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Alaska Dog News • May/June 2011
The Better Companion
Dear Alaska Dog News Readers, With the start of summer and more people heading out to spend time in the parks and trails with their dogs we thought a recent letter from Stacey in Anchorage was timely. Some of us are envious when we see people calmly strolling with their dogs in the off-leash dog parks. Take a visit to Girdwood and Talkeetna and you’ll see town dogs lounging on café doorsteps: They are comfortable residents without a care. Some of us wish our dogs could enjoy the world that way but many of us have dogs that will spin on the end of a leash at the mere sight of another dog let alone, one with so much freedom. Some of us don’t have the kind of neighborhood dog who is a friend to all. Purebred, well bred and shelter strays alike, some of us have to keep our dogs behind fences and on leashes when away from home. No matter how many classes we take and how many hours we put into training, our dogs will always lose their minds at the sight of another dog.
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“Don’t Worry, He’s Friendly!”
Quality time with your dog Reward based training
I used to say that with a confident smile when I was out with Ed our 10 year old German shepherd dog and Sony our lab/pit mix, 11, whenever we came across another romping, off lead dog. And I don’t know how many times I’ve heard it from other happy-go-lucky dog parents since then. No one ever thinks “Gee, I could use more of a challenge; I think next time I’ll get a dog who DOESN’T get along well with other dogs,” but sometimes it happens that way, and so it has with my Lucas a 2 year old German shepherd dog. I don’t really have any excuse. I bought Lucas as an 8-week old pup from a local breeder, took him through puppy and obedience classes at Better Companion in Wasilla and tried to get him out to dog-friendly places as much as possible to meet lots of people and other dogs. We attended open play times and daycare at Better Companion later on. Still, Lucas is a high-drive, wary individual who warms up to other dogs and people very slowly and whose first inclination on meeting something or someone new to look and sound fierce. I wanted the highdrive part for competing in dog sports like agility, and we have also ended up getting into search and rescue (SAR) training as well. He excels at both. But his extreme wariness of new people, dogs, and sometimes things remains. The very thing he needs, repeated positive experiences with all these “scary” potential threats is difficult to set up. Through the willingness of our agility and SAR friends to work with us, Lucas has come a long way. I have high hopes that we can one day earn his Canine Good Citizen title, but he’ll probably never be a dog I can turn loose at the dog park. Which brings me back to my original thought. There are a quite a few dogs out there with a variety of issues, for a variety of reasons, that make them unsuited for complete freedom around other dogs and people. Before Lucas whenever I saw a dog exhibiting anti-social behavior I always thought “bad owner, didn’t properly socialize”, but now I’m more aware that there can be any number of causes behind that sort of behavior. The dog could be a rescued dog that has not had much training or, as in my case with Lucas, an attitude he has had since birth. I think I can pretty confidently say that when we, as owners of less-social dogs bring our dogs out in public, we aren’t looking for trouble. We don’t want our dog to growl at your dog or you. We just want to get out and about with
our dog and maybe even work on improving their behavior. It’s definitely our responsibility to be careful where we take them, especially if we want to give them an off-lead romp. It’s our responsibility to make sure everyone is safe and we can control our dog. Even normally friendly dogs can react to a new canine introduction with hesitation or fear. To be good canine owner citizens we have to be aware of our dogs’ intentions by watching body language. So when you and your friendly dog find yourselves on a stretch of remote mountain trail, an open fetch field, or even your own front yard and a strange dog appears, consider making sure that all the dogs are under control first, then say “he’s friendly, can they play?” And if the answer is “no,” be content that you’ve helped a fellow dog-person avoid a potential conflict and if you have a few spare minutes you might even ask, “Is there anything I can help you work on?” Then allow the owner to do what they need to do to work with their dog. I know the offer would mean a great deal to me! ~ Stacy from Anchorage
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17th annual Friends of Pets Dog Jog Friends of Pets will hold the 17 th annual Dog Jog on July 23th at 10am. Participents may take the 1 mile stroll or 5K jog with your dogs. East High School 4025 E. Northern Lights Blvd Anchorage. Vendors begin to set up at 8:30 am with the race starting at 10 am. First off are the runners with the slower joggers and strollers coming up behind. The course winds through a forested park with an opportunity to socialize and visit with other dog lovers. After the race various dog clubs hold demonstrations in Flyball, agility, and other activities. Local vendors exhibit services, dog treats and equipment. Friends of Pets provides vital animal welfare and protective services for abandoned animals, with respect, compassion and integrity.
Passages, Pet Cremation and for Grief Center, Inc. Compassionate is centered on professional and compassionate aftercare Support for all pets – those brought to During us directly by their owners as well as those picked up from the member veterinary clinics. Process Passages also provides of compassionate and sympathetic end-of-life support for grieving Bereavement pet owners.
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FOP is a non-profit organization staffed entirely by volunteers and supported by donations The race is held at East High School 4025 East Northern Lights Boulevard in Anchorage.
