THE CAVALIER CHRONICLE
Hope you are doing well and enjoying our lovely spring weather. It is nice to have a true spring with rain for flowers and mild temperatures.
On Sunday, May 2nd we had another fun and productive Puppy Party. The weather was nice and the dogs ran and played so well together.
Thank you to Alice Alford for conducting our CGC and trick dog tests. Over the years she has tested many if our members' cavaliers. We greatly appreciate her spending most of the day working to help others achieve their certificates. I know 4 dogs received their CGC and 1 earned their novice trick dog title. Proud of all our 4 legged members for these new titles. Also want to thank Kay Trade and Gwyneth for their wonderful demonstration of some of the more advanced tricks.
Cavaliers of Greater Atlanta wants to send a warm welcome to our new members, Victoria Babcock and Jess Hillman, and we're very glad they were able to attend the party.
All in all, I think a fun time was had by all. We will be working on the location and date of the next fun day.
Time to get ready for our 2021 Specialty. We have three breeder judges, so get those puppies lead broken and tune up the older guys. Mark your calendar for August 28- 29, 2021 and we hope you will plan to join us for the specialty and our annual Saturday night social. The social will be held at the Drury Inn, our host hotel. Check the website for more details.
INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHT OF THE MONTH
The secret of life is.....Do The Right Thing. We all know what the right thing is. Stop, slow down, listen. In the quiet of our minds, we will hear the voice tell us the right thing. Learn to listen. The voice is there and it is there for a reason. The reason is to lead us to correct decisions. Listening is a learned behavior.....it takes practice.......Mark Fitchpatrick
WELCOME YOUR NEW BOARD
Welcome our board for 2021-2022
We held the club's election of officers at our May regular meeting and the results were:
President: Linda Whitmire
Vice President: Paula Ayers
Treasurer: Carolyn Powell
Secretary: Sharon Utych
Director: Mark Fitchpatrick
Director: LaVada McCosh
Director: Jim Utych
The board and membership want to thank Carol Land for her many years of service on the CKCSCGA board.
Please plan on being with us at these upcoming events...
August 28 and 29 - Two specialty shows, Saturday night social
September 26 - Puppy Social at the Utych's
December - Holiday Luncheon - Date to be determined.
If you would be interested in hosting a potluck Holiday Luncheon please let us know.
Thanks to Alice Alford for providing AKC CGC and Trick Dog testing at our Puppy Social. Congrats to the following:
Trick Dog Novice (TKN) -
Almeara FUNLIGHTENMENT, TKN "Gigi" - Linda Whitmire
AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC):
CH Legendcrest Finnickskye Dream Catcher, CGC "Catcher" - Sharon and Jim Utych
HUNTLAND HUNTLEY VAILLANCOURT-MCCOSH CGC "Huntley" - LaVada Vaillancourt
AKC Community Canine (CGCA):
CH Almeara Visionnaire CGCA "Stevie" - Sharon and Jim Utych
GCHS Brookhaven The Dream Lives On CGCA "Edgar" - Sharon and Jim Utych
Our next Specialty shows will be held at the same location on August 28th and 29th, 2021 in conjunction with the Cherokee Rose cluster shows at the Atlanta Expo Center South.
Our judges will be Conny Hansen (Althof US) and Marilyn Mayfield (Mayfield US). Our Sweeps judge for Puppy and Veterans will be Pat Mixon (Tudorose US).
Marilyn Mayfield will also be judging Junior Showmanship and Beginner Puppy competition on Sunday. Make plans to join us in February 2021!
Our host hotel will once again be the Drury Inn and the booking line for special rates can be found on our website: www.ckcscatlanta.org
On Saturday evening the club will have a social at the host hotel with beverages, food, ice, plates, utensils, etc. We ask members to bring a side to share! Come and just relax after the show and enjoy a bite to eat and socialize with friends we have not seen in a long time due to the pandemic. Be sure to bring your mask!
In lieu of a ringside silent auction, which would not be feasible with COVID 19 guidelines, we will have a Chinese auction where tickets may be purchased to place in bags next to 6 to 7 prewrapped baskets. We will draw the winning tickets on Saturday after the Specialty.
