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Page 2 Note from the editor Page 3 Why train with a clicker? by Claudia Sihler Page 4 & 9 Club listings and calendar Page 5 Municipal Shelters Page 6 Seven new breeds added to AKC Hunt Tests Page 7 1st ADPW Pup picnic a success Page 8 Alaska SPCA News Page 10 Shana Anderson: Valdez Animal Care and Control by Metis Riley A Gathering of Champions: WDMA K9 Athlete Symposium

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Alaska Dog News • August/September 2011

Dear Alaska Dog News Readers, Earlier this month we ran across a request for someone who wanted to breed Doodle puppies. The debate about mixing breeds to create a new breed causes some consternation in the professional dog world. When we tried to find who may have bred our own Labradoodle, Jack Barkley, we found some breeders who seem to have a solid breeding program. They gave us a lot of information. After working with Jack for a year as a companion and hunting dog, I am not entirely against mixing the breeds if there is a purpose and it creates a sound dog. Mushers have been doing it for years. There are very few top racers that are not a blend of breeds. To make the argument that no breeds should be mixed would illuminate a number of breeds we have today. The problems of mixed breeds or “Designer Dogs” arise when breeders do not have an educated plan and when they do not follow responsible breeding practices. Often they have the best intentions though somewhat misguided. They need to do some homework before you start to breed any dog never mind a mix breed. Before someone breeds the should find other breeders. Often there are national organizations like . Put any combination of dog in a Google search and links and ads will pop up. As with any internet search, be careful of whom you contact. Once you get in touch with people who raise and train the dog mix you are interested in, ask them questions about what to expect. In most cases, the responsible breeders will talk you out of breeding. Here is a check list of what you should consider before breeding. 1. Has your dog been screened for any health issues like hip dysphasia and have an OFA rating? Or any other issue common with the breed? 2. Do you have 8-12 people who are willing to take your pups forever, the minute they are conceived - you have the payment in hand? Other wise you’ll be in the local shopping parking lot trying to sell your puppies. 3. Are you prepared to take back those pups if and when they reach 6-10 mos and the people can’t handle them? 4. Are you prepared to see your mixed dogs in the shelter when they are a year or two old? 5. Anyone with any real concern about their purebred stud dog’s breeding will not breed with you? If they do, run away. They are only in it for your money which you will pay up front. 6. First generation mix breeding you have no guarantee that you will get that perfect blend of the best of each breed. You can get a mix of coats, colors, temperaments and size with no assurance that the buyer will end up with what they wanted.

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Please, before you breed your dog, take a stroll through the local shelter and see what dogs are there and note their ages. We have rescued 3 large mixed dogs, all bred on purpose, that did not get into good homes or have the traits that the breeders or owners were looking for. They were returned to the shelter at a year or two of age, virtually untrained. Luckily, with our background training dogs and the access to good trainers to help us we have a very social pack of canine companions. Consider finding a rescued dog and if a particular mix is popular you’ll find that dog available through a shelter or rescue groups. Many rescue groups make extreme efforts to get their dogs into homes even if the home is hundreds of miles away. Starting your own mixed breed or pure bred program is something that needs a lot of understanding and quality control. If you considering breeding your dog and cannot find a breeder or resources for your breed or breed mix, feel free to contact and we will get you in touch with resources to help you make thoughtful decisions. Thanks for reading Alaska Dog News. Linda Henning - Pubisher and Editor

