THE CAVALIER CHRONICLE
At our May meeting, we elected a new board for the upcoming year. First of all, I would like to thank Mark Fitchpatrick for his many years of service on the club’s board. He indicated his desire to step away from the board for a bit. He has been a valuable member of the board and I am thankful for his contributions over the years. Ashely Powell has agreed to step into Mark’s Director's role. The new board is comprised of
Jim Utych – President
Paula Ayers – Vice President
Carolyn Powell – Treasurer
Sharon Onorato – Secretary
LaVada McCosh – Director
Ashley Powell – Director
Linda Whitmire – Director
Thank you to the new board for agreeing to participate for the next 12 months. Paula and Linda have served in various roles in what seems like forever. Sharon has been our secretary for several years, Carolyn, LaVada, and I have joined the board in the last few years and Ashley is our rookie.
Please remember to join us on Sunday, June 25 from noon to 4 pm. If you haven’t been to one of these yet, you are missing a great time. Good company and good food, plus a bunch of puppies to play with. Nothing better, plus Paula’s patio area is covered so the weather is a non-issue.
Don’t forget to read Sharon’s re-cap of the national in Virginia Beach early this month. Once again, the parent club put on a great event. Our donation was put towards pizza for lunch on Friday.
Lastly, remember summer is here as the temperatures are getting into the eighties and will continue to climb for the next few months. Please remember to shorten time outside in the heat of the day for the dogs (if you are hot, they are even hotter) and keep them hydrated. There is a nice article on tik removal that I hope you never have to use, but it does happen. And the pavement, blacktop, and artificial turf are significantly hotter than the air.
Meetings slow down for the summer months, but we will hit the ground running come September with a focus on the September social, Christmas luncheon, and 2024 specialty.
JUNE PUPPY SOCIAL
Mark your calendars for our upcoming quarterly Puppy Social on Sunday, June 25 at the home of Paula Ayers. The time will be noon to 4 pm. It will again be outside under the covered breezeway. This is a wonderful time to socialize and enjoy each other’s company along with the cavaliers!
Bring a snack to share and a chair to sit on! These socials are always a fun time! Come and join us!
Natural Remedies for Dog Vomiting
Dogs are prone to upset stomachs, just like their owners. The cause of your pet’s upset stomach could be many things, and we usually do not know our pet is feeling under the weather until they start vomiting. Vomiting is a common occurrence for pets and as an occasional problem, it is nothing to worry about. Provided that your dog has no other symptoms and the vomiting does not go on for more than a couple of days the best thing you can do is to make your pet comfortable and help them get over their upset stomach. However, it is important to keep in mind if your dog has been vomiting for more than a few days, has other symptoms, or cannot keep water down then it is time to call your veterinarian.
Home Remedies for an Upset Stomach
Most digestive problems are minor and will clear up quickly. Sometimes the best remedy for vomiting is simply an adjustment in feeding for a few days. Fasting is one of the best ways to clear out your dog’s digestive system. Dogs in the wild go a day without food frequently. Sometimes they go two or three days, depending on the availability of prey. So, a short stint without food will not harm your pet and might help to heal whatever is ailing him. When it is time for your dog to start eating again, making a watery rice porridge is the best place to start. You can add broth instead of water to make it more palatable and the rice should be mushy. Other good foods to help soothe an irritated digestive system include pumpkin, bananas, oatmeal, and sweet potatoes.
Natural Herbal Remedies for Vomiting in Dogs
Your best option, if you want to try natural remedies, is to consult a holistic veterinarian. Digestive systems can be sensitive and dogs come in a wide range of sizes so choosing the appropriate dosing can help avoid further upset. Here are a few of the alternatives available: Kefir or probiotics – Kefir is fermented milk. While dairy typically upsets the dog’s digestive system, fermented milk does not. Kefir has probiotics that can soothe your dog’s stomach. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that occur naturally in the digestive system. They aid in digestion and help boost the immune system. You can also add probiotic powders and supplements to your dog’s food, but these can be expensive. Digestive Enzymes – Proper digestion requires enzymes and while dogs produce some of the enzymes on their own, they do not produce enough to digest their food properly. A dog’s natural diet before domestication included the enzymes their bodies lacked. The average pet food today is void of enzymes and this can create stomach problems for some dogs. Herbs such as catnip, fennel, chamomile, and ginger – These herbs serve to calm an irritated stomach. Add herbs to a bit of canned food or rolled up in a ball of canned meat to dose your dog. You can also brew ginger into a tea and add to your pet’s food. Homeopathic Remedies –For car sickness in dogs Cocculus (Indian cockles) is one of the most popular remedies. You can give this to your dog right before you leave on a trip.
