The Schaferhunde News
The German Shepherd Dog Club of Greater Kansas City
Founded 1923 April 2019
President President’s message from Chris Kimerer
Bone-Anza, if you missed going Saturday April 13, you missed a great time. As most of you know, we partnered up with North Kansas City Parks and Recreation this year for several events we are co-sponsoring, Bone-Anza being the first one. It was held at Waggin’ Tail Park, an off-leash dog park that has two large fully enclosed dog yards, one for the small dogs and the other for the large dog. North Kansas City Parks & Rec held two Easter Egg Hunts open to everyone at no cost, the first one was for the small dogs, the second for the large dogs. Our club set up a table and many of our members attended demonstrating Rally & Obedience routines before and in between the two hunts. It was truly impressive and fun to see all the German Shepherds in the ring doing their routines with loose dogs running all over the place. While on their long sits and downs, dogs came into the ring running behind, over and up to the German Shepherds and not a single one was phased, so cool to see and demonstrate well behaved, controlled dogs and awesome representatives for our wonderful German Shepherd Dogs. After the Hunts there were two Easter Bunnies taking pictures with the dogs, many of our club members took advantage of that as well and Marion will have the pictures in this issue of the Newsletter. We had people stop and visit with members at the table and we had flyers and business cards available for our Obedience Classes in the Park starting Thursday, April 18th at 7:00 pm. For one of the prizes inside an Easter Egg was a free 6-week session of the class valued at $60.
Needless to say, it was a very successful fun co-sponsored event and we look forward to working throughout the year with North Kansas City Parks and Rec. They are an awesome group of hard-working individuals and we are very fortunate to be able to partner with them. Even if you don’t have a dog in the Beginner Obedience Classes, come down to Macken at the Wheel Park and join us for socializing and visiting, your dog will love it and so will you!
I would also like to thank Dollia Lemus, Megan Marmon, and Ken Sanders for the Panel discussion on feeding raw at our April club meeting. Many had great questions for the Q&A and we learned valuable information regarding the benefits of raw in a dog’s diet. We’re including the power point presentation Dollia prepared in this Newsletter so everyone has the information available.
See you at the Wheel Park, Thursday evening at 7:00 pm.
While it might seem nice to let Buddy nibble on your cone or to drop a scoop into his bowl, this is one time when sharing isn't caring. Dogs' digestive systems are not built to handle the dairy or the high levels of fat that ice cream contains. "A lick or two may not cause trouble, but more could lead to gas, bloating, vomiting, and other gut problems," says Beth Lorenz, D.V.M. veterinarian at West Park Animal Hospital in Cleveland, OH. Frozen treats that contain the sugar substitute Xylitol or chocolate should be completely avoided, since they're toxic to canines. As for yogurt, dogs typically can stomach kinds that lack these ingredients – just watch out for too much sweet stuff and fat in their diets. Or try a doggy ice cream without added sugar such as Purina Frosty Paws, a mashed frozen banana, or good old ice cubes. "Many dogs absolutely love to chew on them."
There will be a membership vote on whether to keep the Tracking Trial for 2020 at the May 14, 2019 General Meeting.
Let your voice be heard. It takes a team effort to host this event.
• Thursdays, April 18 - May 23, 2019, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Tails & Treats in the Park, Six Weeks of Classes: Beginning Obedience Classes, introducing the skills to earn the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. This class is for puppies (six month and older) and adult dogs. Wheel Park in Macken Park, 1000 E. 27th Avenue, North Kansas City, Missouri
• Tuesday, May 14 2019, 7:00 p.m., General Meeting, Macken Park Outdoor Shelter House Note: Board members meet at 5:45 p.m. (All members are welcome to attend)
• No June General Meeting Due to Conformation Show
• Friday, Saturday, Sunday, June 7-8-9, 2019, Conformation Show – hosted by the GSDCGKC
• Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 7:00 p.m., General Meeting, Macken Park Outdoor Shelter House Note: Board members meet at 5:45 p.m. (All members are welcome to attend) ICE CREAM SOCIAL
• Tuesday, July 13, 14, 2019, Obedience Show – hosted by the GSDCGKC
• Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 7:00 p.m., General Meeting, Macken Park Outdoor Shelter House,
Note: Board members meet at 5:45 p.m. (All members are welcome to attend)
Tammy Peterson reported that "Zoey" received her CD (Companion Dog) title for obedience at the Greater Kansas City Dog Training Obedience and Rally show last month.