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Why train with a clicker? Some people say they can’t handle that extra thing in their hands. They can’t click fast enough, and they don’t want to always have to remember to take the clicker. Point taken, it’s a little awkward, especially in the beginning, especially when handling the treats and the leash at the same time. It was awkward to me at first, too. But then I started using the clicker, and my dog’s eyes lightened up just because she saw that thing in my hands, not even the treats. Sure, it means treats, but she now is clicker savvy, too. The clicker helps communicating with the dog in a lot of ways. First of all, it’s so distinct, that there’re no mistakes. We use the clicker in training to tell the dog 1) “you did that right!” and 2) “that’s worth a reward!” This element is important in training a dog, since all the dog’s behaviors are either increased because of a good outcome for the dog or decreased because of a bad outcome for the dog. A dog doesn’t sit because we say “Sit”, but because of the outcome. If you want to catch the dog doing it right, why not just praise the dog instead of the click? The accuracy of the clicker can help training the dog better. It’s proven by science, that we can faster perform a mechanical ‘push a button’ than forming words in our mouth and getting them out. With a little practice, you also will be faster to click than to form words and get them out. The newer clickers are ergonomically shaped to make clicking much easier than in the past. That millisecond faster can be essential when shaping a dog’s behavior, especially when we don’t lure the dog, but let them think. We observe them and like in the “hot/cold” game for kids, we click them for getting “hotter”, and just ignore them when they’re getting “colder”. Since every click gets them a reward, not getting click can already be quite frustrating. There’s no ‘cold’ necessary, they know they are wrong when no click is heard. If you have a clicker and your dog knows what it means, try a game of getting the dog to look at the door or the TV. Remember, click and reward for hot and hotter, not just for the end-result! Start clicking for the dog turning the head just slightly away from you and your treats. You’ll see your dog thinking, as he’s trying to figure out what makes you click! Try not to help with pointing. Praising with a “good dog!” can even backfire. What if the dog got confused and took 5 tries to get it right? Our “good dog” could carry some sarcasm with it, meaning “finally, you got it!”. Even though you say the right words, your tone might say something different. The clicker is unmistakably the same tone every single time, and means “you did right!”. In clicker training it’s actually better not to handle the treats at the same time you handle the clicker. You can decide if you’d like to have a treat ready in your hand while you push the clicker button, or keep it in your pouch until you clicked, THEN take it out and give to the dog. If you move your hand towards the treat pouch or bring the cookie out of the pouch WHILE you click, the tone of the clicker becomes worthless. The click has to happen BEFORE any other sign of getting fed, like Pavlov’s bell was ringing BEFORE the caretakers would open the gates. It’s a pre-cursor, a sign to tell the dog “food WILL come”, a promise for a treat. With good clicker training you’ll actually get a dog that’s rather clicker savvy than treat oriented. That is a huge difference, because you don’t have to have a treat on you to lure your dog into action. Your dog will love the action itself that got you to click, and will start loving to offer behaviors, especially the correct ones. That makes a dog perform much better for you later on even without treats. The performance becomes almost ‘self-rewarding’, especially some easy tricks. The clicker is only used in the very beginning of teaching a new behavior, or to refine later in between. As soon as the accuracy in timing isn’t as important anymore, the clicker can be faded out and the reward changed to a variable schedule. That means sometimes the dog still gets a cookie, sometimes just praise, and sometimes something totally different, like a play with a toy, a walk, or just plain freedom off the leash, or a run in the yard. That will in the end stabilize the behavior, because the dog never knows what he’s getting, and will work for the HOPE of a great reward, not for the expectation of a treat. So you can teach your dog a lot with the clicker, and fade the clicker out before it gets too much in your hands. Try it out, maybe at our classes, its fun!!! Claudia Sihler, CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer)

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Alaska Kennel Club

Barbara Brant POB 232151 Anchorage, AK 99523 346-1601 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

Capitol Kennel Club of Juneau Camille Stephens 9174 Glacierwood Dr. Juneau, AK 99801 907-789-1157

Cook Inlet Kennel Club

Renea Clayton 2935 N. Mosier Ct. Wasilla, AK 99654 (907)745-3674 Affiliations: AKC Show N’Gos 7-8 Thursdays November 5-6 All Breed Dog Show at Alaska Fairgrounds, Palmer Alaska

Kenai Kennel Club

907-335-2552 Email: We have moved to our new location in the Kenai Mall Our entrance will be in the back behind the Sears store.

Tanana Valley Kennel Club

Judy Shapiro 907-479-6510 P.O. Box 72019 Fairbanks, AK 99707 Beck@ Affiliations: AKC Obedience, conformation, tracking

Yukon Kennel Club

Sheila Robertson P.O. Box 31511 RPO Main St. Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 6K8 Phone: 867-668-6634

SPECIALTY BREED CLUBS Alaska Great Pyrenees Club

Affiliations AKC and the Great Pyrenees Club of America. 11146 Totem Road, Anchorage, Alaska 99516 President, Dale Sherman, Secretary, Ruth A. Marcy,

Alaska Labrador Retriever Club

Affiliations: AKC Zoelea Vey 945 S. Homestead Cir., Palmer,AK 99645

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Alaska

Tracy Corneliussen 2751 W. Resolution Bay Circle Wasilla, AK 99654 Affiliations: AKC Bob Schmidt (907) 232-1736 September 17th & 18th Drafting test at Lacy Park In Peters Creek.

German Shepherd Dog Club of Alaska Sharon White president, 907-333-2346 3553 Robin St Anchorage, AK 99504 Affiliations: AKC

Great Dane Club of Mat-Su Alaska

club listings

Rottweiler Club of Alaska Dian Tamas P.O. Box 140242 Anchorage, AK. 99514 Affiliations: AKC

Shetland Sheepdog Club of Anchorage

Sherry Sims 10261 Our Rd, Anchorage, AK 99516 Affiliations: AKC

Siberian Husky Club of Anchorage Susan Striebich 12041 Jerome St. Anchorage, AK 99516 Affiliations: AKC

Siberian Husky Club of the Last Frontier

St. Bernard Club of Alaska Reba Nelson 3900 W. Fairview Lp. Wasilla, AK 99654 907-357-5009 Affiliations: AKC Obedience Clubs

Whitehorse Woofers Dog Club

Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada. Joanne Rough 4061 4th Av Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada T1A 1H1 (867) 633-3586


Arctic Bird Dog Association

Arctic Streakers Agility Club

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907-262-6846 Soldatna, AK 99669

PERFORMANCE & TRAINING CLUBS For AKC Working Dogs– The WGDCA meets the second Thursday of the month at 7 pm at Pizza Man in Eagle River. Contact for more information

Midnight Sun Boxer Club

Danette Scholoeder POB 242034 Anchorage, AK 99524 Affiliations: AKC 262-5369

Peninsula Dog Obedience Group

Alaska Working Retriever Club

Alyeska Canine Trainers

Midnight Sun Golden Retriever Club

Judy Rideout- Pres Obedience, tracking Affiliations: AKC Located at Chugiak Benefit Assoc.,18606 Old Glenn Highway in Chugiak.