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ALL BREED CLUBS
Alaska Kennel Club
Barbara Brant POB 232151 Anchorage, AK 99523 346-1601 www.alaskakennelclub.org Afﬁliations: AKC General membership meetings ﬁ rst Monday of each month 7:30 Chugach Electric Building, 5601 Minnesota Dr. Guests welcome. Show-n-Go classes every Friday evening Alyeska Canine Trainers, 549 W. International Airport Rd. Anchorage, AK Junior handlers 5:30 & 6:00 Adult handlers 6:30 June 25 -26 - All Breed Dog Show State Fairgrounds Palmer
Capitol Kennel Club of Juneau
Camille Stephens 9174 Glacierwood Dr. Juneau, AK 99801 email@example.com www.ckcoj.org 907-789-1157 June 18-19 NADAC Agility Trials Dimond Memorial Park #4 (2961 Riverside Drive), Juneau, AK
Cook Inlet Kennel Club
Renea Clayton 2935 N. Mosier Ct. Wasilla, AK 99654 (907)745-3674 www.cookinletkennelclub.com Afﬁliations: AKC Show N’Gos 7-8 Thursdays July 29-31 All Breed Dog Show November 5-6 All Breed Dog Show at Alaska Fairgrounds, Palmer Alaska
Kenai Kennel Club
907-335-2552 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org We have moved to our new location in the Kenai Mall Our entrance will be in the back behind the Sears store July 8-10 All- breed dog shows, Date not published, contact the club for info
Tanana Valley Kennel Club
Judy Shapiro 907-479-6510 P.O. Box 72019 Fairbanks, AK 99707 Beck@ gci.net Afﬁliations: AKC www.tananavalleykennelclub.com Obedience, conformation, tracking May 28-30 All Breed Dog Show Tanana Valley Fairgrounds Borealis Pavillion & Kiwanis Agricultural Hall May 28,29 All breed conformation, obedience, rally July 2,3,4 agility trial
Yukon Kennel Club
Sheila Robertson P.O. Box 31511 RPO Main St. Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 6K8 Phone: 867-668-6634 www.yukonkennelclub.com
June 9,10,11,12 6 conformation shows, 4 obedience trials, 4 rally trials June 9 Afghan Hound Club of Canada National Specialty and Western Gazehound Specialty
SPECIALTY BREED CLUBS Alaska Great Pyrenees Club
Midnight Sun Golden Retriever Club
Danette Scholoeder POB 242034 Anchorage, AK 99524 GoldenViewGR@gmail.com Afﬁliations: AKC www.msgrca.org 262-5369 June 18-19 Independent Specialty and Obedience, Rally Trials VFW Post Anchorage email@example.com
Rottweiler Club of Alaska Dian Tamas P.O. Box 140242 Anchorage, AK. 99514 www.rottweilerclubofalaska.org Afﬁliations: AKC
Afﬁliations AKC and the Great Pyrenees Club of America. 11146 Totem Road, Anchorage, Alaska 99516 President, Dale Sherman, firstname.lastname@example.org. Secretary, Ruth A. Marcy, email@example.com www.alaskangreatpyrenees.com
Shetland Sheepdog Club of Anchorage
Alaska Labrador Retriever Club
Susan Striebich firstname.lastname@example.org 12041 Jerome St. Anchorage, AK 99516 Afﬁliations: AKC
Afﬁliations: AKC Zoelea Vey 945 S. Homestead Cir., Palmer,AK 99645 email@example.com http://thealaskalabradorclub.com Check back for a Sanctioned B match in Fairbanks.
Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Alaska
Tracy Corneliussen 2751 W. Resolution Bay Circle Wasilla, AK 99654 www.bmdcofak.com Afﬁliations: AKC Bob Schmidt (907) 232-1736 firstname.lastname@example.org Drafting test in September
German Shepherd Dog Club of Alaska Sharon White president, 907-333-2346 SLWhite@alaska.net 3553 Robin St Anchorage, AK 99504 Afﬁliations: AKC
Great Dane Club of Mat-Su Alaska
Patty Wolf 907-344-1567 4010 E. 66th Ave. Anchorage, AK 99507 www.gdcm.org PSWolfPack@gci. com Afﬁliations: AKC, Great Dane Club of America (GDCA)
Midnight Sun Boxer Club Tina Spain PMB 385, Wasilla, AK 99687 Shadowriverbxrs@yahoo.com Afﬁliations: AKC
Club listings continued on page 13
Sherry Sims 10261 Our Rd, Anchorage, AK 99516 email@example.com Afﬁliations: AKC
Siberian Husky Club of Anchorage
Siberian Husky Club of the Last Frontier
Matanuska Agility Canine Handlers
P.O. Box 874015 Wasilla, Alaska 99687 Colleen Cook 907-352-3647 April 30-May 1 NADAC agility trials Sirius Ranch www.AlaskaAgility.org MACH@AlaskaAgility.org
Obedience Training Club of Chugiak
Judy Rideout- Pres SitStay@otccalaska.com www.otccalaska.com Obedience, tracking Afﬁliations: AKC Located at Chugiak Beneﬁt Assoc.,18606 Old Glenn Highway in Chugiak. tervmom2@aol. com May 13 AKC Tracking May 14-15 AKC Obedience/Rally June 18-19 AKC Agility August 13-14 Agility TBA
Peninsula Dog Obedience Group 907-262-6846 Info@pendog.org Soldatna, AK 99669 www.pendog.org
Whitehorse Woofers Dog Club
Reba Nelson 3900 W. Fairview Lp. Wasilla, AK 99654 907-357-5009 Afﬁliations: AKC Obedience Clubs
Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada. Joanne Rough 4061 4th Av Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada T1A 1H1 (867) 633-3586
The Working Group Dog Club of Alaska
SPORTING DOG CLUBS
St. Bernard Club of Alaska
http://wgdca.org/ For AKC Working Dogs– The WGDCA meets the second Thursday of the month at 7 pm at Pizza Man in Eagle River. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
PERFORMANCE & TRAINING CLUBS Alyeska Canine Trainers
549 W International Airport Road, Suite A15 Anchorage. AK. Open to the public 6 - 9 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 907 - 563 - HEEL (4335) Email: ACT@alyeskak9trainers.com www.alyeskak9trainers.com
Arctic Streakers Agility Club Find them on Facebook email@example.com
Dog Obedience Training Club of Anchorage Valerie Tomkins firstname.lastname@example.org 3701-B Checkmate Dr. Anchorage, AK 99508 www.dotcanc.org Obedience, tracking. July 23-24 All breed agility trials October 22-23 Obedience and Rally Trials Afﬁliations: AKC
Alaska Working Retriever Club
PO Box 670248 Chugiak, Alaska 99567 Kelli Toth email@example.com 907-240-6314 Beginner and advanced classes ongoing, call for details www.alaskaworkingretriever.com Afﬁliations: AKC May 1 Sunday- Picnic Fun Day and Club meeting. Rebarcheck Field at the State Fairgrounds in Palmer June 3-5 - AKC Retriever Field Trial Pt MacKenzie
Arctic Bird Dog Association
P.O. Box 90914 Anchorage, Alaska 99509 Gareth Stillman- Pres StillsKennelsAK@yahoo.com (907) 243-5809 www.arcticbirddog.com June 4 Fun Day- come out to see what upland bird dogs are all about. July 16-17 & August 27-28 Pointing Hunt Tests July 30-31 &August 20-21 Spaniel Hunt Tests Fundraiser hunting competitions (open to any hunting dogs) July 10 & August 6 Chukar Challenge September 24-25 Pheasant Shoot
Alaska Dog News • May/June 2011
Animal Shelter News Always check at the shelter for your lost pet! 907-746-5500
Huskies take ﬂight to new homes.
intake has put a strain on the normal ﬂow of operations. But the stories of rehabilitation have been nothing short of extraordinary. When people can take the time to evaluate and spend time with previously neglected and frightened pets miracles can happen. One such story is about Tony. Tony spent weeks at the Pt. MacKenzie correctional center where inmates tried to engage the shy male husky to no avail. He was returned to the shelter where volunteers brought him into the light, forcing him to sit with people and slowly Tony began to trust, to make eye contact and in a video seen here, he romps happily in his foster home. www.advocatesfordogandpuppywellness.org/images/Tony_ video.3gp
Organizations in, Washington, Montana and Arizona stepped up to re-home some of the 170 huskies at the MatSu shelter. They have come a long way
RELAY FOR LIFE OF MAT-SU AK
May 20 & 21 at Wasilla High School Certiﬁed volunteers can join in walking a shelter dog at the 2011 American Cancer Society – Call Dawn at the shelter for more information. An adoption fair will be held on May 21st at the relay. 746-5500
SammiJo, Missy and Molly arrive in Seattle. mentally and physically, thanks to the volunteers who work with them each day and during the Husky Social Hours at the MatSu shelter, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Do you have some free time to share?
Join our Volunteer Program and help care for our Shelter animals. Watch this video of some volunteer activities. www.youtube.com/ watch?v=T8G4oHogRxM
These beautiful dogs are lucky to have all the rescue groups support behind them! Along with local groups like Alaska Mat-Su Shelter assistant/volunteer Julie Dog and Puppy Rescue, the Johnson with JC and Siberian Husky Rescue shelter has been able to volunteer Carla with Fonzie arrive in Tucson. continue its efforts in rehabilitating the huskies.
