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									THE Lab Report
The official newsletter of the Dallas-Fort Worth Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. Table of Contents: Presidents Message………….……...1 Announcements………..…………….2 AKC/Petland...……..………...………3 HOT Specialty Info……………….....9 Brags……………………………...……..11

A Message from our President…. Fall is finally here and we are all wishing it will bring the cool weather needed to help grow coats for the Specialties and make great working conditions for the Hunt Tests. This summer was extremely brutal weather-wise, but relief is now in sight. Good luck to everyone competing! There is information in the newsletter on the AKC and its new relationship with puppy mills. Research both sides of the issue and write directly to the AKC if you feel strongly. I want to send out a Speedy Recovery message to two of our members; Keri Schooler is recovering from major back surgery and Max Puckett is recovering with a broken ankle. Our Christmas Party is December 2, 2006. I hope to see many of you there. Kendall

2006-2007 Officers

President Vice President Secretary Treasurer

Kendall Herr Suzy McGonigle Keri Schooler Shannon Gage

Board Members:
Kay Scott Angie Becker Nancy Pizzamiglio Jayson Moore Diane McClurg

The LAB REPORT is a publication of the Dallas-Fort Worth Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. (“DFWLRC”) published six times per year with deadlines on the 20th of February, April, June, August, October and December. The publication is provided to the club members, subscriptions are available to non-members for an annual subscription fee of $13. Material in this newsletter may be used for educational purposes provided credit is given to the author and the source. Contributions in the form of articles, news comments, wins, litters and other items of interest to the members are encouraged. Accuracy of information provided is strictly the responsibility of the author or advertiser. Opinions expressed are those of individual authors and not those of DFWLRC either in whole or in part. The Editor reserves the right to edit materials in the interest of space, literary clarity, good taste or timeliness. All deadlines will be strictly enforced. Send all information to the Newsletter Editor(s) listed above.

THE Lab Report The official newsletter of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Labrador Retriever Club, Inc.

If you want to be listed on the club web site's membership page,, Please contact Maureen Gamble, Webmaster, at Listing is voluntary.

Newsletter Editor: Candice Moore 5823 Woodland Creek Drive Kingwood, Texas 77345

MAST, JOSEPH EUGENE , 56, died Thursday, July 27, 2006 at his home in Southlake, Texas. Funeral: Wednesday 10:30 a.m. at Nappanee Church of the Brethren, in Nappanee Indiana. Burial: Union Center Cemetery. Visitation: The family will receive friend 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Thompson Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, 950 North Main Street, Nappanee, Indiana 46550., 574-773-3173. Memorials: Faith Hospice in Southlake Texas. Joe loved Lab dogs and wildlife, he enjoyed Flying. Joe was one of the American Airline Pilots that ran the American Flag across the United Sates, from Logan Airport in Boston to Los Angeles after 9-11. Joe ran the flag for 10 miles. The Flag belonged to one of the pilots that died in 9-11, it had been carried in a fighter jet by that pilot. Survivors: Wife, Cynda Mast; parents, Andrew and Anna Mast of Nappanee, Indiana; brothers, Marvin Mast and wife Carlene of Portland, Oregon, Allan Mast and wife Norma of Goshen, Indiana, Ernest Mast and wife Debbie of Richmand, VA; sisters, Mary Carpenter of Nappanee, Indiana., Miriam Hartman and husband Brian of Wakarusa, Indiana., Mattie Chupp and husband Mark of Nappanee, Indiana., Naomi Yoder and husband Aaron of Leesburg, Indiana.; 14 nieces and nephews; 3 great nieces and nephews.


Membership…………………........Suzy McGonigle Newsletter…………………………..Candice Moore Obedience Chair ………………................Kay Scott Field Chair ………………Cheri Bates, Angie Becker Show Chair………….………………..Diane McClurg

If anyone takes pictures at any DFWLRC event, would you forward them to me for future use in the newsletter. Thanks, Candice

Please remember when submitting Brags: Include Name, Owner, Breeder, Sire & Dam information Include Club name and date. Only member-owned dogs will be included in Brags.


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Please review the following articles regarding the recent decision by the American Kennel Club to contract with Petland, a retail pet store chain. The article below is an informative email/post advising of the AKC Delegates meeting and their decision to contract with Petland. The articles following this represent the personal points of view of the authors.

