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FEBRUARY 2014
CHATTANOOGA CHEW CHEW
NEWS
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION FOR THE CHATTANOOGA KENNEL CLUB
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION FOR THE CHATTANOOGA KENNEL CLUB
OFFICERS
PRESIDENT NORLEE REECE
ND
CKC BOARD
BOARD MEETINGS
MEETINGS ARE
ARE HELD
HELD THE
THE 12ST
TUESDAYOF
OFEACH
EACH
CKC
MONDAY
MONTH
AT
WESTERN
SIZZLIN
IN
OOLTEWAH
TN,
6:00
PM.
MONTH ATWESTERN SIZZLIN IN OOLTEWAHTN, 7:00 PM.
MEETINGS ARE
ARE ALWAYS
ALWAYS OPEN
OPEN TO
TO ANY
ANY MEMBER.
MEMBER.
MEETINGS
VICE PRESIDENT JO BETH KELLEY
TREASURER RITA FARMER
REC. SECRETARY PAULA MATTSON
CORR. SECRETARY NANCY PEARL
[email protected]
OUR
GENERAL
MEETING
OUR GENERAL
MEETING
WILL
BE HELD MAY 14,
ND
WILL
ALSO
BE
2
TUESDAY
WESTERN SIZZLIN STEAKFOLLOWING
HOUSE
THE BOARD MEETING AT 7:30 PM
COME EARLY
FORAT
DINNER!
MEETING
STARTS
7:30 PM
COME EARLY FOR DINNER!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
2013-2014
CAROLE CREWS
JERRY DAVIS
MARY MENOZI
2014-2015
QUINTO BURCHI
MARY ELLEN MEYER
MARGE WHITE
AKC DELEGATE
DAVID GILSTRAP
CKC WEBSITE
SANDRA WEIGLE
www.chattanoogakennelclub.org
BULLETIN SECRETARY
GAIL EVANS
423-479-3573
[email protected]
JANUARY 14, 2014 BOARD MEETING
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WesternFOR
Sizzlin
– OoltewahAND
BRAGS
20TH OF EACH MONTH
Happy Valentines Day!
DECEMBER 2013 BOARD MEETING
Western Sizzlin – Ooltewah
Monday, Dec 2, 2013
Present were: Gail Evans, Carole Crews, Mary Menozi, Marge White, Nancy Pearl, Mary Ellen Meyer, Norlee
Reece, Jo Beth Kelley, Rita Farmer, Neke Burke, and Paula Mattson
Absent: Jerry Davis and Quinto Burchi
Guests present: Michael Mattson
Meeting was called to order at 7:09pm by President Norlee Reece
Announcement: Norlee Reece mentioned the Christmas Dinner coming up on December 10th at Mount Vernon
Restaurant. Dinner is at 6:30pm. General meeting is preempted.
Treasurer: Rita Farmer provided to Board members a copy of the CKC balance sheet report for November.
Unfinished Business: According to Rita Farmer, there was an error made in the check amount written for the
Goodwill Assistance Dogs. The amount approved was $1500.00 but the check was written for $2500.00. Norlee
Reece suggested that the Board of Directors consider the additional $1000.00 as a donation for 2014. A motion was
made to approve the additional $1000.00 as a 2014 donation to Goodwill Assistance Dogs. Motion was voted on and
approved by the Board of Directors. Rita also provided a copy of a letter drafted to Goodwill Assistance Dogs stating
that the donation to their organization was written for $2500.00 instead of $1500.00 which was an error. The letter
also states that the $2500.00 donation will be for years 2013 and 2014. The letter will be mailed to the Goodwill
Assistance Dogs Charity.
Corresponding Secretary – No new business.
Update on Pet Disaster Trailer – We have $5000.00 in donations. We need an additional $7000.00 of donations for
a total of $12,000.00. AKC will provide the remaining $10,000.00. More information to be provided at January
meeting.
New Business: Paula Mattson proposed changing the board meetings to the same night as the membership meetings.
Paula suggested the board meeting start at 6:00pm until 7:00pm; break for ½ hour to eat and then the membership
meeting would begin at 7:30pm. The reason for the change was to accommodate the board members that have a long
drive (2 hours max one way) to attend the meetings. A motion was voted on and approved. The next board meeting
will be held on January 14th, 2014 at 6:00pm and the membership meeting will begin at 7:30pm. Meeting location is
the Western Sizzlin. The new date and time of the Board meetings will be in the next Newsletter.
Motion was made to adjourn the Board meeting at 7:38pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Paula Mattson, Recording Secretary
JANUARY 14, 2014 BOARD MEETING
Western Sizzlin – Ooltewah
Tuesday January 14th, 2014
Present were: Gail Evans, Carole Crews, Mary Menozi, Marge White, Nancy Pearl, Mary Ellen Meyer, Norlee Reece, Jo Beth
Kelley, Rita Farmer, Paula Mattson, and Quinto Burchi
Absent: Jerry Davis
Guests present: Heidi Thompson
Meeting was called to order at 6:15pm by President Norlee Reece
Treasurer’s report: Rita Farmer provided the Board members with a copy of the CKC balance sheet as of December 31,
2013.The board discussed raising the membership dues to $20.00 for single, $25.00 for family and Juniors $5.00. This item will
be discussed at the membership meeting.
