April 2014

Volume 2  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


President: Alan Krenek ~ Vice President: James Caldwell ~ Treasurer: Barbara White ~ Recording Secretary: Beth McCarthy ~ Corresponding Secretary: Jim Alford AKC Delegate: Bill Ellis     Board Members:  Mary Ellen Guy, PhD ~ Robin Hug ~ Donna Kenly ~ Fran Strayer

MEETING NOTICE: The April meeting will be on the 14th at Mimi’s. The May meeting will also be at Mimi’s on the 12th . We will have a guest speaker at this meeting. She is Anne Ingalls Gillespie, BSN, RN, who is the founder and President of the Youth and Pet Survivors Program.


Inside this Newsletter:

Dogs Can Help Us with Stress

Dogs Wagging Tail Mean Trouble ?

Bet Ya Didn't Know . .


This Month's Videos

ARISTA Cesspool

About PCKC




HELP NEEDED !!! The PCKC B-Match is scheduled for Sunday May 18th at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock, following the Doberman Club's Match on Saturday. James Caldwell, the PCKC VP, is in charge of the Match and HE NEEDS YOUR HELP!!

The set-up will take place on Saturday at 7:00AM. It will require approximately 2 hours if there are enough hands. In addition to the setting up, we will need assistance in the following areas DURING the shows on Sunday: Registration, Ring Stewards, Judges, and most of all EXHIBITORS & DOGS!!! We will also need help on Sunday afternoon after the match to pick up/pack up the equipment used for the matches. The clean-up usually goes more quickly, but we will also need your assistance then.

James would be very happy if you can be part of the Match Crew. If you can help, PLEASE contact him at either 303-646-9317 or www.homeenhancements@live.com and let him know.

DOGMA Trivia Game (Answers in About PCKC, at bottom of the page)
1. Name the 3 varieties of Poodle recognized by the AKC.
2. What rough-and smooth-coated toy breed is named after a city in Belgium?
3. What is the title of the earliest book on sports printed in the English language?
4. Name the Walt Disney movie about a Canadian fur trapper and his wolf-dog.
5. The Doberman Pinscher was named after the German, Herr Lewis Doberman, who was ...... ?
a. The dog catcher of Apolda. b. The Mayor of Heidelberg. c. A butcher from Dresden.
6. In what year were dogs first taxed in England? a. 1534 b. 1796 c. 1848


BRAGS & CRIES: (Latest information is on our BRAGS webpage)
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 or to our webmaster. (Keep them brief (the Pulitzer Prize Staff will not be reviewing them) and they will appear here and on our website.

JoAnn & Jim Alford are pleased to announce that their Russian Toy boy “Kruiz” is ranked 7th in the UKC Companion

Group and has been invited to the Annual Top Ten Finals Competition in Kalamazoo, MI.
Te Brown’s German Shepherd Dog “Luke” earned his BN and RN – and won 3rd place!

Alison Barrett’s Saint Bernard “Daphne” finished her Championship (plus 2 extra points) on Friday at our show.

This also put her mom, Mike & Beth McCarthy’s “Rowan” in the Hall of Fame.
Alan and Marty Krenek ’s Yorkshire Terrier “Gambler” qualified for 2 legs at our shows.


Dogs Can Help Us with Stress

By: Rebecca Sweat From: www.PetPlace.com

When Jerry Greider lost his job and spent three months looking for work, it was a rough period in his life. "I spent a lot of time going on job interviews and sending out resumes, with nothing panning out," the Seattle resident recalls. "Some days, the only thing that kept me smiling was my dog licking my face and wagging his tail. And often that was just what it took to put me in a positive frame-of-mind before an interview."

Rachel Rushing, of Indianapolis, Ind., says when she's fighting the blahs, all she has to do is watch her three kittens playing together. "They like to jump in and out of paper bags and hide behind furniture, as if they're playing a game of hide-and-seek with each other," she says. "It's really entertaining. If I'm having a bad day, I can't help but feel cheered up watching them play." Most pet owners would agree: On days when you feel depressed, hopeless, down, lonely, sad, discouraged, or just have the "blahs," spending time with a friendly dog or cat can be a real pick-me-up.

Then there are the documented health benefits of pet ownership. Many studies have proven the link between a healthier, longer life and pet ownership Though the studies have largely focused on the effects of dogs and cats, other species provide benefits as well. Keeping a pet can give you a sense of purpose and the feeling of being needed, a feeling that is especially important for people who live alone. And coming home to your family, whether you have one pet or many,
gives you something to look forward to.

