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  • Bond - Lanverns Firefall Dble O Seven

    AM/CAN GCH Lanverns Vampire of the Yukon X AM/CAN GCH Sleeping Ladys Fireworks of the Last Frontier

    Breeder/owner Fran and Yves Verner Lanvern Kennels Alberta Canada

    Bond is one of the Firecracker kids, just turned 6 mths old, much to our joy and amazement he took Reserve Winners Male and Best Puppy at the Alberta BDFC Specialty in June, shown by his Dad!!!

  • Summer 2016 contents

    5 Specialty Results


    Trophy Thank You

    13 Best Way to Stop a

    Dog Fight

    16 Rare Human Disease

    Found in Dogs

    17 2016 ABdFC National

    Specialty Info

    20 Strawberries and


    21 Nosework Seminar


    Agility Thank You



    Repository Blood Draw


    Zika Virus and Dogs

    31 Lesson in Dog Body


    32 AKC Summer Safety


    In every issue

    3 Advertisers & Cover Ad Info

    4 Club Officers

    & Committees

    12 Club News

    26 AKC News

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  • Celebrating Over 40 years of Dedication and Devotion to the Bouvier des Flandres

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    Im Special Bouviers Back Cover

    Lanvern Bouviers Inside Front & Pg 1

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    K-Jan & Formidable Bouviers Pgs 18 & 19

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  • Bouvier des Flandres Club of Southeastern Mi Regional Specialty

    Results are as listed in the catalog.

    Best in Specialty Ch BBs NFL Defender

    Best Opposite in Specialty GCh Quiches Luck Be A Lady

    Best of Winners/ Winners Dog Quarter Circle W Bar GWS Jack

    Winners Bitch Im Special Bovarius Got a Dream

    Specialty Judge: Mr. Michael Faulkner 6-9 Months Puppy Dogs 1/R/BP FORMIDABLE K-JANS ONE OF A KIND LAKIN. Owners: Stephanie Sparschu & Wendy Sparschu & Janet Lentini. 2 K-JANS FORMIDABLE ON MY WAY TO THE TOP. Owners: Jessica Laube & Janet Lentini. 12-18 Months Dogs 1 IM SPECIAL CHUSAN OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE. Owner: Bill Webb Bred-By Exhibitor Dogs A COPPERFIELD'S IM SPECIAL POINT BLANK Owners: Jennifer Rakoske & Morgan Rakoske & Patricia Murray. Open Dogs 1/W/BW QUARTER CIRCLE W BAR GWS JACK. Owner: Dave Dittenber. 2 CAMS RANGER AT BELBRAE CGC. Owners: Dave Bellett & Kathy Bellett.


    6-9 Months Puppy Bitches 1 K-JANS FORMIDABLE ONE. Owners: Janet Lentini & Wendy Sparschu.

    12-18 Months Puppy Bitches 1 FORMIDABLE IM SPECIAL NATASHA. Owners: Jeff & Cindy Griswold & Wendy Sparschu.

    Bred-By Exhibitor Bitches 1/R/BBE IM SPECIAL GRIWOLDS OFFICIAL SEQUEL. Owners: Jan Litogot & Pat Murray. 2 WISE CHOICE OLD FRIENDS. Owners: Barb Cleeves & Kathy Wise-Steiner. 3 FORMIDABLE IM SPECIAL NCITING A RUNWAY RIOT. Owner: Wendy Sparschu. 4 GRISWOLDS IM SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL SPY. Owner: Cindy Griswold.

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  • April 8th, 2016 Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run, MI

    Photos courtesy of Booth Photography Williamston, MI 517-655-4081

    Open Bitches 1/W IM SPECIAL BOVARIUS GOT A DREAM. Owners: Leslie Shimp & Patricia Murray. 2 QUICHES NORMA JEAN LAURENDELL. Owners: Diane Dumaresq & Elaine Paquette & Louise Paquette. 3 BBS NOM DE PLUME AT ROMEO. Owner: Sharon Monte. 4 CAMS PISTOL PACKIN PAISLEY: Owner: Marilyn Adams. CAM'S LOLA GETS WHAT LOLA WANTS CGC RN. Owners: Laura Bennett & Marilyn Adams Competitive Veterans 7-9 Years Dogs A GCH GRISWOLDS BEL DARS OUTLAW. Owner: Cindy Griswold. A CH COPPERFIELD'S I'M SPECIAL JOKERS WILD. Owner: Jennifer & Morgan Rakoske & Patricia Murray. 11 Years & Over Veteran Dogs. 1/BV CH JOYALENS ZEALOUS RILEY REBEL CD RA TT. Owner: Rebecca Allen-Robbins.

    -------------------------------------------------- 9 & Under 11 Years Veteran Bitches. 1 GCH ROBBINS MAJESTIC SERENADE RN CGC NDD. Owner: Tim & Rebecca Robbins 11 Years & Over Veteran Bitches. 1 CH JOY-A-LENS ZABRINA. Owner: Cheryl Randall & Rebecca Allen-Robbins Best of Breed Competition BISS CH BBS NFL DEFENDER. Owner: Arden Shaw. Dog BOSS GCH QUICHES LUCK BE A LADY. Owners: Julianna & Daniel Garrison & Elaine Paquette. Bitch SD GCH IM SPECIAL KNOCK OUT BLUE DD. Owners: Bill & Patricial Webb. Dog SB GCH ROTHCHILDS MIDNIGHT ROZE DCAM CGC. Owners: Myra E. Roth & Marilynn Adams. Bitch AOM GCH QUICHES MADNESS FULL THROTTLE. Owners: Bonnie Bird & Nicole Munnekke. Dog

    Select Dog GCh Im Special Knock Out Blue DD

    Select Bitch GCh Rothchilds Midnight Roze DCam CGC

    Best Puppy/ Res Winners Dog Formidable K-Jans One of a Kind Lakin

    Best Bred-By/ Res Winners Bitch Im Special Griswolds Official Sequel

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  • Bouvier des Flandres Club of Southeastern Mi Regional Specialty

    Results presented are as listed in the catalog.

