GPCSO Club Events

The Great Pyrenees Club of Southern Ontario ( GPCSO ) is host to, or participates in, many events throughout the year. Both social and competitive, these events allow members to catch up on the latest news and to show their dogs to win those most sought after points towards Championship status.

But it’s not all formal competition… There are relaxing times as well with informal get-togethers for the Pyrs and their owners. You don't have to be involved in showing your dog to enjoy membership in GPCSO.

Events for 2017

Annual General Meeting
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Mark the date in your calendars. We hope to see you there!

Everyone welcome!

Dr. Carol Graham’s farm is built for the big dogs. There are large fenced areas in which your well-behaved pup can run and play. There are large pens should your dog need some time out. As well, there is a newly finished outbuilding which will provide protection from the elements if required.


10:00 Good Canine Neighbour Testing - All Breeds

12:00 Annual General Meeting

12:30 Potluck Barbecue (you are welcome to bring a dish)

Following the barbecue:

A Memorial for Sandra Young

The Walk

Spring Walk
Sunday, June 18th, 2017

*NOTE THE DATE CHANGE TO JUNE 18*

Come join the fun! Our Annual Pot Luck Lunch (there will also be a barbecue) and Spring Walk will be held on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at Carol Graham’s, 5039 4th Line, Acton, Ontario starting at 12 noon.

This is such a great time for owners and dogs alike to get together with friends, make new friends and catch up on what has been happening over the winter months and enjoy lots of GREAT food.

Carol has a beautiful property with fenced-in fields so the dogs can be set free to run, jump and play.The walk will be after lunch. This should tucker out your pups, and they will be more than ready to enjoy a nap on their drive home.

Bring your favourite food for the potluck, your appetite and walking shoes.


Bake Sale
Be prepared to purchase some delicious treats. All proceeds to go the Pyrs in rescue.

In addition, there will be some Pyr “stuff” available during our Silent Auction held during the day.

There is a beautiful quilt and a Zinger Crate for which you can purchase your raffle tickets. Draw date to be announced.

We always seem to have the good fortune to find rare items that are appreciated but certainly in short supply. So be sure to bid and check on your bids from time-to-time. You do not want to miss out.

Canine Good Neighbour Testing
The Good Neighbour Test commences at 10:00 a.m and goes until 12:00.  The test takes about 15 minutes per dog. ALL dogs (no matter what breed or mix) are entitled to be tested. Pass the word around to any friends who might want their dog to be evaluated.

Testing will cost $25.00 for GPCSO members and $30.00 for non-members. Each dog that passes receives a certificate directly from the CKC. In addition we will have some “Bling” - C.G.N. Badge of Merit Crests ($7.50) and C.G.N. Dog Tags ($15.00) - available for purchase after completion of successful testing. A great way to show off your dog’s achievements.

THIS IS NOT A COMPETITION. Your dog is evaluated on its ability to perform basic exercises and to demonstrate good manners while out in public. In order to participate, dogs must be at least 6 months old. For purebred dogs, it would be helpful if you bring your CKC registration number.


These are Our Events for 2016

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Carol Graham’s, 5039 4th Line, Acton, Ontario.

The AGM is scheduled to take place at approximately 12 noon. Following the A.G.M., we will be holding a BBQ, Parade of Rescues and general meet and greet.

The Parade of Rescues/Rehomes after our meeting. Too often we tend to overlook our brave dogs who did not start off life too well – being abused, abandoned, neglected and starved, often having to fend for themselves in order to survive.

Others have had a good life but have had to be rehomed for various reasons.

So, we will be honouring our brave big whites with a Parade of Rescues. This Parade is open anyone with a rescue. Please contact them and ask if they would like to attend. It is a good way for them to see and meet other Pyrs and share their stories.

We are asking each entrant to submit (or bring with you) a short history of about 100 words, about your dog. Each history will be read as your dog is paraded.

Submissions can be sent to Sandra Young, 983 Wales Avenue, Mississauga, Ontario, L5E 1K6 or by email at saylaw10@gmail.com.

We know that those of us who have rescues are so proud of them. Come out to show them off!

Carting Seminar – All Breed
August 28, 2016 and October 22, 2016

Learn how to show your dog that carting is fun, meet like-minded people and enjoy the day.

Join the fun on August 28, 2016 and October 22, 2016 at Dr. Carol Graham’s, 5039 4th Line, Acton, Ontario, L7J 2L8.

These seminars will each be one day.

