Newsletter - February 2007
2006 Annual Club Picnic
This year the annual club picnic was again held at the home of Doug &
Melanie Gulley, in Grand Prairie, on Sat., Oct. 1. The location of the Gulley’s
lovely property, which is entirely fenced for the safety of the hounds,
was a nice, easy location to find.
The weather was terrific and as always, the food was fantastic. On behalf
of all the NTIWC members, I would like to thank Doug and Melanie, for graciously
offering to host this year’s picnic, for the 2nd consecutive year!
It is a lot of work to prepare for this each year and very kind of them
to open their home to all of us, and our hounds. THANK YOU, Doug & Melanie!
At our club meeting we discussed the reorganization of the club. We then
voted and approved, the pursuit of seeking to have the NTIWC, an AKC approved
club in the future. Brenda Fairbanks, having been very active and experienced
in the past, with the IW clubs, in California has been very generously offering
her expertise and time in helping us to get much of what we need for this
change, organized and underway. Thank you Brenda! I am certain without her
help we would not have come as far as we have, in this short time. She is
fantastic and we could not have done it without her. It is a huge undertaking
and a lot of work.
Lesa Newbitt brought two measuring wickets to the picnic. One was purchased
from E-Bay from a website that makes them for miniature horses (eBay store
Horse). She also brought (and demonstrated) a version that was a home
made type. It was fun to watch faces of owners whose hounds were either
much taller, or shorter, than they had always thought they were. There were
a few boys that were pretty darn tall! <G>
Upcoming Breeders Seminar: Advanced Canine Reproduction
This seminar is sponsored by Southwest Airedales and Faith City Kennel
Club. It is limited to 50 participants.
Advanced Canine Reproduction
Dr. Robert Van Hutchison, DVM
Dr. Hutchison is well known and respected in the show-dog breeding community.
A leading expert in canine reproduction, he is recognized internationally
for his work with canine frozen semen and reproduction. Co-director of the
Animal Clinic Northview and director of the International Canine Semen Bank
of Ohio, Dr. Hutchison is associated with the colleges of veterinary medicine
at Ohio State University, Virginia Tech, Purdue Tufts University, and Michigan
State University. He is the author of numerous important articles on canine
reproduction, including Canine Frozen Semen, improving the Odds of Having
Healthy Puppies, Treatment of Pyometritis in the Bitch Using Prostaglandin
F and Female Reproduction.
Seminar Topics Include:
- Canine Reproduction: *Anatomy* and Physiology
- High Risk Pregnancies: Management and Care
- Elective C-Sections: Risks, Planning and Timing, Reducing Risks and
complications, and Post-op Care of Dam and Pups
- Neonatal Resuscitation
- Stud Dog & Brood Bitch Maintenance
- Neonatal and Puppy Intensive Care
When: June 16, 2007 8 am - 5 pm
Where: Girl Scouts of Texas Council, 6001 Summerside
Drive, Dallas TX 75252
Registration Fee: Register early and save $10:
$80 before May 1; $90 after May 1, 2007.
Registration Fee includes a light lunch, coffee and soft drinks, afternoon
snack and certificate of completion to those who register in time for Dr.
Hutchison to get names ahead of time.
For registration form and information, or to register online, please go
For more information, please contact Joyce Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call Joyce at 972-248-2128.
Melanie Mercer's Puppies from Berwyck
Here is a recipe someone tried in my clicker class last year. They made
enough for the entire class and my hounds love the things!
- 12 to 14 oz of canned tuna, salmon or mackerel – do not drain
(Can use canned chicken)
- 1 ½ cups unbleached all purpose flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic (optional) (Can use 1/2 tsp. garlic powder)
- grated parmesan cheese (optional)
Process fish, garlic & eggs in food processor or blender or mix in
Add remaining ingredients & mix to a brownie-like consistency.
Spread into a 9x9 inch greased pan. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
When the fudgies are done, they will have a putty-like texture &
the edges will pull away from the sides of the pan. Let cool until easy
to handle, then cut into bars. These bars are easy to break up but don’t
Cool thoroughly before putting into sealed container.
Will keep for one week in refrigerator or six months in the freezer.
Meet "Tia" and "Zevon", both photos taken at 16 wks.