*****PERMISSION TO CROSS POST GRANTED***** September 13, 2006 From: Sally Nist, AKC Delegate, RCKC To: Rapid City Kennel Club members This will be somewhat short as it is late and I will write a more complete report tomorrow. I am just back from the fall Delegate meeting. It began with the normal committee elections and vote on the first proposed amendment. That was an amendment limiting outside activities by delegates. AKC said it was to assist us if we had to remove a delegate for conflict of interest but it was really setting a stage of sorts. The existing restrictions were enlarged to keep people out of the delegate body who didn't support "AKC objects". Dennis Sprung and Board members explained that we could then keep "animal rights" people from "taking over the AKC". After lunch came the regular reports from the Treasurer, the new archive program, etc. Buried in the Treasurer's report was a very quick mention of a "new contractual relationship" between AKC and the Petland chain of stores (120 in the US, with 20 more planned for 2007). The difference between Petland and PetSmart or PetCo is that they sell puppies at Petland. During the final portion of the meeting, several delegates--who were completely caught off guard by the news of the contract--brought up their concern and asked for more information. We were told that "we would never see the contract (which I heard from another delegate was just signed last Friday)", it is necessary for AKC to meet the bottom line, and that it was the wave of the future and we should get on board. At one point David Merriim, the attorney for AKC actually said he had not seen the contract (great boos and laughter ensued) and that if we don't work with Petland to get more dogs registered we will be looking at $75 entry fees and become an "elitist organization". NOTE: you will be able to read the full details in a couple of days on the AKC website so excuse me if my quotes are not completely accurate. They may not be 100% correct but very, very close.

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AKC/Petland continued from page 3….

From what we could gather from the very sketchy info parsed out by the AKC staff to the delegates, the Board of Directors and the "Management Team" have signed a contract with Petland endorsing the sale of puppies under the AKC banner, with the Petland sales people encouraging people to register the puppies with AKC. Needless to say, all will be sold with no conditional breeding paperwork, as is done by breeders who sell directly to new owners. You will see when you read the minutes on the website that the discussion went on for a couple of hours. I was in line to speak but everyone had covered my thoughts and I stepped out. Main concerns were the breeding of these puppies, the fact that we have always put AKC above "puppy mills and puppy sales at stores", the fact that these puppies will be the rescue dogs of the future, etc. A motion was made by the Golden Retriever club delegate that the delegates vote to let the board know we want them to rescind the contract. The AKC staff kept saying that it was a "non-binding, sense of the delegation vote". It carried nearly unanimously. The delegate body is stunned. Of course, by the vote earlier in the day, we are not "supporting the AKC object" but I, for one, think it is critical that if members of RCKC do not agree with this sudden and secret action taken by the AKC without any notification of the general population it supposedly supports, we must make our voices heard. I suggest letters be sent to Dennis Sprung, to every member of the Board of Directors, and every single higher-level management person. Alternative ways to obtain additional funds (which does have an $8M reserve) we might consider release of the expensive NYC property, a pay cut by AKC staff (often done in private industry to save a business), cutting Board expenses, reviewing every expense line by line, etc. If you so direct, and if I am elected your delegate to the AKC (a position I would like to hold in the upcoming year), I will vote against every single member of the Board of Directors on this issue alone, no matter how fabulously they may have served the fancy in the past. I will carry any message to the next meeting on this matter. If this is not a concern, we can move on to other issues. If the anger expressed by delegates is representative of the anger of concerned breeders and members of RCKC, I urge everyone to act. The contract has been signed and none of the delegates is sure if any action can change anything but we can express our outrage and the new direction AKC has taken. It began with our new embrace and acceptance of "large volume breeders"--some might say puppy mills--and this seems to be the final nail in the coffin to separate legitimate, concerned breeders from pet shop suppliers.


