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The Official Newsletter for the Lethbridge and District Kennel Club
DECEMBER 2011

News

photo by Amanda Labadie

Words of Wisdom and favorite links Page 2 News and Brags What’s happening with the members and their dogs! Page 3

Holiday Shopping Some nifty ideas for your holiday gift giving Page 5 Homemade Toys Quick, Easy and Cheap! Page 7

Raising Baron Living with a boxer puppy Page 8 Member Spotlight An Interview with Amanda Labadie Page 10

Safety First Keep your pooches safe this holiday season Page 13 Tail End Some rambling thoughts about tradition, family, and what the season is really about Page 15

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photo by Amanda Labadie

Dogs have given us their absolute all.  We are the center of their universe.  We are the focus of their love and faith and trust.  It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.  ~Roger Caras

Upcoming Events
• For information on CKC Events, Breed Standings, and to find a show near you- check out Canuck Dogs. http://canuckdogs.com

Favorite Links
• For information on CKC Events, Breed Standings, and to find a show near you- check out Canuck Dogs. http://canuckdogs.com • Check out our own website!! http://www.ldkc.net photo credit- Akadan Kennels

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What our members have been up to...
Members are encouraged to submit brags and photos for the newsletter. Email manymuddypaws@hotmail.ca

In the Rally Ring
Vicky Bennett couldn’t be happier with her little dog Claire. At the Red Deer dog show Claire earned the last legs needed for her RAE title! A RAE title requires ten paired Q’s in both Advanced and Excellent in the same trial. Claire is the first parti-colour cocker in Canada to earn the title and is now officially CH Visichy's Save The Cheerleader RAE.  Claire will end the year as #2 rally cocker (all varieties) in Canada.  She is currently the #10 rally Sporting Dog. Huge Congratulations to this great team! Julia Wilson and her Cavalier braved the Rally ring at the LDKC show and came home with their Rally Novice Title. GG is now Dawnaquinn Gotham Goddess RN. Her Weim “Tea” picked up another Rally Advanced leg aswell.

The Nose Knows

photos by Blazingstar

Daryl and Donnie were so pleased with Molly and Betty at Scenthurdle Racing at the Lethbridge show. Both dogs were 100% accurate, and never put a foot wrong! This was Betty’s first race, and she is more than half way to her first Scenthurdle Title!   Molly as a Veteran is now at 905 points! Great job girls! On the other team Amanda and Jolene raced their dogs Pixel, and Kort. Both dogs were spot on all night with no errors, and lots of speed.

Junior Handling

Gerard and Shelley’s daughter Stephanie showed in Junior handling for the first time with “Pawprints All That Jazz” owned by Rob and Keitha.  She was very excited and proud!

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Show News
Rob and Keitha had a very successful weekend! Akadan's Risky Business aka "Cruiser" finished his championship and picked up 2 group 4 under the Mincey's and a group 2 under Pam Bruce his first day out as a Special.  His daughter Akadan's Who Mee picked up points both days her first time out as a Jr. puppy.

Julia Wilson was a busy lady at the LDKC Show! on Friday her young boy True (Ch. Koping Win’Weims Say It’s True) won Best of Breed, and then went on to make the cut in the Sporting Group. On Saturday True again won Best of Breed but then won a Group 4!!! Julia’s youngest weim Stiletto (Koping Dangerous Heights) won Best of Winners on Sunday, and then went on to win Best Puppy In Group! True also took Best of Opposite in sweeps and brought home $50. :)

Evelyn and Bob Sera celebrated BIG at the LDKC Show. Promise won Best In Show on Sunday under judge Marilyn Mincey.  She also took Group 1st on Friday under Everett Mincey.  Handsome guy Royal took Group 2 under Charles Cyopic.

Gerard and Shelley reported that their Basset Hound, Shecara’s Tried N True became a new champion on Friday of the LDKC Show.

