September 2014

Volume 2  Issue 9




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:  October meeting will be on the 13th. We will have speakers at both the September and October meetings.
Make plans NOW to attend or you will miss out!

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:

Recognizing Signs of Dog Anxiety

How to Get Pet Hair Out of Anything

Bet Ya Didn't Know . .

Safe Use of Lithium Ion Batteries

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

Note from the President September 2, 2014
Dear Plum Creek Members;

I am looking forward to spending the evening with many of you at Mimi’s Monday, September 8, 2014. At our Club meeting, I will be announcing Committee Chairmen and additional Committee members for the upcoming year. There are additional vacancies which can be filled, so your attendance and expressed interests at this time will be appreciated.

I hope you've been accessing the Club Web site to see the various Brags which are posted there! Congratulations to all.

In regard to the Barn Hunt preparations for October, I've had 10 members who've expressed interest. This event has been being planned by Colorado Kennel Club in conjunction with our Joint Show Committee. I have been advised by CKC of some changes in our plans which will also be addressed at the meeting.
At present, we are not anticipating a fun match before the show - but I'll have more info at the meeting September 8, 2014.

Looking forward to seeing you there.
Rick Sjaardema PCKC President


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, , 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 Online registration and payment is available. Any questions may be sent to Donna Sack at

DOGMA Trivia Game (Answers in About PCKC, at bottom of the page)
1. Which dog in the AKC Herding group is known as the “trotting dog”?
2. What was the name of the Scottish Terrier who was Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show in 1985?
3. Is the Tobacco plant poisonous to dogs?
4. What AKC breed was named after Captain Edwarde’s Pembrokeshire Estate?
5. In 1859 where was the first English dog show held for conformation purposes?
a. Newcastle-on-Tyne. b. Windsor Castle c. Trafalgar Square
6. What is the Harrier?
a. Hairy hound b. Thick-coated red fox c. Large smooth-coated hound.

breed of the month
Congratulations to September's
Breed of the Month Winner

October Breed of the Month
Bernese Mountain Dog

Mary Ellen Guy
Jacqueline Schuck-Marrow

November Breed of the Month Article due by: 10/20/2014
Ellen & Allen Noel
Liz Perea

Recognizing Signs of Dog Anxiety

Owners often have a hard time believing that their dogs could be suffering from anxiety. After all, dogs don't have to hold down a job and pay the bills; what is there to be anxious about? But canine anxiety can severely disrupt the bond between dogs and their owners.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a feeling of nervousness, uneasiness or apprehension, which is normal under certain circumstances but can become a problem if it becomes severe and/or occurs at inappropriate times. Dogs often develop anxiety
associated with particular triggers. For example, some dogs become extremely agitated if their owners leave them alone. This is called separation anxiety. Other dogs may be terrified when a thunderstorm is in the area or if they hear fireworks going off nearby.
Home Care
If you believe that your dog suffers from anxiety, remember that he is truly scared, not just being "bad." Punishment is absolutely the wrong response in this situation and will actually make the situation worse rather than better. The goal when treating a dog with an anxiety disorder is to get him to relax and then provide positive reinforcement while he remains calm.
If your dog's anxiety is mild, there are a few things you can try at home before making an appointment with a
veterinarian. For separation anxiety in particular:
• Pretend to leave (e.g., pick up your keys, put on your coat, etc.) but then stay or walk out the door but
immediately come back in
• When you do get home, ignore your dog until he is calm
• Do not allow your dog to sleep in your bed
• Ask someone else to do things with your dog that he enjoys (e.g., taking him on a walk or feeding him)
• Give your dog special toys when you leave and put them away when you are home
• If you often have a television or radio on when you are at home, keep it on when you leave.
Dog owners also have a number of anxiety relief options that may help, particularly when used in combination with teaching, a dog to relax in the face of stress. Sprays, diffusers, collars and wipes are available that contain dog
appeasing pheromone, a substance that nursing females emit to calm their pups. Many different nutraceutical, herbal or homeopathic formulations have also been designed to help anxious dogs. The over-the-counter medication diphenhydramine (Benadryl) may help with mild anxiety that is limited to particular events, like riding in a car. Talk to your veterinarian about this option and what the correct dose would be for your dog.
Veterinary Care
If your dog's anxiety is severe or worsens despite your attempts to treat it at home, make an appointment with your veterinarian or a veterinary behaviorist. These doctors can diagnose the particular type of disorder that your dog suffers from and come up with a behavioral modification plan that will best suit your dog's particular needs. In some cases, he or she may also prescribe medications like Clomicalm or amitriptyline to increase the effectiveness of the behavioral modification protocol. If a dog's anxiety is limited to particular events (e.g., travel or firework displays), a short term sedative may be all that is needed. In these cases, a veterinarian may prescribe a medication such as acepromazine that should be given a few hours before the offending event. From:

