October 2014

Volume 2  Issue 10




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: 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:  October Membership meeting will be on the 13th at Mimi's Cafe. We will have speakers at the October meeting.
Make plans NOW to attend or you will miss out!

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:

Favorite Dog Breed by Country

The Benefits of Choosing a "Mutt"

Bet Ya Didn't Know . .

Ticks Linked to a Dozen Diseases

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


DOGMA Trivia Game (Answers in About PCKC, at bottom of the page)
1. What is the word for ‘dog’ in Italian?
2. What is the feline term used to describe some dogs’ feet?
3. What is the nickname for the Shetland Sheep Dog?
4. The Bichon Frises originated in what group of islands?
5. In what year was the Keeshound, [the Dutch Barge Dog] recognized by the AKC?
a. 1939. b. 1946. c. 1959.
6. Years ago, the term “Chien de Berger” was applied to any European dog used for what purpose?
a. Guarding homes. b. Hunting wild game. c. Herding sheep.a


On September 25, 2014, JAKKS Pacific quietly recalled its Kong Aussie Sticks dog treats from PetSmart due to possible
contamination with mold. To learn which products are affected and where they were sold, please visit the following link:
Kong Aussie Sticks Dog Treat Recall

November Breed of the Month Poodle

Elaine & Allen Noel

December's Breed of the Month

Articles Due By Nov 18th 2014 !Bill & Barbara Murray
Donna Kenly
Donna Keihl and Jeff Melnick


On September 26, 2014, Bravo of Manchester, CT announced it was recalling select lots of its Bravo Turkey and
Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats because they could be contaminated with Salmonella.


The Colorado Portuguese Water Dog Club (COPWDC) is sponsoring a two-day seminar on October 18th and 19th.

- Day 1 will focus on Puppy Rearing from before conception to nine weeks to produce healthy, stable dogs that are well prepared for their futurehomes.
- Day 2 will focus on evaluating litters: how best to match puppies to buyers and guide new owners in the training and development of their puppy.

The seminar will appeal to present and future breeders of performance, conformation, and pet dogs who are seeking to produce stable, confident canine competitors and companions. Dog owners involved in performance sports and working dogs, as well as those who test and evaluate litters, will also benefit from this seminar. Breeders and owners of any breed are welcome.

The instructor, Dr. Gayle Watkins of Avidog® International, www.Avidog.com , has actively shown and bred multipurpose golden retrievers under the Gaylan’s kennel name since 1979. Over the past 30 years, she has produced, owned and/or shown over 50 American and Canadian conformation, obedience, agility and tracking champions, as well as Master Hunters, Qualified All-Age and mission-ready Search and Rescue dogs. Her breeding program has also produced over a dozen GRCA Outstanding Dams and Sires.

The seminar will be held at Zinn Dog Training in Wheat Ridge, CO. It may be possible to attend only one day, but space is limited and preference will be given to those who wish to attend both days. The cost for both days is $130 for COPWDC members and $160 for non-members. The cost for one-day is $75 for COPWDC members and $90 for non-members. More details and registration information can be found at www.copwdc.org/index.php/avidog-seminar. Online registration and payment is available. Any questions may be sent to Donna Sack at reifsack@frii.com

Favorite Dog Breeds by Country

Klooff is an app that lets pet owners share photos of their pets. It recently revealed the most popular dog breeds in each country based on how many photos were posted online, along with some interesting social media pet trends. To be fair, cats actually "won" in the social media posting wars, with photos that got 2.3 more shares, on average, than dog photos.

