Our Specialty weekend is fast approaching and I look forward to seeing everybody there. There are four all-breed shows from Thursday, February 2nd through Sunday, February 5th with a solid judging panel. We have our specialty shows On Saturday, February 4th and Sunday, February 5th with a great judging panel. For our specialties, the weekend will start off with David Frederick (Twickham) judging the sweeps on Saturday followed by Mark Smith (Aranel) judging the specialty. This will be followed up by Mark Sedgwick (Pascavale) judging both the 4-6 month puppy competition followed by the specialty on Sunday. We will also have a free Italian dinner (thanks Lavada for coordinating this) catered from Olive Garden with some club members bringing other items to supplement our meal on Saturday evening at the host hotel (Drury Inn in Morrow, GA). We will also have exhibitor bags for all that have entered. There will be several gift baskets donated for our raffle at the show, we will be raffling off two free nights at our host hotel at the Saturday social (2 winners, one night each). And more.

There will be opportunities to volunteer to help and even if you haven’t volunteered and want to help, please see me at the show.

This will be a fun-filled weekend and even if you aren’t showing please stop by, watch the show and mingle with all at the show




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The following is our upcoming schedule for 2023. These functions could be subject to change. All dates are the 2nd Tuesday of the month unless otherwise noted.

February 4, 2023 – Saturday Specialty Show (time TBA via MB-F); Saturday evening Italian dinner at host hotel at 7 pm

February 5, 2023 – Sunday Specialty Show (time TBA via MB-F)

February 13, 2023, *PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A MONDAY EVENING – Board meeting (zoom) 6 pm; Regular meeting (zoom) 7:30 pm


It’s just around the corner!

Get ready for our February 2023 Specialty shows concurrent with the Conyers KC shows at the Cherokee Rose Cluster at the Atlanta Expo Center South.

The premium is out for the Cluster which includes our Specialty information. Be sure to get your entries in before the closing date of NOON January 18, 2023.

Mr. Mark Smith (Aranel UK) will be judging our regular classes and NOHS on Saturday and Mr. Mark Sedgwick (Pascavale UK) will be judging our Beginner Puppy and regular classes and NOHS on Sunday. Our Saturday sweepstakes judge will be Mr. David Frederick (Twickenham US), judging veterans and puppy sweepstakes. This is a GREAT panel of judges so be sure to come out and support the club by being an exhibitor, a donor, a volunteer AND joining us on Saturday evening at the Drury for an Italian meal and social put on by the club!

Specialty Exhibitor Bags

We are providing exhibitor bags once again at the Specialty! Ashley and Carolyn Powell have volunteered to collect the donations and prepare the bags (thank you)! They will be preparing 60 bags so we need donations of items in groups of 60. Please get your donations to Ashley and Carolyn before the day of the show so they can put all the bags together by Friday evening. They will be at the host hotel on Friday evening. If you can generously donate, please let either of them know what you are donating.

Specialty Raffle Baskets

If you are donating a raffle basket, please have it to the show site Saturday morning or at the hotel Friday. If you could also include a listing of items in your basket, it would be appreciated.

Saturday Evening Social

The club will be providing an Italian-themed meal from Olive Garden at 7 pm in the host hotel conference room. We are having lasagna and spaghetti set up. It is free for everyone, and you do not have to be staying at the host hotel to attend. Come and watch the show, do some shopping at the show (vendors galore) and then head over to the host hotel and join us for a meal, beverages, and social. We will have a few very select live auction items at this function also.

Our live auction items are truly unique and one-of-a-kind collector items! The following items were donated from the estate of former club member Sonya Thompson:

• Blenheim brooch/pin by Nan Kilgore Little

• Cavalier figurine by Lenox

• Boxed 2 book set – A Tribute in Art and In Fact and Fancy (out of print) by Barbara Garnett Wilson

The last item is a hand-painted two-drawer storage file by Tammy Cousins. Tammy has hand-painted a tri-color cavalier on the top of the storage file.

