December 2014

Volume 2  Issue 12

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.
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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

MEETING NOTICE:  January Membership meeting will be on the 12th at Mimi's Cafe.

Inside this Newsletter:

Improve Your Dog's Mental Ability

5 Ways Dogs Say "I Love You"

Bet Ya Didn't Know . .

K-9 Police Dog Receives Funeral Honors

This Month's Videos

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, flfbreck@yahoo


December's Breed of the Month

Congratulations to
Bill & Barbara Murray,
Donna Kenly, Donna Keihl and Jeff Melnick

January's Breed of the Month
Saint Bernard

Congratulations to Mike and Beth McCarthy

CARE and CONCERN Sandi Atkinson, Doberman fancier, and PCKC member passed away in late October after a brief illness. Those who knew her and were able to attend were in attendance at her services. She is survived by her husband Neil.

Heidi Nieman, a former PCKC member, died in late October. Services were held on November 13th in Castle Rock. Heidi was instrumental in helping found our Club. She has not been active for several years,
but recently had indicated her intention to rejoin the Club. Her daughter Skooter is a dog fancier.

Please remember our shut-in members at this holiday time. They would enjoy hearing from PCKC members.

DOGMA Trivia Game (Answers in About PCKC, at bottom of the page)
1. What is the title of a favorite dog book written by Fred Gipson?
2. Names the greatest mantrailing bloodhound of all time? 650 finds!!
3. Was the Tibetan Spaniel once called “the prayer dog” because he was trained to turn the Tibetan Lhasa’s prayer wheels?
4. In the US and Canada, which breed is classified as a terrier, while in England and its native land Germany, it is not considered a terrier?
5. How many breeds are in the AKC Terrier Group? a. 18. b. 30. c. 33.
6. What does the word “jabot” mean?
a. A South African dog. b. Longer hair between the front legs of a Schipperke. c. Quick biting action.

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

Politicians are a lot like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reasons. - Benjamin Franklin

A Lesson from a Southern Woman: "You're only helpless when your nail polish is wet. Even then, you could still pull a trigger if you had to!"

Every family has one weird relative. If you don't know who it is, then it's probably you.

They are NOT 'grey hairs'! They are my WISDOM HIGHLIGHTS!! I just happen to be extremely WISE!!!



Improve Your Dog's Mental Ability

If you're hoping to raise a canine or feline Einstein, you might want to insure your puppy or kitten is eating a diet containing appropriate amounts of DHA (docosahexaconic acid) and antioxidants. Studies of puppies fed a balanced diet including the fatty acid DHA showed increases in the dogs' mental acuity. And studies on older dogs fed an antioxidant-rich diet showed they were better able to learn complex tasks. How DHA Feeds Your Furry Baby's Brain

DHA is one of the omega-3 essential fatty acids, along with ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaneoic acid). It's a polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) that in humans has a beneficial effect on inflammation and cognition. Increased PUFA into the cellular membranes of the brain supports improved flow of neurotransmitters between cells. A study published in 2012 in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association suggests that feeding weaned puppies foods high in DHA improves several aspects of their development. The researchers found that diets rich in DHA
and other nutrients known to support neurocognitive development improved cognitive, memory, psychomotor, immunologic, and retinal functions in growing dogs. The puppies fed diets containing the highest levels of DHA showed significantly better results in reversal learning tasks, visual contrast discrimination, and early psychomotor performance than puppies eating low to moderate amounts of DHA. Interestingly, those puppies also had significantly higher rabies antibody titers one and two weeks after vaccination, and an improved ability to see in low-light or dark conditions.

Adding Omega-3 Fatty Acids to Your Pet's Diet
DHA is an omega-3 essential fatty acid found in high concentrations in fish body oils. DHA and EPA (another omega-3 fatty acid) from fish body oils are more beneficial than those provided by nut or flaxseed oils, because fish body oils provide greater tissue levels of EFAs than oils from other sources. This is especially important for cats and dogs, because they can't convert omega-3 from vegetable sources into DHA. I don't believe processed pet food is the best delivery system for essential fatty acids. Omega-3 fats are very vulnerable to damage from heat, and are also very sensitive to oxygen. Even if these healthy fats are added to commercial pet food, they often lose their bioavailability during the kibbling or canning process. (Learn more about what happens to the nutrients in processed pet foods in my recent interview with Steve Brown, creator of the first raw pet food
diet.) That's why I recommend a balanced, homemade, species-appropriate diet for your cat or dog. But since I also advise against feeding a lot of fish, I recommend supplementing your pet's diet with krill oil, which is a rich source of omega-3s. Other sources include salmon oil, tuna oil, sardine oil, squid oil, and anchovy oil. You can begin supplementing with EFAs as soon as your puppy or kitten is weaned. Ask your veterinarian about the correct dose for your pet based on her current diet, breed and weight.

