Cavalier Chronicle

October 2017

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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: including 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.

We have lovely trophies for our winners at both shows. Saturday are handpainted lanterns and thermal mugs by Tammy Cousins. Sunday trophies are a bed for Best of Breed, and for the other winners, crate pads and snoods made by Kathy Gentil. We still have open sponsorships available and hope that you would consider sponsoring a trophy. Sponsorships will be posted on our club website and also ringside. Sponsorships made prior to the premium deadline (which is tbd by MB-F) will be acknowledged in the premium.

You can sponsor a trophy using our safe, secure online store on our website. The link to trophy sponsorships is:

The following trophies are still available for sponsorship:

Saturday - Reserve Winners Bitch ($35)

Sunday - Best of Opposite Sex ($50), Winners Bitch ($45), Select Dog & Select Bitch ($35 each), Reserve Winners Dog & Reserve Winners Bitch ($35 each)

Your generous donations help offset the costs associated with putting these Specialties on. The portion of the entry fees we receive do not cover our costs to put on the show and we do rely on the generosity of our members to support our club. If you cannot sponsor a trophy, perhaps you could consider donating an item to our ringside silent auction that we will be holding at the Specialty show. If you can donate an item, please contact Paula Ayers at:


Evite invitations have been emailed to members. If you have not received it, please review your spam folder or email Sharon Utych. The luncheon will be held on Saturday, December 2 from 1 pm to 5 pm at the home of Bart and Linda Whitmire. The club is providing the baked ham, members please bring a side to share. BYOB and set-up. We will also be holding our awards program at this meeting, so be sure to attend and celebrate with our club members!

In lieu of our annual white cavalier gift exchange, we ask that you bring an item to donate for Pickens Animal Rescue. They are in need of dog & cat food, towels, laundry detergent, bleach, mops, food and water bowls, toys for the cats and dogs to play with, gift cards to Walmart, Petco or Petsmart. Questions on what to donate? Contact club member Susan Kent at for more information.


Our next regularly scheduled meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn – Northlake on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 7:30pm. Social hour begins at 7:00pm. There will be no board meeting. The second in our educational DVD series will be shown. The series began with 'Maximizing Conception in the Bitch' and will be followed at the November meeting by 'Whelping and Neonatal Survival', by Robert V Hutchinson.


We are offering sponsorships for the trophies we are awarding at the Winter Specialty Show. You have the opportunity to sponsorship 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.

Recipe Of The Month


The easiest treat possible – these no make 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


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 de-worming 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 grinded up and added to your dog’s meals. If you would prefer to give them as a whole seed, make sure you do so on a 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 the 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 dogs 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 can 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 dogs diet, but it is particularly beneficial for those pets whose diets consists of dehydrated kibble.

Because kibble can require an increased secretion of gastric acid and pancreatic enzymes to help with your dog’s digestion, a 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 a 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 you 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 can 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 to your pet’s diet and work your way up to a dose that your dog is comfortable with.

This will allow their 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.


Sharon & Jim Utych are bragging on CKCSC & AKC GCH CH Brookhaven The Dream Lives On “Edgar” who was awarded Select Dog both days at the Murfreesboro KC Shows in October. Edgar was also awarded Best of Breed Owner Handled both days and received a Group 3 and Group 1, respectively.

Edgar was also awarded Select Dog on Saturday at the Augusta KC show the following weekend.


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


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