June 2015 Newsletter
Calendar of Events
General Membership and Board Meeting
July Training Day
August Training Day
News and Notes
News and Notes
Welcome New Member, Chris Benner!
Chris Benner Joined the club in May. He and his Boykin Spaniel puppy, Roxy, attended the May and June training days, and she is showing good progress!
The club was able to purchase a trailer to replace our old one, which is falling apart. Thank you Joe, Mike, and Colleen for your work in acquiring it!
It does need a little work, so we will be asking for some help with that later this month.
The Board of Directors and General Meeting Reports
Click here to view the minutes of the April meeting.
Click here to view the minutes of the May meeting.
In the Field
It's Hot Out There- Overheat and Dehydration
On our way up the hill, we passed the team carrying the lab out. I'm sure they sought medical attention as soon as they got down the hill, but the dog appeared alert to me, and I would be very surprised if he/she didn't make a full recovery.
We made it up and down the hill with no difficulty, stopping frequently to wet Gabby down. She was barely even panting at the top. We even met a gsp and her owner, and gave her (the dog!) a quick wet-down as well!
Many of you are already familiar with what signs to watch for on those hot days out in the field, but some are not, and some of us (ok, I) need a reminder once in a while. Here's a website with some great tips on how to spot dehydration and overheating in dogs.
So what if your dog does overheat? What steps should you take to cool them back down? What first aid should be used? Here's an article that's very informative on the subject, written by a veterinarian. This article also has some good info.
Our dogs work hard for us, and some will run themselves literally to death for us. So we owe it to them to know what to watch for, and how to respond if they get too hot!
New Lead Regulations
July 1st marks the beginning of the phasing in of the ban on the use of lead ammunition in the state of California. We are now in Phase 1, which the Department of Fish and Wildlife describes as follows:
"Phase 1 – Effective July 1, 2015, nonlead ammunition will be required when taking Nelson bighorn sheep and all wildlife on state wildlife areas and ecological reserves."
So if you are training or hunting on any state wildlife area or ecological reserve, make sure you do not have lead ammunition on your person. There is debate about what that means, but if you don't have it in your truck, or in your pack, or in your pocket...if you left all lead ammo at home, you should be fine.
This, of course, means that we now have to bear the added expense of non-lead ammo. If you're not already familiar with them, Roger's Sporting Goods has good sales on shotshells, both leaded and unleaded. Many times, they have free shipping, as well! So check in with them from time to time, and if you see a good deal, pass it on to the rest of us!
In an effort to provide maximum value to our members, our goal is to put on at least one training event each month. Here are some pictures from May's training day at Prado (photos courtesy of Dan Markley).
Around the Fire Hydrant
Dog Portraits and other Art
Denise Rich is also an accomplished artist and club member. Denise is also known as "The Official Happy Cow" artist. In 2006 she was commissioned by the California Milk Advisory Board to paint their famous Happy Cows of the Real California Milk campaign. In addition to cows, Denise paints dogs, pets, or really anything. If you are interested in any of her works or commissioning a painting, please contact her at her studio at (619) 933-5935. Or send her an e-mail. Please visit her website to see some of her work.
Health Supplements for You and Your Dog!
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