MFGRC General Meeting Saturday in Lakeland

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club will hold a general meeting on Saturday, Feb. 17, after Goldens show at the Strawberry Cluster in Lakeland. Goldens are in Ring 7 at 1:45 p.m. so the meeting will be held in the general area of the ring at approximately 4 p.m. Bringing your own chair is recommended.

For those who have never been to the Strawberry Cluster, which in addition to conformation includes obedience, rally, dock diving, lure coursing, barn hunt and more, it’s held at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. Ring 7 will be inside one of several aircraft hangars that are used for the show.

The Sun ‘N Fun Facility address is 4175 Medulla Rd., Lakeland, FL 33811

Entry Premium Available for MFGRC Fun Match

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club will hold its annual Fun Match on Saturday, March 17, and the entry premium for the event is now available.

The AKC-sanctioned B Match will include all-breed Obedience and Rally as well as conformation for Golden Retrievers only. It will be held outdoors at the home of MFGRC president Ann Rowe in Sorrento, Fla., and participation is open to everyone.

MFGRC members Jean Bates (Obedience), Chris Jeffrey (Rally) and Alejandro Lima (Conformation) will be judges. The Match hours will be 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

All entrants are asked to bring a prize for the raffle table. MFGRC members will hold a general meeting at the conclusion of the match.

The entry premium can be downloaded here.

Team Members Sought for MFGRC DOCOF Entry

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club would like to enter a team in the annual Dog Obedience Clubs of Florida (DOCOF) competition and is looking for club members who would like to participate.

MFGRC members and dogs are needed to compete in Novice, Open and Utility classes, and dogs do not have to be titled in those classes to be eligible to compete. Also, Veteran dogs are welcomed on the team and will be able to jump their preferred jump height.

In addition, two club members are asked to volunteer to steward a half for the team.

DOCOF is an association of clubs and training schools from across the State of Florida who gather together every Labor Day weekend to share stories, food and have the annual Team Obedience friendly competition. The organization’s goals are to promote humane dog obedience training through the cooperation of all member organizations throughout Florida, and encourage sportsmanlike competition.

The DOCOF Competition is the only one of its kind in the United States with more than 30 teams gathering from around the state.

The competition will be held on Sunday, Sept. 2, at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla. Setup and practice will be the previous day. Each new Exhibitor gets a DOCOF pin, and each Exhibitor gets a year bar to add to that pin every year.

Interested club members are asked to contact team manager Deena Strauss at dsgoldens@gmail.com.

Plan Now! MFGRC Offering Year-End Awards for Eligible Members

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club will once again be offering year-end awards for members and their dogs who accomplish great things in 2018.

The club will offer “Dog of the Year” awards in the categories of show, tracking, field, obedience, rally and agility along with a “Versatility Dog of the Year.”

Members must apply for the awards with an application that will be made available late in the summer.

The award period is from Dec. 1, 2017, through Nov. 29, 2018. Dogs must reside with the person making the application. To be eligible for any award, the club member must have volunteered/worked at two club functions (or equivalent work for the club) during the awards period and attended one of the club’s general meetings.