The Cavalier Chronicle

September 2016

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

What a great year our club has had so far.

Our Specialty at the end of October will be here before we know it. We are planning a wonderful event – 2 conformation shows, puppy and veteran sweeps, awards ceremony, live and silent auction and a great dinner with lots of wonderful friends. What more could you ask for in one day!

Now the kids are back in school and the hustle and bustle has formed into a routine, why not put it on your calendars to join us the first Tuesday of the month at the Holiday Inn off LaVista Rd. We have a great time and you will be more involved in the clubs functions. An email is sent out to all members with details before each meeting. I look forward to seeing each and every one of you.

There are so many new functions people are participating in with their Cavaliers Obedience, Rally, Agility, Barn Hunt. Our Cavaliers enjoy learning new ways to make us happy. We would love to see pictures of your Cavaliers having fun. Please share your pictures with Mark for the newsletters.

I hope to see everyone at our specialty show October 28th at Jim Miller Park.

I wish everyone health and happiness.

Paula Ayers

President

EDITOR'S MESSAGE

I would like to thank all who have provided information to be placed in the newsletter. The only way we are able to have the newsletter we all desire is through sharing. Please keep your brags, photos, and club related information coming. Please feel free to share any suggestions you might have with me at Fitchpatrick@Earthlink.net.
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Today's Inspiration

"Believe nothing you hear

and only half of what you see.

Even salt looks like sugar"......my grandmother



We all need those little reminders from time to time. If you have a favorite reminder you would like to share please send it to Mark Fitchpatrick at Fitchpatrick@Earthlink.net.

How To Tell If Your Dog Is Dehydrated

By Dr. Becker, www.Mercola.com

Pets are like their owners in many ways, and for dogs and cats this includes their need for plenty of pure, fresh water.

Dogs and cats are made up of mostly water, which is required for maintaining crucial body processes like regulating body temperature, flushing out waste, cushioning the brain, and transporting nutrients through the bloodstream.

How much water your pet requires to stay healthy depends on a number of factors, including her size, diet, age, activity level and environment. Hot weather will increase your pet’s water requirements, for instance, as will eating a primarily dry-food diet.

It can also be difficult to determine how much water your pet is drinking each day, especially if you have multiple pets sharing the same water bowl. Keeping an eye out for signs of potential dehydration is therefore incredibly important, as is making an effort to increase your pet’s water intake if you discover any.

Signs Your Pet May Be Dehydrated

One of the simplest ways to determine if your pet needs to drink more water is to lift some skin at the back of her neck, then let it go. In a well-hydrated animal, the skin will quickly fall back into place. If your pet is dehydrated, however, the skin will fall slower and may stay in a tent formation.

You can also check your pet’s gums; they should be moist and slick. If your pet’s gums are dry or sticky, she probably needs more water. Also, if you press on your pet’s gums, they should turn white and then quickly turn back to pink when you remove your finger.

If the gums take a while to regain their pink color, your pet may be dehydrated. Other signs of dehydration include:

· Fatigue

· Loss of appetite

· Panting (dogs)

· Sunken or dry eyes, dry nose and gums

· Constipation

Signs of severe dehydration include weakness and difficulty walking. If your pet is severely dehydrated, get to an emergency veterinary center right away, as your pet will need to be given fluids intravenously or subcutaneously.

How Much Water Does Your Pet Need?

A healthy dog should drink, on average, between one-half and 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. A typical cat may require from 5 to 10 ounces of water daily.

Puppies and kittens, as well as senior pets, need more water than adult dogs, and toy dog breeds are also especially prone to dehydration. Pets with certain health conditions, including kidney disease and diabetes, may also require more water than average.

If your cat or dog lived in the wild, her natural diet (prey) would be around 70 percent water. A nutritionally balanced, fresh, species-appropriate diet will also be about 70to 80 percent water, as will high-quality canned food. On the contrary, dry food is only 5to 10 percent water.

If your pet is eating moisture-rich food, some of her water requirements will be met during her meals. However, if you’re feeding mostly dry food, which I don’t recommend, she may need more water than average to compensate for the dry diet.

Feeding cats or dogs a dry-food diet actually puts incredible stress because of its lack of moisture.

How to Get Your Pet to Drink More Water

As mentioned, one of the easiest ways to increase your pet’s daily fluid intake is to feed a moisture-rich, fresh, species-appropriate diet or, alternatively, high-quality canned food. If your pet’s water intake is still an issue, be sure to offer her fresh, filtered water (in a clean bowl) daily.

Many cats enjoy drinking from a pet water fountain, and you can also give your pet bone broth to increase her fluid intake. Be sure to also offer your pet extra water when the weather is hot or when she’s been very active.

If your dog is still resisting his water bowl, try offering plenty of praise and a treat whenever you catch him taking a drink. It will help reinforce this positive behavior. If you’re not sure how much water your pet tends to drink in a day, try to keep a close eye on it so you can gauge what’s normal and what’s not.