    Award of Merit Ch K-Jans Formidable Moonlight Magic

    Best Veteran Ch Joyalens Zealous Riley Rebel CD RA TT

    Brood Bitch Ch K-Jan-Ds Kelly Girl

    Best of Breed Competition (cont) AOM CH K-JANS FORMIDABLE MOONLIGHT MAGIC. Owners: Darcie Livingston & Wendy Sparschu & Janet Lentini. Dog AOM CH ROBBINBS COEBERGH V.D. INDELIBLE. Owners: Marilyn Howard, Sonja Van Maanen, Rebecca Robbins & E. Robbins. Dog GCH LIMERICKS VENI VIDI VICI. Owners: Steven Abe & Megan Abe. Dog GCH AVICE AMERICAN EXPRESS. Owners: Jeff& Cindy Griswold & Pat Murray & Jan Litogot. Bitch GCH ROTHSCHILDS CLOAK N DAGGER CGCA. Owner: Myra E Roth. Dog GCH ROBBINS CALL ME CUTTY. Owners: C Randall & R Robbins. Dog CH IM SPECIAL INSPIRED DESIGN. Owner: Leslie Shimp. Dog CH ROBBINS DANCING WITH DANGEROUS DESIRES. Owners. T & E & R Robbins. Bitch Brood Bitch CH K-JAN-DS KELLY GIRL. Owners: Janet Lentini & Wendy Sparschu.

    Thank you!!!

    Judges: Mr. Michael Faulkner & Mr. Jon Titus Steele

    Show Chair: Shon Kelley

    Trophy Chair: Rebecca Allen-Robbins

    Hospitality: Darcie Livingston & Sonja van Maanen

    Ring Steward: Kelly Hart

    Catalog Sales: Leah Miller

    And all our Specialty Supporters!

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  • April 8th, 2016 Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run, MI

    Photos courtesy of Booth Photography Williamston, MI 517-655-4081


    Judge: Mr. Jon Titus Steele 6-9 Months Puppy Dogs 1/BOSSW FORMIDABLE K-JANS ONE OF A KIND LAKIN. Owners: Stephanie Sparschu & Wendy Sparschu & Janet Lentini. 2 K-JANS FORMIDABLE ON MY WAY TO THE TOP. Owners: Jessica Laube & Janet Lentini. 12-18 Months Puppy Dogs 1 IM SPECIAL CHUSAN OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE. Owner: Bill Webb.


    6-9 Months Bitches 1 K-JANS FORMIDABLE ONE. Owner: Janet Lentini. 12-18 Months Bitches: 1/BSW GRISWOLDS IM SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL SPY. Owner: Cindy Griswold. 2 IM SPECIAL GRISWOLDS OFFICIAL SEQUEL. Owners: Janice Litogot & Patricia Murray. 3 FORMIDABLE IM SPECIAL NCITING A RUNWAY RIOT. Owner: Wendy Sparschu. 4 FORMIDABLE IM SPECIAL NATASHA. Owners: Jeff & Cindy Griswold & Wendy Sparschu. 7-9 Years Dogs 1 GCH GRISWOLDS BEL DARS OUTLAW. Owner: Cindy Griswold. A CH COPPERFIELD'S I'M SPECIAL JOKERS WILD. Owner: Jennifer & Morgan Rakoske & Patricia Murray. 9 Years & Under 11 Years Dogs: 1/BOSVSW CH JOYALENS ZEALOUS RILEY REBEL CD RA TT. Owner: Rebecca & Tim Robbins.

    -------------------------------------------------- 9 Years & Under 11 Years Bitches: 1 GCH ROBBINS MAJESTIC SERENADE RN CGC NDD. Owner: Tim & Rebecca Robbins. 11 Years & Over Veteran Bitches.

    1/BVSW CH JOY-A-LENS ZABRINA. Owners: Cheryl Randall & Rebecca Allen-Robbins

    Best in Sweepstakes

    Griswolds Im Special International Spy

    Best Opposite Sex in Sweepstakes

    Formidable K-Jans One of a Kind Lakin

    Best in Veteran Sweepstakes

    Ch Joy-A-Lens Zabrina

    Best Opposite Sex in Veteran Sweepstakes Ch Joyalens Zealous Riley Rebel CD RA TT

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    Trophy sponsors - BdFC of SEM Specialty 2016

    Best of Breed Susan MullenBest of Opposite Sex Formidable BouviersBest of Winners Janet LentiniSelect Dog Bill WebbSelect Bitch Bill WebbAward of Merit Leslie ShimpAward of Merit Leslie ShimpBest Puppy CAM BouviersBest Bred-By Im Special BouviersBest Veteran Jim & Kathy StoneRosettes for BISS, BOSS, BOW, BP, BBE, BV, AOM Steve, Stacey, Zach & Megan Abe Winners Dog Dave & Kris SallayReserve Winners Dog Sandy Jarrell6-9mo Puppy Dog Formidable Bouviers12-18mo Puppy Dog Steve, Stacey, Zach & Megan AbeBred-By Dog Im Special BouviersOpen Dog Bill Webb Winners Bitch Susan MullenReserve Winners Bitch Sandy Jarrell6-9mo Puppy Bitch Formidable Bouviers12-18mo Puppy Bitch Jeff & Cindy GriswoldBred-By Bitch Im Special BouviersOpen Bitch Bill WebbRosettes for Winners &Reserve Winners Bill Webb Veteran 7-9years Dog Steve, Stacey, Zach & Megan AbeVeteran 11years+ Dog Steve, Stacey, Zach & Megan AbeVeteran 9-11years Bitch Sharon Aceto

    Best Puppy in Sweepstakes Im Special BouviersBest Opp Sex Puppy in Sweeps Arden Shaw6-9mo Puppy Dog Sweeps Darcie Livingston12-18mo Puppy Dog Sweeps Sharon Aceto6-9mo Puppy Bitch Sweeps Darcie Livingston12-18mo Puppy Bitch Sweeps Darcie LivingstonRosettes for BISW & BOSSW Teresa Jones Best Veteran in Sweepstakes Jeff & Cindy GriswoldBest Opp Sex Veteran Sweeps Marilyn Howard The BackYardVeteran 7-9years Dog Sweeps Jim & Kathy StoneVeteran 11years+ Dog Sweeps Darcie LivingstonVeteran 9-11years Bitch Sweeps Deb KaufmanVeteran 11years+ Bitch Sweeps Jim & Kathy StoneRosettes for BVSW & BOSVSW Teresa Jones

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  • Leisel New Ch Im Special Bovarius Got a Dream

    GCH Im Special Kountrys Great Communicator x CH Bovarius Bellona Abby

    Thanks to Judge Michael Faulkner for awarding Leisel

    her second Major win - Winners Bitch BdFC of SEM Specialty Leisel is loved, trained, and shown by Leslie Shimp Leisel is Co-owned by Leslie Shimp and Patricia L. Murray Breeders: J. Paquet, M Cote, J Lessard, and Patricia L. Murray

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  • Fulfilling a Dream!

    Thanks to Judge James E. Taylor for the Championship Win!

    Watch for Us Leisel plans to Dream On!

    She is dreaming of Puppies in 2017

    Contact Leslie Shimp at [email protected] or 734-761-8614

    GCH Im Special Kountrys Great Communicator x CH Bovarius Bellona Abby

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    Mark your Calendars!

