April 2015

Volume 3  Issue 4

This is the official newsletter of the Plum Creek Kennel Club of Colorado and is published monthly. The Editor and Publisher is Jim Alford. The newsletter is issued 7 days preceding the monthly meeting. Articles appearing herein do not constitute endorsement of the subject matter by the PCKC, and may be reprinted provided credit is given to the author and this newsletter.

Information for the newsletter may be submitted via US Mail to: Newsletter PO Box 2760 Elizabeth CO 80107, or send to us via E-Mail. Deadline for all news copy and announcements is the 20th of the month preceding publication.




The Official PCKC Web site can be seen at: http://www.plumcreekkennelclub.org  
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President: Rick Sjaardema ~ Vice President: James Caldwell ~ Treasurer: Barbara White ~ Recording Secretary: Beth McCarthy
Corresponding Secretary:
JoAnn Alford ~ AKC Delegate: Bill Ellis     Board Members:  Dr. Mary Ellen Guy ~ Robin Hug ~ Elaine Noel ~ Fran Strayer

Membership Meetings:
April 13th, 7pm at Mimis. Our meeting is being planned around "Message Therapy" - so you don't want to miss out!

PCKC Annual B Match - May 16 and 17, 2015 - See Flyer

Inside this Newsletter:

Dangerous Foods: How They Are Harmful to Your Pet

Mammoth Creature Adapts to Frigid Weather

Bet Ya Didn't Know . .

New Discovery About Reindeer

This Month's Videos

ARISTA Cesspool

About PCKC




Note from PCKC President
Rick Sjaardema
April 1, 2015

Dear PCKC Membership;

I'm thrilled to announce that the Board has approved sponsoring "TAKE MOM TO THE ROCKIES"!

In May, our Club will be sponsoring members, their parents, and their children under 18 to the Rockies/Dodgers game Saturday, May 9 at 6:10pm.

Guests or children over the age of 17 are welcome to join us as well, but we will need $18 per ticket for them.

Our seats will be on the 3rd level directly behind home plate. Same awesome vantage we had in 2014.

Please let me know ASAP if you can attend this PCKC Social Event.

I would like to have a fairly firm number so that I can order tickets following the Membership meeting April the 13th.

You can reach me by calling or texting your request for tickets @ 720-312-1581. or email me at sjaardemazoo@msn.com

And I'll hope to see you: "AT THE ROCKIES".

Rick Sjaardema
PCKC President

DOGMA Trivia Game (Answers in About PCKC, at bottom of the page)
1. What is the Spanish word for “Dog”?
2. Name of the toy Mexican dog with either a long or smooth coat.
3. Which Non-Sporting breed was named for the capital city of Tibet?
4. What breed did Roman Counsul, Quintus A. Symmachus, write his brother, Flavianus, “All Rome viewed with wonder”?
5. After what is the Alaskan Malamute named?
6. Perhaps the earliest use of the name “Beagle” occurs in Esquire of Low Degree, which was published in what year? a. 1475 b. 1657 c. 1795

Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes to us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday. – John Wayne


Dangerous Foods: How They are Harmful to Your Pet

From: www.petplace.com

In America we spend over $10 billion dollars a year on food for our pets. Despite buying the best food available, some pets would rather eat what we eat. However, certain foods can be dangerous to your pet, causing varying degrees of illness. Some food is toxic due to ingredients and some by improper cooking, storage or poor hygiene.

Alcoholic Beverages. Ethanol is the component in alcoholic beverages that can be toxic when an excessive amount is ingested. Pets are much smaller than us and can be highly affected by small amounts of alcohol. Exercise caution when drinks and pets are together. Toxicity can cause a wide variety of signs and symptoms, and may result in death. Signs may include odor of alcohol on the animal's breath, staggering, behavioral changes, excitement, depression, increased urination, slowed respiratory rate or cardiac arrest and death.

Apples, Apricots, Cherries, Peaches and Plums. Ingestion of large amounts of stems, seeds and leaves of these fruits can be toxic. They contain a cyanide type compound and signs of toxicity include apprehension, dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, hyperventilation and shock.

