The Schaferhunde News
The German Shepherd Dog Club of Greater Kansas City
Founded 1923 May 2019
President President’s message from Chris Kimerer
I would like to start my Presidents message this month by thanking Marion Baker for the countless hours dedicated to keeping our Website current as well as publishing this monthly Newsletter for us these past years which I know everyone has enjoyed immensely. Due to Marion and Brad having unforeseen life changing circumstances which has prevented them both from being involved this year like they would like to be, Marion has informed me that she must pass the task of maintaining our website and writing the Newsletter to someone else at this time. I personally want to wish Brad and Marion the very best and look forward to seeing them again shortly on a regular basis.
If anyone would like to get involved with the website and/or the newsletter, please let one of the club officers know. I’m also sure Marion would be more than willing to offer assistance and advice when needed. The board feels that a Bi-Monthly Newsletter would be very doable so that would be 6 issues per year, or we can keep it monthly if the new editor so desires. So please consider this task if that happens to be in your wheelhouse!
Our May meeting was our first outdoor meeting of the year, it was well attended and we had a fantastic program with Officer Hubbell and Officer Baker from the National Police Canine Association demonstrating scent detection and suspect apprehension work with their canine officers. These are the teams that dedicate their lives and unfortunately at times give their lives for our safety. Thank you so much for joining us with your families at our club meeting and giving up your valuable down time to share the evening with us.
We will not have a June regular club meeting, instead we will be hosting our annual conformation Specialty Shows June 7th, 8th, & 9th at Smith’s Fork Park in Smithville MO. We have a big 4-point major entry all three days and we hope and look forward to you joining us. The Weekend Schedule of Events is up on our club FB page and will also be on our Website and included in this Newsletter, now we are hoping for a dry weekend. Last year was dry but miserably hot, I don’t think we’ll have to battle the extreme heat this year, just praying for dryer weather now.
Preparations for our Obedience Trial in July is already in full swing, the Premium List is out, exhibitors are already requesting them and soon the entries will come pouring in. As always, we need volunteers to help put this two-day trial on. For ring stewarding we assign 2-and-4- hour timeslots, that way no one has to give up an entire weekend to help with this trial. Sally and Bruce are the obedience co-chairs and will gladly accept any help offered. Please contact them with open time slots and assignments still to be filled.
Please don’t forget to donate to the Wine Pull that will once again be held at the Topeka KC All Breed Shows August 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th. We will have the Wine Pull on Friday and Saturday and our goal is $1,000 which we reached last year and want to reach again this year. We hope to have a couple of the officers join us this year and we will be set up right by the entry doors at the Topeka Expo-Centre. Please contact Bobbie or Lynette for any questions and donations for this worthwhile cause.
That will pretty much bring us into the fall, summer will be very busy for our club, I so appreciate all the members always willing to pitch in and make this “their club”. Hope to see everyone next weekend at Smithville at the shows.
• 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
• No June General Meeting Due to Conformation Show
• Friday, Saturday, Sunday, June 7-8-9, 2019, Specialty Conformation Show – hosted by the
• 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)
Please contact Chris Kimerer if you are interested.
I will no longer be able to dedicate the time required to gather information, prepare and distribute the newsletter.
We have many members old and new that are highly talented and have the skills to produce the newsletter. Please consider volunteering.
Thanks, Marion Baker
Becky James has been busy competing with Stoick, Astrid, Freya, and Trinity.
We are very proud of Stoick, Astrid, Freya, and Trinity for the newly acquired titles.
8 Fun Facts about German Shepherds
1. Hektor and Horand: One Dog, First Registered German Shepherd
Captain Max von Stephanitz discovered Hektor Linksrhein at a Karlsruhe, Germany dog show. Hektor, according to the German Shepherd Dog Club of America (GSDCA), was a "medium-sized yellow-and-gray wolflike dog." Hektor was "the primal canine type, supple and powerful, and possessed endurance, steadiness, and intelligence. He was a working sheepherder, requiring no training other than direction and finish to become proficient at the task." Stephanitz purchased Hektor and changed his name to Horand von Grafath. Hektor/Horand then became the first officially-registered German Shepherd in 1889 as Stephanitz initialized the breed's standardization.