    Sept 24 & 25

    ABdFC Carting Trials

    Fenton, Mi

    Judge: Jana Innwood

    This event is open to all breeds. A minimum of 8 entries is required with

    a maximum limit of 12.

    Premium list available soon!

    Check our Facebook page & website for updates.

    Like us on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest Club info. __________________________________

    New Editor Needed The Club is searching for a new BouvNews editor contact a Club Officer if you are interested

    To the following Club members on their achievements

    NOHS Rankings For Events Processed Through:

    June 17, 2016

    No. 1 - GCH I'M Special Knock Out Blue CGC Bill & Patty Webb No. 3 - GCH Limerick's Veni Vidi Vici - Steven & Megan Abe No. 7 Abkens Dancing Spyder CGC - Emmy Wolters/Ms. Jo Lapp No. 12 Quiches New Benbears Babka CGC Beverly Schill/Caryn

    Schill No. 19 GCH Cams Rogue Warrior CD BN THD Pam & Brian

    Sturgill/Marilyn Adams

    Top 20 Stats - May 1, 2015 April 30, 2016 Final

    #16 - GCH CH I'M Special Knock Out Blue CGC - Bill Webb #17 - GCH BBs NFL Defender Arden Shaw

    Obedience Average Scores Thru Mar 2016

    New Title Holder & Novice #3 - GCH Abkens Abken's Serious In Moonlight - Emmy Wolters


    Our Walk-A-Thon raised $500!!!

    All proceeds were donated to the AKC Humane Fund to be used to support Womens shelters. Thanks to all who came out to

    help us raise money for this worthy cause.

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  • Republished with express permission and many thanks to the author.

    Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C.

    Canine Corner

    What is the Best Way To Stop a Dog Fight?

    Using the wrong method to break up a dog fight can be dangerous.

    Posted June 15, 2016

    Source: Steve Baker Photo, Creative Commons License

    I found myself repeatedly saying something on the order of, "You shouldn't turn this into a pit bull issueit's not a pit bull issue. The problem here is that there was a dog fight and the people who lived with the dogs didn't know how to deal with the problem. They acted instinctively, and they got themselves hurt. These kinds of injuries could have occurred if you were intervening in a dogfight between any large or strong breed of dog, even normally placid breeds like Labrador retrievers or Golden retrievers. If you try to intercede in a dogfight and you don't know what you're doing, you are most likely going to get hurt yourself. It has not been too many years since Queen Elizabeth had to have a number of stitches on her hand for injuries which resulted when she tried to break up the fight between two of her Corgis.

    From the puzzled looks that I got from most of these interviewers it became clear that none of them had the faintest clue as to how you actually break up a dogfight. When I quizzed a couple of them, they seemed to feel that the best way was to shout "No!" at the fighters as loudly as possible and then grab the dogs by the collar and pull them apart. This is actually what is recommended by one popular TV dog "expert." It is also the worst thing that you can do, and it is exactly the behavior that got these women severely bitten. Yelling at the dogs often adds to the stress and arousal levels that led to the fight in the first place, and this can actually ratchet up the degree of aggression. Reaching into the battle, especially by placing your hand or body between the dogs, can result in injuries. These are often inflicted by your own dog. This is simply because the dogs are in what they interpret as a struggle for survival. If they see you at all, they will not process you as their loving family member, but just another aggressor who is entering the fray.

    A few days ago in Surrey, British Columbia, four women received severe dog bite injuries requiring medical treatment. These injuries were sustained inside their home, while trying to stop a fight between three of their own dogs who were described as pit bulls. Since Surrey is only a short distance from Vancouver, where I live, I was not surprised when my mailbox lit up with requests for interviews and comments from the local media. I accepted a few of these and found that most of the interviewers obviously had an agenda.

    Typically the interview would begin with something like this: "Dr. Coren, are these attacks more evidence that pit bulls are a dangerous breed of dog that should be banned?"

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  • The first thing you have to do is to stay calm. Evaluate the situation and read what the dogs are saying. Generally speaking you can let loud dog arguments take care of themselves. If dogs are roaring and snarling at the tops of their lungs (especially if there are barks mixed into the sound array), it means that the dogs are basically "trash talking" to each other. The more flashy and noisy the argument is, the less likely you'll need to get involved. In most cases if you leave the dogs to their own devices they probably won't hurt each other, or at most will leave a few small punctures around the face, ears and neck. Such arguments might last only a minute or so from start to finish (although because your own adrenaline will be surging as you watch, it will certainly seem to be a lot longer). Once the dogs break off, they usually shake out their bodies and reconcile, or just attend to something else as though nothing had happened

    Serious dogfights are usually quiet, or the aggressor may be quiet while the victim dog screams. It is only a serious fight that may require your intervention. And it is in those situations that you are placing yourself in jeopardy, so think carefully before you act.

    If you are outside, a jet of water from a garden hose has been shown to be an effective way to distract the dogs long enough so that you can get them under control. If you're in the house, a bucket or large pot of water can also be used although it is less effective. Don't worry about the mess; it's easier to clean up water than blood.

    Don't waste your time screaming at the dogs. It hardly ever works. A truly loud sound, like that of an air horn, can sometimes bring the fight to a halt, but most of us don't wander around carrying air horns.

    A number of dog trainers have suggested that shoving a board or sheet of plywood between the two dogs may help, but that seems incredibly difficult to me. Besides, unless the dogs have chosen to start the fight in your home workshop, where you going to find the board?

    One method of physical intervention that does work is to use a blanket or sacrifice a jacket or a coat. If you toss it over the fightersone over each works bestit will muffle the outside stimuli and cut off the sight of each dog's opponent, and thus reduce the arousal level. Because it provides a physical barrier as well as containment of the dog, the blanket will also cushion the effect of teeth on skin while the humans reach in and physically separate the dogs by picking up or moving away the wrapped combatants.

    The safest way to break up a dogfight requires two people. Each person grabs the back feet of a dog and then lifts the dog up like a wheelbarrow, so that only the front legs are on the ground. (If you are desperate you can lift the dog by its tail, although that is less secure and may damage the dog's tail or bladder.) Both of you now pull the dogs apart. It is critical not to release the dogs at this point or the fight will begin again. It is also important to start turning in a circle or slowly swinging the dogs in a circle while you back away from the other dog. Remember you've metaphorically got a tiger by the tail, and you have to keep moving to keep the dog from curling and coming back and biting the person holding its legs. When you move or circle, the dog has to sidestep with its front feet or he will fall on his chin. If you slowly continue to back up and circle the dog can't do any damage to you. However to ensure that the fight will not begin all over again when you release the dogs, at least one of them needs to be dragged into an enclosure such as another room, a kennel, or a yard. If you don't do this, there is a high probability that the dog will either return to the fight or try to turn and attack the person who held its feet.

