Volume 2 â€˘ Number 1
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Table of Contents 6
Dog News: around the town
Herbal Solutions: happy dogs
10 English Setters hunters
12 Bravefriend: fate
Book Reviews: words
Calendar of Events: things to do
Classified: things to use
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e have a new puppy. In October, a friend found him on the road a few miles from our house and brought him to us. He was only about six weeks old, if that, with eyes that didn’t focus very well. He was fat, healthy and clean, and was so cute he didn’t even look real. He could have been a stuffed animal. We don’t know where he came from or how he ended up miles from any human habitation on a lightly traveled road early in the morning. We published notices and put up posters, but no one seemed to be missing him. The most likely explanation is that someone dumped him there on the side of the road, either hoping someone would pick him up, or just wanting to get rid of him and not caring. Or maybe there is a more innocuous answer. Many years ago, some friends and I found a stray dog in the countryside with a litter of young puppies. She was keeping eight of them together in a drainage pipe under the road. The ninth puppy, much bigger than the others, was across the street under a tree. If you put that puppy with the litter, his mother would pick him up, and put him back under the tree. He nursed aggressively, pushing his brothers and sisters out of the way, and his mother had had enough of him. There was another young female dog with her, apparently a puppy from a prior litter, who would often sit with the big puppy. His mother would visit him sometimes too and let him nurse a little bit, but she wouldn’t keep him with the others. After we transported the family back to the farm, the mother continued to separate the big puppy, who grew up to be the most courageous of the group. We called him Columbus. Maybe our new puppy was like Columbus, and he had a mother in the woods who wanted to wean him early. Maybe he had wandered away from his
litter. He was certainly fat enough and seemed well cared for. Even though people do dump puppies in this part of the country, it is hard to believe someone would throw away one as cute and well cared for as this one. But I guess we’ll never know. There are a lot of other mysteries with this puppy. What breed is he? How big will he get? What will he look like? When we first got him, we thought he was part German Shepherd or Rottweiler, or maybe even a purebred. Then we started to think maybe he was an Australian Shepherd, with his silky coat and his herding instinct. It’s been two months, and he is growing tall and lean. He changes almost every day. What will he turn into? One of the great things about dogs is that they have so much variety. As our puppy is growing up it is becoming clear that he isn’t any kind of purebred. But I know that his breed mix doesn’t matter, and it won’t matter really, how big he gets or what he will look like. It is what is in his heart that counts. Whether they are pedigreed or mixed, our dogs all seem to be pure of heart. That’s one of the reasons we love them. We have another great issue for you and I hope you enjoy it. Our featured breed this time is the English Setter, a dog with a long history in Aiken. We also have stories about local businesses, canine happenings, and the new county animal shelter that is being built this winter. This is the start of our second year of publication, and we hope you enjoy this, our second Winter issue. Please email us if you have an idea for a story, or if you know something that you think we should know. Our next issue, Spring, comes out at the end of March. We’ll see you then!
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Dog News by Pam Gleason
The second annual Woofstock Mutts and Music festival took over Highfields Event Center in Aiken on Saturday, November 10, bringing a wide variety of demonstrations and activities, all to benefit the Friends of the Animal Shelter in Aiken (FOTAS). This year’s Woofstock started with a “Mutt Strut” parade. Then there
no kill shelters. “We transferred over 400 dogs in the last six months to no kill shelters up North - we have a very active transfer program,” she says. This program includes “Herbie Brown,” a donated streamliner trailer that was modified to be a dog transport vehicle. FOTAS has also taken advantage of the fact that there are commercial horse shippers bringing horses down to Aiken from the North on a regular basis. Instead of returning home empty, they often go back with a shipment of rescue dogs. The next fundraiser for FOTAS will be a hunter pace and lunch at Three Runs Plantation on January 5. Entry forms for the event are located at www.fotasaiken. org, or call Larry Mitchell at 803-6480165. If you would like to learn more about the shelter project or donate to the capital fund, visit www.fotasaiken. org. FOTAS is a 501c(3) charity and all donations are fully tax deductible.
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were demonstrations by Aiken’s bloodhound unit, agility and obedience demonstrations, and various dog contests including best kisser, best trick and best costume. There were dogs available for adoption, and over 45 vendors. The jazz band 4 Cats in the Dog House provided live music, and there were several radio stations on hand. “It was very successful,” says Mary Lou Welch, who is one of the founders of FOTAS and its vice president. “It was fun to get everybody out. We adopted some dogs, and it was a tremendous fundraiser for us. All the proceeds this year are going to the building fund for the new Aiken County Shelter, which will begin breaking ground the beginning of February.” The new shelter project has been several years in the making. The current shelter is outdated and inadequate for the number of animals that it has to handle each year. The new shelter, which will be built on land already owned by the county, will be spacious and modern. “Our big hope is that the new shelter is going to be very, very upbeat,” says Mary Lou. “It’s on four and a half acres. There are going to be walking trails, and it will be nice. People are going to want to come to the new shelter, which is going to help the animals. That’s a proven thing: if you have a happy place more people will come and more people will adopt.” FOTAS is just starting a capital campaign to raise more money for such things as kennels, furnishings and cage banks. There will be a wide array of naming opportunities for donors, from bricks and pavers to kennels and adoption rooms. In addition to the new shelter project, FOTAS has been working with the SPCA Aiken Albrecht Center to expand free and low cost spay and neuter programs to various areas of the county. They have also worked with numerous rescue groups and transporters to move animals from the county shelter to various rescues and
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This fall, a specially trained 2-year-old Belgian Malinois dog joined the Wagener police, becoming the first and only K-9 unit in that town. The dog, named Xantos, went through training with the Columbia police department, but did not work out for them for various reasons. Officer Jeremy Hill, Xantos’s handler in Wagener, took an eight week course with the dog to learn how to handle him, and the two are now partners. Xantos, bred in Holland, is what is known as a dual purpose dog. He can track people, and he can find drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, crack, heroin and meth in buildings and vehicles. He received his early training in Holland, and most of the commands that he understands are actually in Dutch, so Officer Hill had to become familiar with that language. The dog, which is bonded to him, goes home with him after work is done. Xantos is also required to complete four hours of additional training each week. The Wagener police are thrilled to have their own dog. K-9 units in Aiken, such as the bloodhound tracking team, while theoretically available to them, are too far away to be of much use in stopping crime, and it is not always practical to bring them in. Wagener’s citizens have been generous in their support, offering to donate such items as a bullet proof vest for the new dog. The police believe that Xantos will be a terrific tool in deterring crime, particularly crime involving drugs, which has been a problem in the area in recent years. It’s also nice to have such an attractive and pleasant new officer on the beat.