2. German Shepherd Motto
Across the internet it's easy to find a slew of funny dog breed slogans, most that poke fun at the breed's stereotype. However, the German Shepherd does have its own motto that stems from Captain Max von Stephanitz and his original German Shepherd Dog Club. The German Shepherd motto is: Utility and Intelligence.
3. Recognized by the AKC in 1908
The American Kennel Club officially recognized the German Shepherd breed in 1908. The breed had been shown the previous year in Pennsylvania at the open class in Newcastle and Philadelphia. It would take until 1913 for the breed to be awarded a first champion status and for the German Shepherd Dog Club of America to be formed.
4. War Time Name Changes
During World War I and II it wasn't uncommon for Allied countries to eliminate or change anything with the word "German" in its name. In the United States, the GSD became just the "Shepherd Dog" and the club changed its name to Shepherd Dog Club of America— both have since re-added "German" to their names. During war time, England also changed the name of the German Shepherd and called it the "Alsatian."
5. GSDs are First Service Dogs
German Shepherds have found fame throughout the years as movie stars—Rin Tin Tin and Strongheart were both popular in the 1920s. GSDs also have been famous as service dogs, including Apollo, the first German Shepherd police service K-9 to respond to Ground Zero on 9/11. However, it was Buddy the GSD who became the first seeing eye dog to Morris Frank in 1928. The hard-working seeing eye dog trained in Switzerland at a school operated by American Dorothy Harrison Eustis.
After Morris Frank returned to the United States with Buddy and had enormous success with the seeing eye dog, Eustis returned to the States as well. She worked to establish The Seeing Eye, a school to train more seeing eye dogs and Morris Frank became its managing director, with Buddy at his side. The school continues today to train service dogs for the blind.
Bonus fact: Buddy's original name was Kiss and she was a female.
6. German Shepherd Coloring & the Panda Shepherd
When most people think of a German Shepherd, you think of the darker colorings like black and tan or black and silver. The Panda German Shepherd is a bit different, featuring a unique piebald coloring that only occurs in a single GSD bloodline. The majority of the Panda coloring is black and tan, but as much as 35 percent is white. Sometimes this dog also is referred to as a tricolor German Shepherd.
7. Powerful Bite
An animal bite is measured in pounds per square inch or PSI, which is the force of the bite. Tail and Fur recently reported that a tiger shark has a bite force of 325 and the gray wolf boasts bites with a PSI of 406. The bite of a German Shepherd also is very powerful, about 238.
8. Special Club for Senior German Shepherds
If your German Shepherd is age 12 or older, he or she is eligible to be a proud member of The Thirteen Club. This is a special club through the German Shepherd Dog Club of America and all it takes to join is to fill out the application.
Our May meeting program was presented by Officer Hubbell and Officer Baker with their canine partners doing Scent Work and Suspect Apprehension. These are two officers that are part of the National Police Canine Association (NPCA) the club sponsors annually with the Wine Pull fundraiser. Once again, the goal is to raise $1,000, which we met last year and hope to do again this year.
We would like to thank Officer Hubbell and Baker for taking time out of their busy schedule to present this wonderful program for the cub. Thank you, Officer Scott Nelson for coordinating this and making this program possible. We look forward to working with the NPCA for many years to come.
Specialty Conformation Show Event Schedule
Friday, June 7th, 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, June 8th, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 9th, 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Smith's Fork Park Soccer Complex
Friday around 1 pm club members will be setting up the ring and tents for the afternoon show, which will start at 4:30 pm with Linda Clark judging, we will have ring side Hospitality immediately afterwards.
Saturday will start at 9:30 am with Randy Chesnut judging, the club will have a free will donation lunch available and after completion of the show there will be pizza for everyone at ring side.
A CGC Test will be offered at 4:30 pm at the ring, it can be pre-entered with the entry form being in the Premium List, we are also taking entries the day of test during show hours up to Best of Breed and 30 minutes prior to start of test, there is a 15 dog limit, we have two evaluator's running this test, it should go very smooth and dogs will run back to back.
Sunday will start at 9:30 am with Ileana Nogueras judging, the club will again have a free will donation lunch. After the completion of the show club members will take down the ring and tents and load everything back into the club trailer. Volunteers are always welcome and appreciated.
Even if you don't show in conformation, come join us for a fun weekend and see some beautiful German Shepherd Dogs.
