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Message from the Director
The Western Region has completed its spring testing season with a very successful Derby and Zuchtschau, Walla Walla, WA. To view the results visit nadkc-wr.org or click here to be routed to the site. Congratulations to all the handlers that worked so hard to prepare their dogs.
Hunt Oregon, LLC, again has graciously donated an upland bird hunt for four people, for three days, and four nights. All meals are included and there is a hosted open bar. Transportation to and from the Pasco, WA Airport and bird processing is included. The total value of the package is $12,000.00. The hunt will take place on the famous Cunningham Sheep Company ranch. One of the largest family owned ranched in Oregon, these properties have only been open to family and friends until now.
The Western Region Board of Directors has announced the 2017 Western Region Annual Raffle. For the second year in a row 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. Last years winners were Tom Watson from Walla Walla, WA and Paul Kennedy from Charlestown, SC.
A Beretta Over/Under 686 Silver Pigeon 20/28 gauge Two Barrel Set will be the other prize awarded. This is a great gun and the two barrel set makes it special. The retail value of this set is $3,500.00. Continue Reading . . .
WR Fall Test
by Frank O’Leary
If you are planning on participating in one of the Western Region Fall tests you need to get entered soon.
The Solms/AZP/HZP/VGP/BTR/Zuchtschau Test in Hysham, MT on September 29th – October 1st has already has filled the Solms. There are still spots available in the VGP. If you are interested in attending the Hysham Test please contact Mike Kennedy at 406-342-5616 or email@example.com. The judges for the Hysham test will be Jeff Martin and John Calandra (third judge t/b/d).
October 13th – 15th WA there will be a Solms/AZP/HZP/VGP/BTR/Zuchtschau, Walla Walla, WA. The VGP at this test is already full and as of this writing there are four dogs entered in the Solms. If you are interested in participating in the Walla Walla test please contact Frank O’Leary at 509-520-7483 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The judges for the Walla Walla test will be Francois Aldrich, Hubertus Krieger, and Jörg Kaltenegger.
These are the only fall tests in the Western Region so please get your entries in now if you wish to participate. Continue Reading . . .
by Terry B. Anderson
My love affair with German Shorthairs began when I was 12 years old. A person that my father knew was getting married and was going on his honeymoon. His German Shorthaired Pointer was pregnant at that time and I got the privilege of taking care of her while they were gone. The second night of care a whole litter of puppies were born in my bedroom. I was offered pick of the litter and choose a female. I named her Misti. A lifelong love affair was born.
I took Misti to AKC events, dog shows and field trials. She really had no chance of winning but that did not matter to me. I learned a lot back then about dog shows and field trials. I had the privilege of meeting and learning from some legends in the shorthair world. People like John Merrel, Walter Epps, Charlie Potts, Jack Bess, and Stan Head just to name a few. I even knew C. Maxwell who wrote a German Shorthair Book. Misti was a Weidenbach x von Greif cross and was an excellent hunting dog, no thanks to me. She was a natural tracker and never lost a cripple in the sugar beets. She loved the water and was famous among the people we took hunting back then.
I have had German Shorthairs ever since. In California back then it was legal to use dogs to hunt deer. My German Shorthairs were great deer hunters. They did not chase the deer too long and would actually circle around and run them out of the brush right at you. There were actually pheasants in California back then. I trained dogs with a gentleman by the name of Sam Lindley, aka Easy Pickens, the brother of Slim Pickens. Continue Reading . . .
by Phil Kress, DVM
As we enjoy spring and approaching early summer it’s time to consider applying a good topical medication to your dogs that repels ticks. I think the best products repel /kill the tick, versus systemic products that require the tick to bite the animal before it can be affected. Topical products that repel ticks and fleas trans-locates across the skin over about 24 hours, is absorbed by the oil producing sebaceous glands, and then slowly is excreted for approximately 30 days as the oil surfaces up around the hair follicles. New applications should be therefore applied every 3-4 weeks throughout the tick season, usually April-July. Of course those of you in chronic flea infested areas are already doing this on a monthly basis.
Something that any veterinary clinic, boarding or training facility, or kennel dreads is the appearance of KCC (kennel cough complex) in their dogs. It is a highly contagious disease spread by aerosol droplets, water and feed dishes, or contaminated physical areas (i.e. runs and cages). The signs are varying degrees of mild to severe bouts of coughing. Usually the cough is dry and nonproductive unless secondary pneumonia sets in. Duration lasts 2-6 weeks. The most common causative agent is Bordatella bronchiseptica (B. pertussis causes whooping cough in children), though other agents include parainfluenza or adeno viruses. A tell-tale sign of the disease is a “honking” type cough elicited when you rather gently squeeze the windpipe. Treatment usually involves cough suppression, since the dry, nonproductive paroxysmal coughing continues to irritate the lining of the windpipe.
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