Millionaires Prefer Dogs
In the battle of dogs versus cats, dogs have been getting the upper hand in recent years. While dogs have a higher likeability rating than cats across all income levels, dog and cat ownership nationwide is more equally divided. According to the Humane Society of the United States, 39% of U.S. households own a dog, while 33% own a cat. People are more likely to own multiple cats than multiple dogs, so there are actually over eight million more owned cats in this country than owned dogs. (About 86.4 million cats, and 78.2 million dogs.)
But if you are a millionaire, you are much more likely to be a dog owner. A recent study published by Spectrem Group, a marketing firm that specializes in targeting affluent households, 58% of millionaires who have pets own a dog, while only 37% have a cat. Just 2% own a horse. A full 70% of senior corporate executives who own a pet say they have a dog. Dogs are also more likely to be provided for after their owner’s death than are cats. Lawyers who specialize in pet trusts say that dogs are the beneficiaries in the vast majority of cases. There have been some high profile examples, such as Rodeo, a Shar-Pei who was awarded $100,000 after the death of his owner, the tobacco heiress Doris Duke. And then there was Trouble, a Maltese owned by the real estate tycoon Leona Helmsley. When she died in 2007, she left him a pet trust valued at $12 million. The courts later reduced the amount to $2 million, but it is unlikely that Trouble knew the difference. After all, how many diamond studded collars can you wear at once?
What’s Facebook Good For?
People can certainly waste a lot of time on Facebook, but the social networking site can also be used for good. For cats and dogs in animal shelters, it can even be a lifesaver. Although this part of the country has an overabundance of animals that need homes, other parts of the country have thousands of homes that need animals. Facebook can help connect the two. The Internet has been helping animals go home for 17 years. The most important webbased service is Petfinder.com, which was founded by Betsy and Jared Saul in 1996. The World Wide Web was in its infancy at the time, but Betsy and Jared had a sense that it could be used for networking shelter animals and helping them get adopted. They thought that if they saved the life of one homeless pet a month, it would be worth it. The website allowed shelters to post pictures of their adoptable animals, along with their stories. People looking for a pet could search the database and find whatever type of animal they wanted, not just in their own neighborhoods but nationwide. Today, Petfinder represents almost 14,000 different groups, averages five million hits a year, and has been responsible for over 20 million adoptions, an average of over a million a year. The Petfinder Foundation, started in 2003, has donated more than $10 million to shelters and rescue groups. There are other websites that are similar, but none is as important or successful as Petfinder. The service has always been free. Facebook is the next frontier. Shelters can post pictures of animals that are available for adoption or rescue, and people who have “liked” their page can instantly see a compelling face with a story. Animals that are especially cute or have sad stories might find help immediately. They might attract an adopter, a foster, a rescue, or someone who can help transport them to safety. Some people contribute money to sponsor adoption fees, or pay for medical care or transport. A service called ChipIn that works with PayPal allows multiple people to help one animal. Say an animal needs $300 for heartworm treatment or surgery. No one person has to pony up the whole amount. Instead, people can
contribute as much as they can afford - $5, $10, $100 – until the ChipIn is filled and the animal can get the care it needs. If there is one thing that Facebook animal rescue has shown, it is that people are extraordinarily generous and altruistic. They are willing to donate to help animals that touch their hearts, even if they will never meet them. They will take a chance on an animal that is in danger, sometimes driving all night to rescue a pet in another state, or spending hundreds of dollars to fly one to them. The Facebook movement is as grassroots as it gets, and it empowers ordinary people to help shelter animals, sometimes without even leaving their desks. The extent to which shelters in South Carolina take advantage of Facebook is variable. Shelters in Greenville and Chester are extremely active and diligent and have thousands of followers who endeavor to save every dog (and to a lesser extent every cat) on “the list.” The Aiken County Shelter has some adoptable animals on Facebook, but their postings are not yet as systemized or comprehensive as at some other shelters, though there has been some progress in this area. If you go to the Aiken FOTAS Facebook page, you will discover some exceptionally beautiful dogs and cats available for adoption. Their beauty shines through, thanks to the photography skills of Annette van der Walt, a volunteer who has been helping to network and save Aiken’s animals for about a year and a half. She photographs them outside and on their level, so you can see their eyes and their expressions. Her pictures are the antithesis of the sad shelter photo you might expect to see. “Mine are more portraits, because I hate dreary pictures,” she says. “It facilitates the dog’s adoption.” In addition to photographing the animals, Annette fosters animals and works with a rescue partner, Mary’s Dogs, based in New Hampshire. In concert with this group, she has been able to help find homes for about 350 Aiken dogs in New England. The Mary’s Dogs rescue now has a network of dedicated volunteers and is very hands-on, providing extensive support and education to its adopters, ensuring that each dog thrives in its new home. “We started out small on July 14 of last year,” says Annette. “In the beginning we did five dogs a month, and now we do sometimes up to 40.” Every two weeks, an animal transport called Wagging Dog comes to Annette’s house to take the dogs from Aiken to New Hampshire. Before they leave, they are fully vetted and bathed. When they arrive in New Hampshire, each has a pre-screened and qualified adopter eagerly waiting for him. Recently, Annette has also started working with Middle Mutts, a 501c3 non-profit with a Facebook page that operates as a middle man between shelters and rescue groups. Middle Mutts helps save dogs in danger by securing commitments from approved
rescues. Some animals may be candidates for rescue but not for adoption - for instance, Aiken County does not adopt dogs to the public if they have tested positive for heartworm. Those dogs must be pulled by a qualified animal rescue that can raise the funds to treat them. In the first month of working with Middle Mutts, Annette says they have found rescues for about 60 dogs that would not otherwise have been saved. How can more animals be saved? Many of Aiken’s Facebook users would like to see more local animals posted, so that they can share the pictures with friends or find animals to adopt themselves. According to Annette, one of the biggest needs today is more physical help with the animals, especially help with fostering and transport. Since Annette often has 20 or more animals at home herself, she is limited in the number she can take in. “We need short-term foster homes, to
keep the dogs for a week or so after they leave the shelter and until it is time for their transport,” she says. Animals that go to rescues via Middle Mutts leave on a transport from Chesterfield, S.C, about two and a half hours away. It would also help to have more people to volunteer for that drive. More long-term foster homes would also help, especially those that are equipped to take in litters of puppies. Shelters are terrible places for puppies, and the sooner they get out, the better. Because of devastating puppy diseases such as parvo, many rescues today are wary of accepting puppies for adoption unless they have been in foster care. Additionally, puppies should not be transported long distance until they are 12 weeks old and have had at least their first two rounds of shots. If you would like to be considered for fostering in Aiken for the shelter or for a rescue, or would like to help with transport, contact Annette at vanderwaltannette@ gmail.com. You can also contact FOTAS, or visit their web page to download a foster application.
