The Schaferhunde News
The German Shepherd Dog Club of Greater Kansas City
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. Program postponed from July: 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. 27-28: GSDCGKC Specialty shows, Kansas Expocentre, Topeka. Saturday's judge is Cyndi Flautt, Brandon, Miss., and Sunday's judge is Lee Brown, Harahan, La. There is no admission charge and you can watch conformation and visit vendors in the large building, and see obedience and rally in the nearby smaller building.
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. Program: Tiffany Bartley discussing GSD conformation. No meeting in October – We hope to see you at the GSDCA National Oct. 8-15 at Purina Farms near St. Louis! Information: http://tinyurl.com/h4z9x7s
Nov. 8: Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Time and location TBA
Dec. 10: Holiday luncheon and awards presentation, 1 p.m., Shoal Creek Golf Club, 8905 Shoal Creek Parkway, Kansas City, Mo.
July Meeting Features Discussion of Canine Vaccinations, Heartworm Control and Feeding Practices
Led by President Chris Kimerer, a discussion of health issues was a prelude to Dr. Roger Becker's presentation Aug. 9. Those attending were given things to think about that might lead to questions for Dr. Becker. Chris' discussion on vaccination was based on handouts from Dr. Jean Dodds' blog. Dodds is a nationally-recognized expert on vaccination protocols. Also discussed was information from Dr. Ron Schultz, another renowned expert on vaccination and canine health. Chris providedseveral helpful handouts from Dr. Dodds' Pet Health Resource Blog: http://drjeandoddspethealthresource.tumblr.com/
President's message from Chris Kimerer
It seems like only yesterday that I wrote last month's president's message, and here it is already time for this month again. I will keep it short this time, though there are a couple of exciting things happening that I would like to share. Last year we sponsored the KC Metro Police K-9 workshop/seminar with the proceeds from our Nosework class. Officer Nelson, along with several other officers, has stayed in close contact with us since then. This included putting on a wonderful demo for us early this year. Our club has been invited to attend this year's event on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, and, at the conclusion of this year's workshop, to set up a table and represent the GSDCGKC. This event is open to the public and will be a wonderful representation for the German Shepherd Dog Club of Greater Kansas City. Our board feels very committed to these K-9 teams so at our annual Specialty Shows, we will have a fundraiser and 100 percent of the money will be given to Officer Nelson to help fund the annual workshop for the K-9 teams. We will have a "Wine Pull." This means people may purchase one wine cork for $10. Each cork guarantees winning one bottle of wine. There will be different wines from local wineries as well as store wines. One just does not know which bottle until the number on the cork is matched up with the number on a wine bottle. We hope to make this a wonderful fun event and collect a nice sizable donation for this great cause. To do so we need your help. If you would like to donate one or more bottles of wine, we would greatly appreciate it. Our goal is to have 100 bottles of wine for this event. You can bring the wine to our Aug. 9 meeting, or contact Carmi Swift or any board member to make other arrangements.
Also, I'm very excited about our upcoming Tuesday club meeting. Our guest speaker is Dr. Roger Becker with the Independence Animal Hospital. Dr. Becker has been my vet for 25+ years. I have learned so much over the years from this man, and he has saved several of my dogs along the way. He will be addressing what his concerns are from a veterinarian's standpoint regarding our GSDs. Please don't miss this meeting, it will be well worth your time and I hope to see everyone there!
Lastly, I know there were multiple discussions and reactions about the club logo. Without going into great detail, we will stay with the logo the club has had for the past 20+ years. We will be converting the logo into a digital high resolution image so we can use it on our website and other applications as needed.
OK, I promised to keep this short, so I will end this now.Hope to see you at Tuesday night's meeting. — Chris
Photo is from the police dog demo at our February meeting. The GSDCGKC is once again reaching out to assist our KC Metro Police with a fundraising effort. Read more in this issue of the newsletter. You can help by bringing a bottle (or more) of wine to the Aug. 9 meeting.
Sel Ch Charbo-Tanbark's Trinket v Hillside aka Trinket going Best Opposite Sex under Judge Fran Rood at the St. Louis specialty with handler Liv Calabrese. Proud owners are Chris Kimerer, Tiffany Bartley, Judy DeRousse and Bobbie Schiffelbein.