Please bring any equipment you have. There will also be equipment available.

For more information on carting, read up on
Leonberger Club of Canada's website.

Details are still being finalized. They will be added to this event as they come in. For more information and to sign up, please contact Carol at 519.853.3005.

Carting Seminar – All Breeds
May 14 and 15, 2016

May 14th and 15th, 2016 9142 Station Road, Hillsburgh, ON N0B 1Z0

Come on out and enjoy teaching your dog to cart. They'll enjoy having a job to do, too! The seminar is being held by the Leonberger Club of Ontario.

Here is some information on carting from the Leonberger Club of Canada to get you started.

It is two days. Cost is:

$75 a day or $140 for two days.

Equipment is provided. Please bring any equipment you do have.

You'll also find more information on this event here.

For more information and to register, please contact June Ward at 519.855.6326 or email at June015@sympatico.ca

May 29, 2016 Spring Walk

Our Annual Pot Luck Lunch and Spring Walk will be held on Sunday, May 29, 2016, at Carol Graham’s, 5039 4th Line, Acton, Ontario starting at 12 noon. No matter the weather, hardy people get together with their hardy canine companions, and walk through Carol's beautiful property.

It's a wonderful time to meet new like-minded friends and catch up with old friends alike.

There are large fenced areas for your dogs to freely run and play. They will rid themselves of excess energy and ramble with their friends. With all the play and walking, they will sleep well on the car ride home.

There will be a Silent Auction, and other beautiful items for sale such as the sign shown above.

There will be a barbecue, salads and sweets so bring your appetite and walking shoes. You'll be glad you came!

Good Canine Neighbour Testing

We are holding a Good Neighbour Test commencing at 10:00 a.m.  So, if you want your dog tested, show up between 10:00 – 12:00. The test only takes about 15 minutes per dog. ALL dogs (no matter what breed or mix) are entitled to be tested. Pass the word around to any friends who might want their dog to be evaluated.

Testing will cost $25.00 for GPCSO members and $30.00 for non-members. Each dog that passes receives a certificate directly from the CKC. In addition we will have some “Bling” - C.G.N. Badge of Merit Crests ($7.50) and C.G.N. Dog Tags ($15.00) - available for purchase after completion of successful testing. A great way to show off your dog’s achievements.

THIS IS NOT A COMPETITION. Your dog is evaluated on its ability to perform basic exercises and to demonstrate good manners while out in public. In order to participate, dogs must be at least 6 months old, be up-to-date with vaccines and licensed. For pure bred dogs, it would be helpful if you bring your CKC registration number.



Here’s Our Line-up of Events For 2015

Great Pyr Pups at Play

This section provides information on GPCSO Club events as well as other events in the area served by the club that may be of interest to Club members. This is an added service for our Club members and our visitors.

MAY 31, 2015 SPRING WALK and POT LUCK LUNCH

Our Annual Pot Luck Lunch and Spring Walk will be held on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at Carol Graham’s, 5039 4th Line, Acton, Ontario starting at 12 noon. This is always a favorite time for owners and dogs alike to get together with friends and catch up on what has been happening over the winter months and enjoy lots of GREAT food.

Carol has a very large fenced–in “backyard’ so the dogs can be set free to run, jump and play. They certainly have the opportunity to shed themselves of excess energy and ramble with their friends. If that is not enough exercise, the walk after lunch will tucker them out and they will be more than ready to enjoy a nap on their drive home.

So bring your favourite food, your appetite and walking shoes. A Great Day for all.


May 31, 2015 BAKE SALE and SILENT AUCTION

For the past few years, we have held a bake sale at the Spring walk. It has been very well received and all proceeds go to Pyr Rescue. We will be having a bake sale again this year so be prepared to purchase some delicious treats.

In addition there will be some Pyr “stuff” available during our Silent Auction held during the day. We always seem to have the good fortune to find rare items that are appreciated but certainly in short supply. So be sure to bid and check on your bids from time to time, you do not want to miss out.


MAY 31, 2015 CANINE GOOD NEIGHBOUR TESTING

We are holding a Good Neighbour Test commencing at 10:00 a.m.  So, if you want your dog tested, show up between 10:00 – 12:00. The test only takes about 15 minutes per dog. ALL dogs (no matter what breed or mix) are entitled to be tested. Pass the word around to any friends who might want their dog to be evaluated.