Hey Buddy, Where’s Your License?
Everyone knows dogs love riding in the car, sticking their heads out the window and letting the wind flap their cheeks. But what if a dog could drive a car himself ? What would that be like? An animal welfare group called Animals on Q in Auckland, NZ decided to put that concept to the test. They went to the Auckland SPCA where they selected three dogs from a number of different candidates, and then they spent eight weeks putting them through driving school. The dogs were taught indoors on a simulator made out of an adapted golf cart with an accelerator, a brake and a steering wheel. They then moved outside to a Mini Countryman automobile, which was especially customized for them. With the help of a driving instructor, they learned to put the car in gear, accelerate and steer. Soon, they will attempt to drive the car by themselves - a solo flight, so to speak. There are some added safety precautions, of course. The cars can be controlled and stopped remotely, and the driving test is being conducted on a closed course – there will be no dogs negotiating rush hour traffic. The dog driving project has been filmed and you can watch clips on YouTube. The first solo driving test will be broadcast nationally in New Zealand on the television show Campbell Live. This all sounds like a joke, but it isn’t. It’s actually a clever marketing campaign designed to encourage people to adopt a shelter dog. “I think sometimes people think because they are getting an animal that’s been abandoned that somehow it’s a secondclass animal,” said SPCA Auckland CEO Christine Kalin in an interview with the New Zealand Herald. “But SPCA dogs are just as intelligent as any other pet.” “Driving a car actively demonstrates to potential rescue dog adopters that you can teach an old dog new tricks. The dogs have achieved amazing things in eight short weeks of training, which really shows that with the right environment just how much potential all dogs from the SPCA have as family pets.” Will the solo driving test be a success? Do the dogs really understand that they are in control of the car? All of these things are open questions. Most people would agree, however, that even if a dog could drive a car, he probably shouldn’t. What would happen if a squirrel crossed the road? Don’t believe it? We didn’t either. Check it out on the Internet and see what you think: www.drivingdogs.co.nz
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Natural Products For Dogs & Their People By Mary Jane Howell, Photography by Gary Knoll
Fifteen years ago, Jeri Barrett opened Herbal Solutions, a small store in the Centre South shopping center on Silver Bluff Road in Aiken. Not only did she sell a wide selection of herbs and vitamins, she also carried natural pet food. It was a combination that worked – so well, in fact, that this year Jeri is nearly doubling her existing space to make room for more product. “Before I opened Herbal Solutions I was working at a supplement shop in Augusta, a job that I really enjoyed,” explains Jeri. “Then during a vacation out West I had a vision about opening my own store. When I got back to Augusta I talked to some friends about this idea and they were all supportive… and now here I am with a store that will be 2,250 square-feet by the end of 2013.” From the very beginning Jeri carried products for animals, including natural foods and health products, which were harder to come by at that time. She saw firsthand how feeding a higher-quality, all natural dog food changed the health of her rescue dogs. Their energy levels increased, their coats glistened, and their immune systems improved. “I would definitely say that today pet owners are more aware of the benefits of feeding natural food to their dogs and cats,” says Jeri. “Some vets will send clients to me, and word of mouth is important as well.” Among the many brands of pet food that Herbal Solutions carries is Fromm, a fifth generation family-run company that launched its premium pet food concept back in 1949. Based in Wisconsin, Fromm uses only fresh ingredients in their pet food, and it is made in small batches in their own manufacturing facility. “Fromm does it the right way – they are in control at every step of the process. They also have a third-party testing lab and that is what makes them different,” explains Jeri. Besides Fromm (whose packaging is so upscale it looks as if it should be
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sitting on a shelf at Dean & DeLuca), Herbal Solutions stocks brands such as Prairie, Stella & Chewy’s, Nature’s Logic, Artemis, and Ziwi Peak. There are also shampoos, toys, grooming products and natural and homeopathic remedies for pretty much anything that might ail your dog, from fleas to anxiety to arthritis. On the other side of the aisle are the people products: vitamins, herbs, essential oils, candles, and supplements. There are also four massage therapists who work in private rooms at the back of the store. They offer Swedish, hot stone, therapeutic, and deep tissue massage. “I joke that it takes me about three years to convert my customers who come in to buy pet food into customers who also buy supplements from the people side of the store,” says Jeri. “I like to think of myself as the ‘root lady’ – that woman in days gone by who could cure so many ailments by just walking out to her garden. Nature gives us the remedy for so many things.” Besides her main retail store in Centre South, Jeri has two offsite locations – a kiosk at the Fordham Market in Beaufort and a space at the Riverfront Antique Mall in North Augusta. “I put my top-selling products in these two smaller locations,” says Jeri. “Then the customer can visit the store in Aiken to get a better variety. It’s a concept that has worked very well.” Jeri credits the healthy growth of her business in these tough economic times to some words of wisdom given to her by the owner of Sara’s Peach Stand in Edgefield many years ago: sell good stuff and be good to your customers. “I believe if you follow those two rules, then your business will continue to grow, no matter what the economy does.”
