The Cavalier Chronicle

February 2016

Editor's Message

Happy Almost Spring! Hard to believe that another winter has almost come and gone. I am sure that you, like me are ready for some warmer weather and signs of spring! Please enjoy this issue- it is packed with pictures and results from the Winter Specialty, information about volunteering with Rescue, and an article written especially for us from our resident trainer extraordinnaire, Tonya Wilhelm! Should you come across an article or tidbit that you think may be of interest to our readers, please send it in! Until next month-- happy reading!

Your editor,

Holly M. Brookins

Winter Specialty Show Sweepstakes Results

Judge Collette Jaynes

Best in Sweepstakes & Best Puppy in Sweeps:
Brookhaven The Dream Lives On
Owner: Jim & Sharon Utych, Breeder: Paula Ayers & Brenda Martz

Best of Opposite to Best in Sweeps:
St Jon Masterpiece Cafe Verona
Owner/Breeder: Angela Thibodeaux and Jennifer Wehking

Best Veteran in Sweeps:
Karvale Brookhaven Finn THD CGCA
Owner: Jim & Sharon Utych, Breeder: Karen Evans

15th Annual Winter Specialty Show Results

Judge Erica Venier

Best of Breed:
GCH Stepamgar Skyfall
Owner/Breeder: James & Linda Shreffler

Best of Winners & Winners Bitch:
Jayba Delicious
Owner/Breeder: Pat & Michelle Lander

Best of Opposite Sex:
CH Brookhaven I'm No Angel
Owner/Breeder: Paula Ayers & Brenda Martz

Select Dog:
CH Mimric Moves Like Jagger
Owner: Tia Painter & Amelia Hodges, Breeder: Amelia Hodges & Glen Perkins

Select Bitch:
CH Almeara Look At Me
Owner/Breeder: Linda Whitmire

Winners Dog:
Pascavale Kinglsey
Owner: Paula Ayers & Brenda Martz, Breeder: Mark Sedgwick & Michael Levy

Reserve Winners Dog:
Kellene The Blacklist
Owner: Courtney P Carter, Breeder: Kelli Marshall

Reserve Winners Bitch:
Brookhaven Beckett at Huntland
Owner: Hollis & Carol Land and Paula Ayers, Breeder: Paula Ayers & Brenda Martz

Award of Merit:
CH Rockyrose Sweetdreams High Jingo RN
Owner: Gwendolyn Wells, Anne Frederickson and Jean Brauner, Breeder: Anne Frederickson & Jean Brauner

Award of Merit:
CH Kellene Fantasy Island
Owner/Breeder: Kelli Marshall

Best Puppy:
Brookhaven The Dream Lives On
Owner: Jim & Sharon Utych, Breeder: Paula Ayers & Brenda Martz

Best Veteran:
Karvale Brookhaven Finn THD, CGCA
Owner: Jim & Sharon Utych, Breeder: Karen Evans


Member Spotlight: Pat Lander- Jayba Cavaliers

My life has been spent as an animal lover. I grew up in a family that had many different pets including horses, cats, rabbits, birds, dogs, ducks, fish and even a monkey.

In 1972, I received my first Golden Retriever, Jacob, as a present. He became my first show Champion. In December of 1975, I had my first litter of Goldens under the Jayba prefix (a combination of the names of my first two Goldens Jacob and Sheba). I have bred and owned more than 60 Golden Retriever show Champions, along with OTCH’s, many other obedience titles, Agility Dogs, Licensed Field Trial Dogs, Working Certificates, Outstanding Sires and Dams, and just about every title recognized by AKC and the Golden Retriever Club of America.

In 1986, Dazzle, our first Cavalier, came into our life as a gift for our daughter Michelle to show in Junior Showmanship. Soon Michelle and Dazzle were “dazzling” everyone in the junior’s ring and consistently winning the blue ribbon. We were all, by then, totally in love with the Cavalier and over the course of many years gradually turned our full attention to the showing and breeding of Cavaliers.

