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National Parent Club of the Havana Silk Dog breed

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Havana Silk Dogs are so lovable that HSDAA breeders and pet owners all agree that Silks are the perfect dog for almost every household.

The HSDAA has breeders all across the country, click here to find a happy heathy havana silk dog puppy today.

Havana Silk Dog Association of America welcomes you to our 
2015 National Specialty to be held at the 
Wyndham Oceanfront, Virginia Beach, VA

57th St and Atlantic Avenue | Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451 | United States | 757-428-7025
November 4-8, 2015

Auction Information | Hotel Reservations | Show Committee | National Specialty Forms | Event Schedule | About Rally

National Specialty Forms

Please note: The National Specialty is two days, but it is only ONE show.
We have a Regional show on Friday and the National Specialty (one show) on Sat. and Sun, for a total of two shows over the course of the weekend.
If you are entering one dog for both shows, the cost is $20 per show or $40 total.

Also, you can only enter one regular class per dog.
You cannot enter both Veterans AND BOB classes, for example.

In addition to our Conformation Shows we also have two Rally Trials on Friday afternoon.

 We are planning some exciting new classes and activities and great seminars including a grooming seminar, a hands-on handling seminar tailored especially for new handlers, and a seminar presented by International Canine expert Fred Lanting. Descriptions of the new classes are on the entry form and descriptions of the seminars are listed under "Events Schedule.

Wyndham Oceanfront Hotel 
57th St and Atlantic Avenue | Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451 | United States | 757-428-7025
November 4-8, 2015

Havana Silk Dog
2015 National Specialty
Show Committee
Show Chairman: Mary O'Day
Show Secretary: Joanne "Doc" Baldwin
Hospitality: Ann Carille & Lee Walters
Seminars: Gloria Sharrar
Trophies: Domenica Burman
Banquet:  Cindi Walton
Auction: Jerry & Leslie Accuardi
Auctioneer:  Doc Baldwin & Cathy Foldesi
Ring Stewards and Scribes:  Debbie Ezzell
Ground Patrol: Les & Cathy Foldesi & EVERYONE ELSE!
Catalog and Advertisements: Joanne "Doc" Baldwin
Photography: Agnes Szilagyi
Rising Stars: Dina Liner
Companion Cheerleader: Suzanne LaCosse

When calling for reservations be sure to mention that you are with the Silk Dog Association for special room rate of $104 Oceanfront, 
 plus $25 Pet Fee for up to 3 dogs. Additional dogs, $25 each.
Deadline to reserve rooms is October 5, 2015.



Event Schedule
6:00 pm
Pizza in hospitality. Bring your own beverages.
All seminars are free to HSDAA Members!
10:00-11:45 am
Grooming Roundtable: What’s in Your Grooming Bag? Interactive session facilitated by talented Club members.  
Lunch provided in Hospitality
1:00-2:45 p.m. 
Handling Seminar-Bring your dog, your show lead and your bait. Everyone welcome, but especially new handlers. Taught by experienced handling instructor
3:00 –5:30 pm
Seminar presented by International Canine Expert Fred Lanting. Analytical Approach to Evaluating Dogs: a unique gait-and-structure illustrated talk, describing how to choose studs or candidates for purchase, pick puppies, and judge dogs in the ring or from ringside. Also stresses why decisions are made between dogs. Live volunteer dogs, screen illustrations, & audience “hands-on” participation.  Fred will also touch on Orthopedic Problems in Dogs. Here is a link to Fred’s experience in the Dog World.
5:30-7:00 pm
Wine and Cheese in Hospitality
Dinner on your own
9:00 am
Regional Specialty Show commences. We will follow the normal show schedule. A specific schedule with approximate show times for the entire weekend will available along with your welcome bag at check in.
Lunch in Hospitality Room
1:30 pm
Rally Trials There will be two back to back Rally Trials judged by Mary Ann Mullen  
4:30 pm
Board Meeting
5:30 pm
Dinner (Hospitality Room)
7:00 pm
Annual Members Meeting
9:00 am
Puppy Sweepstakes judged by three of our Members.  Open to all puppies between 4 and 12 months of age.
10:00 am
National Specialty starting with Companion Class Dog and then proceeding with Provisional/Certified Class Dogs ending with WB.
Lunch provided in Hospitality
2:00 pm
Doggy Costume Parade -the stakes are high thanks to the appearance of the Pope last year.
3:00 pm

Annual Health Clinic in the grooming room. Heart, patellas, and BAER testing (by appt only) will be available.  We will also have OFA eye exams by Dr Michael Blair. The eye exams will be $35 and you must make an appointment in advance. Further information will be provided by the Chair of the Health Committee, Agnes Szilagyi.

7:00 pm
Annual Banquet and Auction in the Ballroom.  Cocktails and Silent auction from 7:00-7:45 followed by dinner.
9:00 am
National Specialty resumes. We start with the Companion BOB, then the Companion BISS, BOB, BISS, Stud Dog, Brood Bitch, Brace, Generations and then ending with Bred by Exhibitor Class

Following the show there will be delicious lunch of leftovers in Hospitality

Annual Auction to Support CARES

CARES (Connect and Resource Everything SilkDog) is our 501(C)3 organization that is dedicated to supporting the needs of the Silk Dogs, be they health research, education, or other activities that benefit the Havana Silk Dog. Because of its tax status, donations to the auction are tax deductible to the donor and if buyers pay over the value, the excess is also considered a tax deductible donation. The auction will be held in conjunction with the HSDAA Banquet on Sat Nov 7, 2015 beginning at 7PM.
Click here to get your donation form!!!

 We need auction items. If you have something to donate please notify
Leslie Accuardi to make arrangements to get your donation to the National.

You can contact Leslie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you need to mail your donation ahead of time, Gretchen L Kellas has agreed to receive auction items. You can mail them to:
Gretchen Kellas
2236 N. Wolfsnare Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Join us at the Rally Trials
HSDAA is now offing Rally during our Regional Specialty Shows

It's great fun!! Join us!

A little about what Rally is....

Rally is a sport in which the dog and handler complete a course that has been designed by the rally judge. The judge tells the handler to begin, and the dog and handler proceed at their own pace through a course of designated stations (10 - 20, depending on the level). Each of these stations has a sign providing instructions regarding the next skill that is to be performed. Scoring is not as rigorous as traditional obedience.

The team of dog and handler moves continuously at a brisk, but normal, pace with the dog under control at the handler's left side. There should be a sense of teamwork between the dog and handler both during the numbered exercises and between the exercise signs; however, perfect "heel position" is not required. Any faults in traditional obedience that would be evaluated and scored as a one-point deduction or more should be scored the same in Rally, unless otherwise mentioned in the Rally Regulations. After the judge's "Forward" order, the team is on its own to complete the entire sequence of numbered signs correctly.

Unlimited communication from the handler to the dog is to be encouraged and not penalized. Unless otherwise specified in these Regulations, handlers are permitted to talk, praise, encourage, clap their hands, pat their legs, or use any verbal means of encouragement. Multiple commands and/or signals using one or both arms and hands are allowed; the handler's arms need not be maintained in any particular position at any time. The handler may not touch the dog or make physical corrections. At any time during the performance, loud or harsh commands or intimidating signals will be penalized.

Rally provides a link from the Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) program to obedience or agility competition, both for dogs and handlers. In addition, rally promotes fun and enjoyment for dogs at all levels of competition.