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Petland and the AKC—A pro view and mine...By Faith Hyndman AKC has for years encouraged us to be ethical dog breeders and responsible dog owners. I’m sorry AKC is having financial woes. I just wish they would not compromise the dogs on their way to financial solvency. AKC's reason for supporting high volume breeders threw us all into turmoil last year. Now with their agreement with Petland --arranging with Petland to help puppy buyers register their AKC eligible puppies at the point of sale --- the serious dog fancy is thrown yet another curve ball. None of these decisions ever seem to hit the airwaves until the votes are in and we are once again in shock at their reasoning. I don't feel any obligation to fill the demand for pet puppies and if tomorrow there were no Hunt Corporation, no Petland, etc., I would continue to feel the same. We do what we do to improve our breed, maintain its original purpose, improve health histories and have fun along the way by competing in various venues. At the same time, we are able to produce some very nice pets for the general public. However, I doubt if it's the aim of many of us to breed multiple litters to fill the demand of this popular breed as a household pet. At least I don't feel it should be a serious consideration. No matter what we do or what AKC does, there will always be puppy mills out there doing that job for us. Dog buyers are easy to find, but good pet owners are as scarce as hens' teeth. With AKC's decision, the general pet public will think pet shops sell quality dogs when in fact the puppies are often times coming from inhumane conditions, mass produced like cattle with no thought or knowledge of pedigrees, clearances or training. People who buy from pet shops find themselves there often by accident never intending to buy until they see the little fluff-ball for the first time. By 6 months, if a Labrador, the wild Indian may find himself living in the garage or tied to a tree. By AKC's recent decision, I think they will be making the problem worse simply by associating publicly with businesses like Petland. According to the latest AKC financial stats they will probably go under in short order without instituting their program of high volume breeders and their agreement with Petland. But who is going to take care of all the dogs from this decision who will find their way to pet rescue? I don’t recall Hunt Corp or Petland having a placement service if the dog doesn’t work out, if the Husky that was bought in sunny Florida isn’t wanted anymore or the Labrador purchased as a surprise for 80 year old grandma is too frisky. The task will fall to us. The serious dog fancy seems to be compromised everywhere along the way. All the safety guards that AKC has instituted to protect the purebred dog may destroy the fancy in its efforts. AKC is non-profit and operating costs should be their only concern. Faith


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FROM: Connie Vanacore, Delegate, Irish Setter Club of America

This long message in response to the reaction of many people to the "Petland Project."

Background: AKC has been registering puppies from pet shops and commercial breeders for over 50 years. Until the last 10 years AKC had registered 91% of the puppy market. When AKC began to put into place: care and conditions, DNA identification and the Frequently Used Sires programs, those commercial breeders who would not comply left AKC. At that point our registrations began to decline at about 6% per year. Today only 54% of total registrations come to AKC. In 1992 AKC registered 1.5 million dogs. In 2005 the number had dropped to 950,000. In 2006 the decline has continued at the same rate. Overall to date AKC has lost more than 550,000 registrations, 27% of which come from pet shops today. This has resulted in a huge loss of income for AKC. An in depth market study showed that the majority of registrations are being siphoned off to the 23 other registries which have sprouted up to accommodate the breeders who have left AKC. They have done this by pirating AKC blue slips and changing them to other registries. Solutions: AKC has embarked on a concerted effort to recoup some of the losses sustained by this flight from the registry. The fact is that registration revenue is essential to AKC's survival for several reasons. It permits AKC to support the services demanded by the purebred dog fancy. These include, in addition to registration, the legislative department, inspections and investigations, judges, breeders and parent club seminars, publications, delegate meetings and committees, the web site and its services, all AKC events (which last year cost $10 million), the AKC Museum of the Dog, AKC CAR, including disaster relief, the AKC Canine Health Foundation ($1.5 million). AKC management knows that unless it raises registrations to 1 million dogs per year the following will occur: AKC will have its credit line with the Affinity card, which is now $4 million, significantly reduced. AKC and its affiliates may lose sponsorship for its events, including Eukanuba, Iams and Purina. All the clubs which now depend upon commercial sponsorship will be in jeopardy, including AKC Canine Health Foundation. Advertising revenue in the Gazette and Family Dog will decline. AKC's successful veterinary outreach to the veterinary community and AVMA will have to be reduced. AKC will lose political and legislative influence. All of the departments, including legislation, will sustain cuts in spending. Petland: What will the alliance with Petland involve? It will encourage this chain of pet shops to register puppies eligible for AKC registration with AKC rather than one of the other registries. It will give their buyers an opportunity to register their new puppies with AKC right at the store on-line. The buyers will receive their AKC registrations within a few days, thereby making them eligible to receive the benefits of AKC's puppy packets, including e-coupons, free veterinary visits with veterinarians participating in the Veterinary Network (just beginning with 2500 veterinarians signed on), 60 days of free veterinary care with PetPartners, Inc. They will also receive all of the information sent to any new puppy owners. Being part of AKC will expose them to the meaning of being a responsible owner of a purebred dog, possibly involving some in activities of which they were unaware. In exchange, Petland may charge a fee for the service of registering the buyers' puppies online with AKC. The usual registration fee will be sent directly to AKC. AKC will not rebate money to Petland, whereas the other for-profit registries rebate between $30 and $50 per puppy to the shops.

