THE CAVALIER CHRONICLE
Hope this finds everyone doing well and getting ready for the holidays.
The club would like to thank Paula Ayers for hosting the first fun day. The event was a great success. I think everyone enjoyed seeing fellow members and had a great time playing with puppies. It was held outside and we were able to visit but also social distance. Everyone prepared their snacks with careful thoughts for safe handling. This is an event we want to have once a quarter. The next fun day will be our puppy picnic. We are planning to schedule it for March and working on the date. The health clinic is an important part of our annual picnic. I will contact the doctors to set the date around their work schedules. Updates to follow as soon as we have a confirmed date.
The Cherokee Rose Cluster has canceled the February shows and moved them to August 26-29, 2021. Since we can't afford the facility by ourselves, the board decided to move our Specialty to August 28-29th dates, along with the cluster. We have been approved, by the cluster, to hold our concurrent show in conjunction with the August shows. Sharon is working with AKC to get approval from them for the change. Our judges have been contacted and contracts will be sent to them for the new dates. So far we think they all will be available for the August weekend.
Looking forward to our holiday party and hope everyone will be able to come. Always fun, white cavalier exchange, good food and great seeing everyone. We would like to thank Michelle Lander for making it possible to have the party at her place of business.
Stay well and look forward to seeing everyone soon,
2021 Membership Renewal Reminder
Please send in your membership renewal! The USPS mailing went out the 1st week in October and it included a renewal form and a self-addressed stamped return envelope. The due date for renewals is 12/31/20.
If you would like to renew online, please use this link and remember to select the correct membership level.
Puppy Party Was Pawtastic!
We held our puppy party at Paula Ayer's home on Saturday, November 7 and it was a beautiful sunny cool day! Thank you to everyone who came out and attended. It was great to see everyone in person again and also to get some puppy playtime! We had a great spread of food (thank you to everyone who brought the goodies) and great conversation. Thank you again to Paula & Marty Ayers for hosting!
2021 SPECIALTY - IMPORTANT UPDATE!
2021 Specialty News
We were saddened to learn that the Cherokee Rose Cluster has decided to reschedule their shows and not hold them in February 2021. They have rescheduled the cluster to August. We are in the process of moving our Specialty shows to the same dates in August. We have received our letter from the cluster stating we can hold our concurrent specialty with them in August 2021, we now have other logistics to do prior to officially moving the date with AKC approval, such as ensuring our judging panel can still judge in August and then refiling the paperwork with AKC.
Our website will shortly be updated to reflect the new dates and information.
When you're feeling under the weather, you might find that the perfect thing for treating what ails you is something you already have in the kitchen. Did you know that you can use similar, simple home remedies to treat allergies in dogs, ailments in dogs, and other canine annoyances, too? with some simple home remedies too? Below you will find seven great natural remedies for making your dog happy and healthy again, whether they are suffering from allergies, dehydration, fleas, and more.
1. Vitamin E for Dogs with Dry Skin
Have you ever wondered how to treat dry skin on dogs? Vitamin E is good for preventing those pesky age lines on your face, and it's also great for your dog's dry skin. You can give your pup a doggy massage by applying vitamin E oil directly to the skin, a soaking bath with vitamin E added to the water, or you can go all "Hollywood" and pop your dog a pill (of vitamin E, that is).
If you give the vitamin orally, check with your vet on the recommended dosage for your specific dog breed.
2. Electrolyte-Replacing Liquids for Diarrhea and Vomiting
Flavorless electrolyte-replacing liquids, such as sports waters or pediatric drinks, not only help athletes to replenish fluids, and babies to re-hydrate after an illness, they can also supply your sick pooch's body with much-needed fluids after a bout of diarrhea or vomiting.
Consult your veterinarian as to the appropriate dosage amounts when giving these types of liquids to your dog.
3. Yogurt and Acidophilus for Dogs
Deliciously plain yogurt is a healthy treat for your dog. Just as with humans, the live acidophilus in the yogurt keeps the good bacteria in your dog's intestines in balance, so that bad bacteria is swiftly knocked out. If your dog is on antibiotics, a little yogurt will also help keep yeast infections at bay (a common side-effect of antibiotic treatment). You can also give your dog acidophilus pills -- wrapping the pills in bacon is strictly optional.
Puppies are especially prone to yeast infections, so a little plain yogurt as a snack (or even dessert) can help keep things in balance; especially useful while the intestinal system is building immunities.
4. Chamomile Tea for Dogs
Chamomile tea uses the natural disinfecting effects of the chamomile plant to settle upset doggy tummies. It is recommended for colic, gas, and anxiety. It can also alleviate minor skin irritations. Just chill in the fridge and spray onto the affected area on the dog's raw skin. Your dog should feel an immediate soothing effect as the chilled tea kills the yeast and/or bacteria on the skin. A warm (not hot) tea bag can also be used for soothing infected or irritated eyes.
5. Oatmeal to Stop Your Dog from Itching
An itchy dog can be quite an annoyance, especially as it goes around scratching itself on any piece of furniture it can reach. But don't blame your dog, sometimes they're itchy because of allergies and can't help but scratch. If your pup is itchy, forget the backscratcher! Finely ground oatmeal is a time-honored remedy for irritated skin. You can use baby oatmeal cereal or grind it yourself in a food processor. Stir the oatmeal into a bath of warm water and let your dog soak in the healing goodness. Your dog will thank you, trust us. Dogs with skin allergies, infections, and other diseases that cause itchiness have been shown to gain immediate relief with this approach, too.
