The Cavalier Chronicle

August 2016


It is hard to believe that summer is almost over. It won’t be long and these hot days with all the humidity and heat will be filled with nice crisp fall air. I have to say Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons, lots of dog shows and nice weather for the dogs to run outside.

Our October show will be here before you know it – if anyone has anything for the live or silent auction please email me at Items can be mailed to Paula Ayers, 3051 Little River Rd, Madison, GA 30650.

Even though it is cooling off please remember to be very careful with your dogs and not leave your dogs in a car. Even though it seems to be cooler it can become very hot in a car in minutes.

Mark is doing a great job with the newsletter. We have some exciting articles that he plans to share over the next few months. If anyone has anything they would like to share please email it to Mark at

I hope everyone plans to attend our meetings, specialties, and special events! We need the help from all of our membership at the meetings and at our shows.

Stay safe and stay cool.

Paula Ayers


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 those brags, photos, and club related information coming. I am still on a learning curve with putting the newsletter together and hope you are enjoying my efforts thus far. Please feel free to share any suggestions you might have with me at


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 ( or Paula Ayers ( You can also purchase class and trophy sponsorships! See all the information on our website at:


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: 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:

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: We currently have a great Betty Turner trinket box, a framed cavalier print and a Wally Bed product 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 . We are looking specifically for the following, however anything you can donate will be appreciated: Bottle of water, Crackers or snack – like peanut butter crackers, chips, popcorn, etc , Candy Bar, Dog treats or related item for the cavalier, Pens, pencils, note pad, Tissue packs

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Holiday Luncheon & Member Recognition Awards

Sun, Dec 18 @ 1:00 PM

Home of Bart & Linda Whitmire, 2784 Bonds Lake Road NW 30012, Conyers, GA

Join us for our annual holiday luncheon. We will also have our annual White Cavalier gift exchange (voluntary participation).

Bring a wrapped unmarked gift of $25 value to participate.

Buffet style meal - club is providing the meat. Bring a side, appetizer or dessert to share

We will also present our annual Member of the Year award along with recognizing our 5, 10 and 20 year members.

Our All Hallows BACK 2 BACK Specialty Shows will be held on Friday, October 28!
One Day! TWO Specialty Shows!! Puppy Sweepstakes! Veteran Sweepstakes!
Indoors, climate controlled facility at Jim R. Miller Park, Marietta GA
In conjunction with the Kennesaw KC All Hallows Weekend All Breed Shows!
A chance for FOUR majors!
All the details are on our website!

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Do you have a suggestion for potential judges for our specialty shows that we hold in February and October? We would love to have your suggestions for AKC licensed judges and especially breeder judges for our Specialty. Breeder judge suggestions can be foreign or from the USA. We also would like your input for Sweepstakes judges and Junior Showmanship judges! Send your suggestions to Paula Ayers ( or Linda Whitmire (


Dog Ear Yeast Infection

Dogs with normal ears that appear healthy and clean are proof that the ear environment is well maintained and under control by bacteria. However, if for some reason or another, the dog's system is disrupted, bacteria may no longer be able to protect the ears from invaders, therefore, yeast may take over the battle and begin to proliferate. This is when trouble begins.

But what is really yeast? What causes the yeast to proliferate in the first place? Why is bacteria no longer able to keep yeast under control?


Yeasts are single cell forms of fungi that resemble spores. They are naturally found on skin and in ears in small amounts.


1 - Antibiotics

One of the most common causes of yeast infections is a prescription for antibiotics. Antibiotics are well known to kill both good and bad bacteria in the gut, and this is why yogurt is often prescribed. However, antibiotics can also kill the good bacteria in the eas as well.

2 - Weakened immune system

Dogs that are stressed or weakened because of fighting against a disease, are more likely to develop yeast infections in their ears. A good way to prevent these annoying infections is therefore to ensure your dog is fed premium dog food, gets sufficient exercise, and lives stress free.

3 - Weakened ear environment

If your dog's ears are already bothering the dog because of allergies, the constant scratching and the higher production of oils, may open the way to yeast growth. So a dog may have ear problems such as a bacterial infection and an ear yeast infection on top of that because the skin in the ears has become vulnerable.

4 - Ideal environment

Yeast thrives in humid, dark and warm areas, therefore, your dog's ears make yeast a perfect place to live and settle causing those annoying ear yeast infections in dogs. This is mostly seen in floppy ear dogs and because of their conformation it is easy for the yeast to settle in and thrive. Dogs with erect ears therefore, may be less likely to get ear yeast problems because their ears are naturally more likely to be exposed to light and air.


