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 DEADLINE ARTICLES 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 Paid Ad MEMBER ADDRESS UPDATES & E-MAIL Quinto J. Burchi, Phone # (423)-371-8053 Donna Burchi, Phone # (423)-371-8052 New Members Pam Gipson Jordan Triplett 423 240-4840 423 716-1388 [email protected] [email protected] Australian Cattle Dogs Basset Hounds ATTENDANCE 33 Members and 2 Guest Heidi Thompson's sister has MS and is in the hospital. Heidi will be going to Michigan to take care of her. Please keep Heidi and her sister if your thoughts and prayers. Keep Puppies from ‘Fading’ with Proper Management By Susan Chaney Posted in: Canine Health 23 comments 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.