The Courier


The Courier -- The PWDCA's Award-Winning Magazine.  It is the official publication of the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America, Inc. (PWDCA). Its goal is to provide information to members to perpetuate the original mission of the PWDCA. The magazine portrays Portuguese Water Dogs at work and at play.  It contains articles and photos contributed by members and breed experts on a variety of subjects, including water work, health, training, performance, conformation, and rescue.

The magazine is a benefit of PWDCA membership and is supported by membership dues. If you are interested in receiving The Courier, please see additional information on our Membership Information page.  Back issues are available for purchase to members depending upon availability.

Please note: Members must have the current password and log in to use the Courier Bookshelf (on-line viewing of back issues). The password can be found on The Courier page in the Members Only section.

Deyanne Miller, who is credited with introducing the Portuguese Water Dog to the United States, began sending a newsletter to PWDCA members as soon as the Club was established in 1972. The newsletter has evolved to the magazine it is today

  • Deyanne Miller(1972-1976)
  • Noreen Lowery (1977-1980)
  • Maryanne Murray (1981-1988)
  • Cathy Kalb (co-editor, 1985-1988)
  • Kitty Braund (1988-1993 and 1994-1999)
  • Sonia Held (1993-1994)
  • Terry Cardillino (1999-2012)
  • Peter and Anne Paige (2013-2014)
  • Kathryn Monroe (2014-March 2018)
  • Susan Myrick (March 2018-July 2021)
  • Bonnie Smith Hill (October 2022-Present)

Over the years, The Courier has earned the Dog Writers Association of America’s “Best National Breed Club Magazine” Award 10 times: in 1991, 1992, 1994, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2019 and 2023. The Courier was honored in 2023 to also win "Best Special Club Publication" for its 2022 A Year in Review/Stud Dog issue. The magazine also received the 2009 AKC Publication Excellence award for extraordinary achievement and communications excellence for the article “We’ve not only helped our own dogs, we’ve helped all dogs,” (The Courier, May/June 2009).

To submit articles or suggestions for topics you’d like to see covered in upcoming issues of The Courier, please email

2024 Editorial Calendar

Volume 51, Issue 2

Year In Review/Annual Stud Dog Issue

Deadline April 10 - Publish May

Volume 51, Issue 3

Stud Dog & Breeding 

Deadline June 10 - Publish July

Volume 51, Issue 4

National Specialty

Deadline October 10 - Publish November

Members may purchase back issues by signing into the Member Center and completing the Form: Courier Orders (Extra Copies)

Editor: Bonnie Smith Hill

Advertising: AJ Bellarosa

Content: Bonnie Smith Hill

Review Committee Chair: Kathy Butkovic


Courier Team:

Bonnie Smith Hill, Editor

Kathy Butkovic, Committee Liasion

Bill Waters, Contributor

Maureen Nowak, Contributor

AJ Bellarosa, Contributor and Advertising Lead