August 2014

Volume 2  Issue 8




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:


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

MEETING NOTICE:  The August meeting will be August 11th at Mimi's. The September Meeting will be on the 8th.

An accurate Club membership list is a necessity. So, if you have changed ANYTHING, address, phone/cell phone, email address, etc, or your name PLEASE notify Barbara White ASAP! Her email is:

HOLIDAY AFFAIR: The December PCKC meeting will be at Maggiano’s Italian Restaurant on Sunday, December 7th from 1:30 to 4:30. It will be a multi-course meal served family style at no cost for members. Guests are welcome for $30 in advance to the Treasurer.

Inside this Newsletter:

Domestic Dog Origins Challenged

How An Oatmeal Cookie Almost Killed a Dog

Bet Ya Didn't Know . .

5 Dog Myths Debunked

Yorkie Doodle Dandy

ARISTA Cesspool

About PCKC




PCKC member Fred Forman will be working this year with our president, Rick Sjaardema, who has been Chief Ring Steward for the PCKC days of the Denver Dog Show the last couple of years and will also do that in 2015 . Fred has migrated our old Ring Steward database to a new system. The data in the previous database was largely incomplete. He has tried to augment it with other information sources (like the PCKC membership roster for demographic information).

However, huge information gaps remain related to past steward experience, preferences, etc. Please be on the lookout for an e-mail from Fred that will be the start of getting the ring steward team organized well in advance of the show. He will be looking for interest in stewarding in 2015 or later, experience, preferences, restrictions, etc. The hope is that by having a complete database in place, the process of making advance assignments, then adapting to changes on-the-fly will be a much smoother and less strenuous process for all. Fred L. Forman,

The PCKC is hosting a night at a Colorado Rockies game on Saturday, August 23rd at 6:10 PM. The Rockies will be playing the Miami Marlins. Tickets for Club members are just $8 each and $16 for non-members. Tickets are limited, so please respond as soon as possible. Just send the attached form (page 8 of this newsletter) plus your check made out to ‘Plum Creek Kennel Club’ to the address shown on the form. Your tickets will be sent to you via the US Post Office. If you have any questions, please send them to: Fred F
orman at

DOGMA Trivia Game (Answers in About PCKC, at bottom of the page)
1. Is it true that in the early days, the name “Spaniel” was given to pointers and setters alike?
2. Were the Miniature Pincher, the Standard Schnauzer, and the Lhasa Apso once listed by the AKC in the Terrier Group?
3. Name the celebrated animal trainer and author who wrote Dog Training My Way?
4. Which little terrier, long associated with Cambridge College, was first known as the Trumpington Terrrier?
5. Name the 4 breeds with the word “Irish” as part of their AKC breed name?
6. In 1882, the Scottish Terrier Club of England was formed. In what year was the Scottish Terrier Club of America formed? A. 1895. B. 1928. C. 1905.

Domestic Dog Origins Challenged

DOMESTIC DOG ORIGINS CHALLENGED By Judith Burns, Science reporter, BBC News
The suggestion that the domestic dog originated in East Asia has been challenged. The huge genetic diversity of dogs found in East Asia had led many scientists to conclude that domestication began there. But new research published in the journal PNAS shows the DNA of dogs in African villages is just as varied.

An international group of researchers analysed blood samples from dogs in Egypt, Uganda and Namibia. Today's dogs are descended from Eurasian grey wolves, domesticated between 15,000 and 40,000 years ago. "I think it means that the conclusion that was drawn before might have been premature." Adam Boyko, Cornell University The authors say the process by which humans domesticated the dog is poorly understood.

Lead scientist, Dr Adam Boyko of the Department of Biological Statistics and Computational Biology at Cornell University, says he decided to look at village dogs because they are so much more genetically diverse than bred dogs that they may hold the key to the origins of dog domestication. The team analysed DNA from 318 dogs from villages in Egypt, Uganda and Namibia and measured their genetic diversity. They also analysed the genetic make up of dog breeds thought to be of African origin, for example the Saluki, the Rhodesian Ridgeback, and the Pharaoh Hound and compared all the resulting data with results for non African dogs such as Puerto Rican street dogs and non-pedigree dogs in the US. The emphasis on African village dogs came about because Adam Boyko's co-authors, his brother and sister-in-law, were travelling in Africa on honeymoon. They collected all the blood samples from the African dogs.