The Working Group Dog Club of Alaska

Patty Wolf 907-344-1567 4010 E. 66th Ave. Anchorage, AK 99507 Affiliations: AKC, Great Dane Club of America (GDCA) Tina Spain PMB 385, Wasilla, AK 99687 Shadowriverbxrs@ Affiliations: AKC

Obedience Training Club of Chugiak

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:

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Dog Obedience Training Club of Anchorage Valerie Tomkins 3701-B Checkmate Dr. Anchorage, AK 99508 Obedience, tracking. October 22-23 Obedience and Rally Trials Affiliations: AKC

Matanuska Agility Canine Handlers P.O. Box 874015 Wasilla, Alaska 99687 Colleen Cook 907-352-3647

PO Box 670248 Chugiak, Alaska 99567 Kelli Toth 907-240-6314 Beginner and advanced classes ongoing, call for details Affiliations: AKC

P.O. Box 90914 Anchorage, Alaska 99509 Gareth Stillman- Pres (907) 243-5809 September 24-25 Pheasant Shoot

Fairbanks Retriever Club

P.O. Box 60463 Fairbanks, Alaska 99706 Corrie Elmes - President 907-687-5965. Affiliations: AKC

Greatland North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association 10140 Kasilof Blvd. Anchorage, Alaska 99507 Roger Hull - President (907) 346-6279

Interior Alaska Gun Dog Association (retrievers) P.O. Box 73043 Fairbanks, AK 99707 Cindy 488-4531 Wes Wilson

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Matanuska—Susitna Borough

Animal Shelter News Always check at the shelter for your lost pet! 907-746-5500


Open Monday -Saturday 11am- 6:30 pm except for the third Wednesday of the month where we are closed for cleaning and training.

Pierre is the last husky still at the shelter from the January seizure of over 150 huskies. He has become quite social, an athletic boy almost 3 years of age. He is not neutered.

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Laika, the last remaining female husky

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Unkown A036543 Female (Spayed) Black Alaskan Husky 5 years old PIERRE (A036566) Male Black Alaskan Husky 2 years 7 months old PRINCE (A037342) Male (Neutered) Brown Pit Bull Terrier 1 year 8 months old. SEBASTIAN (A038229) Male (Neutered) Brown Chinese Sharpei and Border Terrier 7 months old. DUTCH (A038424) Male Black Alaskan Husky 4 years old KODY (A038425) Male Black Alaskan Husky 4 years old YANG (A038426) Male Black Alaskan Husky 4 years old LOBO (A038428) Male Black Alaskan Husky 4 years old MAYA (A038429) Male Tan Alaskan Husky 4 years old TIPPER (A038433) Male Brown Alaskan Husky 6 years old BEAU (A039056) Male Br brindle American Pit Bull Terrier 1 year old KUSKO (A039236) Male (N) Black Alaskan Malamute and Siberian Husky 8 months old ANI (A039374) Male Black Alaskan Husky 5 years old Unknown A039464 Female Black Pit Bull Terrier mix 7 months old LUCKY (A039528) Male (Neutered) Tricolor German Shepherd Dog and Alaska husky 1 year 7 mos old. BUDDY LEE (A039596) Male White German Shepherd Dog and Bulldog 7 mos old ROXY (A039607) Female (Spayed) Gray Alaskan Husky 2 years old SHEP (A039862) Male (Neutered) Black German Shepherd Dog and Rottweiler 7 years old. GUNNER (A039888) Male Black Labrador Retriever mix 2 years old SEQUOIA (A039890) Female White Rat Terrier mix 8 years ALLEY (A039920) Female Black Rottweiler and Labrador Retriever 10 years old REXIE (A039971) Male (Neutered) Tricolor Labrador Retriever and Alaska husky 8 months old BLUE (A039993) Male (Neutered) White Australian Cattle Dog 5 years old PEPPER (A040031) Female Black Alaskan Husky and Alaskan Malamute 12 years old.

Anchorage Animal Care and Control Lucky is an adult, neutered male, domestic longhair cat. This big, calm fellow is friendly and easy-going. Lucky enjoys petting, treats and just observing his surroundings. He has expressive eyes, is extremely good-looking, handsome and very loveable! If you’re petting his head and decide to stop, he’ll remind you that you are not finished with head butts. He is hard to resist and he knows it! Lucky can be adopted for $62, as he is already neutered, which includes his vaccinations and microchip. Please meet Precious, whose name perfectly fits her personality! This 6 year old, spayed female, Staffordshire mix is quiet, calm, easy-going and gentle, very friendly and full of affection. She walks gently on her leash, is kenneltrained, rides fine in the car, and does well with the other shelter dogs. She also sits nicely for treats and has earned straight A+s in Shelter Dog Training Class. She’s lived with children and with a male dog, and did well with all. Happy and tolerant (she even enjoys her baths!), this pooch is a real sweetheart. You may have seen her walking in the 4th of July parade through downtown Anchorage. Precious can be adopted for $72, as she had her spay surgery donated by the Alaska SPCA (thank you to them!!), which includes her MOA license, vaccinations, and microchip.

