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)

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 and 2019. It 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

Editor: Open



Courier Team:
Bill Waters

Review Committee:
Barbara Belicose and Dr. David E. Smith

To place an advertisement, see How to Submit an Ad to The Courier.
Please utilize our online submittal system to place and pay for your advertisement.

Issue: Spring 2021

Focus: Special Edition (Digital) - Your Family Dog

Submissions Close: February 15, 2021
Publish: March 2021

Issue: Summer 2021

Focus: Annual - A year in review, water, performance, new title holders

Submissions Close: April 2021
Publish: June 2021

Issue: Fall 2021

Focus: Stud Dog, breeding, and health

Submissions Close: TBD
Publish: TBD

Issue: Winter 2021

Focus: Specialty Issue - Highlights of the PWDCA National Specialty

Submissions Close: November 2021
Publish: January 2022


Prime Positions of back cover, inside front cover (IFC), inside back cover (IBC), page 1, and pages 2-3 spread will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Only ads reserved as Prime Positions are guaranteed a specific location in the magazine; all other display ad placements are run of magazine.

Price per page includes one photo:

Back Cover

Color: $375

Black & White: n/a

Page One

Color: $325

Black & White: n/a

Inside Front Cover or Inside Back Cover

Color: $325

Black & White: n/a

Pages 2-3 Spread

Color: $600

Black & White: n/a

Full-page (standard design or print ready submittals)

Color: $280

Black & White: $160

Half-page (standard design or print ready submittals)

Color: $130

Black & White: $90

Full-page (premium design)

Color: $350

Black & White: $325


Additional photos and/or design services are available through ala carte pricing. 
A complete list of advertising rates:  2020 Courier Advertisement Rates is available for printing.
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