Knowing When to Go to the Vet
Nobody wants to rush into the vet for every little stomach upset or minor problem. However, there are a number of different diseases, disorders, and other conditions that have vomiting as a symptom. If vomiting persists for more than a couple of days, your dog cannot keep water down, or has other symptoms such as fever, it is vital your dog sees a veterinarian right away. Other symptoms to watch for include bloating in the abdominal region, lethargy or nervousness, hacking, and heaving, or chronic diarrhea. A dog that has both vomiting and diarrhea can become dehydrated rapidly and may need to go to the vet for IV fluids. Most dogs experience stomach upset and vomiting at least once in their life. Some dogs, like people, just have sensitive stomachs. A bit of stomach upset is nothing to worry about. Be on the lookout for any other symptoms that might indicate something more than a bit of upset stomach and keep a careful watch on how long the vomiting persists. If home remedies do not clear it up, it might be time to have your veterinarian dig a bit deeper to ensure your dog does not have an underlying condition that needs treatment.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Beef & Veggie Crockpot Creation
- 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 1 1/2 cups chopped butternut squash
- 1 1/2 cups brown rice
- 1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
- 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup peas, frozen or canned (omit if feeding to a breeding bitch) - substitute 1 cup chopped kale
- Stir ground beef, brown rice, kidney beans, butternut squash, carrots, peas, and 4 cups water into a 6-qt slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on low heat for 5-6 hours or high heat for 2-3 hours, stirring as needed.
- Let cool completely.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME A REGULAR MEMBER OF THE CLUB?
Wondering what the requirements are to become a regular member of the club? To become a regular member (with voting rights and the ability to hold an office):
· You must have been an associate member for at minimum 12 months.
· You must have attended four club events, two of which need to be regular meetings and the other two can be any function of the club. For example: Puppy Socials, Puppy Picnic, Specialty Shows, and Specialty Social. These must be attended within the previous 12 months prior to your application on becoming a regular member.
· You must have participated in at least one committee in the prior 12-month period. That could include helping with the show committee, the newsletter, sunshine, judges, membership, hospitality, socials such as holiday luncheon, specialty socials and puppy picnic and social
· You must be a resident of the State of Georgia
If you meet the requirements, complete the regular membership form on the club website and send it in to Sharon Utych, Club Secretary.
We would LOVE to have our in-state associate members apply for regular membership in the club!
The link to the regular membership form is here: Regular Membership Form
ACKCSC NATIONAL THOUGHTS- BY JIM & SHARON UTYCH
Our parent club’s National Specialty was held on May 1 – 5, 2023 in Virginia Beach, VA. What a venue the Founders Inn by Hilton was! The grounds were stunning and there was plenty of lush grass to walk the dogs in. The week (after the Sunday storms and tornado) turned out to be GORGEOUS! Beautiful cool weather with a light breeze. It was just perfect weather!
The ballroom was set up and the ring was huge but all the beautiful cavaliers filled it up! We showed in veteran sweeps (Stevie and Edgar) which was held on Monday along with Futurity and Puppy Sweeps. Tuesday were the dog classes and Stevie was entered in the non-regular veteran dog 7-9 class. Wednesday were the bitch classes (Vera) and Thursday was Best of Breed (Edgar and Catcher) and the Veteran Parade. On Friday, the ACKCSC held an Independent Specialty.
Concurrent to the conformation shows, there was FAST CAT and performance trials. It was a super busy week!
There were lots of great activities after the shows also – Monday was a fabulous welcomejIM & party with a beach theme – beach balls all over the place, corn hole competition, and lots of fun! Tuesday was the ACKCSC Rescue party – with a disco-dancing theme! And finally, Thursday was ACKCSC Charitable Trust Banquet and live auction with David Frei as the auctioneer! There were memorial luminaries surrounding the banquet area honoring cavaliers (we had one for our beloved Finn & Skye).
There was also a wonderful hospitality suite that provided breakfast and afternoon snacks including ice cream! Our club sponsored the pizza on Friday.
Shopping at the venue was great also. We picked up logo items, dry coats and snoods. But there were plenty of other vendors to shop from including the videographer where you could purchase video of the events and your specific dog in the ring!
Next year’s National will be in Texas – if you haven’t attended a National before, make plans to attend the 2024 National! It is a GREAT experience!
THE LEARNING CURVE
This month we continue a series of educational articles concerning all aspects of dog showing and breeding. Many of our members are not in the show/b
reeding world and have shown great interest in learning about both areas. Through this series of articles, hopefully, you will be able to learn and also determine if you might wish to take the step towards showing or breeding. if there is any specific topic you would like addressed, please let me know at Fitchpatrick@Earthlink.net. Mark Fitchpatrick, Newsletter Editor
The information below is shared from AKC.org
Think of an AKC Rally event as any team sport: You and your dog navigate a course, side-by-side, as you steer him through a course of 10-20 different signs. Each of these signs provides instructions regarding the next skill that is to be performed. The dog and handler move continuously throughout the course with the dog under control at the handler’s left side. There is a clear sense of teamwork between the dog and handler both during and between the numbered signs. Although each performance is timed, having a good race time is not the goal; it’s all about working as a team while performing the skills, with the dog under control.
As one of the world’s most famous basketball players, Michael Jordan, once said, “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” When you participate in an AKC Rally event, you get to show off both: Your dog’s talents and the teamwork between you.
