Hi everyone,

Another successful specialty is behind us. I can't thank all of the hard-working members that made this a possibility enough; you are greatly appreciated. Our basket raffle was a big hit and plans are in play to do the same in February. Our social on Saturday night was well attended and I think everyone enjoyed getting to socialize and have some good food. A special thank you to Lavada for her great job of decorating the room.

Our next fun event will be held at the home of Jim and Sharon Uytch on Sunday, September 26. An Evite has been sent and I hope everyone is planning to attend. There will be a presentation on grooming your cavalier.

I look forward to seeing you there,

Linda Whitmire


I would like to thank all who have provided information to be placed in the newsletter. The only way we are able to have the newsletter we all desire is through sharing. Please keep your brags, photos, and club-related information coming. Please feel free to share any suggestions you might have with me at


Our Specialty shows that were held on August 28th and 29th, 2-21 in conjunction with the Cherokee Rose cluster shows were a great success! Thank you again to our judges, Connie Hansen (Althop US), Marilyn Mayfield (Mayfield US) and our Sweeps judge Pat Mixon (Tudorose US).

We had a good entry both days for the regular conformation and sweeps! Plus we had a Junior and two Beginner Pups! All the results can be found via a link on the club website under the 2021 Specialty Show.

In lieu of a ringside silent auction, we held a Chinese auction and club members offered some great baskets that all exhibitors at the Cluster were interested in! The baskets were a great success! THANK YOU to the following members for donating some wonderful baskets:

Almeara Cavaliers – White wine basket

Monticello Cavaliers – A “Fried Green Tomatoes” themed basket

Finnickyskye Cavaliers – Beer and “man snacks” basket in an insulated cooler

Brookhaven Cavaliers – Grooming basket

Susan Kent – Apple House basket

LaVada McCosh – certificate for a night's stay at a B&B

Oliver Bentley Biscuits – a basket full of Oliver Bentley biscuits & products!

Also, Hannah Dingman donated a handmade spaniel water bowl and matching food bowl set that was auctioned off at the Saturday evening social!

Thank you to all who made our Specialty “special” – especially Linda Whitmire, Jim Utych, Sharon Utych, Susan Kent, Alice Alford, Carolyn Powell, and LaVada McCosh for decorating and coordinating our Saturday evening social.


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Our next board meeting will be a zoom meeting on September 28. The zoom instructions will be emailed to the board members.

Our next scheduled regular meeting will be a zoom meeting on October 12, 2021, at 7:30 pm. Call-in details will be emailed to members closer to the meeting date.

If you have an agenda item for either meeting, please email club president Linda Whitmire at

Our Holiday Luncheon will be held on Sunday, December 12, 2021, at 5 Paces Inn, Atlanta from 1 pm to 4 pm. More information will follow but make sure to save the date!


September 26 - 1:00 PM - Puppy Social at the Utych's

October 22-24 - Fast CAT Events - Coweta County Fairgrounds

December 12 - 1:00 PM - Holiday Luncheon - Five Paces Inn


Join us all at club members Jim & Sharon Utych’s house for an outside gathering on Sunday, September 26th from 1 pm to 4 pm. It’s just time to sit down and see each other in person again! Bring you cavaliers, young or old. Also, bring a chair, water bowl for your pup, and crate or xpen for them to relax in. It’s all about just getting together to reconnect! We will have chili, water, and iced tea. Bring a light snack to share! Linda Whitmire will be showing us grooming tips to keep our cavaliers in tip-top condition for both show dogs and non-show dogs. If you want to know something specific, like the best shampoos, how to get out a mat, keeping ears and teeth clean, supplements, trimming fur between paw pads, what is the best “cut” for my non-show cavalier, etc. email Linda at with your request! Be sure to RSVP to the Evite invitation that was previously emailed to all our members.
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Yes, it is that time of the year again! The 2022 membership renewal package will soon be arriving in a mailbox near you! We hope to have the mailings out by the first week of October. We will be using the mail address you provided to us. If you have moved within the year, please let Sharon Utych know of your new mailing address.

