The Cavalier Chronicle

January 2016

President's Message

Dear Members:

2015 was a very busy year for our club. We held two specialties – the first one in February judged by Tanja Engel (Angel Pride) from Germany and the second specialty was held in October judged by breeder judge David Kirkland (Rokirk). For everyone that made it to our October Specialty; I hope you enjoyed having a Fall specialty in conjunction with the Kennesaw Kennel Club. We are working to make this an exciting weekend for our members and guest. Anyone with suggestions for next year please let me or one of our board members know.

We also held a puppy picnic at Linda Whitmire’s “field of dreams”. If you missed this year, please put it on your calendar for next year. We have a wonderful time. The day consists of a member match, puppy training, and fun classes and to make sure we keep our babies healthy we have a heart and eye clinic. The best part about the day is the fellowship with all of our friends and the GREAT food we share at lunch.

Our fifteenth annual specialty show will be in Atlanta, GA on Saturday February 6th in conjunction with the Conyers Kennel Club. It will be at the Atlanta Expo Center South with judges; Erica Venier (Orchardhill Cavaliers) judging our conformation classes, Audrey Lycan judging Juniors and Collette Jaynes judging our Sweepstakes. We will have cake and punch at the show to celebrate the past 15 years. We will have a silent auction with some very special items to bid on. We do not have a host hotel this year but many of our exhibitors are staying at the Hilton Atlanta Airport. All of our judges have been breeding, showing and exhibiting for many years. This will be a great time for us to watch beautiful dogs and visit with our friends.

I want to thank everyone ahead of time for all they do to make our shows a success. Without the folks that put in endless hours, we could not put on the caliber of shows we do.

I hope everyone plans to support our specialty with their time, donations (if you have something for the silent auction please contact me at 706-342-3292 / and entries.

Information about our meetings, speakers, and events for all our functions can be found on the Website at

Paula Ayers

Cavaliers of Greater Atlanta - President


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15th Annual Specialty Show!

Please join us for our 15th Annual Specialty Show!

Show Venue:

Atlanta Exposition Center South
3650 Jonesboro Road SE
Atlanta, GA 30354

Show Details:

It's our 15th anniversary Winter Specialty Show...And it's a 5 MAJOR WEEKEND!


Show date: SATURDAY, February 6, 2016
Concurrent with the Conyers Kennel Club Show at the Cherokee Rose Cluster Show weekend
Specialty Show chair: Mrs. Susan Bess

SPECIALTY & CLUSTER Superintendent : MB-F (

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Our Judges:

Regular Classes: Erica Venier (Orchard Hill US)
Puppy Sweepstakes: Collette Jaynes (AKC)
Veterans Sweepstakes: Collette Jaynes (AKC)
Junior Showmanship: Audrey Lycan (AKC)

Ring time information for the weekend: TBA

Looking for a hotel for the Specialty?

We do not have an official host hotel for our specialty but we can recommend the following:

Hilton Atlanta Airport Hotel
1031 Virginia Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia 30354

Hilton Atlanta Airport Hotel - There is a $50.00 non-refundable pet fee. To make a reservation: Call 800-445-8667 or the hotel directly at 404-767-9000

The Hilton Atlanta Airport Hotel is close to both the Exposition Center and Hartsfield Jackson International Airport (and there is a free shuttle service to the airport)

Our Specialty will be in conjunction with the following shows at the same location:

Griffin Georgia Kennel Club
Sawnee Mountain Kennel Club
Conyers Kennel Club
Lawrenceville Kennel Club

Join us Ringside!

Join us ringside to celebrate our 15th annual Specialty Show!

Almeara Cavaliers has generously provided our ringside cake and punch to celebrate 15 years!

We also will hold a ringside silent auction.

We are looking for volunteers to help with:

  • Day of show set up of trophy tables & silent auction table
  • Donations for ringside silent auction
  • Volunteering to assist with the auction
  • Judges Hospitality

If you can help, would like to donate an item or assist, please contact our club president, Paula Ayers or Show Chair, Susan Bess.



Have you renewed your membership and breeder referral listing for 2016 yet? Don't let your membership lapse! You have until February 29, 2016 to renew your membership for 2016 before it will lapse.

You can still renew online using our safe, secure store (see the Membership Renewal tab on our website) or you can mail in your membership renewal. Breeder Referral renewal is available online. You must have met the requirements and self report them on the Breeder Renewal form to be eligible for a breeder referral listing.

If Breeder Referral is paid online, you still must submit the paper form to Claire Ellis to self report your activities. Failure to provide the self reporting may impact your online breeder referral listing.

Don't forget that this year, EVERY MEMBER is required to sign and turn in to Claire Ellis our Code of Ethics that we adopted in 2015. These are our parent club's ethical guidelines and it is important that every member read these, sign them and turn them in so they are on file.

Doggie Tax Deductions You May Qualify For

6 Dog Tax Deductions You Might Qualify For

It’s that time of year again – taxes. Let’s be honest, we all try to find as many deductions as we possibly can, hoping for a large refund rather than a bill. And for those of us whose family members have four legs and fur, we can’t help but feel a bit shorted when it comes to deductions. After all, many of us see our dogs as kids, which are deductible.