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How to Get Pet Hair Out of Anything

Hair here, Hair there, Pet hair Everywhere!
As a pet owner, that probably sounds more than familiar. Whether you have a dog or a cat, chances are you spend at least a portion of your day picking hair from the furniture, your clothes, and even your car. While regular visits to the groomer can help cut down on how much your furry one sheds, the truth is that it won't stop it completely. The good news? There are things you can do to make cleanup easier.

Sitting Hairless - If your couch is covered in pet hair, don't despair. In an interview with Petcentric, Derek Christian, founder and owner of My Maid Service, says getting rid of the hair could be easier than you think. The best solution? Blow up a balloon. "Just take a normal rubber balloon and rub it on the couch," Christian says. "The rubber will help loosen the hair and the static formed will attract it." Plus, he adds that this is a great way to easily get the kids involved in chores. For couches and chairs, you can also use a simple bristle brush, pet expert and author Nikki Moustaki tells Petcentric. A bristle brush is a kind of brush most pet owners have on hand for grooming. "It's the soft brush (often found on the opposite side of a slicker brush) that is used to loosen dirt from your pet's coat," she explains. It picks up hair from upholstery like magic and is soft enough not to damage the fabric. Plus, the brush also works on rugs and carpeting the same way.

Hair on the Go - As every dog owner knows, the car often needs as much help as the house. Amy Robinson, a Florida-based certified dog trainer, told Petcentric that the trick to hairless car seats is a two-step process.

First, lightly spray your car's upholstery with a diluted mixture of liquid fabric softener and water, then wait for it to dry. "Or use dryer sheets lightly wiped over the upholstery," she adds. Once dry, vacuum the car with a hand-held or car vacuum. The fabric softener loosens the hair's grip and it comes right off! Pressed for time? Robinson suggests skipping the vacuuming and using a lint roller instead. "You'll need to tear off sheets after doing only two square feet to get great pick-up qualities," she says. Don't ignore the pull-down arm rests in back or the backs of the front seats, Robinson says. "These collect hair and look messy if someone is in the back seat." Finally, keep in mind that it's a lot easier to keep hair under control if you tackle the chore regularly. Let it accumulate for too long, and you'll end up with a big hairy mess. Besides, regular brushing of your dog or cat is more fun and relaxing for everyone involved.

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Bet Ya Didn't Know That!


If you want to see the picture associated with each one of these, go to the link below. Some, particularly the dog with 4 prosthetic feet, are fascinating.