I have been privileged to be loved by many wonderful Cavaliers. I have owned or bred dogs that have earned CKCSC, USA, AKC and Canadian Championship titles, numerous Best In Shows, Reserve Best in Shows, Best Puppy In Show and most recently the new JW title, 2006 Puppy of the Year Award, the Top Winning #1 Cavalier for 2007 and 2008 CKCSC, USA and the 2008 CKCSC, USA National Specialty Best In Show and at the same show the Reserve Best in Show. Our father and son team of Macnab and Teddy have also been awarded top Awards of Merit at the 2006, 2007, and 2008 ACKCSC National Specialties

I am pleased to be in the process of earning my CKCSC, USA and AKC Judges licenses, judging sweepstakes in both venues. I hope that by doing so I will contribute in some small way to preserving the type, structure, and temperament of our beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

I am extremely lucky to be joined in the “adventure of my life” by a very supportive dog showing family. My daughter Michelle is making up Champions in her own right, and plays a very strong role in the development of our dogs. Our son Benjamin is currently living and working in New York City, and is also an animal lover.

Our main goal has always been to have our puppy buyers proud and happy to be owned by wonderful, healthy, beautiful, loving Cavaliers that are excellent representatives of the breed. These puppies are the direct descendants of the numerous Champion show dogs we have been fortunate to own, show and breed, and they are the product of 36 years of experience.

I am committed and passionate about the development and preservation of the beautiful, healthy, and loving Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

The Book Nook: Marley and Me

Taken from the author's (John Grogan) website:


Marley Scrapbook

The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life.

John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.

Marley quickly grew into a barreling, 97-pound streamroller of a Labrador Retriever, a dog like no other. He crashed through screen doors, gouged into drywall, flung drool on guests, stole women’s undergarments, and ate nearly everything he could get his mouth around, including couches and fine jewelry. Obedience school did no good —Marley was expelled. Neither did the tranquilizers the veterinarian prescribed for him with the admonishment, “Don’t hesitate to use these.”

And yet, his heart was pure. Just as Marley joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. He shared the couple’s joy at first pregnancy, and their heartbreak over miscarriage. He was there when babies finally arrived and when the screams of a 17-year-old stabbing victim pierced the night. Marley shut down a public beach and managed to land a role in a feature-length movie, always winning hearts as he made a mess of things. Through it all, he remained steadfast, a model of devotion, even when his family was at wit’s end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.

Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a bigger-than-life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans.

The author's blog:

We Need You!

The ACKCSC Rescue Trust here in Georgia (and all across the United States) is always in need of volunteers! Please contact Holly Brookins at for more information regarding volunteering to help with Rescue. Even if you can't foster, there is still a need for transport, home visits and much more. We would love to have you be a part of our team! There is nothing more rewarding than helping the breed we love! Here is a link to the Rescue Trust website and a great explanation of what it is like to be a volunteer!

Trainer's Corner

Tonya Wilhelm, our resident trainer and Cavalier owner, kindly offered to do an article based on questions from our members! One of our members had a question about how to train a dog who is going deaf. Read Tonya's reply here:

You are What You Eat!

In the fifth installment of her food webinars, Dr. Morgan talks about animal energetics and how to identify when your pet may need to be warmed or cooled by the food he eats.


Jim & Sharon Utych are bragging on their boy, Karvale Brookhaven Finn THD, CGCA who at the February 6th Specialty won Best Veteran in Sweeps under Judge Collette Jaynes and Best Veteran in Show under Judge Erica Venier!

Jim & Sharon Utych are bragging on their baby boy, Brookhaven The Dream Lives On "Edgar", who at the Palmetto CKCSC Specialties on January 30 & 31, 2016 won Best Puppy in Show under judges Jan Gallagher and Barbara Pepper. The following weekend, at our club Specialty, Edgar won Best Puppy in Show under Judge Erica Venier!

Club News!

Upcoming Speakers

March meeting: Dr. Evelyn Orenbuch- see below

Come and join us at our April meeting as we welcome Michael McVay who is the co-owner of Allprovide raw in Norcross GA ( Michael will come to speak to us about their products and benefits and also their breeder program and new puppy owner packages that breeders can provide to new puppy people.

At our May meeting, Dr. Rebecca Kestle, DVM will be our speaker. She will be hosting a Q&A session on reproduction so be sure to bring your questions!

Meeting Reminders

Our club's annual election of officers will be held at the May meeting.

During the April Regular business meeting, the floor will be opened up for nominations. Per Article 4, Section 4c of our club's by-laws:

Additional nominations may be made at the April meeting by any voting

member in attendance provided that the person so nominated does not

decline when their name is proposed and provided further that if the

proposed candidate is not present at the meeting, the proposer shall

present to the Correspondence Secretary a written statement from the

proposed candidate signifying willingness to be a candidate. No

person may be a candidate for more than one position. Nominations

cannot be made at the annual meeting or in any manner other than as

provided in this section.