Included in the renewal mailing will be information on our 2021 Member of the Year nominations, Breeder Referral Listing renewal and requirements needed and also information on our year-end Holiday Luncheon.

Please remember that to stay current with your membership, you must renew no later than December 31, 2021


Can it be? Yes, our Specialty weekend is just around the corner! Mark your calendars for February 5 & 6, 2022! We are back at the Atlanta Exposition Center South with our concurrent specialty shows at the Conyers KC Cherokee Rose Cluster shows!

Our judges for the Specialty will be Mr. Cesar Cortes (Londoncor UK) and Mrs. Mary Hanus (Winterhaven US). Our sweeps judge will be Mrs. Jennifer Flowers Foster (Astarring US). Mrs. Hanus will also be judging the Beginner Puppy competition. Both shows will offer NOHS.

We will be discussing the Specialty during our October meeting, so be sure to call in!


NEW!! 6 Fast CAT Events

October 22-24, 2021

Coweta County Fairgrounds

Newnan, GA

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Pumpkin For Dogs – The Ultimate Guide

It is all about improving the lives of dogs. Because of this, many people ask health questions for their dogs. One of the most common questions that you ask are about healthy superfoods for dogs. The answer to that question is so we pumpkin. Yes, pumpkin for dogs!

Pumpkin For Dogs – The Ultimate Pet Superfood

Pumpkin has many health benefits for dogs and is one food that pet owners can feel confident about safely adding it to their dog’s regular diet.

Pumpkin is incredibly nutritious, easy to prepare, and has almost no side effects.

So here is everything you need to know about pumpkin for dogs.

This guide is here to answer two basic questions.

Is Pumpkin Good For Dogs?

Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin?

The short answer is YES to both of these questions.

Pumpkin is very nutritious for dogs. But be careful, not all pumpkins are created equal.

The pumpkin that you carve for Halloween, for example, is potentially full of mold and bacteria after it’s been sitting on your front porch for several weeks. It’s not a good idea to feed any pumpkin you are using as decor to your dog. Don’t take the risk.

Instead, use seeds and the flesh of FRESH pumpkins. These are both safe for your dog. Pumpkin parts can go rancid very quickly so if you choose to serve raw pumpkin it’s vital that it is the freshest you can find.

As mentioned, both raw and cooked pumpkin is safe for dogs, but you can not beat the ease of canned pumpkin.

Canned Pumpkin For Dogs

Canned pumpkin is incredibly simple to feed to your dog.
Step 1: Open Canned Pumpkin
Step 2: Feed canned pumpkin to your dog

See, I told you it was simple.

Don’t worry about losing any nutritional value from using canned pumpkin instead of fresh pumpkin. Canned is packed full of the same nutrients as fresh pumpkin. Plus canned pumpkin is a puree, so it is easy to mix right into your dog’s food.

You can also give it to your dog as an added treat.

But make sure that your canned pumpkin is organic. You also need to ensure that no added sugars are in the can.

I already mentioned canned pumpkin and fresh cooked pumpkin have many health benefits for dogs. But what about pumpkin seeds?

Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin Seeds?

Yes, but we recommend that you first clean and roast them. Do not serve them raw.

Cleaned and baked pumpkin seeds are an all-natural, delicious snack for your dog (they’re good for you too).

Pumpkin seeds have been found to be high in omega 3 fatty acids, which have beneficial anti-inflammatory effects. Pumpkin seeds are also used as a natural remedy for parasites such as tapeworms and roundworms. Cucurbitin, an amino acid found in pumpkin seeds, acts as a natural deworming agent.

Pumpkin seeds have also been found to benefit those with benign prostatic hyperplasia, and according to Healthy Pets, almost every male dog 9 years and older suffers from this. Pumpkin seeds also help dislodge kidney stones. Plus, the extracted oils of pumpkin seeds are beneficial to the urinary tract.

How to serve pumpkin seeds to your dog:

Pumpkin seeds can be crushed and ground up and added to your dog’s meals. If you would prefer to give them as a whole seed, make sure you do so one at a time. Also only feed a few pumpkin seeds in one sitting. A potential side effect of too many pumpkin seeds is softer stools, due to the high fat content.