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Y'all are invited to the

Saturday, December 2, 2006 at Diverso - the European Restaurant at "Spirit of the West", in the heart of Horse County, U.S.A. Located on the west side of Hwy. 377 in Tioga, TX (from Hwy 380 go North on 377 to Tioga) Entrees are priced from $7.95 (pastas) to $19.95 (from the grill) plus 20% gratuities) Please bring a wrapped gift for the exchange of gifts. Please contact Nancy Pizzamiglio - A.S.A.P. if you plan on attending the dinner. If you wish to reserve a room in the "Spirit of the West" hotel, please contact them directly at Standard rooms - $60.00 plus tax Luxury rooms - $95.00 plus tax

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This program will have NO effect on the sales, breeding ethics or practices of breeders within the fancy. AKC goes to great effort on its web site and in all its public relations communications to encourage prospective buyers to seek out reputable breeders on-line through Parent Clubs and by visiting dog shows or other events in their areas. It will have NO effect on the number of dogs in rescue. AKC Delegates and the fancy at large encouraged AKC to pursue more inspections, establish care and conditions, DNA identification for frequently used sires and tighter restrictions on shady breeding practices. Many breeders welcome these measures and have accepted the fact that there will always be commercial breeders and puppies sold at pet outlets. The "fancy" cannot supply the need of the buying public for a family pet. But they are unwilling for AKC to take the steps which will protect our fancy and the American Kennel Club. There is no difference between what has been going on for decades and the Petland deal, except that AKC has competition for registration dollars which it never had before. That is hurting the sport in all the ways enumerated above. Ethical breeders will continue to do exactly what they have always done: breed for quality. There is a market for both ends of the spectrum, just as Wal-Mart and Neiman Marcus appeal to different clientele. I was appalled at the reactions of some of the Delegates at the quarterly meeting last week. The vituperative, hysterical reactions, name calling and finger pointing were disgraceful. Some complained that the Delegates had no input. This is a business deal, which could not be revealed until a contract was signed. That happened in the days before the meeting was held, when most Delegates were traveling. The Board has a fiduciary responsibility to keep AKC solvent and secure. Recognizing that registration is still its core business the current Board is attempting to run it as such. As the Delegate from ISCA I encourage Irish Setter members to contact me with questions and comments. If I don't have all the answers I will find them out for you. Please cross post this message. Connie Vanacore Delegate Irish Setter Club of America
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Lists of contacts regarding the AKC and Puppy Mills: Dennis B. Sprung, President The American Kennel Club 260 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10016 212-689-1532 Email: _dbs@akc.org_ ( Dr. Carmen Battaglia 335 Wexford Glen Roswell, GA 30075-1482 Email: _clb@akc.org_ ( or cbattaglia@mindspring.com_ ( 770-998-3679 GSD Club of America Delegate Dr. Thomas M. Davies 100 John Haley Rd, Brimfield, MA 01010-2196 email: _dunwich@samnet.net_ ( J. Charles Garvin, M.D. 707 Uhler Rd, Marion, OH 43302-5440 Email: _jcg@akc.org_ ( 740-382-4242 Dalmatian Club of America / Marion Ohio Kennel Club Steven D. Gladstone 201 Route 940 Ste A, Mount Pocono, PA 18344-1335 Email: _sdg@cwcorgi.com_ ( 570-350-2299 570-839-2552 Reno Kennel Club Delegate Walter F. Goodman 5 N Palm Bay Tower 720 Palm Bay Lane Miami, FL 33138-5706 Email: _wfg@akc.org_ (
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Dr. Patricia Haines 2980 E Spring Valley-Paintsville Rd. Xenia, OH 45385 937-376-9742 Cincinnati Kennel Club Delegate David Keene Delegate, Greater Collin Kennel Club email: Chairman Ronald H. Menaker, The American Kennel Club 260 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10016 Email: _rhm@akc.org_ ( Email: _rmenrmen@aol.com_ ( 201-848-7042 Greater Freeport Illinois Kennel Club Delegate Patricia Scully 328 Parkside Dr, Suffern, NY 10901-7856 Email: _pat_scully@bd.com_ ( 845-357-1812 Obedience Training Club of Hawaii Delegate Patti Strand 11402 SE Flavel St., Portland, OR 97266-5919 Email: _naia@involved.com_ ( 503-761-8962 Dog Fanciers Association of Oregon Delegate Dr. William R. Newman 107 Broad Street Bedford, PA 15522 (814) 623-9377 FAX: (814) 623-00

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Heart Of Texas Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. 2nd Annual Specialty
Travis County Exposition Center Austin, Texas Friday, October 27, 2006
Judges: Sweepstakes: Susan Eberhardt (Saddlehill Labradors) Regular Classes & BOB: Jill Ickowski (Wiscoy Labradors)