"Watching your pet's silly antics can make you laugh and help relieve stress," says David Frei, spokesperson for the Delta Society, a nonprofit organization interested in relationships between people and animals. "Pets take away the tension that's in your daily life, whether it's for work or family-related problems. When you see a dog looking at you with his big, brown adoring eyes, that brings a certain relaxation to people."

Decreased Feeling of Loneliness
Pets decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation, explains Alan Beck, Ph.D., director of the Center for Human-Animal Bond at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University. "A pet is someone to share your life with," he says. "There's a lot of people in this world who live alone. As a society, many of us live in apartments in big cities. We may not know our neighbors. We may be separated geographically from our extended families. Maybe we're divorced or widowed
and live alone. And so for people in these circumstance, pets can help fill the 'people void' in their lives."

Many people relax by watching their fish as they swim serenely around a scenic aquarium. The multicolored hues can be mesmerizing and has a soothing effect. The same is true with a bird, reptile or amphibian.

Psychologist Judith Siegel, a professor of public health at UCLA, conducted a 1999 study showing how pets help one group of people in particular fight depression: male AIDS patients. "Pet ownership among men who have AIDS provides a certain level of companionship that helps them cope better with the stresses of their lives," Siegel says. In a survey of more than 1,800 homosexual and bisexual men, Dr. Siegel and her team of researchers found that men with AIDS who had dogs or cats were about 50 percent more likely to report symptoms of depression than men without AIDS. But men with AIDS who did not own a pet were about 300% more likely to report symptoms of depression than men who did not have AIDS.

Dr. Siegel says her study, one of the largest ever undertaken on pet ownership and depression, shows "there really is something psychologically beneficial about owning and caring for a pet." The benefit is especially pronounced when people are strongly attached to their pets and have few close confidants, she adds. "Pet ownership is not necessarily a substitute for human support," Dr. Siegel says, "but it's another way to express and receive love." And that may be
just what it necessary to make a difficult situation a little more bearable.

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Does a Dogs Waggin Tail Mean Trouble ?

Most of the time, tail wagging is a sign of a happy dog, but this isn’t always the case. Keep a lookout for these signs
that a dog’s wag of the tail is actually a warning:

1. A slow, low wag: This type of wag can be a sign of insecurity. If a dog is feeling especially fearful, the tail may continue to wag even if it’s tucked between the legs. If you think a dog is feeling uneasy for any reason, be very cautious in introducing a new person or animal.

2. A slow, high wag: On the opposite end of the spectrum, a slow, high wag is often a display of dominance. Caution should be used if a dog is exhibiting this behavior.

3. A wagging tail accompanied by barking: This is often a warning sign of aggression or, at the very least, over-excitement. Keep in mind that dogs naturally told their tails at different heights depending on the breed. A broad wag side to side typically indicates a happy pooch, especially if the hips are wiggling with the tail. The best way to tell if a dog’s tail wag is negative or positive is to observe his or her overall body language. Happy dogs generally seem relaxed, are holding their tail at its natural height, and aren’t showing any signs of anxiety or aggression.

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Bet Ya Didn't Know Who Said That!

Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. -- John Quincy Adams

A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government. --George Washington.

One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive one. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Society is endangered not by the great profligacy of a few, but by the laxity of morals amongst all. I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery. -Thomas Jefferson

It's easier to fool people than it is to convince them they have been fooled. -- Mark Twain

If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you're misinformed .Mark Twain

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CYANOBACTERIA: This Stealth Poision Could Kill Your Pet or Child Within Hours

A Jack Russell Terrier in New York died recently after drinking from a pond while enjoying the outdoors with his family. Testing showed the dog was full of cyanobacteria, also called blue-green algae, which he ingested when he drank the contaminated pond water.

Blue-green algae form blooms that make the water look as if someone spilled blue or green paint on the surface. The floating blooms can form thick, dense mats that collect near the shore, which is where animals and people come into contact with them. Blue-green algae can be toxic to both animals --including dogs, cats, horses, cows and birds --and people. It can cause damage to the liver and nervous system, inflame the respiratory tract, and irritate the skin, eyes, nose and throat.

Symptoms depend on the toxin involved and include vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stool, disorientation, muscle tremors, muscle rigidity, seizures, coma, and shock.

