NADKC Western Region
June 2014
In this issue
  • Message from
    NADKC WR Director
  • Derby/Zuchtschau Links
  • New Member Profile
    Gordon McIlvennie
  • Veterinary Corner
    Dr. Sarah Campbell
  • “Sink or Swim”
    Teaching the Blind Water Retriever:
    Randy Blanchard
Upcoming Events

September 6 & 7
Walla Walla, WA
September 27 & 28
Brewster, WA

October 24, 25 & 26
Eastern Washingon 

Board of Directors

Frank O'Leary, NADKC Western Regional Director

Guido Dei, Director
WR Board of Directors

Wayne Davis, Director
WR Board of Directors

Jeff Martin, Director
WR Board of Directors
Newsletter Editors

Edie Stelkovics

Marianne O'Leary
Under Construction
Coming Soon

Message from the Western Regional Director
By Frank O'Leary
The 2014 Western Region Test Schedule got off to a great start with the Derby/Zuchtschau/Training Day in Walla Walla, WA, on May 16th, 17th, & 18th.  The test featured nine well prepared Derby candidates and eleven entries in the Zuchtschau.  But the real story was the participation of the members that attended the event.  As we made our way to the field one of the Judges, Jeff Martin, made the observation, “look at all the vehicles in the caravan, we have never had a gallery like this”.   
The current Western Region Board of Directors has taken the position that we need to create a positive atmosphere for our test participants and the opportunity for the dogs to be successful.     
                 Derby/Zuchtschau Photo Gallery
May 17th & 18th, 2014
Derby Scores are available by clicking the highlighted link
Zuchtschau Scores are available by clicking the highlighted link.
Derby Photo Gallery is available by clicking the highlighted link.
Zuchtschau Photo Gallery is available by clicking the highlighted link.
Awards Dinner Photo Gallery is available by clicking the highlighted link.
New Member Profile
By Gordon McIlvennie
Growing up in Upstate New York, I was blessed to hunt in some of the finest woodcock and ruffed grouse country there is. Any chance I had I would stroll through the woods and jump out of my skin each time a grouse would thunder up from my feet. During this time our family did not have a hunting dog. I was on my own. After high school and several years in the Army, I returned to Upstate NY and fell back in love with hunting.  I landed a summer gig at a bar/restaurant on Lake Ontario and met a man by the name, Bob Wehle. I didn’t know him all that well, but heard he was big into pointing dogs.  After some internet research and book reading, I knew someday I would own my own pointing dog.  
Cyper Attacks can happen to You!!
By Frank O’Leary
MEMBERS BEWARE!!! On Tuesday, May 27th I received an Efax with a creditable subject relative to my business activities which I attempted to open.  Instead of a fax I learned later that it contained a virus and worm that encrypted all of my files with a military grade encryption.  I received a message from CryptoLocker that in order to have my files un-encrypted I was instructed to purchase a Green Dot Money Pak for $500.00 and provide CryptoLocker with the number.  If the payment was not made I would lose all of my working files.
By Sarah Campbell, DVM

While Dr. Phil is vacationing in Europe Dr. Sarah Campbell, co-owner of Associate Veterinary Medical Center in Walla Walla, WA, has graciously agreed to pin an article for our Newsletter.
As we move into summer water training becomes more regular and the opportunity for your canine partner to come in contact with Leptospirosis increases. 
Leptospirosis is a disease caused by infection with the bacterium Leptospira interrogans.  This bacterium is shed most commonly through the urine of infected animals.  Wild or domestic animals can excrete the bacteria into the environment for weeks to years.  This bacterial shedding leads to contaminated water sources as well as soil.  Both humans as well as our canine partners can become infected through contact with infected animals, ingestion of contaminated water, soils or infected tissues. Common domestic shedders include cattle, while wildlife sources include deer, raccoons, opossums, skunks, and squirrels.  
“Sink or Swim”
Teaching the Blind Water Retriever:
By Randy Blanchard

There is nothing more challenging or rewarding than teaching the blind water retrieve. This is the start of the advanced water work and if your preparation has been done correctly then you and your dog are going to swim instead of sink.  The trick to water work is to keep the dog in the water.  This takes a little effort and an understanding of water concepts.  If a dog is going to fail they will fail on the water.  This is because the blind water retrieve goes against the natural inclination of the dog.  How well the dog preforms depends almost entirely on the abilities of the handler.  
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