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Grace, Intelligence and a Desire to Please The English Setter
by Pam Gleason, Photography by Gary Knoll
ccording to Mark Fulmer, the English Setter is the best breed of dog there is. Mark is a professional trainer and breeder of hunting dogs who owns and runs Sarahsetter Kennels in Aiken. Although he has had many different kinds of dogs in his life, he got his first English Setter in 1981, and he has never looked back. “My preference is for them, for their level of intelligence,” he says. “They have a good work ethic and a higher desire to please.” Mark trains and sells his dogs to be companion hunting dogs, animals that go out hunting with their masters and come back to live in the house. He occasionally sells his dogs as pets, but he prefers that they hunt because that is what they have been bred and raised for. Mark’s puppies go through a specific training regime that starts even before they are born, all designed to make them the best hunting dogs they can be. “I actually hunt my mothers right up until the day they have the puppies,” he says. “The reason I do that is that this is the same thing that happens in nature. Every dog-like animal – coyote, wolf – hunts to live until she has her babies. That keeps the mother both physically and mentally active. Her brain chemicals are coursing through the veins of her fetuses as well: They’re experiencing the mother’s life in vitro, which aids in development of the brain. Nature provides the stimulation that she needs and that the puppies need.” After the puppies are born, Mark puts each one through an early neurological stimulation program that was developed by the military in the 1970s. This consists of a simple set of exercises (holding the puppy upside down for a few seconds, pressing a point between his toes, laying him briefly on a cold surface and so on) that have been shown to help develop smarter, more stress resistant dogs. (It is sometimes called the Super Puppy program.) He starts clicker training at six weeks, and all of his puppies are out with birds in the field learning to hunt every day from seven weeks on. At 12 weeks, when they are ready for a new home, they are well on their way to being trained hunting dogs. Sometimes Mark keeps dogs for a year or two to sell them as finished bird dogs, ready to hunt or compete in field trials. Mark’s methods are quite successful. He has been chosen as a member
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of Team Eukanuba – a group of professional sporting dog trainers that represent the dog food brand– and he is well known for producing superior hunting companions. He credits his early training program, as well as the natural capabilities of the English Setter, a dog that has been bred as a hunter and companion for over 400 years.
English Setter History
English Setters have been in existence as a breed since at least the 16th century. The first published mention of an English Setter came in a book called Of English Dogges, written by John Caius and published in London in 1570. The setter was distinct from other types of hunting dog because he made no noise, and his chief purpose was to find a bird, at which point he “stayeth his steppes and wil procede no further, and . . .layeth his belly to
the ground.” The setter’s low-to-the-ground pointing behavior was called “setting.” In the early days, the English typically used nets to snare birds. When a dog found a bird, the hunter would creep forward and throw a net over both the dog and the bird. Later, when bird hunters started using guns, setters were developed to point with a more upright stance, which made it easier for the hunter to see them in tall grass. The English Setter was most likely produced from crossing the Spanish Pointer, the Water Spaniel and the English Springer Spaniel. There are many different types of setter, and English Setters today are related to Irish Setters, Irish Red and White Setters and Gordon Setters. Two men are frequently cited as being responsible for the main types of English Setter. One is Edward Laverack (1800-1877) and the other is R. Purcell Llewellin. The descendants of Laverack’s dogs are generally show types while Llewellin’s dogs are field hunting types. Although people sometimes call all field hunting English Setters Llewellin Setters, this is not technically accurate. Some organizations do recognize a Llewellin Setter, but it must be a dog whose pedigree actually traces back to Llewellin’s kennel. English Setters were brought to the United States in the second half
of the 19th century. They were one of the early breeds accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1884, and one representative was the very first dog ever registered by the association. They became popular as hunting and show dogs on both sides of the Atlantic. The most famous English Setter is probably Count Noble, a 19th century dog who was a superior hunter. After his death on January 20, 1891, his owner, B.F. Wilson, a Pennsylvania banker, had him stuffed and his body was put on display at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. The New York Times even published an obituary. A new book came out this fall called “Count Noble – The Greatest Dog that Ever Lived.” It is available from the Sewickley Historical Society.
English Setter Characteristics
The two types of English Setter, the field type and the show type, are considered the same breed, but they are very different dogs. The show or bench type has a long coat with distinct feathering on the chest, abdomen, legs and tail. He is a large dog, standing 24 to 25 inches at the shoulder. His basic color is white, but with flecks of darker coloring on his body, and possibly patches on his head and ears. The darker color is called “belton”, and a dog may be orange belton, blue belton (black and white) tricolor (white with black and tan), lemon belton (yellow and
white) or liver belton (brown and white.) The field setter comes in the same colors as the bench setter, but he is generally smaller and his coat is shorter and more suited to running through tall grass and underbrush. The bench setter is known for his long, elegant trot, while the field setter prefers to run. After all, he has birds to find. While show setters are typically registered with the AKC, field setters are registered in the Field Dog Studbook. The bench type of English Setter has been declining in popularity. In Britain, it has been placed on a list of “vulnerable breeds” that are considered in danger of extinction. In fact, in 2010, only 234 English Setter puppies were registered in the whole country, a drop of 34% from the year before. In the United States, bench setters are also increasingly uncommon. Field setters, on the other hand, can be found in much healthier numbers, most likely thanks to their excellence as sporting and companion dogs. Wherever people hunt upland game, they will always be in demand.
English Setters in Aiken
The English Setter has a long history in the Aiken area. Back in the days of the Winter Colony, it was one of two types of dog that were typically used for hunting, the other being the English Pointer. In the late 1930s, the Aiken Kennel Club put on an annual dog show, and one of the first winners was a beautiful almost white English Setter owned by Fitch Gilbert. Claudia Phelps, who owned Homerun Plantation outside of town, used to put on field trails in Aiken. Her dogs, which were pointers, often took home the top prizes, but when they didn’t win, it was usually an English Setter that did. Louise Hitchcock is acknowledged as the spiritual godmother of the Winter Colony and the person who, more than anyone, is responsible for the growth of Aiken as a sporting community. She is best known for her affiliation with her foxhounds and her pack of beagles. But when she went bird shooting, it was over an English Setter. Today, English Setters are popular sporting dogs in this part of the country. They are prized for their friendliness, their desire to work and to hunt, and their intelligent, trainable nature. Mark Fulmer says that he gains an ever deeper appreciation for the breed as he raises generation after generation of his dogs. “I’ve had the parents, grandparents, at least half of the greatgrandparents of some of these dogs,” he says. “I always keep two to three out of every litter, and most of the time I keep them from the cradle to the grave. That way I truly know what I’m producing, and I know that they are some of the smartest, best hunting dogs you can find.”
