March 2017 Newsletter

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1 March 2017 Newsletter A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Happy Spring to all. We are looking forward to a busy and fun spring. April 1 st from 8 12 will be our first Fundraising Yard sale. The first sale will be in the Gordonston Area (Sheila Phillips home, 114 Atkinson Avenue Savannah 31404) Please bring your gently used treasures to our meeting this coming Monday 3/27. If we still have treasures to sell, the 2 nd yard sale will be in the Old Town Subdivision (Vickie Marriott s home, 105 Wigmore Circle, Savanah 31410) Sunday April 9 th we will be having our Fun Guided walking tour of Bonaventure Cemetery. Hope to see many of you that day from 1-3 pm. Plan to join us for sips and eats after the walk. Lisa Harmon and Charles Henderson continue to host the very popular Lure Coursing events. Joyce Whittal will be hosting our first Barn Hunt Match. (Details to follow later). A match is a required event prior to our progressing to a Sanctioned Barn Hunt Trial at our December Show. NEXT MEETING Monday, March 27 6:00pm-Dinner 7:00pm-Meeting Carey Hilliard s Restaurant Abercorn Street Savannah, Georgia Meetings are held the fourth Monday of every month Please continue to watch for and respond to any Legislative events around the country aimed at curtailing legitimate dog breeders or breed specific oppositional bills. Regardless where this is occurring, we need to be aware that well paid lobbyist on behalf of the HSUS and other Animal Rights Groups are behind these efforts to interfere with those of us who enjoy the sport of Dogs. SKC Officers President Gigi Devitt Vice President Rachel Shatz Secretary Vickie Marriott Treasurer Jackie Tatum Board Members Eduardo Rivas Susan Walls Becky Smith Jennifer Garner Marcie Bassett Lastly you will be receiving a copy of the proposed changes to our club s constitution. Please prepare to discuss at our March meeting and vote on in April Thanks to all you do for our club. -Gigi Yard Sales The SKC will be participating in 2 yard sales this year. April 1: Gordonston Community of Savannah, 8am-12pm (Sheila Phillips home, 114 Atkinson Avenue Savannah 31404) April 8: Old Town Subdivision (Vickie Marriott s home, 105 Wigmore Circle, Savanah 31410) If anyone has any items they would like to donate or volunteer to help, please bring your items or let us know at the next meeting.

2 February Meeting Minutes Summary The February meeting was held on February 27, Members were informed that Joyce Whittal had resigned as President, wanting to devote her time and energy to her love of training, teaching, and conformation. Joyce will remain Show Chair. Gigi Devitt will resume the position of President and Board Member, Rachael Shatz moved to the position of Vice President. Marcie Bassett was voted in as the new Board Member. Paula Wagner reported that the 3 year rabies vaccination is under consideration and all members are encouraged to contact their County Commissioner and encourage their vote on the proposal. The 2017 show site has not been determined. The possibility of having separate shows of obedience/ rally and conformation was discussed and members expressed their desire to have an inside show. The Humane Society s Doggie Carnival is scheduled for May 7. The SKC has been asked to help again this year and volunteers are needed. Gigi Devitt encouraged all members for ideas and suggestions to increase member participation SKC Calendar It is that time of year again. This time the dogs of the SKC will be posing with the Savannah First Responders. While all the months are spoken for it is not too late to get your dog in the calendar. Full pages not assigned to a particular month are available for $ If you are interested, please contact Eduardo at 2017 Calendars are still available for purchase. Please contact Eduardo if you would like one. 2

3 Meet March s Guest Speaker Phone: (912) Fax: (912) Address: 332 Stephenson Avenue, Savannah 2017 SKC Monthly Meetings March 27: Guest Speaker- Fetch Canine Rehab, Owner and Physical Therapist, Georgia Bottoms will discuss available treatments to treat dog injuries to include: post surgical (TPLO, MPL, FHO, TPO, etc.), soft tissue injuries such as sprains or strains, hip and elbow dysplasia, neurological injuries such as degenerative myelopathy and stroke (FCE), weight loss, wound care, arthritis, joint injuries, and fractures. April 24: Guest Speaker- Marcie Bassett, Savannah Kennel Club Board Member, will discuss the conformation point system and how to get to Westminster. May 22: Guest Speaker- Rachael Shatz, Savannah Kennel Club Vice President, will discuss dog show supported entries June 26: BRAGS BISS GCH Cappelli Bull Rodo-- (aka Demon) won Best of Breed both days at the Palm Beach Dog Fanciers Show this past weekend. He has also earned his BRONZE Grand Champion title. Marcie Bassett Kane, American Hairless Terrier, won a Terrier Group one in Palm Beach, Florida Shows and Owner-Handled Best In Show in Davie, Florida. Patty Smith July: No Meeting August: September 25: Guest Speaker- Dr. Pinto from Savannah Animal Eye Care will discuss dog eye care. October 23: November 27: December: No Meeting (Christmas Party) If you or if you know of anyone who would like to be a guest speaker for our monthly meetings, please contact Eduardo for more information 3