Other Things to Consider about Pumpkin Seeds for Your Dog:

Do not add salt. Dogs need unsalted plain pumpkin seeds.

Fresh seeds will go rancid quickly, which is one of the reasons why I recommend roasting. Roasting pumpkin seeds in the oven will let them last about a month.

But note: If pumpkin seeds aren’t stored properly they can become toxic. Sealed packages are available and can provide a longer shelf life of about six months.

Why is Pumpkin so Healthy for Dogs?

Fiber for Dog Weight Loss:
Dogs love the taste pumpkin so getting them to eat it should not be a problem.

It’s a great solution if you are looking to help your dog lose a few pounds. Use pumpkins for weight loss by reducing a portion of their dog food and replace it with the same portion of canned pumpkin.

Pumpkin contains nearly three grams of fiber for a single cup serving size. Fiber helps to promote a sense of fullness and reduces the physiological urge to consume larger volumes of food.

Pumpkin For Upset Stomach

Additionally, fiber can help with your dog's constipation. As your dog gets older, constipation can become a more frequent and severe problem. Increasing fiber levels can help to create more stool bulk. This helps to stimulate your dog’s colon wall and promotes contraction of the muscles responsible for moving stool from your pet’s digestive tract.

Pumpkin For Dog Diarrhea

Increasing your dog’s dietary fiber will help if your pet is suffering from diarrhea. Pumpkin flesh contains soluble fiber, which will help slow your dog’s digestion and can help manage diarrhea by absorbing water.

Changes in food or your dog eating something that he or she shouldn’t make them prone to large bowel diarrhea (a condition known as colitis).

Serving Size of Pumpkin for Dogs With Diarrhea:

Add a tablespoon or two (in proportion to their size) of Pureed pumpkin to your pet’s regular meal to help keep them regular or to help your dog with indigestion or an upset stomach.

Urinary Health Benefits of Pumpkin:

Pumpkin seeds have been found to be high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants. This helps keep your dog’s skin and fur healthy, plus the oils in pumpkin flesh and seeds are believed to support urinary health. Dogs with urinary incontinence, in particular, may benefit from a little pumpkin in their diet.

Moisture Benefits of Pumpkins

Pumpkin is composed of 90% water.
Pumpkin can be a healthy addition of moisture to any dog's diet, but it is particularly beneficial for those pets whose diets consist of dehydrated kibble.

Because kibble can require an increased secretion of gastric acid and pancreatic enzymes to help with your dog’s digestion, moisture-deficient pet food (kibble) can have a dehydrating effect on your pet.

Drinking water or the addition of moisture-rich foods (pumpkin) to your dog’s diet can help reduce this dehydrating effect. Adding pumpkin to your dog’s meals and or serving it as a healthy snack can help to promote an increased state of hydration for your dog.

Other Health Benefits of Pumpkin for Dogs

Pumpkin provides a natural source of many beneficial vitamins and nutrients:

  • Potassium – an electrolyte essential for muscular contraction and recovery from activity.
  • Vitamin C – one cup of pumpkin contains at least 11mg of vitamin C. Vitamin C is vital for its antioxidant and immune system supporting effects.
  • Beta-Carotene. – beneficial for preventing cancer. Just look at a pumpkin’s bright orange color. You can literally see how rich it is in beta-carotene.
  • Alpha-Carotene
  • Fiber
  • Zinc – will help improve skin and coat.
  • Iron
  • Vitamin A – which is important for your dog’s vision health.

How Much Pumpkin Should I Give My Dog?

A good amount to start with is feeding your dog 1 or 2 tablespoons of pureed pumpkin. Start with this amount per day, depending on your dog’s size.

What to Avoid: When using canned pumpkin the only ingredient listed on the label should be pumpkin

  • Avoid pumpkin pie filling due to fat, sugar, and other ingredients.
  • Avoid any pumpkin with spices.
  • Avoid any pumpkin with added flavorings.
  • Avoid any pumpkin with other preservatives.