Rehabilitation and patience pay off for Tony Staff and volunteers alike have worked incredibly hard in the last 5 months. The inﬂux of a large number of unsocial dogs on top of the normal animal
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Anchorage Animal Care and Control
a 2 year old, neutered male, pit bull mix. This happy boy will do whatever he can to please. He is active but easy-going and laid-back, easy to walk and handle, listens well, and has an affectionate, endearing personality. After his exercise, he loves relaxing and cuddling on the couch, and is particularly fond of belly rubs. He’s lived with children, rides well in the car, likes bones, balls, and playing. He knows lots of commands, including roll over and shake, and he enjoys training, earning all A’s in Shelter Dog Training Class. Fine all-around companion, he would prefer to be the only pet in the home. Chief can be adopted for $57, as he is already neutered, which includes his MOA license, vaccinations, and microchip.
an adult, female, domestic medium-hair cat. Thor is a bit of an unconventional name for a female cat, but then her haircut (shaved after she arrived due to severe matting) and size (she weighs in at 23 pounds) are a bit unconventional too! This large lady is quick to come greet you and loves attention, especially if it means head rubs. She can be a bit talkative, and will need to go to a home that will help her trim down a bit. If you’re looking for a lot of lap cat, this is the girl for you! Thor can be adopted for $142, which includes her spay surgery, vaccinations, and microchip.
Volunteering at the Animal Care and Control Center Becoming a volunteer at the Center: Volunteers must be 12 years of age and accompanied by an adult if under 16 years of age. Complete a Volunteer Application. Attend one Volunteer Orientation and Training. If you are interested in volunteering at the Center or have any questions please call the Volunteer Coordinator at 343-8252. You may also download the appropriate paperwork for review from the link on the website
Foster AACCC is looking for people who are willing to provide care for animals that need some TLC before they can go up for adoption. This includes adult animals with minor medical issues, and puppies and kittens that need to grow a bit to meet the age and weight necessary for adoption. If you think you might have the time, space and resources to give these animals the extra time and attention they need, open your heart and your home… foster! HOURS: Monday through Friday 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Saturday and Sunday 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Closed: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day,and Christmas Day.
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Alaska Dog News • May/June 2011
Often when I think of Flyball, I think of Irving Berlin’s song “Anything you can do I can do better…”
Flyball is a relay race between two teams of four dogs each, racing sideby-side over a 51foot long course. Each dog must run in relay fashion down the jumps, trigger a springloaded box, which releases a ball, retrieve the ball and return over the jumps. Flyball is ultra competitive and a high speed adrenaline rush for dog and handler. This sport screams speed --Border Collies, Whippets and enough challenge for the most daring terriers out there. In October 2010 Bogie, the tenth ranked West Highland White Terrier in the nation and I went to the NAFA CanAm Classic in Indianapolis. This event (three tournaments over three days) set a new Guinness World Record of 810 individual dogs participating in the Saturday tournament, establishing the “Largest Flyball Tournament” world record. It became obvious right there in Indy that everybody in Alaska has to love this big, wild sport! My team, Alaska Dogs Gone Wild and I witnessed the fastest time on record be broken. Four dogs down and back, in 15.22 seconds! No, that isn’t a typo, and no, it wasn’t Bogie and I’s team, but man was it impressive. So ,I ﬂew home, and to the drawing board I went. I thought to myself, what could we do here in Alaska to spread the gospel of ﬂyball? And my brilliant plan…ﬂy up one of the world’s fastest teams to host a three day ﬂyball seminar. That’s right, I asked Aaron and Kelly Robbins of Rocket Relay out of Hamilton, Ontario to come to Alaska and put on a seminar. They said “yes” and I passed out.
READYYY!!! PRESENT A WORLD CLASS FLYBALL SEMINAR Hosted By:
Rocket Relay Friday May 13th 6 - 9:30pm
1 handler/1 dog
ATHLETIC, ACTIVE, AWARE:
This seminar will focus on building drive, creating work ethic, creating a thinking dog, body awareness, quality versus quantity, reward schedules, breaking bad habits, exercise schedules, and structuring daily life.
Saturday May 14th 9am - 5pm FLYBALL PROBLEM SOLVING:
This seminar will focus on box problems, exchanges/passing issues, striding, jumps, ball obsession, tug toy motivation.
*additional family member
Sunday May 15th 9am - 5pm FLYBALL HANDLING:
This seminar will focus on training young dogs, fixing older dogs, running teams, practices, handling and practice exercises.