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AACCC Receives “Soupy” Award Recently, the Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center was the recipient of the 2011 Soupy Award for Empowerment towards families of children and youth with special needs in Alaska. It was presented at the Stone Soup Group Annual Picnic at Kincaid Chalet. We had volunteers present with adoptable dogs and Dr. Myra Wilson, Center Manager, and our Volunteer Trainer, Kathy Broome accepted the award. This was the second annual Soupy Awards, presented to community partners making a difference by Stone Soup Group, a statewide non-profit agency based in Anchorage, Alaska, that provides assistance and support to families of children with special needs. We received the award for our partnership program with Stone Soup Group, Pets and People Partnering for Success: Animal Training Programs for Young Alaskans. This program fosters healthy physical interaction, emotional bonding, and social skill development through animal training and enrichment done by Alaskans experiencing developmental differences and their typically developing peers. We currently conduct two dog training classes and one cat handling class in partnership with Stone Soup Group, led by our Training Volunteer, Kathy Broome. We are proud to continue this partnership, as well as to be recognized by Stone Soup Group for the ongoing hard work of our volunteers! If you would like to participate in this great program, please contact Kathy Broome: 907-357-9386

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American Water Spaniels (effective 4/1/11) A little known breed, the American Water Spaniel is the State Dog of Wisconsin. A truly dualpurpose dog, bred for companionship and top-notch retrieval ability, the AWS is active, muscular and medium in size. This breed’s unique coat can be solid liver, brown or dark chocolate and ranges from marcel (uniform waves) to closely curled. They were developed from the Irish Water Spaniel and the Curly-Coated Retriever in the mid-1800s. It was recognized as a breed in 1940.

Duane & Jean Wright, Silver Falls Spaniels

German Shorthaired Pointer (effective 9/1/11)

The German Shorthaired Pointer has a very different lineage from the German Wirehaired Pointer. His origin is not clear but probably came from other smaller, shorthaired pointers and hounds in Europe. Germans bred French Pointer into their prototype to produce a dog with high hunting drive, a lean body and sound temperament.

German Wirehaired Pointer (effective 9/1/11)

Early wirehaired Pointers represented a combination of Griffon, Stichelhaar (both mixtures of Pointer, Foxhound, and Polish water dog), Pudelpointer (a cross of Poodle and Pointer) and German Shorthair. The Germans continued to breed the distinctive traits of Pointer, Foxhound, and Poodle until they had created what is today the German Wirehair, a constitutionally tough, courageous breed who points and retrieves equally well on land and in water. Photo Alaska Dog News

Spinone Italiano (effective 7/1/11)

A retriever by nature the Spin will work in any terrain. He has wiry, dense coat and thick skin to endure extreme cover and temperatures. They sport coat of solid white; white and orange; orange roan with or without orange markings; white with brown markings, brown roan with or without brown markings. They are Italy’s all-purpose hunting dog. They work at a slower pace and may have come from other European Setters crossed with Mastiff and French Griffons. The breed was established in the early to mid 1800s. .

Vizsla (effective 9/1/11)

Originally from Hungary, the Vizsla is a medium-sized, short-coated hunting dog that combines characteristics of both pointer and retriever. An attractive golden rust in color, this “dual” dog is popular in both the field and the show ring due to his power and drive while hunting and his trainability in the home. They have a very short coat and slender build reaching: 21 to 24 inches tall at the shoulder.

Photo Alaska Dog News

All the breeds:

American Water Spaniel Chesapeake Retrievers Curly-Coated Retrievers Flat-Coated Retrievers German Shorthaired Pointer German Wirehaired Pointer Golden Retrievers Labrador Retrievers Irish Water Spaniels Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers Spinone Italiano Standard Poodles Vizsla Weimaraner Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Photo Alaska Dog News

Weimaraner (effective 9/1/11)

With a sleek, silvery grey coat sleek coat, the Weimaraner is a dog bred for speed, good scenting ability, courage and intelligence, he remains an excellent game hunter and active participant in other dog sports..He is a taller dog reaching 23 to 27 inches at the shoulder. Photo Alaska Dog News

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon (effective 7/1/11)

Medium sized and bred to cover all terrain encountered while hunting, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is know for his desire to plunge into any bunch of brambles for game. They excel in physical and mental activities and need an active owner to keep them stimulated. They reach a height of 20 -24 inches taking up to 2 years to come into adult coat, most often steel gray with brown markings

Photo Dale Sweetser

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page 7 Scooby’s Bath House

Rusty’s on Dahlia in Palmer was place for dogs and their people to enjoy an upscale picnic on the lawn, Saturday, August 20th. During this dog friendly event contests and games kept the attendees busy. Among the events was a costume contest, meet the breed parade, easy obstacle course, leave it competition and general socializing.

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The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reporters Greg Johnson and Robert DeBerry interviewed and photographed pooches and their people.