If your pet suddenly starts drinking more or less water than normal, it can be a sign of an underlying health condition that you should have checked out by your veterinarian.

Dogs with pancreatitis, parvovirus, or leptospirosis tend not to drink much water, for instance, while a bladder infection, other types of infection, or a metabolic problem such as Cushing's disease or diabetes can cause excessive thirst and water consumption.

One of my favorite ways to support animals struggling to maintain their hydration status is to provide homeopathic tissue salts (I use Bioplasma®). I have found these all-natural pellets to be invaluable in re-establishing electrolyte balance in my injured and orphaned wildlife patients, as well as debilitated companion animals.

Does Your Pet Drink Too Much Water?

Some pets, dogs in particular, may drink more water than they need, leading to a potentially deadly condition known as water intoxication or hyponatremia. If too much water is ingested, it can throw off the body’s electrolyte balance, leading to dangerously low sodium levels.

Signs of water intoxication include bloating, lethargy, pale gums, vomiting and excessive drooling. In severe cases, it can lead to loss of consciousness, seizures, coma and death. Dogs that spend a lot of time in the water are most at risk, as they may lap up water while they’re swimming, or diving to retrieve toys.

Dogs that love to play with the spray from a hose or sprinkler are also at risk. If your dog has recently spent time in water and displays any sign of water intoxication, get her to an emergency veterinary center immediately.

ALL HALLOWS SPECIALTY SHOW

We are progressing on our All Hallows Specialty Show that will be held on Friday, October 28, 2016 at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta, GA. We will be holding TWO specialty shows on Friday along with Puppy and Veteran Sweepstakes. After the specialty shows, stay ringside for a wonderful ham potluck dinner. At the dinner, we will have a small silent auction and there will be a ringside silent auction. Additionally, we will be presenting our very first annual member recognition awards! For our club members who do not show, come on down and support the club members who are in the ring and enjoy a great day of cavaliers, a wonderful meal and socializing. If you would like to help out at the Specialty, please contact show chair Sue Bess (bess.susan@gmail.com) or Paula Ayers (playerscav@aol.com) You can also purchase class and trophy sponsorships! See all the information on our website at:http://www.ckcscatlanta.org/2016-all-hallows-cavalier-specialty


All Hallows Specialty Trophy Sponsorships

Help support the club’s specialty show by sponsoring a trophy. You will be recognized in our show catalog and on the club website. This is a great opportunity to honor or remember that special cavalier in your life! The cost sponsoring these trophies is very affordable. They are all under $30!

The following trophies are still available:

AM Specialty Show (Metal Art Trophies):

Select Dog, Select Bitch

Reserve Winners Dog, Reserve Winners Bitch

Best Puppy in Show, Best Veteran in Show

PM Specialty Show (Pottery):

Select Dog, Select Bitch

Reserve Winners Dog, Reserve Winners Bitch

You can pay for trophies online, using our safe, secure store in our website. Please visit: http://ckcscatlanta.org/all-hallows-specialty-trophy-sponsorships

We also have individual class sponsorships still available! Each class sponsorship is only $15 and covers BOTH specialties. Your name will be recognized in the show catalog. You can pay for class sponsorships online, using our safe, secure store in our website. Please visit:

http://ckcscatlanta.org/all-hallows-specialty-class-sponsorships

Auction Items Needed for the All Hallows Specialty

Do you have an item that you would like to donate to either our All Hallows ringside silent auction or live auction? We are looking for donations! If you have a cavalier related item that you could donate or an item that you feel would be a great silent or live auction item, please contact Paula Ayers at: playerscav@aol.com

We currently have a great Betty Turner trinket box, a framed cavalier print, a unique pottery plate by Cindy Koehrig and a Wally Bed lined up for our live auction. Please consider making a donation to the auction!

ALL HALLOWS SPECIALTY - TROPHY SPONSORSHIPS, AUCTION ITEMS, EXHIBITOR BAGS - DONATIONS NEEDED

All Hallows Specialty Trophy Sponsorships

Help support the club’s specialty show by sponsoring a trophy. You will be recognized in our show catalog and on the club website. This is a great opportunity to honor or remember that special cavalier in your life! The cost sponsoring these trophies is very affordable. They are all under $30!

The following trophies are still available:

AM Specialty Show (Metal Art Trophies):

Select Dog, Select Bitch

Reserve Winners Dog, Reserve Winners Bitch

Best Puppy in Show, Best Veteran in Show

PM Specialty Show (Pottery):

Select Dog, Select Bitch

Reserve Winners Dog, Reserve Winners Bitch

You can pay for trophies online, using our safe, secure store in our website. Please visit: http://ckcscatlanta.org/all-hallows-specialty-trophy-sponsorships

We also have individual class sponsorships still available! Each class sponsorship is only $15 and covers BOTH specialties. Your name will be recognized in the show catalog. You can pay for class sponsorships online, using our safe, secure store in our website. Please visit:

http://ckcscatlanta.org/all-hallows-specialty-class-sponsorships


Auction Items Needed for the All Hallows Specialty

Do you have an item that you would like to donate to either our All Hallows ringside silent auction or live auction? We are looking for donations! If you have a cavalier related item that you could donate or an item that you feel would be a great silent or live auction item, please contact Paula Ayers at: playerscav@aol.com

We currently have a great Betty Turner trinket box, a framed cavalier print, a unique pottery plate by Cindy Koehrig and a Wally Bed lined up for our live auction. Please consider making a donation to the auction!