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Christmas Gift Ideas
For the two legged friends and family
I will admit that I am not a big fan of shopping. The crowds, the people, the screaming children, the christmas music...It’s all a bit much for me. I would much rather sit at home and relax while I shop. My choice of christmas music playing softly, a hot cup of coffee beside me, and my dogs at my feet. Shopping online is easy, and in most case is very safe. And to top it off you can find lots of great, unique products online. And, no one will know if you buy a little something for yourself. :) Cafepress.com is my most favorite place to shop. It is full of different shops, and just about anything you can imagine can be found there. They have TONS of breed specific products, aswell as non dog designs, and they guarantee their products!!!

Etsy.com is another of my favorite places. This is another community type place where people can “set up shop” so to speak. Etsy is full of handmade greatness- from dog collars, to breed specific broaches or paintings. Over the last few years I’ve found some pretty amazing gifts on this site.

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And for the FOUR legged friends and family...
Wubba’s are awesome. Great for fetching, tugging, and chewing. They even have holiday characters! The bright canvas is easy to see in the snow, and makes for a hardy toy!

Northern Biscuits are my dogs favorite biscuits. They like all food, but go nuts for these. All different flavors, and most are wheat free!

Antler Chews are the new favorite in my house. These chews are long lasting, and keep the dogs interested for hours.

Collars! Holidays are a great excuse to buy yet another collar.. Up Country collars are unique, and fun!

A Classic, but a goody. If your dog loves food then you can’t go wrong with a kong. They come in a variety of sizes and types. Fill with peanut butter, cookies, cheese whiz, or just plain yogurt!

Bumper Beds from Westpaw Design. These beds are amazingthey wash well, and last forever. Mine are three years old and still have lots of fluff and comfort.

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Old Fashioned Christmas
Two easy, Home Made toys your dogs (and your wallet!) will love!

Tugs!
Use old fleece blankets or go and buy inexpensive new ones. You can get them for $5 at Walmart. Cut them into long strips. About 1.5 inches wide. Tie three strands together and braid! You can combine Christmas colors to make them festive! As for length you can make them as long or as short as you like! You can be extra creative and put a tennis ball on the end, or braid some fun fur in the tug as well!

Sock-It!
Old (or Funky new!!) socks can provide a ton of entertainment. You can either make a great fetch toy, or a bottle cruncher in just a few minutes! If your dog is a ball lover use a ball- any will do (tennis, sqeaky, raquet ball) put it in the sock and knot it right at the top of the ball. Presto!! If your dog likes to make noise and is a destroyer use a heavy work sock and an empty water bottle! Again, just tie a knot at the top and you're all set!

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Raising Baron
A few stories, laughs and photos of a funny Boxer puppy named Baron Written By Vicky Bennett
On November 11, 2011, I brought Baron (Rikar’s Turning Back Time) home.  Baron is a boxer and was 4.5 months old at the time.  We also have parti-colour cockers Mercedes (7) and Claire (4) and cats Star (6) and Samson (2).    Nov 11  Things I have learned in the 2 hours since I brought Baron home 1. Mercedes is definitely the boss 2. I need to stock up on paper towels 3. I need to keep my dirty gym clothes out of Baron's reach 4. Claire has come a LONG way as she has been unphased by Baron in the house  5. Baron will have to be crated while I eat supper until I have trained “Off”  6. Mercedes and Claire love toys, beds, treats, etc that they have never seen before and they will claim them as their own.  7. A 4.5 month old boxer bladder holds a lot more than an adult cocker bladder.  8. I love Mercedes, Claire, and Baron so so so so much :)

Nov 13  Funny Baron story #22 - Baron thinking he's a lap dog and falling asleep on me. Nov 14  Ouchie! Rope burn on my big toe. Seriously. Weirdest injury ever. I had Baron on a long line just so he could drag it around the house and get used to it as the first time he had it on outside he resembled a bucking bronco LOL. He was chasing a cat into the kitchen so I stepped on the long line to slow him down but I forgot I had bare feet and it gave me rope burn on my toe. It hurt so bad I thought it broke the skin but no... just very red and raw.    Tonight I was changing into my PJ's in my bedroom and Baron & Mercedes were running around while poor Claire was in her pen (she had kennel cough).  Mercedes was on the bed so I was talking to her when out of the corner of my eye I see Baron bolt out of my closet (it's a walk in closet so I can't really see most of it from inside the bedroom) and high tail it out the bedroom door.  I saw he had something in his mouth and I guessed it was probably an old ball of yarn.  I was mid-clothing change so I couldn't run after him but I thought how much damage can he do in the few seconds it will take me to finish changing? The picture shows that a boxer puppy can completely unravel and spread all over a living room a ball of yarn in less than 10 seconds LOL!  I couldn't believe the massacre  LOL!  The yarn was beige so it kind of looks like a ton of spaghetti was spilled in my living room.  It was quick and easy to clean up but poor Baron looked at me like I was a super mean mom taking away his favorite toy.  And when I put it in the garbage he kept running over to the garbage to get it out again.  We may have to rethink our garbage can strategy as it's at just the right height (and doesn't have a lid) for Baron to stick his head in. 

