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About Astrud PWDs
Astrud Portuguese Water Dogs is the call name for a mayhem of PWDs that live with Amanda and Peter Ford in Carnation, Washington, east of Seattle in the Cascade Foothills. Our hillside location has been perfect for training and entertaining Water Dogs!
Our first PWD is Bella, U-CD Int/Am CH Stargazer's Astrud Isabella CD TD RA CWDX GROM, who joined our family from breeder Sandy Overton in 2001. She captured our hearts from day one, and started me on a great journey of dog training and competition in various performance venues--water trials, agility, obedience, tracking, and rally. In addition, Bella took me into the world of conformation and, ultimately, breeding. How grateful we are to have found this wonderful breed!
I'm lucky to have time to volunteer in many dog-related activities, and am involved with clubs at the local, regional, and national level. Club affiliations include Monroe Valley Dog Training Club (a UKC Obedience Training Club), Pacific Northwest Portuguese Water Dog Club (frequently served as Water Trial Secretary and general trial organizer for the PNWPWDC water trials and training workshops), and Portuguese Water Dog Club of America (Chair of the PWDCA Awards committee where I am responsible for administration of the Outstanding Breeder Achievement Award and the new PWDCA Producer of Merit Award.) I am also an active PWDCA Water Trial Judge, and have met the requirements for recognition as an AKC Breeder of Merit.



Mandy and Bella on the water.

Ellie and Bella as puppies in 2003, with Bella's father Kilo on the left.