Partners in business

Businesses have become information partners by providing space for ADPW brochures and a place to hold photo events. ADPW’s photographer takes theme photos of pets and their people such as Halloween photo shoot and “SURF’S UP” at Friday Fling in Palmer was the latest photo event. Looks like everyone came out to enjoy a little sunshine and beach attire. Many more pets went home I D microchipped that day too.

Sometimes it’s who you know.

About ADPW

Advocates for Dog and Puppy Wellness is a non-profit 501-3c organization formed to be a liaison between animal shelters, dog rescue groups and the dog loving public. ADPW was formed in 2010 by Julie Johnson, a Mat-Su Animal Shelter assistant, to help bridge the information gap between the public and the organizations who rescue pets. Since then they have held a number of events to educate and entertain dog lovers.

Julie, a former airline employee, and ADPW also helped coordinate the great husky lift in early 2011. When over 150 huskies were rescued from a puppy mill the need to re-home was more than our community could absorb. Knowing how the shipping of animals works, ADPW helped number of huskies were sent to husky rescues in various states with Julie accompanying several dogs to Arizona. Delta Airlines provided free shipping and crates for some of the huskies while funds paid for shipping to other locations. Provides opportunities for youth to learn. ADPW helps lead our young dog lovers into education and career paths. Volunteers learn dog care and handling, people skills advising with pet adoptions, animal behavior, and communication skills at events and with the media. Working with animals provides our youth with many skills and cultivates responsible attitudes that can remain with them for life. To find out more visit 907-357-9386

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Alaska SPCA

Adoption Event at PetSmart

Servicing Alaskans and their animals since 1966

Alaska SPCA selected as PetSmart partner The Alaska SPCA and PetSmart are proud to announce that the Alaska SPCA has been selected as an adoption partner for the PetSmart store on Dimond Blvd (in the former CompUSA location). As partners, the Alaska SPCA and PetSmart have agreed to work together to maintain a dedicated adoption area in the store, constructed specifically to house and display cats on a rotational basis, offering us another avenue for the public to view our cats and receive adoption information. The display area is a stand-alone room with 10 separate living compartments and a glass front. Our adoption policy will not change, and all adoption applications will be reviewed by Alaska SPCA staff. We will be providing training to key staff in the store on our policies and processes and will work closely with PetSmart in order to maximize the opportunity to find appropriate homes for our pets. PetSmart also holds special adoption events on select weekends that will provide the opportunity for Alaska SPCA staff to bring dogs into the store to meet with PetSmart customers and discuss the process of becoming a pet parent. Information will also be provided that will allow the public to make an informed decision about adoptions, diet, grooming and training options to help pets successfully integrate into their new families. PetSmart has a strong and conscientious commitment to community involvement and the welfare of companion animals. We are honored that they have selected us, and we are grateful for the opportunity to participate as an Adoption Partner. Click here to see our adoptable kitties – check their descriptions to see who’s at PetSmart, stop by the Dimond store to meet them in person, or call the Adoption Center for more information.

Donating to Alaska SPCA There is more to donating to the Alaska SPCA than money alone. We also need every-day items to help offset costs and keep our rescued animals healthy and provide them with a safe, clean shelter.

Date: 09/09/2011 Time: 11:00:00 AM Join us for three days of pet adoptions, September 9-11 at PetSmart on Dimond. Please contact the Adoption Center at 3443622 to find out more information or to sign up to volunteer. Pet Adoption Center 7309 Arctic Blvd. Anchorage, AK 99518 (907) 344-3622 Operating Hours: Sunday - Closed Monday - 12-7 Tuesday - 12-7 Wednesday - 12-7 Thursday - 12-7 Friday - 12-7 Saturday - 12-5 Adoption Fees: Cat - $125 Dog - $150 (Includes spay/neuter, vaccinations & microchipping) Dogs are licensed

All of the items listed below are gladly accepted at the Pet Adoption Center. Donations of items not listed should go to our Thrift Shop. Items in each section below are listed in order of importance. Cat litter and dog food are our biggest needs. Thank you! For the Cats • Purina Pro-Plan Weight Management formula • Clay litter: clumping as well as non-clumping • Canned food • Cat toys • Cat beds • Sealing food-storage containers • Litter pans AND mats • Grooming supplies For the Dogs • Iams Adult MiniChunks kibble • Canned food • Dog toys • Dog beds • Sealing food-storage containers • Grooming supplies Cleaning Supplies • Dish-washing detergent (Dawn or unscented) • Laundry soap (Kirkland powder or unscented) • Paper towels • Disinfectant wipes • Disposable rubber gloves • Sponges • Dryer sheets • Ice melt (“Safe Pet” brand) Office Supplies • Printer ink for an HP Officejet Pro L7590 • Copy/printing paper • Energy-saving “CFL” light bulbs (coiled type) Pet Kennels New or used plastic (airline-approved type) or wire. Please drop them off at any of our locations.

Net proceeds from the Thrift Shop support our: • Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic • Adoption Center • Outreach initiatives • All other animal programs

The Alaska SPCA Thrift Store is a treasure chest of surprises.