Genetically diverse
The team found genetic diversity among African village dogs is just as diverse as that of East Asian dogs, leading them to question the hypothesis of an East Asian origin for dog domestication. Dr Boyko told BBC News: "I think it means that the conclusion that was drawn before might have been premature. It's a consequence of having a lot of street dogs from East Asia that were sampled, compared to elsewhere. "The reason that East Asia looked more diverse than elsewhere was not because East Asia as a continent had more diverse dogs than elsewhere but because non breed street and village dogs are more diverse than breed dogs." He said he was not ruling out East Asia as a possible location for the origin of the domestic dog - but it could equally have been anywhere else on the Eurasian landmass where there were both grey wolves and humans. Co-author Paul Jones of The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, UK, said: "It's interesting to know the answer to the question of where dogs were first domesticated and this paper goes some way to giving us an answer."

The team are now in the process of sampling street and village dogs across Europe and Asia from Portugal to Papua New Guinea to pinpoint the areas of greatest genetic diversity. Dr Boyko said that all the dogs sampled in the study have grey wolf DNA so he is not questioning the hypothesis that dogs descended from Eurasian wolves. The results led the team to conclude that today's African village dogs are a mosaic of indigenous dogs descended from early migrants to Africa. They also went some way to proving the origins of some pedigree dogs purported to be of African origin. For example the Saluki breed shares DNA with modern day village dogs from Egypt - as does the Afghan Hound, despite its name. Likewise, the Basenji breed is genetically very similar to some Namibian and Ugandan village dogs. However the Pharaoh Hound and Rhodesian Ridgeback have little in common

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How An Oatmeal Cookie Almost Killed A Dog

A client called a clinic because their two dogs got into oatmeal cookies. They wondered if that was a problem. The receptionist transferred the call to a technician and the question was then relayed to the Vet whose first question was, “Do the oatmeal cookies have raisins in them?” The answer was yes. Oh my. You man not realize this but grapes and raisins can be toxic to dogs. There is a lot that is unknown about this problem but some dogs can be affected by as little as a couple of raisons or grapes. Other dogs don't appear to be as affected.
The two dogs that got in to the cookies had ingested them about 12 hours before, so it was too late to make them vomit. The raisins were already out of their stomach and on their way to being absorbed. They discussed the options with the Vet including bringing them in to the clinic to check bloodwork and give fluids. Fortunately, they elected to bring the dogs in. When Buffy and Clyde came in Clyde's kidneys had already started to shut down! Read more about acute kidney failure in dogs here at the link below. The message here is be very careful about what your dog eats. Don't feed table food and keep other foods out of your dog's reach as much as possible. The grapes in this case had been cooked, but grapes IN ANY FORM are dangerous. Fortunately, Buffy and Clyde did well with treatment.

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Bet Ya Didn't Know That!

As incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year (May and October). Women kept their hair covered, while men shaved their heads (because of lice and bugs) and wore wigs. Wealthy men could afford good wigs made from wool. They couldn't wash the wigs, so to clean them they would carve out a loaf of bread, put the wig in the shell, and bake it for 30 minutes. The heat would make the wig big and fluffy, hence the term 'big wig'. Today we often use the term 'here comes the Big Wig' because someone appears to be or is powerful and wealthy.
In the late 1700's, many houses consisted of a large room with only one chair. Commonly, a long wide board folded down from the wall, and was used for dining. The 'head of the household' always sat in the chair while everyone else ate sitting on the floor. Occasionally a guest, who was usually a man, would be invited to sit in this chair during a meal. To sit in the chair meant you were important and in charge. They called the one sitting in the chair the 'chair man.' Today in business, we use the expression or title 'Chairman' or 'Chairman of the Board.'
Personal hygiene left much room for improvement. As a result, many women and men had developed acne scars by adulthood. The women would spread bee's wax over their facial skin to smooth out their complexions. When they were speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at another woman's face she was told, 'mind your own bee's wax.' Should the woman smile, the wax would crack, hence the term 'crack a smile'. In addition, when they sat too close to the fire, the wax would melt. Therefore, the expression 'losing face.'
Ladies wore corsets, which would lace up in the front. A proper and dignified woman, as in 'straight laced' wore a tightly tied lace.

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5 Dog Myths Debunked

When it comes to dogs, there is a lot of information out there. Some of it is true, and some of it is downright false. Below are five common misconceptions people have about dogs:
1. Old dogs can’t learn new ticks.
False! Mature dogs not only can learn new things, they often excel at training. Once out of the puppy stage, attention spans tend to get longer and housebreaking typically goes quicker. As long as a dog is physically and mentally able to do what is being asked, old dogs can certainly pick up new tricks.