Fact #19: Dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures, can count up to five and can perform simple mathematical calculations. The average dog is as intelligent as a two-year-old child.
Fact #18: Some stray Russian dogs have figured out how to use the subway system in order to travel to more populated areas in search of food, and then catch the subway back to 'home'.
Fact #17: The Beatles song “A day in the Life” has an extra high-pitched whistle, audible only to dogs. It was recorded by Paul McCartney for the enjoyment of his Shetland sheepdog.
Fact #16: This pup, Nesbit, earned over one million Delta airline miles in his life and had his own frequent flier card.
Fact #15: One of Michael Vick’s former fighting dogs, Leo, went on to be a therapy dog who comforted dying children.
Fact #14: Service dogs are trained to know when they are on duty. When their harness is on, they know it’s business time. When you take it off, the pups immediately become playful and energetic.
Fact #13: Tiger Woods stuttered as a child and used to talk to his dog until he fell asleep in an effort to get rid of it.
Fact #12: Seeing eye dogs pee and poo on command so that their owners can clean up after them. Male dogs are also trained to do their business without lifting their leg.
Fact #11:In ancient China, an emperor’s last line of defense was a small Pekingese dog literally hidden up his sleeve.
Fact #10: When Lord Byron was informed that his dog was not allowed to come with him to Cambridge Trinity College, he retaliated by bringing a bear instead.
Fact #9: In 1860 s San Francisco, two stray dogs who were best friends became local celebrities. Their exploits were celebrated in local papers and they were granted immunity from the city’s dog catchers
Fact #8: There is a dog-shaped building in New Zealand.
Fact #7: This dog, Naki’o, lost all of his legs to frostbite in Colorado, but now has four prosthetic legs and can run around like normal.
Fact #6: The wetness of a dog’s nose is essential for determining what direction a smell is coming from.
Fact #5: Hyenas aren’t actually dogs. They are more closely related to cats.
Fact #4: Spiked dog collars were invented in ancient Greece and were originally designed to protect dogs throats from wolf attacks
Fact #3: Baks the blind boxer has a seeing eye goose named Buttons. Buttons the four-year-old goose leads her pup around everywhere either by hanging onto him with her neck, or by honking to tell him which way to go.
Fact #2: ‘Frito Feet’ is the name of the phenomenon in which the bacteria on a dog’s paws cause them to smell like corn chips. Because a pup’s feet are in constant contact with the ground, they pick up tons of
microorganisms in their paws. When dogs cool off by sweating through the pads of their feet, the combo of moisture and bacteria replaces a nutty, popcorn-like aroma. Basically it’s dog B.O.
Fact #1: Dogs drink water by forming the back of their tongue into a mini cup!

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Safe Use of Lithium Ion Batteries


[ Editor's note: They are talking here about batteries in laptop computers, but the same comments apply to ANY AA, AAA and LI batteries that you have in other mobile (flashlights, etc.) items. From ANY source, IF IT IS HOT, TURN IT OFF! Ed.]

You can take intelligent steps to protect yourself. Since the previous battery fires and explosions had two different causes, there are two different obvious symptoms to watch out for:
1. Impact damage.
2. Hot batteries.

For impact damage, remember that your battery will probably not explode or catch fire immediately. A short circuit will take several seconds or minutes to get hot enough to breach the case of the lithium-ion battery. In some cases, the impact damage will create a short circuit which only activates under certain circumstances (such as slight overcharging); in these cases, each time the short circuit briefly occurs, it may melt a tiny bit more of your lithium-ion case until it creates as full-blown short circuit which results in fire or explosion—but this can be days, weeks, or months after you drop your battery.

For hot batteries, it’s important to pay attention to any computer which seems to be hot. If your laptop is uncomfortably hot on your lap, your first step should be to search the web for information about your model of laptop—for example, do other people with your laptop report it being uncomfortably hot? In my case, reviews of my ThinkPad R500 say it’s surprisingly cool even under heavy load, so if I sensed it getting hot, I’d immediately worry that something was wrong.

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This Month's Videos

These dogs are getting the 'Siren Call' perfected. Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog; it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs, your heart is very big.

CROWBOARDING: Russian Bird Caught 'Roof Surfing' Who knew a bird could have such mad skills on the slopes?,5c79ec7,5fde810&et_cid=DM53525&et_rid=616383905

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ARISTA Cesspool

[There has been no further information on this situation of which I am aware. I am repeating sending the information below because it is highly important for the future. Ed.]

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.
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 Keep them brief (the Pulitzer Prize Staff will not be reviewing them) and they will appear here.
Fran Strayer fell and broke her kneecap. She is doing better now, but is not yet ready for the Marathon.
Alison Barrett bragged that her puppy who went to TX is a new Champion, at 21 months of age.
Cammay Jones bragged that her Ridgeback is a new UKC Champion, and that he won the match at Buckhorn.
1. The German Shepherd Dog. 2. Ch. Braeburn’s Close Encounter 3. Yes. 4. The Sealyham Terrier. 5, a 6. c 

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