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hen I was little, like all kids who love animals, I wanted a dog. But we had cats, and my mother said we couldn’t have a dog. I was sure at some point we would get one, so I prepared myself by reading books. By the time I was in the fourth grade, I had read all the dog books in the school library. I knew how to train a puppy to come, sit and stay. I knew about house training and hand signals, and was ready to practice my skills should the need arise. It didn’t. Despairing of getting a puppy, I trained one of the cats to roll over on command. She didn’t like to do it – it always entailed a lot of meowing and smoked turkey, but after numerous training sessions she would flop to the floor while I begged and cajoled. Well, most of the time, anyway. When I did get a puppy as an adult, I discovered that it is a lot easier to train a dog than a cat. My puppy, the amazing Scout, learned everything so effortlessly she was more like a small furry person than a dog. She listened to what you said to her, and always seemed to be trying to understand the conversation. She definitely had a different kind of intelligence than my reluctant trained cat. Scout thought she was a person and was always ready to enter into human activities. She also really wanted to please me, no matter what silly thing I taught her to do. In the end, training for dogs is more important than for cats. Of course you have to teach your cat to use the litter box and not to scratch you or jump on the table and eat your sandwich, but other than that, there isn’t much that a cat needs to do. Cats are smaller and have less destructive potential than dogs, though of course, there are destructive cats. But untrained dogs can be more than just a nuisance. They can be downright dangerous. For a dog to be considered an acceptable member of a household or a society, he has to be either trained or trainable. He has to appear smart.
In fact, when people select a dog for a pet, one of the main things they say they are looking for is a dog that is smart. Although some people really do want a dog with above average intelligence, most people just want one that pays attention to them and is willing to learn some basic commands. Dogs living in households are generally prepared to do this. Those in animal shelters, however, can be at a major disadvantage. Even if they had a good start to life, spending time in the stressful shelter environment they can lose their focus and appear less intelligent than they actually are. This makes them less appealing to potential adopters. To combat this, the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare is startimg a training program called Phideaux University. In this program, dogs learn to offer some basic behaviors that make them seem smarter, and will help them find new homes and stay in them. Read about that program on page 12. We also have our breed feature on the Boykin Spaniel, a hunting dog that makes an excellent household companion and has a personality that owners describe as “addictive.” The Boykin, the official state dog of South Carolina, was developed in Camden. If you haven’t met these dogs before, you will be surprised that you haven’t heard more about such an appealing breed. Finally, we have a story about Dog Days Workshop, Aiken’s own indoor dog training facility, where Aiken’s smart dogs can practice their skills. Of course we also have news from around the area and the world, our regional calendar, and lots of fantastic pictures. We hope you enjoy the issue. Please let us know if you have some dog news, or if there is a subject you think we should cover. Our December issue will feature the English setter, a dog with a long history in Aiken, and an active following here now. Have a great fall!
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Our cover shows Mercury Rising, known to her family as Heat, a Boykin Spaniel owned by Cyndi and Joe Copeland. Read about Boykins on page 10 Photography by Gary Knoll The Dog and Hound Policies: The opinions expressed herein are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publishers, editors, or the policies of The Aiken Horse, LLC. The Dog and Hound is owned by The Aiken Horse, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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Dog News September 2012 The Albrecht Center
The Aiken SPCA is now called the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Wellness. Its new facility on Willow Run Road has been completed, and animals and services are moving in this fall. The new building encompasses 17,000 square feet and includes dog kennels, cat colonies, adoption rooms, a gift shop, a conference and training room and a state-of-the art veterinary clinic. The dedicated spay-neuter facility is set up following a high-tech “high volume-low cost” model that allows veterinarians to operate
shelter and adoption facility. It will offer dog training, pet counseling, and educational events for children. The low cost spay and neuter clinic will serve animals in Aiken and surrounding areas. Some people may not have the ability to bring their animals to the shelter, which historically, has limited their access to these services. The SPCA will send a van out to them, pick up the animal and transport it back to the clinic. After the operation, the van will bring the animal home. The new facility has the ability to perform as many as
extremely quickly and efficiently, easily performing 40 surgeries in a day. The center was designed by Blue Sky Animal Care Architecture, a firm based in Massachusetts and Colorado that specializes in creating state-of-the-art animal care facilities. The new shelter is much larger than the old one, but it is not designed to house more animals. Rather, it is intended to hold them more humanely and comfortably. “All the dogs and cats will have windows or a view to a window,” says Chrissey Miller, who is the development director for the Albrecht Center. “All of our offices and all the volunteer areas are on the inside, with no windows.” The kennels are completely enclosed with glass doors in the front and raised areas in the back where the dogs can sleep – the plan is to outfit each kennel with a donated Kuranda bed, which is an elevated dog bed that looks like a cot. The cat colonies include hanging walkways and high perches – there is even an enclosed porch so the cats can enjoy the fresh air. There are outdoor dog runs so that the dogs will have a place to exercise while their kennels are being cleaned. The facility is spacious, modern and inviting. It is intended to be much more than just a
12,000 surgeries a year. It is hoped that expanded access to spay and neuter services will help lower the number of unwanted dogs and cats in the Aiken area. The grand opening for the Albrecht Center is scheduled for September 30. For more information, visit www.spca-albrecht. org.
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job is to pick up dog waste and dispose of it properly. They work for dog shows, dog parks and private residences. Some also install and service waste stations in public and private areas, with waste receptacles and dispensers for special biodegradable dog waste bags. Professional pooper scoopers got their start in urban areas, but they are now setting up shop in smaller cities and towns across America. If you live in the Aiken area, you can enlist the services of a private company called Call of Dooty. This business is owned and run by David Parks, who says he got into it when he was looking for something to do after he retired from his job at the fire department. He toyed with opening a pizza franchise, but then he went to the aPaws pooper scooper convention, which was in Atlanta about five years ago, and he decided to give it a try. Today, he scoops for private residences and has contracts with a number of homeowners’ associations. He says he is often called in by realtors so that he can clean up a yard before showings or marketing pictures. This summer, he worked at the annual Greenville Dog Show. “I do enjoy it,” he says. “You meet different people in all walks of life. You also feel like you’re helping out – sometimes you notice that there is something abnormal, and you can let the dog owner know so they can get the dog to the vet. It’s interesting, and it keeps me
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Picking up dog poop is not exactly a glamorous activity, but is a fact of life. It is also becoming a way of life for some people who have discovered that is a service that needs to be done, and that people will pay for it. The Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists (aPaws), which is holding its tenth annual Pooper Scooper convention in Las Vegas this October, has 800 members, a number that is growing all the time. There are pooper scooper franchises, as well as privately owned pooper scooper businesses. Their
busy.” When the weather is cool, David often rides around town with his rescue dog “Scoop Dog.” David’s services are reasonably priced, and depend on the number of dogs and the frequency of the service. One dog, once a week is $10; twice a week is $15. Two dogs, twice a week is $19 per week. There are discounts for the senior citizens and for service dogs. One time clean-up and commercial services depend on the individual job.