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  • Stanley Coren is the author of many books including: Gods, Ghosts and Black Dogs; The Wisdom of Dogs; Do Dogs Dream? Born to Bark; The Modern Dog; Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses? The Pawprints of History; How Dogs Think; How To Speak Dog; Why We Love the Dogs We Do; What Do Dogs Know? The Intelligence of Dogs; Why Does My Dog Act That Way? Understanding Dogs for Dummies; Sleep Thieves; The Left-hander Syndrome

    If you are by yourself, things get dicey. Sometimes, if one of the dogs is a clear aggressor and the other is clearly the victim, using the wheelbarrow lift that I described above on the aggressor can break up the fight long enough so that the underdog has a chance to run away. However if you can't determine that the scene will actually play out this way, your goal is still to break up the fight without getting hurt. So first get a leash (even if that means allowing the fight to continue while you were doing this). The dogs are almost always locked onto one another, so this gives you a chance to walk up and loop the leash around the lower hindquarters are of the dog that is on top. You do this by threading the leash through the handle. Now slowly back away while you drag the dog to a fence or some other secure object that you can tie the leash to. Your aim here is to effectively create an anchor for one of the dogs. Once that dog is anchored you can walk around and grab the back legs of the second dog (using the wheelbarrow technique) and pull it away from the dog that is tied up. Remember to back up and circle while you drag the dog into another room before you release its back legs. Then return to the dog that you've anchored to the fence and put him or her into another room.

    Do not immediately try to check the dogs for injuries they are too aroused at this point and may turn on you when you approach or touch them. Wait until they calm down (which also gives you a chance to sit down and take a stiff drink).

    Remember that breaking up a serious dogfight can be dangerous. Also remember that most of the time dogs will come out of a dog argument often uninjured. That means that if you keep out of it, you will remain uninjured as well.

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  • MSUTodayMay 12, 2016

    Rare Human Disease Found in DogsContact(s): Kurt Williams, Sarina Gleason

    Kurt Williams, an expert in respiratory pathology in MSUs College of Veterinary Medicine, has discovered a rare, severe form of pulmonary hypertension in dogs. Photo: G.L. Kohuth

    A rare, severe form of pulmonary hypertension, which, up until now has only been classified as a human lung disease, has also been discovered in dogs according to a Michigan State University study.

    Our research is the first to document the existence of pulmonary veno-occlusive disease, or PVOD, in dogs, said Kurt Williams, the lead author of the study and an expert in respiratory pathology in MSUs College of Veterinary Medicine. PVOD is considered one of the most severe forms of pulmonary hypertension.

    The study is published in the journal Veterinary Pathology.

    The number of pulmonary hypertension, or PH, cases reported in the United States is low, affecting 15 to 50 people per million each year. PVOD is diagnosed in only about 10 percent of PH cases where no other cause of the disease has been determined. Unfortunately, there are very few effective treatment options for PVOD and a lung transplant often becomes the best choice.

    PVOD might be more common in dogs than in people, but this has yet to be determined and needs to be looked at further, Williams said.

    Pulmonary hypertension develops because of abnormal blood vessels in the lungs, which makes it harder for the heart to push blood through and provide oxygen to the rest of the body. In cases of PVOD, the small veins in the lungs become blocked, increasing pressure in these blood vessels, and ultimately causing heart failure.

    The same process happens in canines, Williams said. These dogs also come in with similar symptoms as humans, yet because subtle changes in health may not be recognized as quickly in dogs, death can occur quickly once the animal is seen by a veterinarian.

    Symptoms include cough, increased rate of breathing, respiratory distress, loss of appetite and chronic fatigue. Fatal progression of the disease in humans can last up to two years.

    PVOD is a poorly understood disease not just because its so rare, but also because thereve been no other animals known to have the disease, Williams said. Our finding changes things.

    Williams said that the discovery could be important for human medicine because the canine disease may serve as a model for human PVOD.

    Its cases like this that help to remind us how important veterinary medicine is to medicine in general, he said. Our colleagues in the human medical community are becoming much more aware of the many diseases shared by our respective patients and how together we can learn from each other.

    Reprinted from MSUToday http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2016/rare-human-disease-found-in-dogs/?utm_source=weekly-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=standard-promo&utm_content=image16 BouvNews Summer 201616 BouvNews Summer 2016

  • Breed Sam Houston McDonald Futurity Lee Calhoun Sweepstakes & 4 to 6 month puppy Sharol Candace Candy Way

    GWBdFC Regional Specialty Breed judge Stephanie Hedgepath

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  • Lakin - Formidable K-Jans One of a Kind Lakin Owned by: Stephanie Sparschu, Wendy Sparschu & Janet Lentini

    Bred by: Wendy Sparschu & Janet Lentini Handled by: Wendy Sparschu

    K-Jan Bouviers Formidable Bouviers Janet Lentini Wendy Sparschu


    K-Jan & Formidable Bouviers

    GCh Im Special International Agent CGC, DD x Ch K-Jan-Ds Kelly Girl

    Best Opposite in


    Thank you Judge Jon Steele

    Best Puppy &


    Winners Dog

    Thank you Judge Michael


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  • Guess Ch K-Jans Formidable Moonlight Magic, CHIC# 114368 Owned by: Darcie Livingston, Wendy Sparschu & Janet Lentini

    Bred by: Janet Lentini, Wendy Sparschu & Darcie Livingston Handled by: Wendy Sparschu

    Kelly Ch K-Jan-Ds Kelly Girl, CHIC# 96700 Owned by: Janet Lentini & Wendy Sparschu

    Bred by: Janet Lentini & Jan Birnbaum

    2016 Mi Bouvier Regional Specialty

    Am/Can Ch Im Special Extreme Justice x Ch K-Jan-Ds Kelly Girl

    Award of Merit

    Thank you Judge Michael


    (l-r): Kelly (Rebecca Allen-Robbins), Lakin, Bane (Cody White), Uno (Jessica Laube)

    Brood Bitch

    Thank you Judge Michael


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  • Warm weather means that fresh fruits and vegetables are in abundance and just as we are incorporating them into our diet, we can incorporate those in our dogs. It may be hard or confusing to figure out which fruits and vegetables are safe for your dog (heres a hint: grapes and raisins are on the no-no list), but there is a warm weather favorite that you can give your dog, STRAWBERRIES! Yes, your best friend can have fresh strawberries. However you should not feed your dog canned or strawberries in syrup. These are not good for your pet at all.


