Want to Volunteer for the 2020 GRCA National? Here’s How

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club is hosting the 2020 Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty and needs help from all members of the club.

Many members have already signed up for various committees and activities related to the 2020 and have already been involved in meetings and planning. But more volunteer positions remain unfilled, both for advance planning and for jobs the week of the event.

Volunteer coordinators Dot and Allison Hively are maintaining an active list of volunteers and jobs. Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact them via email – even if you don’t know what area you’d like to help with, they can tell you what is available and sign you up.

Dot and Allison can be reached via email at dnahively (at) gmail (dot com).

The National Specialty will include 13 days of competition, social events, clinics, seminars, shopping and more. The National will span October 16-28, 2020, with the majority held between Monday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 24 at the beautiful new World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Fla. Best of Breed will be on Saturday and close activities in Ocala. The Hunt Test and Field Trial events will be held at a nearby location.  

New Edition of “Golden Tales” Newsletter Now Available

The brand-new June edition of “Golden Tales,” the newsletter of the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club, is now available for reading and downloading on this website.

The new edition includes a “Member Spotlight” feature on Laura Topping; an introduction to new club board member Ann Moye; information on upcoming event, training tips, club member accolades and much much more.

The newsletter is available under the “Club Information” tab.

Registration Open for MFGRC CCA and Heart/Eye Clinic

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club will hold a CCA and an all-breed heart/eye clinic on Saturday, July 20, at the new MADTA building in Ocala, Fla.

Registration is now open for both.

For those interested in the CCA (Certificate of Conformation Assessment), registration information is available on the Golden Retriever Club of America website. All applications must include a copy of the dog’s AKC registration.

For those interested in the heart/eye clinic, the registration form below must be printed out and mailed in as indicated.

MFGRC Members Invited to Participate in DCM Study at U-F

Members of the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club and their Goldens are invited to participate in a study of DCM (Dilated Cardiomyopathy) being conducted at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

Forty healthy Goldens are needed for the study, which is operating on a grant from the Golden Retriever Foundation and funding from the AKC Canine Health Foundation to further investigate a potential relationship between diet and heart function.

Participants will be required to provide the diet history of their dogs and each dog will receive an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) and blood sampling free of charge. Pregnant and nursing bitches will not be included in the study.

The evaluations will be done by Dr. Darcy B. Adin, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology), Clinical Associate Professor, Cardiology, through the Cardiology Service in the Small Animal Hospital. Screenings will be done on Wednesdays and owners may call (352) 392-2235 to make an appointment. 

More information is available at https://research.vetmed.ufl.edu/clinical-trials/small-animal/investigation-into-subclinical-diet-associated-dilated-cardiomyopathy/

Dr. Adin provided the following message for potential participants:

If you can answer yes to the following questions and are interested in participating in this study, please call the Small Animal Hospital at (352) 392-2235 to make a Wednesday appointment with Dr. Darcy Adin in Cardiology. There is a link on the website for a diet history form that should be filled out and brought to the appointment.

The study will cover an echocardiogram and blood testing (including taurine testing).

____ My dog is a Golden Retriever, Miniature Schnauzer or a Doberman Pinscher

____ My dog has been eating the same commercial dog food for at least the last 6 months

____ My dog is clinically healthy with no major medical concerns

____ My dog does not take supplemental taurine

____ My dog does not receive any medications except thyroid supplementation and tick / flea / heartworm prevention

____ My dog does not have known heart disease

____ I am willing to provide a diet history and will fill out the form prior to the appointment

____ I am willing to travel to Gainesville for an appointment at the University of Florida

____ I am willing to allow my dog to have an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) and blood testing

*If you cannot answer yes to all of these questions, your dog will not qualify for this study. We are happy to answer any questions regarding these criteria. Thank you!

Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club News & Notes

Dock Diving Fun Day

All MFGRC members were emailed information on the club’s upcoming Dock Diving Fun Day a couple of weeks ago – a reminder to please send in your registration and payment if you plan to attend. The event will be Saturday, May 11, at Central Florida Dog Sports in DeLand, beginning at 10 a.m. A general meeting for club members will be held at approximately noon. If you did not receive the information, please email club secretary Andy Hall at andyhall58@hotmail.com.

New MFGRC Specialty

The next big competition event for the MFGRC will be the club’s new, second Specialty that will be held on Friday, June 14, at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. The entry premium can be downloaded here. Club members who are not competing will be welcomed as spectators. The new Specialty is part of the Sunshine State Cluster and is a Concurrent Specialty with the Greater Venice Florida Dog Club, Inc. The event will include Sweepstakes, Veteran Sweepstakes and Junior Showmanship in addition to regular Conformation for Golden Retrievers. Judges for the event will be Jay Richardson of Elgin, Ill., (breed classes, best owner-handled and junior showmanship, and Alejandro Lima of Miami Beach, Fla., (all sweepstakes classes). For many years, the MFGRC has held a Specialty in December as part of AKC National Championship week at the Orange County Convention Center and the club will continue to do so – this year’s event will be Friday, December 13.

Obedience/Rally Trial Aug. 10-11 in Daytona Beach

The entry premium is now available for the MFGRC’s annual Obedience and Rally Trial, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11, at the Obedience Club of Daytona building in Daytona Beach, Fla. Judges for the trial will be Ted McCall, Carol Mett and Nancy Watson. For those interested in competing, the entry premium can be downloaded here. Anyone interested in volunteering to work as a steward at the event is asked to contact event chair Andy Hall at andyhall58@hotmail.com.

New Title Rosettes for 2019 – Eligibility Rules Have Changed

A reminder that in order to be eligible to receive one of the club’s new title rosettes at the end of 2019, a club member must have worked at one of the club’s events during the year (or the equivalent behind-the-scenes work), a new stipulation this year. In order to be eligible for the club’s annual year-end awards (Show Dog of the Year, Rally Dog of the Year, etc.), a club member must have worked at two events (or the equivalent behind-the-scenes work) and must have attended one of the club’s general meetings during the year. Upcoming opportunities for club members to volunteer include:

Aug. 10-11 – Obedience/Rally Trial, Daytona Beach, FL

Oct. 18-19-20 – Agility Trial, Wiersdale, FL (and set-up day Oct. 17)

Nov. 2-3 – WC/WCX, Montverde, FL (and set-up day Nov. 1)

Nov. 22-24 – Hunt Test, Montverde, FL (and set-up day Nov. 21)

(the MFGRC board is discussing adding more events this summer)