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Sometimes a Dog is as Good as Any Man The Story of Bravefriend Apparel by Pam Gleason, Photography by Gary Knoll
If you live in the Aiken area, you may have seen people wearing a Bravefriend hat or T-shirt, or maybe you have seen a Bravefriend sticker on a car or in a window. The brand has an attractive logo: an honest-looking dog gazing out at you, along with the handwritten words “brave friend.” The motto of the company is “Sometimes a dog is as good as any man.” Anyone who knows how the company started would agree that this is true. Today, Bravefriend apparel and design is a rapidly growing company based in Aiken. It was founded and conceived by Patrick Donovan, an artist and dog lover. Patrick and his wife Genevieve design and print T-shirts, hats and promotional products. They also have a new line of Bravefriend dog collars and leads, made of organic cotton in California. They have a screen printing shop and a commercial embroidery business in town, and two dogs, a Weimaraner named Freya and a Golden Retriever named McKenzie. They owe their business, and Patrick owes his life, to a dog named Tanner. Patrick grew up in Aiken and attended the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He had loved dogs his whole life, and while he was a student living off campus he decided he wanted a puppy. Inspired by the photography of William Wegman, he wanted a Weimaraner, but with little money, he knew that buying one was out of his budget. Right after Christmas in 1996, he saw an ad in the newspaper for Weimeraner puppies that had been raised on a farm in Georgia. Although the listed price was $450, more than he could afford, he arranged to meet the puppies’ owner at a gas station outside of Augusta to take a look at the litter. “This woman pulled up in an old beat-up light blue truck,” he says. “When she opened the door, three or four puppies jumped out, and I was just taken away by how beautiful they were. They all kind of ran around, and one came up to me and he wouldn’t leave my side. I said, oh there’s no way I can afford this, but the lady said she had been very blessed that year, and it was Christmas time, and that she would let him go for $200.” Patrick bought the puppy and began to drive home with his new friend on his lap. On the way back to Columbia, he got the name Tanner. “It was perfect,” says Patrick. “He was right around 10 weeks old then, and I had never had a puppy before. He went everywhere with me from that day on.” Tanner lived with Patrick when he graduated from college and went to work at a law firm in Columbia. They were inseparable. Then, on an April night, Tanner woke Patrick from a deep sleep by licking his face. The house was on fire, almost entirely engulfed in flames. Patrick had only a few seconds to arouse his roommate, breaking down his bedroom door and pulling him to safety. The two men escaped the flames just as the house collapsed. Patrick thought that Tanner had come out with them. But he hadn’t. When Patrick realized his dog was still inside, he tried to rescue him, but the windows were painted shut, and there was no way to get to him. Tanner died in the house, after saving his best friend. He was not yet 4 years old. “I had lost everything,” says Patrick. “Not only all my possessions, but Tanner, who was the closest thing I had to a son at that point in my life.” In the aftermath of the fire, with nowhere to live and close to despair, Patrick left his job at the law firm. He decided to travel, and began to follow the band Widespread Panic, from Athens, Ga. He also decided to go back to art, his first passion. He made a drawing of the one of the musicians, John Bell, which he had printed on a T-shirt and took to sell at
a concert. “I sold 250 shirts in two days,” he says. “It blew my mind that I could make some money with my art that way. I loved to look out and see people wearing shirts with my drawing on it.” That began Patrick’s career designing T-shirts. He followed Widespread Panic out West, flying to Colorado and traveling through most of the Western states, supporting himself by selling his shirts. “It was such an easy medium,” he says. “I didn’t have to wait to see my artwork hanging on walls; I could see people in these concerts wearing my artwork everywhere. It was wonderful.” Eventually, Patrick came back to South Carolina. He had met so many people on the road, and he had shared with them the story of Tanner, the courageous dog who had given him everything. He was grateful for the support he had received, and overwhelmed by the compassion he had found in so many people during the darkest period of his life. Wanting to come up with a name and a logo for his new T-shirt company, he made a drawing of Tanner. “The picture I drew, which is now the Bravefriend logo, took me five minutes, but it was him perfectly,” says Patrick. “‘Bravefriend’ was what I felt on the inside was how I could describe in one word who he was and what he had done for me. For the holidays, I made 40 long sleeved T-shirts as gifts for all the friends who had helped me. I put Tanner’s picture on the front with ‘brave friend’ underneath, and “Sometimes a dog is as good as any man,” on the back.” The shirts were a huge hit. Patrick had not thought of making more, but people loved them and everyone wanted one. “From that point on, I designed more T-shirts and hats and other items with the Bravefriend logo on them. And now Tanner, whose face I thought I would never see again, is everywhere. Wherever I go, I can see him. There are so many Bravefriend items out there; his memory lives on and what he did continues. More people know him now than ever could have known him when he was alive. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me. His life meant something, and he won’t be forgotten.” You can find Bravefriend apparel in Aiken at Boots, Bridles and Britches, and at the small Bravefriend shop next to the New Moon Café on Laurens Street. It is available on the internet, and is starting to show up in specialty boutiques around the country. Bravefriend Apparel also does custom embroidery for a number of different local businesses, including Equine Rescue of Aiken. A portion of the company’s profits go to Weimaraner Rescue of South Carolina. Another portion goes to the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare (formerly the Aiken SPCA) and Friends of the Animal Shelter Aiken (FOTAS.) “It’s been a real pleasure to be able to give back,” says Patrick. “I’m so fortunate to be here on this planet because of a dog.” Patrick has had two more Weimaraners since he lost Tanner. The first, Grayson, was a dog that friends rescued as a stray in the Leesville area, and then presented to Patrick as a surprise at Christmas in 2002. The second is Freya, the dog he has now, who was saved from a hoarding situation in 2006. The other dog in his life today is his wife’s Golden, McKenzie. Although no creature could take Tanner’s place in his heart, Patrick has a profound relationship with all his dogs. “The moment you connect with your dog, it’s unconditional love for life,” he says. “That’s the best way that I can say it, and it gives me chills now when I think about it. It doesn’t matter how bad things are going in your life, your dog will always be there to take your mind off it, to brighten your day, to give you kisses. It’s an unconditional love between the two of you, and there shouldn’t be anything you wouldn’t do for one another.” Find Bravefriend products on the web at www.bravefriend.net or like them on Facebook.
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The Dog-Lover’s Bookshelf by Pam Gleason
If you have the sense that our culture has been going to the dogs lately, you’re onto something. The ownership of dogs is up in the United States, as is the industry and culture surrounding them. According to the American Pet Products Association, the amount Americans spend on dogs has almost doubled over the last dozen years, rising at a rate of about $2 billion per year – it now tops $52 billion per year, or an average of $58 a month for each household. Interest in dogs has also
blossomed in universities and research institutions worldwide, with an increasing number of scientists studying everything from the evolution of the dog, to canine cognition and social behavior. All of this interest in our animal companions has resulted in a raft of new information about dogs, some of it at odds with what has been published before. In fact, if your attitude about dogs and dog training is still based on concepts that were popular in the 1990s, you are seriously out of date. There are plenty of recent dog books that can help remedy the situation, bringing dog lovers up to speed on what is being discovered by the scientists, knowledge that is slowly trickling down into the everyday world of dog ownership, dog training and our culture’s understanding of what a dog is and is not. Dog Sense, How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet. By John Bradshaw, Basic Books, New York, 2011. 352 pages. Available on Kindle.
