July 2014

Volume 2  Issue 7




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:  The August meeting will be August 11th at Mimi's.

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: snopeakmalamutes@aol.com .

Inside this Newsletter:

Marijuana-Toxicity in Pets

Is Your Dog Happy ?

Bet Ya Didn't Know . .

Now That's Funny !

This Month's Videos

ARISTA Cesspool

About PCKC




The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released another warning about the danger of jerky treats produced in China. The number of dog deaths related to toxic treats surpassed 1,000 as of May 1, 2014.

According to the FDA, more than 4,800 reports of illnesses related to jerky treat consumption have occurred since 2007, and it appears the issue is an ongoing problem. Authorities have not yet been able to pinpoint what exactly is causing the kidney related disease, but the majority of cases do seem to be linked to jerky treats imported from China.

If your pet experiences a decrease in appetite, increased thirst, vomiting, or diarrhea after consuming a jerky treat, consult with a veterinarian immediately. Jerky treat related illnesses can be reported to the FDA by calling 1-888-INFO-FDA. -- See more at:


DOGMA Trivia Game (Answers in About PCKC, at bottom of the page)
1. What was the Borzoi once known as?
2. In China, were small Pekingese known as ‘sleeve’ or ‘Woo’ dogs?
3. Solve the terrier riddle that goes: “When is a breed not a breed? When it is a “.
4. Which breed was called “Ulmer Dogge” after the town of Ulm in Wurttemberg, where the breed originated?
5. The British Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons was founded in what year? a. 1844 b.1925. c.1940.
6. Shakespeare wrote, “The island of England breeds very valiant creatures. Their Mastiffs are of unmatchable
courage.” in which one of his plays? a. “Henry the 5th” b. “Hamlet” c. “The Merchant of Venice.”

Marijuana - Toxicity in Pets

Well, you just KNEW it was going to come up sooner or later. High pets. No, not in altitude, in attitude! Blitzed! Hammered! Now, I’m NOT inferring that anyone in the Club would be using, but there is the possibility that one day, you are using the hiking trail/the dog park/whatever that you normally frequent, and Fido snatches up something on the ground and shortly thereafter starts mis-acting like you have NEVER seen!! He’s STONED!!! It is completely illogical to think
that any of our breeds of domestic animals can deal with Pot/Weed [whatever you want to call it] any better than us Homo Sapiens with our (supposedly) superior minds. It would seem to be a good idea to ask our personal Veterinarian how to deal with such a situation (and then watch him/her squirm). Let’s face it – it isn’t a question of ‘IF’ but of ‘WHEN’. It would be better to investigate NOW instead of when Fido is standing on the roof of the garage and entertaining the neighbors. [Editor.]

Imagine your concern if you came home to find your dog unable to walk, unresponsive, or in a coma. This is becoming of more common as marijuana begins to lose its illicit status, at least in some areas of our world. As the decriminalization and even legalization of marijuana has occurred, cases of toxicity in animals have unfortunately increased. Marijuana seems to have a much more profound effects in pets than in humans. Marijuana Facts and Statistics The Pet Poison Hotline has reported a 200% increase, over a five year period, in calls asking about marijuana and pets.

California and Colorado both passed legislation to legalize medical marijuana usage. At the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital there were four cases of marijuana toxicity in 2010, but there were 27 cases in 2013. Two Colorado veterinary hospitals reported a four-fold increase over the last six years, and this was before marijuana became legal. All but two of these cases lived; two dogs who ate cannabis butter died. In a 2002 study of 250
cases, 96% of cases occurred in dogs (dogs will eat anything!). In this group there were two fatal cases, one was a cat, and the other a horse.

Signs of Marijuana Toxicity
The active ingredient in marijuana is THC, tetrahydrocannabinol. THC affects neurotransmitters, so when toxicity occurs, neurological signs are the most common symptoms. These symptoms include depression, lack of cooridination, dilated pupils, tremors, seizures, and coma. Other signs that can occur are vomiting, salivation, low blood pressure, slow heart rate (but sometimes a fast heart rate can happen). Death is rare.

