Dear Members of the WHWTCA,

On behalf of the Officers and Board of Directors, I wanted to advise our membership of the updated procedures for the National Specialty.

Our membership continues to navigate difficult COVID conditions and while we are saddened that many of our membership are still unable to attend our planned events, we welcome and sincerely thank those that have entered events and signed up for the dinner.

In order to protect everyone as much as foreseeably possible, we have made a few adjustments. Based on current Pennsylvania protocol, masks are required in all indoor locations, unless you are seated and eating. In the Kimberton Building, we have enlarged the usable grooming area. Masks should be worn indoors so that would include the ring area. At our dinner, tables have been generously spaced but again it is an indoor event so masks should be worn while socializing, traveling to the bar, auction tables and restrooms. Masks are optional if you are speaking at the podium. Masks will be worn during the board meeting.

We look forward to the opportunity to once again celebrate our wonderful Westies!

Cathy Blacklock, President

The West Highland White Terrier Club of America (WHWTCA)

The One Official National Club for Westies in the United States of America

"Welcome to our Wonderful World of Westies!"

The West Highland White Terrier Club of America is a collection of Westie fanciers from all over the USA, Canada and abroad. Whether a Westie wins at Westminster or is a professional couch potato, we strive to provide up-to-date information for the care, training and appreciation of our Little White Dogs. We protect and promote our special breed. We set the national standard that defines a West Highland White Terrier. All dog show judges in the USA use this guidance as the standard of excellence for evaluating individual Westies. We are an official breed club of the American Kennel Club. Our members often compete in AKC specialty shows, puppy sweepstakes, and multiple performance and companion events.

We keep members informed through the quarterly magazine, Westie Imprint, and monthly newsletter, Westie Update. These are included with your membership. We also provide an online chat group for members to exchange information and ideas.

We sponsor shows and seminars, support research and help prospective Westie owners learn more about the unique ways of the Westie! We sponsor Westie competitions, including a National Specialty and National Roving Specialty, Regional Specialties and Regional Events, and Westie Futurity and Maturity Sweepstakes. We encourage and promote the organization of events sponsored by independent regional Westie clubs. We support our Westie pet owners by providing valuable health and grooming information. We provide contact information for Westie rescue organizations.

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Annual Banquet Auction

After missing our banquet and auction last year due to Covid, we will be getting into gear for this year's auction. This is our annual fundraiser and so your participation is now, more than ever, important to help us build our financial resources!

If you had contacted me about contributing items for either the silent or live auction, I do have some emails and I will get in touch with you, but please feel free to touch base with me again. We can still use some more items. If you have the unusual, the old collectible or something special that you think people will like, please contact me and let me know. We will be limited to 10‐12 items for the Live auction and around 40 for the silent auction.

Unfortunately, I, my daughter, and granddaughter cannot be there this year but I assure you there will be some wonderful pieces. Hope to hear great results about this year!


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2021 AKC Outstanding Sportsmanship Award

In the American Kennel Club's ongoing efforts to recognize and celebrate its volunteer club members, The AKC Outstanding Sportsmanship Award program was established in 2006 to provide each member club with an AKC Medallion to award to one of its own on a yearly basis. This award honors those individuals who deserve special recognition that have made a difference in the sport of purebred dogs, embodied the AKC Code of Sportsmanship, and have been an active and valued member of an AKC member club.

Do you know someone that you would like to nominate?

Please send to Cindy Ladutko at by September 15, 2021. Please include nominees name, reason(s) why you would like to nominate them. Information detailing the member's contributions to the sport of purebred dogs, sportsmanship behavior, and contributions to the work of WHWTCA must be included.

For more information, visit see AKC Outstanding Sportsmanship Award

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25 Year Member Bios

If you are a 25‐year member of the WHWTCA, you should be sending in your bio for the History Project. We are missing a number of these bios and they are so important in helping us maintain our history and archives. Find details on the Verbal History Project page.

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2021 Futurity/Maturity

The 2021 Futurity/Maturity will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at the Kimberton Exhibition Hall on the Kimberton Fairgrounds. All Westies that were eligible to be shown in Futurity 2019 and Futurity 2020 will be eligible to be shown in Maturity 2021!!

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Roving Fundraising- Facemasks

Support Future Roving Specialties
$12.00 each (incl. Domestic Shipping)

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The Club has a new chat list. It was started on November 30th and we already have over 200 members! If you misplaced your invitation and would like to join, send an email to

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