Shiloh Shepherd Times, NOVEMBER 2005
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
by Heather O'Connor
Fall is a time of great beauty as the leaves change into a tapestry of color and the temperature begins to cool. It is a wonderful time to enjoy long brisk walks with our dogs.
It is also a time of reflection, a look into our past year. One thing keeps rising to the forefront – our many natural and man-made disasters. Hurricane Katrina has brought the animal world to a point of action. Legislation has been introduced that would require local and state emergency authorities to include pets and service dogs in disaster evacuation plans. But have we, each one of us, prepared ourselves, our pets and our families for a disaster? We all need to address this issue with our own families in the very near future.
The following Web sites may assist you in this disaster preparedness:
We have so much to be thankful for. Let’s make sure we have our families and our pets with us for many, many more joy-filled years. Plan now for a safe tomorrow.
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Dear ISSDC Members:
that said, we have some new officers to announce. I, Wendy Fullerton,
have taken the position of President, Patti Schaefer is still our Vice
President, Susi Ramstead is still our treasurer, and we have a new director
on board... drum roll please.... Gale Peluso as our bookkeeper and as our
Secretary, we have our first official MAN ON BOARD, John Laursen! He will
be helped by his wonderful wife, Laurie!
With the winter winds creeping in, sadly, late October spells the end of the show season here in Canada and we’re left to wait a long and cold five months until the new season begins in March 2006.
However, the ISSDC-Canada was not about to let the 2005 season end without a bang! Hosting our first ever ISSDC-Canada Specialty at the RBCSWO Brampton show on the cold wet weekend of Oct 22/23, visitors saw the single largest gathering of Shilohs ever here in Canada!
With 35 dogs in attendance, ranging in age from just 12 weeks to 4 ½ years old, the Shiloh Shepherds again dominated the attendance at the RBC show and was the single largest group represented (total attendance was approx. 130 dogs)! Participants came in from all parts of Ontario, PEI, and some even made the drive up from various US states.
Completely unified and enjoying the show as a collective, the weekend was highlighted with the first ever ISSDC-Canada Specialty! Specialty ribbons, plaques, and commemorative Parade of Champions rosettes were presented. The Parade included some newly championed youngsters, and the return to the ring of a master (Breed & Canadian Champion Kai Lyn’s Sarge!). Additionally, every participant received a special goody bag thanks to the donations from various companies in the pet food industry (Multi Menu, Natural Balance, Old Mother Hubbard, and Rollover all generously donated) and a free raffle was held for 20 donated training toys from “Custom Tugs by Cathy”.
Food tents & BBQs were set up outdoors to feed the Shiloh faithful with free hot lunches on both days (food provided by Robert Grieves and yours truly). Often, with music playing in the background, these tents proved to be an outdoor congregating area away from the hustle and bustle of ringside.
It was such a positive sign to see so many “first-time-showing” families out with their new fur kids! By ensuring strong turnouts at the Canadian events, and welcoming newcomers into the ISSDC family, we can ensure that the Canadian public gets a chance to see what we all know – just how wonderful this breed truly is. The continued high participation in Ontario will ensure that the Shilohs remain in the forefront of the rare breed world and will provide examples of the high standards of the Shilohs being bred in both Canada and the United States.
Organization has already begun for the next ISSDC-Canada Specialty and Parade of Champions at the Toronto Sportsman Show (confirmed for the weekend of March 18th/19th 2006). We’ve set a very aggressive attendance target of 45 shilohs, so come on out and join us! The Toronto show provides an excellent opportunity for dogs to earn points towards their Canadian Rare Breed Championship and is frequented by literally thousands of visitors! Email us with any questions. Details will be provided on the “soon-to-be-complete” ISSDC-Canada Website & forums.
Finally, special thanks to Cher Bender of Keystone Shilohs for her work on producing the award plaques, to breeders Bold Canine, Genesis Shilohs, Kai Lyn Shilohs, Kellisa Shilohs, Miracle Shilohs, and Shamrock Shilohs for their sponsorship of the Specialty plaques. And to everyone else who contributed to making this weekend such a hit!
Dear Abi. After your enlightening article on the BARF diet
a couple of months ago, I started thinking about November. What is it
that our humans cook? Sure smells good. Almost as good as Punxy Phil...
Concerned Shiloh (and good eater) in NY.
Ah, Thanksgiving is almost upon us! The beautiful colors,
lots of great food. and all the family and friends!! As the kitchen
fills with the wonderful aroma of the turkey and dressing everyone
anticipates the coming feast, our Shiloh friends included. It can be
very tempting to share the rich food with our four legged pals with
the pleading look in their soulful eyes and the longs strings of saliva
hanging from their lips.
2 pounds ground turkey
Spray a 9" loaf pan with canola cooking spray; set aside. Combine the all the ingredients except the broth. Mix the ingredients together well and place the mixture into the loaf pan. Press the mixture into the pan. Pour the gravy over the loaf and bake to 350° for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until browned on top. Cool, then cut the loaf into about six slices. Wrap in plastic wrap or foil and store in the refrigerator. Or, if your house is like mine, cut into seven pieces and feed one to each dog. Just break the slices into bite-size pieces.
Or some scrumptious Turkey Gobblers:
1 cup ground turkey
1. Preheat oven to 375*.In a frying pan, cook ground turkey, crumble into small pieces and set aside for a paper towel. combine flour, and cornmeal in a large bowl, then in a separate bowl, beat egg, oil and water, then add tarragon. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well.Fold in ground turkey and mix again. (Turn dough on onto lightly floured surface and knead until thoroughly mixed together. Roll dough out to 1/2" thick and cut into shapes.
2. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or till firm. cool and serve.Keep any leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
And don't forget to watch the dog show (http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6560129) on NBC at noon on Thanksgiving Day!
Everyone have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving Day!!!
IABCA - November 5-6, 2005
ARBA - November 12-13, 2005
Rarities - November 12-13
Rarities - Nov 26 & 27
NKC December 3
ARBA - December 3-4, 2005
ARBA - December 9-10, 2005
NKC December 10
IABCA - December 10-11, 2005
Thank you, Jan Burke, for all your hard work assembling the show calendar. Check out the complete2005 Show Calendar at Jan's website.
Shop for the Holidays!
sire: Shiloh's Easy Rider (Sr)
During the Christmas season of 1994, Poca came to us. I had been in upstate New York for the day and as I was getting ready to leave, Poca's beautiful dark eyes followed me everywhere. When I left, Poca was with me. When we got home, she needed to be shaved down and bathed several times, but by morning, Poca was a lovely clean girl and very happy to be inside.
She was bred to Lobo in the spring of 1995 and produced 7 lovely babies, my first litter. Before that, she had produced some of our most famous Shilohs... Windsong's Katrinka D'Shiloh, Shiloh's Grand Elizzabeth, Joan's Northstar Of Zion, Chateau De Chief's Thor and of course, my beautiful Tawnee.
Poca could float around the ring, even in her older years. When she came to our shows, everyone surrounded her and of course, she held court as the Grand Ol' Dam.
In her later years, Poca lived with Steve and Marie Suter, very good
friends of mine who cherished Poca's every moment. She died quietly
in her home and was buried under a large flowering cherry tree on Suter's
property. She was a tough girl who lived well and died knowing that
for the last half of her life, she was loved, honored and well cared
for as she deserved to be.
sire: NS abci Ch. CJ’s Lobo Amado
De Windsong, CGC, TDI, ROM
When I began looking for a Shiloh Shepherd a little more than 5 years ago, we had the honor to meet Carl and Judy Vaneman at CJ Shiloh Shepherds. When I arrived at the farm, the first dog I saw was Bo. At that point I knew I wanted a puppy as close to Bo as possible.
Sampson is a very muscular, well built Shiloh with years of hiking, hill climbing and sprint work giving him a very conditioned physique. He moves with determination and purpose but also possesses the fluid gait proper for this breed.
Sam is my perfect match. He is extremely loyal and loving, protective yet gentle. He loves to hunt, hike (5 miles a day are the norm), swim, and go for truck rides. He is a farm dog at heart, enjoying every moment at Grandma Judy’s and anywhere else he can run free. He enjoys herding horses, donkeys, cats and cattle. He is trustworthy and bonded enough to me, that he can enjoy most of our time together off lead. I have been able to take him into many different situations with many types of people including children, the handicapped, the elderly and those confined for various reasons. Sam’s demeanor never changes but is given a lot of respect due to his carriage and stature.
Conformation Shows have not been a big priority in Sam’s life but he has been successful in the shows attended winning 7 best of breeds and 6 best in shows this past year.
Thank you Judy for giving me the dog I had asked for which was as close to Bo as possible.
Sire: Trinity-Dakota's Shadow Chaser
She was all I dreamed off and more. Soon we were training for SAR, obedience, and eventually agility and herding as well. Along the way I discovered the fun of conformation showing and Nyssa became a breed and IABCA champion. In addition, she earned obedience CD title, did a little tracking on a side, got an agility leg toward her title, several herding titles, and became a mother to 21 awesome puppies, several of which are already following in her footsteps. More importantly, over the years Nyssa remained my friend, partner, always loyal and wonderful, willing to work with in anything we do.
Thanks to Nyssa, I ended up spending a week in Indonesia with a medical team after the tsunami disaster. A group called Paramedics for Children fielded a team of medical professionals at the invitation of Indonesian government. They were looking for a trained canine search and rescue team and we were chosen. Nyssa ended up not going due to airline regulations but I went on and spent a time in a refugee camp in Meulaboh. It was a life changing experience.
sire: NS abci Ch. CJ’s Lobo
Amado De Windsong, CGC, TDI, ROM
Lexie is a gorgeous girl with wonderful temperament. Perhaps her greatest accomplishment, aside from being the sweetest girl and the great guard dog when she needs to be, is that she saved my husband, Jim's, life last fall.
Jim was out back cleaning out the leaves from our fish and frog filled
lily pond. We have the pond fenced off because Lex has been known to
jump in and feast on the small frogs. It was a slippery night, leaves
were everywhere and Jim was clearing them from the netting on top of
the pond, some snow was on the ground and Lex and her brother, Bentley
the Bouvier, were outside with him. Lexie was watching him closely. There
are large, sharp boulders around the pond, and they are quite slippery
when wet. Jim lost his balance, fell over the fencing and into the deepest
part of the pond. The water was freezing at that time of year and he
was unable to get a grip on the rocks because they were so wet. Lexie
jumped the fence, buttressed herself against the boulders and grabbed
Jim by the clothes around his neck while he put his arms around her neck
and she pulled him out of the pond, up over the boulders and over the
fence! Bentley was at the door when I heard the commotion, talking, but
not helping his sister!
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