Avocados. The leaves, fruit, bark and seeds of avocados have all been reported to be toxic. The toxic component in the avocado is "persin," which is a fatty acid derivative. Symptoms of toxicity include difficulty breathing, abdominal enlargement, abnormal fluid accumulations in the chest, abdomen and sac around the heart. The amount that needs to be ingested to cause signs is unknown. Do not feed your pet any component of the avocado.

Baking Powder and Baking Soda. Baking soda and baking powder are both leavening agents. A leavening agent is a common ingredient in baked goods that produces a gas causing batter and dough to rise. Baking soda is simply sodium bicarbonate. Baking powder consists of baking soda and an acid, usually cream of tartar, calcium acid phosphate, sodium aluminum sulfate or a mixture of the three. Ingestion of large amounts of baking soda or baking powder can lead to electrolyte abnormalities (low potassium, low calcium and/or high sodium), congestive heart failure or muscle spasms.

Chocolate. Chocolate, in addition to having a high fat content, contains caffeine and theobromine. These two compounds are nervous system stimulants and can be toxic to your dog in high amounts. The levels of caffeine and theobromine vary between different types of chocolate. For example, white chocolate has the lowest concentration of stimulants and baking chocolate or cacao beans have the highest concentration. Depending on the type of chocolate ingested and the amount eaten, various problems can occur. The high fat content in chocolate may result in vomiting and possibly diarrhea. Once toxic levels are eaten, the stimulant effect becomes apparent. You may notice restlessness, hyperactivity, muscle twitching, increased urination and possibly excessive panting. Heart rate and blood pressure levels may also increase. Seizure activity may occur in severe cases.

Coffee (grounds and beans). Dogs that eat coffee grounds or beans can get "caffeine" toxicity. The symptoms are very similar to those of chocolate toxicity and can be just as or even more serious.

Fatty Foods. Rich and fatty food are favorites of dogs. They often get them as treats, leftovers or from getting into the trash. These fatty foods can cause pancreatitis. Pancreatitis can affect any pet but miniature or toy poodles, cocker spaniels and miniature schnauzers are particularly prone. Signs of pancreatitis generally include an acute onset of vomiting, sometimes diarrhea and abdominal pain. Abdominal pain is often evidenced by hunched posture or "splinting" of the abdomen when picked up. The dog may become very sick quickly and often needs intensive fluid and antibiotic therapy.

Dairy Products. Human dairy products are not highly dangerous but can pose problems for two reasons. One is their high fat content and like other foods with high fat content, there is a risk of pancreatitis. The second reason is that pets poorly digest dairy products since they lack the enzyme required to digest lactose. This affects some pets more than others, and can cause gas to diarrhea. Small amounts of plain yogurt or cheese are tolerated by most dogs but it is probably safest to avoid dairy products altogether. There is a lactose free milk product available that pose no risk to dogs, such as Milk-O-Pet.

Grapes and Raisins. So far, about 10 dogs poisoned by grapes and raisins have been officially reported to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. The amount of grapes or raisins ingested has been between 9 ounces to 2 pounds, and dogs ingesting these large amounts have developed kidney failure. Aggressive, and sometimes prolonged, treatment may be necessary to give the affected dog a chance at survival; without treatment death is possible. Despite testing, the reason for the kidney failure and the amount necessary for toxicity remains unknown. For now, any dog that ingests large amounts of grapes or raisins should be treated aggressively, so contact your veterinarian immediately if ingestion has occurred.

Macadamia Nuts. Macadamia nuts, also called the Queensland nut or Australia nut, can be toxic. The mechanism behind why these nuts are toxic is a mystery. However, it has been noted that as few as six to 40 nuts in dogs have caused severe toxic signs. Dogs develop weakness, depression, vomiting, difficulty walking, tremors, abdominal pain, lameness, stiffness and/or pale gums. The signs usually dissipate in 12 to 24 hours.

Moldy or Spoiled Food. Dogs love to get into the trash. A medical problem arises when the trash contains moldy or spoiled food. In addition to food poisoning, some pets can develop tremors related to the ingestion of certain molds.