A dog affected by a yeast infection in its ears is very likely prone to be quite miserable. Symptoms of ear yeast infection in dogs may be as follows:

Head Shaking

Pawing at Ears

Ear Scratching

Rubbing Ears

Swollen Ears with Ear Discharge

Foul Smell


Ideally, the dog should have a veterinarian check the ears so to exclude other ear problems. If he ears have a black coffee ground discharge there may be actually ear mites, which require a totally different treatment than yeast.

The best way to diagnose an ear yeast infection is by having the vet collect a sample and view it under the microscope. In some cases, a culture and sensitivity test is recommended.


1 - Before using any home remedies the ear canal needs to the cleaned well. Medications or home remedies may not work in a dirty ear because they are unable to treat the surface of the skin directly.

2 - One of the best home remedies for yeast infection in the ears is white vinegar. White vinegar is able to return the ear's PH back to an acidic state that makes the ear inhospitable for the yeast. The vinegar should never be used in its pure form, rather it must be diluted. A 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water may be mixed well and poured into a spray bottle.

3 - After the ears are clean, the solution should be sprayed in the ears and dried out with a cotton ball twice a day. The ears should improve within 48 hours.

4 - Over the counter ear solution Zymox is an effective product that relieves bacterial and yeast ear infections without side effects. There are many success stories on this product. If this treatment does not work the dog may need stronger prescription ear drops from the veterinarian.


Floppy ear dogs should never be left with their ears wet. If you are planning to bathe a floppy ear dog follow what groomers do: put cotton balls inside the ears to prevent them from getting wet.

*Disclaimer: All remedies suggested are not to be used as a substitute for professional veterinary advice. If you pet is sick refer to your veterinarian for a hands on examination.


Chemicals Kill

by Judy Morgan | Jul 18, 2016 | Blog

I personally do not use any flea and tick prevention chemicals on my pets. I think there are enough toxins in this world that contribute to chronic disease in our pets, without intentionally adding to the problem. After reading about some of these chemicals, you may decide to avoid them, as well. For natural alternatives for flea and tick prevention, read here.

While controlled studies on the new class of chemical oral insecticides being prescribed for flea and tick infestation in dogs have shown an “acceptable” level of side effects, the actual number of anecdotal reports of adverse reactions and death have been staggering. Facebook pages like “Does Bravecto Kill Dogs?”, “Is Bravecto Safe?”, “Bravecto Side Effects Reported”, “BRAVECTO ZKUŠENOSTI”, ” IST BRAVECTO SICHER”, “IS BRAVECTO VEILIG”, and “Does Nexgard Kill Dogs?” bring attention to the number of animals that have had suspected reactions to the drugs. As of February 2016, there were over 5,000 reports of possible adverse reactions to Bravecto and over 2,000 Nexgard reports. I’m sure the numbers have grown since then. The drug manufacturers have made threatening overtones regarding the negative press on social media regarding their products, so any suspected side effects or reactions must be stated as just that – suspect. By making blanket statements like “This drug killed my dog”, the manufacturers have every right to be concerned and we can’t blame them for trying to stop slander without proof. I do urge anyone who uses ANY chemical on their pet to report ANY suspect reactions. The drug manufacturers do provide a list of possible side effects which include:

Toxic Symptoms, Side Effects, Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) caused by Fluralaner (Bravecto)

The most frequent ADRs to be expected are:

Vomiting (~7%), Decreased appetite (~6.7%), Diarrhea (~5%), Lethargy (~5.5%), Excessive thirst (polydipsia) (~2%), Excessive gas in stomach or intestine (flatulence) (~1%)

One adult treated dog suffered a seizure during the course of the study (46 days after the second treatment). Abnormal salivation was observed on 17 occasions: in six treated dogs (11 occasions) after dosing and four control dogs (6 occasions). The following abnormalities were noted in 7 pups from 2 of the 10 dams in only the treated group during gross necropsy examination: limb deformity (4 pups), enlarged heart (2 pups), enlarged spleen (3 pups), and cleft palate (2 pups).

Toxic Symptoms, Side Effects, Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) caused by Afoxolaner (Nexgard)

Vomiting (~4%), Dry skin (~3%), Diarrhea (~3%), Lethargy (~1.7%), Eating disorders (anorexia) (~1.2%)

Toxic Symptoms, Side Effects, Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) caused by Sarolaner

Vomiting (~5.5%), Diarrhea (~1.2%), Lethargy (~1.2%), Inappetence (~1.8%)

From the product insert:

Possible adverse reactions can include abnormal neurologic signs such as tremors, decreased conscious proprioception, ataxia, decreased or absent menace, seizures.