The board also discussed the expenses for the Christmas dinner/party and the cost of the awards. Ideas were discussed to
improve the cost of dinner and the awards. Improvements will be discussed at a later board meeting.
Rita also provided a copy of the profit and loss statement of the club’s dog shows. Bottom line profit for the shows was $5317.37
The board approved the Treasurer’s reports.
Unfinished business:
The board approved the new show chairman Heidi Thompson and Jo Beth Kelley is the assistant show chairman.
New business:
The board approved the following committees:
Breeder referral and website – Sandra Weigle; Membership chairman is Marc Bernatti; Judging committee – Paula Mattson,
Sandra Weigle and Donna Burchi; Programs chairman is Mary Ellen Meyer.
Corresponding Secretary – Nancy Pearl - No report
Bulletin secretary report – Gail Evans - Newsletter will be updated with Board meeting date and time changes and the latest
minutes of meetings.
Recording Secretary – Paula Mattson - December 2, 2013 board meeting minutes were read and approved by the board.
Meeting was adjourned at 7:00pm
Respectfully submitted,
Paula Mattson, Recording Secretary
January General Meeting
January 14, 2014
Western Sizzlin – Ooltewah
33 members and 2 guests were in attendance
Meeting called to order at 7:31pm
Program: Nancy Pearl gave the membership a great presentation of the AKC Pet Disaster Trailer. We currently have
$1000.00 of donations. The club will need to approve $11,000.00 to purchase the trailer.
President’s message: It takes the entire membership of the club to have a successful kennel club.
Recording Secretary – Minutes of the December 2, 2013 board meeting were read. Minutes were approved.
Treasurer’s Report – December report passed out to membership. Also, Rita distributed the 2013 show report.
Treasurer’s reports were approved.
Show committee report –Information will be available next month.
Training classes- The classes will begin January 21st 2014 at 7:00pm at Tri-State. 8 sessions will be provided.
AKC delegate report – 2 day Legislative meeting next week on the Aphis rules in Raleigh NC. The club will need a
representative to attend meeting.
Unfinished business – The club approved $11,000.00 for the purchase of the Pet Disaster Trailer. The club has
$1000.00 in donations. Total needed is $12,000.00.
New business - The club approved to increase membership dues. The dues increase will be $20.00 for single, $25.00
for family and $5.00 for juniors. Increased dues will be effective 2015.
Membership – Marc read a 2nd reading for Jordan Triplett. The club voted to approve Jordan’s membership.
Brags – Congratulations to all! Be sure and get them written up for the Bulletin Secretary, Gail Evans.
Meeting adjourned 8:39pm
Respectfully submitted
Paula Mattson
Recording Secretary
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Keep Puppies from ‘Fading’ with Proper Management
By Susan Chaney
Posted in: Canine Health
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Puppy fading. Virtually every breeder has heard the term. However, according to Michelle Kutzler, D.V.M., Ph.D., an associate professor in
the department of animal sciences at Oregon State University, no puppy born healthy should die within the first two weeks of birth. If it does,
it’s a matter of animal management, not “fading,” she says.
A reproduction specialist and diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists, Kutzler says “puppy fading” is a “horrible description of a
combination of poor management techniques. There’s no excuse for it. So, when you have puppies die and you don’t want to figure out why
they died or make the changes necessary to keep it from happening again, you give it a name like ‘fading puppy complex.’”
A good clue to a puppy in distress is crying. “Barring a birth defect, a trauma during birth or post-birth trauma, puppies shouldn’t cry,” Kutzler
says
Regardless of the cause of a puppy’s distress, crying for more than a moment or two is a sign that there’s a problem. “Hungry or thirsty or cold
puppies will cry initially,” Kutzler says. Puppies with herpesvirus also cry because it’s painful. Healthy puppies under 2 weeks of age, however,
“give a peep here and there.” Neonates should either be suckling or sleeping. “If they’re full and warm, they’re asleep,” she says.
Nonresponsive Puppies Need Help
“Normally a puppy will adjust its skeletal muscles in response to being picked up,” Kutzler says. You should feel that difference. If you pick up a
puppy, and it doesn’t adjust, “that’s a big clue that something’s wrong.” Vigorously rubbing the puppy to warm it up, including its chest, will
stimulate circulation. If the puppy starts making noise, it’s working. “You want to make ‘em angry,” she says. “Those crying, angry puppies are
breathing.”
Never try to feed a listless puppy.
Five minutes is all you should spend rubbing a listless puppy. After that, “you’re on the way to the vet,” Kutzler says.
If it warms up and becomes responsive though, Kutzler suggests rubbing a little Karo syrup on its gums. The sugar can “wake them up from that
stupor.” If the puppy can then suckle, it’s improving. If not, it’s time to get it to the vet. And it’s extremely important to keep the puppy warm
on the way there. One of the best ways to do this is to tuck the puppy into your bra, she says. “It’s like a little puppy hammock.” You can drive
safely, and the puppy stays toasty on the way.