There are about 78 million pet dogs in this country, producing over 4.4 billion pounds of waste a year – enough to cover 900 football fields with 12 inches of it, according to the aPaws website. The proper disposal of all of this dog doo is a public health concern as well as a matter that sometimes pits neighbor against neighbor. Some condominium associations have required dog owners to submit DNA samples from their dogs, so if someone does leave a pile in a public area, it can be traced back to the guilty party. The company that does this is called Poo Prints, and they now have clients in 28 states, Singapore and Israel. So much for the “not my dog” excuse. Dog waste generally ends up in public landfills, where it generates methane gas, an important contributor to the greenhouse effect. An artist and entrepreneur named Matthew Mazzotta in Cambridge, Massachusetts was concerned about this, and so, with the participation of the Massachusetts Institute of technology, he invented a special digester that captures the gas and allows it to be used to create energy. The first use of this digester was to power an old-fashioned gas streetlight in a dog park – dog walkers make their deposits, creating free fuel for the lamp. The Park Spark project is currently looking for six cities that are interested in exploiting its technology. Perhaps Aiken could be one of them? Imagine old fashioned streetlamps at Odell Weeks. For more information on pooper scooper services in Aiken, visit www.callofdooty.com. To learn more about dog-poop power, go to www. parksparkproject.com
Siberian husky and one quarter Airedale terrier was variously identified as a lab, an American Staffordshire terrier, a border collie and a pointer. Several purebred dogs were misidentified. One purebred beagle was called a beagle, a basset hound, a foxhound or a pug. A purebred wheaten terrier was mistaken for a poodle mix or a cocker spaniel mix. It turns out that people, even experts, tend to see what they expect to see in dogs. If you have ever wondered why there are so many “pit bulls” and “lab mixes” out there, this may be the reason. Take a look at the dogs in the survey and see for yourself: www. sheltermedicine.vetmed.ufl.edu.
Kids With Dogs
If you want your kids to grow up healthy and happy, one of the best things to do is get a dog. This is according to a recent study in the Journal of Pediatrics, which found that children who lived with dogs or cats during their first year got sick less frequently than
How good do you think you are at identifying what breeds are in mixed breed dogs? The Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine conducted a study in the spring to see how accurate dog professionals are at guessing what’s in the mix of typical dogs that come into shelters. These guesses were compared to DNA breed profiles. More than 5,000 experts participated in the study, including breeders, trainers, groomers, veterinarians, shelter staff and rescuers. The results were revealing, to say the least. They showed that breed identification by visual assessment alone is completely unreliable. It turned out that only a small minority of the experts could pick out even one of the breeds identified by DNA analysis. The survey included 119 dogs. Their pictures, along with their DNA results, are available on the web. Many of the dogs were identified as belonging to common breeds: Golden Retriever, Pit Bull, Labrador. Many of these dogs had no trace of any of these breeds. For instance, a dog whose DNA revealed him to be half Catahoula leopard dog, one quarter
kids whose households don’t have animals. While both dogs and cats offered some protection, dogs had a significantly larger effect on health. The study, which followed 400 babies in Finland, showed that those in dog-owning homes were 31 percent more likely to be in good health than those in no-pet homes. They were an astounding 44 percent less likely to have ear infections and 29 percent less likely to have been put on antibiotics during their first year. They were also less likely to develop upper respiratory tract symptoms and have fewer allergies overall – not just fewer pet allergies. Researchers theorize that dogs help make babies healthier by exposing their immune systems to a regular dose of germs. This helps
the babies develop stronger natural defenses. The babies who were healthiest lived in households with dogs that spent 18 hours a day outside, giving them ample opportunity to bring in dirt and bacteria. Earlier studies on pet owning have shown that children exposed to pets during their first year have lower chances of developing allergies later on. So go ahead and let the kids pat the dirty dog. It’s good for them.
Shake, Shake, Shake
Have you ever stood next to your dog when he comes out of a pool, or worse yet, a mud puddle? If so, you know that he has an extremely efficient way of getting all that water (or mud) out of his coat and onto your pant leg. He just gives a hearty shake, and in no time at all, he is dry, and you are on your way to the dry cleaner. Recently, researchers and engineers at Georgia Tech decided to study the way dogs shake the water out of their fur. They had a serious purpose: to discover new self-drying mechanisms that might be used when cleaning hard-to-access equipment, such as components inside a camera, solar panels, or parts of space vehicles. The researchers used highspeed video to record a variety of different mammals as they shook water out of their coats. They discovered that dogs can shake about 70 percent of the water out of their fur in four seconds. The can do this because their loose skin amplifies and accelerates the motion they create with their backbones. While their backbones can only go 30 degrees in either direction, their skin can swing 90 degrees. “The loose skin lets the dog whip much farther and faster to the left and right,” said David Hu, an engineer working on the project who was interviewed by the New York Daily News. “This results in three times the amplitude, three times the velocity and nine times the centrifugal force.” The Georgia tech researchers believe that dogs might have evolved to have loose skin specifically to help them dry themselves. They note that wet fur does not insulate well. If they were unable to shake themselves dry, dogs would have to expend significant amounts of energy to dry themselves using body heat. Being able to shake dry quickly would confer an evolutionary advantage. So next time you are standing next to a wet dog, remember: it’s not you imagination. He really can transfer all the water from his fur to your clothing with a simple, four-second shake.