Started in 2005, AKC Rally is a fun family sport and participation increases each year. All dogs are welcome to participate in AKC Rally, whether purebred or mixed breed. It’s a perfect starting point for those who are new to canine sports, as AKC Rally provides a challenging introduction to all AKC Companion Events for dogs and handlers to strengthen their skills.
To compete in a Rally event, your dog must be:
- At least 6 months of age.
- Physically sound.
- Have an AKC number via one of the following:
- AKC Registration as one of AKC’s recognized breeds.
- AKC Canine Partners, which is for mixed-breed dogs and dogs ineligible for AKC registration.
- Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL) program, which is for purebred dogs that cannot be fully registered with the AKC to participate in AKC events.
- Foundation Stock Service®(FSS), which is for recorded breeds on the road to full AKC recognition.
- Spayed females and neutered males are eligible to participate, but females in season are not.
- Dogs that are deaf are eligible to participate, however, dogs that are blind are not.
- No dog may compete if it is taped or bandaged or has anything attached to it in any way for medical purposes.
- It is important that before competing, you familiarize yourself with all of the AKC Rally Regulations and ring procedures.
One way to begin in AKC Rally is to find a training club near you to take classes with your dog. Prospective students are usually welcome to observe a class before signing up.
If you haven’t attended a Rally event in person, we highly recommend you attend one as a spectator. It will familiarize you with ring procedures and give you a chance to ask questions of those who are more experienced at Rally events.
After you have completed your training classes and you decide to enter a Rally trial, there are three levels of competition: Novice, Advanced, and Excellent. Look on the AKC Events Calendar to find an event near you and then submit an official AKC entry form to the trial secretary or superintendent listed to take entries for the trial. Scoring is not as rigorous as traditional obedience, and all teams begin with a perfect 100 with points deducted along the way. If you retain a score of at least 70 points, you will earn a leg toward a title.
SUMMER TIME HEALTH INFORMATION - TICK REMOVAL (FROM AKC.ORG)
Removing ticks from your dog may not be pleasant, but it’s important to do it promptly and correctly. Once you know how to remove a tick, it will be a fairly easy process.
Because they can carry infectious organisms, ticks infect thousands of animals and people with illnesses like Lyme disease, babesiosis, and ehrlichiosis every year. Pathogen transmission can occur as quickly as three to six hours after a bite occurs, so the sooner you remove the tick, the less chance there is that your dog will get sick.
A tick has a one-piece body. The harpoon-like barbs of its mouth attach to a host for feeding. Crablike legs and a sticky secretion help hold the tick to the host. Ticks range in size from almost impossible to see with the naked eye, to ones the size of a human fingertip. The United States has about 200 tick species. They can survive—and thrive—in woods, beach grass, lawns, forests, and even urban areas. Ticks also aren’t picky eaters; they feed on mammals, birds, and even other insects.
Using a pair of tweezers is the most common and effective way to remove a tick. But not just any tweezers will work. Most household tweezers have large, blunt tips. You should use fine-point tweezers, to avoid tearing the tick and spreading possible infections into the bite area.
Spread your dog’s fur, then grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. Very gently, pull straight upward, in a slow, steady motion. This will prevent the tick’s mouth from breaking off and remaining embedded in the skin. People often believe it’s the head of the tick that embeds in the skin. But ticks don’t have heads, in the conventional sense, so what gets inserted into your dog is known as “mouthparts.”
Another option that is even easier to master is the use of a tick removal hook. It’s especially useful if you live in a tick-dense area where your dog is frequently playing host to the vexing little critters. There are several types of hooks, like the Tick Tornado or the Tick Stick. You simply put the prongs on either side of the tick and twist upward.
Never remove a tick with your fingers—it’s not only ineffective, but the squeezing may also further inject infectious material.
After you’ve removed the tick, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly, clean the bite site with rubbing alcohol, and rinse the tweezers or tool with disinfectant.
Carolyn and Ashley Powell of Monticello Cavaliers are elated to report that London (Monticello Crown Jewel) won Best of Breed and placed Group 2 in Clarksville, TN on April 22nd. She finished up the weekend winning Best of Breed the following day! She then earned Best of Breed again in Franklin, TN on April 29th. So proud of our shining star!
Jim & Sharon Utych are bragging on their boys, GCHS CH Brookhaven The Dream Lives On CGCA, “Edgar”, CH Brookhaven Number Nine Dream “Lennyn” and CH Almeara Visionnaire CGCA “Stevie”
Edgar was awarded Best of Opposite at the Maury County KC show in Franklin TN for a 4 point major. He is just TWO points away from his Gold Grand Championship! Proudly all owner handled!
The same weekend, Lennyn was awarded Select Dog for a 3 point major and his second major for his Grand Championship. Plus at the Puppy Picnic, Lennyn sailed through his CGC testing to earn his CGC title!
Stevie was awarded twice at the ACKCSC National – once in Veteran Sweeps (3rd) and once in the dog veteran classes (2nd) place.