Still, dogs prompted plenty of photo sharing too. Out of more than 50,500 posts analyzed, Klooff revealed the following top trending dog breeds by country. Check out the infographic that follows for even more fun facts.
Canada: Golden Retriever, US: French Bulldog, Mexico: Shih Tzu, Chile: Yorkshire Terrier, Argentina: English Bulldog, Brazil: Shih Tzu, Spain: Alaskan Husky, Ireland: Jack Russell Terrier, UK: Boxer Sweden: Schnauzer France: Poodle Italy: Brussels Griffon Israel: Maltese South Africa: German Shepherd
Thailand: Pomeranian India: German Shepherd China: Chow Chow Russia: Yorkshire Terrier Korea: Pug Japan: Akita Philippines: Corgi Australia: Labrador

Best Dog Breeds for: Kids, Active Owners, First-Time Owners and More
You might fall in love with a certain breed of dog based on looks alone, but it's a good idea to look into the personality traits and unique needs of the breed before deciding on a dog for your family. Certain dogs are high energy and need a lot of exercise while others are more suited for apartment life. Others do well with kids or cats while some breeds do not. Meanwhile, some dogs require meticulous grooming while others only need an occasional bath. Below are some of the top dogs depending on different lifestyles and needs. Even within a breed, each dog will have its own unique personality, of course, but the following guide will give you an idea of which breeds may be more suited for you.

Top Dogs for Families with Kids
Bulldog, Beagle, Bull Terrier, Collie, Newfoundland, Vizsla Irish Setter, Poodle, Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever.

Top Dogs for First-Time Owners
Golden Retriever, Poodle, Labrador Retriever, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bichon Frise, Boston Terrier, Papillon, Pug, Shetland Sheepdog, Pomeranian.

Top Dogs for Active Owners
Rhodesian Ridgeback, Saluki, Weimaraner, Nova Scotia Duck, Tolling Retriever, Bernese Mountain Dog, Alaskan Malamute.

Top Dogs for People with Allergies
Bedlington Terrier, Bichon Frise, Chinese Crested, Kerry Blue Terrier, Maltese, Poodle, Portuguese Water Dog, Schnauzer, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.

Top Dogs for Seniors
French Bulldog, Poodle, Schipperke, Maltese, Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

Top Dogs for People Living in Apartments
Yorkshire Terrier, Maltese, Boston Terrier, French Bulldog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, English Bulldog, Basset Hound, American Staffordshire Terrier, Greyhound, Great Dane.

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The Benefits of Choosing a "Mutt"

The Benefits of Choosing a "Mutt" From: www.healthypets.mercola.com

It's not only purebred dogs that deserve top mentions. Mutts, or mixed breed dogs, can be incredibly smart, loyal, and companionable too. They have unique personalities and tend to be very easygoing, often scoring better than many purebreds in traits such as stability, friendliness, shyness, aggression, and protectiveness.

Mixed breed dogs may come from just two breeds or they many be a product of several. Still, mixed breed dogs actually fall into a few distinct groups, including:
Dogs with attributes of two or more breeds. There might be a purebred in the lineage, or the dog might come from several generations of mutts. These dogs are usually identified by the breed or breeds they most closely resemble, for example a "Husky mix" or a "Dachshund-Terrier." Wild or feral dogs. These dogs are products of non-selective breeding over several generations. An example of a dog in this category is the pariah dog. Pariah dogs are generally yellow to light brown in color, with medium size height and weight.

Functional breeds. These dogs are bred for a specific purpose based on their ability to perform certain tasks. Examples include the Alaskan Husky and the Greyster, a Greyhound/Pointer mix popular in Europe.

Crossbreeds. These dogs are a mix of two established breeds – generally their parents are two different purebreds. Examples: the Puggle (Pug and Beagle cross) and any number of purebred dogs crossed with the Poodle, such as the Labradoodle.

While it's recently been found that mixed breeds don't necessarily have a health advantage when it comes to genetic disorders, they do tend to be a hearty group. One study found 10 conditions that occurred more frequently among purebred dogs, including dilated cardiomyopathy, elbow dysplasia, cataracts, and hypothyroidism, while only one disorder was more common in mixed breeds (cranial cruciate ligament ruptures).

