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The Story of N.O.W.D.A.
In August 1996, a small group of canine enthusiasts in Northwestern Ontario (all but one of whom owned dogs in the working group) began meeting with the dream of forming a club dedicated to the “working” breeds.
Over the next year, the name and purpose was carved in stone, and The Northwestern Ontario Working Dog Association was born. Their stated purpose was
“to promote Working Group Breeds & to sponsor and host CKC licensed events for those breeds”.
The N.O.W.D.A. logo was developed by local artist and one of the charter members, John Carvalho. The logo has a flower native to Northern Ontario and the six breeds owned by the charter members: Alaskan Malamute, Doberman Pinscher, Great Dane, Newfoundland, Rottweiler and Siberian Husky.
Club recognition by the CKC was granted on November 1, 1997.
In 1998 the club worked to meet the requirements to host it’s first specialty show which was held on April 30, 1999, with Cheryl Shaw of British Columbia judging. A conformation specialty show has been held each year since then in conjunction with Lakehead Kennel Club’s spring show, as well as a Booster being held each year somewhere in Northern Ontario.
Over the past few years our membership has broadened and now includes regular supporters from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa, as well as throughout all of Northern Ontario.
N.O.W.D.A. continues to fulfill it’s mandate. It sponsored a Carting seminar with Peter Maniate in May 2001, and has sponsored Tracking Matches and workshops in June 2003 and July 2004 with Ed Presnell, and in November 2004, N.O.W.D.A. held it’s first all-breed obedience trial with Judge Michael Calhoun.
When not planning an official event many of the N.O.W.D.A. members are planning our annual weekend “get-a-way” in the fall at the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. This relaxing weekend is filled with wonderful nature walks in one of the most beautiful places on earth…..not to mention…..great food, card games, and a whole lot of laughs!!
A well balanced dog has a title at both ends