 

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Nov 15  Is it mean to laugh at your puppy? Sometimes he is so funny I can't help it. He was barking at Mercedes to get her to play (she wasn't interested) and he kidney-beaned and jumped straight up in the air on all 4 feet in a move I swear is patented by Boxers as I've never seen another breed do anything like it. It was so funny I couldn't help but laugh at him. I hope I didn't hurt his puppy self-esteem LOL! 

  Proof that Baron can, on occasion, be horizontal! 

Nov 16   Funny Baron story #49 - on our early morning walk today Baron saw (I assume for the first time) a city transit bus. It was dark outside and the bus was large and loud and we walked in front of it as it stopped at a stop sign. Baron wasn't afraid but was absolutely fascinated by it. So much that he just stopped in front of its headlights and stared. I thought, from the driver's perspective, he must have looked like a deer in the headlights. And with his ears in white tape and his deep red colouring, I wonder if the driver thought I was taking a young deer for an early morning walk LOL.    Nov 17  I'm calling my weight loss this week (1.5 lbs) "Body by Baron". I've taken him for walks twice each day which means I'm getting 45 minutes of daily exercise that I never got before. Thank-you Baron :)    Karen, Baron’s breeder, gave us a winter coat that belonged to Baron’s dad, Sabre.  Baron’s got some growing to do before it will really fit LOL! 

Nov 18  Baron snores! LOL!    It's great to see Baron start to tone down his play style for the cockers. They are 1/2 his size now and when he's full grown they'll be less than 1/3 his size so being gentle is going to be critical to their willingness to play with him. Mercedes doesn't put up with craziness but she has played with him a few times when he lowered the intensity.   LOL! 

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Nov 19  Funny Baron story #58 - taking him for a walk in the snow for the first time and every 2 or 3 steps he would reach down and sniff/ bite/lick/whatever the snow. His tail was wagging the whole time. We have a winter lover on our hands :) Then we saw a guy with a snow shovel and the scraping noise confused Baron LOL.  Funny Baron story #59 - Vince is installing the new dishwasher and Baron (who LOVES Vince and wants to be with him all the time) was “assisting” him.  He must have assisted too much though as tools were clattering on the tile floor (7am, renters directly below, and it was loud!!!!) and he ended up in a crate for everyone’s safety/sanity.  He says “Sorry, Dad!  I was just trying to help!” LOL!S Vince and wants to be with him all the time) was "assisting" him. He must have assisted too much though as tools were clattering on the tile floor (7am, renters directly below, and it was loud!!!!) and he ended up in a crate for everyone's safety/sanity. He says "sorry, Dad! I was just trying to help!" LOLS Vince and wants to be with him all the time) was "assisting" him. He must have assisted too much though as tools were clattering on the tile floor (7am, renters directly below, and it was loud!!!!) and he ended up in a crate for everyone's safety/sanity. He says "sorry, Dad! I was just trying to help!" LOL!  Nov 22  Funny Baron Story #97 - Baron tipped over a box in the office/dog room which closed the door to the room with him inside. I guess he wanted some privacy LOL    Nov 23  Three sentences that I never thought I'd say... 1. Baron, please don't eat that lease agreement. 2. Baron, please don't use my toque as a chew toy. 3. Baron, please don't stand on my neck. But I said them all last night! LOL!    Nov 25  Funny Baron Story #102 - Baron was playing with one of those toys that has a plastic bottle inside. He bit down on it and the noise the bottle made scared him and he jumped up and looked around like a burglar was trying to break in. Good guard dog. Way to save us from a plastic bottle LOL!    Dec 2  Funny Baron Story #109 - Blow drying my hair this morning and turning the blow dryer on Baron to see how he would react (this is my morning entertainment LOL). At first he was confused.... then he tried to bite the air as it came out of the blow dryer LOL!   

