June 2016 Schaferhunde Newsletter

The Schaferhunde News

 The German Shepherd Dog Club of Greater Kansas City

Founded 1923

You're Invited!

Reminder: It's a summer smorgasbord of classes on Wednesday evenings in Wheel Park at Macken Park, 1000 Clark Ferguson Drive, North Kansas City. Classes started May 25 and continue through June 29. Choose an individual class, or enroll in all remaining classes, where space is available. Contact Sally Hamm, sally@gsdcgkc.com, to enroll or visit gsdcgkc.com under Training Workshops and submit the on-line form.

Debbie McHenry, right, and Gero, demonstrate a straight sit on a table. Debbie and Darla Lilly presented the first class in the club's summer series, Fundamentals of Dog Training. Photo by Brad Baker.

Summer Class: June 8 - Introduction to Agility - Instructors: Sally Hamm & Cheryl May
June 11-12: GSDCGKC Obedience Trials, Greater Kansas City Dog Training Club, Raytown, Mo. No space for unentered dogs, but you are welcome to come and watch. If you'd like to volunteer to help, please contact Debbie McHenry, debbie@gsdcgkc.com.
June 14: General Meeting 7 p.m., American Inn. Come early and bring your dog before the meeting to socialize. We meet on the East side of the American Inn 6-6:45 p.m.
Summer Class: June 15 - Basic Guidelines for Conformation - Instructors: Tiffany Bartley & Chris Kimerer
June 17, 18, 19: Futurity Weekend and GSDCA Temperament Test,
Purina Farms, St. Louis area

Continue with Obedience Class 

Club member Rosi von Fintel teaches dog training classes at the Liberty Community Center. To make it easier for GSDCGKC members to continue training their dogs, she is offering a discount on the cost of her upcoming training classes, which begin Aug. 10 and run through Sept. 14. To take advantage of this rebate offer, enroll online or in person and pay the full cost of the class. Rosi will refund 20 percent of the cost to you. If you have questions, contact Rosi at rvonfintel@kc.rr.com. To enroll online for the next class, which begins Aug. 10, go to http://ow.ly/tdjx300GJsQ

Or enroll in person at Liberty Community
Center, 1600 S Withers Road, Liberty, MO
 64068, Phone: 816-439-4360


Sally Hamm, Kona and Rosi von Fintel visit
before the May meeting.

Rally class members enjoy fun in the park

Join us! Email Sally Hamm at sally@gsdcgkc.com if you are interested in enrolling.
Week #3 June 8 -  Introduction to Agility - Instructors: Sally Hamm & Cheryl May
Week #4 June 15 - Basic
Guidelines for Conformation Instructors: Tiffany Bartley & Chris Kimerer
Week #5 June 22 - Intro to
Nosework - Instructors: Cheryl May & Nancy Kennedy
Week #6 June 29 - Introduction to
Tracking - Instructor: Sally Hamm

Darla Lilly assists Gregg as he clears the park of trash.

Debbie McHenry, at right, assists a student, pointing out how to use the foundation behaviors learned in the first class to help the dog be successful in rally.

Karri Sartain and Myla.

2015 GV Selena and pup Chandler.

Cindy Hartman welcomes participants to the Rally class. Assisting were Debbie McHenry and Nancy Kennedy.


Kathy Potter's Coal, aka The American Pharoah of Tokaye Edan, was 2016 SE Best of Futurity under Judge Bart Bartley from the Intermediate Dog Class April 16. Lenny Brown was the handler. Proud owners are Kathy Potter, Antonio Porras and Debbie Atkinson. Coal was sired by Ch. Kennelwood's Man U Man ex Ch. Remembering me of Edan. 


Sally Hamm's Hillside-Tanbark Heidelburg Tiger Eye, TD, BN, CGC, added a major reserve to her resume April 2 at Purina Farms. Heidi's handler was Tiffany Bartley.

Nancy Kennedy and Heinz showed in Novice
obedience in Topeka May 6 and earned their
first leg in that class with a fourth place.

Debbie McHenry and Gero traveled to Topeka May 6 and 7, where Gero finished his Preferred Novice title,placing first. They entered Novice for the first time and he qualified and placed second despite shredding Debbie's armband on the long down and losing two points. "At least he entertained the other handlers and the spectators... Me not so much," Debbie said.

Members and Dogs Enjoy "Hund Promenade"

Six members and one guest were introduced to the Hund Promenade, a walk with our dogs, by Darla Lilly and her dog, Gregg. Darla belonged to a dog club in Germany, where she enjoyed this fun activity.

Along the walk, Debbie McHenry stopped to take a group photo. Left to right, Darla Lilly and Gregg; Nancy Kennedy and Heinz; Gero (Debbie's dog on a sit-stay), Cheryl May with Ted and Buzz; David Martin with Geena; Sally Hamm with Heidi; and guest Paul Hamm with Axl. Photo by Debbie McHenry

Darla and Gregg Photo by Debbie McHenry

Sally's Heidi and Nancy's Heinz appear to be sharing a secret. Photo by Cheryl May Debbie

Debbie and Gero enjoy a light-hearted
moment before the walk. Photo by Cheryl May

New in town

Tiffany Bartley  kept a puppy from the  Selena x Cowboy  litter, born Feb. 12.

Tiffany Bartley kept a puppy from the Selena x Cowboy litter, born Feb. 12.