Nominating Committee for 2016

At the February Board meeting, the Nominating Committee for the 2016-2017 officers was formed. Members are: Ken Bess (Chairperson); Linda Whitmire (Board Member); Alice Alford (Regular Member); Carolyn Powell-Phillips(Alternate) and Mark Fitchpatrick (Alternate). They will be submitting a slate of candidates to the Board by March 15, 2016. If you would like to be considered, please contact a member of the nominating committee.

Winter Specialty News

Results for the February 6, 2016 Winter Specialty are posted on our club website. Be sure to check out all the details and the candid photos of the day! Thank you to everyone who helped make the day a success! Thank you to Linda Whitmire (Almeara Cavaliers) who donated the ringside cake and punch!

Thank you to our Trophy Donors for our Winter Specialty Show!


Alice Alford, Monticello Cavaliers

In Memory of AKC CH Monticello Philabuster and AKC CH Monticello Sir Lancelot

Ken & Susan Bess, Tusus Cavaliers

In honor of all the cavaliers who have made our lives so happy!


Paula Ayers & Brenda Martz, Brookhaven Cavaliers

Jim & Sharon Utych

In honor of Brookhaven Dream Time THD CGCA & Karvale Brookhaven Finn THD CGCA

Gary & Claire Ellis

In Honor of Monticello Sir Winston and Monticello Royal Dispencier

David & Patty Miller, Padamere Cavaliers


Shannon Schilling, Azalea Run Cavaliers


Holly Brookins

Mark & Robin Fornwalt

The 2016-2017 Nominating Committee has submitted a slate of nominated candidates to the Board of Directors for the upcoming election of officers for the 2016-2017 year running May 2016 to May 2017.

The Nominating Committee consisted of: Ken Bess (Chair); Linda Whitmire (Board member); Alice Alford (Regular member); Carolyn Powell-Phillips (Alternate) and Mark Fitchpatrick (Alternate).

The submitted Slate of Nominated Candidates is as follows:

President: Paula Ayers
Vice President: Susan Bess
Secretary: Sharon Onorato Utych
Treasurer: Claire Ellis
Director: Linda Whitmire
Director: Beverly Manley
Director: Brenda Martz

The Board wishes to thank Missy Crane for her service to the Board as Director for many years.

At the April Regular Business meeting, members may nominate individuals from the floor as specified in the Club's By-Laws.

There will be no nominations from the floor at the May meeting when the election is held.

Thank you to this year's Nominating Committee for their work.

March 1st Meeting Program Info

We have a great speaker for the March 1st meeting, Dr. Evelyn Orenbuch, DVM, DACVSMR, CAVCA from Georgia Veterinary The title of her talk is: Introduction to Physical Rehabilitation, Chiropractic, and Acupuncture in Canines. Although we may have all heard about these things, the material is very current, and these practitioners are highly credentialed – they really know how these things help the dogs. Here is some information about Dr. Orenbuch:

GVR’s medical team is led by Dr. Evelyn Orenbuch. Dr. Orenbuch is a leader in the field of veterinary rehabilitation medicine. As a founding member and former president of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians, she has helped set the standard for what veterinary rehabilitation medicine should be.

Dr. Orenbuch graduated from the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. Since 2003, she has solely focused on veterinary rehabilitation and pain management, completing additional specialized coursework and certificates in veterinary chiropractic (CAVCA), canine rehabilitation (CCRT) and veterinary acupuncture (IVAS). She has extensive training on many other rehabilitation techniques.

Dr. Orenbuch has overseen thousands of rehabilitation cases, prescribing and implementing comprehensive treatment plans for dogs, cats, horses, and small animals. She has treated patients ranging from world-class performance athletes to senior pets. Dr. Orenbuch takes great satisfaction in working intensively with each client and patient and seeing the patient improve under her care.

Dr. Orenbuch currently serves on the advisory board for LiteCure Companion Laser. She is a member of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians, the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, the American Canine Sports Medicine Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Cobb County Veterinary Medical Association.

In her spare time, Dr. Orenbuch enjoys the outdoors, has earned world championship medals in the sport of dragon boat racing and has volunteered her veterinary skills with both the Remote Area Veterinary Services of the Humane Society of the US in Guatemala, Mexico, Ethiopia, and several Native American reservations and with Heifer Project International in Thailand. She shares her life with her husband, Stuart, a professor at Kennesaw State University, and Pia, their mixed breed rescue dog.

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