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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.


Our November regular meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at the Red Lobster. Social hour at 7pm, meeting at 7:30pm. Our December board meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 as a teleconference. Call in details will be emailed to the Board members. If you have an agenda item for either the Regular or Board meeting, please email club president Paula Ayers at


We will be holding a Meet the Breed event on Saturday Oct 20, 2018 at the Atlanta KC show on Jonesboro Rd. It will be from 9am to 3pm. Several members have already volunteered to man the table and we very much APPRECIATE YOU! Come and support our club at the show!


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.


Membership renewal packets will be mailed to every household in the coming weeks. Be sure to renew before 12/31/19! A return self-addressed stamped envelope will be included in the renewal package to expediate your renewal. We will also open up membership renewal on the club website if you choose to pay via Paypal. If you currently are an Associate member, you can only renew as an Associate or Associate Family member. If you are a Regular member, you can renew either as a Regular member (voting privileges) or an Associate (non-voting). Only Regular members can be listed on the Breeder Referral listing. If a Regular member chooses to renew as an Associate, and wishes to return to a Regular member status, they must reapply per club rules for Regular membership. Remember, if you are renewing for Breeder Referral listing or wanting to add your listing in 2019, you must have met the requirements. These can be found at:


Constipation in Dogs: Causes and Treatment

WebMD Veterinary Reference from ASPCA Virtual Pet Behaviorist

Constipation -- difficult, infrequent or absent bowel movements -- is one of the most common health problems associated with a pet’s digestive system. Telltale signs include dry, hard stools and straining when trying to defecate. Some dogs may also pass mucus when attempting to defecate.

What Causes Constipation?

There are various reasons why a dog may be constipated:

  • Too much or too little fiber in his diet
  • Lack of exercise
  • Blocked or abscessed anal sacs
  • Enlarged prostate gland
  • Excessive self-grooming can cause large amounts of hair to collect in the stool
  • Matted hair around the anus from lack of grooming or from obesity
  • Ingested gravel, stones, bones, dirt, plants or pieces of toys, etc. caught in the intestinal tract
  • Masses or tumors on the anus or within the rectum, causing an obstruction
  • Side effect of medication
  • Trauma to the pelvis
  • Orthopedic problem that causes pain when adog positions himself to defecate
  • Neurologic disorder
  • Dehydration due to other illness

How Can I Tell if My Dog Is Constipated?

If your dog has not had a bowel movement in over two days or if he strains, crouches or cries out when attempting to defecate, you should see your veterinarian right away.

Note: These signs may be similar to those seen with a urinary tract problem, so it’s important that you see your vet to determine the cause.

Which Dogs Are Susceptible to Constipation?

Elderly pets may suffer more often from infrequent or difficult bowel movements. However, the condition can occur in any dog that has one or more of the causes of constipation listed above.

How Can I Treat My Dog’s Constipation?

Depending on what’s causing your dog’s constipation, your vet may recommend one or several of the following treatment.

  • A stool softener or other laxative agent
  • Medication to increase the contractile strength of the large intestine
  • Adding fiber to your dog’s diet with canned pumpkin, wheat bran or a product such as Metamucil
  • A veterinarian-prescribed, high-fiber diet
  • An increase in exercise
  • An enema (administered by a professional, not at home, as there could be risks for toxicity or injury if done inappropriately)

What Can Happen If Constipation Goes Untreated?

If your dog’s constipation is not alleviated, obstipation-the inability to empty his colon on his own-can occur. In this state, the colon is packed with an uncomfortably large amount of feces, causing unproductive straining, lethargy, appetite loss and possibly even vomiting.


Dogie Stew

These colder nights have us dreaming about soups and stews, which lead us directly to this dogie style stew, a stew that that only takes about 15 minutes of prep and then 5-8 hours in a slow cooker. It stays fresh in the fridge for a couple of days and thaws beautifully.


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


  • Place ingredients in slow cooker in order listed, covering chicken completely with vegetables
  • Cook 5 hours on high or 8 hours on low
  • Remove from slow cooker, shred chicken and stir into rice and veggie mixture until evenly distributed.
  • Store covered in fridge for up to three days or freeze in single-serve portions.
  • Pro Tip: Mix in some bone broth powder into the stew. It is so healthy and dogs love the taste.


Our annual Holiday luncheon will be held on Sunday December 9, 2018 at the home of club member Margie Roe. We will also recognize our Member Achievement awards, Membership Certificates and Member of the Year. We will once again be having our white cavalier gift exchange. If you plan to participate, please bring a wrapped, unmarked gift valued between $25 and $30. We are also once again supporting Pickens Animal Rescue with donations, so please consider bringing a donation to drop off at the luncheon. Be sure to RSVP


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:


Jim & Sharon Utych are bragging on MBISS AKC GCHB CH Brookhaven The Dream Lives On “Edgar” as he was awarded Best of Breed both days at the Anniston KC show and also an OH Grp 4.

At the Murfreesboro KC show weekend, Edgar was awarded BOS, Select Dog and Best of Breed Owner Handled and an OH Grp 3.

At the Jackson MS KC shows, Edgar was awarded BOB on Thursday and Select Dog on Friday and Saturday, with an OH Grp 3.

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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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Mark Fitchpatrick, editor