NADKC Western Region
February 2014
In this issue
  • Message from
    NADKC WR Director
  • Member Profile
    Ron Tokar
  • 2012 Journey to the
    NAVHAD Invitational
    Guido Dei
  • New Member Profile
    Donnie Evanson
  • Veterinary Corner
    Dr. Phil
  • Training Tips
    Randy Blanchard
Upcoming Events

Annual Meeting
April 24 - 26, 2014
Hosted by GL Region

WR Derby/Zuchtschau
May 16 & 17
Walla Walla, WA

WR Training Day
May 18
Walla Walla, WA
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

Lynda and Keith Krull, of Krull Lodge, in Harold, SD have graciously donated the Wilhelm H. Engelking Memorial Hunt (WEMH) to the Western Chapter of the NADKC again in 2014.  The 4th annual WEMH will be a “Gold Package Hunt” for four people, for three days, and four nights . . .
The 2014 WR Test Schedule has been set and is available for viewing by clicking the link at the end of this paragraph.  The Board of Directors has evaluated the feedback provided by the Testing Questionnaire included in the January Newsletter and established the schedule . . .

                          Member Profile
By Ron Tokar

I have been a member of the NADKC for many years but only lately have I had the time to become more involved.
Raised in Michigan, I was involved with wildlife, hunting and dogs since childhood. My first hunting dog was a beagle and then next was a GSP.  I learned the art of falconry during my high school years.  As I grew older I needed to choose what to do what I was going to do with my life. I was torn on choosing between veterinary and human medicine as a career. 

2012 Journey to the NAVHDA Invitational
By Guido Dei

2012 will stick in my memory as one of the worst year of my life.  It started with my old friend of 14 years Geedee with two cancer surgeries.   The malignant cancer melanoma came back into his lungs a couple of month following his last surgery. This was the end of my Geedee.
When we put Geedee to sleep it was a week before I had to run Aristide in his second Utility test. The first one he had a prize two because a much undeserved score of 3 in the duck search.  Just after Aristide passed his Utility test with Prize I, 204 points, I start having some health problem that stuck with me for three months; after all kind of tests the diagnosis was: micro colitis. It took about a month of 4 pills a day to get rid of it . . .
                     New Member Profile
By Donnie Evanson

I have always loved animals and competition. As a kid, my friend Devin and I bird hunted as much as we could.  As a teenager I would walk the two miles out of town in order to meet my friend and his dogs, Bummer and Bride, two German Shorthair Pointers. Bummer was saved from the dog pound on the very day he was scheduled to be euthanized. I think that Bummer truly knew how lucky he was but we were the lucky ones.  The memory of that first season hunting with him will be clear to me until my last breath . . . 

By Phil Kress, DVM
As a longtime friend and veterinarian I was asked by Marianne to contribute to your newsletter.  I said I would give it a try.
Over the last 40 years I’ve been a mixed animal practitioner with a great interest in “form to function,” whether it is a bird dog, cattle dog, ranch horse, or endurance horse.  There’s nothing more pleasurable than to see an animal perform at the highest levels, doing what it was bred to do.  Since I was old enough to carry a shotgun in the field I have enjoyed bird hunting and my partnership with a good dog . . .
Training Tips
By Randy Blanchard
The Importance of a Force Program
and When to apply it:
One of the most important concepts in training the working dog is force and knowing when to apply it. It has to be done effectively without damaging the dog’s style or attitude. The trick for the trainer is to correct only for disobedience. This takes the keen power of observation to always make sure you apply the proper correction. It’s important to be able to read your dog otherwise there’s the danger of giving a correction at the wrong time . . . 
If you have any stories or pictures to share
please contact Newsletter Editors Edie or Marianne