Dear fellow SWC members:
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Kim Burnell, your SWC webmaster and fellow Weimaraner lover. If you’ve been to the shows in the past couple of years, you may have seen me; I’m the newbie handler constantly biting my nails ringside hoping I don’t embarrass my dog, Boulder, (or the other way around).
I recently co-founded a Weimaraner rescue with a few local dog lovers. (!!!) The organization is called California Weimaraner Education and Rescue (CalWEAR). In a nutshell, we’re hoping to connect Weimaraners who need new homes with people who need Weimaraners IN their homes! We also believe that education is a critical component to the success of raising Weimaraners and hope to provide such resource for prospective and current owners alike.
Our 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity was filed on Thursday, August 21st. As soon as we are legally up and running, we will open a bank account and start the fundraising efforts to keep ourselves afloat.
If there’s anyway you can contribute, we’d love to hear from you! Specifically, if you’re a Weim owner with some time on your hands, we could definitely use your expertise to draft some educational articles about how to troubleshoot specific problem behaviors (like proper socialization methods, nuisance barking, pottying in the crate, how to treat a UTI, leash walking, etc). If you have any old crates, blankets, bowls, leashes, etc. to spare, we could use those, too.
Kim and the rest of the CalWEAR gang
To Officers, Directors, Committee Chairman and any other Club Members with items belonging to Southland Weimaraner Club!
It has been 2 years since the last inventory, so the Board has requested that we need to get a current “Inventory list” of all items belonging to the Club. Since the recent large weekend of National events, many items have been moved around or been recently purchased. Please submit a list of all items in your possession at your earliest convenience to: Nancy Remeika, 6012 Crescent Ave, Buena Park, CA 90620 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New AKC Titles
Ch Knight N’ Barrett’s Pioneer Mountain Man – Kim Burnell
Ch Silversmith Chiquita Bonita JH – Dona Tanaka & Louise Brady
Ch Valmar’s Moonstruck JH – Jeffrey & Linda Millstone
COMPANION DOG EXCELLENT
Simply Sugar Cookie CD BN RE – Gina Grissom
Fairhavens Pearl Essence Steel Blue Magnum OA AXJ – Vicki Lepenske
MASTER AGILITY EXCELLENT
GCH Top Hat’s Hollywood Canteen At Mandm JH AX AXJ T2B VX – Michael Fields & Stephanie Schuster
MASTER CENTURY AGILITY
CH MACH Mandm’s Silver Belle MXG MJG T2B – Michael Fields
MASTER CENTURY AGILITY 3
MACH11 Pearl Essence Aurora’s Echo CD RA MXG3 MJB4 – Vicki & Michael J Lepenske
NEW WCA RATINGS AWARDED
MACH11 PEARL ESSENCE AURORA’S ECHO, CD, RA, MXC3, MJB4, NRD – Vicki & Michael Lepenske
NOVICE RETRIEVING DOG
MACH11 PEARL ESSENCE AURORA’S ECHO, CD, RA, MXC3, MJB4 – Vicki & Michael Lepenske
PEARL ESSENCE OLIVE GRACE, MX, MXJ, CA – Vicki Lepenske
GCH TOP HAT’S HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN AT MANDM, JH, AX, AXJ, T2B, VX – Michael Fields & Stephanie Schuster
GCh Silogram’s Rolls Royce CDX owned by Bob & Vickie Margolis, in the Open A obedience class Royce earned
1st place with a score of 196 at the South Bay KC show on August 8, 2014. Royce is currently ranked nationally as the #2 Obedience Dog (PAC system).
Maggie Miller, Hermosa Beach
Sponsors: Stephanie Schuster & Michael Fields
International All Breed Canine Association Dog Shows
September 27 & 28, 2014
Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park
800 N. Archibald Avenue Ontario, CA 91764
For more info you can go to: IABCA dog shows website at http://www.iabca.com
Phone: (503) 316-9860 (Tuesday-Friday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific Time) Email to email@example.com
If you can start the day without caffeine
If you can, always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without alcohol,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
Then You Are Probably The Family Dog
Garlic’s Many Health Benefits
There is plenty of information and misinformation available on the internet about the use of garlic in food and supplements for dogs and cats. Garlic has many health enhancing effects such as aiding digestion, eliminating internal and external parasites, stimulating immune functions and increasing killer cell activity, lowering blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and acting as a a tonic for the cardiovascular system. Fresh garlic also has powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties. It has been used for thousands of years in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Holistic veterinarians have been recommending garlic for many years for its multiple health benefits.
Garlic’s impact on health has come into question recently due to its properties as a member of the lily family, along with onions and shallots. A compound found in onions, n-propyldisulfide, can – in large doses – cause oxidative damage to red blood cells, creating Heinz bodies and triggering the body to reject these cells from the bloodstream. If large doses of this compound are ingested frequently enough, the process can lead to anemia and even death. The dosage level and frequency of consuming the offending compound are the key here. Typically an animal would need to ingest over 0.5 % of it’s body weight in onions (a 5 ounce onion for a 60 lb. dog) to even begin the oxidative process. Since red blood cells are constantly regenerated from the bone marrow, a dog would likely need to ingest this much onion on a repeated basis to cause permanent harm. Garlic contains less of the n-propyldisulfide compound than onions do.
In The Nature of Animal Healing, Dr. Martin Goldstein recommends adding garlic to home-made pet food and, in fact, feeds garlic to his own cats and dogs on a regular basis. According to Gregory Tilford in Herbs for Pets: The Natural Way to Enhance Your Pet’s Life, dogs can quite safely consume 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder per pound of food 3-4 times per week. Cats probably should be given a bit less, as they are more sensitive to the compounds in garlic. Tilford cautions cat guardians to watch for behavioral changes or digestive upset, and to listen to the cat if she rejects food or supplements containing garlic. Fresh garlic is less concentrated than dried garlic. In Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats, Dr. Richard Pitcairn recommends up to ¼ clove of garlic per day for cats and ½ to 3 cloves for dogs. As with most herbs, at least one day off per week or a periodic week off from garlic is a good idea.
The key in feeding or supplementing with garlic is moderation and common sense. Using garlic and brewer’s yeast tablets during flea season has long been a common practice among savvy pet owners to help make pets less attractive to fleas. Using garlic in the diet or as a supplement for any of its health benefits is not likely to cause problems for healthy dogs and cats. Obviously, any animal that has a pre-existing anemic condition should not receive garlic. Puppies under 8 weeks of age should also not be given garlic, as they do not begin reproducing new blood cells until after 6-8 weeks of age.
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is the best resource for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and here is what one of their Certified Vet Tech’s told us: “Garlic is commonly found in pet food and is okay for consumption in small, limited doses. Ingestion of garlic and onions, whether raw or cooked, may be potentially toxic causing signs ranging from vomiting and diarrhea to circulatory issues. The toxicity is based on the amount ingested and the size of the pet. Cats are more sensitive to dogs, so if you have feline don’t let them eat from your dog’s food bowl.”
Check out Only Natural Pet Store’s selection of garlic supplements.