Seminar to be held at: Alyeska Canine Trainers 549 W. Intl Airport Rd. Anchorage, AK 99518 For more information contact: Holly Evans @ 360-9482; firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration Forms available now online at: flyballdogs.com/alaska/seminar
To learn more about the Rocket Relay Flyball Club & Positive Pups Dog Training visit their websites at : www.rocketrelay.net & www.positivepups.ca
They arrive next month, and the buzz has spread like ﬁreweed through the ﬂyball community. With two clubs in Anchorage, one in the Valley and a new club starting in Juneau, our numbers and the growing passion for the sport is escalating. Flyball even got a shout out at the Westminster Dog Show. This sport is here to change the dog world, one race at a time. On November 20, 2010, Spring-Loaded ran a 15.217 at the Canine Express Tournament, thus again breaking the ﬂyball world record. Again, I can’t help but hear that tune…”I can do anything better than you.” ~Holly Evans For more information about the seminar, please see our ad on this page. Or visit Alaska Dogs Gone Wild Flyball Club at:
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Scooby’s Bath House 8878 Mike Ardaw Rd Ste. B Mile 64.5 Parks Hwy. Willow, AK 99688
Weimaraner By Julie L. Aune
bout the Weimaraner
(Next to the PUFFIN Cigar Shop)
“Originally known as the Weimer Pointer (derived from the court that sponsored the breed), the Weimaraner is a product Buck - Dale Sweetser of selective German breeding and comes from the same general stock as other German hunting breeds. It is believed to be a descendant of the Bloodhound and was originally used to hunt wolves, deer and bear. Over the years because of the rarity of bigger game in his surroundings, the Weimaraner adapted to become a bird dog and personal hunting companion. Right Breed for You? Lauded for his ability to work with great speed, fearlessness and endurance when on the hunt, the Weimaraner is also known for being an easily trainable, friendly and obedient member of the family. This is a breed that loves children and enjoys being part of his family’s “pack.” Grooming maintenance is low due to his short coat. •Sporting Group; AKC recognized in 1943. •Average size: 23 to 27 inches tall at the shoulder. •Hunting dog, family companion.” © The American Kennel Club, Inc. www.AKC.org
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When My husband Lyle and I decided we wanted an all around hunting dog and active companion I researched various breeds. We looked for a dog that would be our hunting dog on pheasant hunting trips to North Dakota and goose hunts in Minnesota. The dog would also be used for blood tracking, tracking wounded big game on family deer hunts in Minnesota. In Alaska we hunt at Lake Louise for ptarmigan, grouse, caribou and moose as well as doing a little fishing in the summer time.
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907-495-3325 Alexander. She is a legendary breeder in the U.S. who also works closely with the Germans to retain the breed’s integrity. Cassiar is a result of some of her breeding. Cassiar was born in November of 2010 and bred by Donna Alarie at RoseWin Kennel in Port Moody, BC, Canada. We got him when he was just over 8 weeks of age. Cassiar is currently in ba sic obedience and will start conformation competition at WCA’s national event May 14-20 in Ohio. We will start him on NAVHDA and field trial over the winter and next spring/ summer. He will also be involved in agility and will compete in either agility or obedience - whichever keeps him more interested and challenged. We’ll see how he likes tracking and if he’s interested in that, we’ll keep him involved and challenged through AKC. Cassiar is a very fun dog and, I think, a perfect match for our active lifestyle. What a great breed and a great puppy we have the honor of taking care of and training! The only WCA (Weimaraner Club of America) recognized “rescue” person that I know of in Alaska is Jen Boyd. She’s already handled a couple of rescue situations this year and is a knowledgeable person as she’s had Weims for many years. If you’d like to talk with her, please give her a call at 345.4014
Cassiar at Arctic Bird Dog Associaton We were familiar with and liked Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers in the past, Novice class - AkDN photo 2011 but I was looking for something very intelligent and multi-purpose that was different. Weimaraners are pointing dogs who were originally bred for endurance and versatility for not only smaller game, but also for hunting larger game including deer and boar. They are in every type of “dog game” you can think of! In fact, they excel at every type of dog game! Not only are they bred specifically to serve multiple purposes, but they are also bred for devotion to and “pleasing” their humans. They will work their stubby little tails off for their humans and can hunt all day without a problem. In fact, the large chest is an indication of the large size of their lungs and their sleek musculature and impeccable balance are definitive traits of the breed. Although Weimaraners are independent-thinkers, they will strive to please their hunting counterparts and are quick to learn. In the 1950 when the Weimaraner was introduced to the U.S. as the “miracle dog”. The breed’s popularity virtually exploded when articles and advertisements were issued that, loosely interpreted,said that you really didn’t have to do much training they could almost read your mind! The Germans always bred the Weimaraner carefully and wouldn’t release breeding stock to the U.S. until the 1940s. During the popularity of the 1950s and 1960’s, the breeding stock in the US was degraded by careless breeding and over breeding. The quality of the stock became relatively poor and only now, because of very strict standards and careful breeding selection, has the breeding stock rebounded to a high quality. The best resource I’ve found is a book called Weimaraner Ways by Virginia
Baloo -1996 submitted by Dale Sweetser Editor’s note: Stories submitted are the opinion of the author. Potential dog buyers should consult their veterinarians, trainers and responsible breeders for additional information about any breed.
Alaska Dog News • May/June 2011
Servicing Alaskans and their animals since 1966.