Thank you to the following members for committing to put together and donate the following baskets:
Almeara Cavaliers – White wine basket
Dr. Barbara Magera – Red wine basket
Monticello Cavaliers – A “Fried Green Tomatoes” themed basket
Mark Fitchpatrick – Homemade Dessert basket
Finnickyskye Cavaliers – Beer and “man snacks” basket
Brookhaven Cavaliers – TBA
Susan Kent – Apple House basket
Also, Hannah Dingman has donated a handmade spaniel water bowl and matching food bowl set
If you would like to donate a basket – please let Linda Whitmire know!
We also need help during the Specialty! Selling raffle tickets, catalogs, keeping watch over the basket table, helping at the Saturday evening social to set up and clean up!
DOG APPETITE LOSS
Temporary loss of appetite for a day or two in dogs is nothing to be alarmed at. However, prolonged appetite loss is usually caused by some underlying health problems. This page looks at some possible causes of appetite loss in dogs and what we can do to entice our dogs to eat.
Dogs usually are hearty eaters, although there are some finicky eaters as well. Most of the time, dogs enjoy chowing down their food. They even find stale food or garbage delicious!
Just like us, however, a dog occasionally may lose his appetite due to stress, a lack of exercise, or even a change in the weather.
Temporary appetite loss in dogs is not serious - dogs are by nature hardy animals and can stay healthy and active even if they don't eat for 48 hours. Believe it or not, dogs are very in tune with their bodies - when they do not feel so well, or when they feel there is a need for internal cleansing (like detoxification), they fast on their own.
However, if your dog suddenly loses her appetite or stops eating altogether for more than two days, coupled with weight loss, then you should take her to the vet for a check-up. The dog's appetite loss is most likely caused by some underlying health problem.
Causes of Appetite Loss in Dogs
As you can imagine, there are many possible reasons why a dog may lose her appetite. Some common ones include:
Dogs are animals of habits - they like routines and dislike stress! Therefore, when a dog's daily routines are disturbed, or when there is stress in her living environment, she may lose her appetite. For example, when there is a new dog in the family, or when she is put in the kennel while her owners are on vacation.
Digestive problems such as diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, and so on, can also cause a dog to lose her appetite. If your dog stops eating because of diarrhea, don't force food down her throat. Fasting in this case is actually good for your dog. Just remember to encourage her to drink water to prevent dehydration.
Bacterial or Viral Infections
Infectious diseases usually cause fever, which in turn may cause a loss in appetite. In this case, it is also natural and beneficial for the dog to fast. Temporarily going without food allows the body to devote less energy to digestion and more to fight the bugs that make him sick.
Some dogs may lose their appetites when they suffer from an upper respiratory disease (e.g. asthma, kennel cough). Perhaps they don't want to eat because they cannot smell their food!
Other Health Problems
Other health problems that may cause dog appetite loss include:
- Dental or periodontal diseases
- Kidney failure
- Urinary tract infections
- Severe worm infestations
- Addison's disease
As you can see, dog appetite loss can be caused by quite a few different diseases. It is therefore essential to get a medical check-up if your dog stops eating for over 48 hours.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
TURKEY, VEGETABLE, AND RICE STEW
This basic dog food recipe includes turkey for protein and vegetables for added vitamins and minerals. Turkey has less fat than beef, making this an ideal recipe for pups that could stand to lose a few pounds.
- 4 cups of water
- 1 pound of ground turkey
- 2 cups of brown rice
- 1 cup of carrots, chopped
- 1 cup of green beans, chopped
- 1 tablespoon of fish oil (optional)
- Cook the ground turkey in a non-stick skillet over medium heat until the meat is cooked through.
- Add the brown rice, turkey, and water to a large pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook an additional 15 minutes, or until the rice is soft and tender.
- Add the carrots and green beans and cook for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.
- Allow cooling before serving.
- Store extra dinners in the fridge for up to five days.
Pro Tip: Avoid using heavy oil to brown the turkey. The high-fat content of the oil may upset your dog’s stomach.
Jim & Sharon Utych are bragging on RBISOH MBISS AKC GCHS CH Brookhaven The Dream Lives On CGCA who was awarded Select Dog on Saturday under judge R. Stein and Sunday Best of Breed under judge Brewster at the Clarksville KC shows
and also AKC GCH CH Legendcrest Finnickyskye Dream Catcher, CGC who was awarded Best of Breed /BOBOH under judge R. Stein at the Clarksville KC shows this past weekend