Common causes of death in otherwise healthy puppies during the first two weeks of life include starvation, hypothermia and herpesvirus.
Puppies Must Eat
The top cause of neonate mortality is “starvation and dehydration,” Kutzler says. “They’re using up all their carbohydrate reserves to nourish
themselves. If they’re not getting milk, they’re dehydrating too.”
She recommends routinely putting lower birth weight puppies on the hind teats and bigger puppies to the front ones. The hind ones provide
more milk than those to the front.
Breeders who weigh puppies at birth and consistently every 12 hours thereafter can easily tell if each puppy is getting enough to eat, she says.
“Monitoring birth weight is one of the most important things a breeder can do.”
It’s OK if a puppy weighs the same amount on Day 1 as on Day 0. However, if a puppy weighs less on Day 1 or the same amount or less on Day
2, it is not feeding well. The first thing to do is move that puppy to a hind teat. If hind-teat suckling doesn’t put weight on a puppy, she
recommends running a tube into the puppy’s stomach to supplement. Every breeder should know how to run a feeding tube, Kutzler says.
Puppies Must Stay Warm
Hypothermia is a leading cause of death of these very young puppies. Neonates should have a rectal temperature of 95 to 99 degrees from birth
to week one, 97 to 100 from weeks one to three, and a normal temperature for that particular breed after that point.
Starvation and dehydration contribute to hypothermia, but so does a whelping box that’s not warm enough. Kutzler recommends keeping it
between 86 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit – at puppy level – for the first week. For weeks two and three, maintain the temperature between 80 and
85 degrees. In week four, reduce the temperature to 70 to 75 degrees. These temperatures, described in Kutzler’s book, “Small Animal
Pediatrics,” (Saunders Elsevier, 2010, $93.95), assume average humidity. If the litter is in a bathroom, for example, temperatures should be
lowered to compensate for humidity.
To measure whelping box temperature accurately, use a round-shaped thermometer that doesn’t contain mercury and keep it right in the box at
the puppies’ level. A heat lamp in a corner gives the puppies a gradient of heat options. “Even newborns can move both toward and away from
heat,” Kutzler says. Often breeders use heating pads, but heat lamps work better, she says. If you must use a heating pad, ensure that some part
of the box is away from the pad so puppies that get too warm can move away from it.
Herpesvirus Is a Real Threat
Unrelated to human herpes simplex virus, herpesvirus is passed from one dog to another via contact with bodily fluids or secretions. If puppies
cry even though they are eating and warm, they may have the virus. Often, the puppies’ skin will have tiny bruises, Kutzler says, about the size
of a pin heads. “Herpesvirus attacks the blood vessels, making them leaky.” The bruises are easy to see on puppies’ tummies, in the white part of
the eye or in the mucus membrane in the mouth.
Most often puppies get the virus from the dam during or after birth via secretions containing mucus.
Opinions vary as to whether neonates can survive herpesvirus, but Kutzler says that if they’re kept warm enough right from birth, the virus can’t
spread in a neonate’s body. Many dogs live with the virus, but never have symptoms.
Saving Your Puppies
A listless puppy is not something to take a wait-and-see attitude about. If its temperature is below 95 in the first week, it’s too cold. If it’s not
suckling, something’s wrong. If it’s crying, it needs intervention from you, and possibly a veterinarian.
One of the most important things, Kutzler says, is to have a mentor if you’re not experienced with whelping. “Find a dog breeder who has been
doing this for a while. They’re going to have made all the mistakes that you’re going to make. They’re going to be there for moral support.” You
may not be able to count on help from your vet. “Most vets are educated only in weaning forward,” she says. “Most experienced dog breeders
know more [about whelping and the early weeks] than most veterinarians.”
Even with a mentor, don’t let listless, non-suckling puppies continue in those states. “Don’t use the syndrome as an excuse,” Kutzler says.
“Fading puppy syndrome is not like Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The causes of it are numerous, but most of them can be prevented with
proper management. It’s really just animal care. Don’t accept the loss of even one puppy.”
Susan Chaney has been on the editorial side of publishing since 1990, starting her career as a newspaper features writer and editor. A lifelong
lover of dogs, Susan has lived with German Shepherds, Labs, Yorkies, an Irish Setter, a Great Dane-Bloodhound mix, a Sheltie and currently a
Chihuahua mix of unknown pedigree. She was the editor of Dog Fancy magazine, content editor of DogChannel.com and group editor of Dog
World, Dogs USA, Puppies USA, Natural Dog, Cat Fancy, Cats USA and Kittens USA from March 2005 to December 2009 when she left her
position to work at home, part-time. Susan lives in Long Beach, Calif., with her artist husband, Tim, that Chi mix and two big cats. As an editor
and writer for Best In Show Daily, she is reveling in the amalgam of three loves: writing, editing and dogs.
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