Exposure in Pets
Pets are usually exposed by ingesting marijuana, or foods that contain extracts of marijuana. Signs can develop within 30 to 90 minutes after exposure. THC stays in the body up to five days, but symptoms usually last up to 72 hours. When a veterinarian is presented with a patient where marijuana toxicity is suspected, but the history cannot confirm (either because the owners are not aware, or don't want to admit it), a urine test can be used to detect marijuana.
Treatment for Exposed Pets Dogs and cats with marijuana toxicity require hospitalization. Treatment may include inducing vomiting if the ingestion occurred very recently (within 30 to 60 minutes), the patient is awake, and it is safe to do so. Activated charcoal is also administered, often every eight hours for the first 24 hours as this helps to bind the THC so it is not absorbed into the body. Intravenous fluids are started to help flush out the toxin, and to help maintain blood pressure. The pet patient's temperature, blood glucose, and blood pressure are closely monitored.

Other symptoms, such as seizures or vomiting, are treated if they appear. Many pets will eat anything, so vigilance is needed to keep them out of trouble. Marijuana poisonings are becoming more frequent, and can cause severe symptoms in pets. Pet owners need to be aware of what is accessible in a pet's
environment and keep their pets safe.

Some people ask about intentionally giving their pet marijuana for arthritis or other pain relief. Dr. Lori Green, a critical care veterinarian at the San Francisco SPCA Veterinary Hospital, discourages using marijuana as a treatment. Marijuana has much more adverse effects in pets than in people, and there is no research showing that marijuana helps relieve pain or has any other beneficial effect in pets. Dr. Green says there are more effective, safer, and approved drugs that veterinarians have in their pharmacies. If your pet requires pain management, speak to your veterinarian about proven pain management options.

sources:McKnight, Katrina. "Marijuana Toxicosis." Veterinary Technician, April 2003
American Animal Hospital Association. "Medical Marijuana Boom Posing Health Threat to Garbage-Eating Pets." January
2014. ASPCA. "Animal Poison Control." 2014

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Is Your Dog Happy ?

A IS YOUR DOG HAPPY? From: www.PetPlace.com
What is Pet Happiness?
According to the English dictionary, happiness is a feeling of contentedness, well-being, pleasure, or good fortune. It is not, as curmudgeon Ambrose Bierce once said, an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another [though some humans do seem to derive pleasure in that way]. With dogs, who essentially wear their hearts on their sleeves, contentedness and well-being is a far less complicated affair and is plain for all to see - as long as you know what you are looking for.
Signs of Happiness
Content dogs sleep for about 8 to 10 hours per day, mostly at night. http://www.petplace.com/dogs/sleep-behavior-of-dogs/page1.aspx

They wake up early and set out in search of food. http://www.petplace.com/dogs/feeding-your-adult-dog/page1.aspx

Breakfast, if you will! They appear bright, alert, active, and solicit attention from their owners. They also interact positively with each other in the case of multi-pet homes. Through the morning, they enjoy walks, play, and social activities, perhaps resting briefly between events. http://www.petplace.com/dogs/how-dogs-play/page1.aspx

In the afternoon, dogs may spend some time chewing on a toy, exploring in the yard, or socializing with other dogs or people. http://www.petplace.com/dogs/safe-chew-toys-for-your-dog/page1.aspx

Increased activity becomes apparent as the late afternoon approaches and into early evening, with the excitement of returning family members and mealtimes. The various actions and interactions that occur at this time are engaged in with interest and joy. Eyes are bright, ears are swiveling, and tails are high. A quieter late evening period ensues with contented animals enjoying each others' company or seeking out and staying close to their human caregivers for company. Many dogs nuzzle to solicit petting. All the world is at peace.

Unhappy dogs are created by adverse experiences, inconsistent interactions with their owners, lack of exercise, an unstable routine, in appropriate social interactions, and by underemployment. http://www.petplace.com/dogs/the-time-of-your-life-do-you-have-enough-for-a-dog/page1.aspx

What owners have to remember is that while their homes are set up to please them, with all "mod cons" like telephones, VCR's, computers, furniture, and elegant décor, none of these things is really appreciated by the dog. For owners to keep their dogs happy, they have to think like a dog. Think "how would I like it if" and then work their way through their dog's 24-hour day. How would I like it if my owner didn't protect my interests? How would I like it if my owner never exercised
me or barely communicated with me in any way? How would I like it if my life was totally unpredictable, uncontrollable, and was punctuated by adverse social interactions? How would I like it if I had nothing to do all day long? http://www.petplace.com/dogs/the-time-of-your-life-do-you-have-enough-for-a-dog/page1.aspx