Dr. Gerald Wooldridge Retires from Alaska SPCA After 20 years of performing tens of thousands of spay-neuter surgeries in our low-cost clinic, Dr. Gerald R. Wooldridge “retired”. Each weekday morning, Doc could be found from 7:15 until about noontime, snipping and stitching, and kindly tending to the 15-20 dogs and cats who had appointments with him that day. He would then go to his other job at Alaska Veterinary Clinic where a whole new crowd of loyal followers enlisted his services in the afternoons only. But now, Doc’s “retirement” means that he is there full-time. It is not possible to adequately express our thanks to Dr. Wooldridge for his diligence, compassion, and dedication to our mission of “prevention rather than destruction”. His service and support for Alaska’s animals has played a major role in the success of our low-cost spay-neuter clinic today. Thank you, Doc, we will really miss you, and we wish you the very best!
Dr. Kelly Reagan Joins the Alaska SPCA Clinic We are pleased to announce that Dr. Kelly Reagan has joined our staff as clinic veterinarian, effective April 1, 2011. Dr. Reagan is a well-known face in the animal community, and as a vet for Anchorage Animal Care and Control. He has also been a primary veterinarian in our 3-year-old Fix-A-Feline program. We feel very fortunate to have him on staff. Please join us in welcoming him. Dr. Reagan’s arrival has lead to some changes in our clinic hours and capacity. The surgery clinic will now be functioning until 2 p.m., and the number of surgeries will increase. Other changes include the following: Until June 8th, the clinic days will be Monday-Friday, and the hours will be 9 to 6. As always, surgeries must be by appointment. Walk-in services (rabies, vaccines, micro-chipping, nail trims, licenses) are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mon-Fri. Health certificates will no longer be available. The clinic will not be open on Saturdays during this time. Beginning June 8th, the normal clinic days will be Tuesday through Saturday, with walk-in services from 10-2 and surgeries by appointment. ~
Meet Mr. Stubbs, a sweet and affectionate cat at AKSPCA’s Fat Cat Inn. He’s one of many very special animals with an abundance of love and companionship to offer.
Vet Tech Wanted We’re looking for a Vet Tech for our highvolume spay-neuter clinic in Anchorage. Hours are Mon-Fri 10-2 until June, then TuesSat thereafter. Must be caring, conscientious, and reliable. Looking for an enthusiastic team player who feels passionately about animals and our mission to help reduce unexpected, unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. License helpful, but not mandatory. Salary DOE. Please apply at Alaska SPCA, 549 W. International Airport Rd., Anchorage. No phone calls or emails.
Spayghetti Dinner & Silent Auction a Terrific Success
Walk with Mojo Sunday, June 5, 2011
Many thanks to all those who made our Third Annual Spayghetti & Silent Auction Fundraiser on April 17th such a success! Local artists, craftsmen and businesses donated an irresistible array of very attractive items. Together with many things that were donated privately or thru our thrift shop, about 150 auction items were displayed on more than a dozen tables, and Guido’s Italian Restaurant was humming with busy and happy people. The food was great, and so was being in the company of so many loyal animal lovers!
The Alaska SPCA invites you to our first Walk/Run event to help our shelter animals with special needs. Assistant Shelter Manager Shannon Basner is coordinating this event in honor of “MojoB”, who was part of a nine-dog rescue in October, 2009. He came to us late in life, and at first we didn’t know that he had Degenerative Myelopathy, which eventually required him to use a canine wheelchair to get around. His beloved caretaker, Shannon, saw to it that the remainder of Mojo’s life was filled with love and happiness, which he returned tenfold to all around him. As a tribute to Mojo’s memory, Shannon has started this annual event to raise funds for the costly veterinary care it can sometimes take to truly save an animal. All funds raised will go directly to our special needs animals and to help educate the community about them. Date: Location:
Sunday, June 5, 2011 Alaska Pacific University (Near the Mosely Sports Stadium) Registration: 8:00—9:00 am Registration in Advance: $15 Adults, $10 Children 12 and younger Registration at Event: $20 Adults, $10 Children 12 and younger Dogs walk for free !! How Long is the Run: Your pick— (or leisurely stroll if you wish) 5K begins at 9 a.m. 1K begins at 9:30 am Pre-registration forms are available on our website, at the shelter (7309 Arctic Blvd, Anchorage) or at the thrift shop and clinic (549 W. International Airport Rd., Anchorage). Save money and get yours in early! Interested in a corporate sponsorship? We would love to have you as one of our “Walk With Mojo” partners! Questions about the event, being a sponsor, or volunteering? Call 344-3622, or 230-6394.
We thank you for helping those who cannot help themselves.
Four hours and about $10,000 later (check the web site soon for the final count), we knew that the Fix-A-Feline program would be able to reach out to 250-300 more needy cats. To all those who participated by donating items and bidding at the auction, we are truly grateful! ~
his adorable photo by Alaska Pet-Ography shows recently adopted “Bacardi”. Many more wonderful dogs and cats await their new forever home at the AKSPCA Adoption Center.