Photos of all these items with descriptions can be found on our Facebook page at:


It is with a heavy heart that I share the passing of Marty Ayers on January 5th. Marty is the husband of Paula Ayers and his passing was sudden and unexpected. Marty had just turned 65 and he and Paula have been married for 42 years. Please keep Paula and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Jim Utych


Membership renewals were due by 12/31/2022. Several members have not yet renewed. You have a grace period until January 31, 2023. After that, your membership will lapse. PLEASE be sure to renew.

To renew, visit


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At the January Regular meeting, the club voted into membership Denise Holm (Houzabout) and Anne James. Welcome to you both! Anne was a former member and has rejoined the club. We hope to see you at club functions or join us on zoom meeting calls
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How To Treat UTI In Dogs: Home Remedies And Medicine Options

Kimberly Alt Updated: January 9, 2018, Canine Journal

If your dog is prone to urinary tract infections (UTIs), you probably feel helpless at times. What can you give a dog for a urinary tract infection? Is there a dog UTI treatment over-the-counter? How can you help prevent your dog from getting UTIs? We’ll answer these questions and more.

Dog UTI Treatment

First, you’ll want to be certain that it is a urinary tract infection that your dog has. We suggest taking your dog to the vet to confirm the UTI (unless your dog suffers from regular UTIs and you have a game plan that you have gone over with your dog’s vet.) Your veterinarian may suggest some dog UTI medicine or dog UTI antibiotics.

Dog UTI Symptoms

Urinating is an unusual place

More frequent urination

Increase in water consumption

Straining to urinate

Change in the urine stream

Dog UTI Home Remedy

There are many dog UTI home treatment options to help your dog feel more comfortable and recover. Below are six dog urinary tract infection home remedy options. Please check with your vet before administering a dog urinary tract infection treatment.

  1. Add one teaspoon (for small dogs) or 1-2 tablespoons (for big dogs) of apple cider vinegar to your dog’s water bowl. Repeat up to two times per day for up to seven to ten days, depending on how severe the UTI is. Be sure to have a second bowl of water without apple cider vinegar in case your dog doesn’t like the taste.
  2. Have your dog soak in a hot bath (make sure it’s not too hot and the level isn’t too deep) for ten minutes to help relieve the muscles. Wash your dog with a mild soap and pay attention to the genital area. Don’t leave soap on the area for too long and be sure to rinse the area with clean, warm water. Do this every few days until the UTI is gone.
  3. Encourage your dog to drink more water by placing extra water bowls around the house. Change the water once or twice a day to make sure it’s fresh.
  4. Crush one 500mg Vitamin C tablet and sprinkle it over your dog’s food. Do this once per day for seven days.
  5. Give your dog one to three teaspoons of citrus juice. The juice should NOT be from concentrate and SHOULD be all-natural. Make sure there is no added sugar because it could aggravate your dog’s UTI further.
  6. Add about two teaspoons of chopped blueberries or cranberries to your dog’s food. Do this twice per day for seven to ten days.

Can I Give My Dog Cranberry Juice?

We have heard time and time again that for humans, cranberry juice can help get rid of a UTI. But what about dogs? How much cranberry juice for a dog UTI and is it safe? We recommend speaking to your dog’s vet about this. Each dog is unique and what works for one, may be dangerous for another. We strongly urge you to speak with your dog’s vet before administering any type of treatment.

Can I Give My Dog Cranberry Pills

We don’t want to sound like a politician here, but our answer is the same as above. Please check with your dog’s veterinarian before giving cranberry pills to your dog.

3 Dog UTI Prevention Tips

Below are three tips for preventing bladder infection in dogs.

  1. Make sure your dog is drinking enough water.
  2. Keep your dog well-groomed, especially around the genital area.
  3. Encourage potty breaks for your dog; the longer urine sits in the bladder; the more opportunity for bacteria to multiply.

Dog UTI Test

Did you know you can find out if your dog has a UTI without visiting the vet? Try one of these dog UTI tests to detect a urinary tract infection in dogs as well as other illnesses. It could save you time and money at the vet’s office, especially if your dog is prone to UTIs. If the test comes back positive, you can then call your vet to get advice on how to proceed with treatment.




