As I watch the enthusiasm of this group of Bolognese protectors, lovers, and fans who make up the membership of the American Bolognese Club, it warms my heart. What a great membership we have!
More Bolognese families are participating with their Bolos in various athletic events, such as Obedience, Agility, Rally obedience, Conformation, and Junior Program. The Junior Program offered by the United Kennel Club offers an excellent way to get your children involved in a program which builds character and is a fun family event!
If you are interested in more detail about how you can involve your Bolognese family in some of these programs, I will be glad to help you navigate through your first paperwork requirements and give you some references which can familiarize you as to what is available in your area.
Whether you plan to participate in events or just want your sweet, loving Bolo to be your constant home companion, I want to emphasize emphatically: Please register your Bolognese with the ABC paperwork your Breeder will supply with your puppy. If you have an adult Bolognese, we will be glad to help you fill out the correct ABC forms. When you register your Bolognese in the ABC Registry, you are contributing to the very important population count of Bolognese in this country, as well as helping the Club establish data on health, linage, and status.
Well, no doubt, in 2017 we have had a few setbacks as far as our planned Annual Specialty and Meet the Breed events. Dealing with the hurricane aftermath did influence many people's plans. However, we are already planning some "Bolognese Social Events" for 2018, so stay tuned to the Newsletter and the two Facebook pages (American Bolognese Club , Members of the American Bolognese Club, and American Bolognese Breeders). Facebook has greatly augmented the ability of Bolognese enthusiasts to communicate with one another through these pages. If you need help finding them, just email us!
This year was an excellent year as far as membership participation, thanks to those on our Board of Directors, and their committee workers, who have an unrelenting drive to establish the visibility and popularity of the Bolognese Breed. Our beloved breed is still considered VERY RARE, even in its home country of Italy and throughout Europe. The ABC has established an excellent support system of dedicated breeders in the USA, who breed to very high health and pedigree standards.
Since this is the last newsletter of 2017, I would like to wish you all a very prosperous and peaceful holiday season and encourage you to join the Club and get involved in our amazing Bolognese community for 2018!