Items that Sell Artwork Antiques Books Clothing/Shoes (usable and unstained) Furniture (unbroken and unstained) Games (with all the pieces only, please) House wares (not chipped or stained) Jewelry Knickknacks Magazines Towels/Bedding (usable and unstained) TVs (with remotes – no dial tuners)

Items that Don’t Sell

Saturday Surprise Sales

We do surprise sales every Saturday. The “surprise” refers to the types of items on sale and the percentage discount off of those items -- it could even be 50% off the whole store! Come in each Saturday to see what bargains are waiting for you.

Thank you

We are very grateful to the many generous Alaskans who have donated such good-quality items to us. And we’re especially grateful to our dedicated volunteers who come in to help every week (they put in about 200 hours per month!). They are an invaluable part of the AK SPCA’s ability to raise money for our programs.

Donation Information

We ask that donated items to the Thrift Shop be in good usable condition. Items that are broken, dirty or stained cannot be accepted because we cannot sell them. We must then pay to dispose of them. A good rule of thumb is that if you wouldn’t buy a particular item because of its quality, most likely no one else would either.

Broken or incomplete toys Broken or stained furniture Cosmetics Exercise Equipment Food (pet or human) Large Appliances Paint Soiled Bedding/Clothing Tires and/or Rims Underwear of any kind Your donations are tax-deductible – and those donations have been directly responsible for the rescue of all of the animals shown on this website. When you contribute items, not only do you help us to rescue, feed, and care for more animals, but shoppers benefit directly... all because of YOU

SPCA Thrift Shop 549 W. Int’l Airport Rd. Suite B-4 Anchorage, AK 99518 (907) 562-1092 (Between Arctic & C St.) Shop Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm Saturday 10am-7pm Donation Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-5pm

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Midnight Sun Gun Dog Association

P.O. Box 241291 Anchorage, Alaska 99524-1291 Kody Bull, President 907 223-2680 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 Affiliations: AKC


Alaska Hound Group President, Mary Hermon Box 4367 Palmer, AK 99645

MUSHING Willow Dog Mushing Association (907) 495-0671 P.O. Box 858,Willow, AK 99688

Helen Lundberg 907-495-6762 PO Box 971 Willow, AK 99688 Races at Mile 94.2 Parks Hwy.

Alaska Dockdogs Cathy Hviid Check for updates on Facebook Page “Alaska DockDogs” Contact by email or join them on facebook page “Alaska Dockdogs “

Northern Lightspeed Flyball Club drag racing canine style 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 Peggy Crawford (907) 688-5921 Secretary: Robin Miller (907) 694-1454 AKC conformation for Herding breeds only shows, Obedience and Rally trials for herding and all breeds.

LURE COURSING Alaska Winds Coursing Club Sue Ann Kelly 907-357-7884

FALL & WINTER 2011 Alaska DOG News

calendar Date


Sept 10

Club & Location

Fairbanks Animal Shelter Fund Garage and Bake Sale, MasterCard and VISA accepted

GBC Inc, 3133 Davis Rd, Fairbanks 9 AM-4 PM.

Sept 10

Responsible Dog Ownership Day See page for more info and directions

Regine Dog Training Facility 1400 E Regine Ave, Wasilla

Sept 10-11

International All-Breed Dog Show

Serius Ranch -

Sept 17

Skijoring after race starts see listing under MUSHING

PetZoo Adoption Clinic, Dog and cats will be available for adoption from 10am-4pm.

PetZoo in the Fred Meyer Shopping Center, Mat-Su Animal Shelter

Sept 17-18

BMDCA Draft Test

Peters Creek Community Park Lace Road Chugiak, AK


Sept 24-25

Pheasant shoot

ABDA Falcon Ridge Pt. MacKenzie

Nov 5-6

All breed dog show

Cook Inlet Kennel Club-St. Fairgrounds, Palmer

FLYBALL Alaska’s fi rst flyball club! Find us on Facebook Flyball tournaments at the Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer, AK on

Look for updates on the Alaska DOG News Facebook Page

Montana Creek Dog Mushers Association

Alaska Dockdogs

Alaska Dogs Gone Wild

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SKIJORING Anchorage Skijoring Club Bud Rice President (907) 696-0221

Montana CreekDog Mushing Association

Alaska K-9 Weight Pulling Rob Gambill 3900 W. Fairview Lp. Wasilla, AK 99654 907-357-5009 Practice pulls at Animal Food Wearhouse, Palmer Wasillla Hwy, Palmer AK

Go to to see updates and Club Listing.

