volunteer their skills and time, whether they are entered in the trials or not! You make our trials possible. Thank you.  view the complete article here...