The Cavalier Chronicle

July, 2016


Dear Members,

I want to thank Holly Majka Brookins for being the editor of our newsletter for the past year. Holly took us from emailed newsletters to the program we are using today; including specialist who contribute to our newsletter in every issue. Thank you Holly for all that you do for our club and for Cavalier Rescue.

Mark Fitchpatrick will be taking over as newsletter editor beginning with this issue. Anything you would like to contribute including your brags please send to Mark at Thank you Mark for taking on this important part of our club.

The next show that is sponsored by Cavaliers of Greater Atlanta will be Oct 28th. We will a back to back specialty. All three judges are breed specialist. Our morning judge is the Top Breeder in the UK – Ms. Alexandra Bubb. Following Alex’s judging our own Missy Crane will judge our sweeps. Our afternoon judge is Ms. Linda Hulebaus; Linda has been involved with cavaliers for over 25 years, she owned and loved cavaliers when they were in the Miscellaneous Group in AKC. Following judging we will have our first annual Awards Banquet, live auction (featuring one of Betty Turners had painted pieces), and a pot luck dinner. So everyone bring your cavaliers, a dish to share and spend the day watching beautiful Cavaliers and visiting with friends old and new!

If anyone has an auction item for the October live or silent auction please contact me at

We would also love to see all of you at our next meeting, which will be held on August 2nd at the Holiday Inn off LaVista Rd. Visit our website at for information about our meetings and the upcoming Specialty.

**REMEMBER** We cannot put these events on without the help of our members. The success of our shows and our club depends on our volunteers and we would appreciate your help.

Paula Ayers

CKCSC of Greater Atlanta President



As the new Cavalier Chronicle editor, on behalf of CKCSCGA I would like to thank Holly Brookins for the wonderful job she has done as The Cavalier Chronicle editor over the past year. As many of you know, Holly is working on her PHD. In addition to her studies, she is a wife and mother. Holly is also beginning the next chapter in her career as the new Vice Principal at Morningside Elementary School. To say that Holly's plate is full to overflowing is an understatement. I know all fellow members join me in thanking Holly for the job she has done as The Cavalier Chronicle editor and wish her every success in her new position and with her studies. Job well done Holly.

I am asking for the help of every club member as I take the position as editor. Please send me your brags, photos, and any suggestion you might have for the newsletter.

I can be contacted at Mark Fitchpatrick,


6 Ways to Naturally Prevent and Get Rid of Fleas on Dogs

I share my life with many four-legged friends, owning 2 dogs and fostering at least 2 others at any given time. My canine companions make up a huge part of my life so, naturally, I want to care for them…naturally. Like human medications popular dog medications, such as flea and tick preventatives, are full of strange chemicals that could have potentially harmful side effects. If you have little ones running around the house, you don’t want them getting into the medication or touching the dog after it’s applied. Since I foster and have rescues coming in from all kinds of places, I have to be up on the flea care year round. Instead of constantly applying synthetic repellents, there are natural substitutes I can turn to that can help keep the little beasties at bay.

Why the ingredients: The essential oils/ingredients used here are all natural insecticide/pesticides, shown to either kill or deter the pests due to their various compounds/naturally occurring chemicals. Indeed, many of them are found in commercial flea/tick preventative.

1. Flea collar

A flea collar is a great way to ward off fleas without always having to reapply something topically, and it keeps the flea control constant and steady.

You will need…

-3-5 drops of cedar oil or lavender oil
- 1-3 tablespoons of water
-Bandana OR your dog’s collar
-an eyedropper (optional)


Dilute 2-3 drops of your chosen oil in 1-3 tablespoons of water. Some people use the oil undiluted, but I personally feel it should always be diluted, even if it’s only by a little. Next, pick out a bandana to be the flea collar-I think a bandana is preferable because you can take it on and off and your dog’s collar won’t smell. It’s always fun to get creative with patterns and colors here. If you go up to ½ teaspoon you can use up to 5 drops of the liquid. Using an eyedropper or other similar means, apply 5-10 drops of the mixture to the bandana and rub the sides of the fabric together, and then tie it about your dog’s neck in a snazzy way. Reapply oil mixture to the collar once a week. In conjunction with this, 1 or 2 drops of oil diluted with at least 1 tablespoon of olive oil can be placed at the base of your dog’s tail.

