Jeff & Merrilee with Marny z Elzbieta, White Star's Tao of Pooh & Elzbieta's White Zinfandel

Nice to meet you!

Our names are Merrilee Finch-Cirtwell and Jeffrey Cirtwell and we currently live in Lyons, New York with our 5 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 to the left 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 2017 and time for us to enjoy our new home in Upstate, NY, along with  Bentley (12), Elli Mae (10), Maisie Rae (9), Opie (3) and recently, London (5) has come back to spend the rest of her life with us..  We plan on doing an occasional breeding ...

Merrilee and Jeff Cirtwell         Lyons, NY 14489   315-946-4020

Members of National Club since 1993. The American Polish Lowland Sheepdog Club


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