Be aware that well over half the dogs at any animal shelter have behavior problems that caused their previous owners to give them up. This isn't the fault of the dogs. However, be prepared that adopting a mutt may require some extra attention, training, and TLC on your end. Ultimately, virtually any dog has the potential to be the next favorite or social-media sensation; being a top dog has nothing to do with breed (purebred or otherwise) and everything to do with the mark he makes on your heart.

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Bet Ya Didn't Know That!

From AllPetNews.com

1. The smallest dog on record weighed only 4 ounces at two years of age, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. It was a Yorkshire Terrier in Great Britain.

2. A dogs sense of smell is more than 100,000 times stronger than humans.

3. Dogs do not like rain because the sound is amplified and hurts their very sensitive ears.

4. 33 percent of dog owners admit that they talk to their dogs on the phone or leave messages on an answering machine while away, according to an American Animal Hospital Association poll.

5. Dogs sweat through the pads of their feet, not by salivating.

6. An estimated 1 million dogs in the United States have been named the primary beneficiary in their owner’s will.

7. Eighty percent of dog owners buy their dog a present for holidays and birthdays.

8. The first American dog movie star signed his own contracts for 22 movies with a pawprint.

9. Chihuahuas are born with a ‘soft spot’ like a human baby, which usually closes as they mature.

10. Dogs are mentioned 14 times in the Bible.

11. Dogs do not have an appendix.

12. Every known dog has a pink tongue except the chow, who’s tongue is jet black.

13. All dog breeds have 42 teeth and 321 bones, regardless of their breed or size.

14. A dog’s nose print can be used to identify dogs. It works like a human finger print.

15. The tallest dogs are the Irish Wolfhound and the Great Dane.

16. A one year-old dog is as physically mature as a 15 year-old human.

17. When dogs bay at the moon, they are following a basic urge to call the pack together.

18. Dogs have twice as many muscles for moving their ears as people.

19. The first seeing-eye dog was presented to a blind person on April 25, 1938.

20. Mixed-breed dogs usually have behavioral traits similar to the breed they most resemble in appearance.


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Ticks Linked to a Dozen Diseases

According to veterinary parasite experts, 2013 will see an explosion of tick populations across the U.S. Several factors are involved in the spread of ticks, including mild winters, urban sprawl, an increase in certain wildlife populations, and pesticide resistance.

Two species of ticks – the black-legged or deer tick and the Lone Star tick -- are implicated in a dozen tick-borne illnesses, including Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis.

In the last 20 years, winter weather across the country has grown milder and ticks are not dying off as they once did during the colder months. Another problem is the proliferation of white-tailed deer and coyote populations, both of which have an impact on the proliferation of ticks. Another significant factor in the spread of ticks and tick-borne disease is pesticide resistance. After decades of overuse of increasingly toxic chemicals, ticks have evolved defenses against them. More and more dogs receiving year-round tick preventives are presenting in veterinary offices with tick-borne illnesses, indicating these pesticides are not getting the job done.

Tips for preventing tick-borne illness in your dog include daily or more frequent tick checks and safe removal of any that are found. It’s also important to have your dog tested for tick-borne diseases about three to four weeks after removing a tick. http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/06/14/tick-borne-illness.aspx


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This Month's Videos

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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. After HSUS got their ears pinned back, things have been UNUSUALLY quiet!! I think that’s good, but I’m always in fear that the bad guys are up to something and are about to pounce.

Let’s hope they are sulking in their cave and trying to figure out where all of those TEETH (they have a LOT of marks)
came from. 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.

Alan bragged that Marty finished JJ Too with a major at Cheyenne.
Fran bragged that ZsaZsa got a major and finished Saturday. It earned her mom Sally a ROM.
See more Brags and Photos on our website: http://plumcreekkennelclub.org/brags.htm

1. Cane. 2. Cat foot. 3. Sheltie. 4.The Canary Islands. 5. a  6. c.

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