2. Flea deterring drink- can be used alongside any of these remedies.

You will need…

-1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar


For every 40 pound dog add 1 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar to 1 quart of their drinking water. We highly recommend using Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar. Not only does it deter fleas, it improves a pups skin and coat condition from the inside-out.

3. Flea comb

This contains lemon and lemon contains something called limonene, which is a chemical that kills and repels fleas but is harmless to us or our pets.

You will need…

-1 freshly sliced up lemon
-1 pot of fresh water
-a comb, sponge, or brush


Boil a pot of water and add the slices of a freshly cut lemon to it. Turn off the heat after the lemons has been added and cover the pot, letting the mixture steep overnight. The next day dip a comb or your pets brush in the liquid (make sure it’s sufficiently cool) and run it through their hair. A sponge works as well, especially if you have a very short haired breed. A quick version is to bring water to a vigorous boil and then pour over a freshly sliced lemon. Then just dip the comb, let it cool, and use as above.

4. Flea spray

As a bonus, your pup will get a nice gleaming finish to their coat after using this flea spray.

You will need…

-1 cup white distilled vinegar OR 1 cup apple cider vinegar OR a 50/50 blend of both
-1 quart fresh water
-2-3 drops of lavender or cedar oil
-a decent sized spray bottle


The essential oil isn’t vital, but it certainly gives the spray an extra edge (and a nice smell.) If you’re using it, add 2-3 drops as you add 1 cup of white distilled vinegar/apple cider vinegar/both to 1 quart of fresh water. Fill your spray bottle, and mist your dog, being careful not to get it in their eyes, nose, or ears-aka avoid spraying near the face. To get up around the neck and behind the ears/their chin area, dampen a soft cloth with the mixture and wipe it on. Spray your pets bedding and around it with this mixture lightly as well.

5. Flea (be-gone) bag

This little sachet contains things that smell pleasant to us, but that drive pests away from your pet.

You will need…

-Two 6 inch squares of breathable fabric (such as muslin)
-a rough handful of cedar chips
-1-2 teaspoons of dried lavender buds
-the peel of 1 lemon


Follow the instructions on how to make a sachet here if you need more detail. Cut 2 6 inch squares of fabric and place them together inside out. Sew all but 1 side and turn inside out. Fill with a rough handful of fragrant cedar chips, 1-2 teaspoons of lavender, and 1 lemon peel. Leave enough room at the top so you can tie it off with a ribbon or sew it shut (tying allows you to reuse it when the contents lose their potency.) Place under your pets bed/bedding or near it to ward off fleas. Change the mixture every month or so.

6. Flea bath- wash your pup with this weekly to deter fleas.

You will need…

-A half a cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice*
-1 ½ – 2 cups of fresh water
-1/4 –1/2 cup of mild pet-friendly soap or shampoo


Stir together a half a cup of lemon juice, 1 ½ cups of water, and ¼ cup of mild pet-friendly shampoo or soap. Bottle and label and bathe weekly to keep fleas away.

*amounts will vary depending on the size of your dog. As a general rule of thumb, use 2 parts water to every ½ cup of soap and lemon juice.

NOTE: You must always dilute essential oil before using them. Pay attention to and read and respect your dog’s body language. It may sound odd, but let them sniff the different scents and see how they react. Whichever one you think they “like” the most, or will tolerate should be the one you use. It is estimated that dogs can identify scents 1,000-10,000 times better than humans. Imagine something you hate the smell of, and then imagine it being rubbed all over your body and smelling it 1,000 times stronger!

I cannot begin to say how engrained into my life dogs are. Their wellbeing is of the utmost importance to me, and if I can avoid strange chemicals, I will do so in the same way I avoid them myself. Dogs are natural beings, just as we are, and should rightly be treated as such.

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Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats


· 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

· 2 eggs

· 1/2 cup canned pumpkin

· 2 tablespoons peanut butter

· 1/2 teaspoon salt

· 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff. Roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick roll. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 40 minutes.