Congratulations to members who recently welcomed new puppies.

Carmi Swift, Tiffany Bartley and Chris Kimerer welcomed Hillside’s With Every Beat of My Heart v Windfall – call name Chandler. She is from the Selena x Cowboy litter, born Feb. 12. Tiffany Bartley kept a puppy from the Selena x Cowboy litter, born Feb. 12.

Meet Aneles, (Selena spelled backwards) aka Hillside-Tanbark Total Eclipse of the Heart v Windfall.
Owners are Tiffany Bartley, Carmi Swift, Chris Kimerer, and Jeff Pyle.
Breeders are Tiffany Bartley, Gary and Patty Szymczak, Tina Boganic, and Jeff Pyle.

Send news about what you and your dog are doing for upcoming newsletters!

Other members want to know about what's going on with you and your dogs. Please send photos, anecdotes about cute things your dogs do, news about show wins, and anything else you care to share. Please end to cheryl@gsdcgk.com before the end of June.


By Michael Alan Harkey, PhD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington We are opening a study of the genetics of Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV or bloat) in German Shepherds. This condition kills many dogs every year, yet little is known about its causes or prevention.

We have recently found genes that predispose Great Danes to GDV, and this information is already being used to develop diagnostic tests that will allow Dane owners to make better breeding and veterinary decisions for their dogs. Now, we want to see if these same genes are responsible for GDV in German Shepherds.
We are asking German Shepherd owners to join us in this study by collecting a cheek swab sample from their pet.
We need to find owners that would like to enter their German Shepherd in this study. We need 75-100 healthy control dogs (no history of bloat or inflammatory bowel disease), and 75-100 “bloat” dogs (at least one episode of bloat, followed by Gastropexy surgery to prevent further episodes). All dogs should be at least 3 years old. For each dog we will need two cheek swab samples for genetic analysis.
Please feel free to call or email me with questions regarding this study. Phone: (206) 667-3369; email: mharkey@fhcrc.org

Meet the Members

The May "Meet the Members"meeting segment featured Kevin and Karri Sartain. They have had several German shepherd dogs over many years and are true GSD lovers. They joined the club in November 2015.
Besides discussing their experiences with GSDs, Karri also shared the embroidery work that her mother, Sharon Tootle, has done featuring the breed. Karri shared several examples. For more information, contact Karri at karrisartain@gmail.com.


With a program demonstrating that obedience ring stewarding can be fun, presenters Debbie McHenry and Sally Hamm had members trying out various roles at an "obedience trial." Since dogs aren't allowed indoors at the American Inn, humans had to take on the roles of dogs. The program was not only educational, but also a lot of fun.

Bill Long, portraying a competition obedience dog, goes into an automatic sit at halt as Carmi Swift portrays a successful exhibitor. Kevin Sartain captures it on video.

Above, Marion Baker portrays a ring steward, with Carmi Swift as an exhibitor, and Bill Long as a competition obedience dog.

Geneva  and  Dwight Scott  and  David Martin  watch the show.

Geneva and Dwight Scott and David Martin watch the show.

Yogart Dog Treats.jpg

Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats

18 oz. Plain, Low-Fat Yogurt

1/2 Cup of Peanut Butter – Check label and do not give if it contains XYLITOL!

One 4-Ounce Jar of Banana Baby Food

1 Tbsp Honey

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Blend well. Pour mixture into small cups. Place dog bone in mixture (to serve as the handle). Freeze. Once frozen, peel away paper cup and serve!

Death Notice

Lifetime member Marilyn Modrcin, 85, died May 18. She joined the club in 1958. She was a long-time resident of Overland Park. Unfortunately, no further details are available.
Thanks to Lew Bunch for sharing this information.

You're Invited! (continued)

Summer Class: June 22- Introduction to Nosework - Instructors: Cheryl May & Nancy
Summer Class: June 29 - Introduction to Tracking - Instructor: Sally Hamm
July 9: Annual picnic, Litton Center shelter house, Smithville Lake. Fun begins at 9:30
a.m. with coffee and donuts. Pizza provided by the club. Bring your own drinks, lawn chairs,
and a side dish or dessert for the potluck lunch. Bring your dog to play on a rally course.
After lunch, animal chiropractor Dr. Stephanie Winter will present "How Your Dog Can
Benefit from Chiropractic."
July 12: General Meeting 7 p.m., American Inn. Come early and bring your dog before
the meeting to socialize. We meet on the East side of the American Inn 6-6:45 p.m.
Program: Roger Becker, DVM. As a Kansas State University graduate, Dr. Becker has been in the veterinary medicine field for more than 30 years. "Practicing veterinary medicine has been more of a rewarding experience than a job," Dr. Becker said. "The opportunity to save so many clients' pets over the years and the close relationships developed with my clients has been wonderful." With a major interest in surgical cases, he still finds all aspects of the practice challenging. Spending time with his grandchildren, tennis, and golf are among his favorite activities.
Aug. 9: General Meeting 7 p.m., American Inn. Come early and bring your dog before the meeting to socialize. We meet on the East side of the American Inn 6-6:45 p.m.
Aug. 27-28: GSDCGKC Specialty shows,Kansas Expocentre, Topeka.
Sept. 13: General Meeting 7 p.m., American Inn. Come early and bring your dog before the meeting to socialize. We meet on the East side of the American Inn 6-6:45 p.m.