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Save the date for our upcoming Puppy Picnic! It will be held at the Whitmire's Field of Dreams on Sunday, March 24 from 11am to 5 pm. We will be having heart & eye health clinics, fun contests, AKC CGC testing, junior showmanship and a members match. Please bring a dish to share. All information can be found on the club website. If you plan on attending the health clinics and you have multiple dogs (more than 3), please email Linda Whitmire ( so she can provide you with the forms to complete as they are no longer available online to complete and are in duplicate. We are also taking suggestions for a Member's Match judge. If you can suggest someone, please contact Paula Ayers (


We have a wonderful club, one to be very proud of. The way to have an even better club is through member participation. Over the next couple of months a great deal will be discussed and decisions made. We have several events on the horizon..... Holiday Party, April Fun Day, August Specialty. We are all pieces of the puzzle; the way to share your ideas is by attending our meetings and voicing your opinion. Please make an extra effort to attend our meetings at Red Lobster, shows, and events.


There will be NO regular meeting in December. Our next regular meeting will be held on Tuesday January 8, 2019 at the Red Lobster 3937 LaVista Road, Tucker GA. Social hour begins at 7pm and the meeting commences at 7:30pm. We will be meeting in the small back dining room. You may choose to order off Red Lobster's menu.

There will be no board meeting in January.


We currently do not have a program committee chairperson to coordinate programs for the club. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Paula Ayers. If you have a suggestion for a program or know of someone who would be willing to come to speak to the club, please contact Paula.


Please return your 2019 membership renewals. You were provided a self addressed stamped envelope to return your membership if you are paying by check. If you choose to pay online on our club website, please remember to return the renewal form to me in the mail with your paypal transaction id written on the renewal form. If you for some reason are choosing not to renew, please also return the renewal form to me indicating such. If you are an honorary member, please return your renewal form completed so we can ensure we have your most current information.


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Holistic Health Care for Pets

By Lisa Fields


Have you made any healthy lifestyle changes lately? Maybe you’ve switched your diet, or started practicing yoga, going to the chiropractor, or getting acupuncture treatments.

Might these same practices keep your pet in better health, too?

More veterinarians than ever are practicing holistic medicine today. Holistic vets look at a pet's overall health, and use traditional and alternative therapies. They rely on lab tests and prescription drugs, but also on acupuncture, massage, and herbal remedies to keep pets healthy. They encourage changes in pets' diets and lifestyles to help ward off illnesses like obesity, arthritis, diabetes, and cancer.

“As a doctor, I want any tool that's going to work. Having more tools in my tool kit has made a huge difference,” says Barbara Royal, DVM, president of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.

Here are some of the alternative treatments available for your dog.


A certified acupuncturist inserts thin needles in specific points of the body to relieve pain and pressure throughout your pet's body. Pets with back pain, arthritis, muscle spasms, a limp, or other problems may benefit from this treatment. “Although acupuncture has been around for 5,000 years, only in the last 10 to 20 years has the scientific community been able to see why this works,” says Claude D. Grosjean, a small animal veterinarian who practices holistic medicine in Southampton, NY. “There's very good research, a lot of it done in China.”

Chiropractic Treatments

Chiropractors move the bones in the spine and other parts of the body to relieve pain. Pets with neck or back problems can benefit from these treatments, just like people do. But for pets, you won’t hear cracking. There's not as much aggressive force used. “It's a gentle procedure, and it can make a great difference on the alignment of the spine,” Royal says.


Massage can improve blood flow, reduce swelling, and help with anxiety issues. “Pets like it,” says Grosjean, who practices Tui-Na, a traditional Chinese form of massage.

“It's a powerful therapy tool,” Royal says, “but you need someone trained in animal massage -- that's what makes the difference.”


The pleasant scents of natural oils can help pets relieve stress.

“Scent is so important in an animal's life,” Royal says. “It can change the way your brain functions, whether you're feeling alarm or discomfort.”

Because pets have a more sensitive sense of smell, ask your veterinarian for advice before trying aromatherapy.

“Pets can smell over 20 times better than we can,” Royal says. “You don't need the whole room to smell like lavender to calm them down; you don't want to overwhelm them.”


A better diet can improve overall health, reduce inflammation and ease symptoms of chronic diseases like arthritis.

Because dogs and cats are carnivores, the higher the protein percentage they take in, the better. Carbohydrate-rich kibble food usually isn't best for their diets. Royal recommends avoiding pet food containing corn, wheat, soy, or peanut butter. “Once you eliminate those, you're in a better tier of nutrition,” she says. Talk to your vet before making a food change, though.


Herbs can help calm pets. Some holistic vets prescribe the herbs chamomile, kava, or valerian to soothe animals. They may recommend combinations of 5 to 20 herbs that are made specifically for your pet.

“It's not a good idea to just go on the Internet, find an herbal formula, and give it to your pet,” Grosjean says. “You choose the wrong formula, you're going to make the situation a lot worse.”


Chicken & Veggie Slow Cooker Stew


  • 2 1/2-3 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs and breasts
  • 2 c. frozen peas (omit if concerned about peas in diet of breeding bitches)
  • 1 sweet potato, cubed
  • 1 large or 2 medium apples, cored and cubed (no seeds!!)
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 c. frozen green beans
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • Place meat in the crock pot and add water so that it just covers the chicken. Then, add potato, carrots, kidney beans, green beans, and apple.
  • Cook on low for 8-9 hours, when it is about finished, add the frozen peas and cook for another 30 minutes.
  • When finished, drain off excess liquid, add olive oil, and stir to mash (or place in a food processor).
  • When cooled, scoop daily servings into individual Ziploc bags and freeze. Each night, remove one bag from the freezer and place in the fridge to defrost overnight.


Our annual Holiday luncheon will be held on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at the home of club member Margie Roe. Please be sure you RSVP for the luncheon either YES, NO or MAYBE on the evite links. We will also have our Member Recognition awards at the luncheon along with our Member Achievement Awards for the year and also Member of the Year. Please email your member of the year nominations to Paula Ayers at as soon as possible.

We will also have our white cavalier gift exchange at the meeting. If you plan to participate remember to bring an unmarked, wrapped gift of at least $25 value for the exchange. We are also supporting Pickens Animal Rescue again this year, so please bring a donation of cat/dog food, cat litter, bleach, dish detergent, laundry detergent, stainless steel food and water bowls, paper towels, regular towels, gift card to Walmart, PetSmart or Petco or anything that this wonderful no kill shelter can use.

The club will be supplying the ham and we ask that you bring a dish to share! BYOB.

The link to the Evite is Be sure to RSVP.


Jim and Sharon Utych are bragging on their puppy, Legendcrest Finnickyskye Dream Catcher. "Catcher" had a wonderful first time in the ring at the Tennessee Valley KC show in Knoxville TN. At four months old competing in the Beginner Puppy Competition, Catcher was awarded Best of Breed both days and a Toy Group 3 on Saturday and Toy Group 2 on Sunday! Catcher was sired by MBISS AKC GCHB Brookhaven The Dream Lives On "Edgar".

Paula Ayers brags on GCHG Brookhaven Here Comes Hogan. Hogan won back to back BISS at the Bagerland Speciality. Hogan also achieved his Grand Champion Gold title. This takes 400 grand champion points.

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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


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Mark Fitchpatrick, editor