Cameo aka GCH Hillside-Tanbark’s Cameo v Charbo DeRousse of Tintagel winning the Senior Maturity Bitch class at the MidWest Futurity/Maturity at Purina Farms. Proud owners are Betty Johnson, Chris Kimerer and Tiffany Bartley. Handler is Jeff Pyle.
Hillside-Tanbark ShineLikaDiamond DeRousse Aramist aka Minion winning the Junior Futurity Bitch class at the MidWest Futurity/Maturity at Purina Farms. Owned and loved by Chris Kimerer, Tiffany Bartley, Judy DeRousse, Olivia and Donna Calabrese. Handler is Liv Calabrese.
Fun at Smithville Lake for the Club's Annual Picnic
Becky James is the proud owner of three GSDs. She is pictured with SG Darkwing Von Twinks Trinity, CD BN RN RA CGC BH. "Trinity is my first GSD and my true love. Not sure who worships who more... me or her!"
"Trinity's son Rocket J Squirrel Von Darkwing is just my big puppy. He was the runt of Trinity's first litter weighing 8 ounces when others were 1-1/2 pounds! Which is why he is my little Squirrel! He is 19 months now and 85lbs!
"Last but not least is Stoicks Bullwinkle Von Darkwing, (right) 19 month old long coat. Squirrel's big brother and my only long coat pup out of 11. He is training for his IPO 1 in Schutzhund and AKC obedience and rally."
GSDCGKC to Support KC Metro Police Event with Wine Pull fundraiser at Topeka dog shows
The KC Metro Police, with their Canine Partners, host a training seminar each year led by the National Police Canine Association. The event is offered to all K-9 officers in the KC Metro and surrounding cities.The event is offered to all K-9 officers in the KC Metro and surrounding cities.
"The GSDCGKC is proud to be a part of this event by raising money for our 'Boys-in-Blue' and their K-9 partners," said Carmi Swift, coordinator of the fundraiser. "This training is designed to not only teach them to be the best they can be, but to also learn advanced tactical safety skills to handle the current type of events the departments are facing.
"This year the GSDCGKC is having a “Wine Pull” event at our Specialty Dog Show at the Topeka Expocentre. The goal is to raise $1,000 for our Metro Officers. Local wineries, grocers and wine retailers are donating bottles of wine. Participants will buy a $10 ticket in exchange for drawing a cork from the barrel. The wine bottle with the matching number of the cork will be their prize.
"Plan to attend the Aug. 27-28 Specialty Conformation shows in Topeka and stop by our table to participate in the Wine Pull. If you cannot attend the show, but want to support this cause, please reach out to a GSDCGKC board member and they will be able to help."
From the National Police Canine Association website (www.npca.net): NPCA is a non-profit association dedicated to the training, development, and certification of law enforcement canine teams and their administrations. NPCA strives to be the best resource for the professional canine unit. NPCA offers nationally accepted certifications throughout the year, across the United States. NPCA also provides regional and national canine training seminars. Our certifications offer realistic and attainable goals for today's working service dog team. NPCA promotes and assists in the utilization of police service dogs in prevention and detection of crime. NPCA has Trainers, Instructors, a Standards Committee and Board of Directors with vast canine experience in all canine related aspects. We offer street-realistic certifications in Patrol, Detection and Tracking and Trailing.
Here's how YOU can support the KC Metro Police fundraiser
If you'd like to help the KC Metro Police and their Canine Partners by supporting the Wine Pull fundraiser, please consider bringing a bottle (or more) of wine to the August meeting. All donations are appreciated and will be added to the wine being collected by board members and officers. The more wine we have, the more corks we can sell to help the police and their dogs.
Plan ahead for the holiday party Dec. 10
The GSDCGKC plans a terrific holiday party –this year on Dec. 10. Plan ahead now for the fun gift exchange. Each person is encouraged to bring a wrapped gift to donate for the gift raffle. Now is a good time to begin checking sales and looking for a gift you'd like to bring.
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The first listing isn't a vendor, but instead a valuable resource in comparing dog foods:
Dog food reviews, ratings and recall alerts