After hearing all the funny stories I had to meet him. And true to form he was a total show off, and super adorable! I got a ton of great photos. :)" " " ~Amanda
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Member Spotlight
with Amanda Labadie
An interview with a member of the Lethbridge and District Kennel Club. Each month I will put names in a hat to decide who is next. :). This month I forgot, and didn’t want to spring it on someone last minute. 1) How did you first get involved in dogs? I was living in the Crowsnest Pass and Judi Snowdon (Shadowbar Shepherds) was my English teacher. I was in grade 7 when she started a class called Humane Education and offered free dog training classes. I signed my family dog up. Even though she was wasn’t purebred I trained her to a CDX level and competed at Fun Matches. From then on I was completely obsessed with all things dogs. 2) Tell us about your first registered dog.  She was a German Shepherd that I bought from the newspaper. I thought “Indi” was the dog of my dreams. Little did I know that the dream would be squashed when she was diagnosed with extreme hip displasia. I ended up having to euthanize her. It was heartbreaking, but I learned my lesson. My replacement dog from that “breeder” was a dog named Kate. I adored her, but she was a tough dog. She came complete with loads of anxiety, which created problems in life, and in the ring.

you’re not having fun you’re doing it wrong.

4) If you are a breeder, what made you decide to do so?  I am not a breeder. I don’t have the stomach for it. It takes a special kind of person to take on that responsibility.

I am not a true “show” person so this is perhaps an outsiders perspective. I wish the dogs were treated better. I think there should be standards that need to be met at every show. From the little I’ve seen, some dogs are treated like inanimate objects with no thought to the dogs feelings, or well being. I understand that this isn’t a realistic thought, but in my ideal world all dogs would be treated with respect. 8) Tell us about your very first dogshow experience.  I was incredibly nervous, and I had an incredibly nervous dog. A bad combination. lol. But we managed to get through the Novice Obedience exercises with our very first Qualifying Score. 9) What are your hobbies/interests outside of dogs? Outside of dogs? What’s that? I am heavily involved in Dog Rescue, I train dogs in all different types of activities, I have five dogs, I work at a dog daycare. There isn’t much but dogs. I do enjoy reading and writing. I blog almost every single day (usually about dogs), and like to spend time with family. I have a three year old Nephew that I adore. Oh, and I also love to take photos of dogs. Mostly mine. ;)

5) What drew you to your current breed? If you had to choose another what would it be and why? I got my first Cardigan Corgi 8 years ago. I actually had no interest in Corgis prior to that. I was still hooked on Shepherds. But I really wanted a puppy, and knew the Cardi breeder through dog activities. She contacted me and said she had just the puppy for me. (Wicca) She told me I wouldn’t be sorry, and I’ve never looked back. I love Cardigans- they truly are a big dog in a little package. They are tough, quick, smart, and versatile. I have other breeds- a Pyrenean Shepherd, and a Border Collie. But if I had to choose another it would either be a Kelpie or Flatcoated Retriever. I love the energy of both. The work ethic, and the want to please. They are completely different however so it really would depend on where I am at in life when the time comes for another.

6) What do you love most about the dog show scene? The People. I have made a lot of friends over the years. Dog stuff has a way of drawing people together. I love visiting with people I only see at shows and trials, and catching up with old friends.

10)Any advice for a newbie just starting in dogs? Stay true to your dog. Never do anything that makes you uncomfortable. You are are your dogs advocate.

3) What do you think has been the most valuable advice you have been given? Have fun with your dog. Training should be fun. Competing should be fun. If

7) What would you like to see changed about the dog show scene?

I originally was going to save myself for last, but got caught up in the rest of the Newsletter and didn’t want to spring all this on someone last minute. Next week it will be back to normal. :)

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From Start to Finish....