Melanie has been very busy moving to her new property, in Wills Point, Texas.
She has been putting up fencing, painting, replacing flooring, etc. You
name it, and I think she is, (or has learned how) doing it, since she has
moved there! All this while working her full time career as a Veterinarian
AND caring for these two active, lovely new babies??
OH, did I mention her *GOATS* for the much needed agricultural farm tax
exemption??? One delivered twins kids, the first week.
YOU GO "FARMER in the MEL!"
IW Rescue News - January 2007
We have obtained a new IW rescue from the Grand Prairie animal shelter.
He was found wandering around loose and was on the malnourished side.
He is a young male, approximately 18 mos. to 2 yrs. old. He needs some
work getting more fully leash broken but has a very solid temperament
and is very sweet. He is a tall brindle. We are calling him "Angus"
and Melanie Mercer, DVM is fostering him. She has already performed his
neuter surgery for us and he is under her veterinary care for a hygroma,
and has also tested heartworm positive, so she will also begin treatments
for this. We are hoping to find his forever home soon.
If anyone is interested in adopting this young boy, please contact Cherry
Rolle to complete an application, Cherryr1@airmail.net
or call 817-516-0994.
Don't Forget Irish Fest!!!
Sat. March 3rd & Sun. March 4th, 2007
We NEED Volunteers!!
Reminder… Irish Fest is just around the corner! It will be the
first weekend of March. If you will be able to help set up and/or tear
down our booth, please contact Cherry Rolle @ 817- 516-0994 or e-mail:
Welcome New Members
A very warm welcome to our newest CLUB Members:
W E L C O M E !
Missouri City, TX
Club members can find contact information for our newest members in the
latest club roster sent out by Lesa.
How to Prepare for a New Puppy
- Pour cold apple juice on the carpet in several places, and walk around
barefoot in the dark.
- Wear a sock to work that has had the toes shredded by a blender.
- Immediately upon waking, stand outside in the rain and dark saying,
"Be a good puppy, go potty now - hurry up - come on, lets go!"
- Cover all your best suits with dog hair. Dark suits must use white
hair, and light suits must use dark hair. Also float some hair in your
first cup of coffee in the morning.
- Play "catch" with a wet tennis ball.
- Run out in the snow in your bare feet to close the gate
- Tip over a basket of clean laundry, scatter clothing all over the
- Leave your underwear on the living room floor, because that's where
the dog will drag it anyway. (Especially when you have company.)
- Jump out of your chair shortly before the end of your favorite TV
program and run to the door shouting, "No no! Do that OUTSIDE!"
Miss the end of the program.
- Put chocolate pudding on the carpet in the morning, and don't try
to clean it up until you return from work that evening.
- Gouge the leg of the dinning room table several times with a screwdriver
-- it's going to get chewed on anyway
- Take a warm and cuddly blanket out of the dryer and immediately wrap
it around yourself. This is the feeling you will get when your puppy
falls asleep on your lap.
-- Author Unknown
Sugar Substitute May Be Dangerous to Dogs
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) discusses
the sometimes fatal conditions developed by dogs that have ingested xylitol.
Xylitol is a sweetener found in many sugar-free chewing gums, candies,
baked goods and toothpaste.
Here's yet another substance that needs to be kept from our pets! Read
the full article at the AVMA website.
Please, don’t forget to send in your Membership Dues for 2007 if
you have not already done so. They are now PAST DUE.
Also, if you are planning to attend Irish Fest and are willing to help
out with either manning the booth, setting up or breaking down the display,
PLEASE return your sign up sheet to Cherry, ASAP. She needs to know who
she can count on to be there!
We need money donations for the NTIWC Hospitality Room at the IWCA National
Specialty. This will be held at the Southfork Hotel on Monday, April 9th,
from 2pm - 7pm. We also need volunteers to help with hosting the room. If
you can do either, PLEASE contact Lesa via email. Anything will be most
appreciated. Thank you!
If you are not receiving news, or emails, from the NTIWC on a regular basis,
are you remembering to notify me when you change email carriers, so I can
update the membership roster and email list? Please be sure to let me know
if you want to keep informed of club functions. I don’t have SPYWARE,
<G> so you need to let me know!
Speaking of which, I have a new email address, but I will be keeping the
old one too for a while.
