2017 GATHERING (7 -9 JULY 2017)
Alright, we are just over four weeks away from the annual event at Lake Selmac know as, "The Gathering". There has been another great response leading up to this year's event. Many of you responded to the "Planning For The 2017 Gathering At Lake Selmac" post back in February and I thank you for your input. We locked-in this weekend as the best weekend to get as many people and dogs together as possible based on those responses. I am hopeful that we will have another fun and successful Gathering.
We hope to get more first time AIDog owners this year. A few who are currently on the waiting have indicated they plan to attend this year's event to join in with the festivities and pick the brains of some of the current owners and, of course, watch these wonderful dogs interact with each other.
We will be at The Osprey Loop Campground this year. I know some of you have already reserved tent or RV sites, which is great. If you have not done so yet, we urge you to reserve your campsite early as Lake Selmac is a very popular place during this time of the year. If the camp sites are all taken, there are motels in Grants Pass, which is the closest location to Lake Selmac with motels. It is about a 20-25 mile drive to the lake, but it is a nice and easy drive. For those who have stayed in Kerby in the past, I have just learned that the Kerbyville Inn is closed until further notice. I am not sure what the reason is.
SDK still has a few retired breeders and Kim is still looking to match retired breeders with current or prior AIDog owners. This would be a good time to see the dogs up close and discuss possibilities with Kim. Currently, there is one small litter of pups (Wind Walker X Tonto). These pups will be ready to go to their new owners at that time. We have also made a few other breedings for those on the waiting list. Come see the parents of the summer litters.
The last couple of years we offered those who attended the event an option to donate money toward the food for the BBQ instead of bringing food. This seemed to work well for many. So, for those who would prefer to donate money for the BBQ that option is still there. Just to be clear, there will not be a charge for anyone to enjoy the BBQ. The money donated will be used to ensure that we have everything we need for the BBQ. Things happen and people cancel at the last minute. When this happens, food doesn't make it to the BBQ and last minute runs to the grocery store are made. So, for those of you who would rather not deal with trying to go to the store or prepare something for the Pot Luck, this option may be for you.
If you are interested in donating instead of bringing an item or item(s) for the BBQ Pot Luck please let me know when you RSVP. ANY LEFT OVER DONATION MONEY WILL GO TOWARD DOG FOOD AT SONG DOG KENNEL. The donations provided during the last couple of events has been amazing. After covering the expenses for the food and essentials, Allison and I will present the remainder of the donations to Kim. Kim is always extremely grateful for the generosity of the American Indian Dog family.
This year, we are happy to have Brian Carvalho attend our event. Brian provides a wide range of dog training services but his main focus is in canine nose work. Judy Leavitt and Sandy Mays (Canine Angles), both from Grants Pass and with AIDogs, have participated in the training that Brian provides. They both recommended this training and we believe it would be a great opportunity to show off one of the many qualities of these dogs. Thanks Judy for suggesting this, I think it will be great. www.pawsitivedogofsouthernoregon.com.
I am requesting a RSVP from everyone who will be attending. You can post it if you like so others will know you are coming, but please send me a personal message and include the number in your party and the name(s) of your dog(s) you will be bringing. Also include whether you plan to donate toward the BBQ or what item(s) you plan to bring. I will update the pot luck list for all to see. We want to ensure we have enough food and other essentials for the event. For those who are unsure how to send a personal message, just click on my picture profile (it's the picture of Anoki) which will open my profile. Simply click on the "Send Me A Message" button. Fill out the fields and send it off just like an email.
The BBQ Pot Luck will begin early afternoon on Saturday, July 8th. There is a small grocery store about 3 miles away, a slightly larger grocery store about 10 miles away, and the closest Safeway or larger grocery store is in Grants Pass, about 23 miles away.
We have reserved the Bass Shelter on Saturday for our BBQ/Picnic. There is a $100 deposit for cleaning, so please let's be tidy! I will provide more details as we get closer to the event.
POT LUCK SIGN-UP
Hamburger patties --
Hot dogs --
Buns: Burger and some hot dog style (regular-wheat type) --
Gluten Free Buns --
Charcoal and lighter fluid --
Potato Salad, and maybe Another salad? --
Chips (Variety) --
Condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, relish) --
Lettuce, tomatoes, onion, pickles --
Dessert (cookies, cake, pies) --
Paper plates and Napkins, and plastic ware. (forks and such) --
Feel free to volunteer your favorites.
I will continue to update as we get closer to the event, so check back often.
Edited by Greg, 04 June 2017 - 09:17 AM.