    Brandi Hunter,AMERICAN KENNEL CLUBMay 28, 2015

    Reprinted from AKC.org

    Strawberries are not only a healthy sweet treat for your dog, by giving them the berries you are also helping them to stay healthy in more ways than one. Over time, fresh fruit helps with aging, strengthens the immune system and helps with weight management. Removing the high fat, salty snacks also helps with your pups teeth.

    So now that you know that you can give your dogs strawberries, what is the safest way to do it? Well, it is recommended that you cut the fruit up in small pieces to avoid choking and easier digestion. If you have a smaller dog, you can mash up the berries or puree them and add them to the dog food they normally eat.

    As with adding any other food into your dogs diet, it is always a safe idea to call your veterinarian prior to adding the berries. Once you do begin to add the berries into his diet, be careful, start with small qualities and watch for any changes in behavior or digestive issues. Should you notice anything odd, stop adding them.

    And just in case you are wondering what other fruits you can feed your dog to keep them cool and healthy, here are a few more:

    Frozen bananas Watermelon (remove the seeds) Apples (remove the seeds and the core) Blueberries Cantaloupe


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  • Jack Kelly Nosework SeminarAnatomy of a Hide

    Your dog is searching and searching and cant find source. In and out, up and down, what is going on? How does odor move? Things to know - Odor is heavier than air, it billows, it hitches a ride on other molecules, it drops, it follows thermal curves, it eddies around obstacles, and generally and unfortunately it moves however it wants. Want a visual picture think of the mist rolling off Niagara Falls , the vapor moving off dry ice , or the movement of water in a river as it moves around a stump that is partially submerged.

    Odor Movement is influenced by heat, cold, air currents, obstacles in the path of odor (including the handler), corners, motors on refrigerators/freezers, the windows and doors. Also odor pools or gets trapped in certain areas causing the dog to linger a while to investigate, it may cause the dog to look to his handler for assistance. This isnt an alert it is just a question!

    Converging odors occur when 2 or more odor sources are placed close together. Dogs will automatically recognize that there are 2 or more odors in the search area. Dogs will recognize a second or third odor as they find each hide. Handler should complete the reward cycle after each find and then encourage the dog to move on stay out of the dogs way. Let them work out the puzzle.

    Turbulence is a disruption of the odor cloud as it hits obstacles. This happens quite frequently in container searches causing interest in dogs at various containers. It causes the handler to stop followed by a head snap by the dog and a FALSE ALERT called by the handler. Given more time to work the dog will solve the problem and move to the correct container with the hide.

    Sharon Bauer May 14-15, 2016

    Often certain breeds of dogs especially those in the Sporting Group , spending time cataloging the whole search area before identifying the hide so the handler can call Alert. Why does this happen? There are several possible causes: motivation to alert is not strong enough, instincts are strong to do something before connecting with the odor, searching is more valuable to the dog then the motivator, or the act of searching everything in the area is rewarding to the dog. How are dogs able to do this? They cannot ignore the initial response to odor. It is an uncontrollable response that triggers their minds based on positive motivation. Odor is the motivator. But the dogs can ignore the source after the initial response to odor.

    How do we fix this problem? Pair the hides. Remove hide as dog passes by. Go to source after the dog catalogs and force them to take their paycheck. Work short searches - only one hide. Work on leash with known hides.

    Jacy set up various exercises to demonstrate some of these principles. We were able to witness the various dogs working through the challenges. A great seminar -- Id recommend it if you are getting serious about becoming a better nose work team.

    Jacy Kelley CANINE COPILOTS, LCCWebsite:http://www.caninecopilots.com/home.htmlEvents:http://www.caninecopilots.com/upcoming-events.htmlWorkshops:http://www.caninecopilots.com/services.html www.bouvierclub.org 21

  • Dear BdFC of SEM Members,

    This past weekend I had the pleasure of being the Trial Chairperson for BdFC of SEM's ninth agility event. A huge thank you is due to our judge, Suzi Schmitz who was fun to work with and had wonderful flowing courses. Thank you to our very experienced and dedicated Bouv Crew who kept the trial running as smooth as possible!

    First, I want to recognise Jim and Kathy Stone for carrying a huge responsibility for the trials over the years. They willingly take on all the planning, shopping, hauling, preparing, and serving awesome meals - all to rave reviews from our exhibitors. In addition to being Kathy's right hand in the kitchen, Jim Stone jumped in as ring crew and course builder. Next, our fabulous ring crew - Bill Webb, Leslie Shimp, Teresa Jones, and Chris Haeni, who tirelessly did everything and anything needed - scribe, time, assist, bar picker upper, and course change experts. Many, many thanks to Pat Murray who is my MI connection and mover and shaker when anything is needed to make these trials reality. Her support from beginning to end is invaluable. And, finally, to Jan Litogot, whose encouragement and friendship is the heart and soul of the agility program.

    It is music to a Trial Chair's ears to heard exhibitors say, "Thank you for a wonderful trial" countless times. Well done, "Bouv Crew" you really are the best!

    Deb Kaufman

    BdFC of SEM Agility Trial Chair

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  • Help the Bouvier Health Foundation sponsor research through the AKC Canine Health Foundation Purina Pro Club Members declare your participation in the Purina Parent Club Partnership Program. There is no cost to you. When you choose to participate, Purina will donate 10 percent of the value of the Weight Circle points you submit-half to the national breed club you choose and half to the Canine Health Foundation. Please declare for the ABdFC by calling 877-PRO-CLUB or by logging into your Pro Club account (go to Edit My Dog Profile).

    Greetings!!!As the Bouvier Health Foundation (BHF) is already planning this years CHIC/DNA Repository Blood Draw event for the Pennsylvania Specialty, we certainly need to send a special Thank You!!! to those 56 Bouviers who participated in Colorado to support future Bouvier research. The 2015 Specialty event had the largest number of submissions to date and were hoping for even greater numbers in Pennsylvania!!! Our designated Health Day will be on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 more information regarding the Blood Draw and other Health Day activities will be listed in the Specialty Planning Guide available later this summer.BHF cannot stress the importance of gathering DNA Repository blood samples. These samples are needed from ALL Bouviers, whether healthy or affected with certain genetic health condition(s).For those of you who have already participated, keep in mind, your

