THE CAVALIER CHRONICLE

AUGUST 2018

EDITOR'S MESSAGE

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INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHT OF THE MONTH

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NEXT MEETING

The regular meeting for August will be held on SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2018 at the Atlanta Expo Center South, 3850 Jonesboro Road, Atlanta GA (site of the Cherokee Rose Cluster Dog Shows). Cavaliers are being judged at 9am at Ring 9. We will meet 15 minutes after the Cavalier Best of Breed. Meet ringside and we will try to grab tables by the Greek Restaurant.


There are 22 cavaliers entered and a very small breed entry prior to them.

CREATE THE CLUB YOU DESIRE

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.....October Specialty, October Meet The Breed, Holiday Party, April Fun Day. 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. The board looks forward to seeing everyone at our August 25 meeting.

PROGRAMS

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.



ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Don’t forget to submit your cavalier’s achievement award paperwork to Sharon Utych if they have attained an AKC title (this includes CGC and Therapy titles and the new AKC Achiever Dog certificate) in the current award year (November 1, 2017 thru October 31, 2018). All the information for the requirements and form can be found on the club website at: https://ckcscatlanta.org/member-achievement-recognition-program

NATURAL REMEDIES


APPLE CIDER VINEGAR IS A GOOD THING



Why Apple Cider Vinegar Is Good For Your Dog

Apple cider vinegar, in it’s raw, organic and unpasteurised form has many health benefits for dogs.

What's in it?

Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV, is acidic, helps balance out pH levels and has antibacterial properties. ACV contains iron, potassium and magnesium and other essential vitamins and minerals. For us humans add it to food as a salad dressing or take it straight from the spoon. It can also be taken in a drink by mixing with honey and hot water.

Apple cider vinegar can benefit your dog by adding it to food and using it externally.

Why is it good for my dog?

It’s beneficial in so many ways - it’s a flea repellent, antibacterial ear cleaner, a tear stain remover, constipation botherer and all round super-food. Make sure it’s the right kind of apple cider vinegar though.

Why does it need to be organic, raw, unpasteurised and contain the ‘mother’?

Commercially produced apple cider vinegar is highly refined and processed and is not a truly traditional ACV. Most apple cider vinegars you find on the shelves are clear, like apple juice. This shows that the vinegar has been filtered and pasteurised. Unprocessed vinegar should be cloudy, with floating almost stringy matter swirling around in it. This is the all important Mother.

The 'Mother of Vinegar' is a natural substance composed of mostly living enzymes created during fermentation of the vinegar. It also contains friendly bacteria as well as other healthy nutrients. The Mother contains most of the important minerals, vitamins and amino acids that are released or created during the fermentation process.


Internal uses

  • Arthritis - Added to food twice a week - in water or directly into food it will help break down calcium deposits found around the joints as dogs get older which cause stiffness and discomfort. Continued use will make joints noticeably more flexible and less painful.
  • Flea repellant - ACV keeps the pH levels in the blood slightly acidic which fleas dislike intensely so it helps keep the little blighters away.
  • Skin and coat - if your dog has dry skin and a dull coat ACV will soften the skin and bring the fur back to it’s former glory.
  • Itchy skin - my personal favourite thing obviously. Because it brings skin back to health itchiness is significantly reduced.
  • Upset tummies - add once a day to water if your dog has diarrhoea and repeat every day for a week to relieve constipation.
  • Tooth decay - there is evidence that the acidity levels in ACV helps to breakdown plaque and tartar on teeth.

External Uses

Use a 1:1 ACV to water mix in a spray bottle- add the same ratio mix to shampoo as well - to use ACV on all the conditions listed below.

  • Itchy skin - use only on unbroken skin as it will sting otherwise - spray or wipe your dog down with the 1:1 mix as and when required, and after a bath or being in the water.
  • Parasite control - spray or wipe down your dog a couple of times a week. Fleas can’t stand the acidity of ACV and will jump straight off.
  • Ear cleaning - the antibacterial properties of ACV make it a good ear cleaner. Add the mix to cotton wool and carefully clean down inside the ears, only as far as you can see mind!
  • Tear staining - wipe away tear stains, and use daily on tear stained fur or brown saliva stained fur (especially on paws) to bring the fur back to normal. Use daily.
  • Deodorising - add to shampoo to help with flea control then comb through damp fur afterwards to deodorise and keeps fleas at bay.
  • Coat condition - comb through and give your dog’s coat a sleek and shiny look.

How much should I feed?

Dogs

In water or food

Small to medium dogs - 5ml or 1 teaspoon in water

Medium to large dogs - 10ml or 1 dessert spoon in water

Bragg's Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar can be purchased at most grocery stores.

RECIPE OF THE MONTH

Basic dog biscuits

These basic biscuits can be customized to cater to your canine’s palette

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour (substitute regular flour or oats if your dog is sensitive to wheat)
  • 1 tsp. salt (or less)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. Beef or chicken Bouillon granules (can substitute beef or chicken broth/stock)
  • ½ cup hot water
  • Optional: Add bacon or chicken broth, eggs, oats, liver powder, wheat germ, shredded cheese, bacon bits, to (your dog's) taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Dissolve bouillon in hot water
  3. Add remaining ingredients
  4. Knead dough until it forms a ball (approximately 3 minutes)
  5. Roll dough until ½ inch thick
  6. Cut into slices or bone shapes (you can purchase a bone shaped cookie cutter to make shapes with)
  7. Place dough pieces on lightly greased cookie sheet
  8. Cook for 30 minutes www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/nutrition/recipes-for-quick-and-healthy-dog-treats

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 maureenvmiles@gmail.com

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THE CAVALIER CHRONICLE

CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL CLUB OF GREATER ATLANTA

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Mark Fitchpatrick, editor

Fitchpatrick@Earthlink.net