NADKC Western Region
November 2014
In this issue
  • Message from
    NADKC WR Director
  • Edie & Artu Adventure to a VGP Prize 1
    by Edie Stelkovics
  • Veterinary Corner
  • by Dr. Phil Kress
  • VGP 101
    by Ken Dinn and Gary Hodson 
Upcoming Events

Testing Season is Completed in the Western Region

Board of Directors

Frank O'Leary, NADKC Western Regional Director
Wayne Davis, Director
WR Board of Directors
Guido Dei, Director
WR Board of Directors

Jamie Adkins, Director
WR Board of Directors

Jeff Martin, Director
WR Board of Directors
Newsletter Editors

Edie Stelkovics

Marianne O'Leary

Message from the Western Regional Director
by Frank O’Leary
Western Regional Members,
By this time hunting season is in full swing for most of our members and the testing season has concluded.  To those of you who participated in the WR tests this year we thank you and hope that your experience was both pleasurable and successful.  Every effort was made to ensure both.
During the test in Walla Walla on October 24th – 26th the Western Region hosted a “Meet and Greet” for DKV President Michael Hammerer and his wife Christine.  The event took place at The Brik restaurant, in Walla Walla.  Hammerer’s, gracious as ever, took the time to speak with all that attended and during their comments to the group indicated they were both honored and thankful to have the opportunity to visit the Western Region.
Continue Reading . . .
Edie & Artu Adventure to a VGP Prize 1
by Edie Stelkovics 
What a ride we’ve had.  . .
“I can’t believe that it’s been 5 years since you came into my life and I have enjoyed every minute of it! I truly can say this boy has been my Dream Dog.”
I met Jeff Martin at a NAVHDA testing event in Alberta when I was testing my CKC shorthair about 7 years ago. At that point in time I was looking for a liver male of German background to increase the hunting prowess of my future breeding lines. 
Jeff being the quite, polite soul, let me down easy and indicated that the German testing and breeding system would not allow or sanction out of registry breeding.
Now that I know Jeff better, he was probably saying to himself, are you crazy, keep your CKC bitch away from my high quality stud. LOL!!  Continue Reading . . .
 by Phil Kress, DVM

This past weekend I helped Frank and Marianne O’Leary put on the three day VGP/SOLMS/AZP testing for a total of eight dogs.  I was once again reminded of how talented these dogs are in so many ways.  Their willingness to track, retrieve, search, hunt, and dive into the cold water for the pleasure of their owners is truly amazing and rewarding.  As a fan of “form to function” I loved seeing the dogs move so freely and effortlessly in the field.
On a veterinary note I thought I would touch briefly on a very common and frustrating condition in dogs, otitis externa (ear infections.)  German Shorthairs have trap doors for ears that turn their ear canals into little incubators for bacterial and fungal elements to grow.  
VGP 101
Part 4: Obedience 
by Ken Dinn and Gary Hodson 

“This series of VGP training articles was produced by VDD Group Canada and appeared in their newsletter “Drahthaar News” in 2010-2011. It is reprinted with their permission.” 
Hunters in Germany who lease hunting land from a farmer—known as a Revier—are responsible for all damage done to the land, crops and farm animals. This includes any loss to predators, most particularly fox. Therefore, it is very important that their dogs be willing and able to handle such predators. To ensure this, JGHV includes fox work in the testing of utility dogs.
Fox may be taken in a number of ways. Often the hunter will shoot the fox from his/her stand and then send the dog to retrieve it. Alternatively, the dogs can be used to drive the fox out of woods to the hunters. And of course there are some occasions when the dog may dispatch the fox itself. In all cases the dog is expected to retrieve the fox to the hunter.
An interesting aside… The importance of having a dog that is spurlaut—loud on scent—is evident when driving game with the dogs. For example, in some areas there are fishing ponds that are drained in the fall and fox love to live in the banks. In this case the hunters will send the dogs in to roust the fox out. It will be difficult for the hunters to get a safe shot unless the dog is loud and indicates its location in relation to the fox coming over the bank of the pond. In general, the Germans do not put bells on their dogs when hunting as we often do in North America.
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