We all need those little reminders from time to time. If you have a favorite reminder you would like to share please send it to Mark Fitchpatrick at


The club held the elections of the board at the May meeting. The elected board for 2016-2017 is: President – Paula Ayers Vice President – Susan Bess Treasurer – Claire Ellis Secretary – Sharon Utych Directors – Linda Whitmire, Beverly Manley, Brenda Martz Thank you to former director, Missy Crane for her many years of service on the board! At our June Board Meeting, Claire Ellis tendered her resignation as Treasurer but will continue to be an active member. We appreciate all she has done while Treasurer! Carol Land was appointed by the Board to assume the remainder of Claire’s term as Treasurer. Additionally, Beverly Manley will now be the Membership chair and be handling all annual membership and breeder referral renewals. Thank you Beverly


Do you have a suggestion for potential judges for our specialty shows that we hold in February and October? We would love to have your suggestions for AKC licensed judges and especially breeder judges for our Specialty. Breeder judge suggestions can be foreign or from the USA. We also would like your input for Sweepstakes judges and Junior Showmanship judges! Send your suggestions to Paula Ayers ( or Linda Whitmire (


If your cavalier has earned a new title during August 30, 2015 to August 30, 2016 be sure to report it to our Club Secretary, Sharon Utych. All new titleholders, new AKC Canine Good Citizen and AKC Therapy Dog titleholders and newly registered therapy dogs with a national therapy dog organization are eligible for either a certificate or a rosette, which will be presented at our October All Hallows Buffet (following the Specialty show). Be sure to be a part of this special event! More information on our Member Achievement Program can be found on our website at:


Our August meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn – Northlake on Tuesday, August 2. There will be a board meeting beginning at 6pm. Social hour is at 7pm and the general meeting commences at 7:30pm. If you have an item that you would like to put on the meeting agenda for discussion, please email President Paula Ayers ( by Wednesday, July 27. There will be no meetings held in the month of July.


We are progressing on our All Hallows Specialty Show that will be held on Friday, October 28, 2016 at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta, GA. We will be holding TWO specialty shows on Friday along with Puppy and Veteran Sweepstakes. After the specialty shows, stay ringside for a wonderful ham potluck dinner. At the dinner, we will have a small silent auction and there will be a ringside silent auction. Additionally, we will be presenting our very first annual member recognition awards! For our club members who do not show, come on down and support the club members who are in the ring and enjoy a great day of cavaliers, a wonderful meal and socializing. If you would like to help out at the Specialty, please contact show chair Sue Bess ( or Paula Ayers ( You can also purchase class and trophy sponsorships! See all the information on our website at:


