Thursday, July 9, 2009

Dear BCCNC Members and Fellow Border Collie Fanciers ~

Trophy donations for the BCCNC 2009 Specialty Show and Obedience Trial are needed. Please contact Carol Braden or Jeanne Hagen-Santiago for a listing of classes and requested donation amounts.

Please NOTE:

Donation Request Amounts are for ALL Trophies, Ribbons, and Awards for that class (including 1st – 4th placements for applicable classes). You can either sponsor individual classes or can donate to the General Trophy Fund. Sponsors names will appear in the Specialty Catalog if received by July 20, 2009. Please contact Carol Braden at if you are interested in making a donation.

All donations are greatly appreciated!

Please feel free to cross post and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at or Carol Braden, our Trophy Chair at

We hope to see you at our Specialty!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

BCCNC 3rd Annual Specialty Show

BCCNC's 3rd Annual Specialty Show is fast approaching. It will be held again at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley on Friday, August 28th. It will be followed by the Gold Country Kennel Club shows (two days of supported entries!)

This year we will be holding a BCSA Judges Education Seminar after the specialty ends, as well as an Optigen 20/20 DNA Testing Clinic on Saturday, August 29th(we'll do testing for TNS also). Later in the evening we will be having a spaghetti dinner for club members, friends and exhibitors and a general membership meeting.

Trophy donations are greatly appreciated and catalog ads are available for purchase.

To find out all the details as well as get the membership list please go to the Specialty page on our website at If you have any questions please contact Show Chair Jeanne Hagen-Santiago at or Show Secretary Kim Munoz at

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Great News on BCCNC's Non-Profit Status

The Board is very happy to announce that the IRS has decided to grant us status as a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. We found out this morning and we should be getting our confirmation in the mail in a few weeks. Many thanks to BCCNC member Neil Waldo for working so hard on this project!

Monday, February 9, 2009

BCCNC 2009 Specialty Update

I will be chairing the specialty this year and the date of our specialty is Friday, August 28, 2009.. We are once again holding our Specialty Show, Sweepstakes and Obedience Trial in conjunction with the Gold Country Kennel Club at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. This location is lovely and has a terrific campground (full hook-ups for quite a few spots) admidst lots of towering pine trees.

Something new is that we are going to Secretary our own show this year instead of using MB-F. many thanks to Kim Munoz who will be handling this important job for us. Right now we are currently working on our show application and once it's approved, the judges can be announced.

A couple of new things we hope to have with our specialty this year is an Optigen 20/20 DNA testing clinic and a BCSA Judges Education Seminar.

We always appreciate volunteers for this event and it takes many people to help make a Specialty show a success. No experience is needed to volunteer and if you are interested please e-mail me at . By the way, we are looking for someone to chair the 2010 specialty and volunteering for this specialty is a terrific way to learn the ropes!

Some of our other wonderful members on the Show Committee are:

Jayme Martinez - Obedience Chair
Susan Joder - Ribbons
Sandy Bohr
Carol Braden - Trophy Chair
Pam Hartman - Raffle Chair
Hospitality - Vacant
Dr. Cindy Norman, DVM - Onsite Vet & Optigen blood draws
Lisa Marie Brown - Disaster Coordinator
Jamie Jackson - Judges Education & Optigen 20/20 Clinic

We'll keep you updated as things progress!!! Most of all save the date and we hope we'll see you there!

Jeanne Hagen-Santiago

2009 Specialty Chair

Scottish Games

The bagpipes are calling again! The Sacramento Caledonian Club will be holding it's 133rd Sacramento Valley Scottish Games & Festival at the Woodland Fairgrounds in Woodland on April 25th & 26th. BCCNC will have a breed information booth again this year in the Scottish Animal venue and I'm looking for volunteers for both days to help man the booth and answer questions from the public. This is a really fun event with with excellent Celtic music (the Wicked Tinkers are usually there), Celtic dancing, Scottish food, terrific vendors, and of course the actual games! Don't miss that caber tossing and hammer-throwing (all done in kilts of course!) This is probably one of my favorite events of the year and the people at this event are always really friendly and fun.

I need a minimum of two other people besides myself and a maximum of five others besides myself each day. This allows for everyone to take a breaks to go explore and enjoy the games. Volunteers need to give me a firm commitment that they will be there, although you don't need to stay all day - a half day is perfectly OK. The hours for the games are from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. I'm usually there by 7:30 a.m to set up and stay until 5:00 p.m. I will take volunteers on a first to volunteer basis :)

Our members dogs act as ambassadors for our breed so there are some guidelines for the dogs. The number of volunteers will determine the number of dogs each person can bring with them because we only have room for so many ex-pens and crates.

1. Dogs should be recently bathed, brushed (and nails trimmed if possible), but they don't need to be groomed to show standards. All of the Scottish Animals participate in the parade of clans each day so we want the dogs to look their best. Each dog will get a bandanna from the games for their dog to wear in the parade. In addition, alot of people will be petting your dog each day and for the general public (many non-doggy folks) it's much nicer to pet a clean dog than one that needs a bath.

2. Dogs should be good with small children and people in weird costumes. There are MANY small children at the games who love to pet the dogs. There are also many people dressed in period costumes and not just kilts, so dogs need to be fairly rock solid about strange things.

3. Dogs need to be well mannered around other animals and livestock. There are hawks, sheep, cattle and horses in the Animal area in addition to dogs. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times when not crated, but in case they should happen to get loose for some reason we don't want them chasing the other animals and livestock.

4. There are ALOT of loud noises at the games and we are located right near one of the music stages. In addition to the bagpipes, there are the big drums and the cannons. The bagpipes bother some dogs, but the drums and the cannons seem to scare the dogs the most. If your dog is fearful of loud noises, then this probably isn't a good event for them.

5. You will need to bring a crate or ex-pen for your dog. We take turns bringing the dogs out. Most dogs enjoy all of the attention, but some dogs can get tired of all the attention, so they need a place to take a break or a nap :) You will also need to bring water/snacks your dog (for you too if you don't plan on trying the Scottish food :), and a chair for yourself. We will have two large canopies with shade cloth, but be prepared for both cold or hot weather. Many times its quite chilly in the mornings, but gets darned toasty in the afternoon. Some years we have also had wind and rain.

If you are interested in volunteering for our booth, please e-mail me at

If you are just interested in possibly coming to check out the games, you can find more informormation regarding tickets and events at

Jeanne Hagen-Santiago

BCCNC Incorporation & Non-Profit Status Update

BCCNC is now incorporated and has non-profit status with the state. We currently have an application submitted to the IRS requesting status as a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Neil Waldo (many thanks Neil!) and I have been working diligently on the incorporation and non-profit status project since last May and we hope to hear from IRS with approval for the non-profit 501(c)(4) status soon.

Jeanne Hagen-Santiago