No antidote currently exists for the toxins produced by blue-green algae. Immediate veterinary care is imperative.
[To read the full article click on this link. Ed.]


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This Month's Videos

THE CUTEST ANIMAL YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF Sadly, the South American Bush Dog populations have declined 20 to 25 percent in just the last 12 years, making them a near threatened species.

ONE SMART CHIHUAHUA This sweet little dog is very smart --and cute too! http://www.chonday.com/Videos/onesmartchi1

AMAZING FRISBEE DOGS Trainers Samantha Valle and Abby Cline come together in this fast-paced video featuring several of their most talented Frisbee dogs. http://www.chonday.com/Videos/amfresdog

DOGS AND ICE CREAM CONE Patience is a virtue, unfortunately, some don't have it. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/trending-now/impatient-dog-puts-manners-aside-when-offered-ice-cream-191752611.html


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ARISTA Cesspool

HSUS: BREAKING THE BANK IN MAINE Posted: January 24, 2014

The latest campaign reports from Maine reveal an unprecedented level of spending by the world’s most powerful animal rights group. “Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting,” a front group for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), disclosed that the Washington D.C. based anti-hunting organization contributed $700,000 directly to the campaign, while providing more than $98,000 of in-kind support. This accounts for more than 99% of the $705,844 raised during the last three months of 2013.

HSUS is bankrolling the effort to place a ballot issue before Maine voters in November that would ban bear hunting with dogs, bait and bear trapping. In order to qualify, the group must submit more than 57,000 valid signatures.

Mainers rejected a similar proposal in 2004. This time, the anti’s are redoubling their investment by bringing in PCI Consultants, a firm that specializes in signature gathering to qualify ballot issues. HSUS has utilized the Los Angeles area firm for other anti-hunting ballot issues it has financed.

“This latest report leaves no doubt that the anti-hunting lobby intends to tap into their deep pockets to fund this effort from Washington D.C.,” said Evan Heusinkveld, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance vice president of government affairs. “The effort to qualify the bear hunting ban is being financed out of Washington and run out of California. The public needs to know that there is little about the so-called ‘Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting’ that is based in Maine.”

Take Action! In order to win, Maine sportsmen and women are going to need your help. To join the fight and donate today visit Save Maine’s Bear Hunt. http://www.ussportsmen.org/hunting/hsus-breaking-the-bank-in-maine/PeTA CHASTISES SCOUT LEADER OVER GAME COOKING Posted on March 3, 2014

The troop leader of the Navarra Boy Scout Troop located in Florida has come under scrutiny from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) after demonstrating how to clean and cook two rabbits during a 36-hour wilderness survival training lesson.

James Gary received a letter from PeTA expressing their disapproval after he posted a photo of his scouts holding a dead rabbit on his Facebook page. Gary explained that “he thought it important for the boys to learn about safety concerns in preparing and cooking wild game” according to the Northwest Florida Daily News. The two rabbits were purchased from a local breeder who raises them for food.

In an open letter to Wayne Perry, president of the Boy Scouts of America, PeTA states that “such gratuitous acts of violence forces compassionate children who would otherwise never needlessly or willingly harm an animal to participate in acts of cruelty and violence or else be excluded from their social group.”

PeTA goes on to say that teaching children how to properly dress an animal and cook it in the wild “puts children at risk by teaching them that it’s acceptable to hurt others who are different or smaller than they are.” Parents of the scouts were notified before the trip and were followed up with by Mr. Gary to make sure they each knew that their children would see an animal being killed. We commend him for teaching his scouts the importance of proper field dressing, which is a common and necessary skill for all young sportsmen and women.


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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.

FUTURE EVENTS - Contact representatives below for more information
May 17 - Match B/OB/R Doberman Pincher Club, Douglas CFG, Castle Rock, Sandi Atkinson, dobrmom3845@msn.com

May 18 – Plum Creek KC Match B/OB/R Plum Creek KC, Douglas CFG, Castle Rock, Alan Krenek,, Douglas County FG, Castle Rock,  alkrenek@aol.com

June 6,7,8 – UKC B/OB, High Plains KC, Douglas CFG, Castle Rock, Kat Rainesalo,  lundekat@comcast.net
1. Toy, Miniature, Standard.
2. The Brussels Griffon.
3. The Boke of St. Albans - 1486 A.D.
4. “Nikki, Wild Dog of the North”.
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