Testing will cost $25.00 for GPCSO members and $30.00 for non-members. Each dog that passes receives a certificate directly from the CKC. In addition we will have some “Bling” - C.G.N. Badge of Merit Crests ($7.50) and C.G.N. Dog Tags ($15.00) - available for purchase after completion of successful testing. A great way to show off your dog’s achievements.

THIS IS NOT A COMPETITION. Your dog is evaluated on its ability to perform basic exercises and to demonstrate good manners while out in public. In order to participate, dogs must be at least 6 months old, be up-to-date with vaccines and licensed. For pure bred dogs, it would be helpful if you bring your CKC registration number.


September 13, 2015 - Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, September 13, 2015 at Carol Graham’s, 5039 4th Line, Acton, Ontario.

The AGM is scheduled to take place at approximately 12 noon. Following the A.G.M., we will be holding a BBQ, a Parade of Rescues and general meet and greet.

We are planning on having a Parade of Rescues/Rehomes after our Meeting. Too often we tend to overlook our brave dogs who did not start off life too well – being abused, abandoned, neglected and starved, often having to fend for themselves in order to survive.

Others have had a good life but have had to be rehomed for various reasons and they have had to learn to live under a new roof, new rules, having to adjust to the loss of their family and having to adapt to a new one without understanding why.

So we will be honouring our brave boys and girls with a Parade of Rescues. This Parade is not restricted to Club members only. So if you know of someone with a rescue, please contact them and ask if they would like to attend. It is a good way for them to see and meet other Pyrs and share their stories.

We are asking each entrant to submit (or have on hand) a short history of about 100 words, regarding your dog. Each history will be read as your dog is paraded.

Submissions can be sent to Sandra Young, 983 Wales Avenue, Mississauga, Ontario, L5E 1K6 or by email at saylaw10@gmail.com.

I know that those of us who have rescues are so proud of them – many have overcome harsh lives but have thrived in their new homes. Others were given up from happy homes due to unforeseen circumstances and they had to adapt to these changes. This will be your opportunity to let us all know about your pet and how their lives have changed.

Let’s make this a great showing!



Past Year's Events

MAY 25, 2014 SPRING WALK and POT LUCK LUNCH

Our Annual Pot Luck Lunch and Spring Walk will be held on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Carol Graham’s, 5030 4th Line, Acton, Ontario starting at 12 noon. This is always a favorite time for owners and dogs alike to get together with friends and catch up on what has been happening over the winter months and enjoy lots of GREAT food.

Carol has a very large fenced –in “backyard’ so the dogs were set free to run, jump and play. They certainly have the opportunity to shed themselves of excess energy and gamble with their friends. If that is not enough exercise, the walk after lunch will tucker them out and they will be more than ready to enjoy a nap on their drive home.

So bring your favourite food, your appetite and walking shoes. A Great Day for all.


May 25, 2014 BAKE SALE and SILENT AUCTION

For the past few years, we have held a bake sale at the Spring walk. It has been very well received and all proceeds go to Pyr Rescue. We will be having a bake sale again this year so be prepared to purchase some delicious treats.

In addition there will be some Pyr “stuff” available during our Silent Auction held during the day. We always seem to have the good fortune to find rare items that are appreciated but certainly in short supply. So be sure to bid and check on your bids from time to time, you do not want to miss out.

DENIM SHIRTS: We will also be selling Denim shirts at the Spring Walk. We have either Light Blue or Dark Blue Denim available. Each shirt has our Pyr Logo on it. Various sizes are available and if we run out of a size, it can be ordered. The cost for each shirt is $45.00.

Surely a welcome addition to your wardrobe and a great way to greet the Spring.


MAY 25, 2014 CANINE GOOD NEIGHBOUR TESTING

We are planning to hold a Good Neighbour Test commencing at 10:00 a.m. We have applied for permission to hold the event, but it is not confirmed yet by the CKC. However, as we have never been turned down, we do not anticipate any problem. So, if you want your dog tested, show up between 10:00 – 12:00. The test only takes about 15 minutes per dog. ALL dogs (no matter what breed or mix) are entitled to be tested. Pass the word around to any friends who might want their dog to be evaluated.

Testing will cost $25.00 for GPCSO members and $30.00 for non-members. Each dog that passes receives a certificate directly from the CKC. In addition we will have some “Bling” - C.G.N. Badge of Merit Crests ($7.50) and C.G.N. Dog Tags ($15.00) - available for purchase after completion of successful testing. A great way to show off your dog’s achievements.