    Bouviers health summary information is not meant to be static, but as they mature, any changes in health should be noted on current Repository information. It is this information that may qualify your Bouviers DNA for a specific research study ultimately leading to the discovery of a genetic test that will help the future of our magnificent breed!!!EXCITING NEWS: We know that not every Bouvier fancier will attend a National Specialtyand we wish to thank Judy Kasper for suggesting a fantastic idea, that was addressed during our last meeting!!! The Board is excited to announce that the Bouvier Health Foundation will underwrite the prevailing CHIC/DNA Repository processing cost (presently - $20 per draw) for Blood Draw events sponsored by Regional (U.S.) Bouvier Clubs. The only stipulation is that the Regional Club must notify the BHF Secretary in writing/email, and have Board approval, in advance of the event. BHF will then compensate the Repository processing fees after the events completion all additional costs associated with the event will be absorbed by the Regional Club. This reimbursement only covers Bouvier DNA Repository blood draws during the event. Keep in mind that there is no processing charge for blood draws collected from affected Bouviers so encourage all your members & fanciers to participate!!!There are currently 174 Bouvier blood samples maintained with the CHIC/DNA Repository, BHF is hoping that, with this additional support, we can grow our numbers exponentially!!! If you have any additional questions regarding the CHIC/DNA Repository, or represent a Regional Club interested in hosting a Blood Draw event, please contact Penny Anderson, BHF Secretary, at [email protected]

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  • Should Breeders Worry About Zika Virus And Their Dogs?Staff Writers | May 16, 2016

    The Zika virus, transmitted through mosquitoes, has been in the news lately as a health concern for humans causing fever and joint pain and, of most concern for pregnant women, serious birth defects in infants.

    Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (A. aegypti and A. albopictus). Currently, evidence shows that only humans and primates can contract the Zika virus. There is no evidence that dogs and other pets can contract the disease; the research has not been done.

    Spring has arrived and, along with the welcomed warmer temperatures, c o m e s t h e n o t - s o -welcome pesky insects.

    T h i s i n c l u d e s mosquitoes that can t ransmi t d isease to humans and pets.

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  • Keep pets indoors during peak mosquito hours, which are dawn and dusk. Reduce light at night since light tends to attract mosquitoes.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported the following regarding animals and the virus: At this time, animals do not appear to be involved in the spread of Zika virus. There is no evidence that Zika virus is spread to people from contact with animals. There have not been any reports of pets or other types of animals becoming sick with Zika virus.

    However, more research is needed to better understand Zika virus in animals. Animals in the United States are not at risk of becoming sick with Zika virus.

    The most concerning disease transmitted to dogs by mosquitoes is heartworm disease, which can be prevented by giving monthly preventative medications.Taking precautions to prevent mosquitoes near your kennel and home is a good idea. Mosquitoes need standing water to produce so survey your property for any place that holds water and eliminate these sources. Change the water in bird baths, wading pools, etc. at least once a week.

    Reposted from akc.orghttp://www.akc.org/content/dog-breeding/articles/should-breeders-worry-about-zika-virus-and-their-dogs/?utm_source=akcbreeder&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20160519&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTnpRMU1XRmlaVFptWVdRdyIsInQiOiJXbFZISTlveUNrdFp0bEY1dDVHOWpObXFKZVllamhQMjVnbkdZN1Z0N0pPXC9sdURkQncyanZJekFudEhEWjVKejBVMEJOQmh5MGk3N0pRSlJrUTcxV1BOTTV6dGFKSW5kK1U3THZZaDhcL29zPSJ9

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  • AKC Minutes and Reports

    Briard Club of America Drafting Test

    The Board VOTED to approve a request from the Briard Club of America for AKC to recognize drafting titles earned by Briards in events held by the Parent Club. There are four drafting titles

    Novice Draft Dog (NDD) Draft Dog (DD) Novice Brace Draft Dog (NBDD) Brace Draft Dog (BDD)

    This will be effective June 1, 2016.

    Reserve Best Junior Handler

    The Board VOTED to revise Section 5 of the Conformation Junior Showmanship Regulations and Guidelines for Judging Juniors in Conformation(revisions underlined below) to include the required awarding of Reserve Best Junior Handler. This will provide consistency at all Junior Handler conformation events. The Board agreed that this should be required for All-Breed/Group Shows but remain optional for Specialty Shows.

    This is effective July 1, 2016,

    Section 5. Classes and Divisions

    F) Reserve Best Junior Handler. An All-Breed club offering Junior Showmanship shall offer Reserve Best Junior Handler, a Group Club or Specialty Club has the option to offer Reserve Best Junior.

    The AKC Canine Health


    Dr. Garvin presented a proposal from the AKC Canine Health Foundation requesting a modification of the funding methodology for the AKC match donation. After discussion, the board confirmed that the $500,000 donation from AKC to AKC-CHF for 2016 will use the same methodology as 2014 and 2015, matching dollar for dollar any donations from new or lapsed donors (those who had not donated in 2014 or 2015).

    Further, it was moved by Mr. Ashby and seconded by Mr. Powers, that an additional donation of up to $250,000 will match dollar for dollar donations to the AKC-CHF Tick-borne Disease Initiative that will be introduced this week.

    The AKC donations will be used for canine research broadly. VOTED and passed unanimously.


    May, 2016

    The American Kennel Club Announces Recipients of AKC Paw Of Courage Award

    The American Kennel Club (AKC), the worlds largest purebred dog registry, announces the launch of its newest award, the AKC Paw of Courage, in an effort to show appreciation for the many sacrifices that working dogs make while serving and protecting our country. This award specifically recognizes the extraordinary sacrifices of dogs

    who have been severely injured or killed in the line of duty.

    For downloadable images of the recipients, click HERE.


    June, 2016

    Farm Dog Certified Test

    New York, N.Y. The American Kennel Club (AKC), the worlds largest dog registry and advocate for all dogs, is pleased to announce a new program called the Farm Dog Certified test. The test provides for a series of twelve exercises that represent situations a dog may encounter in a farm environment Additional information about the test and all applicable forms can be found at the AKC website at www.akc.org/events/herding/farm-dog-certified-test/


    June, 2016

    AKC Junior Scholarships

    Twenty one exceptional students from 16 states have been awarded the American Kennel Club (AKC) Junior Scholarship for 2016. The scholarships are offered to high school, college and graduate school students, and range from $1,000 - $2,000. Recipient, Brooke Aimar is from Michigan.


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    The American Kennel Club is pleased to announce the introduction of two new entry level agility classes, ACT 1 and ACT 2 (Agility Course Test).

    The classes provide shorter courses with basic obstacles that are appropriate for dogs beginning in the sport. For more info visit www.akc.org/act


    Nominate a Dog for an AKC Humane Fund Award for Canine Excellence

    To celebrate the dogs who do extraordinary things in the service of humankind, the AKC Humane Fund is seeking YOUR nominations for its AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE). Visit www.akc.org for more information.


    The American Kennel Club Adds New Event With Fast CAT

    The Fast CAT test is a timed 100-yard-dash where a dog chases a lure. Additional information is posted on the AKCs Fast CAT webpage - www.akc.org/events/fast-cat.

    American Kennel Club Launches I Am A Breeder Video Series

    The American Kennel Club (AKC) announced the launch of the brand new I Am a Breeder video series.