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Dog Sense was actually published a year and a half ago, but it is a good book to start with if you want to get up to speed on the latest in canine research and discover some of the passions and arguments that are igniting the field. The author, John Bradshaw, is the director of the Anthrozoology Institute at the University of Bristol in the Britain. He is both a dog lover and a canine researcher, and his book seems motivated not just by a desire to share his knowledge, but also by frustration over the unscientific claims that underlie many popular methods of dog training. (Popular television dog training gurus such as Cesar Millan come in for particular criticism.) According to Bradshaw, people make two mistakes when dealing with their dogs. The first is regarding them as dimwitted little furry people. The second is treating them as though they are barely domesticated wolves, constantly seeking ways to dominate their owners and take over the household. This book attempts to give an overview of the latest (though still developing) understanding of where dogs came from and how domestication has shaped them, both mentally and physically. It goes on to discuss the science of dog training, the emotional and intellectual capabilities of dogs and the canine world of scent. Finally, it discusses the problems of modern pedigreed dogs, and the future of dogdom: how and why should dogs be bred? And what should or could be done about homeless dogs? If you have ever been discomfited by the popular notion that your dog is a wolf trying to dominate you, and that you must not do things such as allow him to precede you through a doorway, win at tug-of-war or, heaven forfend, sleep in your bed, you will want to read this book. The first chapters thoroughly debunk the “dogs as conniving wolves” worldview. In the first place, according to Bradshaw, even if dogs were wolves, the model of wolf society that is generally referred to – alpha male and female, dominating other members of a pack that are not allowed to breed, eat first or sleep in the best spots – is fundamentally flawed. It was derived from outdated studies of captive wolves, some of which were random assortments of unrelated individuals, thrown together in an enclosure. Now that wolves are protected in many places and there is better technology to track and observe them in the wild, we have a much different understanding of wolf pack behavior. According to the latest research, wolves in their natural, family-based packs, are far less interested in social status than previously thought. They are far less controlling, and far more affectionate and harmonious than the unnatural captive groups that were studied in the bad old days. In the second place, dogs are not wolves. They are dogs: animals that were shaped and developed through interaction with humans. Yes, Bradshaw agrees that understanding wolves can give us some information about dogs and their history. But going back to wolf society to explain dog behavior is not useful. In fact, Bradshaw says that conflating dog and wolf behavior is “a fundamental misunderstanding [that] has crept into almost every theory of dog behavior.” Dog Sense imparts some interesting and valuable information. It can be a little repetitive, however, especially in those chapters that explain all the many ways it is wrong to claim that dogs and wolves are essentially the same. Although the reader might begin to get a little frustrated with Bradshaw (“Yes, I know, dogs are not wolves!” you might find yourself thinking at times), his argument is persuasive. After you have read this book, it is certainly hard to have much faith in those old-fashioned dog trainers and theorists who tell you that your Yorkie is a wolf in dog’s clothing, intent on establishing his dominance over you so that he can take over your home, eat your dinner and sleep in your bed.
What is a Dog For? The Surprising History, Science, Philosophy and Politics of Man’s Best Friend. By John Homans. Penguin Press, New York, 2012. 272 pages. Available as a Kindle edition. If you are looking for an overview of the status of dogs in the world today, What is a Dog For? is a book you will appreciate. It starts, as many otherwise objective books start these days, with the author’s thoughts and feelings about dogs he has owned throughout his life. These dogs include his own childhood dog, a Labrador retriever named Putzi, who roamed free and leashless through the suburbs. Never spayed, she had many litters of puppies, which the family gave away to friends and neighbors. It was a time when otherwise responsible people didn’t pay much attention to those things – and a time when about 70 million dogs a year were put to death in America’s municipal animal pounds.
are put to death each year in shelters, while at the same time we spend billions a year spoiling our dogs, or providing them with state-of-the-art medical care? Is it right for us to provide that medical care to our dogs, when many humans are denied access to the same life-saving techniques and equipment? Does a dog have rights? Is it entitled to honorary personhood? In some ways, this is an uneven book, however, and it does have some flaws. For instance, while in some places it has up-to-the-minute information, in other places it is as though the author were in a mini time warp – he says that the theory that dogs domesticated themselves from wolves by gathering in garbage dumps is the “most widely accepted view of dog origins”, when this is, in fact, no longer the case. ( John Bradshaw’s book, reviewed above, is one of many recent books that have challenged this hypothesis.) It touches on animal rescue in the United States and discusses the No-Kill movement, but it does not interview the most prominent players, nor does it attempt to go much further than reporting back what people say – the fact checking in this section seems scant, and much of the information, which is second-hand, sounds as if he might have read it on someone’s blog. Finally, despite his constant references to his own dog Stella, a dog he presumably loves, the author seems somewhat detached from the subject matter, making him the antithesis of John Bradshaw, whose passion for learning about and teaching about dogs fairly jumps off the page. John Homans is a journalist; he is not really a dog person. The book is at its best when dealing with historical and intellectual topics where the author is most comfortable – tracing the roots of the Labrador Retriever back to Scotland, for instance. In much of the book, Homans comes off sounding like a tourist in the dog world, someone who has read the guidebook and can repeat it back to you, rather than a longtime resident expert, who knows all the best shortcuts and the most scenic routes for a drive. It is interesting reading, no doubt, and a capable introduction to the topic, but it lacks depth and passion. You have a feeling that if you had the author over for dinner, he would not want to talk about dogs.
