2009 Spring Walk

Great Pyrs at Play

It was a day to remember, the Great Pyrenees Club of Southern Ontario 2009 Spring Walk at the Graham Farm in Acton!! And what a day it was!

Bright, sunny, windy and cool… what better weather for a Great Pyr. And what about us mortals? Well we bundled up and enjoyed the day with our dogs. And the 2009 Spring Walk gave us lots to enjoy.

Sandra Young conducted Canine Good Neighbour Testing, and not only were the dogs good neighbours, the club was too, since the testing was open to all breeds.

Sandra put the dogs through their paces and it is fair to say that some of the owners put Sandra through her paces too. (You can learn more about Canine Good Neighbour at the end of this article.)

The 2009 Spring Walk was great for long-term members to get together, and for new members it was a real treat to be in the company of Great Pyr lovers and to meet club members for the first time.

There was time to mingle and exchange stories about our dogs and for some breeders to see dogs that they had not seen since puppy hood.

And of course there was ample opportunity to let the dogs off leash in the safety of the fenced field and watch the romping and playing. To see these big graceful dogs in full flight with the wind blowing through their hair is a glorious sight. And to see the respect and care given when an adult plays with a puppy is truly wonderful. They are Gentle giants indeed.

Pot Luck lunch was served and enjoyed by all. Everyone contributed, showing once again a real example of how folks with a common interest can come together and enjoy each other’s company. It was great.

But of course, there was the walk as well. After lunch we all saddled up… Ahemm I mean we all hitched up the dogs and walked the trail that Carol and Chris had so carefully cut for us through the property. A parade of Pyrs!! Holy Hanna... I don’t care what you say, but THAT is impressive!

And to cap off the day we had an egg race… yes… egg in spoon… yes in the field… yes with the dogs! It was an egg-citing end to a pyrfect day!

Was the 2009 Spring Walk a worthwhile event? Well a few folks thought enough of it to drive from Ottawa to Toronto to attend. And was it worth it? From one who made the trip we say absolutely! And we will do it again next time.

If you own a Great Pyrenees Mountain Dog and you are not a member of the Great Pyrenees Cub of Southern Ontario, you don’t know what you are missing. Working dogs, show dogs or pets… this is the place for Great Pyr lovers. Join us and share your love and knowledge of this magnificent dog.

Now is a great time to join our club.


Canine Good Neighbour testing is sanctioned by the Canadian Kennel Club and is conducted by certified evaluators to determine if your dog is well socialized and has acceptable behaviour in normal everyday situations. And of course we all know that a Canine Good Neighbour comes from excellent training right from puppy hood.

Do you want to learn some of the techniques that may assist your dog in becoming a Canine Good Neighbour? Then why not buy a copy of our Training Booklet for New Puppy Owners, TIPS ON TRAINING AND LIVING WITH YOUR PYR PUPPY. It is rich with valuable information and all of the proceeds go to support the work of our Club.

To own this very useful and affordable addition to your library, simply click on the link below to order your copy now. For just $15.00 this booklet is filled with useful information based on first hand experience to make your experience with your new puppy both enjoyable and successful. Do it now... it's a great $15.00 investment!

Time to leave the 2009 Spring Walk

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