Kate and Tina (my first dog)

Boone, my rescue Pyrenean Shepherd. Although scared of lots of things he managed to earn Rally and Agility titles. Now he enjoys retirement.

Kate -Mesha’s Music CD NAC ADC CGN

Vito, my little mixed breed dog. He is the baddest dog in the house. ;)

Brit is the newest addition and is a LOT of fun. It really is true that Border Collies are uber smart. ;)

Wicca- Regional Winning , National Placing Agility dog. Top Rally Cardigan Corgi for two years running. My heart.

Pixel, three year old Cardigan. Miss Princess Fluffy Butt. Honest to a fault. Placed at Regionals her first year. HIC Rally dog. 12

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How to beat the cold, and stay safe this Winter!
photo by Jolene McCuaig

Our Winters are often cold, snowy, windy, and just plain miserable. But, for our dogs, being outside and going for walks is still a main source of exercise. It is important to continue to exercise our dogs- even when it is -30! Here are a few quick hints and reminders to make this winter easier (and warmer) for you and your dog! • Just like us dogs seem to need a few days to acclimatize. It’s a good idea to start your dogs out with short, frequent walks on the first cold days and gradually build up until you are back to your regular routines. • If you are lucky and have a Northern Breed, or a dog with loads of coat you don’t have to worry about keeping the dogs core temperature warm. That thick fur will do the work for you. But if you have a short coated dog you may need to look into getting some winter gear. A tight fitting jacket or sweater should do the trick nicely. Boots are a great way to protect the feet and pads from exposure to salt, as well as keeping the paws warm enough to walk when it’s super cold! If your dog won’t tolerate boots, make sure to clean their paws after a walk and keep an eye out for cracked, or sore pads. • While on your walk remember to keep your dog away from anything that looks like it could be chemicals. Antifreeze is extremely toxic and is a real danger to watch out for. • Most of our snow blows away, but on occasion we do get big drifts. Use caution when allowing your dog to run through (or over these). It is an easy way to cause a muscle strain, or injury. Falling through deep snow, or the repetitive leaping and jumping can do some serious damage.

• Keep walking! Even though it is cold we owe it to our dogs to continue to exercise them! Sometimes in the winter we have to miss a few walks because it is just too cold, but most of the time if you dress for the weather it’s not bad at all! (and stopping for a hot coffee is helpful too!)

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Holiday Funnies
A Selection of dog humour for the holidays. :)

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The Tail End
The Holiday Season is upon us. The snow, the lights, the music, the food, the family, and friends. It’s a magical time of year that goes by way to quickly. I think it’s important to really sit back and appreciate the holidays for what they are. Christmas is about tradition, and celebrating family and friends. Time spent with friends, family (and dogs!) are full of cheer and festivities. The dogs all know how to open a gift or two, and it’s so much fun to see them shredding paper and boxes . The clean up, not so much. But the excitement makes it worth it. Another tradition is our famous New Years Day walk. Every year a group of dogs friends and I meet up for an off leash walk. It is a spectacular sight to see the whole big group of dogs. Hot Coffee (or hot chocolate and baileys) in hand, we chat about the past year, and what the future holds. Tradition like this is part of what make the holidays so special. Every year I try not to go crazy with the shopping- and this year I’ve decided to do mostly home-made, or at least partially homemade gifts. Not only will it save some money, but I also believe that Christmas needs to come from the heart. Handmade items are a clear gesture of thought, and heart. After Christmas comes thoughts of the New Year. What we can do better or differently to make next year even better. Things that we can change in ourselves, or our habits. We all have goals, and I’d love to hear some for next months Newsletter!

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Holiday, and best wishes for health, happiness, and success in the New Year! ~Amanda

Want to join the LDKC?
We are always on the lookout for responsible dog lovers to join the club! Contact Andrea at andidog@telus.net for more information!

Comments/ Suggestions/ Submissions
Editor: Amanda Labadie: manymuddypaws@hotmail.ca

P.S Don’t be afraid to pass on the newsletter to your friends! Maybe it would be incentive to join so they can show off their wins and brags too! :)

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