Shiloh Shepherd Times, DECEMBER 2005

Happy Holidays Everyone!
by Heather O'Connor

Welcome to the Season full of Joy and Celebration! May your homes be full of good cheer, great food, wonderful companions and lots of love.

During this season there are many holidays to celebrate such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Boxing Day and Kwanzaa. Some things we all have in common-we all decorate, we all eat, we all open presents and generally we all stress out!

Our pets sense our stress and may react to it in inappropriate ways. This is a time for lots of patience and gentleness.

A big issue for our pets is the many decorative plants we use like poinsettia which will give them an upset stomach, mistletoe and holly which is toxic and the live Christmas tree if you use preservatives in the water can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

Remember when decorating the tree, tinsel can get wrapped up in the intestines of tinsel-nibbling pets and can require surgery - so skip the tinsel.

Last but not least Chocolate-eating of chocolate can lead to tremors, seizures and arrhythmia. 4 to 5 ounces is considered toxic so please take care of those yummy chocolate filled goodies.

Finally, we are all guilty - just one little piece of turkey......won't spoil them. Overdoing the "special" table scraps can lead to tummy aches and diarhea. So do be careful-moderation and commonsense!

Just an interesting fact, and I think way to low (get honest people) - 52 % of pet owners said they planned to feed table scraps to their pets during the holiday season. Source: 2004 Healthy Bark & Purr Survey

Wishing you and yours pets a wonderful Joy-filled Holiday Season! Stay well and happy! Hug your children and your pets! Share that love with someone who needs it. See you all next year!

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Dear ISSDC Members:

Here it is the end of the year, our last newsletter of 2005. The subject of this message from the Board is to give thanks to all who have made 2005 successful for us and to look forward to 2006

I can’t tell you how much we appreciate the hard work, dedication, and passion exhibited by our members for the betterment of the Shiloh Shepherd breed. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you all.

The year 2006 should be equally exciting for us! We will be calling on you for help over the next 12 months with some big projects we have lined up. We need a logo and some breed specific art work. We want to build an open database that covers everything from pedigree information to pictures to health data. We want to expand our membership and chapters. We want more events on the west coast and central states as well as western and central Canada. We want to have a Stud Book and Bitch Book section of Member's Only website. Hopefully we will have our Versatility and Futurity program formed. We want to do some sort of Judges Education tool on our Breed Standard. We want more focus on events for our “companion” Shiloh’s. And we would like to see the advertising for our club systemized. Phew, that’s a load of projects.

So to all of you from the Board of Directors, have a safe and blessed holiday and we’ll see ya next year!!

-Wendy Fullerton, President


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Dear Abi. My humans are really acting strange and I knew you could tell me why. Last night, they dragged an entire tree into the house! Then they laughed, drank red stuff and put lights all over that tree. Well, I am here to tell you, when I hiked my leg up to 'mark' that tree as my own, I got quite a shock... literally. My humans were yelling and then worried about me... knocked me tail over tin cups. So Abi, exactly what is going on now? These humans are so hard to figure out. Very fuzzy Shiloh in CT

Dear Fuzzy (giggle). Sorry, I couldn't resist.
Your humans are celebrating what they call Christmas--or to be PC about it, the Holidays. The Holidays mean many things to different humans, but it seems they bring in the great outdoors and put all kinds of delicate stuff on it. Then, they tell us not to even think about touching it! Geesh... outside, we can even chew on those things. But inside, well it seems to be different.

Also, you will see the very same relatives that were there just last week will all be coming back to your house soon to eat all of your food again, and then leave. Not to mention you will be dining alone instead of sitting at the table with your humans. You may also get lucky and have some packages to unwrap with toys and goodies for you.

So Fuzzy, enjoy the Holidays and the CJ gang wishes you and yours a blessed, safe, and warm season's greetings!!

"Since Christmas is for children, here is my picture as a pup"

Abigail Atherton
Senior Correspondent
for Shiloh Shepherd Times

by Susi Ramstead

Dear ISSDC Members,

As our first year comes to an end, the Board Members of the ISSDC are very happy and proud of what we have accomplished. At this time, we would like to invite all of you to renew your membership. There is a quick and easy online form for you to fill out on our website and we now except online payments.

We also want to invite new members, the ISSDC is open to everyone! Perks of membership include a monthly newsletter, free advertising for breeders, puppy announcements, keeping up to date with club activities such as shows and play dates, training advice and more.

So join us in moving forward for the betterment of the breed.


by Frank Rescigno

It was a beautiful autumn day. The sky was clear, the air was crisp and the leaves were yellow, brown and orange. The grass at the cemetery was still bright green. The casket was a deep wood tone. The old man in the casket would have appreciated the beautiful box he was lying in. Hundreds of people had come to pay their respects to the old man that was about to be lowered into the ground. Inside the casket with the man were baseballs, trophies, newspaper clippings, photos, dog collars and ribbons from a dog show. But none of these people were looking at the casket. They were all looking at the two large shepherd dogs that were sitting with the man’s family. They were awesome looking dogs, but you could see the sadness in their eyes. They would go from sitting to lying down and their eyes were always on the casket. Every once and a while a family member would pat them on their heads or scratch them behind their ears. But they didn’t look up; they just looked at the casket.

People around the gravesite talked about seeing the old man walking his dogs. They knew how much he cared about those dogs and how much the dogs cared about the old man. The people remembered how the old man always talked about his family, children and the dogs. He was very proud of his family and very proud of his dogs. The dogs were young, two years old and four years old. The man’s children were full grown and young adults. But the old man was too young to die. All the people were looking at those two dogs. Some people knew the man when he was a young athlete. Some of the people were here because the old man had helped them one way or another. And some of the people were there because they had become friends with the old man through the dogs.

The old man was well respected throughout the area. He held a very important position within the community. But the last few years the old man lived for his family and his dogs. At the cemetery there were quite a few children. People knew the old man helped many of these children with their problems. .


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