Accupuncture Point for Bloat: It Simply Works
Dr. Krowzack demonstrates
By C.A. Krowzack, DVM
This article is reprinted here with the kind permission
of theGreat Lakes Irish Wolfhound Association and Dr. Chris Krowzack.
In February of 1998, the Great Lakes Irish Wolfhound Association (GLIWA)
held their annual meeting. The meeting is an occasion for fellowship of
the members; the club attends to business and also hosts a speaker on a
special topic. In the past it has been obedience, therapy dog training,
and this year the topic was acupuncture.
Dr. Debbie Mitchell gave an overview of what acupuncture is, its history
and its medical uses.
Then, using a member’s dog showed the participants several acupuncture/acupressure
points that they could utilize. One point was to stimulate gastrointestinal
motility to combat bloat.
This week at my clinic, a GLIWA member brought her wolfhound in for an
examination. During the night Quinn had begun experiencing discomfort. He
sleeps in the bedroom with his owners. The husband had worked a long day
and was asleep, but the wife was awakened by the restless behavior of Quinn.
When she petted him she found his abdomen severely enlarged and hard to
the touch. She knew it was bloat, but didn’t know what to do. She
is a small woman, and Quinn a large dog. She remembered the acupressure
point Dr. Mitchell had shown and began massaging it. Within a few minutes,
Quinn began passing "a lot of gas" and his abdomen became smaller
and softer. The husband and wife brought Quinn in the next morning to make
sure he was all right, and because he had diarrhea.
On examination, Quinn was completely normal. He was not experiencing discomfort
upon palpation, and no abnormalities beside the diarrhea could be found.
Because she remembered the acupressure point, the wife had saved Quinn’s
life. The acupressure point is on the hind leg. If you start at the hock,
on the front of the leg (anterior) you can feel the tibia. Move your hand
up the leg along the tibia’s sharp crest; what in humans would be
called the shin. As your hand approaches the stifle, or the "knee"
the crest becomes very pronounced and then curls around to the outside (laterally).
Just inside this curve is a depression. The acupressure point is in this
depression. An acupuncturist might insert a needle into this spot, or inject
a liquid, but, as Quinn’s owners will attest, massaging also stimulates
the point. The gastrointestinal tract starts to contract and move (peristalsis)
and expels the built up gas before torsion can occur. If torsion has occurred,
massaging the spot will not help.
I don’t recommend this procedure instead of veterinary treatment,
but begun early, or on the way for veterinary treatment, can save your hound’s
A further note, Dr Krowzack has studied acupuncture at Colorado State University
Veterinary College this past year and is now a board certified veterinary
K-State Veterinarian Says Special Surger Usually Best for
Dog's Ligament Tear
Source: Dr. James Roush, 785-532-4134, email@example.com
News release prepared by: Erica Snyder, 785-532-6415
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
MANHATTAN -- Tearing a cruciate ligament in the knee is not just something
humans can do. Man's best friend also can sustain the injury.
And, just like in humans, surgery may be the best option to repair the
damage in dogs, according to a Kansas State University veterinary medicine
Dr. James Roush, K-State professor of clinical sciences and a small animal
orthopedic surgeon, said a tear in the cruciate ligaments in dogs is caused
by arthritis or rigorous physical activity. The cruciate ligaments are in
the hind knees of dogs and prevent the tibia -- the bone below the knee
-- from sliding forward when bearing weight.
If a dog is older, overweight and already has problems with arthritis,
the probability of tearing ligaments in both hind legs is higher, Roush
said. On the other hand, if a younger dog is playing catch and lands improperly
on a back leg, the chance of tearing the cruciate ligaments in both hind
legs is less likely, he said.
When it comes to repairing the ligaments, Roush said one type of surgery
"There are about 40 described techniques for repairing cruciates that
all work roughly the same, but tibial plateau leveling osteotomy is the
gold standard," Roush said. "The purpose of the surgery is to
ease a dog's arthritis and limit the advancement of arthritis, or to repair
the ligament so the dog can return to its normal activity."
On average, six to eight tibial plateau leveling osteotomy surgeries are
performed weekly at K-State's Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital -- and
the surgery has a high success rate, Roush said.
"The results verify what practicing veterinary surgeons have been
saying for years: The reason they are so in favor of this surgery is because
they have less client complaints afterwards," he said.