Interior Freight Dog Association

Cody Preuett Fairbanks Pulls & Practice

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. CLUBS! Call Alaska Dog News for your graphic needs and presentation materials including slide videos of your events. 907-357-9386

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Shana Anderson: Valdez Animal Care and Control by Metis Riley

I met Shana Anderson at the Best Friends No More Homeless Pets conference in October, 2010. We were both at the Las Vegas conference from Alaska; Shana lives in Valdez, far enough away from where I live in Anchorage that meeting each other would have been unlikely. At the Best Friends conference we were both Alaskans working in animal welfare and brought together by that geographical bond. When I caught up with Anderson via phone in January she had been finalizing an adoption, meeting with her boss, and taking in a dog at the shelter. All this on a day the shelter is technically closed, a lone Animal Control Officer’s work is never done. She was able to find the time to share with me the story of Valdez Animal Care and Control and her commitment to homeless pets. Shana, born in Detroit, had moved to Valdez from Brooklyn in 1984. A single mom with four kids, she ventured north to Alaska and arrived with $30.00 in her pocket. “Best thing that every happened to me was moving to Valdez” she said. It is an amazing place surrounded by mountains, glaciers and the blue green waters of Prince William Sound. Of course, there was culture shock moving from NYC to small town Alaska. People say hello, move at a slower place and teased her about her big city clothes. In the early 80s it was an oil boom town of nearly 8000 people. Valdez is now a smaller city, population near 4000. However, Valdez Animal Care and Control serves an unusually large area-from Cordova, Glennallen, Chitina, Copper Center and to Kenny Lake. It is over 200 miles to Palmer, to the next animal shelter. The Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 brought reporters, clean- up workers, and government officials to Valdez; the population exploded to near 10,000. Shana began working for the Valdez police department as a community service officer. This position was a third camping, parking and animal control, respectively. Shana says it was interesting as there were people working and camping in Valdez from all over the world. In 1990, there was an opening at the animal shelter and Andersen became the Valdez Animal Control Officer. She has continued her work there for over twenty years. She explains; “ It started as a job but became a passion…” I asked her about some of the changes in the 20 + years she has worked at Valdez Animal Care and Control. Even the name has been changed, adding “care” to the facility. She has ditched the uniform so that she is easier to talk to and developed a volunteer base to further involve the community. “It’s shows like animal cops on TV, showing neglected and cruelly treated animals; I think that has opened up a lot of people eyes. The other issue people are aware of now that they weren’t is the correlation between animal abuse and other family violence. These are all issues that were non-issues when I first started.” In the 70s the old waste water treatment facility was turned into the Valdez Animal Shelter. It lacked ventilation and windows. For 15 years Shana researched and advocated for improvements. The concrete building would remain the shelter until finally, in 2004, the city agreed to upgrade the derelict building. She attributes the change in policy to a change in the community, the public wanted a better way to house homeless pets. In the new shelter there are many improvements such as radiant heat (no more cold concrete floors), indoor/outdoor kennels for the dogs and “life rooms” where multiple cats can be kept cage-free. The outdoor kennels have radiant heat as well as being covered by the roof so even in the notoriously snowy Valdez winters; dogs have access to the outdoors. Valdez ACC uses their crematorium in partnership with the local veterinarian and for the community by a donation basis. Those funds are used for medical needs at the shelter, an important part of increasing adoptions. The shelter also participates in low cost and free spays and neuter clinics extending over a hundred miles to the Copper River Valley-a proven way to reduce the number of homeless pets. Perhaps most impressive was that much of the material for the new shelter was recycled out of the old hospital in Valdez. “Timing was perfect,” she says, “We couldn’t have built such a shelter without reducing costs by reusing these items.” A daunting task-the construction team refurbished a whole Conex container full of sinks, windows and doors. They kept the original building, gutted and added windows to the top. A new and powerful ventilation system exchanges air 12 times every hour. Adding a metal building to the front increased their holding capacity and added curb appeal. The new building is comfortable, welcoming and most of all functional. The internet has changed the world for shelter animals. Valdez faces a peculiar task of taking in animals from a variety of communities, yet having a limited pool of adopters. Sites like have become valuable tools to increase adoptions. Shana relies on her experience when interviewing potential adopters that live out of the area. Asking questions about their previous pets and their reason for adopting can tell a lot about what type of home they might provide. By reaching out and improving their adoption process, Valdez Animal Care and Control has saved lives. In 1989 there were 159 animals euthanized at Valdez ACC but those numbers have been reduced to 16 in 2009. Other innovative programs include providing dog houses and straw for needy dogs in the community and a pet food bank. Friends of the Valdez Animal Shelter, a nonprofit group of volunteers, raises funds to pay for a part time employee as well as spay and neuter services. The nonprofit group operates a store in the shelter with everything an animal lover might need-Kong toys, quality leashes and collars, dog and cat food and fun stuff like t-shirts and magnets. “Our volunteers are awesome,” Anderson says, “ I couldn’t do anything without them.” When I visited the shelter in July of 2011, Shana took us on a full tour of the colorful and well lit building. A volunteer was washing a young shelter dog in the groom room, which is also available to the public for donations. Shana said she encourages tourists to volunteer. “They miss their pets, our shelter animals get more attention…it’s a win-win.“ Her relaxed attitude seemed to set a community center vibe; while I was there a previous adopter stopped by to give an update (as

well as buy some dog treats). There were children playing with the cats. Another family of volunteers stopped by to walk shelter dogs. It was a comfortable, enjoyable place to be. I asked Shana how she manages to stay motivated when the average burnout in the Animal Control field is 3 years. She explains that she comes to work simply to help animals. One of her pet peeves is when people say they love animals too much to go to the shelter: if you love them- help them! Looking towards retirement she says she will stay in Valdez, spend time with her family and work on artistic pursuits such as painting and playing music. Even when she leaves Valdez Animal Care and Control she will be working in animal welfare. She hopes to create a statewide coalition of rescues and shelters to better work together and says she will continue to be the shelters most involved volunteer. “Everyone in the field is out there doing what they can to change things, I hope.”

