Hurry! Award Sponsorships Available for MFGRC June Specialty

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club is launching a new Specialty on Friday, June 14, in Tampa and a number of awards are available for sponsorship in the event.

For amounts ranging from $15 up to $100, MFGRC members and others can sponsor an award in the Specialty (see accompanying chart). The deadline for sponsorship commitments is May 29, the same day that entries close for the Specialty.

Those interested in sponsoring awards can email event chair Michele Panetta at Croscrk@gmail.com to commit and then send payment to her (checks made payable to MFGRC) at 3963 N.W. 18th Ave., Oakland Park, FL, 33309.

The new Specialty is part of the Sunshine State Cluster at the Florida State Fairgrounds 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.


Please Make Checks Payable to MFGRC.
Please mail to Michelle Panetta, 3963 N.W. 18th Ave., Oakland Park, FL, 33309
Class Trophy Donation Sponsor
Best of Breed Beaded Show Leash $100.00  
Best of Opposite Sex Beaded Show Leash $90.00  
Best of Winners Beaded Grooming Noose $75.00 Michele Panetta Roc Starz
Winner’s Dog Beaded Show Leash $75.00  
Winner’s Bitch Beaded Show Leash $60.00  
Select Dog Beaded Show Leash $50.00  
Select Bitch Beaded Show Leash $50.00  
Reserve WD Water Bucket $40.00  
Reserve WB Water Bucket $40.00  
Best Junior Handler Treat Jar $40.00  
Best Puppy Treat Jar $50.00  
Best Veteran Treat Jar $50.00  
Best In Sweeps Beade Show Leash $50.00  
Best Veteran In Sweeps Beade Show Leash $50.00  
Best of Opposite Sex Sweeps 4′ Slip Lead $25.00  
Best of Opposite Sex Veteran Sweeps 4′ Slip Lead $25.00  
1st Place – 6-9 Month Dog 4′ Slip Lead $15.00  
1st Place – 9-12 Month Dog 4′ Slip Lead $15.00  
1st Place – 12-15 Month Dog 4′ Slip Lead $15.00  
1st Place – 15-18 Month Dog 4′ Slip Lead $15.00  
1st Place – Amat/Own Handler 4′ Slip Lead $15.00  
1st Place – Bred By Dog 4′ Slip Lead $15.00  
1st Place – American Bred Dog 4′ Slip Lead $15.00  
1st Place – Open Dog 4′ Slip Lead $15.00  
1st Place – 6-9 Month Bitch 4′ Slip Lead $15.00  
1st Place – 9-12 Month Bitch 4′ Slip Lead $15.00  
1st Place – 12-15 Month Bitch 4′ Slip Lead $15.00  
1st Place – 15-18 Month Bitch 4′ Slip Lead $15.00  
1st Place – Amat/Own Handler 4′ Slip Lead $15.00  
1st Place – Bred By Bitch 4′ Slip Lead $15.00  
1st Place – Am Bred Bitch 4′ Slip Lead $15.00  
1st Place – Open Bitch 4′ Slip Lead $15.00  
1st Place 7-10 Veteran Dog 4′ Slip Lead $15.00  
1st Place 10-12 Veteran Dog/td> 4′ Slip Lead $15.00  
1st Place 12 & Over Veteran Dog 4′ Slip Lead $15.00  
1st Place 7-10 Veteran Bitch 4′ Slip Lead $15.00  
1st Place 10-12 Veteran Bitch 4′ Slip Lead $15.00  
1st Place 12 & Over Veteran Bitch 4′ Slip Lead $15.00  
1st Place H R Dog Beaded Show Leash $15.00  
1st Place H R Bitch Beaded Show Leash $15.00  

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)

Next for MFGRC: New Specialty in Tampa June 14

The next big competition event for the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club 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 is available and can be downloaded here.

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.