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eNewsletter December 2010

Christmas Party - Saturday, December 4 at 6:00 P.M.


akcAKC November Board Meeting Minutes  

Click here for Board minutes.   If you have any questions, please refer them to our delegate, Catherine Bell cbell0189@aol.com


Safe and Happy Holidays for your Dog – Now and Throughout the New Year  

The upcoming holidays can pose special health dangers for our four-legged friends. Each year, thousands of pets become seriously injured or ill during the holiday season, while their owners are busy with shopping, baking and entertaining.

dog&turkeyPets can become very ill from a variety of common holiday meal items, including table butter, meat and candy. These foods can result in gastrointestinal upsets and pancreatitis, a painful and sometimes fatal condition. When these conditions occur, pets might exhibit depression, vomiting, abdominal pain or lack of appetite.

Eating tinsel, ornaments and garlands, even drinking holiday tree sap water, can lead to serious stomach irritation. In addition, poisoning from xylitol (a sugar-free ingredient found in baking goods, candy, and chewing gum) can cause a severe blood sugar problem leading to weakness, depression, and seizures.

Chocolate is another common cause of holiday accidents for pets. Many types of concentrated chocolate, particularly baking chocolate or dark chocolate, can cause serious health problems depending on the size of the dog.  

Don't let innocent holiday traditions jeopardize the health of your pet.  And, in the hustle and bustle of the season, remember regular feeding and exercise schedules and be certain to give your dog lots of love as you start off the New Year.  


Be Aware of These Holiday Dangers
  • Candles and hot wax

  • Candies, chocolate and foil wrappers

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Electrical cords (uncovered or untaped)

  • Ribbon, string and yarn

  • Metal ornament hooks

  • Tree tinsel and confetti

  • Carving and kitchen knives/blades

  • Outdoor fireworks and other loud noises

  • Rich, fatty foods and table scraps

  • Rubber bands

  • Beads and buttons

  • Stagnant tree stand water and chemicals

  • Intricate or fragile ornaments

  • Rock salt and antifreeze

  • Poultry bones and meat drippings

  • Small holiday lights

  • Angelhair (spun glass)

  • Rich food stocks and seasonings

  • Artificial snow and snow flocking

  • Small toys, especially those with small parts or unassembled parts

  • Slippery outdoor ice and snow

  • Fireplace flames and color salts

  • Poinsettias, holly, mistletoe and greens

Digital AKC Gazette  

Look for these articles, and many more, in the digital edition of the November AKC GAZETTE!


New Release by Deanna K. Klingel Shows the Healing and Joy of Therapy Dogs

Just for the Moment: The Remarkable Gift of the Therapy Dog.  Not a memoir, not a training manual, but nonfiction. It is a collection of moments when the therapy dog touches the soul of a human and makes a difference in that life, even if just for that moment. The book has received wonderful endorsements and inspired readers are buying copies for gifts for their dog loving friends, care givers, health care workers, hospice volunteers, groomers and dog sitters. The book has a broad reader base, and at $11.95 makes a nice holiday hostess gift as well. The book is in memoriam to Melissa Hensley, therapy dog handler from Kingsport.  


Therapy Dog Opportunity

Wilderwood Service Dogs has a paid position available for a Hip Dog trainer.  Wilderwood specializes in providing service dogs specifically trained to handle the challenges of Spectrum Disorders and other neurological impairments including: Autism, Aspergers, dementia, and mild mental retardation.  For more info, contact: Tiffany Denyer, President, Wilderwood Service Dogs, Maryville, TN (865-660-0095) www.wilderwood.org  


Breed Spotlight  

Dachshund (Hound Group)

dach• Original Purpose: Badger hunter 
• AKC Recognition: 1885    
• Temperament: Clever, lively and courageous     
• Did You Know: Dachshunds are bred with three coat varieties: Smooth, Long, and Wirehaired.   
• Read more about the Dachshund.  


American Water Spaniel (Sporting Group)

aws• Original Purpose: Retriever 
• AKC Recognition: 1940 
• Temperament: Intelligent, friendly, eager to please
• Did You Know: The American Water Spaniel developed primarily in the Great Lakes region of the U.S. and is the State Dog of Wisconsin.
• Read more about the American Water Spaniel.    


Affenpinscher (Toy Group)

afn• Original Purpose: Ratter, companion 
• AKC Recognition: 1936      
• Temperament: Alert, inquisitive, loyal and affectionate
• Did You Know: Bred down from larger terriers, Affenpinschers became companions in the home and kept mice from overrunning their mistresses' boudoirs.
• Read more about the Affenpinscher.    



TVKC Agility Trial Feb. 4 - 6, 2011.   Indoor arena at Harriman, TN.  We will need volunteers all 3 days.  People can contact Dawn Darr at darrcar@comcast.net or 584-6553 to volunteer  


Happy Holidays!  Your feedback is always welcome. 

Beth White, Tennessee Valley Kennel Club, Corresponding Secretary | Webmaster tvkc.org

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