What a great time we had attending the ACKCSC National in Norman Oklahoma! Jim and I packed up all four boys and their “accoutrements”, (which took up the whole car) and yelled out “westward ho!” as we began our trip at 4 am on Sunday! It was a LONG drive (14.5 hours) through many places with “a bunch of nothing around”, but we made it to the Embassy Suites and Convention Center in Norman tired and excited. The weather for the week was beautiful. No rain, no tornadoes – THANK GOD! On that Friday prior to us arriving there were storms and tornadoes and on the following weekend, there was severe weather. However, the week of the National, the weather gods gave us perfect weather! This is a recap of our time spent at the National and for the results on the show, you can check that out via our club website at: national-specialty We checked into our room on the 10th floor and what a great hotel it was for the National. A beautiful two-room suite, made to order breakfast and a nightly manager’s reception. You could literally see for miles and miles from our hotel window. Jim said he never has seen landscape so flat and ‘tree-less’! It was absolutely heaven to unpack and plop down on a sofa, putting your feet up on an ottoman and having all the pups on your lap while we relaxed. Monday was Sweeps judged under Erica Venier and we had Edgar entered in Puppy Sweeps and Finn in Veteran Sweeps. Both boys placed in their respective classes. Monday was also my designated “shopping” day as I made my way around the vendors who circled the ballroom just outside the ring. There were some great vendors at the show! Between having Finn & Skye’s pictures taken by The Winning Image, Stevie & Edgar’s portraits painted on a rock, and my new embroidered ringside chair, I think I broke the bank. Monday evening was the Welcome Party and it was cowboy themed. We all came in our cowboy/girl get up and had a buffet of BBQ and chicken with all the fixin’s. Our entertainment was very special as we learned a lot about Indian dances and custom from a local family of Choctaw Indian decent. We even got a few of the cowgirls (and one cowboy) up to learn an Indian dance. There was a photo booth where we could get our pictures taken too. The evening was such fun with good times and a great way to kick off the National week! Tuesday was conformation day for the dog classes and Wednesday was conformation day for the bitch classes under Judge Bryon Claydon. We entered Stevie and Edgar on Tuesday and both the boys placed in their respective classes. We proudly displayed our class rosettes on our trolley all week! Tuesday evening we ventured into downtown Norman with a group of folks to dine at a Sergio’s, a local Italian restaurant. It was a fun evening with good, hearty Italian food! Wednesday evening was the ACKCSC Rescue Trust party in the hospitality suite. What a great time this was as we met all the rescue folks that we interact with via email and Facebook. Renee Bruns, the National Director for the Rescue Trust, thanked us all as we all toasted the rescuers and those rescued with a big round of champagne and a toast to remember, “It’s All About The Dogs”. Maggie Dawson was in attendance also and thanked those who continue to support her in her efforts to obtain her boy Gideon back. Prior the Rescue Trust party, Jim and I ventured back down to downtown Norman and had dinner at a German bar & restaurant called Das Boot. All I can say is YUM. The sausages, the kraut and spaetzel , the beer, the HUGE Bavarian Oktoberfest pretzel were so good and very authentic. What a little gem in a sleepy & quaint downtown area. Thursday was the Best in Breed competition, which was kicked off by the Veteran’s Parade. Finn and Skye participated in the parade and received lovely rosettes and a photo to memorialize their participation. Skye was so happy to be in the ring and happy, happy, happy as he got his picture taken with his brother Finn and momma and daddy! This parade is always so very special to us as we love to see all the breed’s golden oldies. All these veterans are truly a testament to the breed we love so much. The National closed with the ACKCSC Charitable Trust banquet and auctions. Our auctioneer was Mr. David Frei, the voice of Westminster. After Club President Patty Kanan spoke and issued awards, we had a message from Major, the Talking Dog. Even though there were technical difficulties with the satellite video feed, we heard Major and he made everyone laugh! We sat with other Rescue Trust volunteers and each of us was in tears when Renee played the annual Rescue Trust video. We left the banquet early, as we had to get some shuteye so we could be bright-eyed and bushy tailed for the trip back home to Alpharetta on Friday morning (yes at 4 am). However, before we called it an evening, we wanted to visit a very special place in Oklahoma City. We brought along the boys so we could walk them around also at this special place. We visited the Oklahoma City National Memorial to remember and reflect on those who were killed from the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in 1995. At night, the black granite stone slabs that face each other with a reflecting pool in-between them are very sobering. To the side of the reflecting pool are memorials of those who perished in the shape of chairs and each one is engraved and lit up in the evening. The one slab has engraved 9:01 and the one at the other end says 9:03. In between, the reflecting pool that represents 9:02, the time the bombing occurred. We were in awe. Such serenity surrounds this place. We were glad we made the trip to pay our respects. We then headed back to our hotel and got a good night’s rest for the 15-hour drive home. We enjoyed our time at the National and hope that we can make the even LONGER ride up to the 2017 National in Minnesota!

Submitted by Sharon Utych


Jim and Sharon Utych are bragging on their boys' placements at the ACKCSC National held in Norman, Oklahoma on May 2-5, 2016

Brookhaven The Dream Lives On “Edgar” placed second in the Puppy Sweepstakes judged by Erica Venier. Edgar also placed second in his 9 to under 12-month puppy class in conformation judging under Judge Bryan Claydon

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Karvale Brookhaven Finn THDA CGCA “Finn” placed third in the Veteran Sweepstakes judged by Erica Venier.
Almeara Visionnaire CGC “Stevie” placed fourth in his American Bred class under Judge Bryon Claydon. Stevie also earned his AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) title on April 24, 2016


At the June meeting we officially voted in new members (mother and daughter) Christina and Sarah Harlan! Christina and Sarah attended our April Puppy Picnic and we hope to see them at upcoming CKCSC of Greater Atlanta events!


The newsletter is only as good as the information shared with the editor. Please be generous with the sharing of your brags and any additional information you would like to see in the newsletter. That information can be sent to me at


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