But did you know there are situations where you can deduct some of your dog-related expenses on your taxes? The terms are pretty specific, but it’s worth looking into when you visit your accountant next month.

Jayson Mullin is the CEO at Top Tax Defenders, a tax resolution firm located in Houston, Texas. Mullin gave us the details on what may be deductible in terms of dog expenses.

#1 – Moving

A deduction is allowed when you move from one part of the country to another provided you ship the dog. This deduction is taken on Form 3903 as part of the normal moving expenses of the household. Remember, For moving expenses to be allowed a taxpayer must meet the requirements of Form 3903 (distance, work related, time period, etc.), says Mullin.

# 2 – Working dogs

Working dogs (for tax purposes) are defined as:

  • Seeing eye dogs.
  • Medical alert dogs – must be trained to detect impending seizures,help impaired hearing, etc. The key here is “special training” required. Medically necessary dogs are required to be licensed by their owner, require special documentation provided by a doctor and special dog tags, says Mullin. See your tax person for more information.
  • Security dogs – must be used as security for a place of business (cannot be a private residence or a hobby farm – true business farms qualify). Must also be a “protection” breed such as a Rottweiler, German Shepherd Dog or Doberman. You also have to keep accurate records of time spent on the job.
  • Dogs trained to find bed bugs.

In all of these cases, the cost of buying, training and maintaining the dog is deductible.

#3 – Therapy Dogs

Since they are not a service animal, therapy dogs do not qualify for the deductions mentioned above. However, Mullin says, “the taxpayer may be able to write off mileage as a charitable contribution. This is dependent on the organization’s status with the IRS.”

If the group you are working with as a therapy teams is a registered non-profit, you may qualify. It’s worth checking into at least.

#4 – Performance Dogs

Dogs used in hobbies such as show dogs or bird hunting may be deductible. If the dog wins prize money in the endeavor than the expenses incurred to train, show, etc., re deductible up to the winnings. To do this you must be able to file Schedule A.

Mullin says a hobby is defined as “an activity entered into for enjoyment without a profit motive.” They usually only compete locally and may receive occasional income (cash prize for agility, for example), he continues. “Because there isn’t a profit motive any expenses incurred are only deductible up to the amount of income received.

#5 – Breeding and Showing Business

If you breed dogs as a business the endeavor is deductible. Proper record keeping is very important to prove it isn’t a hobby.

Unlike the above hobbyists, businesses are motivated to make a profit. They may show dogs across the country or even internationally, Mullin says.

“A business may incur losses in excess of income while a hobby cannot,” he adds.

#6 – Fostering or Adoption

Fostering or adopting a dog from a qualified charity may be deductible. If the adoption fee is a donation it is deductible. However, if it is payment for the dogs care it isn’t.

It is important to read the invoice from the charity to make sure it says donation. Fostering a dog from a qualified charity is deductible. The deduction includes mileage, food, a portion of utilities and even cleaning supplies.

Dogs as Dependents?

Mullin also mentioned to us that there is a movement in the state of California to make medical expenses for dogs a deduction on the state income tax return.

“To my knowledge, this is the first attempt of its kind to add the deduction to the tax code and is specifically aimed at the family pet,” he added.

About the Author

Based in Wilsonville, Ore., animal lover Kristina N. Lotz is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and a member of the Dog Writers Association of America. She is the founder of A Fairytail House. In her spare time, she trains and competes in a variety of performance events with her Shetland Sheepdogs and caters to her two rescue kitties. She smartly married a Veterinary Technician, who helps keep the fur kids happy and healthy, and provides a quick resource for articles.

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ACKCSC Rescue Trust and

We are happy to announce that we are a member of the Rescue Referral Program with CHEWY the leading online supplier of pet food right to your doorstep!
Order your Pet Food at Chewy and American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Rescue Trust will get a $20 donation! This applies for your first order using this link, one per household. Even if you regularly use CHEWY all you need to do is on your next order use this link to place it and CHEWY will donate to us!

The Book Nook

A romance all about the dog show scene featuring Cavaliers! The movie premiers on January 23rd!


Now A Hallmark Channel Original Movie

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman teetering on the verge of thirty must be in want of a husband.

Not true for Manhattanite Elizabeth Scott. Instead of planning a walk down the aisle, she's crossing the pond with the only companion she needs—her darling dog, Bliss. Caring for a pack of show dogs in England seems the perfect distraction from the scandal that ruined her teaching career, and her reputation, in New York. What she doesn't count on is an unstoppable attraction to billionaire dog breeder Donovan Darcy. The London tycoon's a little bit arrogant, a whole lot sexy…and the chemistry between them is disarming. When passion is finally unleashed, might Elizabeth hope to take home more than a blue ribbon?

Movie Time: Unleashing Mr. Darcy- the movie

Meeting Notice


Our February meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at the Holiday Inn Northlake, 2158 Ranchwood Drive NE, Atlanta GA 30345

Board Meeting at 6pm, social hour at 7pm and Regular Meeting at 7:30pm

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 or