Nutmeg. You may not realized this but high levels of nutmeg can be toxic, even fatal. The toxic principle is not well understood. Signs of toxicity include tremors, seizures, nervous system abnormalities or death.
Onions or Garlic. Dogs and cats lack the enzyme necessary to properly digest onions and this could result in gas, vomiting, diarrhea or severe gastrointestinal distress. If large amounts of onion or garlic are ingested or onions are a daily part of your dog's diet, the red blood cells may become fragile and break apart. This is due to the toxic ingredient in onions and garlic, thiosulphate. Signs can begin immediately after eating the onion or a few days later. Large quantities of garlic need to be ingested before signs of toxicity are seen. Severe anemias and even death can occur if the dog ingests lots of onions or garlic and receives no treatment.

All forms of onion and garlic are a problem. This includes raw, dehydrated, cooked, powders or those in foods. The most common source of onions for cats is in human baby food. Some baby foods have onion powder added for taste. When consistently fed baby food with added onion powder, signs of toxicity can develop. Many people use garlic pills as 'natural' flea control. The amount of garlic is low but if large amounts of the pills are ingested at one time, toxicity may occur.

Xylitol (sugar sweetner). Xylitol is a sugar-alcohol sweetener found in sugar-free human food products such as chewing gum, candy as well as other products. Dogs that eat significant amounts can develop a sudden drop in blood sugar, which can cause weakness, lethargy, loss of coordination, collapse and seizures. Xylitol is a sugar-alcohol sweetener found in sugar-free human food products such as chewing gum, candy as well as other products. Dogs that eat significant amounts can develop a sudden drop in blood sugar, which can cause weakness, lethargy, loss of coordination, collapse and seizures. Symptoms can begin in as little as 30 minutes and last hours. It is recommended that pets that experience symptoms be taken to a veterinarian or local emergency clinic for evaluation.

Yeast Dough. When ingested, bread or yeast dough will "rise" in the stomach just as it would for bread. As the dough rises and ferments, alcohol is produced. There are two problems with yeast dough. The biggest problem is that the dough often rises to many times its size, expanding the pet's stomach. The second problem is from the alcohol component, which can cause "alcohol toxicity." Symptoms of vomiting, retching, abdominal discomfort, lethargy, depression or bloat is possible.

In America we spend over $10 billion dollars a year on food for our pets. Despite buying the best food available, some pets would rather eat what we eat. However, certain foods can be dangerous to your pet, causing varying degrees of illness. Some food is toxic due to ingredients and some by improper cooking, storage or poor hygiene.

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Mammoth Creature Adapts to Frigid Weather

A recent study comparing the genomes of polar bears and brown bears suggests that the two species separated less than 500,000 years ago, making the polar bear a much younger species than we thought.
The study, published earlier in the year in the journal Cell,1 was a collaborative effort by a group of international researchers including biologists from the University of California, Berkeley. Genome sequencing also pointed to a number of unique genetic adaptations that may explain how polar bears are able to survive life in the high Arctic -- specifically, how the bears’ bodies are able to operate so efficiently on a tremendously high fat diet.

[This is a very interesting comparison between two species of bears. It is too long to publish in the newsletter, but you can read it at the link below. Ed.]


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Bet Ya Didn't Know That!

You don't get excited when a friend says she's bringing a 'stripper' to your house.
You know another user for 'matches' other than starting a fire.
Your dogs' top knot has ever been ruined by the ceiling fan.
Your parrot knows the phrase "OMG, he just s**t on my rug".
In tough situations you ask yourself, "What would Jimmy Moses do?".
On your job application under 'sex' you wrote 'bitch' or 'dog'.
You consider a freshly-washed dog as 'potpouri'.
You're pretty sure the people on the 'Jerry Springer Show' were at last Saturdays dog show.
Your house doesn't have AC but your kennel does.
You think 'taking out the trash' means taking your competition out to dinner after the show.
You've ever spent more on last month's ad than your sister's wedding present.
You know at least three different ways to get your dog to poop.
Someone in your family has ever said, "Come here and look at her poop before I pick it up".
The sound of dogs barking and generators humming makes your heart race.
If 'safe sex' involves a muzzle.