6. Epsom Salt Bath for Dogs' Wounds
Dogs can be like kids at times, and as such, they are bound to suffer from wounds and the occasional unexplained swelling. Try treating these ailments with Epsom salt soaks and heat packs next time. A bath consisting of Epsom salt and warm water can help reduce the swelling and the healing time, especially when combined with prescribed antibiotics and veterinary supervision. Be sure that your pet does not ingest Epsom salt, however, as it can be very harmful. Also, do not bathe your pet in Epsom salt if there are open wounds.
If soaking your dog in an Epsom salt bath twice a day for five minutes isn't convenient or practical, a homemade heat pack using a clean towel drenched in the same warm-water solution can be applied to wounds for the same effect.
7. Flea Home Remedies
Does your dog have fleas? Some dogs are allergic to flea bites and just one can cause them to itch for days. Never fear. Before turning to the big guns, try some borax powder. The standard stuff at the store will work wonders on fleas by poking holes in their crunchy insect exoskeletons. A good way to make sure those parasitic suckers get annihilated is to sprinkle the borax on your floor, and then sweep or vacuum up the excess. The invisible borax crystals left behind will kill the fleas and you won't even have to lift a finger. It's inexpensive and practically non-toxic compared to an appointment with the exterminator, just make sure that your dog does not ingest any borax.
To relieve the dog's allergies and repel fleas in its fur, try a simple solution of lemon water. Fleas are repelled by citrus, so this can work both as a flea preventive, and for making your dog smell clean and refreshing. A useful solution can be made by pouring boiled water over lemons and allowing them to steep overnight. This solution can then be applied all over your dog's skin using a fresh spray bottle. And, the tried and true Brewer's yeast method cannot be left out. Brewer's yeast can be given as part of a regular diet in powdered form, sprinkled over the dog food, or in tablet form, perhaps wrapped in a small slice of bacon or cheese.
Home (or holistic) remedies aren't just for tree huggers anymore. It's important to take care of your dog from day to day, not just when it's feeling a little under the weather, and the best way to maintain the best health is often the most natural way. But most of all, it'll help to keep your "baby" from crying like a hound dog.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Bachelor Dog Treats
From: Sherry Yard.
Note: Yard suggests small cookie cutters such as this 3-inch dog bone, but you can use larger cutters and bake the cookies a few minutes longer. She also notes that her dog has a highly trained palette and prefers Wildflower honey (She's joking, of course; there is all of 1 tablespoon of honey in these cookies.).
Yield: About 3 dozen small cookies
4 eggs, divided (2 for the dough, 2 for the wash)
1-ounce vegetable oil
1 tablespoon honey
8 ounces chicken stock
10 ounces whole wheat flour
5 ounces all-purpose flour
3 ounces cornmeal
1 cup peanut butter *
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together two of the eggs, the oil, and honey. Whisk in the chicken stock.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the whole wheat flour, AP flour, and cornmeal. With the mixer on medium speed, slowly pour in the chicken stock mixture, then add the peanut butter. Mix until the dough comes together, about 1 minute.
3. Divide the dough in half. Roll out each ball of dough approximately ½ inch thick. Cut into desired shapes using small (3 to 4-inch) cookie cutters. Place on baking sheets sprayed with cooking oil.
4. Whisk the remaining two eggs and brush the egg wash lightly over the cookies. Allow to dry for 10 minutes and brush with the egg wash a second time (the second wash is optional, but gives the cookies a darker brown color). Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes, depending on the size of the cookies.
* Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in products such as gum, candy, mints, toothpaste, mouthwash, and peanut butter. Xylitol is harmful to dogs because it causes a sudden release of insulin in the body that leads to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Xylitol can also cause liver damage in dogs.
Jim & Sharon Utych (Finnickyskye) are bragging on their father/son duo, GCHS Brookhaven The Dream Lives On CGC and GCH Legendcrest Finnickyskye Dream Catcher. Edgar and his son Catcher were awarded all 4 days at the Birmingham/Tuscaloosa KC shows Best of Opposite and Select Dog. In addition to Select Dog, Catch was award BOBOH three of the four days and an OH Group Two.
Catcher is also the 2020 Number 3 Owner Handled Cavalier in the NOHS rankings.
CGC AND TRICK DOG For CGC TITLES
Alice Alford plans to continue to evaluate for CGC titles. She also plans to evaluate for the new title Trick Dog. Alici will only do Novice this first year as she has been studying the evaluator's guide and doesn't feel confident to go any further yet. Trick Dog Novice will give you the title "TKN". If you already have a registered CGC title at AKC you will only have to do 5 tricks. If you do not have a CGC title you need to do 10 tricks. However, you can mail both applications in the same envelope to AKC.
NEED SOME SUNSHINE?
We are seeking a club member who would like to take over the Sunshine Committee. The job description is to be the contact person to facilitate the mailing of cards and sending of flowers. If you would like to be our new Sunshine Committee Chair, please contact Linda Whitmire at email@example.com
During the interim, if you know of a member who needs some sunshine please contact Mark
Fitchpatrick at 770-458-9877.