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Dogs Earn Degrees At Phideaux University
by Pam Gleason, photography by Gary Knoll
t’s no secret that dogs in animal shelters are living in a stressful situation. No matter how nice the shelter or how well they are cared for, they are still not at home. They don’t have their own people, their own routines, or, perhaps most important, their own jobs. As a result, especially if they are in the shelter for a long time, they have a tendency to become unfocused, unhappy and even neurotic. They might be overexcited when they leave their kennels, or the may display undesirable behaviors such as barking and pulling on the leash. This makes them harder to adopt, creating a vicious circle that keeps them in the shelter even longer. “The ‘no kill’ concept is a noble undertaking,” says Ann Kinney, who works with dogs at the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare in Aiken. “But shelters weren’t designed to house large numbers of animals for long periods of time. If we are going to make a commitment to keep these dogs ‘safe’ until they are adopted, we need to do a better job of
managing their mental and emotional health.” Ann has been the driving force behind a new training program at the center called Phideaux University. In this program, each adoptable dog is reimagined as a college student, and the shelter itself is reimagined as a university. Dog kennels are compared to dormitories. No, the dogs are not home, but instead of being considered animals warehoused in a shelter until someone gets them out, they are seen as students in an educational program who are there to earn a degree. Each dog is given daily exercise and attention by volunteer “resident assistants” (normally known as dog walkers.) The core of the program is regular interaction with a volunteer trainer, who is known as an “academic advisor.” Volunteer academic advisors train the dogs following a specific protocol that has been developed for shelter dogs. The training was created to encourage the dogs to offer calm, appealing behaviors, and to pay attention to whoever is on the other end of the leash. The main behaviors that the dogs must learn are sit, down, wait and relax. Rather than following a traditional training protocol in which trainers might teach the dogs the command “sit” or “down”, academic advisors
encourage the dogs to “offer” these behaviors in exchange for a treat. “This makes the dogs think for themselves more,” says Ann. “When he’s learning to sit, I don’t use the word ‘sit. ’ I just have him offer these good behaviors. You can always name the behavior later. The whole point is that people come in here all day long to adopt animals. If we were too precise about how we’re training the dogs, then we would have to take an hour to train potential adopters how to handle them. If the dogs can just show that they have the ability to learn, and that they are calm and paying attention, they will appear to be a little smarter. It makes it easier for someone to see the dog’s potential.” Ann has been working regularly with dogs at the old Aiken SPCA on Wire Road since the spring, and she has seen a big difference in the dogs’ mental well-being, as well as in their behavior. “I’ve seen amazing progress,” she says, noting that the SPCA started a pilot program about two years ago. “We took five dogs that had been here for a minimum of 18 months when we started working with them. They were all adopted within five or six weeks, and they have not come back to us.” Several dogs that Ann has been working with this spring and summer have also found their “forever” homes. “I like to work with black dogs because black dogs are easily overlooked” she says. “I work the most with the ones that I am worried could be here the longest, with the ones that have been here longest, and with the young dogs that act wild and crazy. It doesn’t just teach them to offer desirable behaviors, it also gives them something to focus on, which calms them down.” According to Ann, there are several differences between working with shelter dogs and training your own dogs. “These dogs aren’t bonded to you. Sometimes, depending how long they’ve been here, they’ve lost the ability to connect with people, so they tend to be very unfocused, very distracted and just wanting to get out. They don’t notice you very much. The only way I can really get their attention and get their focus is by having really good treats.” Ann and a few other volunteers have been working with the dogs in the small and busy lobby of the old SPCA facility. When shelter operations move to the new building on Willow Run Road this fall, she will be able to use the spacious training room there instead. The plan is to recruit a number of volunteers to act as academic advisors (trainers) who will come and work with the dogs for at least two 20-minute sessions each week. Each academic advisor will learn the Phideaux University training plan, and then be assigned to specific “students.” Every dog in the adoption wing will be considered a student in the university. The dogs themselves will be given the opportunity to earn various “degrees.” When a dog can “sit”,”down” and “relax” reliably, he will earn an undergraduate degree in “petiquette” or basic manners. After this, he will be able to go “off-campus” to various approved locations, such as the Aiken Dog Park, as part of further study to earn his master’s degree and Ph.D. A dog that earns a master’s knows how to “wait”, to “wait for food” and “wait at the door.” If the dog remains at the shelter after he earns the master’s, he may graduate to learning endearing tricks, such as shaking hands, rolling over and playing dead. All of the learning at Phideaux University culminates in the most prized degree of all, the Ph.D. Of course, dogs may earn this degree at any point in the program: the letters stand for Permanently homed Dog, which is the ultimate goal for any dog that finds itself in a shelter. The SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare is actively seeking volunteers to train and socialize dogs, as well as donations to Phideaux University. Volunteers must be 16 years old or older. If you are interested, contact the volunteer coordinator, Sarah Hodges: 803.648.6863 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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South Carolina’s Open Secret The Boykin Spaniel
by Pam Gleason, Photography by Gary Knoll
A Spartanburg Stray
they get into a hunting situation, they are all business. Boykins are high energy and they need a job. They are happiest when they can exercise their considerable retrieving skills, and they are renowned for their endurance and their ability to work in hot conditions. The Boykin Spaniel Society, based in Camden, S.C., holds a national hunting test each spring, and Boykins regularly compete in trials sanctioned by the Hunting Retriever Club and the North American Hunting Retriever Association. The Boykin Spaniel Club and Breeders Association of America puts on AKC recognized hunt tests.
church. Some reports have the dog following him into the pew, others claim the dog waited for him outside during the service. Some say it was a Methodist Church; others say a Presbyterian church. (Even the Southern Baptists have gotten into this debate, claiming that any dog that loves water as much as the Boykin is clearly a Baptist.) In any case, after the service was over, White took the dog home. The little spaniel, called Dumpy, proved himself an intelligent, eager learner. No one knows exactly where he came from. There is some speculation that he may have wandered away from a traveling circus,
eople who own Boykin Spaniels sometimes refer to them as “the South’s best kept secret.” They are medium-sized chocolate brown dogs, often with curly hair and beautiful golden eyes. Alert and active, they were developed as hunting dogs, and they excel as retrievers both in the field and on the water. Their small size makes them easy to carry in a boat, and their companionable nature makes them a joy to have in the home. But there is some other appealing quality to Boykins that their owners can’t quite describe. “They have an addictive personality,” says Eric Grubbs, who is the executive director of the nationwide Boykin Spaniel Rescue. “I’ve had border collies, labs and leopard dogs. When I got my first Boykin, I wasn’t expecting the dog to be so unique. My current dog is the most loyal and loving companion I’ll ever have. It’s hard to put into words. They’re so intelligent and they love to please – they’re truly a breed apart.” “There’s an extra kick to their personalities,” says Bill Rundorff, an Aiken resident who, along with his wife Ann, has two Boykins. “They’re bright and quick and they really bond to one person.” Many people who have Boykins say they were first attracted to the dogs because of their dual nature as working hunting dogs and devoted family pets. Although they can be quiet and calm in the house, once
The Boykin is a native South Carolina dog bred specifically to hunt wild turkeys and ducks in the Wateree River and swamp. Back in the early part of the 19th century, hunters often used section boats, which were three-part boats that could be shipped easily by train and wagon, and then bolted together once they were on the river. Each section could also be used as its own one-man boat, just big enough for a single hunter and compact dog. Larger retrievers could overwhelm these boats with their weight and capsize them when jumping out to retrieve or when getting back in with a downed bird. Hunters were always looking for a small, agile retriever that wouldn’t “rock the boat.” Two men, L. Whitaker Boykin and Alexander White, can be credited with establishing the Boykin breed. The two were devoted hunters and lifelong friends, although White lived in Spartanburg and Boykin lived 130 miles away near Columbia. Boykin was a farmer and a hunter, and he used to take visiting Northerners out hunting on the Wateree. White was a man so formal that he reportedly always wore a coat and tie, even when shooting turkey. The story goes that one Sunday he was walking to church in Spartanburg, when he happened to see a small brown curlyhaired dog. It was sometime between 1905 and 1910, no one knows for sure. White stopped to pet the dog, and the dog followed him to
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since these often came to Spartanburg in the first decade of the 20th century. Whatever his origin, he impressed White with his retrieving abilities. Not having the time to train him properly, White sent the dog by rail to Whit Boykin. Boykin worked with him, and found him to be extraordinary. According to his youngest daughter, Wrennie, Dumpy was the only dog in her father’s kennel ever to gain house privileges. Dumpy was exactly what Boykin was looking for: a superior retriever in a compact size. Boykin soon began searching for a mate, and found one in a reddish brown dog left in a crate at the train station in Camden, apparently shipped there but never claimed by her owner. They named the female dog Singo, and all Boykins today are said to be descended from her first litter with Dumpy. Over the years, Boykin selected other dogs to add to the bloodline. By the 1920s, his dogs were known in the area as Mr. Boykin’s spaniels, Boykin retrievers or just “those hunting spaniels from Boykin.” Many different breeds likely contributed to the Boykin, including the American water spaniel, the Chesapeake Bay retriever, the springer spaniel and the cocker spaniel. The first breed organization, the Boykin Spaniel Society, was formed in 1977, and the studbook was created in 1979. The Boykin was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1985. In the 1990s, the Boykin Spaniel Club and Breeders Association of America was created to promote Boykins and to lobby for acceptance by the American Kennel Club. The Boykin was finally recognized by the AKC in 2007.