    The series is aimed at promoting responsible breeders and the love they have for their dogs to the general public.

    The I Am a Breeder series provides insight into the motivation and passion of AKC breeders. The videos visit four breeders at home where they breed and care for their dogs. They show a side of breeders that many do not get to see, and give people a behind the scenes look at the love and dedication breeders have for their dogs, and the dogs that become family pets to loving owners.

    View the trailer and first four I Am a Breeder videos HERE

    Additional videos highlighting breeders are to come.


    2016 National Championship Judging Panel

    The American Kennel Club (AKC)

    and Royal Canin are pleased to

    announce the judging panel for the

    2016 National Championship to be

    held at the Orange County

    Convention Center in Orlando,

    Florida on Saturday, December 17

    and Sunday, December 18, 2016.

    The 2016 event will showcase the

    top national and international dogs

    and will also include popular

    attractions such as the Best Bred-

    by-Exhibitor competition, the AKC

    National Owner-Handled Series

    Finals, AKC Meet the Breeds and

    the NADD/AKC Dock Diving National

    Championship. The show will once

    again take place alongside the AKC

    Agility Invitational and AKC

    Obedience Classic, with junior events

    in each sport.

    Mrs. Dorothy Collier will judge the

    Bouvier des Flandres Breed

    HERDING GROUP Mrs. Barbara

    Dempsey Alderman Moon

    Township, Pennsylvania


    Susan Vroom Denton, Texas


    AKC Introduces 190th Breed: The Pumi

    A Herding breed originating in Hungary, the Pumi is described as energetic, lively, and ready to work.

    "We're thrilled to have the Pumi receive full AKC recognition," AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo said. "This lively, adorable dog makes a wonderful companion for a family willing to provide lots of exercise and mental activity."

    The Pumi becomes eligible to compete in the Herding group on July 1.

    There are a few ways for a breed to become recognized by the AKC. Learn more about the process here.

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  • Blue Blue


    SAGINAW VALLEY KENNEL CLUB 4/9/16 BEST IN SHOW OWNER HANDLER Thank-you Judge Mr. Michael Faulkner


    ALWAYS OWNER HANDLED BY BILL WEBB BREEDERS: Patricia Murray & Janice Litogot

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  • Advertising Rates All ads now in color Member*/Non-Member Color Front Cover............................ $75/$110

    (w/photo including right 1/2 of pg.1) Color Back Cover $65/$85 Color Inside Covers $60/$80 Full Page w/ Photo $30/$40 Full Page w/o Photo.. $25/$35 1/2 Page w/ Photo. $20/$25 1/2 Page w/o Photo... $18/$22 Bus. Card or 1/4 pg. (one issue)... $10/$15 Bus. Card (full year). $30/$40 Litter Box Ads.. $10

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    Send your Ads along with a check or money order in US funds,

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    The BouvNews is produced on PC-based systems using Microsoft Word

    and Adobe Acrobat. A pdf version of the issue is uploaded to ISSUU. Advertisements in the BouvNews Magazine are accepted on a first-come,

    first-served basis. Reserve your space early to ensure your desired ad placement. The Spring issue outside covers are reserved for BISS and BOSS at the BdFC of SEM Regional Specialty (front and back, respectively).

    Hard-copy photos can be sent via mail to the ad coordinator. The photos will be scanned and the originals returned. If you send materials via overnight delivery or overnight express, please specify "Waiver Signature" for delivery. We cannot guarantee inclusion in the magazine if this is not done. Please label the backs of all photos with your name, phone number, and mailing address.

    Advertisers are responsible for the accuracy and content of their ads. Any information taken by phone will not be guaranteed for accuracy.

    The BouvNews Magazine reserves the right to refuse any advertisement or correct erroneous information. Ads offering breeding services or puppy sales (ie litter box ads) are restricted to members in good standing of recognized Bouvier clubs which require that its members subscribe to a Code of Ethics such as that of the American Bouvier des Flandres Club. In addition, certifications for Hips, Elbows, Cardiac, & CERF must be mentioned in litter box ads and must be able to be verified.

    Ads will be returned for nonpayment and/or for illegible or unacceptable copy. Oversized ads will be reduced to fit the BouvNews format.

    The BouvNews Magazine is published four times a year by the Bouvier des Flandres Club of Southeastern Michigan. Its purpose is (1) to further communication among members, (2) to share breed news and information, (3) to promote the Bouvier as a purebred, well rounded dog, a companion, friend and herder. It is designed for the readership of club members, breeders, Bouvier owner and everyone interested in learning more about the breed.

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    AKC GoodDog Helpline Trainer Breanne Long advises to not always believe owners who assure you their dog is friendly. Pay attention to what their dogs body language is telling you!Its OK Hes Friendly! This has been said to me many times while walking my dogs in my neighborhood. It's usually said as a large dog, dragging its owner, comes rushing up to my dogs.

    The oncoming dog is laser-focused on my dogs, approaching on a straight path, and its tail is alert. Unfortunately, that statement has never made me feel better about the situation because that dogs body language is telling me he has anything but friendly intentions toward my dogs

    Many people don't understand dog body language. They think their dog is rushing up to happily greet new friends, but that may not actually be what your dog is thinking.

    Watch dogs at a dog park and observe their body language as they approach each other. When dogs approach each other in a friendly manner they take a curved path; they do not approach straight on. In dog-world, direct eye contact is rude and can be seen as a challenge; friendly dogs approach without directly staring at each other.

    Friendly dogs approaching each other are often described as wiggly because they wag their tails, curve their bodies, and don't maintain eye contact. A dog approaching in this manner is likely not a threat to you or your dog. If you're comfortable with it, allow your dog to greet such a dog. But as with any interaction with a new dog, watch carefully and be ready to walk away if either dog goes still or gives a hard stare as these can be signs of trouble.

    If you are approached by a dog that is clearly not friendly, don't hesitate to tell the owner you'd rather it not "say hello" to your dog. You don't have to give any reason but if you feel a need to justify yourself give the excuse of your dog recovering from surgery or illness, is not friendly himself, or is in training. If this isn't enough to dissuade the other dog owner, you can also (if it is safe to do so) step between your dog and the approaching dog. Coupled with your explanation, this will often convince the approaching dog owner that your dog needs some space.

    Next time you are on the receiving end of "it's okay, he's friendly!" watch the approaching dog carefully to determine whether or not he seems to really have good intentions.

    Reprinted from AKC.org


    Breanne Long,AMERICAN KENNEL CLUBAug 26, 2015

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    June 01, 2015

    Hot weather can make us all uncomfortable, and it poses special risks for your dog. Keep the following safety concerns in mind as the temperature rises, and follow our tips to keep your dog cool.