Exhibitor Bags Items Needed for the All Hallows Specialty

We will be providing exhibitor bags to every exhibitor at our upcoming All Hallows Specialty. The Utych’s have donated very cute vinyl Halloween themed “trick or treat” bags along with a beverage coozie and a dog toy. We are soliciting items or funds to purchase items for our bags. If you can donate 50 of the same items, please contact Sharon Utych at utych@earthlink.net . We are looking specifically for the following, however anything you can donate will be appreciated:

 Crackers or snack – like chips, crackers, granola bars, etc

 Candy Bars

 Dog treats or related item for the cavalier!

 note pad

 mini lint rollers

HOLIDAY PARTY

Save the Date for the Club’s Holiday Luncheon

Be sure to save the date of Saturday, December 17, 2016! The club will be holding our annual holiday luncheon and gift exchange at club member Linda Whitmire’s home. The club will be providing the meat and we ask that everyone bring a dish to share. BYOB. An EVITE email invitation was sent out in September, so be sure to respond to that invitation. It also has a section to indicate what you are bringing as a side.

VERY IMPORTANT CHANGE OF INFO

During the planning process of the holiday party the date changed. The correct date is Saturday, December 17. Be sure that you have not put the wrong date in your planner.

BRAGS



Calandra Davis is happy to announce her almost 5-year old tri cavalier, Monticello Chloe Louise Davis, won her first agility title: Novice Agility Jumper Preferred. She started agility training last year.

Jim & Sharon Utych are bragging on their NEW AKC champion CH Brookhaven the Dream Lives On “Edgar”.

At the Danville KC show in Greensboro NC, Edgar won Best of Winners and BOB Owner Handled under judge Mrs. Terry Berrios.

At the Carolina KC show in Greensboro, Edgar won Reserve Winners Dog under judge Beverly Capstick.

At the Central Carolina CKCSC Specialty on August 20, Edgar won Best in Sweepstakes under breeder judge Dr. Kevin Cline. At the Cherokee Rose Cluster shows in Atlanta on August 25-28, Edgar won Best

of Winners and BOBOH on Thursday under judge Joe C. Walton for a three point major, on Friday he won RWD under judge June Penta, on Saturday he finished under Judge Wanda Spediacci with Best of Winners.

Edgar is CH Pascavale Pancho, ROM last boy and last champion. Jim & Sharon are so thankful to have him in their lives as he is a ½ brother to their beloved Finn and great nephew to their beloved Skye.

Edgar Best In Sweeps Central Carolina CKCS Specialty Show (Judge Kevin Cline). At the Griffin KC show Edgar won WD, BOW, BOBOH for a 3 point major under Judge Joe C. Walton and at the Lawrenceville KC show won WD, BOW under Judge Wanda V. Spediacci to finish his AKC Championship

RECIPE OF THE MONTH

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Chicken Casserole

This recipe uses chicken, which is a good source of protein, and lots of vegetables to create a flavorful mix. Green beans help your dog feel full and vegetables promote a healthy intestinal tract.

Ingredients


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup of green beans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of broccoli, chopped
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats.
  • 4 cups of low-salt chicken broth


Directions

  1. Remove excess fat from the chicken breasts and cut the breasts into small nickel-sized chunks.
  2. Cook the chicken breasts in a non-stick skillet over medium heat until no longer pink.
  3. Add the chicken, vegetables, rolled oats, and chicken broth to a large pot and cook over medium heat until the carrots are tender – about 15 minutes.
  4. Allow to cool before serving.
  5. Store leftover casserole portions in the fridge for up to five days.

TRIMMING YOUR DOG'S NAILS

Trimming Your Dog's Nails

MEETING NOTICE


Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Social hour at 7pm and Regular Meeting at 7:30pm. Board Meeting at 6pm.

NEED SOME SUNSHINE?

Do you know a club member who needs some sunshine? Please contact Maureen Miles and she will send a card on behalf of membership to brighten that person's day! Maureen can be contacted at 770-460-9197 or maureenvmiles@gmail.com

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

The newsletter is only as good as the information shared with the editor. Please be generous with the sharing of your brags and any additional information you would like to see in the newsletter. That information can be sent to me at Fitchpatrick@Earthlink.net.

THE CAVALIER CHRONICLE

CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL CLUB OF GREATER ATLANTA

www.ckcscatlanta.org


Mark Fitchpatrick, editor

Fitchpatrick@Earthlink.net