2. Shelter dogs have too much baggage.
So false! Dogs end up in shelters for a long list of reasons, most of which have nothing to do with the animal. These dogs are simply in need of a loving home where they can thrive.

3. Dogs shouldn’t be allowed on the furniture, or they will think they’re in charge.
Whether a dog is allowed on the furniture or not is absolutely up to the owner. However, there is a misconception about the link between bad behavior and being allowed up on the couch. Like people, dogs just like to rest where it’s comfortable. They’re not going to think they own the house just because they’re allowed to snooze next to their owner in bed.

4. Dogs must enjoy the company of other dogs, otherwise there’s something wrong. While it’s ideal to get your dog as socialized as possible to avoid fear and aggression issues, not every dog is going to be a social butterfly. Not every canine is cut out for the dog park, and that’s okay.

5. Dogs chew or destroy things to get back at their owners. Not true! Most of the time, dogs chew on things like shoes or furniture because they’re bored or it feels good for their teeth. Sometimes, this behavior is related to separation anxiety, but dogs aren’t intentionally trying to get back at their owners. See more at :

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Yorkie Doodle Dandy

In that great pantheon of World War II canine heroes—all those muscular Devil Dog Doberman Pinschers and German Shepherds—Smoky is in a class by herself. Tiny enough to curl up in a helmet, the Yorkshire Terrier looked like she was destined to lounge on a satin-swathed lap, her biggest worry being whether a polished fingernail was going to get snagged in the ribbon adorning her topknot. But there she was, in steamy, war-torn New Guinea, guarding troops, flying on combat missions, saving lives, and boosting spirits of the wounded and

When the job called for parachuting out of a tree to make a morale-boosting film, she was happy to take the leap. When her soldier, U.S. Army Corporal William A. Wynne, was called to battle, she rode along in a knapsack. When it became a matter of life and death to drag a communications line through a 60-foot 8-inch wide drainage culvert, Smoky, all seven inches of her, rose to the challenge. Her heroism has been recognized around the world. Today, six monuments to her military service dot the United States. Another one in Australia celebrates her work comforting soldiers at a hospital. “According to Animal Planet she was the first therapy dog on record,” says Wynne.

Their story began in 1944 in a Papua New Guinea jungle, when an American soldier found a little bundle of hair trying desperately to scramble out of an abandoned foxhole. He brought her to his base, where Wynne met the creature who would set the course of his life. Seventy years have passed, but Wynne still remembers his first glimpse of what he thought was a “dizzy little poodle, of some sort,” a ball-shaped, gold-colored head and sparkling dark eyes dancing over a jet-black button nose, no taller than “my GI shoes,” he recalls in his book Yorkie Doodle Dandy.

Smoky is credited with being the first Therapy Dog, entertaining troops in camps and hospitals. She began her work in July 1944 at the 233rd Station Hospital in New Guinea by visiting the wounded.

When the war ended, Wynn smuggled Smoky home to Cleveland in a customized flight oxygen mask carrying case.

Smoky died at a ripe old age of 14, but her legacy lives on through this bronze statue, which is located in Lakewood, Ohio, where she is buried.

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ARISTA Cesspool

HSUS Charity Rating Is Revoked Sat. 12 Jul 2014
Don't for a minute think of this as a small paper victory! It is actually a great day because it is the start of drying up the money stream to HSUS without which it will die. The HSUS's 'Charity Navigator' rating was downgraded from 4-stars to 3-stars and then totally revoked and replaced with a "donor advisory" warning that urges donors to think twice before donating to the HSUS would help disseminate this information right where you live.

They have ruined the reputation of dog breeders nationwide creating an atmosphere of no dog breeder is a good breeder. Now the smell is on them!!! Since our [CO] state government is not in session at the moment, keep this article in some form, and blast every one of them with this information when they return. Tell them that you plan to track and publish the names of legislators that take HSUS donations helping to further their agenda while picking the pockets of donors who were deceived about how their money was going to be used.

And that is the one thing that the original article didn't even touch on which should have been in there. Since they (HSUS) are a lobbyist organization, they make donations to politicians. Lottsa lottsa donations to politicians! People don't stop to think that they may inadvertently end up supporting politicians who they really would prefer not to support because they were in the pocket of HSUS.

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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.

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