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Western Region Director
As we move into mid-summer our attention turns towards the Fall tests. The Western Region will host a Solms/HZP/VGP/Zuchtschau, on October 14th – 16th, in the Walla Walla/Pendleton area. The judging team for this test will include Jeff Martin from Penticton, BC and Roger Green from Brewster, WA. We are awaiting confirmation on the third member of the team, but every effort is being made to ensure no conflicts with dogs that have expressed an interest in participating.
Leading up to the Solms/AZP/HZP we will be having a Training Clinic conducted by Jeff Martin, in Lowden, WA, on July 2nd and 3rd. As of this writing fifteen people have indicated they will participate. This pilot event is hopefully the first of a series of Training Clinics the WR will host going forward. The WR Board will evaluate the participation and the feedback to determine what we do next.
The Western Region Board of Directors has announced the 2016 Western Region Annual Raffle. This year there is not one but TWO GREAT PRIZES and TWO LUCKY WINNERS. The first ticket holder drawn will have their choice of an Upland Bird Hunt for 4 persons or a Beretta Over/Under Shotgun. The second person drawn will receive the other prize. Continue Reading . . .
by Gil Dueck
I grew up on a small dairy farm 60 miles East of Vancouver B.C. My earliest memories of hunting were with my father in the fields around our farm for ducks and pheasants. Our dog was a springer-collie cross that loved to flush pheasants but was hard mouthed and a reluctant retriever.
As a teenager I hunted ducks and pheasants without a dog. During my 2nd year at university I happened upon a litter of shorthairs and couldn’t say no to a solid liver bitch. During the hunting season I probably hunted more than I studied and this gave her many opportunities to learn by osmosis as I had never hunted with a competent dog. None of my hunting buddies had dogs (and do not even to this day) giving her many bird experiences. I unfortunately lost her to an auto accident as a young dog.
Soon after this I was married (no connection between dog loss and this event) and Susan and I lived in a Vancouver apartment while we finished our degrees (I a teacher and Susan a registered nurse). After graduation we headed back to our country roots and decided to buy a Golden Retriever. A year later we had two Goldens, one of which became a field champion as a 3 year old. Continue Reading.....
by Phil Kress, DVM
First of all as a reminder, are you starting to condition your early chucker season hunting dogs? It’s time!
Stella, my hunting companion, sat down on the porch next to me yesterday and reminded me of something we often see late spring and early summer. On her neck was a large engorged tick. It amazes me that ticks have the same “scare” factor as spiders and snakes do to us humans. Just remember, we are bigger than they are! By and large we see the dermacentor species found dangling from the grasses, brush, and trees. The very large engorged tick is usually the female, with a small cuticle plate on its back, and she often is accompanied right next to her by the male, which has a cuticle over its entire back. Ticks go through three stages of development, each requiring a blood meal and often over three annual cycles. The mature female also needs a blood meal to complete her egg laying cycle.
The untoward effects of having been penetrated by a tick are often just a little local inflammation, scabbing over and healing. Seldom does the area become infected. However, animals in poor condition, and or heavily invested, can become very anemic, weakened, and even die. One influence the female dermacentor can sometimes have on its victim is paralysis due to neurotoxins excreted by the tick. We usually see one to two cases in dogs per year. Most mammals, including humans, can be affected. Simply finding the engorged tick and removing it leads to complete recovery. Continue Reading . . .
Hi Western Region Members, for you that I haven't met my name is Wayne Touve. I have lived in the NE corner of Oregon my whole life. Someone once said they were raised feral in the newsletter. That describes how we were as kids in the country. Part of the price for that was my friend and neighbor died of accidental gunshot early in high school.
During school and until marriage and kids took all the time we chukar hunted the Imnaha River drainage hard, all without a dog. Our first was a Brittany that got poisoned, and I didn’t want another. But we did, and it snowballed from there. Continue Reading....
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