Weekend Schedule of Events
Friday June 7th, 2019 starting at 4:30 pm
4-6 MONTH BEG. PUPPY JR. SHOWMANSHIP & BREED:
Ms. Linda Clark #94461 9370 S. Union Ave. Tulsa OK 64132
RING SIDE HOSPITALITY:
GSD of Gr. KC invites everyone for Beverages and Hors D’Oeuvres immediately following completion of judging, please join us in catching up with old and new friends and fellow exhibitors, handlers and visitors.
Saturday June 8th, 2019 starting at 9:30 am
4-6 MONTH BEG. PUPPY, JR. SHOWMANSHIP & BREED:
Mr. Randy Chesnut # 6008 1621 Young St. Broussard LA 70518
PIZZA AT THE PARK:
GSD of Gr. KC invites everyone for Pizza at ring side immediately following the completion of judging, please plan to join in on more catching up, fun and laughter.
CGC TEST: (Test will be at the show field at 4:30 pm)
Test Evaluators: Debbie McHenry & Rosi Von Fintel
15 dog Entry Limit, day of test entries accepted until limit is reached.
Sunday June 9th, 2019 starting at 9:30 am
4-6 MONTH BEG. PUPPY JR. SHOWMANSHIP & BREED:
Mrs. Ileana Nogueras #38891 1816 S FM 51 #400-117 Decatur TX 76234
JUDGES SCHEDULE & ASSIGNMENTS
Judging begins promptly according to the following schedule and will continue until assignment is finished. These are un-benched shows. Dogs need only be present for their class and may leave any time after they have been judged.
Judges Program/Schedule Judges Program/Schedule Judges Program/Schedule
Friday June 7th, 2019 Saturday June 8th, 2019 Sunday June 9th, 2019
Judge: Ms. Linda Clark Judge: Mr. Randy Chesnut Judge: Ms. Ileana Nogueras
34 (15-13-1-3) 0-2 44 (19-20-1-3) 0-1 37 (16-16-1-3) 0-1
4:30 pm-Beginner Puppy 9:30 am – Beginner Puppy 9:30 am – Beginner Puppy
Dogs 2 Dogs 3 Dogs 2
Bitches 1 Bitches 1 Bitches 1
Following BP- Following BP-
Jr Showmanship Jr Showmanship
Novice 1 Novice 1
Following Jr’s – Dog Judging Following Jr’s-Dog Judging Following BP-Dog Judging
6-9 Puppy Dogs 3 6-9 Puppy Dogs 4 6-9 Puppy Dogs 3
9-12 Puppy Dogs 2 9-12 Puppy Dogs 4 9-12 Puppy Dogs 4
12-15 Dogs 2 12-15 Dogs 1 12-15 Dogs 1
15-18 Dogs 2 15-18 Dogs 2 15-18 Dogs 1
Novice Dogs Novice Dogs 2 Novice Dogs 1
Bred By Dogs 1 Bred By Dogs 1 Bred By Dogs 1
Am. Bred Dogs 2 Am. Bred Dogs 2 Am. Bred Dogs 2
Open Dogs 3 Open Dogs 3 Open Dogs 3
Total Dogs: 15 Total Dogs: 19 Total Dogs: 16
Following Dogs- Following Dogs- Following Dogs-
Bitch Judging Bitch Judging Bitch Judging
6-9 Puppy Bitches 1 6-9 Puppy Bitches 3 6-9 Puppy Bitches 3
9-12 Puppy Bitches 1 9-12 Puppy Bitches 2 9-12 Puppy Bitches 2
12-15 Bitches 1 12-15 Bitches 2 12-15 Bitches 1
15-18 Bitches 2 15-18 Bitches 3 15-18 Bitches 2
Novice Bitches - Novice Bitches - Novice Bitches -
Bred By Bitches - Bred By Bitches - Bred By Bitches -
Am. Bred Bitches 6 Am. Bred Bitches 7 Am. Bred Bitches 6
Open Bitches 2 Open Bitches 3 Open Bitches 2
Total Bitches: 13 Total Bitches: 20 Total Bitches: 16
Veteran Judging Veteran Judging Veteran Judging
Dogs - Dogs - Dogs -
Bitches 2 Bitches 1 Bitches 1
Best of Breed Judging Best of Breed Judging Best of Breed Judging
Dogs 1 Dogs 1 Dogs 1
Bitches 3 Bitches 3 Bitches 3