July 2019 Schaferhunde News

The Schaferhunde News

 The German Shepherd Dog Club of Greater Kansas City

Founded 1923 July 2019


BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

 2019 OFFICERS                                                                

 President:  Chris S. Kimerer , Vice President:  Debbie McHenry ,  Treasurer:  Mike Kennedy ,  Rec. Secretary:  Sally Hamm,  Corres. Secretary:  Amy Edwards                

2019 DIRECTORS

JoClair Gipe, Bruce Hudson, Nancy Kennedy, Pat Robinette, Lynette Stone


Mark your calendar!

•   Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 7:00 p.m., General Meeting, Macken Park Outdoor Shelter House

        Dog Walk in the Park

Note:  Board members meet at 5:45 p.m. (All members are welcome to attend)

 •   August 23rd & 24th 2019, GSDCGKC Wine Pull at the Topeka Kennel Club All Breed Shows,              Kansas Expo-Centre, One Expo-Centre Dr., Topeka, KS

*****This is our annual fund raiser for the Officers with the NPCA (National Police Canine Association) North Region*****

 •   Saturday, September 28, 2019, 12:00 p.m., Annual Club Picnic, Smith's Fork Park , Shelter House

 •   October – No General Meeting, Howl-o-ween, Macken Park Outdoor Shelter House, Date TBD

 •   Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Thanksgiving Dinner, The American Legion,  Smithville, Mo


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July Ice Cream Social

 The July 9th, Ice Cream Social and General Meeting was cut short as temperatures reached 93 degrees in the evening.  It was a scorcher!!  Members, dogs, and the ice cream melted in the extreme heat.  

Summer is a great time for pets and people, but as temperatures rise, we need to be mindful of how well our dogs are coping. (by LintBells)

How can I tell if my dog is too hot?

It depends whether we’re talking about a dog who is uncomfortably hot or suffering from heat stroke. It’s important to know the difference – and how to help in both cases.

 Signs of a dog who’s too hot: Panting,Dribbling, Lethargic or restless, Grumpy, grumbly or out of sorts, Off their food, Drinking lots of water

 Signs of heatstroke: Blue, bright red or dark red tongue and gums, High body temperature (104°F or 40°C or more), Wobbliness, weakness or staggering, Seizures, Collapsing or unconsciousness, Blood in poos or urine


August General Meeting
Tuesday – August 13, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Macken Park, Outdoor Shelter House
DOG WALK

Bring your dog for a walk in the park with other club members.


How much exercise does a German Shepherd need?

The German Shepherd was originally bred to be a herding dog and so naturally this involved working all day and getting lots of exercise. This is one reason they need a lot of physical activity in their daily lives.

WALKS

If you can, you should take your Shepherd for daily walks, ideally somewhere you can let them off the leash to run around freely. You should only do this somewhere both the dog and other people and other dogs are safe.

German Shepherds can be prone to suffering from joint problems and the best way to avoid this is to ensure they remain active. Taking your dog for lots of walks is a good way to stave off any joint problems until much later in their life.

Going out for walks with your dog also provides them with lots of mental stimulation. Any dog owner will know that dogs don’t like to just walk from A to B. They like to stop off every few meters to have a good sniff around and investigate. This keeps them in good mental health; every walk is a stimulating adventure for your dog.

When your dog is younger you can take them for lots of long, brisk walks to burn the calories and keep them fit. You can even jog with them or go for a bike ride as they happily run alongside you.

As your dog ages though, they will start to slow down and so you should adjust your walks. Never force your dog to walk at a faster pace than they are comfortable with and always keep their age and state of physical fitness in mind.


Obedience Trials - July 2019

We are pleased to share highlights of the Obedience Show hosted by the club on July 13, 14, 2019.

Highest scoring GSD in Non-Regular classes on Saturday. Cindy Hartman with Jule vom Fesselhain with a score of 196 1/2. 

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Beginner Novice B qualifiers Saturday. Cindy Hartman with Jule vom Fesselhain, Becky James with Astrid Von Darkwing, Pat Robinette with Ruger RS vom Springer.

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Highest Scoring GSD in Trial from Novice B, Tammy Peterson with Thunderpaws Miss Deja Vu, CD BH RN

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Beginner Novice title for Rosi Von Fintel with Caradoc’s Tell Me a Story, BN

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Pat Robinette placing First place GSD and Second Place All Breed in Beginner Novice B Sunday.

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We would like to thank Sally Hamm and Bruce Hudson for chairing the Obedience show. You were unfailingly dependable during the whole event from start to finish. You did a great job organizing the event. Thanks for your hard work and dedication to the club, it was a success.