A Gathering of Champions: WDMA K9 Athlete Symposium

Register now and save money for the Willow Dog Mushers Association K9 Athlete Symposium to be held on Sept 24 at the Willow Community Center, MP 69.7 of the Parks Hwy. You don’t need to own a sled dog to enjoy this event! (Go to: The day begins with registration in the Community Center starting at 9 am. Check out the awesome vendors, silent auction items, and the “Parade of Dogs” there as well. The kitchen will be open all day for anyone needing a cup of coffee or some food.Then, cruise the parking area for the GEAR SWAP. Here you’ll find mushing related items and general merchandise to barter or buy. Some valuable items at a decent price are always here. Back inside the community center, choose from many hands on seminars that will benefit anyone who plays in the outdoors of Alaska. Learn how to use a GPS with Vic Stanculescu; Extreme Weather Outdoor Survival with John Wilber; Canine Massage and Acupressure with Susan Whiton DVM; and Basic Wilderness Medicine with Paul Forman and Dianne Maythorne. Behind the community center are demonstrations from experts for all kinds of dog lovers: Nose Work with Claudia Sihler; and Dirt Dogs with the Anchorage Skijor Club. From these, you may find activities you want to try with your dog. Or try learning about: Emergency Shelters, Fires and Knots with volunteers from the North American Outdoors Institute AK. These seminars will repeat three times so you can visit at least three of them. At 1 pm the Official Symposium kick off takes place in the main hall. Welcoming remarks and presentations will be made. Taking the stage will be keynote speaker, 2011 Iditarod Champion, John Baker. We are very pleased that John, who is the first Alaskan Native to win the Iditarod, will join us. We feel his speech will be quite inspirational. There will also be time for a Q&A, so get your questions ready! Following John, will be a series of panel discussions that include: What Does It Take to Break Into the Top Ten with panelists: John Baker, Dallas Seavey, Ramey Smith and DeeDee Jonrowe; Challenging Your Personal Status Quo with panelists to be announced; Best Sled For Your Purpose - Design and Function with Bernie Willis and Cody Strathe. If panel discussions aren’t for you, outdoor activities will continue with: Military K9 Unit Demo with the Elmendorf Air Force K9 Unit; Harness Fit and Function with John Baker, Martin Buser, Dallas Seavey, Egil Ellis and Kelly Griffin; and High Flying Disc Dog Demo with Will and Chanelle Barron, the 2010 Alaska Skyhoundz Champion. We have champions everywhere today! Closing the day program will be a panel we call: Gathering of 2011 Champions with John Baker, Egil Ellis and Dallas Seavey. We feel so fortunate to have the 2011 Iditarod, Yukon Quest, and Fur Rondy and ONAC champions together on our stage. What a great way to end this portion of the day! But, it’s really not the end. At this time, we will have a live auction of our Sled Dogs On Parade. These life size wooden dogs, made by Dale Evans and painted by local artists will steal your heart. This was a huge fundraiser for us last year and well as a raucous time. The bidding became fast and furious with lots of laughter and fun. The dogs will be on display all day, so consider which one will look good in your home! We’ll also finish up any silent auction items at this time and give closing remarks. We’ll have a bit of time for dinner concessions and a social hour before clearing the hall for our evening presentation, PAMYUA. This is a new event for us and it is made possible, in part, by generous contributions from an anonymous donor, Willow Area Community Organization (WACO) and Vern Halter: Dream-ADream Dog Farm. We thank them all! Pamyua is the band who played for John Baker as he drove his team down Front Street in Nome to win the 2011 Iditarod. From Wikipedia:” Pamyua’s music is self-described as “tribal funk” and “world music”. Most of their songs are based on traditional Yupik, Inuit and Greenlandic chants, but the group is well-known for reinterpreting them in modern styles, such as the song “Cayauqa Nauwa”, which has been performed a cappella (mengluni, 1998) and with Pacific Islander influences (Caught in the Act, 2003), as well as traditionally (Drums of the North, 2005).” Pamyua is separate from the symposium, with separate charges. Seating is limited, so ordering tickets early is recommended. Adults can buy one ticket and get one free child (under 12) ticket if reserved at the same time. Prices for the symposium and Pamyua can be found at:http//:www. Prices go up by $10 for all events after Sept. 19, 2011. On the website you will find the full agenda, registration forms and vendor forms. If you have any questions about the symposium, email the symposium chairperson, Janet 907-357-9386

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4th Annual Canine Athlete Symposium

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Glass Memorial Beads not forgotten  forever loved  close to your heart A one-of-a-kind memento that you can wear as a necklace or hang as a decoration.

September 24th begins at 9am at the Willow Community Center, MP 69.7 of the Parks Hwy.

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ALL DOG LOVERS will enjoy this event Keynote speaker: 2011 Iditarod Champion John Baker.

Dog Demos ● Vendors ● Swap Meet●Seminars Discussion Panels and more...

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