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New Discovery About Reindeer


Recent research suggests that Rudolph the Reindeer’s red nose wasn’t his only unique facial feature. According to a study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B,1 Rudolph and his Arctic reindeer buddies have eyes that turn blue each year in time for Christmas.

Actually, it’s only a part of the eye that changes color – the tapetum lucidum, also known as the “cat’s eye,” which sits
under the unpigmented part of the retina. According to Karl-Arne Stokkan of the University of Tromso in Norway, “In
summer, it is golden with most light reflected back directly through the retina, whereas in winter it is deep blue with less
light reflected out of the eye.”

The Eyes of Arctic Reindeer Change from a Golden Color in Summer to Blue in Winter
Stokkan studied the reindeer at the University of Tromso. Many of the animals were brought in by mountain region
herders and were maintained in large outdoor facilities during the study. Stokkan and his colleagues observed their eyes
over two weeks before and after the summer solstice, and another two weeks before and after the winter solstice.
The blue coloring in the reindeers’ eyes during winter provides for increased retinal sensitivity. It may scatter light,
making the eyes work harder, which improves sensitivity. According to the researchers, increased sensitivity comes at
the expense of sharp vision, but may help reindeer sense predators during dark Arctic winters. And this is an important
adaptation, since reindeer are the favored prey of a wide variety of carnivores, including Golden eagles, wolverines,
brown bears, polar bears, and gray wolves.

Reindeer (also known as ‘caribou’ in North America) is a species of deer native to the Arctic and Subarctic. There are
both resident and migratory populations.

Reindeer come in many different sizes and colors. Fur color varies considerably, both individually and depending on
season and subspecies. Northern populations of reindeer are whiter in color, while southern populations are darker.
Reindeer have two-layered coats of fur. There’s a thick woolly undercoat topped by a longer coat made up of hollow

In most populations, both sexes of reindeer grow antlers, but the antlers of males are typically larger than those of

Like the color of their eyes, reindeer hooves also adapt to the season. During summer months when the ground is soft
and moist, the footpads become like sponges to provide extra traction. In the winter, the pads shrink and tighten,
exposing the rim of the hoof, which is used to cut into the ice and packed snow, also to provide traction. The rims of their
hooves also allow reindeer to crater into the snow to reach one of their favorite foods – a lichen known as reindeer moss.



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This Month's Videos

DACHSHUND CHASES CRAB ON A BEACH Watch Maddy the dachshund have a blast chasing after
a crab on the beach! http://www.globalanimal.org/2014/12/20/playful-puppy-meets-crabby-crustacean/

OCTOPUS PLAYS WITH A COCO-NUTTY TOY Who knew an octopus could find so many entertaining uses for a coconut?

Kittens and tigers, birds and foxes, pandas, and puppies – no matter what type of animals finds themselves in snow, they all seem to enjoy it!

Dog Born with Deformities, "Pig" Is the Cutest Thing You Will Ever See

Pig, an 8-month-old pup, was born with severe deformities, but that’s not slowing her down. The Mixed Breed runs and plays like and other dog, despite having legs for days and a body that appears to have no middle, misshapen hips and no neck. Apparently, no one told her she was handicapped.

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ARISTA Cesspool

Hi All
There isn’t something new for this month’s issue. I don’t know whether to dance for joy or tremble in fear. [Editor]

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About Plum Creek Kennel Club

MEETING LOCATION: Unless otherwise notified, the PCKC monthly membership meeting will take place on the second Monday of each month at Mimi’s Café at S. Yosemite and E. Park Meadows Drive. This is about a long block South of C-470 on S. Yosemite. Unless changed, the start is at 7:00PM.
BREED OF THE MONTH: The Breed of the Month is selected to highlight breeds, by their owner/breeder, with information on the breed's history, characteristics, accomplishments, honors or titles, family stories and pictures. If you need any assistance with layout, content or format, please contact our Webmaster at anytime.
If you have something about which you would like to brag, or some sad point in your life, you can send them to
Jim007@alfora.org. Keep them brief (the Pulitzer Prize Staff will not be reviewing them) and they will appear here.

See more Brags and Photos on our website:

1. Perro. 2. The Chihuahua 3. The Lhasa Apso. 4. The Irish Wolfhound 5. A. 6. a.

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