It takes an enormous amount of time and energy by a number of our members working to set up and tear down for the event and participating as helpers for the judges. Thank you to everyone that assisted in the Obedience show your efforts were greatly appreciated.

The club can only succeed when members are willing to step up and volunteer.  Get involved…volunteer.

 Volunteers are priceless!


"Year End Title" certificates are awarded to members in recognition of their involvement and accomplishments with their dogs throughout the year. The year begins on December 1st and ends on November 25th of the following year. Deadline for submission is November 30, 2019.  

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Go to the club website, www.gsdcgkc.com, ABOUT US, YEAR END TITLE RECOGNITION for details and form completion. JoClair Gipe is the Chairperson for Title Recognition. Please contact JoClair if you have questions.

 So far, we have not received one recognition form. 

Please don't wait to submit all accomplishments at one time. Submit them as received.    

Saturday, September 28, 2019

12:00 p.m., Annual Club Picnic

Smith's Fork Park Shelter House
Smithville, Missouri

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We are having an old-fashioned picnic to celebrate the end of summer. Bring the family and pets for a fun-filled afternoon with club members.  

Bruce Hudson is the Chair for organizing the picnic. We plan on doing Hamburgers and Hot Dogs/Brats and have members sign up for side dishes. Contact Bruce for more information. 

Come join us for some fun activities!!


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GSDCGKC
4th Annual Fundraiser
Wine Pull

The GSDCGKC Wine Pull will be held once again at the Topeka Kennel Club All Breed Shows, August 23rd & 24th 2019, Kansas Expo-Centre, One Expo-Centre Dr., Topeka, KS.

 The club has collected 100 bottles of wine of different kinds and quality. Attendees will be able to pay a set amount for a cork pull and go home with a bottle of wine. 

The generosity of our club members and support for this fundraiser for our local canine officers is greatly appreciated.


GPS (Global Positioning System) For Dogs
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If you're like me, your dog is a beloved member of your family. The thought of it running off and getting lost, is a horrid one. Not only is there that fear of losing your loving pet, there is also that ugly feeling of wondering where your dog is, what dangers it's being exposed to, the fear it must be experiencing, and whether you'll ever see it again. Thousands of dogs stray away from their owners and end up missing every day.  More than 15% of them never come back home safely. The Humane Society estimates that almost 50% of the millions of dogs that are rounded up and put in shelters each year are euthanized.

As soon as you realize that your dog is missing, your first impulse would no doubt be to canvas the neighborhood; whether it be driving around, walking your dog's favorite beat, or going door to door asking neighbors if they've seen you're missing Fido. Then there's always the last-ditch effort of handing out fliers and displaying lost posters, hoping for the best. Well, now there's a way to go high tech. The capability now exists to attach a small GPS tracking device to your dog's collar or harness which will give you the ability to monitor its movements and know exactly where it's at.

The are 2 types of GPS tracking systems for dogs. One is based on the use of cell phones and cell phone towers, and the other makes use of radio transmissions. The cell phone-based devices are best for people who live in the city where cell reception is available. They will be your answer for tracking down your dog if it escapes from the house, backyard, or any other area that has cell phone reception. The radio transmission devices are best used when you are in remote areas where there is no cell reception. They are popular with hikers, campers, and hunters who use dog tracking.

Let's take a look at the more popular cell phone-based GPS tracking devices for dogs. The principal for all these devices is the same. You use your computer or smart phone to set up virtual boundaries, which are basically safe areas for your dog, such as your house or backyard. If your dog leaves the preset area, the GPS tracking system immediately alerts you via e-mail and / or text. You can then use your computer or cell phone to pin point your dog's location and track it until it is safely back in your arms. If you are using a smartphone, the system will guide you turn by turn until you reach your dog. Since the system is cell based, you can literally set up safety zones and track your dog any where in the world where cell reception is available. Even if you are on vacation and have a pet sitter, you can be alerted on your phone if your dog leaves its safety zone. Taking your dog with you on vacation or when visiting a friend? Set up a virtual boundary in the area in case your dog runs off, especially in an area they are unfamiliar with.

The first thing you need to do in deciding on a GPS tracking system for your dog, is to determine whether the cell based or radio transmission device is best for you. From there, do your research and compare the features of different tracking devices. The great thing about the tracking devices that attach to your dog's collar is that they are portable and can also be used to track virtually anything, from children to cars to portable personal possessions.

 If your dog tends to run off, jumps fences, or is often left off leash and unattended, a dog GPS tracking system can provide you with a sense of security in knowing that, should your dog go missing, you will immediately be alerted to the fact, be provided with its exact location, and have the ability to be guided turn by turn until you locate your pet.

 Article Source: http://www.streetarticles.com/dogs/gps-for-dogs


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