vet, Charlie Timmerman, who happens to own Boykins. When they found out that the Boykin was a great hunter and a superior companion dog, they got their first one. It was not long before they had two more. These days, most of their vacations involve traveling around the country with their Boykins, hunting for dove and waterfowl and participating in various hunting and retrieving trials, as well as agility competitions. They have a two-man kayak that they take their dogs out in, and a travel trailer so that they don’t have to stay in hotels. They have been a lot of places – Arkansas, Louisiana and Georgia, to name a few. “They travel well,” says Cyndi. “They’re the quintessential little hunting dog, and a perfect house dog. There is something special about them – they’re very soulful.” Bill Rundorff has also found himself occupied by the Boykin world. He hunts and participates in field trials, and was recently elected to the board of directors of the Boykin Spaniel Club. “I’m 64,” he says. “There are a lot of guys my age who have these dogs, and we’ve gotten to be very good friends.” Boykin Spaniel Rescue is another proof of Boykin owners’ commitment to their dogs. BSR was founded to help purebred Boykins in trouble, no matter where they are. The rescue is headquartered in Camden, but relies on a nationwide network of foster homes and rescuers. The rescue helps about 70 dogs a year, which costs it an average of $650 per dog in veterinary and other bills. The adoption fee from BSR is just $250, but it is all worth it to ensure the safety and happiness of every dog. “When we adopt out a dog, we don’t put him in a home because it is close to where he is being fostered,” says Eric Grubbs. “We make sure every dog goes into the right home for that dog, no matter where it is.” Eric says that BSR depends on donations from very caring owners. “We make it a point not to leave any dogs behind,” he says. Not many breed rescues can make this claim. Owners love their Boykins for their energy, attentiveness and intelligence, as well as for their beauty. With a special charisma that seems to draw people in, the Boykin may not be a well known breed outside of the South, but its reputation is spreading. It won’t be long before it is not a secret any more.
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Today, the Boykin spaniel is a popular dog in the Southeast, with the main concentration of dogs in North and South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. Although Boykins have traditionally been a rare breed, they are growing in popularity and can now be found across the United States. In 1985, they were recognized as South Carolina’s official breed, with September 1, the start of dove hunting season, declared Boykin Spaniel Day. People who own Boykins are a devoted group, who often find the dogs at the center of their lives. “We don’t have children – these are our children,” says Cyndi Copeland, an Aiken resident who, with her husband Joe, owns three Boykins. Cyndi and Joe were looking for a King Charles spaniel as a pet when they came upon Boykins by accident. “Joe saw one in an antique store in Camden,” says Cyndi. “We didn’t know what they were.” Since Joe was interested in having a hunting dog, he was intrigued. They asked their
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Regional Calendar of Events
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Raleigh Dog Show (see www.akc.org for breeds and divisions). NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC. www.akc.org. Cabarrus Beagle Club Field Trial. Club Grounds, Barr Road, 3 Miles NW, Concord, NC. Paul Bell, 704.982.5152, www.akc.org. Canine Capers Agility Club of Greater Atlanta Agility Show. Wills Park Equestrian Center, Wills Coliseum, 11915 Wills Road, Alpharetta, GA. www. caninecapersagility.com. HPF Paws and Planes Festival. Dogs on leash welcome. Marietta History Museum, Aviation Wing, 550 Perrin Road, Marietta, GA. 770.289.5008, email@example.com. Charity Dog Wash. Benefiting Ahimsa House. Red Bandanna Natural Pet Foods, 3600 Dallas Highway, Marietta, GA. 404.496.4038, info@ahimsahouse. org. K9 Daze. Open field. Darcy Quinlan, 770.887.4417. Waggin’ at the Waterpark. A fun-filled day to run, splash and play with your 4 legged family members. Discovery Island Waterpark, Southside Park, 417 Baldwin Road, Simpsonville, SC. 864.288.6470 ex:126, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. bringfido.com. Dog Day Afternoon. Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark, 8888 University Boulevard, North Charleston, SC. 843.795.4386, www.bringfido.com. Obedience Trials (Unbenched). 8am-7pm. Official Supporter Animal Rehabilitation Fitness Center. Aiken Dog Training Club, Black Forest Equestrian Center, 4343 Banks Mill Road, Aiken, SC. Yappy Hour at Aiken Pet Fitness and Rehab. 307 Willow Run Road, Aiken S.C. 803.226.0012. 4:30 -7:30. www.petfitnessandrehab.com. Quail Farm Beagle Club of North Carolina Field Trial. Quail Farm Beagle, 6411 Quail Farm Road, Mebane, NC. David R. Day, 336.421.5801, www.akc. org. Homeless Pets Foundation Night at the Braves Game. Benefiting Homeless Pets Foundation. Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Drive Southeast, Atlanta, GA. www.bringfido.com. Pinehurst Dog Show (see www.akc.org for breeds and divisions). Pinehurst Harness Track and Polo Field, NC Highway 5, Pinehurst, NC. www.akc.org. Shetland Sheepdog Club of Georgia, Inc. Agility Show. T. Ed Garrison Arena, 1101 W. Queen Street, Pendleton, SC. Chris Danielly, 770.787.7470, email@example.com. Paws In The Park. K-9 training demonstrations, a pet parade and contest, and an opportunity for attendees to take the “Paw Print Pledge” – agreeing to always be responsible and clean up after pets. Swift Cantrell Park, 3140 Old Hwy 41, Kennesaw, GA. 770.424.8274, www.bringfido.com.