    Make sure your dog's vaccinations are up to date, especially since dogs tend to stay outdoors longer and come into contact with other animals more during the summer months.

    Keep dogs off of lawns that have been chemically treated or fertilized for 24 hours (or according to package instructions), and away from potentially toxic plants and flowers.

    Keep your dog well-brushed and clean.


    If your dog is outside on a hot day, make sure he has a shady spot to rest in. Doghouses are not good shelter during the summer as they can trap heat. You may want to fill a child's wading pool with fresh water for your dog to cool off in.

    Never leave your dog in a closed vehicle on a hot day. The temperature inside a car can rise to over 100 degrees in a matter of minutes.

    Always provide plenty of cool, fresh water.

    Avoid strenuous exercise on extremely hot days. Take walks in the early mornings or evenings, when the sun's heat is less intense.

    Try to avoid prolonged exposure to hot asphalt or sand, which can burn your dog's paws.

    Dogs that are brachycephalic (short-faced), such as Bulldogs, Boxers, Japanese Chins, and Pekingese, have an especially hard time in the heat because they do not pant as efficiently as longer-faced dogs. Keep your brachycephalic dog inside with air-conditioning.


    Fleas and ticks, and the mosquitos which carry heartworm disease, are more prevalent in warmer months. Ask your veterinarian for an effective preventive to keep these parasites off your dog.

    The AKC Pet Healthcare Plan can help with the cost of providing quality healthcare, including preventive medicine, throughout your dog's life

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    Make sure your dog has a shady spot to rest in and plenty of fresh water.

    Dogs, especially those with short hair, white fur, and pink skin, can sunburn. Limit your dog's exposure during the day and apply sunblock to his ears and nose 30 minutes before going outside.

    Check with a lifeguard for daily water conditions. Dogs are easy targets for sea lice and jellyfish.

    Running on the sand is strenuous exercise. A dog that is out of shape can easily pull a tendon or ligament, so keep a check on your dog's activity.

    Do not let your dog drink seawater; the salt will make him sick.

    Salt and other minerals in ocean water can damage your dog's coat, so rinse him off at the end of the day.

    Not all beaches permit dogs; check local ordinances before heading out.

    WATER SAFETYMost dogs enjoy swimming, but some cannot swim, and others may hate the water. Be conscious of your dog's preferences and skills before trying to make him swim.

    If you're swimming for the first time with your dog, start in shallow water and coax him in by calling his name. Encourage him with toys or treats. Or, let him follow another experienced dog he is friendly with.

    Never throw your dog into the water.

    If your dog begins to paddle with his front legs, lift his hind legs and help him float. He should quickly catch on and keep his back end up.

    Don't let your dog overdo it; swimming is very hard work and he may tire quickly.

    If swimming at the ocean, be careful of strong tides.

    If you have your own pool, make sure your dog knows where the stairs or ladder are located. Be sure that pool covers are firmly in place; dogs have been known to slip in under openings in the covers and drown.

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    BY AIR

    Many airlines will not ship animals during summer months due to dangers caused by hot weather. Some will only allow dogs to fly in the early morning or in the evening. Check with your airlines for specific rules.

    If you do ship a dog, put icepacks or an ice blanket in the dog's crate. (Two-liter soft drink bottles filled with water and frozen work well.) Provide a container of fresh water, as well as a container of frozen water that will thaw over the course of the trip.

    BY CAR

    Keep your dog cool in the car by putting icepacks in his crate. Make sure the crate is well ventilated.

    Put a sunshade on your car windows.

    Bring along fresh water and a bowl, and a tarp or tent so you can set up a shady spot when you stop. Keep a spray bottle filled with water to spritz on your dog to cool him down.

    BY RV

    A dog's safety should not depend on the air conditioning and generator systems in an RV or motor home. These devices can malfunction, with tragic results.

    If you leave your dog in an RV with the generator running, check it often or have a neighbor monitor it. Some manufacturers have devices that will notify you if the generator should malfunction.

    Never leave an RV or motor home completely shut up, even if the generator and AC are running. Crack a window or door or run the exhaust fan.

    Never, ever leave a dog unattended in a vehicle in the summer months. Heatstroke and death can occur within minutes in warm temperatures.

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    Heatstroke can be the serious and often fatal result of a dog's prolonged exposure to excessive heat. Below are the signs of heatstroke and the actions you should take if your dog is overcome.

    Early Stages:

    Heavy panting.

    Rapid breathing.

    Excessive drooling.

    Bright red gums and tongue.

    Standing 4-square, posting or spreading out in an attempt to maintain balance.

    Advanced Stages:

    White or blue gums.

    Lethargy, unwillingness to move.

    Uncontrollable urination or defecation.

    Labored, noisy breathing.


    If your dog begins to exhibit signs of heatstroke, you should immediately try to cool the dog down:

    Apply rubbing alcohol to the dog's paw pads.

    Apply ice packs to the groin area.

    Hose down with water.

    Allow the dog to lick ice chips or drink a small amount of water.

    Offer Pedialyte to restore electrolytes.

    Check your dog's temperature regularly during this process. Once the dog's temperature has stabilized at between 100 to 102 degrees, you can stop the cool-down process.

    If you cannot get the dog cooled down and you begin to see signs of advanced heatstroke, take the dog to the veterinarian immediately.

    Reposted from aka.org http://www.akc.org/learn/dog-health/summer-safety-tips/www.bouvierclub.org 35

  • Bond James Bond

    GCH Im Special International Agent, CGC DD

    May Medina, Ohio SNOWREALLY?

    ABdFC Carting Trial May 14 & 15, 2016

    Photos Courtesy of William DOC Walker

    A Kiss from James for Luck

  • Im Special Bouviers

    Patricia Murray & Jan Litogot

    [email protected]

    Touch Introducing Im Special On Point-Touch

    Pictured with Judge Mrs. Ann Marie Taylor

    Sired by Am/Can/Intl CH Im Special Extreme Justice and Out of Am/Intl CH Praxtars Jenni

    Best Puppy In Show

    Six Months & a couple

    of more days old! Flash


    Winners Bitch at Six Months and a Couple of Days Old

  • CH. I m Special Griswolds Official Sequel

    Breeders/Owners: Jeff & Cindy Griswold-Janice Litogot-Patricia Murray

    Shes a New Champion

    with Multi Best of Breed Wins

    and Group Placement from

    the Classes!

    Thank you Judges Ms. E Muthard

    Mr. C OlvisMs. P Hastings and

    Mr. J. Reynolds (shown)

    Sire: GCH Im Special International

    Agent, CGC DD

    Dam: GCH/Intl CH Avice American

    Express, CGC

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