"Once the ligament surgery is healed, it will stay that way. In other
words, you won't have to redo it. This is different from other procedures."
Roush recommends the surgery particularly when the injured animal weighs
more than 30 pounds and/or has an active lifestyle.
One sign that a dog may have torn a cruciate ligament is if it appears
to have a lame hind leg. Roush says the dog should be examined by a veterinarian
as soon as possible. If surgery is recommended, he said getting a second
opinion, just as humans would do, is best.
When the surgery is performed at K-State, the dog will stay two days at
the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, going home the second night. The
dog can be expected to put slight weight on the hind foot one day after
the surgery. Some form of physical therapy also is recommended. At K-State,
the recommended therapy is having the dog walk on the underwater treadmill.
The bone should heal in about eight weeks, Roush said.
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Mark Your Calendars - Upcoming Events
- March 2 - 5: North Texas Irish Festival
Don't forget to let Cherry know if you are able to attend and help with
the booth this year!
- Sunday, March 18: NTIWC Meeting & Confirmation
Brenda & Gary Fairbanks' home - This event has been rescheduled (previous
date February 24). Further details will be emailed to the membership and
posted to the website once they are available.
- Monday, April 9, 2pm - 7pm: NTIWC Hospitality Room
at Southfork Hotel
Volunteers are needed to greet exhibitors and distribute hospitality bags
and show packets. Please contact Kim Stamen or Lesa Newbitt if you would
like to help. This is a great chance to meet other IW people, including
fanciers, exhibitors, and breeders from all over the U.S., and Canada.
- April 9 - 13: IWCA National Specialty Show
at Southfork Ranch & Hotel
See the IWCA
website for further details
Cancer Treatment with Neoplasene
by Julia Szabo
Congratulations to Jeniffer Johnson and her young boy Waverine's Astos
(Ty) on winning his first 2 points when he went Winner's Dog and Best
of Winners at Nolan River Kennel Club. The look on Jen’s face alone
was worth a thousand words! She was so excited, as well she should be.
To say "Ty" is a BIG puppy may be a bit of an understatement,
however, since the first day she brought him out he has been one of the
most well behaved young hounds you will ever meet.
Jen says of joining NTIWC, "I first met Cherry at Irish Fest, in
1999. I came to meet Cherry and some Hounds, and stayed all day long.
The club basically hasn't been able to get rid of me since that day. I
attended events and pitched in to help where I could, for some time, before
I joined. And, of course, some time after that I actually got a Wolfhound."
I think Jen's wait paid off! Ty is a delight to be around and charms
everyone he meets. Jen has done a wonderful job training him and I'm certain
his breeders would be incredibly proud of the fine job she has done.
Unfortunately, Ty’s official show photo was not available at the
time of the newsletter publication, so I have attached another photo Jen
provided for me, along with the information from the show catalog.
Nolan River Kennel Club 1/07/2007
JUDGE: Ms Dorothy D Nickles
Twelve To Eighteen Month Dogs
WAVERINE'S ASTOS - 08/15/2005
BREEDER: Betina Brink Vandel.
By Wolfhouse Ornette Coleman-Kanallasen's Lucretia.
OWNER: Jeniffer Johnson
According to a chilling new statistic, fifty percent of all dogs and cats
over age 10 will get cancer. It’s a statistic I’m on intimate
terms with: my 12-year-old dog Sam has been fighting the disease since 2003.
Dr. Terry Fox of Montana also knows that statistic well. He’s seen
many animals suffer the pain of chemotherapy, radiation, and multiple surgeries,
including amputation, only to break their owners’ hearts by dying
prematurely in the end.
Inspired by his black lab Boomer, who died in April at age 16, Fox is on
a mission to give fellow animal lovers the maximum quality time possible
with their pets. “It’s a passion with me,” he says of
Buck Mountain Botanicals (buckmountainbotanicals.com), the company he founded
to develop plant-based medicines for animals.