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Down East Hunting Retriever Club of North Carolina Hunting Test. Nature Center, Kinston, NC. Keith Maready, 252.916.6986, kmaready@suddenlink. net, www.dehrc.com. Atlanta Retriever Club Hunting Test. Backwater Farm, Buckhead, GA. Kate Hovan, 404.680.5256, firstname.lastname@example.org. Lure Beagle Club Field Trial. Clubhouse & Running Grounds, Pea Ridge Road, Bostic, NC. William Lemon, 828.245.0344. Yappy Hour. Bring your favorite furry friend to enjoy live music by Taco Donkey and beverages at Yappy Hour. James Island County Park dog park, 871 Riverland Drive, Charleston, SC. 843.795.4386, www.bringfido.com. Camp Unleashed. Take your dog on a 4-day weekend retreat just 30 miles from Asheville, NC. Camp Green Cove, 617 Green Cove Road, Zirconia, NC. www. bringfido.com. Whitmire Coonhunters Association Nite Hunt. Clubhouse, Whitmire, SC. Roger Enlow, 864.923.5431, email@example.com. North West Coon Club of North Carolina Nite Hunt. Northwest CC of NC, Warrensville, NC. Randy Mahaffey, 336.977.0714. Central Georgia Beagle Club Field Trial. 200 Thompson Creek Road, Hampton, GA. Joe Hodges, 770.757.9782, firstname.lastname@example.org. Atlanta Retriever Club Field Trial. Backwater Farm, Buckhead, GA. Kyle Broussard, 678.485.2717, email@example.com. Rabbits Unlimited of South Carolina Field Trial. 1112 Old Landfill Road, Due West, SC. Dennis E. Owens, 864.617.0155, firstname.lastname@example.org. Central Georgia Beagle Club Field Trial. 200 Thompson Creek Road, Hampton, GA. Joe Hodges, 770.757.9782, email@example.com. Canine Crime Scene Investigation. Barnes Horse Farm, 3028 Horseshoe Springs Dr NE, Conyers, GA. 404.403.8682, firstname.lastname@example.org. Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association Agility Show. Haywood County Fairgrounds, 758 Crabtree Road, Waynesville, NC. www.dnet.net/wcdfa. Winston-Salem Dog Training Club, Inc. Obedience Show and Rally. Winston-Salem Dog Training Club, 3800 Bethania Station Road, WinstonSalem, NC. Olivia Perkins, 336.766.9081, email@example.com, www.wsdtc.org. AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day. Event Hours 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free admission. Holshouser Building, NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Raleigh, NC. 919-816-3717, NCRDODAY@akc.org, www.akc.org/ clubs/rdod/events. Strut Your Mutt. Benefiting Concerned Citizens for Animals. Paris Mountain, 2401 State Park Road, Shelter A, Greenville, SC. www.bringfido.com. The Atlanta BBQ. The American Bully Kennel Club presents triple american bully and french bulldog show. Georgia International Horsepark, 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers, GA. 770.648.9237, austin@ atlantakennel.net.
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Dog Days Workshop Indoor Training in Aiken
By Mary Jane Howell, photography by Gary Knoll It was a case of life imitating fiction. Nancy Webster had been a longtime fan of Susan Conant’s mysteries, which feature Holly Winter, a dog lover and magazine writer who solves a variety of criminal cases with the help of her canine friends. Many of the books are set at a dog training facility, and Nancy had long thought that she would like to own such a business when the time was right (without the murders, of course!) With 30 years of showing, training and rescuing dogs under her belt, Nancy’s dream came true in the summer of 2011 when she opened Dogs Days Workshop on Park Avenue in Aiken. Although her regular job as the practice manager for Aiken Animal Hospital keeps her occupied during the day, the evenings and weekends are filled with a wide variety of classes at the spacious indoor facility. “When I found this building it had been designed for commercial use, but it just had the right feel for what I wanted to do,” she says. “I wanted a place that was a safe indoor environment – and obviously by being indoors we don’t lose training time because of inclement weather or intense heat.”
Dog Days Workshop is a facility that is open to local trainers as well as individual owners. There are a variety of classes held in the evenings and, for those in need of some one-on-one time, individual training sessions can be scheduled during the day. “We offer classes in obedience, conformation and rally,” explains Nancy. The training area of Dog Days is set up with the exact dimensions of an AKC show ring and is fully matted so dogs and people can practice their skills in a formal setting. The facility can also be rented to individuals who want a quiet practice with their own dog or dogs. “We have seven trainers available to clients and classes that encompass every level of training,” continues Nancy. “One of my goals is to help people who have adopted shelter dogs train them correctly so they don’t get returned.” Nancy also loves making sure that puppies get the right start to life, since
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a well-trained, well-behaved puppy has a much better chance at staying in a forever home. Nancy enjoys teaching regular six-week-long classes for puppies that are about 3 to 5 months old, making sure that they are well-socialized, know some basic commands, and are ready for whatever further training their owners might want to pursue. “I couldn’t be happier with the way the business is growing,” she says. “We are getting busier and busier.” One of Nancy’s favorite evenings is Friday night, which is always especially busy. Each Friday, Dog Days offers a $5 practice session per person for one hour. Beginning at 6:30, there is a beginning obedience or conformation class, followed by an advanced obedience class. Each session is limited to 10 dogs, and reservations are strongly encouraged. Nancy got the idea for her “Friday Night Practice” from one of Susan Conant’s books. “In that particular mystery the local training facility offered what was called a Friday Night Special. I always remembered that, and when I opened Dog Days Workshop that was something that I brought to life.” Nancy says that it is important to her that both the people and the dogs feel comfortable in the space. She has definitely succeeded. The wide-open training area is welllit without being too bright. The front room of the building is painted in warm colors and offers an assortment of pet supplies, a comfortable leather sofa for lounging and the popular stickers “Wag More – Bark Less.” What breed is most popular at Dog Days? None in particular, Nancy says. In a recent obedience class there was a Doberman, two mixed breeds with an awful lot of lab in them, and two Australian shepherds. The Doberman was cool and collected and observed the session with a slight air of disdain, while the mixed labs just wanted to have fun. The Aussies were all business. Nancy stood in the center of the ring, waiting for the students to settle down. She looked absolutely at home – living her dream and loving the dogs. For more information, please visit www.dogdaysworkshop.com
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Habersham County Coon Hunters Association Bench Show and Nite Hunt. Habersham Co CHA, Demorest, GA. Eve Kinsey, 706.809.2328, evekinsey@ hotmail.com. Waggin’ at the Waterpark. Discovery Island Waterpark, Southside Park, 417 Baldwin Road, Simpsonville, SC. 864.288.6470 ex:126, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. bringfido.com. Paws In The Park. Swift Cantrell Park, 3140 Old Hwy 41, Kennesaw, GA. 770.424.8274, www.bringfido.com. Top Dogs Paw Festival. Top Dogs Pet Boutique, 2615 George Busbee Parkway, Suite 14, Kennesaw, GA. 770.218.0602, email@example.com. National Sheep Dog Finals. Klamath Falls, OR. www.sheepdogfinals.org. BeachBound Hounds 2012. Annual greyhound-owner’s weekend. Sea Mist Resort, 1200 South Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC. 864.995.3112, firstname.lastname@example.org. Central Savannah River Area Retriever Club Field Trial. Running Grounds, Lincolnton, GA. Tara Wilkes Jordan, 912.526.6757, email@example.com. Turkey Creek Beagle Club Hunting Test. 360 Evans Edwards Road, Ellenboro, NC. Lee Robinson, 828.736.2518, firstname.lastname@example.org. Riverview Landing Fall Festival. Riverview Landing, 6296 Riverview Road, S.E., Mableton, GA. www.bringfido.com.