4 Once a year in March, a spotlight is shown on poison prevention. Raising awareness on poison is not just for humans, but also for pets. Last year alone, the ASPCA Poison Control Center received more than 180,639 case related to pets being poisoned by household items, insecticides, chocolate, plants, rodenticides, over the counter products and food. The number one poison was human prescription medications. National Poison Prevention Week March 19-25, 2017 It is important that you know what items around the house are a danger to your pet. Keep medications on high shelves. Make sure there are no fluids, such as automotive liquids or cleaning supplies on floors or within reach. Symptoms of poisoning: vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, blood in stool, lethargy, loss of appetite, nosebleed, irregular heartbeat. If you suspect your pet may have ingested something, you should contact your local vet, or any of the numbers below. 4

5 UPCOMING EVENTS April 9: Bonaventure Historical Cemetery Walk, 1:00pm, Everyone please plan to join us for this fun Dog walk thru this fantastic old cemetery, beautiful landscape and very interesting historical and quirky tombstones. Join our guides Melynda and Tyler Loomis for a fun afternoon and learn the amazing history behind some of the current residents of the cemetery and its links to the history of our terrific city. We will provide water for the dogs and will plan to go to a nearby Dog Friendly restaurant/ watering hole afterwards. We look forward to everyone join us for a fun afternoon with our dogs and other club members. April 12-17: Peach Blossom Cluster Dog Shows located in Perry at the Georgia National Fairgrounds. Five days of conformation, rally, obedience, agility, barn hunt, dock diving, and lure coursing. Deadline for entries: March 29, Noon. This is definitely an event to attend if you are new to the dog world. For more information go to April 29: Hilton Head Island Humane Association Annual Beach Dog Walk, 8:30am- 12:00pm, Coligny Beach. May 7: The Humane Society s 17 th Annual Doggie Carnival, 12:00pm-4:00pm, Forsyth Park. Events include: doggie derby, agility course, doggie pools, and lots of fun Volunteers are needed! May 10-14: Crossroads of Georgia Cluster, located in Perry at the Georgia National Fairgrounds. Five days of conformation, rally, obedience, and dock diving. Deadline for entries: April 26, Noon. 5

6 TRAINING CLASSES Conformation Classes are being offered by Joyce at Carols Pampered Pets Thursdays at 6:30pm. $ Per Class; or $ For 5 weeks of classes. Lure Coursing Fun Days: * 4/1 & 4/2 * 4/22 & 4/23 Saturday Times: 8am-12pm Sunday Times: 2:30pm-4:30pm. Please bring a chair, crate or some means of confining your dog. You might also consider bringing a tent or some type of shade and a snack. Water will be provided for the dogs. If you are interested, please contact Lisa Harmon for more information and directions. MORE BRAGS Introducing Nor Star of Blue Kisses Gardien Des Chutes "Smooch" -Susan Walls Remi is Golden!! BIS BISS RBIS GRAND CHAMPION GOLD Dynasty s Triple Crown Remi earned his Gold Grand Champion title this past month. Remi also had a Group 4 and Group 2 placement at the Pensacola show in Florida! -Kim Johnson 6

7 FOR SALE If you have any dog related items for sale or are looking for any items, please Jennifer your ad, to be printed in next month s newsletter. ******************* HAPPY TAILS Did you know there are 9 Native Breeds of Ireland? Irish Red Setter Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier March 23, Irish Red and White Setter Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Irish Wolfhound Irish Terrier Irish Water Spaniel Kerry Beagle Kerry Blue 7