MFGRC Agility Fun Day and General Meeting Oct. 13

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club will hold an Agility Fun Day and general meeting on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Best Paw Forward training center in Osteen, Fla.

The event will give members and their Goldens the opportunity to try the sport of Agility in a fun, no-pressure atmosphere. P.J. Lacette, one of the founders of the MFGRC and a lifetime member, will host the event and provide training.

Agility training will be from 9-11 a.m. followed by lunch and a club meeting. (Members should bring their own lunch).

So that organizers can properly prepare for the day, it is asked that members planning to attend please RSVP to MFGRC club secretary Andy Hall at andyhall58@hotmail.com with how many people and how many dogs.

Osteen is located in southwest Volusia County between Sanford and Port Orange. It’s an easy drive for members in the Orlando area as well as those in the Space Coast and Mt. Dora/Sorrento areas.

P.J. strongly recommends that club members print out the directions to her facility and follow the directions very closely rather than relying on their GPS devices. Here is a link to the directions:

https://bestpaw.com/driving-direction

MFGRC News and Notes – August 15, 2018

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.

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New Title Rosettes for MFGRC Members

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 magikgldn1@aol.com. Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2017.

MFGRC News and Notes

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 andyhall58@hotmail.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 pat_golden_boy@yahoo.com. 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.