CLUB MEETING SEPT. 2 — The next general meeting of the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club will be on Sunday, Sept. 2, at the DOCOF competition in the Events Center at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla. DOCOF (Dog Obedience Clubs of Florida) is an annual team obedience competition involving 30 teams from around the state. The meeting will begin when DOCOF breaks for lunch, which will be at approximately noon. Meeting location will be the lobby of the Events Center and members should bring their own chairs for the meeting. Osceola Heritage Park is located at 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34744. DOCOF competition begins at 8 a.m. and MFGRC members are invited to come early and watch some of the very unique event. IMPORTANT NOTE: Club members should NOT bring their dogs to the meeting.
All members of the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club who earn new titles for their dogs during calendar year 2017 are eligible to receive a new title rosette from the club. The rosettes will be similar to this one from 2016:
If your dog has won a new title in 2017, please email the full name of the dog and what the title earned was to MFGRC vice president Ann Rowe. Ann will order the rosettes later this year and make them available for pickup early next year.
Ann’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2017.
After a long period of inactivity due to the canine flu and Hurricane Irma, the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club is getting back into the swing of things with events and activities this fall.
DOCK DIVING FUN DAY and GENERAL MEETING – October 14
Rescheduled after being postponed due to the hurricane, the Dock Diving Fun Day and general meeting will be held at Dogpatch Downs in Ocala, Fla., from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and is an opportunity for club members and their Goldens to try dock diving. Full details. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to email@example.com with how many dogs and how many people will be in your group.
AGILITY TRIAL – October 20-21-22
Our club’s agility trials are fun to watch and be part of. The second trial of the year will be at the Grand Oaks Resort near Lady Lake, Fla. Volunteers are needed to work as timers, scribes and on the gate – training will be provided if needed. Any members who can help at all, including all three days, one day or part of a day, are asked to please contact volunteer coordinator Pat Carlile at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, setup will be on Thursday, October 19, in the afternoon, and anyone who would like to help would also be welcomed. Again, please contact Pat.
POT LUCK LUNCH AND GENERAL MEETING – November 18
Last year this was the club’s best-attended meeting. It’ll be held at the all-breed show in Ocala after Goldens show on Saturday, Nov. 18. Members will need to bring chairs and contribute something to the pot luck lunch (last year people brought items ranging from sandwich fixings, chips, to meatballs, deserts, plates/napkins, etc.) More details when it gets closer.
WINTER HUNT TEST – December 8-9-10
An opportunity to watch our Goldens do what they were bred to do in competition along with other breeds. The three-day hunt test will be held at Golden Oaks Ranch near Clermont, Fla. Club members will be needed to volunteer to assist in staging the event – more details to come.
SPECIALTY – December 15
Held in conjunction with the week-long AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin at the Orange County Convention Center, the annual MFGRC Specialty is a day-long conformation event showcasing dozens of beautiful Goldens. The specialty will begin at 8 a.m. in the North/South Building.
The entry premium is now available for the MFGRC’s all-breed agility trial being held Oct. 20-21-22 at the Grand Oaks Resort near Lady Lake, Fla.
Premium available here.
TRACKING FUN DAY & GENERAL MEETING
The next general meeting for the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club will be held on Sunday, April 2, as part of the club’s Tracking Fun Day in Ocala, Fla. The Tracking Fun Day was designed to give club members an opportunity to try the sport of tracking in a no-pressure, fun atmosphere under the expert guidance of accomplished trackers/trainers Pat Flynn and Susie Rezy. Full details about the Tracking Fun Day including time, location and what you need to bring can be found at this link on the club’s website:
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR AGILITY TRIAL
The MFGRC’s next big event is the Agility trial being held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22-23 at the Grand Oaks Resort near Lady Lake, Fla. Some volunteers are needed to work as gate steward, scribe and timer – if you can help at all, including all three days, one day or part of a day, please contact volunteer coordinator Pat Carlile at email@example.com. Also, setup will be on Thursday, April 20, and anyone who would like to help would also be welcomed; please let Pat know.
FUN FIELD DAY, GENERAL MEETING SET FOR MAY 7
On Sunday, May 7, the MFGRC will hold a Fun Field Day/Intro to Field Training, along with a general meeting, at the Richwood South Training Center in Morriston, Fla. Even if you’re not currently running your dogs in hunt tests or field trials, it’s a great opportunity to experience Goldens enjoying their natural instincts. Field Day will begin at 9 a.m. with a lunch break and club general meeting at approximately noon (bring your own lunch). More details to come.
SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE FOR CCA
Some spots are still available for the MFGRC’s CCA that will be held on Saturday, June 3, in Crystal River, Fla. Registration form and details are available here: https://mfgrc.org/mfgrc-hold-