December 2017


With the holidays fast approaching, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Its times like this that I remember that the love or our dogs unites all of us! These little balls of fur do not worry about stress and strife; they just care about being with us! Having all of you in my life is something that I will always be thankful for!

I want to remind everyone that we will have our next meeting January 2nd. This is the last meeting before our Specialty so please plan to attend to help us in planning this big event!

See you all in the coming year!

Paula Ayers



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Our next regularly scheduled meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn – Northlake on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 7:30pm. Social hour begins at 7:00pm.

Special Board Meeting
Board members, please note that there will be a special board meeting on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 6pm.


The club held its annual holiday luncheon on December 2 at the home of Bart & Linda Whitmire. Everyone had a wonderful time socializing and partaking of great food. We presented our member achievement awards, and our member recognition awards. Club president Paula Ayers presented the Member of the Year award to both Linda Whitmire and Sharon Utych (submissions were tied). Congrats to Linda and Sharon.

We also provided donations for Pickens Animal Rescue Ranch and our club members really showed their support of this first-time donation! We donated cat litter, dog and cat food, bleach, crates, money, towels, paper towels and much more! THANK YOU to our club members for stepping up to the challenge of filling up Susan Kent’s car with goodies for the Rescue Ranch! This is a new tradition for our club that we will continue as it is the season of giving!

And.....not only will we again be supporting Pickens rescue ranch next year, but we also hear that the White Cavalier will be making an appearance at a gift exchange! Be sure to be on the lookout this year to find that one gift that everyone will want to steal!


Our Winter Specialty shows will be held on Saturday & Sunday (Feb. 3 & 4, 2018) concurrent with the Conyers KC and Lawrenceville KC All Breed shows at the Cherokee Rose Cluster. It is being held at the Atlanta Expo Center South on Jonesboro Rd.

All the information for the Specialty is on our website at: links to the MB-F website for our premium (when it becomes available). We are very pleased to offer in addition to the Regular Classes our Puppy & Veteran Sweepstakes on Saturday.

Trophy Sponsorships

We are offering sponsorships for the trophies we are awarding at the Winter Specialty Show. You have the opportunity to sponsor a trophy via our online store. Your generosity helps to defray costs of putting on a Specialty and also allows the club to offer some lovely trophies. Please visit our website to purchase/sponsor a trophy at


Membership renewal packages were mailed to all members in October. Please remember to renew your membership by 12/31/17 for the upcoming year. You may mail in your renewal with the pre addressed stamped envelope included in your package or you may renew online via:


We just learned of the passing of Honorary club member, George Quinn, who passed away on September 26, 2016. George was 90 years old and passed peacefully in his sleep at his home in Madison, Alabama. George and his wife Alberta were active in raising Salukis and Cavaliers. His kennel affix was Procyon.



What are Natural Incontinence Remedies? Urinary incontinence in dogs can take many forms, and is defined as involuntary urination that your dog simply has no control over. It may happen when your pet is sleeping, they may not make it outdoors fast enough, or they may continuously drip urine throughout the day. Incontinence is quite common in dogs. Experts estimate that up to 20% of dogs will experience this problem at some point in their life. Once you have ruled out any changes to your pet’s environment, it is correct to assume that the problem is either one of age or a medical condition. Natural Incontinence Remedies Procedure in Dogs Your veterinarian can offer you advice about your pet’s incontinence. There are some medications available to help tightening the urinary sphincter, surgeries to strengthen weak muscles, and hormone treatments to restore balance, but they are not for everyone. These treatments can be expensive, some have side effects, and they may not always work. In cases when incontinence does not require immediate medical treatment, natural remedies may prove helpful. Phytoestrogens There are plant derived estrogens used to treat spay incontinence. They are a holistic remedy usually available with a prescription from your vet. Soy and ground flax seeds are another way to obtain phytoestrogens and can be purchased at your local grocery store. Corn Silk Use corn silk both as a supportive treatment and as a remedy. Corn silk contains mucilage which has a thick gel-like texture that coats the sides of the bladder. If your pet has a urinary tract infection, corn silk can help to sooth the irritation. It also functions as a mild diuretic. Corn silk also contains phytoestrogens which can help with spay incontinence. Purchase corn silk as a pill or powder for convenience, or you can use whole corn silks to make your own. Saw Palmetto This herb works as anti-inflammatory. Saw palmetto ‘s chief contribution, however, is support for bladder control and muscle tone. It also helps balance hormone levels. Sang Piao Xiao San This is a Chinese herbal remedy for urinary problems which holistic veterinarians sometimes prescribe for canine incontinence. It is made from the praying mantis egg case and can be purchased in pill form. Grain Free Diet Not an herb or treatment, but many vets and pet owners have found that they can resolve difficult to treat urinary incontinence simply by switching pets to a diet of all meat. Grain-free foods and homemade grain-free diets offer good results for some pets and their owners. Acupuncture This is a popular natural treatment for difficult to treat urinary incontinence in dogs. It works to stimulate the nerves responsible for urinary control. Many dogs need only three to five treatments to restore normal function. If you are interested in this treatment, a holistic veterinarian can tell you more. Efficacy of Natural Incontinence Remedies in Dogs The effectiveness of natural, herbal, or alternative therapies for incontinence will depend on the underlying condition causing incontinence and the treatment method used. Your veterinarian’s guidance can help you choose the most appropriate at-home therapy or supplementation. Natural Incontinence Remedies Recovery in Dogs It may take some time to see the effects of herbal supplementation and dietary changes, but most treatment methods above do not require recovery time or special care specifically associated with the therapy. Cost of Natural Incontinence Remedies in Dogs A consultation with your vet and related lab testing to diagnose your dog’s condition could cost from $50 to $200-- even as much as $1,500 if imaging scans such as CT or MRI are required. The cost of herbal supplements can start at less than $10 per month, depending on their type, quality, and source, and each visit with a licensed acupuncturist may cost $30 to $150. Dog Natural Incontinence Remedies Considerations Many dog owners find that it can take weeks or months to find an effective treatment for their dog. In some cases, herbal and homeopathic remedies simply do not work. If that is the case, you may find it necessary to return to the vet, who can suggest medical treatments that may help. Natural Incontinence Remedies Prevention in Dogs Urinary incontinence in dogs is often the result of a medical condition or of aging. Taking steps to maintain your dog’s good health is key in preventing urinary tract issues, such as providing good nutrition and adequate hydration. Keep in mind that your pet’s urinary incontinence is not only difficult for you but it can be distressing and painful for your pet as well. During treatment it may help to keep doggy diapers and pads available to keep messes to a minimum, and have baby wipes on hand. Urine is very harsh on your dog’s skin; use wipes to clean skin that may be in prolonged contact with the urine. Most of all, be persistent and patient. There is very likely a cure for your dog’s incontinence. It is only a matter of finding the one that works best for both of you.

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  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 pounds ground turkey
  • 3 cups baby spinach, chopped
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 1/2 cup peas, canned or frozen *


  1. In a large saucepan of 3 cups water, cook rice according to package instructions; set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add ground turkey and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the turkey as it cooks.
  3. Stir in spinach, carrots, zucchini, peas and brown rice until the spinach has wilted and the mixture is heated through, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Let cool completely.

*If you avoid pea protein, substitute green beans.

You can easily use ground chicken or beef in place of turkey.


Carol Land reports from the Ashville, NC show....Happy and Jamie won't go out in the snow. They are Georgia girls!


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