Antioxidants and Your Pet's Brain and Body
Several studies of older dogs have proved the benefits of an antioxidant-rich diet for the aging canine brain. (2,3,4,5) And a seven-year study of 90 cats aged 7 to 17 who were also fed an antioxidant-rich diet showed fewer decreases in lean muscle mass; improved body weight, lean body mass, skin thickness and red cell quality; decreased incidence of disease; general improvement in quality of life; and significantly longer life span. Antioxidants gobble up toxic free radicals floating around in your pet's body before they can harm healthy cells and tissue, which reduces both oxidative stress and DNA damage. Antioxidants are found in the vitamins in fresh foods, including: Vitamin A and carotenoids, which are found in bright colored fruits and veggies like apricots, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, peaches, squash, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes. Vitamin C, found in citrus fruits and strawberries. Also green peppers, broccoli, and green leafy vegetables. Vitamin E, found in nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Selenium, found in protein sources like fish, chicken, beef, and eggs.

Phytochemicals also contain antioxidant properties: Flavonoids/polyphenols are in grapes, cranberries, and tea. Lycopene is in tomatoes and watermelon. Lutein sources are dark green vegetables like spinach, broccoli, and kale. Lignan is found in flax seed and certain other grains. Most commercially available pet foods, even those of very high quality, contain synthetic vitamins and minerals that don't provide an optimum level of nutrition. Your pet should get antioxidants primarily from a species-appropriate, nutritionally balanced diet rather than from vitamin supplements. Your dog's or cat's body is designed to absorb nutrients from fresh, living foods very efficiently.

Sources and References September 2, 2014
1 Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, September 1, 2012, pp 583-94
2 Neurosci Biobehav Rev 2002;26:679-695
3 Cotman CW, et al. Brain aging in the canine: a diet enriched in antioxidants reduces cognitive dysfunction. Neurobiol Aging 2002;23:809-818
4 Ikeda-Douglas CJ, et al. Prior experience, antioxidants, and mitochondrial cofactors improve cognitive function in aged beagles. Vet Ther 2004;5:5-16
5 Milgram NW, et al. Dietary enrichment counteracts age-associated cognitive dysfunction in canines. Neurobiol Aging 2002;23:737-745
6 Cupp, CJ, et al. Effect of Nutritional Interventions on Longevity of Senior Cats. JARVM 2007; Vol 5, Iss 3

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5 Ways Dogs Say "I Love You"

Dogs are known for being loving and loyal companions. You probably already know how much your dog loves you, but just in case you need some more proof, look for these five signs of canine affection:

1. Looking after you when you’re not feeling well: Have you ever noticed that your dog seems to know when you’re feeling a little under the weather? Dogs may snuggle up against you, lick your face, or just stay extra close to you during these times. Canines are pack animals and their natural instinct is to care for each other. If your pup is caring for you, you must be an important part of the pack.

2. Jumping up on you: Although most owners look at jumping as a behavior that needs to be corrected, a dog’s desire to jump on you when you come through the door is out of pure love and excitement. Dogs jump up on their owners to catch their attention and say hello. Although it’s perfectly okay to teach your dog not to do this, it’s also important to understand that the behavior is a display of affection.

3. “Kissing” your face: Dogs lick people for many difference reasons, one of which is affection. Their canine mothers licked them, and they’re passing along the gesture to you.

4. Tail wagging: A loose, relaxed tail wag is a sign of a happy dog. If your dog exhibits this behavior around you, that’s a sure sign of love.

5. Leaning on you: If your dog ever physically leans on you, know that it’s most likely a loving gesture. Your dog wants to show you some attention and probably wants to be shown some attention as well. If you notice this behavior, take a moment to sit down and pet your dog.
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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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K-9 Police Dog Receives Funeral Honors


Police dogs put their lives on the line to protect their partners—sometimes even making the ultimate sacrifice.Oklahoma City police recognized this dedication when they lost one their own last week. Kye, a 3-year-old Police Department K-9, was killed while apprehending a burglary suspect on Sunday, August 24. This week, they put him rest with a full honors funeral.

Hundreds attended the funeral at First Baptist Church in Del City, where Kye’s casket was draped with an American flag and was flanked by two uniformed officers. The fallen German Shepherd also received a full eulogy and a 21-gun salute. His handler, Sgt. Ryan Stark, and family were presented with the flag and the bullet shells from the salute. Dozens of K-9 handlers from Oklahoma were also in attendance.

Stark was attempting to apprehend 22-year-old Mark Salazar, who was suspected of breaking into a car and led police on a 30-minute high-speed chase. When the pursuit continued on foot, Stark released Kye. He claims Salazar then stabbed the dog multiple times. Stark allegedly then shot the suspect, who died at a hospital the next day. The 13-year veteran of the force is under investigation for his use of deadly force. Still, officers maintain that without Kye’s intervention, the night could have ended differently. "Without question, Kye’s sacrifice saved the life of one of the officers,” Sgt. Coy Gilbert told KOCO Oklahoma City.

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This Month's Videos

BULLDOG CAVORTS ON A TRAMPOLINE From:   His name may be “Mudd,” but this bulldog is having the time of his life, jumping and somersaulting to the delighted chuckles of his family.,68a31cf,6c82e83


POLAR BEAR HANDSTAND An incredible scene caught on camera: A polar bear doing a handstand in the water with seagulls watching on the ice.

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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.
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