When things go wrong, aspects of the "unhappy dog syndrome" start to emerge. Unhappy dogs often sleep more in a 24-hour period, entering a state bordering on depression or learned helplessness. On the other hand, they may sleep more fitfully at night as they are not in a proper routine. Lack of gainful employment leads to any number of behavior problems that arise as diversions. http://www.petplace.com/dogs/common-behavior-problems-in-dogs/page1.aspx

These sometimes take the form of barking http://www.petplace.com/dogs/excessive-barking/page1.aspx or destructive behavior, annoying attention-seeking behaviors, or overeating. http://www.petplace.com/dogs/attention-seeking-behavior/page1.aspx Dogs with social issues may become involved in confrontations with each other or with their owners, do not pay attention to their owners, are difficult to control, and may either become aloof or [paradoxically] over-attached. Their eyes don't shine with excitement but rather appear dull and vacuous. Such dogs may adopt hunkered, cowed postures and may show a lack of alertness and curiosity. Many are anti-social and some act out their negative feelings toward others. Many times, attention to the basics can turn an animal like this around. The following is a list of items that may need attention:
Steps to a Happy Dog
• Most animals are happier if they have a set routine and know what to expect. http://www.petplace.com/dogs/ideal-dog-schedule/page1.aspx
• Exercise is a great stress reliever and should be encouraged. Dogs should be exercised aerobically for at least 20-30 minutes each day. http://www.petplace.com/dogs/exercising-your-dog/page1.aspx
• Food should be healthful and supplied on a regular basis at mealtimes. http://www.petplace.com/dogs/feeding-your-adult-dog-2/page1.aspx  It is probably a good idea to change flavors from time to time to prevent boredom of a certain type of food from setting in.
• Clear communication with dogs is helpful as a means of building a strong bond between owner and dog and as a way of alleviating stress. Dogs should be taught the meaning of one new word each month and it can be expected to develop a vocabulary of some hundreds of words. The better communication the less confusion.
• Medical matters that are bothering the dog should be addressed. Parasites should be controlled, http://www.petplace.com/dogs/common-parasites-that-can-affect-dogs/page1.aspx  endocrine disturbances should be addressed, pain should be alleviated, http://www.petplace.com/dogs/pain-in-dogs/page1.aspx  and allergies should be attended to. You can't be happy as a dog when you're in pain or discomfort.
• For dogs that are withdrawn, they should be coaxed out of themselves and encouraged to join in and be more social. You an do this by playing with them and encouraging them to interact with you or other dogs. http://www.petplace.com/dogs/dogs-play-at-the-park/page1.aspx  Their involvement should be rewarded in no uncertain terms.
• For dogs that are over attached and are unhappy or distressed when they are separated from their owners, they should be encouraged to develop independence and, literally, to stand on their own four feet. http://www.petplace.com/dogs/separation-anxiety-2/page1.aspx

The happy dog that arises as a result of the aforementioned adjustments will sleep well at night and look forward to and enjoy each day and the entertainment that it brings. Aggressive behavior should melt away, fears will be quelled, and annoying habits will be replaced by constructive alternatives. http://www.petplace.com/dogs/aggression-in-dogs/page1.aspx  Once this happy Utopian state has been achieved, an owner will enjoy his or her dog even more and, perhaps more importantly, the dog will look up to its owner as it positively radiates appreciation and, what else, happiness.
From: http://www.petplace.com/dogs/is-your-pet-happy/page1.aspx

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Bet Ya Didn't Know Who Said That!

We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions. -- President Ronald Reagan

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery". Sir Winston Churchill

If I were the Devil, I'd take from those who have and give to those who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. - Paul Harvey, 1964

Everyone is entitled to be stupid, but some abuse the privilege. -- Unknown

Life is like a hot bath. The longer you stay in it, the more wrinkled you get!

The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never goes back to it’s original dimension. -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

In my many years, I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress. -- John Adams

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. - Thomas Edison

Life is hard! It's harder if you're stupid! - John Wayne

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Now That's Funny !!

