Are you creative? Enter an individual basket in the BHCA Nationals Basket Raffle, and if you have the most tickets submitted, you'll win $100! The individual basket with the most raffle tickets will win $100! Don't forget to include a card that lets us get to know you – how did you get started in Bassets? How did you come by your kennel name? What’s your proudest moment as a breeder or exhibitor?
The Rescue Advisory Committee is working hard on planning activities for the Basset Fun Day on September 30th as part of Nationals week. We are looking for persons who are CGC Evaluators to help us out at this event by doing CGC and/or the new Trick Title evaluations. Anyone who is qualified and willing, please contact Sandi Wittenberg at DrSandi48@gmail.com. Thanks!
And it's....time to order your BHCA Agility shirt! Check out the beautiful Hex symbol art on this year's shirt coming to you from Pennsylvania Dutch country! You can find these shirts in the Nationals' website store!
The Top 25 Invitational at Nationals this year will be the place to be on Thursday after the Annual Meeting. Start with the wine and cheese tasting, and then vote on your favorite for People's Choice from the invited Bassets. Catalogs will include not only breeder/owner and show career info on the dogs, but also their pedigrees. Pre-order a catalog in the Nationals' store to make sure you don't miss out!
Wow! I'm getting pretty jazzed about arriving at Nationals and delving into my welcome bag! Apparently the Hospitality Committee has been hard at work hustling donations for us to enjoy - Purina, Hills, BarkBox, Idexx Labs, Natural Balance, Annamaet Pet foods, Naturvet, and GoDog have all donated for the welcome bags, raffles and auctions.
Do you know a company that would like some visibility with a whole lot of dog owners? Get in touch with Lynne Tatarowicz or Barbara Mercer to contribute!
Hey, member clubs – don't miss out on the opportunity to shine at our National Specialty. What's your state famous for? Can you beat Texas in 2015, who sent a life-size Basset Hound pinata? Show us what you got! Donate a basket for the Nationals raffle – and if your club’s basket is the one with the most raffle tickets, your club will win $100!
Have you ever missed a Nationals deadline? Found yourself hoping someone will cancel so that you can actually get a meal ticket for the Annual Dinner? Hoped they would still have your size in Nationals T-shirts? Check out the planning guide, which will keep you on track with all the upcoming deadlines for reservations and orders! You can order from the Nationals Store on the site, or print out paper copies of order forms from the Planning Guide if you want to go "old school" and send in a form and check!
Have you visited the Veterans Parade page on the Nationals website? It features a slideshow of beautiful veteran Basset Hounds from our members and supporters. If you have a veteran you'd like to see featured, send the webmaster a PM here, or an email to: sylvieBHCA2017@gmail.com and your veteran will join the lineup of our beautiful elder hounds! Include their name, and titles if you wish, as well as owners' names. Bassets in the slideshow do NOT need to be entered in the Veterans' Parade to be featured.
One of the very special events that we're excited about at this year's National Specialty is the Top 25 Competition. On Thursday, following the Annual Meeting in the Exhibition Hall, the 2017 Nationals Committee will host a wine tasting party, which will continue through the Top 25 Competition and allow you to sample and then purchase wines from Lancaster area wineries.
Dogs will be judged by a panel of well-respected authorities on Basset Hounds. All attendees will receive a ballot to indicate their "top dog" - and both the Top 25 Winner and the "People's Choice" will be announced at Friday's Annual Banquet. Find more information about this event on the Nationals webpage:
BHCA Peeps! Do you have patches from past BHCA National Specialties that are languishing in random drawers? The Nationals committee is collecting past patches for a special project for our auction and raffle.
If you can spare a patch, drop me a line and I’ll put you in touch with Cindy Wright of Woodwright Bassets, who is the point person for collecting them.
So excited - the 2017 National Specialty website is now LIVE! Find it here: www.2017BHCANationals.com. Everything you need to know to plan your Nationals week trip to PA!
It's spring, time to start thinking about BHCA's National Specialty this October! Our FB page is now live (fb.me/2017BHCANational), and our website should go live later this week.
Hope to see you in Pennsylvania - the fun starts Saturday, September 30th with Basset Fun Day, sponsored by BHCA's Basset Hound Rescue Advisory Committee. Be there!
Follow this page to get updates as the website goes live and we publish more information about the show!