Annual Events

The Greater Portland Old English Sheepdog Club sponsors several events throughout the year. Each event offers an opportunity for club members and guests to visit, share news and information about our breed, and to let our OES run and play together—always a great photo opportunity!

Events are typically held at a location that allows plenty of fenced area for our OES to run and play, and hold our general meetings. Events are generally scheduled a month or two in advance. Time and place are announced in The Pinkertongue on our Home Page.

Annual & Special Events:

Walkabouts. Third weekend of each month. Walkabouts take place generally the third weekend of every month at various Portland Metropolitan locations. Check the Walkabouts page for our upcoming walk. Walkabouts >>

Spring Fling & Egg Hunt. The annual GPOESC Spring Fling event is held in the month of May. This is typically and indoor/outdoor event. The club provides hamburgers and hotdogs. The side dishes are potluck, so please bring your favorite dish to share. Our spring event allows our dogs to run, play and hop in a fenced yard and features the always popular egg hunt for prizes. We invite all members and non-members to join in the fun.

AKC Educational Match (co-match) An educational event featuring dogs of all breeds presented at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro, OR. A booth will be setup for the day of the event (8 am - 3 pm), and GPOESC has an information tent at this event specific to Old English Sheepdogs in the herding group area. Visit with clubs and breeders of most AKC-recognized breeds coupled with educational seminars on showing conformation and in-the-ring showing of your dog. A great opportunity to get a feel for seeing and learning about dog breeds and dog shows. See photos of the 2010 event >>

GPOESC Specialty - July. Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center the Friday before the Stumptown Cluster shows on Saturday and Sunday. Show your OES, or, come to see the dogs or help the club put on the show. This event is held in conjunction with several other dog shows and is specifically for OES. Entrants come from all over the Northwest. See 2010 show info and details >>

Summer Picnic & Dog Romp - August. Outdoors with room to run! A gathering of members and guests for a potluck and exchange of OES information. Members and guest are welcome. Please bring your favorite potluck dish to share.

October Costume Walk and Social. October. Dress 'em up and show 'em off! OES and their owners alike dress up in costume and participate in a Portland metro area walkabout. See links to past October walkabouts at the bottom of the walkabout page.

Sheep Herding Event. An opportunity to put your OES to work doing what comes naturally. See photos of the 2010 herding event >>

Christmas Party & Charity Dog Food Drive. December. Please join us for an evening of food, fun and everything sheepdog! The club will provide the main course and side dishes. Members and guests are asked not to bring a side dish. GPOESC will be collecting dog food (unopened dry and canned dog food) and other helpful dog related items to be donated to Friends Involved In Dog Outreach ( a local Food Pantry for Dogs. Also, an optional hand-crafted gift exchange (appox. $5 value) will also take place for those that would like to participate. Item may be an OES or dog-related craft item made by yourself or from another source. Item may be stolen up to three times, so be prepared for some fun exchanges! Dinner will be followed by the board and general meeting, including election of officers and board members. Please leave your OES at home to wait for Santa.

Peacock Lane Shaggy Dog Walk. Saturday, December. Time and day are tentative depending on weather forecasts. This parade of Old English Sheepdogs among the beautiful lights of Peacock Lane always draws a crowd and is a great photo opportunity. See more info >>

Additional events and gatherings occur throughout the year and are published in The Pinkertongue and on this site.