Congratulations to Tammy and Zoey for this well-deserved accomplishment!
Feeding Your German Shepherd Dog AKA Your Baby a Raw Diet
(Controversial, please speak with your Vet before beginning. I am just a dog owner with an advanced degree in Google)
By: Dollia Lemus
How Much Do I Feed Daily?
Puppies 6-10% of total body weight
Adult dogs 2-4% of total body weight
(This is a grey area and can be stressful. Remember how your dog looks and feels is the most important indicator).
3 Most Popular Methods
50% Raw 50% Kibble
Raw as a kibble topper or add-in
So, WHAT exactly Should I Feed?
10 Rules for Every Beginner
Chicken wings, necks, thighs. Beef tail bones (larger breeds) Turkey necks, Lamb or goat necks/ribs
10% Organs are the multivitamins
Up to 30% if you have a variety of organ meats. Liver, Spleen, Kidney, Pancreas and Thymus (sold as Sweetbreads), Brain, Lung.
55% Muscle Meat is the foundation
Most expensive Beef (Ground, Cheeks, Stewing), Beef heart (5% very rich), Gr. Bison, Gr. Turkey, Lamb, Pork, Chicken Breast.
10% or less, watch the Fat
Too much fat leaves no room for nutrients and can cause diarrhea. Stick 85% lean or better.
10% Don’t get hung up on fruit and veggies
If you stick to the first 4 rules, the dog will have a balanced diet, but why stop there? There are so many benefits to be added like flavonoids, lutein, lycopene, etc.
0% Keep it starch free
That leaves you room to have it in their occasional dog treats.
Don’t forget to feed some of the “weird and icky things” such as chicken, duck or turkey feet, beef trachea, tails, lung, testicles and pizzlies. Parts like beef trachea and poultry feet are loaded with natural chondroitin and glucosamine, which help to build healthy joints and they’re reasonably priced.
Balance over time
You don’t calculate the exact percentages of protein and carbohydrates or the exact amount of vitamins and minerals in each of your family’s meals. You don’t have to do it with your dog’s meals either.
Give whole fish once a week
Skip the Salmon oil. It goes rancid quickly. Canned sardines (packed in water), Mackerel, Salmon.
If you follow rules 1 through 9, you’ll be feeding your dog a fresh, whole food diet that’s safe and balanced.
Foods I Like to Give Moses
(After stalking a Vet online that has a raw delivery service.)
Blend with a little bone broth
Blueberries, cranberries, carrots, spinach, canned pure pumpkin.
Fatty acids like Omega 3’s, fiber, and protein.
Plain, full fat yogurt
Probiotics, calcium, protein.
Good source of protein. Can settle OR cause an upset stomach.
90% Saturated fat. VERY GOOD! Won’t go rancid like Salmon Oil.
There was a great turn-out and everyone had a fun time. The event was sponsored by the NKC & KC Parks & Rec and the GSDCGKC.
The first "Tails and Treats in the Park" training classes started on April 18th. There were 10 dogs enrolled in the class with Rosi Von Fintel being the instructor.
It was a lovely evening for training and the dogs and handlers enjoyed participating in the first lesson. There are 5 weeks of training classes left so don't wait to sign up.
Thursdays, April 18 - May 23, 2019
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wheel Park in Macken Park, 1000 E. 27th Avenue, North Kansas City, Missouri