Alpharetta Dog Show (see www.akc.org for breeds and divisions). Wills Park Equestrian Center, Wills Coliseum, 11915 Wills Road, Alpharetta, GA. www. akc.org. Greater Columbia Obedience Club, Inc. Agility Show. South Congaree Horse Arena, 301 Oak Street, West Columbia, SC. www.gcoc.net. Piedmont Kennel Club, Inc. Dog Show (see www.akc.org for breeds and divisions). Piedmont Kennel Club Showplace, 13607 Choate Circle, Charlotte, NC. Lou A Guthrie, 704.770.8656, email@example.com. Tuckasegee Beagle Club Hunting Test. Club Grounds, Ellenboro, NC. Barbara Mckay, 803.377.1179, firstname.lastname@example.org. Labrador Retriever Club of the Piedmont Hunting Test. H. Cooper Black Jr. Memorial Field Trial Area, Patrick, SC. Lee Hanes, 336.391.2558, blhanes@att. net, www.piedmontlabclub.com/home.cfm. Vizsla Club of Metro Atlanta Hunting Test. The Milner Lease, Milner, GA. Kathy Hansen, 404.414.5180, email@example.com, www.atlantavizsla. org. Asheville Kennel Club, Inc. Obedience Show. U.S. Army Reserve Center, 224 Louisiana Avenue, Asheville, NC. Susan Young, 828.273.9108, ivydogs@ verizon.net. Durham Kennel Club, Inc. Agility Show. Durham Kennel Club’s Land, 1700 Harris Road, Rougemont, NC. www.durhamkennelclub.com. Labrador Retriever Club of the Piedmont Hunting Test. H. Cooper Black Jr. Memorial Field Trial Area, Patrick, SC. Deborah Prince, 704.609.7618, www. piedmontlabclub.com/home.cfm. Carolinas Autumn Fest I and II. Sponsored by Carolinas Jack Russell Terrier Club. Martha Milligan, 704.289.8702, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. therealjackrussell.com.
Perry’s Coonhound Association Nite Hunt and Bench Show. Perry CHA Clubhouse, 361 Walker Road, Salley, SC. 803.309.1736, www.akc.org. Habersham County Coon Hunters Association Bench Show and Nite Hunt. Habersham Co CHA, Demorest, GA. Eve Kinsey, 706.809.2328, evekinsey@ hotmail.com.
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Emerald Coast Vizsla Club Field Trial. Quail Country Plantation, 1134 W Quail Country Road, Arlington, GA. Patty Hart, 954.647.6702, pjhart@ windstream.net. Youngsville Agility Club of North Carolina Agility Show. Teamworks Dog Training, 195 Robbins Road, Youngsville, NC. 919.270.7929, agilitydawgs@ earthlink.net, www.youngsvilleagilityclub.com. Jones Bridge Animal Hospital’s Stray Dog Strut 5k. New Balance Store Parking Lot, North Point Mall, 7300 North Point Parkway, Suite 104A, Alpharetta, GA. 770.410.0044, email@example.com. Howl-O-Weenie 2012. Benefiting DREAM Dachshund Rescue. Liane Levetan Park at Brook Run, 4770 N Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA. 404.366.5363, firstname.lastname@example.org. Vaccine Clinic. Farmville United Methodist Church, 6906 Fairmount Highway SE, Calhoun, GA. 706.624.3993, email@example.com. Augusta Kennel Club, Inc. Dog Show and Rally (see www.akc.org for breeds and divisions). North Augusta River Park, 100 Riverview Drive, North Augusta, SC. 336.379.9352, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.augustakennelclub.org Chattapoochee PetFest. Pet adoptions, crafts, food, prizes for the best pet costumes, appearances by Duluth’s Top Dog and much, much more. Chattapoochee Dog Park, 4291 Rogers Bridge Road, Duluth, GA. 770.232.7584, email@example.com. 10 Kennesaw Mountain Beagle Club Field Trial. 3 1/2 Miles Southeast Of Dallas, Ga On Mt. Tabor Road, Dallas, GA. Jeanne Matthews, 770.445.2807, www.akc.org. 11 Paw Prints “Dogumentary” at the Aiken Center for the Arts. Laurens St. Ticket sales to benefit the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare. 803.648.6863 11 Atlanta Beagle Club Field Trial. Kennesaw Mountain Beagle Club Running Ground, Dallas, GA. Jeanne Matthews, 770.445.2807, www.akc.org. 11 Yappy Hour. James Island County Park Dog Park. James Island County Park dog park, 871 Riverland Drive, Charleston, SC. 843.795.4386, www.bringfido.com. 12 Cove Creek Beagle Club Field Trial. Cove Creek Running Grounds, Pickens, SC. Sherren L. Powell, 864.419.8582, www.akc.org. 12 West Georgia Beagle Club Field Trial. J. L. Lester Wildlife Management Area, Polk County, Cedartown, GA. Ronnie Tibbitts, 770.443.2831, firstname.lastname@example.org. 12-14 Charlotte Dog Training Club Agility Show. Lone Hickory Indoor Arena, 1950 Bethel Church Road, Yadkinville, NC. 843.768.8452, karen-w@ msn.com, www.charlottedogtraining.com. 12-14 2012 JRTCA National Trial. Washington County Agricultural Center, Boonsboro, Maryland (near Hagerstown). www.therealjackrussell. com. 13 Lumber River Retriever Club Hunting Test. The Nash-Johnson Farm, 342 Nash Johnson Road, Rose Hill, NC. Frances New, 910.850.4652, email@example.com, www.lrrc.net. 13-14 Hanover Kennel Club Dog Show. Legion Stadium, 2149 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC. 336.379.9352, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. hanoverkennelclub.net. Dog Obedience Club of Greenville Obedience Show and Rally. Simpsonville Senior and Activity Center, 310 West Curtis Street, Simpsonville, SC. Christopher Brooks, 864.292.0876, email@example.com, www.DOCG.info. Cocker Spaniel Specialty Club of Georgia Obedience Show and Rally. Atlanta Obedience Club Building, 1193-D Beaver Ruin Road, Norcross, GA. Donna Slavin, 706.254.3451, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cockerspanielclubofga. org. Armenia Winds Pointing Breeds Club Hunting Test. Armenia Hill Fleming Farms, 2917 Armenia Road, Chester, SC. Joy Fleming, 803.377.7937, email@example.com. Indian Beagle Club Field Trial. Club Running Grounds, Vale, NC. Richard Sproul, 828.466.1844, firstname.lastname@example.org. Cherryville Beagle Club Field Trial. Club Running Grounds, Vale, NC. Price H. Beatty, 704.865.8022, www.akc.org. Atlanta Dog Show (see www.akc.org for breeds and divisions). Atlanta Exposition Center South, 3850 Jonesboro Road, Atlanta, GA. 405.427.8181, email@example.com, www.asdca.org. Down East Hunting Retriever Club of North Carolina Field Trial. Pembroke Farm, Rocky Point, NC. Gwen Pleasant, 919.894.1239, firstname.lastname@example.org. Tuckasegee Beagle Club Field Trial. Club Grounds, Ellenboro, NC. Barbara McKay, 803.377.1179, www.akc.org. Atlanta Golden Retriever Club Agility Show. Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, Calvary Church Road, Gainesville, GA. 404.217.8746, riannx2@ windstream.net, www.akc.org. Ties & Tails Gala. Benefiting The Humane Society of Charlotte. The Westin Hotel, 601 S. College Street, Charlotte, NC. 704.494.7711, jpeele@ humanesocietyofcharlotte.org . Autumn Winds Agility Club Agility Show. Autumn Winds Agility Center, 3701 Bosco Road, New Hill, NC. 919.524.1525, email@example.com, www. akc.org. Alaskan Malamute Club of America, Inc. Agility Show. Eagles Rest Ranch, 690 Eagle Cliff Drive, Flintstone, GA. 615.406.8220, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.alaskanmalamute.org.
