The Master National Retriever Foundation announces a new Humanitarian Sportsman Recognition award for individuals or groups within the Retriever Hunting Test (RHT) Sport that participate in the Master National Retriever Hunting Test program and provide humanitarian services to either those in the sport or outside the sport.
The US Food and Drug Administration is investigating the link between certain pet foods, many labeled as "grain-free," and canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers, breeds not disposed to DCM, began being reported with DCM. All reported cases had consistently eaten grain alternatives in their diets The AKC article is at https://tinyurl.com/yy764myg. The AKC article lists the dog foods with reported DCM cases and the number of reported cases. The article has links to FDA studies.
Dr. Josh Stern at [...]
AKC Performance Events has updated the regulations "Allowing Consecutive Judging Assignments."
See the AKC Announcement at
The MRC Board has made a $1,000.00 donation to the North Valley Animal Disaster Response Group. They are the "boots on the ground" all volunteer organization coordinating the care, feeding and housing of the literally hundreds of animals in the aftermath of the Paradise fire.
They have a website www.nvadg.org if you want to read more about this dedicated group of volunteers. They are being assisted by the National Guard and have their hands full! The MRC Board of Directors felt this was the right thing to do and urgent that we do it when we did. Please if you have [...]
Not that many years ago, the Club Secretaries job for putting on a Hunt Test was incredibly difficult. All the entries were received via what is now called “snail mail” mail. Oftentimes special deliveries were overnighted and came pouring in hours before the deadline approached. The envelopes were put in a grocery bag and shaken up. Usually several members gathered together for the “drawing” of the names and thus created the running order. (inevitably some would show up the next day and calls had to be made to very unhappy folks that didn’t get their entry in in time). Development [...]
The Marin Retriever Club is proud to offer a new perpetual trophy for its members. This trophy will be presented annually at the Holiday party to the current MRC member who has accumulated the most points as a team (same handler/same dog) in AKC Hunt Tests and/or AKC Field Trials. The trophy has been generously developed and donated by member John Schulte. Thanks John! It will be up to the individual members to tally their points and submit them to the Awards Committee in November of each year. More details about qualifying for the award can be found on the [...]
There are 3 words on this trophy. They are Teamwork, Perseverance and Achievement. How does Nick The Dog and his handler meet these criteria? His formal name is Grand Champion MACH JK Blackngolds Nick of Time SH RN MXS MJB WC VCX ADHF.
Teamwork. Teamwork began with Nick’s show career when he was about 18months old. In limited showing he finished his Breed Champion (CH) the day after his 2nd birthday. The next five years were spent training and competing in agility, which didn’t come as easy. Forced time off due to injuries to both himself and his handler, delayed things [...]
From Bill Daley through Laura Judd
“The following is information in regard to the new AKC scratch policy adopted by the Office of Performance Events which I have discussed with some of you. Others are copied as if you are unaware of the change it should be of interest.
The change was brought to my attention by Robin Gulvin who had learned it from Julie Cole our West Coast Member of the AKC Retriever Advisory Committee who was present at this years meeting of the RAC that was held in conjunction with the recent National Retriever Clubs Championship Stake where the rule [...]
The 2017 Board celebrates at the Annual Holiday Party. Left to Right Frances Treasurer, Chris Hempel Director at Large, Bob Lutolf Director at Large and Pat Romeiro President
“Your dog is dying of congestive heart failure”. I have had to say this to too many clients. There are several causes of congestive heart failure (CHF) but one now appears to be preventable. The one we will discuss is due to a deficiency of taurine. Proteins are comprised of amino acids, some essential, that is the body cannot manufacture them, others are non essential and the body can manufacture them from precursors. Taurine is a non essential amino acid therefore dog food manufactures do not add it to their product. There are factors that can interfere with the absorption [...]