About the CBWHWTC
The West Highland White Terrier is a small but sturdy dog with a big personality. The Westie is not a lap dog (but certainly is a “couch dog,” especially if you are sitting there) and requires a reasonable amount of exercise, regular grooming, and a great deal of attention. This breed will not be ignored! Westies have become increasingly popular in the United States and this popularity has led to the formation of a national Westie club, The West Highland White Terrier Club of America and a number of regional Westie clubs
The growing population of the Baltimore-Annapolis, Maryland, region coupled with the increasing public interest in the West Highland White Terrier breed led to the founding of a new regional club, the Chesapeake Bay West Highland White Terrier Club (CBWHWTC) in December 2005.
A core group of over one dozen local Westie enthusiasts felt that there was a need for an organization that would provide support and fellowship, not only for those interested in showing and breeding Westies but which would act as a significant resource to Westie pet owners and to those who recognize a responsibility to Westie Rescue activities.
The growing membership of the CBWHWTC has varied interests, which range from exhibiting (showing) Westies in conformation and performance, to those who are willing to dedicate a significant part of their time to the care and treatment (both physical and mental) of abused and abandoned animals. Not everyone has the same major interest, but everyone in the club understands, respects, and supports the activities of other members.
Our Club meets every two months at varying locations around the Baltimore area. We are on track for AKC (American Kennel Club) accreditation and licensing in the near future. We put a great deal of effort into the education of our members in regard to health issues, activities for Westies and their owners, and into public education about responsible dog ownership. Several club members are certified as evaluators in the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen program.
The club’s activities also include fun matches (for those who are wondering about the idea of showing a Westie and to provide experience for established exhibitors), grooming seminars, and a healthy dose of social activities designed to be fun for everyone.
The CBWHWTC also publishes a newsletter several times a year. The newsletter keeps all members informed of what is going on regarding the club; i.e., minutes of the previous meeting, upcoming events, items of interest, recipes for your Westie, brags, and an article of interest that applies to all Westie owners. There are also a number of club functions at which our members can bring their Westies.
The CBWHWTC is affiliated with a very active Westie Rescue program. With the establishment of Maryland Westie Rescue, Inc., (MWR) which was formed and incorporated in 2007, our club will continue its rescue efforts in cooperation with MWR – http://www.marylandwestierescue.com/.