  • 10 lbs ground beef (lean)
  • 3 slices of bread, cubed small
  • 2 cups of oat bran
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cans pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • Some salt
  • 4 carrots, boiled/steamed and mashed
  • Flour
  • 4 leaves of kale with stalks chopped finely


  • Put all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix them all together and form them into any size of balls you'd like.
  • Dredge the balls lightly in the flour, shaking off any excess.
  • Put them in the 400-degree oven until done. Bake time will depend on the size of your balls; usually, mine only takes about 25 minutes for donut hole-size balls.


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/breeding 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 Mark Fitchpatrick, Newsletter Editor

The information below is shared from

4-6 Month Beginner Puppy Competition

You already know that your puppy is the absolute cutest. So why not share his adorableness with the rest of the world? Enter him in an AKC 4-6 Month Beginner Puppy Competition. It’s a relaxed, stress-free way to make your debut in the dog show world. Plus, it gives both of you a fun way to socialize — with other dogs and other dog lovers.

Puppyhood is such an exciting time for you and your pup. It’s when the love you’ll share forever starts. It’s when you begin developing the bond that will make you an inseparable “us.” Participating in an AKC 4-6 Month Beginner Puppy Competition will create unforgettable memories to look back on after those puppy days are long gone and he’s all grown up! Additionally, you and your pup can work towards a Puppy of Achievement certificate or Certificate of Merit in this competition.

  • Eligibility


    To enter, your puppy must be:

    • At least four months (but under six months) of age on the day of the event.
    • Physically sound and up-to-date on all inoculations and health check-ups.
    • Have one of the following:
      • An AKC Registration number as one of the more than 175 fully recognized breeds.
      • A Foundation Stock Service®(FSS) registration number, which is for breeds on the road to full AKC recognition.
      • A foreign registration number as defined in Chapter 11, Section 1 of the Rules Applying to Dog Shows

    If you have not already spayed or neutered your puppy, you are eligible to enter this competition.

  • Get Started

    It couldn’t be easier to prepare for a fun day at an AKC 4-6 Month Beginner Puppy Competition. Just find an event near you and contact the Show Secretary or Superintendent who will send you a “premium list” with all of the important information, including an entry form. Simply complete the form, submit it with your entry fee and get ready for you and your pup to experience some truly special time together.

    You’ll meet new people, explore new activities, and maybe even snag a blue ribbon to boot. (Or to paw? Sorry. We can’t help ourselves.)

About The Competition

The 4 to 6 Month Beginner Puppy Competition is intended to introduce new exhibitors and their puppies to the show world in a stress-free and relaxed environment. It also provides an opportunity for puppies to socialize with people and other dogs at an optimal time of their development. Puppies may earn points towards a Certificate of Merit title or Puppy of Achievement certificate at these competitions.

If you have not already spayed or neutered your puppy or if your puppy has been registered with a Full Registration you are eligible to enter this competition. If your puppy is already spayed or neutered or has been registered with a Limited Registration, you can participate in other exciting AKC events.

Additional information can be found in the Sanctioned Four-to-Six Month (Beginner Puppy) Competition Regulations.


Carolyn and Ashley Powell of Monticello Cavaliers would like to brag on the success of our newest AKC champion (pending AKC approval), CH Monticello California Dreaming (aka Lottie.) Lottie was in Perry, GA for the Winter Wonderland Cluster, and out of the six days, she received "Winners Bitch" five days, "Best of Winners" four days, and earned the title "Best of Breed" on December 3rd over specials under esteemed judge, Mr. Douglas Johnson. Lottie finished the week earning her AKC Championship title!

Also, our ten-month-old bitch, Monticello Rhapsody in Blue (aka Rue) earned "Reserve Winners Bitch" in Perry, GA on December 4th. Such a great start for little Rue!

Victoria Babock and Jess Hillman are bragging..... Westley took first place in starters jumpers and gamblers. We're very proud!

Jim and Sharon Utych (Finnickyskye) are bragging on GCHS CH Brookhaven The Dream Lives On CGCA “Edgar” was awarded Select Dog both days at the Clemson KC shows. Edgar is just 31 points away from his AKC Gold Grand Championship – so keep your fingers crossed!


Do you know a club member who needs some sunshine?

Our Sunshine Committee Chair is Ashley Powell. If you know of a club member that needs to be remembered or encouraged, please be in touch with Ashley.

Ashley can be reached at



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Mark Fitchpatrick, editor