MFGRC Grooming and Health Seminar, General Meeting July 15

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club will be holding a grooming and health seminar and a general meeting for members on Sunday, July 15, beginning at 11 a.m. at Das Hund Haus in Lakeland.

Many members have asked for a grooming seminar and it could be a great learning experience, especially for newer dog owners and club members. And even veteran members can benefit from both the grooming and health seminars. The day is FREE for club members.

Members are asked to RSVP if they plan to attend so that the meeting location can be properly prepared. RSVPs should go to

Club member Rosa Blair, who is a certified master groomer, will be giving a detailed demonstration of techniques for grooming Goldens. Her presentation will cover basic fundamentals of grooming a Golden Retriever and she will give an update on show grooming of a Golden Retriever based on the GRCA’s recommendations.

Also, club member Dr. Pam Ginn, who has been associated with the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida for more than 25 years, will talk about conditions affecting Golden Retrievers that can hopefully be avoided or managed, including:

  • Ichthyosis- what is it exactly and how to avoid the condition.
  • Pyotraumatic Dermatitis – the dreaded hot spot.
  • Hip Dysplasia – A good visual of the condition and the importance of clearances for breeders and buyers.
  • Ginn also will take questions.

A general meeting will follow the two presentations.

  • Members should bring their own chairs.
  • The grooming presentation is demonstration only and not participatory. Members can bring their dogs but they must also bring a crate and vaccination records.
  • Members can bring lunch if they wish.

Das Hund Haus is located at 3210 Reynolds Road, Lakeland, FL 33803.

New Captain Needed for MFGRC DOCOF Team

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club is in need of a new Captain for its annual entry in the DOCOF (Dog Obedience Clubs of Florida) competition held Labor Day weekend.

Duties include organizing the team and entry, recruiting stewards to help at the event, attending some meetings, etc.

Any club member who is interested in taking on the Captain duties is asked to contact MFGRC club secretary Andy Hall at

Club member Deena Strauss has informed the club board that she will be unable to continue as Captain – the club sincerely thanks Deena for the work she has done during her years as Captain.

The DOCOF competition will be held Sept. 1-2 at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee. If the club does not have a new Captain in time, the club will not field a team in this year’s event and will attempt to regroup for 2019.

MFGRC Club News and Notes May 2018


The next general meeting for the MFGRC will be held Sunday, July 15, as part of a new event – a combined grooming and health seminar for club members at Daus Hund Haus in Lakeland. It will be FREE for club members. Rosa Blair, who is a certified master groomer as well as a club member, will give a thorough demonstration and answer questions about grooming Goldens. Also, club member Dr. Pam Ginn, who has been associated with the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida for more than 25 years, will give a presentation on canine health and answer questions. The event will run from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and members can bring their own lunch.



A reminder that club members interested in participating in the Barn Hunt Fun Day on June 2 must pre-register because there is a limit of 20 dogs. Registration information has been emailed to club members but anyone needing it sent again can contact



The MFGRC’s next competition event will be the annual Obedience and Rally Trial on Aug. 11-12 in the air conditioned Obedience Club of Daytona building in Daytona Beach. Any club members interested in working as ring stewards for the event (no experience required) are asked to contact trial chair Andy Hall at The premium for the event can be downloaded from the club website HERE.



June 2 – Barn Hunt Fun Day (Morriston)

July 15 – Grooming & Health Seminar with general meeting (Lakeland)

Aug. 11-12 – Obedience/Rally Trial (Daytona Beach)

Sept. 2 – General meeting at DOCOF competition (Kissimmee)

Oct. 13 – General meeting and fun day (TBA)

Oct. 19-20-21 – Agility Trial (Lady Lake)

Nov. 3-4 – WC/WCX (Montverde)

Nov. 10 – General meeting and pot luck lunch (Ocala show)

Dec. 7-8-9 – Hunt Test (Montverde)

Dec. 14 – Specialty (Orlando)

Dec. 15 – Christmas Party and general meeting (location TBD) 




  • The Eustis Parks and Recreation Department is holding a limited seating Rachel Flatey Workshop “Attention Engagement Focus” on Sunday, June 3, with a registration deadline of May 20. More information and an event flyer can be obtained from Sara Alvarez-Torre:


  • The Mid Florida Sporting Dog Association is hosting Dr. Carmen Battaglia and a two-day seminar on “Breeding Better Dogs” July 28-29 at the Dog Training Club of St. Petersburg. Registration information is available HERE.


  • For club members interested in dock diving, Native Downs in Ocala, which hosted the club for the Dock Diving Fun Day on May 12, is holding open dock all summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays for $40 (for up to two dogs, each additional dog is $10). This includes unlimited dock time for that day. More information at (352) 624-0071.


  • Also, Central Florida Dog Sports in Deland is hosting a “Summer Dock Diving League June 3, July 1, Aug. 18 and championships on Aug. 19. More information is available HERE