This particular mention on the insert is really alarming and makes me wonder if this could be happening in some of the cases of reported deaths:

“In a separate exploratory pharmacokinetic study, one female dog dosed at 12 mg/kg (3X the maximum recommended dose) exhibited lethargy, anorexia, and multiple neurological signs including ataxia, tremors, disorientation, hypersalivation, diminished proprioception, and absent menace, approximately 2 days after a third monthly dose. The dog was not treated, and was ultimately euthanized. The first two doses resulted in plasma concentrations that were consistent with those of the other dogs in the treatment group. Starting at 7 hours after the third dose, there was a rapid 2.5 fold increase in plasma concentrations within 41 hours, resulting in a Cmax more than 7-fold higher than the mean Cmax at the maximum recommended use dose. No cause for the sudden increase in sarolaner plasma concentrations was identified.”

I would recommend that anyone who suspects their pet has reacted to one of these medications should contact their veterinarian, report the suspected problem to the drug manufacturer, report the suspected problem to the FDA, and ask the treating veterinarian to draw a blood sample that can be tested for drug concentration in the blood. If we had more data, we might have more answers!

Antidote and Treatment of Intoxication:

There is no antidote for isoxazoline derivative (these three drugs) poisoning.

Treatment consists in preventing further exposure together with supportive and symptomatic measures.

These drugs orally administered to dogs are rapidly absorbed into blood. Bioavailability was higher when drug was administered with food.

Excretion occurs mainly in the form of unchanged parent molecule, primarily in the feces.

Environmental Toxicity:

Little to nothing has been published yet regarding the environmental toxicity of these drugs.

Based on their mode of action it must be assumed that they are highly toxic to both aquatic and terrestrial arthropods (insects, ticks, spiders, crustaceans, etc.).

Due to their recent introduction there is very little knowledge on tolerance in different dog breeds or in young, old or otherwise weak animals.

Detailed information on the toxicity and the fate of the drugs in the dog’s body (absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion) and in the environment is extremely scarce.

My personal reaction: avoid these drugs and other chemicals for my pets.


Homemade Dog Biscuits Ingredients

Makes about 5 dozen
1 cup all-purpose flour *
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup brewer's yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup low-sodium canned chicken stock, plus more for brushing

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, wheat germ, yeast, and salt; set aside

2. Place oil in a large bowl. Add stock and flour mixture in three alternating batches, beginning and ending with stock. Mix well.

3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to about 3/8-inch thick. Shape biscuits using a dog-bone-shaped cookie cutter or by cutting around a store-bought dog bone with a butter knife.(Make biscuits that are appropriate for your dog's size.)

4. If desired, you can spell out your dog's name or a holiday message in the dough with a toothpick (wet the toothpick first so it won't stick).

5. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.

6. Bake biscuits 10 minutes. Brush with stock; rotate baking sheets, and bake 10 minutes more. Turn off oven, leaving door closed. Let dog biscuits stand in oven to dry completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Wrap as a gift, or store in an airtight container at room temperature.

* if you have a dog that is susceptible to seizures use gluten-free flour; wheat can cause seizures



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


If your cavalier has earned a new title during August 30, 2015 to August 30, 2016 be sure to report it to our Club Secretary, Sharon Utych. All new titleholders, new AKC Canine Good Citizen and AKC Therapy Dog titleholders and newly registered therapy dogs with a national therapy dog organization are eligible for either a certificate or a rosette, which will be presented at our October All Hallows Buffet (following the Specialty show). Be sure to be a part of this special event! More information on our Member Achievement Program can be found on our website at:


A photo of Savannah turned out to be photobombed by Ireland. I never saw her peaking out from under the coffee table until I looked at the photo.....Mark Fitchpatrick

Please share your photos for the next newsletter

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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. More information will be published as we get closer to the date.

For those members who are on the Breeder Referral list, be sure to remember the attendance requirement. There are still 7 club functions between now and the end of the year.


At the August meeting we voted in Stacey Casebier as a new Associate Member. We all look forward to getting to know Stacey and seeing her at future club events.


Jim & Sharon Utych are bragging on Brookhaven the Dream Lives On “Edgar”. On July 28 at the Piedmont KC show, Edgar was awarded Winners Dog, Best of Winners and Best of Breed Owner Handler for a 3 point major under judge Douglas A. Johnson. The following day at the Greenville KC show, Edgar was awarded Winners Dog under judge Gloria Kerr.
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CH Monticello Tribute to Sir Lancelot (aka Lance) finished his AKC Championship July 3rd at the Tidewater Kennel Club of Va under Judge Evalyn Gregory. Lance is owned by Alice Alford and her granddaughter Ashley Powell. Lance’s father is CH Monticello Regal Anticipation, (aka Reggie) who was heart clear at 11 and his Grandfather was CH Monticello Sir Lancelot who lived to be 16.

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Paula Ayers and Brenda Martz are happy to announce -

GCH Brookhaven Here Comes Hogan - Gained his Grand Championship and

CH Brookhaven Sexy Sadie - Gained her Championship


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


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



Mark Fitchpatrick, editor