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Fairbanks Retriever Club
P.O. Box 60463 Fairbanks, Alaska 99706 Corrie Elmes - President 907-687-5965. firstname.lastname@example.org www.fairbanksretrieverclub.org Afﬁliations: AKC May 1, 8 training contact Karen Wilson through the website. May 22 FRC/IAGDA picnic trial Chena Lakes (any hunting breed or mix who will retrieve and has good recall is welcome to come and play) June 17 AKC Hunt Test ( retrievers with AKC ILP registration are permitted) July 15,16,17 AKC Field Trial
Greatland North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association
10140 Kasilof Blvd. Anchorage, Alaska 99507 Roger Hull - President (907) 346-6279 email@example.com www.greatlandnavhda.org June 17-19 ﬁeld work training clinic led by Jon and Cindy Hann held in Cantwell for the convenience of Interior and SouthCentral Versitile Hunting Dog owners. See more about Jon and Cindy here www.perfectionkennel.com Contact Judy Deaver at (907) 337-6286 firstname.lastname@example.org Aug 5-7 NAVHDA tests at Falcon Ridge on Pt.MacKenzie
Interior Alaska Gun Dog Association (retrievers)
P.O. Box 73043 Fairbanks, AK 99707 www.iagda.org Cindy Udarbehrchsplash@hotmail.com 488-4531 Wes Wilson WilsonW@alyeska-pipeline.com Spring training May 21 May 22- Picnic hunt test Chena Flood control project 9am May 28-29 Hunt test Chena Lakes July 9-10 Hunt test Chena Lakes Afﬁliations: HRC
Midnight Sun Gun Dog Association
P.O. Box 241291 Anchorage, Alaska 99524-1291 Kody Bull, President email@example.com 907 223-2680 www.msgda.org May 14 Picnic Fun hunt test 9am Heaven’s Field, Wasilla May 21-22 NAHRA Al Roggow Memorial Hunt Falcon Ridge Test Pt MacKenzie June 5 Picnic Fun Hunt test in water. 9 am Boyd’s Potato Field Palmer June 25-26 9amNAHRA Hunt Test Falcon Ridge Pt. MacKenzie July 9-10 9am NAHRA Richard Voth Memorial Hunt Test Alaska 2011 Regional (Boyd’s Potato Farm in Palmer) July 30-31 9am UKC/HRC Hunt Test 9am Point McKenzie’s Falcon Ridge
Retriever Club of Alaska
P.O. Box 100703 Anchorage, Alaska 99510-0703 Bill Barstow - President (907) 337-2991 firstname.lastname@example.org retrieverclubofalaska.com Afﬁliations: AKC May 1 9am Picnic hunt test Rebarchek Field State Fairgrounds, Palmer June 10-12 AKC Retriever Field Trial
Alaska Dog News • May/June 2011
DOCKDOGS Alaska Dockdogs
Alaska Dockdogs Cathy Hviid email@example.com Check for updates on Facebook Page “Alaska DockDogs” Contact by email or join them on facebook page “Alaska Dockdogs “
FLYBALL Alaska Dogs Gone Wild
Alaska’s ﬁ rst ﬂyball club! alaskaﬂyball@gmail.com www.ﬂyballdogs.com/alaska Find us on Facebook Flyball tournaments at the Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer, AK on June 22-23 and June 25-26, 2011. Check out our archives for our previous Summer Solstice Tournaments.
Alaska Hound Group
President, Mary Hermon Box 4367 Palmer, AK 99645 Lure coursing fun runs start April 22 Contact club for locations. See article on page 3 May 28-29 5pm Lure coursing AKC ability and AKC competition Creamers’ Field 1300 College Rd Fairbanks. firstname.lastname@example.org www.akhoundgroup.com
MUSHING Willow Dog Mushing Association
email@example.com (907) 495-0671 P.O. Box 858,Willow, AK 99688 www.willowdogmushers.com
Montana Creek Dog Mushers Association
Helen Lundberg 907-495-6762 firstname.lastname@example.org www.mcdma.org PO Box 971 Willow, AK 99688 Races at Mile 94.2 Parks Hwy.