Perry’s Coonhound Association Nite Hunt and Bench Show. Perry CHA Clubhouse, 361 Walker Road, Salley, SC. 803.309.1736, www.akc.org. 26 Tokeena Beagle Club Field Trial. Pine Grove Road, Seneca, SC. Adam Blackwell, 864.985.3300, email@example.com. 26 Habersham County Coon Hunters Association Bench Show and Nite Hunt. Habersham Co CHA, Demorest, GA. Eve Kinsey, 706.809.2328, evekinsey@ hotmail.com. 26-28 Bulldog Show. Piedmont Kennel Club Showplace, 13607 Choate Circle, Charlotte, NC. 704.798.1827, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.thebca.org. 26-28 Greater Atlanta Dog Show (see www.akc.org for breeds and divisions). Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road S W., Marietta, GA. 405.427.8181, mail@ onofrio.com, www.akc.org. 26-28 Atlanta Obedience Club, Inc. Agility Show. Wills Park Equestrian Center, Wills Coliseum, 11915 Wills Road, Alpharetta, GA. 706.254.3451, email@example.com, www.atlantaobedienceclub.com. 26-28 Moore County Kennel Club of North Carolina Agility Show. Bon-Clyde Learning Center, 3030 Lee Avenue, Sanford, NC. 843.696.2892, karen-w@msn. com, www.mooreckc.org. 27 Bark in the Park. A festival and Walk-A-Thon to benefit homeless animals in the upstate of South Carolina. Greenville Technical College, Barton Campus, 506 South Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville, SC. 864.243.4222, concern4animals@ bellsouth.net. 27 Green River Beagle Club Hunting Test. Green River Beagle Club Running Grounds, 518 Springs East. Road, Lincolnton, NC. Jake Lail, 704.482.6386, www.akc.org. 27 Foothills Beagle Club Hunting Test. 417 Oakhill Road, Belton, SC. W Lewis Wilson, 864.915.7973, firstname.lastname@example.org. 27 Afghan Hound Club of America, Inc. Lure Coursing Test and Trial. Bouckaert Farm, 9445 Browns Lake Road, Fairburn, GA. Linda Jordan, 304.262.0044, email@example.com, www.clubs.akc.org/ahca. 27 6th Annual Howl-O-Ween Event. Camp Bow Wow RDU, 1710 Page Rd Extention, Durham, NC. 919.321.8971, campscoutdurham@campbowwow. com . 27 The Atlanta Bully Education Rally.. Perkerson Park, 770 Deckner Avenue, SW., Atlanta, GA. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.atlantabullyrally.com. 27 Atlanta Pet Expo. Special appearance by Shorty Rossi (and his pit bull, Hercules), star of ‘pit boss’ on animal planet. Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA. 855.PET.EXPO, email@example.com, www. atlantapetexpo.com. 27 National Pit Bull awareness Day Savannah. Renegade Classics Cycles, 822 Longwood Drive, Richmond Hill, GA. firstname.lastname@example.org. 28 Greater Charleston Weimaraner Club Hunting Test.John’s Island Hunting Grounds, 2606 Bent Creek Road, Johns Island, SC. Elena Lamberson, 843.559.3938, email@example.com, www.grchasweimclub.org. 28-Nov.2 Afghan Hound Show. Sheraton Gateway Hotel Atlanta Airport, Georgia International Convention &Trade Center, 1900 Sullivan Road, Atlanta, GA. 586.264.4292, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.clubs.akc.org/ahca. 25
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Perry’s Coonhound Association Nite Hunt and Bench Show. Perry CHA Clubhouse, 361 Walker Road, Salley, SC. 803.309.1736, www.akc.org. Iodine State Beagle Club Field Trial. Doc Stoddard Farm, Pelzer, SC. John D. Edwards Jr., 864.472.3682, email@example.com. Cohutta Beagle Club Field Trial. J. L. Lester Wildlife Management Area, Polk County Cedartown, GA. Johnny Kendrick, 706.483.5221, johnnykendrick@ yahoo.com. Charleston Dog Training Club Agility Show. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive, Charleston, SC. 843.835.2082, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. charlestondogtraining.com. Yadkinville Agility Show. Lone Hickory Indoor Arena, 1950 Bethel Church Road, adkinville, NC. 843.696.2892, email@example.com, www.wsdtc.org. Rabbits Unlimited of South Carolina Hunting Test. 1112 Old Landfill Road, Iva, SC. Dennis Eugene Owens, 864.617.0155, firstname.lastname@example.org. Gordon Setter Club of America, Inc. Hunting Test. Middle GA Sportmans Club, 135 Etheridge Mill Road, Milner, GA. Carla Joyce, 678.431.3290, www. gsca.org. Carolinas Retriever Association Hunting Test. Diamond E. Farm, Mullins, SC. Lee Hanes, 336.391.2558, email@example.com, www.carolinasretrievers.com. Piedmont Border Collie Association Herding Test and Trial. Whorton Farm, 8005 Mary Hall Road, Rougemont, NC. David Raper, 919.245.0553, david_ firstname.lastname@example.org, www.piedmontbordercollie.com. German Shepherd Dog Show. Ellijay Fairgrounds, 1729 S Main Street, Ellijay, GA. 404.219.4803, email@example.com, www.akc.org. Carolina Terrier Association Earthdog Event. Owl Hollow Farm, 6515 Whitney Road, Graham, NC. Tina Lunsford, 336.552.8369, firstname.lastname@example.org. Western Carolina Beagle Club Field Trial. Iodine State Beagle Club, Pelzer, SC. John Edwards Jr., 864.472.3682, email@example.com. Broad River Beagle Club Field Trial. Middle Georgia Beagle Club Grounds, Roberta, GA. Richard Butterworth, 770.297.9483, butterworth.rf36@yahoo. com. Chattahoochee Weimaraner Club Field Trial. Scharpf Farm, 184 Register Road, Gordon, GA. Mary Ellen Macke, 404.583.5783, maryellenmacke@gmail. com.