I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me. I have to walk early in the morning, before my brain figures out what I'm doing.
I joined a health club last year, spent about 250 bucks. Haven't lost a pound. Apparently you have to go there!
Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate.
The advantage of exercising every day is so when you die, they'll say, "Well, he looks good doesn't he."
If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.
I know I got a lot of exercise the last few years, just getting over the hill.
We all get heavier as we get older, because there's a lot more information in our heads.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

A burglar broke into a house one night. He shone his flashlight around, looking for valuables, and when he picked up a CD player to place in his sack, a strange dis-embodied voice echoed from the darkness saying “Jesus is watching you”. He nearly jumped out of his skin, clicked his flashlight off and froze. When he heard noting more after a bit, he shook his head, promised himself a vacation after the next big score, and clicked the light back on. Just as he pulled the stereo out so he could disconnect the wires, clear as a bell he heard, “Jesus is watching you” again. Totally rattled, he shone his light around frantically, looking for the source of the voice. Finally, in the corner of the room, his flashlight beam came to rest on a large parrot. “Did you say that?” he hissed at the parrot. “Yes” the parrot confessed, then squawked “I’m just trying to warn you”. The burglar relaxed. “Warn me, huh? Who do you think you are anyway?”
“Moses” replied the bird. “Moses” the burglar laughed. “What kind of idiots would name a parrot ‘Moses’?” The bird promptly answered, “The same kind of idiots that named that Rottweiler standing behind you "Jesus"!

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This Month's Videos

BARKING DEER From: www.healthypets.com
Watch as a young European roe deer wanders into someone's garden and starts barking at the family cat!

DOGS SAY "GRACE" AT DINNER TIME This one is cute! You don't have to understand Chinese to understand this.

Dog Disappointed by Haircut Walks on Hind Legs for Two Days in Protest - Ever had a 'bad hair day'? You already walk on two legs so this wouldn't work

A CAT ON A SKATEBOARD Yes, you heard it right! Didga the cat from Australia really seems to enjoy riding & jumping over things! http://www.coolestone.com/media/8688/CAT-Super-Skateboarding-Adventure!-Go-Didga!/#.U1_KrVdWXjU


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ARISTA Cesspool

The Ancient Chinese General Sun Tzu, who is universally recognized as one of the best Military Minds EVER, said: “It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle”.

That thought is as valid today as it was in ancient China millennia ago. In that context, the information below will enable you to get to know our ‘enemies’ in the Animal Rights crowd a little better. One of the best Web sites to do research of this type is Activist Cash at www.activistcash.com. It is a web site affiliated with the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), a front group for the restaurant, alcohol and tobacco industries. ActivistCash.com was launched in November 2001. It was created by Berman & Co., a public affairs firm owned by lobbyist Rick Berman which is based in Washington, DC, and represents the tobacco industry as well as hotels, beer distributors, taverns, and restaurant chains.

In an interview with the Chain Leader [a trade publication for restaurant chains] Berman boasted that he attacks activists more aggressively than other lobbyists. "We always have a knife in our teeth," he said. Since activists "drive consumer behaviour" his strategy is "to shoot the messenger. ... We've got to attack their credibility as spokespersons." www.ActivistCash.com was established for precisely this purpose. It attempts to discredit activists by suggesting that there is something disreputable about how they use the money they have received from foundations. [That’s not too much of a stretch in the case of the Animal Rights mob!!! Ed.]

To use the site, you open www.activistcash.com and then click on one of: Organizations, Founders, Celebrities, or Key Players. That will bring up a dropdown list. To start, here are some beginnings:
Organization Key Players
Humane Society of the United States www.Humanewatch.org Founder/President Wayne Pacelle
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals  www.PETA.org Founder: Ingrid Newkirk
If you aren’t already grossed out, sniff around some organizations with which YOU may be familiar!! [Dare ‘Ya!! Ed.]

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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.

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.

Donna Keihl finished her first Bred-By Exhibitor bitch at Terry-All!

Marty and Alan Krenek's Gambler earned legs at both trials, and earned his 2nd UKC Rally title!

Mike and Beth McCarthy’s Saint puppy that went to TX won a Group 4 and NOH Group 4 last Saturday.

Kevin and Susan Lombardo’s Norbottenspets puppy arrived and is a darling boy!
1. The Russian Wolfhound. 2. Yes. 3. Jack Russell 4. The Great Dane 5. a 6. a

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