The dog world has changed immensely in the half century since the author’s childhood and this book touches on many different aspects of dog culture, science and politics. The central character of the book is the author’s dog Stella, a puppy rescued from a shelter in rural Tennessee, and then transported to the North Shore Animal Shelter in New York, where Homans and his wife adopted her, turning her into a typical pampered New York City dog. Stella becomes a touchstone in the book – how does information about canine cognition presented at the Second International Canine Science Forum in Vienna relate to what the author can observe about Stella’s intelligence? Stella’s surprising migration from Tennessee to New York City takes the author on a trip to the rescue that plucked her from the pound and put her on a transport North. This leads to a discussion of the world of rescue and shelters, discussions of puppy mills, purebreds and the No-Kill movement. John Homans is the executive editor of New York Magazine, and he is quite a good writer. The book is easy to read, and it is entertaining. It is also ambitious, covering quite a lot of ground in a relatively small number of pages, and presenting a ton of facts about dogs and modern dog culture, things that many dog lovers probably do not know. It includes an interesting look at some historical opinions about dogs – who knew that Charles Darwin considered dogs to be almost human in their understanding and emotions? It also has some interesting facts from medical research – for instance, dogs have 450 different hereditary diseases, about half of which are analogous to human diseases. The book also brings up many of the moral issues that trouble the dog world today. How do we square the fact that millions of healthy dogs
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Field Trial hosted by Tokeena Beagle Club. Running Grounds, Westminster, SC. Adam Blackwell, 864.985.3300, email@example.com. Field and Hunting Trial hosted by Palmetto Retriever Club. Cooper Black Wildlife Management Area, Cheraw, SC. Jane Doolittle, 803.940.2785, firstname.lastname@example.org. Winston-Salem Dog Training Club Dog Show. Lone Hickory Indoor Arena, 1950 Bethel Church Road, Yadkinville, NC. Karen Wlodarski, 843.696.2892, email@example.com, www. wsdtc.org.
28-30 USDAA Siurius Dog Agility Show. Reaves Arena, Georgia National Fairgrounds, Perry, GA. Meryl Sherad, 404.966.1984, www.siriusdogagility.com. 29-30 Herding Test and Trial hosted by North Georgia All Breed Herding Dog Association. Woods End Farm, Farmington, GA. Gay S, 706.474.2744, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Hunting Trial hosted by Palmetto Retriever Club. H. Cooper Black Jr. Memorial Field Trial Area, Patrick, SC. Jane Doolittle, 803.321.0430, email@example.com. 9 Tracking Event hosted by Atlanta Obedience Club, Inc. Charles Osborne Farm, 1611 Cedar Road, Watkinsville, GA. Don Mayhall, 770.396.6542, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. atlantaobedienceclub.com. 11 Lights of Love. Pet memorial at the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare. www.spca-albrecht.org. email@example.com. 803-648-6863 14 Field Trial hosted by Sandhill Beagle Club. Club’s Running Grounds, Cheraw, SC. Eddie Brock, 843.250.2871. 15-16 Carolina Lure Coursing Society Event. Polo Field, 130 Polo Lane, Camden, SC. Donna Richards, 704.483.6269, tntskids@ aol.com. 15-16 Obedience Show hosted by Chattahoochee English Springer Spaniel Club Greater Atlanta. Altanta Obedience Club Building, 1193-D Beaver Ruin Road, Norcross, GA. Karen Foster, 404.320.7127, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cesscga. org. 9
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Beagle Field Trials. 1/2 Miles South Off Of Roberta, GA. William P. Moore, 706.570.9233, email@example.com. Poplar Branch Beagle Club Field Trial. Club Running Grounds, Moore Road, Aiken, SC. Barbara Brooks, 803.360.8024, firstname.lastname@example.org. Clemson Kennel Club Dog Show. T.Ed Garrison Arena, 1101 W. Queen Street, Pendleton, SC. 336.379.9352, mbf@infodog. com, www.clemsonkennelclub.com. Tracking Event hosted by Charlotte Dog Training Club. Rural Hill Farm, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, NC. Deborah Mitchell, 704.517.1058, email@example.com, www.charlottedogtraining.com. Colston Branch Beagle Club Field Trial. Colston Branch Beagle Club Running Grounds, Bamberg, SC. Andy Hood, 803.316.6469, www.akc.org. Hunting Test hosted by Greater Charleston Weimaraner Club. Mixon’s Hunting Preserve, Fechtig Road, Early Branch, SC. Mary Ann Hall, 843.991.2144, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.grchasweimclub.org. Obedience Show and Rally hosted by Atlanta Obedience Club, Inc. Atlanta Obedience Club Building, 1193-D Beaver Ruin Road, Norcross, GA. Mary Keenan, 770.513.4963, email@example.com, www.atlantaobedienceclub.com. Agility Dog Show Hosted by Atlanta Kennel Club. Reaves Arena, GeorgiaNational Fairgrounds, Perry, GA. Jim Macke, 404.583.5783. Purina’s Project Slim-Down at Aiken Pet Fitness and Rehabilitation. 307 Willow Run Road, Aiken, SC. 803-226-0012. www. aikenpetfitnessandrehab.com Blue Ridge Agility Show. McGough Arena WNC Ag Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC. Jayne Abbot, 828.713.3278, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.blueridgeagility.com. Obedience Show and Rally hosted by Greater Columbia Obedience Club Inc. South Carolina State Fairgrounds, Rosewood Drive, Columbia, SC. Chris Brooks, 864.404.7836, email@example.com, www.gcoc.net. Chattahoochee English Springer Spaniel Club of Greater Atlanta Dog Show. Gwinnett County Fair Grounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville, GA. 260.925.0525, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cesscga.org. Savannah River Valley Beagle Club. Club Grounds, Edgefield, SC. Jan H Robertson, 803.309.3230, email@example.com. Georgia Brittany Club Field Trial. DiLane Plantation, Waynesboro, GA. Betty Morgan, 404.429.3602, bettyfmorgan@ comcast.net. Tracking Event hosted by Atlanta Obedience Club, Inc. Gainesville State College, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood, GA. Don Mayhall, 770.396.6542, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.atlantaobedienceclub.com. Charleston Kennel Club Dog Show. Exchange Park, 9850 Highway 78, Ladson, SC. 336.379.9352, email@example.com, www.charlestonkennelclub.org.
Classifieds ADOPTIONS Adopt a Shelter Dog or Cat from the Aiken County Animal Shelter. Make a friend; save a life. Many beautiful, healthy, friendly animals to choose from. 411 Wire Road, Aiken. See the pets at www. fotasaiken.org. 803.642.1537. Aiken SPCA. Dogs, puppies, cats and kittens for adoption. Hours of operation: Mon-Sat. 11 am - 5 pm. weekly offsite adoptions at Aiken
Petsmart, Sat 10 am- 3 pm; Sun 1:30 pm - 6:30 pm. www.spca.org. 803.643.0564 . Pointers! More than just bird dogs. Many beautiful purebred Pointers of all ages available for pets or for hunting. See them on the web at www.pointerescue.org. ANIMAL CARE Horses And Hounds Aiken. Pet & Horse-Sitting. Reasonable Rates, Bonded and Insured, Vet Assistant.