THIS IS NOT A COMPETITION. Your dog is evaluated on its ability to perform basic exercises and to demonstrate good manners while out in public. In order to participate, dogs must be at least 6 months old, be up-to-date with vaccines and licensed. For pure bred dogs, it would be helpful if you bring your CKC registration number.


June 14, 2014 GARAGE SALE

It is time once again for our Annual Garage sale, held at Sandra’s –983 Wales Avenue, Mississauga, Ontario. (905) 278-4096. THIS IS A FUND RAISING EVENT for Pyr Rescue.

If you are in the neighbourhood, drop by for a quick peak, purchase something or just to say “Hi”. I have lots of stuff left over from last year and hope to clear out my garage. So this year, I am not actively seeking any additional items, but if you really want to donate, I will not reject any offers.


August 8, 9 and 10, 2014 –Kilbride Dog Show

What a busy week-end this will be. 7 – count them – 7 dog shows in total. There will be 3 regular shows, 2 specialty shows, one herding/working group show and the Dogs of France Dog show. WOW!!

The National Pyrenees Club will be holding their Specialty on Saturday, August 9, and GPCSO will be hosting their Regional Specialty on Sunday, August 20, 2014.

The Dogs of France show should be very interesting – We should see some dogs that are rarely shown.

Kilbride Dog Show is being held at the Milton Fairgrounds – lots of parking and spaces for trailers, acres of space to use for walks and to spread out, close to restaurants and shopping. It should be a great week-end so please plan on attending and making this a special week-end for the dogs.


September 14, 2014 - Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Milton Fairgrounds. This is being held during the Oakville and District Kennel Club Dog Show.

The AGM is scheduled to take place at approximately 12 noon. As we do not have an exact time for the dog show and our Booster, we may be a few minutes early or late. So, for those not showing, we would request that you attend by 11:30 a.m. We will accommodate any members who are showing their dogs so do not worry about missing the A.G.M. Following the A.G.M., we will be holding a BBQ, a Parade of Rescues and general meet and greet.

We are planning on having a Parade of Rescues/Rehomes after our Meeting. Too often we tend to overlook our brave dogs who did not start off life too well – being abused, abandoned, neglected and starved, often having to fend for themselves in order to survive. Others have had a good life but have had to be rehomed for various reasons and they have had to learn to live under a new roof, new rules, having to adjust to the loss of their family and having to adapt to a new one without understanding why.

So we will be honouring our brave boys and girls with a Parade of Rescues. This Parade is not restricted to Club members only. So if you know of someone with a rescue, please contact them and ask if they would like to attend. It is a good way for them to see and meet other Pyrs and share their stories.

We are asking each entrant to submit (or have on hand) a short history of about 100 words, regarding your dog. Each history will be read as your dog is paraded.

Submissions can be sent to Sandra Young, 983 Wales Avenue, Mississauga, Ontario, L5E 1K6 or by email at saylaw10@gmail.com.

I know that those of us who have rescues are so proud of them – many have overcome harsh lives but have thrived in their new homes. Others were given up from happy homes due to unforeseen circumstances and they had to adapt to these changes. This will be your opportunity to let us all know about your pet and how their lives have changed.

Let’s make this a great showing!


September 14, 2014 - Booster at the Oakville and District Kennel Club Dog Show

We will be holding a Booster at the Oakville and District Kennel Club Dog Show on Sunday, September 14, 2014. Oakville is holding their Dog shows that week-end at the Milton Fairgrounds located at 136 Robert Street, Milton. (same place as our Specialty was held). This is a good Chance for those to show their dogs and then meet and greet our pets and their owners at the A.G.M.


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Past GPCSO Events


2006 and 2007 Events

We all know that wherever you go, with so many beautiful Great Pyrs around, cameras are never far away. So here’s where you will find Great Pyrenees photos from past events in 2006 and 2007.

2008 GPCSO Events

2008 was a great year for the club. To see some of our activities, go here.

2009 GPCSO Events

Want to see why 2009 was such a fantastic year? Here's your link to our 2009 events.

2010 GPCSO Events

GPCSO was very busy with its 2010 events. Why not take a look here.

2011 GPCSO Events

GPCSO was very busy with its 2011 events. Why not take a look here.

2012 GPCSO Events

GPCSO was very busy with its 2012 events. Why not take a look here. 

2013 GPCSO Events

Check out the 2013 events here.

2014 GPSO Events

Check out the 2014 events here.


No matter what the event, people meeting a Great Pyr for the first time always ask questions. Do you know what the most frequently asked questions are? We solve that mystery here.


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