Tarheel Beagle Club Field Trial. Tarheel Running Ground, 725 Warp Drive, Cleveland, NC. Wayne Adams, 336/244.1149, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. basenji-club.com. 9 Norway Beagle Club Field Trial. Club Running Grounds, Moore Road, Aiken, SC. Andy Hood, 803.316.6469, www.akc.org. 9-10 Raleigh-Durham Labrador Retriever Club Dog Show. Village Motor Lodge, 198 Mallard Road, Smithfield, NC. 919.231.0139, email@example.com, www. rdlrc.com. 9-11 Newnan Kennel Club Agility Show. Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road S W., Marietta, GA. 404.634.2573, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.newnankennelclub. org. 10 Woofstock Mutts and Music Festival. Highfields Event Center, Aiken, SC. www.fotasaiken.org. 10 German Shorthaired Pointer Club of South Georgia Field Trial. Utopia Plantation, Mead Road, Arabi, GA. Lindsay Passmore, 229.947.2176, www.akc. org. 10 Sandhill Beagle Club Hunting Test. Teal Mill Chesterfield County, Cheraw, SC. Eddie Brock, 843.253.2871, www.akc.org. 10-11 Obedience Club of Asheville Obedience Show. U.S. Army Reserve Center, 224 Louisiana Avenue, Asheville, NC. Betty Ann Brown, 828.768.0061, oca4info@ aol.com. 10-11 Sandhills Pointing Breeds Club Hunting Test. Sandhills Pointing Breed Club Grounds, 3280 Jackson Springs Road, Jackson Springs, NC. Susan Jackson, 910.799.5208, email@example.com, www.sandhillspointingbreedsclub.org. 10-11 Chattahoochee Weimaraner Club Hunting Test. Scharpf Farm, 184 Register Road, Gordon, GA. Mary Ellen Macke, 404.583.5783, maryellenmacke@gmail. com, www.chattahoocheeweim.org. 10-11 Triangle Shetland Sheepdog Club of North Carolina Dog Show. APS Felicite Latane Animal Sanctuary, 6311 Nicks Road, Mebane, NC. 919.661.9062, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tsscofnc.com. 10-11 Furniture City Kennel Club, Inc. Dog Show (see www.akc.org for breeds and divisions). LJV War Memorial Coliseum, 300 Deacon Boulevard, WinstonSalem, NC. 336.379.9352, email@example.com, www.akc.org. 10-11 Youngsville Agility Club of North Carolina Agility Show. Teamworks Dog Training, 195 Robbins Road, Youngsville, NC. 919.270.7929, agilitydawgs@ earthlink.net, www.youngsvilleagilityclub.com. 11 Winston-Salem Dog Training Club, Inc. Tracking Event. Winston-Salem Dog Training Club, 3800 Bethania Station Road, Winston-Salem, NC. Sue Cousart, 336.766.8152, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wsdtc.org. 15 German Shorthaired Pointer Club of Atlanta Field Trial. Luke Weaver’s Farm, Route 3, Box 446, Jackson, GA. Carol Simmons, 770.967.2105, cmsdals@ bellsouth.net, www.gspcatlanta.com. 15-18 Concord Dog Show (see www.akc.org for breeds and divisions). Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 Highway 49 North, Concord, NC. 336.379.9352, email@example.com, www.akc.org. 16 Habersham County Coon Hunters Association Bench Show and Nite Hunt. Habersham Co CHA, Demorest, GA. Eve Kinsey, 706.809.2328, evekinsey@ hotmail.com. 16 Georgia Brittany Club Field Trial. Battleground Plantation, Wrightsville, GA. Betty Morgan, 404.429.3602, firstname.lastname@example.org. 17 Jack Russell Terrier Races at the Colonial Cup. Springdale Race Course, Camden, SC. www.carolina-cup.org. 17-18 Atlanta Obedience Club, Inc. Obedience Show. Atlanta Obedience Club Building, 1193-D Beaver Ruin Road, Norcross, GA. Mary Keenan, 770.513.4963, email@example.com, www.atlantaobedienceclub.com. 17-18 Cooper River Retriever Club of South Carolina Huting Tests. Canvasback Kennel And Whistle Hill, Camden, SC. Michelle Love, 803.463.1313, firstname.lastname@example.org. 23 Brushy Mountain Beagle Club Field Trial. Catawba County Beagle Club, 5 1/2 Miles East Of Maiden, NC., Maiden, NC. George Hebert, 828.326.9370, email@example.com. 23 North Georgia Beagle Club Field Trial. Club Grounds, Dawsonville, GA. Julie Lovely, 706.867.1439, firstname.lastname@example.org. 23 Vizsla Club of Metro Atlanta Field Trial. Luke Weaver Farm, Lee Maddox Road, Jackson, GA. Karen Buerki, 404.292.3056, email@example.com, www. atlantavizsla.org. 23-25 Canaan Dog Club of America Agility Show. T.Ed Garrison Arena, 1101 W. Queen Street, Pendleton, SC. 757.481.4854, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cdca. org. 24 Middle Georgia Houndsman Association Nite Hunt. Milledgeville, GA. 704.288.6703, www.akc.org. 29-Dec.2 Savannah Dog Show (see www.akc.org for breeds and divisions). Coastal Empire Fair & Expo Center, 4801 Meding Street, Savannah, GA. 336.379.9352, email@example.com, www.savannahkennelclub.org. 30 Snowbird Retriever Club of South Georgia Field Trial. Grounds, Properties in and Around, Boston, GA. Linda Shlemkevich, 229.977.4619, lindashl@yahoo. com. 30 Foothills Beagle Club Field Trial. 417 Oakhill Road, Belton, SC. W Lewis Wilson, 864.288.3681, firstname.lastname@example.org. 9
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