UPSTATE NEW YORK & FLORIDA
UPSTATE NEW YORK & FLORIDA
Nice to meet you.
Our names are Merrilee Finch-Cirtwell and Jeffrey Cirtwell and we currently live in Upstate, New York with our 6 Polish Lowland Sheepdogs. We call ourselves White Star PONs which stands for Polski Owczarek Nizinny (the PON part, anyway) and the White Star part, well, if you must know, was named after my favorite champagne.
Unfortunately, since we have all these wonderful creatures, we can no longer afford White Star Champagne!!
The photo above was taken at a show in Louisville, KY. many years ago. 3 Generations of PONs. Sitting on the ground with Jeff, is Marny, who we rescued at 13 1/2 years old. She lived to be 16 1/2. Marny's daughter, Olivia, who is on the far right, passed away in February, 2009 at 15 1/2. Olivia is the reason that White Star came to be. Her daughter, Winnie the Pooh, is in the center. She was born in our home and had been with us every day since for almost 15 wonderful years. She died peacefully in our arms on June 7th, 2013.
We have had PONs since 1993 and were very involved in showing and breeding our dogs. (Which is why we can't afford the Champagne anymore.) It is now 2020 and we are looking forward to having puppies in our house again!! We are already enjoying the "pre-puppy" joy with POOH rolling over and showing us her puppies, anytime we ask, along with Bentley (15), Elli Mae (13), Maisie Rae (12), London (8), Opie (6) and Pooh (3), of course. We plan on doing an occasional breeding. Stay tuned and check back often.
Merrilee and Jeff Cirtwell
352 342-1176 or 315 665-0109
PON stands for Polski Owczarek Nizinny. (Aren’t you glad you asked?) The PON is also known as the Polish Lowland Sheepdog. Those of us that are fortunate enough to live with one affectionately refer to them as a PON or in the case of more than one, PONS.
We live in Upstate, New York currently. We moved here 5 years ago from Ocala, Florida, about 60 miles from Disney World, and it occurred to me that if Walt Disney had created a dog, the PON would be that dog…It truly is the ultimate shaggy ..medium in size, (35-55 pounds), cobby, strong, muscular and non-shedding. It is lively, watchful, exceptionally bright, clever, perceptive, very comical and has an excellent memory. Did I forget stubborn? In addition, they are striking in appearance, innocent looking and so darn cute that you tend to let them get away with just about anything!
THAT WOULD BE YOUR FIRST MISTAKE !!
They will use their charm, their wit or just wag that fat little tail-less butt to get their way. Speaking from experience, it’s hard to discipline them for that reason. The PON needs a strong leader and good consistent training and socialization from the very beginning or they will tend to take over your household. THE PON IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. They can be very stubborn, very strong willed and require many, many hours of grooming to keep their coat looking good.
The PON was bred to herd sheep and although very few of them still do that as a full time career, they do need a job! They must have a project to do each day. If you don’t supply one they will find their own and you’re probably not going to be crazy about their choice.
One of our females, Olivia, decided early on that it was her job to remove all the towels from the bathrooms and pile them in the hallway. She was also a kleptomaniac!! She would steal anything…preferably underwear, socks and anything from the waste baskets in the bathrooms. Where she chose to put them was usually an embarrassment…like the back yard or at a guests feet.
A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE
A PONs greatest pleasure is to be part of the family and we can tell you from the bottom of our hearts that once you let a PON into your life....your life, as you knew it, will never be the same!!
You will wonder how you ever lived without this cuddly, challenging, entertaining, wonderful being. They will bring a smile (if not an outright guffaw) to your face many times a day and will fill your life and home with more love and joy then you ever thought possible.
OUR FIRST POOH LITTER...…
HOBIE, ALL SUITED UP FOR THE FLORIDA GATORS GAME...
WE KNEW FROM THE VERY BEGINNING THAT BRADY WOULD BE BEST IN SHOW. Brady became one of the most titled PONs in history
ALL OUR PUPPIES ARE HAND RAISED IN OUR HOME, WITH LOTS OF LOVE & TRAINING
SUCH PRECIOUS BABIES
ALWAYS, POOH AND ME...
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