SKIJORING Anchorage Skijoring Club Northern Lightspeed Flyball Club drag racing canine style
www.northernlightspeed.com email@example.com Linda and Ken Bullard Info at the web site or Valley Canine Camp in Wasilla 357-2267
HERDING Alaska Herding Group Club
An All-Herding Breed Specialty Club P.O. Box 770173, Eagle River, AK 99577-0173 www.alaskaherdinggroup.org Peggy Crawford (907) 688-5921 firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary: Robin Miller (907) 694-1454 email@example.com AKC conformation for Herding breeds only shows, Obedience and Rally trials for herding and all breeds. Jun 4-5 AKC Herding group conformation, all breed and all American/mixed breed obedience rally, and Jr. Showmanship at Chugiak Beneﬁt Assoc. property 18606 Old Glenn Hwy, Chugiak AK
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www.skijoring.org Bud Rice President (907) 696-0221
Montana CreekDog Mushing Association Skijoring after race starts see listing under MUSHING
WEIGHT PULLING Alaska K-9 Weight Pulling Rob Gambill 3900 W. Fairview Lp. Wasilla, AK 99654 907-357-5009 www.ak9wpa.org Practice pulls at Animal Food Wearhouse, Palmer Wasillla Hwy, Palmer AK
Interior Freight Dog Association
Cody Preuett Fairbanks www.interiorfreightdog.com/ IFDAssoc@hotmail.com Pulls & Practice May 7-Pet Awareness Day Tanana Valley Fairgrounds May 28-30 -Fundraiser Cold Spot Rental Lot Steese Highway Times to be announced July 4-Pull-Pioneer Park Fairbanks August 6- Pull Tanana Valley State Fair
DOG RESCUE EVENTS May 7
Pet Awareness in Fairbanks, Tanana Valley Fairgrounds Every year up to 20 pet related groups attend this event to support rescue and education about responsible pet ownership. Various dog events including Weight –pull are scheduled
FUNDRAISERS Jingle in July! – Dog Walk Saturday, July 9, 2011, 9:00am North Pole, AK – Santa Claus House parking lot 1st annual Dog Walk component to the annual Jingle in July! Jingle in July! is the North Pole 5K Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis Info and Registration at www.JingleinJuly.com Early registration discount until May 31st All dogs receive an event bandanna, people receive an event T-shirt The Arthritis Foundation is partnering with local rescue groups and shelters in Interior AK, who will bring adoptable dogs to the event to be walked by participants . 17th annual Friends of Pets Dog Jog on July 23 rd starts at 10am 1mile stroll or 5K jog with your dogs. East High School 4025 E. Northern Lights Blvd Anchorage www.friendsofpets.org
LURE COURSING Alaska Winds Coursing Club Sue Ann Kelly 907-357-7884 firstname.lastname@example.org www.akwinds.com
Clubs Please Note! Club listings and calendar information space is limited, is provided free of charge to non-proﬁt organizations and at the discretion of Alaska Dog News. More advertising space is available. 907-357-9386 or e-mail for rates and schedule. email@example.com
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Apr 30May 1 May 1
Club & Location
NADAC agility trials
MACH Sirius Ranch
Club & Location
Golden Retriever specialty
VFW Post Anchorage
Dogs Gone Wild State Fairgrounds in Palmer
AKC All breed dog show
Alaska Kennel Club State Fairgrounds, Palmer
ABDA Pt McKenzie Falcon Ridge
NAHRA Richard Voth Memorial Hunt Test Alaska 2011 Regional
MSDGA Boyd’s Potato Farm in Palmer
HRC Retriever hunt test
IAGDA Chena Lakes, Fairbanks
AKC Retriever Field Trials
FRC Chena Lakes, Fairbanks
Pointing hunt tests
ABDA Pt MacKenzie
Friends of Pets Dog Jog starts at 10am 1 mile stroll or 5K jog with your dogs.
East High School 4025 E. Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage
AKC Retriever field frial
AWRC Turnagain Arm
UKC/HRC Retriever Hunt Test 9 AM
MSGDA Pt McKenzie Falcon Ridge
Retriever Picnic Fun AWRC Day and club meeting. Rebarchek Field at the State Fairgrounds in Palmer
Retriever Picnic Fun hunt test 9am (unregistered retrievers and mixes who will retrieve are invited)
MSDGA Heaven’s Field, Wasilla
NAHRA Al Roggow Memorial Hunt Test (retrievers)
Jul 15-17 MSDGA Falcon Ridge Jul 16-17 Pt MacKenzie,Wasilla
FRC/IAGDA Retriever picnic trial (any hunting breed or Chena Lakes Fairbanks mix who will retrieve and has good recall is welcome to come and play)
All-breed dog show
HRC Retriever Hunt Test IAGDA Chena Lakes Fairbanks
AKC Spaniel hunt test
ABDA Pt McKenzie Falcon Ridge
AKC Retriever Field Trial AWRC Pt. MacKenzie Wasilla
ABDA -Falcon Ridge, Pt. MacKenzie
Fun day upland bird dog demos and training
Versatile gun dog tests
GNAVHDA- Falcon Ridge, Pt. MacKenzie
Jun 10 -12
AKC Retriever Field Trial RCA Pt MacKenzie Wasilla
AKC hunt test (retrievers with AKC ILP registration are permitted)
FRC Chena Lakes, Fairbanks
ABDA Falcon Ridge Pt. MacKenzie
Upland bird dog training clinic
All breed dog show
Cook Inlet Kennel Club-St. Fairgrounds, Palmer
NADAC agility trials
TVKC - Fairbanks
ABDA Falcon Ridge Pt. MacKenzie
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