“Cancer does not have to be a death knell,” says Fox. To prove
it, he formulated a medicine called Neoplasene whose key ingredients are
alkaloids found in the bloodroot plant (sanguinaria). While conventional
cancer treatments indiscriminately attack all of the body’s cells
to destroy the cancerous ones, Neoplasene is selective. “It recognizes
cancer and kills it, leaving healthy tissue unharmed,” Fox says. “The
alkaloids in this medicine distinguish between diseased and healthy tissue,
a fact confirmed by researchers at Case Western Reserve University Medical
Worldwide, thousands of veterinarians are routinely using Neoplasene, Fox
says. One of them, Dr. Jill Elliot of Manhattan (nyholisticvet.com), has
a patient named Athos, a 10-year-old Belgian Shepherd who underwent surgery
to remove a cancerous tumor two years ago. Oncologists gave Athos six months
to live, but Elliot used conventional and homeopathic medicine to keep the
dog in remission until last month, when another tumor appeared.
Almost immediately after Elliot injected the new growth with Neoplasene,
she says, “the tumor started turning white, and about five hours later,
the sick tissue was literally dying and dripping off. It’s astounding,”
Elliott adds. “This is so miraculous that I’m fully endorsing
Neoplasene - with results like this, it’s worth devoting the rest
of my practice just to this.”
Unfortunately, many oncologists scoff at this treatment - you will likely
have to locate a holistic vet who's open to using it; contact Dr. Fox at
406-232-1185 and he can recommend a holistic vet in your area that uses
Reprinted from the New York Post, Aug. 06, by permission
of author & pet reporter - Julia Szabo
A dog's life as pets left home alone get the blues
by Angie Brown
North Texas Irish Wolfhound Club Address
C/O Cherry Rolle
5250 Banks Road
Ft. Worth, TX 76140-7900
New Club Officers:
President: Cherry Rolle
Vice-President: Kim Stamen
Secretary: Brenda Fairbanks
Treasurer: Christine Dison
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Webmaster: Jeniffer Johnson
Houston Area Contact/Coordinator: Robin Smith
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INCREASING numbers of pets are suffering from stress and behavioural problems
as a result of being left at home alone for long periods of time, new research
Eight out of ten veterinarians say they have seen an increase in animals
suffering problems as a result of being left by their owners.
The problems suffered by pets are similar to those humans may experience
as a result of loneliness, such as stress and depression.
Just over a quarter of people who responded to a poll by the insurance
company More Than said their pet had suffered from some sort of behavioural
problem, with leaving animals alone seen to be the main cause of the problem.
Ironically, 70 per cent of owners said that they kept a pet for companionship.
The Scottish SPCA also said they were seeing an increase in the number
of cases of dogs suffering from "loneliness".
The research was based on responses from 350 vets and 1,700 pet owners
questioned by mail during June.
Joyce Stuart, a leading Scottish canine behaviourist who is based in Lanarkshire,
said it was common to find pet dogs suffering from "separation anxiety".
She explained: "It is a condition which means when the dog is left
on its own in a house, it cannot cope.
"This can occur for example if the dog has been used to company and
then the owner suddenly gets a job and the dog is left all day on its own.
"Symptoms can manifest in one of three ways - the dog either barks
continuously, it chews and destroys furniture, or it does the toilet in
"Now they don't do this as retaliation for being left on their own;
instead, it is a way for the dog to relieve stress.
"The period of time a dog can be left varies between dogs, but nine
hours while an owner is at work is too long.
"If someone wants a dog but they work full-time, then they really
should rethink their decision."
She added that it was not too late if a pet owner's dog was showing signs
of "separation anxiety".
"An animal behaviourist can give advice to help solve problems if
a dog is showing signs of distress," she said.
Sophie de Pelet, a veterinary adviser for More Than, said: "Unfortunately,
it is a fact of life that man's best friend is often left alone for long
periods of time when pet owners go out to work.
"This can be extremely stressful for animals, especially dogs, who
like company. Worryingly, persistent anxiety can contribute to long-term
"Dogs should ideally not be left alone for longer than four to five
hours. With cats it is more difficult to specify a time period but beware
- if they are not getting companionship at home, they may well uproot and
move in elsewhere."
A spokeswoman for the Scottish SSPCA said: "Dogs are pack animals
and therefore when we leave them alone for long periods they see it that
they have done something wrong, as they have been 'discarded' from the family."
This article: http://news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=1844072005
Reprinted by permission from Kerry Black, Syndication Executive,
Scotsman Publications Ltd. http://www.scotsman.com