Enjoy our Fantastic Raffle!!! Hope to see y’all there!!
Contact Info: Sandy Scott, Show Chair 512-215-4539

Sponsored by Royal Canin Dog Foods


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The LabraData first annual Dog Daze Raffle! Everyone loves to win--and there will be a lot of happy winners during our August and September raffle. Generous donors have provided a treasure trove of cool gift certificates, coupons, books, artwork, apparel and supplies to take a bite out of the late summer heat wave. The best part is that the raffle is "selective" - you can deposit your tickets on specific items so you have a better chance of getting just what you want. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and may be purchased throughout August and September. The drawing will take place in October, with winners posted on our website all month - so you can see who won the item YOU wanted. Enter early - enter often - but by all means ENTER! Remember, you can't win if you don't play. Visit the Dog Daze Raffle website for more details and prize photos: Thanks, Maureen Sullivan Gamble <>

The Heart of Texas Labrador Retriever Club
is hosting an Eye and Microchip Clinic on Saturday, November 11th at: Petco, 9828 Great Hills Trail (in the Arboretum), Austin, Texas (512) 345-2355 James F. Swanson, DVM, DACVO from Gulf Coast Animal Eye Clinic, will be screening dogs for hereditary and acquired eye defects from 9:00am until 2:00pm. $22.00 per dog if received by Nov. 1st, $25 per dog if received after Nov. 1st. Please see for the printable form and mailing address. Kaye Fuller, DVM will conduct a microchip clinic during the afternoon hours of 12:00pm—2:00pm. The cost is $30 per dog. For additional information, please contact Debbie Ligon at (512) 250-1458 or


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DFWLRC Brags !!
Please extend your congratulations to the following members and their Labrador companions!

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Conformation Wins:
LegaSea’s Icing On The Cake, CGC Breeder: Carrie Eberhardt Owner: Carrie Eberhardt and Patti Simmons Henderson KC (07/29/06) WD/BW (Major) James River KC (08/02/06) WD/BOW/BOB (Major) BOB: James River KC (08/03/06) Roanoke KC (08/04/06) Roanoke KC (08/05/06) New River Valley KC (08/06/06) Maidstone Edlyn Lemon Tart Owners: Jerry McCammack, Erin & Diane McClurg Breeders: F Hyndman, K Herr, D McClurg Bayou KC (09/01/06) WB, BW, BOB Greater Collin KC (09/17/06) WB, BW, BOS Lowood’s Dreamwever Breeder/Owner: Shannon Gage Trinity Valley KC (09/16/06) WB, BOS CopperStill Fors Fortis Owner: Keri Schooler Corpus Christi KC (08/13/06) WD, BW

New Titles: Champion:
Ch. LegaSea's Icing on the Cake, CGC Bred/owned by Carrie Eberhardt; co-owned by Patti Simmons Ch. ShadowGlen Augustus, CD, JH, RN, CGC, WC, TDI x Sureshot Hyspire Born Ready, CGC, WC, TDI Ch. Safari's Dapper Dan at LegaSea, CGC Breeder: Faith Mantooth and Piper McGeehan Owner(s):Carrie Eberhardt and Faith Mantooth JanRod's Over Easy x Safari's Animal Cracker Ch. CopperStill Fors Fortis Owner: Keri Schooler Dickendall Starfish x Dickendall Fat Toosday JH, WC

Junior Hunter:
Dickendall Narlo Uptown WC JH Owner: Nancy Pizzamiglio Breeders: Kendall Herr, Nancy Pizzamiglio Buckstone Surviv’n On Ayr x Ch. Dickendall Cuttle Up CD

Rally Novice:
Dewberries Argonaut Atalanta JH, CGC, RN Owner: Brenda Bridges Breeder: Lawrence & Marian Gardner Ch. Valleywood Blackthorn Brier x Bella Nero of Tuscano

Advanced Rally Legs:
Goldust’s Brazilian Bombshell, CD, JH, RN, WC Breeder/Owner: Darlene Harper (1) Greater Austin Doberman Pinscher Club (08/05/06) (2) Greater Austin Doberman Pinscher Club (08/06/06)

Vicksburg KC (09/02/06) WD, BW, BOB Trinity Valley KC (09/15/06) WD, BW Tabatha’s Burly Owner: K Herr, J Sasaki, F Hyndman Breeder: Carol Heidl Vicksburg KC (09/04/06) WD, BW Ch. Buckstone Surviv’n On Ayr Breeder/Owner: K Herr, F Hyndman, N Martin Vicksburg KC (09/04/06) BOB


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