A Brief History of the Housatonic Cairn Terrier Club

The Housatonic Cairn Terrier Club (HCTC) was established and incorporated with the state of Connecticut in 1974. The primary
goal of the club was the advancement of excellence in the breed. In pursuing this goal, a format was developed which offered
opportunities for: development of new friendships, fellowship with old friends, sharing ideas, consultation on all aspects of
breeding, grooming, showing and the like. From its inception in 1974, the HCTC has sponsored yearly matches. The first specialty
after the Club's recognition as a point-giving club by the AKC was held in June of 1978. Since its inception, these Specialty shows
were held with several area kennel clubs. In addition, recognition that involvement in the “dog world” is more than just the breed
ring has prompted the club to offer trophies for obedience work at all of our Specialties.

The Club began with a membership of twenty-six. At this time, there is an active roster of over fifty members representing the
states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, most of whom gather at
regularly scheduled meetings throughout the year. Small or large, the Club has always remained focused on and committed to
its primary goal: the adherence to a standard of excellence in breeding and showing the Cairn Terrier. As a result of this
commitment, members of the Club have attained many Group wins and placements, as well as a respectable number of Best in
Show designations. Several members have also moved forward in Obedience training with their Cairns and have achieved
honors in all classes.

HCTC meetings follow an agenda and usually include an educational component. Grooming seminars have been presented.
Current literature is distributed and issues pertinent to the breed and dogs in general are discussed. On-going communication is
maintained through the Club newsletter, Cairn Capers, which contains information regarding upcoming activities, members' new
litters, show winners, and other relevant material


       Jack P. DeWitt

Vice President
      Eleanor Buesing

Recording Secretary
       Dayle Ziesmer

Corresponding Secretary
       June Chagnon
       4 Monroe Road
       Enfield, CT 06082

       Susan DeWitt


Class of 2010/2012           Class of 2011/2013
  Mary Beth Havens             Ilene Kaplan
  Mary Jane Lakota              Joni Lawrence