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Black Jack Beagle Club Field Trial. Club Grounds, Bishopville, SC. David P Boyce, 803.774.3800, firstname.lastname@example.org. 31-Feb.3 Greater Atlanta AKC Dog Show. Atlanta Exposition Center South, 3850 Jonesboro Road, Atlanta, GA. 405.427.8181, email@example.com.
NATIONAL SPAY & NEUTER MONTH 2-3 Obedience Show and Rally hosted by Charlotte Dog Training Club. Piedmont Kennel Club Showplace, 13607 Choate Circle, Charlotte, NC. Ginger Robertson, 912.308.1007, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.charlottedogtraining.com. 8 Sandhill Beagle Club Field Trial. Boy & Chewing Road, Cheraw, SC. Eddie Brock, 843.253.2871, www.akc.org. 8-10 Atlanta Golden Retriever Club Agility Show. T.Ed Garrison Arena, 1101 W. Queen Street, Pendleton, SC. Mari Magmer, 404.217.8746, email@example.com. 9-10 Hunting Test hosted by Vizsla Club of the Carolinas. Armenia Hill Fleming Farms, 917 Armenia Road, Chester, SC. Abbie Hanson, 803.943.6521, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.carolinavizsla.org. 10 Tracking Event hosted by Oconee River Kennel Club. Charles Osborne Farm, 1611 Cedar Road, Watkinsville, GA. Susan Schef Wells, 706.769.9673, email@example.com, www. oconeeriverkennelclub.org. 11-12 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Madison Square Garden, New York, NY. www.westminsterkennelclub. org 14-17 Greenville Dog Show. TD Convention Center, 1 Expositon Avenue, Greenville, SC. Libby Sigmon, 704.798.5670, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bulldogclubofgreenvillesc.org. 15-16 The Atlanta Expo. Georgia International Horsepark, 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers, GA. 770.883.4732, email@example.com. 22 Poplar Branch Beagle Club Field Trial. Club Running Grounds, Moore Road, Aiken, SC. Barbara Brooks, 803.564.6551, firstname.lastname@example.org. 22 Palmetto Retriever Club Field Trial. H. Cooper Black Jr. Memorial Field Trial Area, Patrick, SC. Julie Janke, 843.362.0406, email@example.com. 23 Hunting Test hosted by North Georgia Beagle Club. 1339 Elliott Family Parkway, Dawsonville, GA. Julie Lovely, 706.867.1439. 23-24 Bulldog Club of Metropolitan Atlanta Dog Show. Haralson County Livestock Pavillion, 1812 Macedonia Church Road, Buchanan, GA. Wayne Rush, 770.841.9031, dawgdoctor@ bellsouth.net.
Herding Test hosted by Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of Greater Atlanta, Inc. Woods End Farm, 2221 Salem Road, Watkinsville, GA. Lynda Mckee, 770.943.0995, tifflynldm@ aol.com, www.gacorgiclub.org. Hunting Test hosted by Armenia Winds Pointing Breeds Club. Armenia Hill Fleming Farms, 2917 Armenia Road, Chester, SC. Joy Fleming, 803.377.7937.
Dog Show hosted by Hilton Head Island Kennel Club. Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, William Hilton Parkway, US Hwy 278, Hilton Head, SC. Onofrio Dog Shows, 405.427.8181, firstname.lastname@example.org. 2-3 Hunting Test hosted by Boykin Spaniel Club & Breeders Association of America. Spring Farms, 1170 White Plains Road, Mountville, SC. Troy Blalock, 803.206.8984, jblalock@scana. com, www.BoykinSpanielClub.org. 2-3 Obedience Show hosted by Winston-Salem Dog Training Club, Inc. Winston-Salem Dog Training Club, 3800 Bethania Station Road, Winston-Salem, NC. Olivia Perkins, 336.766.9081, email@example.com, www.wsdtc.org. 8-10 Charlotte Agility Show. Piedmont Kennel Club Showplace, 13607 Choate Circle, Charlotte, NC. www.charlottedogtraining.com. 8-10 Agility Show hosted by Four Paw Agility Club of North Georgia. Wills Park Equestrian Center, Wills Coliseum, 11915 Wills Road, Alpharetta, GA. Jane Mohr, 615.406.3380, firstname.lastname@example.org. 9 Hunting Test hosted by Chattahoochee Weimaraner Club. Scharpf Farm, 184 Register Road, Gordon, GA. Mary Ellen Macke, 404.310.5933, email@example.com, www.chattahoocheeweim.org. 9-10 Hunting Test hosted by American Chesapeake Club, Inc. Cooper Black Wildlife Management Area, Cheraw, SC. Marsha Pearson, 704.473.2883, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. amchessieclub.org. 9-10 Obedience Show and Rally hosted by Atlanta Obedience Club, Inc. Atlanta Obedience Club Building, 1193-D Beaver Ruin Road, Norcross, GA. Mary Keenan, 770.513.4963, email@example.com, www.atlantaobedienceclub.com. 15-17 Agility Show hosted by Canine Capers Agility Club of Greater Atlanta. Wills Park Equestrian Center, Wills Coliseum, 11915 Wills Road, Alpharetta, GA. Chris Danielly, 770.787.7470, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.caninecapersagility. com. 16-17 Earth Dog Event hosted by Atlanta Terrier Club. The Canine Ranch, 165 Doug Smith Lane, Canton, GA. Carolyn Wolters, 770.889.7156, email@example.com, www.atlantaterrierclub.org. 20-24 Raleigh Dog Show. NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC. 336.379.9352, firstname.lastname@example.org. 22-24 Agility Show hosted by Youngsville Agility Club of North Carolina. Teamworks Dog Training, 195 Robbins Road, Youngsville, NC. Patty Novak, 919.803.7142, email@example.com, www.youngsvilleagilityclub.com. 23-24 Obedience Show and Rally hosted by Dog Obedience Club of Greenville, Inc. Simpsonville Senior and Activity Center, 310 West Curtis Street, Simpsonville, SC. Christopher Brooks, 864.292.0876, firstname.lastname@example.org. 28-31 Concord Dog Show. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 Highway 49 North, Concord, NC. 336.379.9352, mbf@ infodog.com, www.columbiakennelclub.org. 30-31 Newnan Dog Show. Newnan Kennel Club, Coweta County Fairground, 275 Pine Road, Newnan, GA. 405.427.8181, email@example.com, www.newnankennelclub.org.
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