These can all cause digestive tract problems.

Other things to Avoid

Never allow your dog to eat a pumpkin’s stem or leaves, they are covered in tiny, sharp hairs which can cause irritation to your dog’s mouth and intestinal tract.

Dogs should never eat the shell of a pumpkin or gourd. This is especially dangerous during Fall when many decorative pumpkins and gourds are coated with things like glue, glitter, or shellac that are toxic.

Pumpkin for Dogs Side Effects

Any time you introduce something new to your dog’s diet, even if it’s healthy, you need to do so in moderation to see how your dog reacts to the new dietary addition.

Start slow.

By starting with too much pumpkin, canned or otherwise, you can actually cause diarrhea. Too much of a good thing, in this case, fiber, can actually cause some undesirable digestive problems such as; intestinal gas, abdominal bloating, and cramping. This generally occurs from consuming too much fiber too fast.

To avoid these undesirable effects, simply incorporate small amounts of pumpkin slowly into your pet’s diet and work your way up to a dose that your dog is comfortable with.

This will allow the bacteria that they have in their digestive tract to adjust to the increased fiber.

Keeping your pet healthy means giving them a high-quality life. Adding pumpkin to the diet is a great step.

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The easiest treat possible – these no-bake peanut butter treats. Requiring only four ingredients and zero baking time, you can whip up a batch as you need them in no time. If you’re nervous about making your own dog treats, this is the perfect recipe easy recipe to start with.


1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup milk
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, divided


In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter, and milk on medium-high until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Gradually add 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats at low speed, beating just until incorporated.

Using a small cookie scoop, roll the mixture into 1 1/4-to-1 1/2-inch balls, forming about 20. Dredge balls in remaining 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats, pressing to coat.Cover and place in the refrigerator until firm, about 1 hour.*

Cover and place in the refrigerator until firm, about 1 hour.*


*These can be kept refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Recipe courtesy of Damn Delicious

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Jim & Sharon Utych (Finnickyskye) are bragging on their veteran boy, Stevie. Stevie (CH Almeara Visionnaire CGCA) won Best Veteran in Sweeps at the Central Carolina CKCSC Specialty and the following weekend at our Specialty won Best Veteran in Sweeps and Best Veteran in Show both specialty days! Additionally, on Saturday Stevie was awarded a 5 point Select Dog major under judge Conny Hansen! Stevie is co-owned with Linda Whitmire.

Jim & Sharon Utych are also bragging on their newest addition, Brookhaven Number Nine Dream (Lennyn). Lennyn was awarded Reserve Winners Dog under Doug Johnson at the Central Carolina CKCSC Specialty and also RWD at the Saturday Conyers KC show!

It was a great Saturday Conyers KC show for Finnickyskye where under judge Pamela Peat, Edgar was awarded Best of Breed, Catcher was awarded Select Dog/BOBOH and Lennyn was awarded Reserve Winners Dog! Along with Edgar receiving AOM’s at both our Specialty Shows.

And lastly, at the Kentucky cluster during Labor Day weekend, Lennyn won Winners Dog on Thursday and Catcher and Edgar won the major Select every day of the 5 show circuit with Catcher winning the rubber match with 3 Selects to Edgar’s two. Catch also won an OH GRP 1 & 2 during the weekend and will officially end up the NOHS year as the number 3 AKC NOHS Cavalier in America.

Paula Ayers brags on:

Brookhaven Mary Jane Winners Bitch - Judge Marilyn Mayfield at the Cavaliers of Greater Atlanta Specialty

Brookhaven. Mary Jane Winners bitch - judge Doug Johnson at the Central Carolina Cavalier Specialty

Paula Ayers brags on:

Brookhaven Almost Paradise - Winners Dog at the Central Carolina Cavalier Specialty & BOS in sweeps - judge Kathy Kate’s

Best Bred by Exhibitor and Reserve Winners Dog - judge Marilyn Mayfield & Best in Sweeps - judge Pat Mixon

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Mark Fitchpatrick, editor