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.

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)

November Meeting Note

To Mid Florida Golden Retriever Club Members

We’re turning our general membership meeting at the Ocala show on Saturday, November 19, into a pot luck lunch and social, so we hope to have the largest turnout of club members we’ve had this year.

We’d especially love to see some of the members from the northern areas of our “territory” at this meeting since it’s our closest meeting to you this year.

Our primary point of discussion at the meeting will be led by John Blair (who has been nominated to be club president in 2017) and it’s to get input from members on the possibility of our club making a bid to host the Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty in 2020.

As to the pot luck lunch, please bring whatever you’d like, whether it’s sandwich meats and bread, chips, potato salad, sodas and water – all contributions are welcomed. There’s plenty of room on the property so we’ll find a nice shady spot to set up tables for our lunch. Everyone should bring their own chairs and we could use a couple of tables too (please email andyhall58 at hotmail dot com if you can bring a table)..

Our lunch and meeting will be held AFTER Goldens show – the judging program has Goldens scheduled for 12:45 p.m. in Ring 1, so it’ll probably be around 2:15 p.m. or so.

The Ocala Dog Show Grounds location is easy to find – for those who use GPS devices, the address is 10205 NW Gainesville Rd, Ocala, FL 34482.

Driving Directions:

From I-75 take exit 358 EAST which is State Road. 326. Go 1 mile to the traffic light and turn LEFT onto 25A then NORTH for approximately 2.3 miles. The show grounds will be on the RIGHT, with THE GREATER OCALA DOG CLUB sign.

From the East, take Hwy 40 to State Road 326 and turn RIGHT for 10.4 miles. At N.W. Gainesville Road (25A traffic light) turn right. Show Grounds are 2.4 miles on the right with THE GREATER OCALA DOG CLUB sign.

See you Saturday!

MFGRC Pot Luck Picnic and General Meeting

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club pot luck picnic and general meeting will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Ocala all-breed show.

Golden Retrievers show at 11 a.m. in Ring 8 and the picnic/meeting will be held after Goldens finish. Members should look for the MFGRC banner in the area on the hill overlooking the rings.

All members should bring chairs and something to contribute to the pot luck picnic. Potential items include:

  • Warm and cold dishes
  • Chips
  • Lunch meat
  • Bread for sandwiches
  • Deserts
  • Soda bottles
  • Plastic cups
  • Paper plates
  • Plastic utensils

We have tablecloths but if anyone would like to bring a folding 6 or 8-foot table, please contact andyhall58@hotmail.com.

As an important part of the meeting, the list of nominations for officers and board members for 2019 will be read. After the list is read, any member may make additional nominations. If the proposed candidate is not present at this meeting, the person nominating must provide a written statement from the nominated individual stating acceptance of the nomination. If this occurs, the nominated individual then is considered a candidate.

Also, after the meeting, a club member will give a brief grooming demonstration on a Golden Retriever.

The Ocala show grounds are located at 10205 NW Gainesville Rd, Ocala, FL 34482.

This is usually our club’s largest meeting of the year so we hope to see lots of members there.

Entry Form Available for MFGRC Specialty

The entry form is now available for the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club’s annual Specialty, which will be held on Friday, December 14, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

The MFGRC Specialty is part of a week of activities surrounding the Royal Canin AKC National Championship event.

The entry can be made through the Onofrio website:

http://www.onofrio.com/execpgm/fndindex?show=PL2018112112CB#MFGR1