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T he Pr airie W hea ten
                                                         Volume 14 No. 1/Spring 2008
                                  President's Report                                                                    The Executive
                                            by Barb Osborne
Well, some people here in Saskatchewan might agree it has been a                                                          Barbara Osborne
long, cold winter. Perhaps, but what does it matter now? Spring has                                                       3036 Albert Street
arrived! Unfortunately, our Spring Wheaten Walk scheduled on May                                                         Regina, SK S4S 3N7
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25th was rained out, so I guess we will have to wait until the next event
to catch up with everyone.                                                                                     
Speaking of events, we had terrific St. Patrick`s Day Pot Luck on                                                           Vice-President
March 17th. Mike and I, and our five, four-legged, Irish ambassadors,                                                         Roz Bacon
hosted the event. We had a great turnout, and by all accounts, it was                                                        P.O. Box 544
a great evening. I sure look forward to these get-togethers. These                                                      White City, SK S0G 5B0
Wheaten folk are a great bunch of people! See inside this issue for                                                             Email:
pictures of this fun-filled evening.                                                                           

Also in this issue, you will find some other great photos. There`s Lucy                                                   Past President &
                                                                                                                          National Director
with the Grey Cup, Taz on a skidoo and Pokey kissing a cow! You will
                                                                                                                        Margaret Stewardson
also find Darby and Finian chasing each around a trailer and Finnegan                                                    83 Newton Crescent
just horsing around. Thank you for sending me your photos! Our                                                           Regina, SK S4S 2V9
Wheatens sure are a fun-loving breed. You will also find some timely                                                        (306)586-1057
articles on `Gardening with Dogs` and poisonous plants. Be sure to                                                              Email:
keep the list of poisonous plants handy for future reference.                                               

Well, that`s it for now. If any of you have any suggestions for articles                                                     Social Director
                                                                                                                            Heather McCrum
in future newsletters, please let me know. Just give me a call or send
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me an email.                                                                                                              Regina, SK S4V 0P4
I hope you and your Wheatens have a really great summer. I look                                           
forward to seeing you at the next event.
                                                 Inside                                                                       Sue Luchuck
President’s Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1             4020 Elphinstone Street
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Designing Gardens When You Have Dogs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
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Poisonous Garden Plants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5                             Email:
How do I teach my Wheaten to retrieve? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8                       
What is the best way to care for my dog’s ears? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
Why Do Dogs Do That? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Go Green for Fidos’ Sake! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
ASCWTA St. Patrick’s Day Event . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
Did you know... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
As the saying goes... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Recipes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
You ought to be in pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Purina Animal Hall of Fame . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
National Director’s Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
In Memoriam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
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                Designing Gardens When You Have Dogs
                                               by Helen Larson

It is a creative challenge to plan a yard and garden     chemicals on and in it that contain very toxic
that is attractive and easy to care and still safe and   poisons. Cayenne pepper mixed with a little
fun for the whole family, including the family dog.      Vaseline rubbed on favourite chewing areas
                                                         makes them too hot to chew.
A Place for Fun
The yard is a big part of a dog's life. It's a place     Fertilizers can burn paws. Both liquid and
where the dog feels free to relax away from the          granular fertilizer must be well watered in to be
indoor rules. Good outdoor planning will make it         safe. Keep the dog off the area until you are sure
even easier for your dog to stay out of trouble.         the fertilizer has been completely incorporated
Your pet also depends on the yard for exercise           into the soil.
and entertainment. Placing trees or shrubs so the
dog must run around them to explore every corner         Protecting the Plants
of the garden, is a simple way to increase the           To begin your planning, watch which plants your
exercise your dog gets. Play structures are great        dog is particularly attracted to. Then ask these
for the kids and can be another way to add               questions:
opportunities for doggie fitness and fun.
                                                         Will chewing this plant adversely affect the dog or
Protecting the Dog                                       the plant? Do I really want this plant? Would it be
Chemicals can be toxic. Gardening chemicals can          safer planted somewhere else? Can I put up a
be absorbed through the dog's skin and foot pads,        barrier that is effective and blends with the
inhaled when smelling the grass or plants, and           landscape?
consumed by eating and chewing.
                                                         These questions will also help you decide on any
Plants can be poisonous. Although plant                  additions to your garden.
poisoning in adult dogs is less common than in
puppies who explore the world with their mouths,         Planting in locations that can be fenced is one way
any animal may eat greenery simply because it            to protect delicate or tasty plants. Using hanging
tastes good or they're bored. This means the             pots is another option.
choice of plants your dog has access to is very
important. A list of poisonous plants is included in     Dogs don't need to have the run of the entire
this newsletter. You will also want to avoid plants      backyard all of the time. Try fencing off a portion
which require the use of chemicals such as
fungicides and insecticides.

If there is a poisonous plant that you really want,
plant it where your dog will never be able to get to
it (e.g. the front yard where your dog does not go).
A fence next to a poisonous plant is not enough
because the plant may grow large enough to
protrude through the fencing without your noticing.

Treated wood can be hazardous. Treated wood
used in fences, decks, and landscape ties has

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for their constant use, and let them run through the   If you can ignore one or two of the excavation
rest of the yard when you are outside with them.       sites in remote areas of the yard, this can be
This is known as double fencing. The outside           where the dog digs to its heart content leaving
fence is a quality, secure fence, and the inside       other areas undisturbed. A sand pit for digging
fence can be a less expensive type.                    avoids having a mud hole.

Inexpensive inside fencing such as stucco wire,        Make Your Yard Easy Care
concrete reinforcing wire, and dark green wire         No exposed dirt is your goal. Cover exposed earth
blends into the background and is almost invisible     with landscaping fabric topped with bark mulch,
when placed around shrubs and flower beds.             rock or large gravel. These ground covers look
Stucco wire comes in 48 and 54 inch heights and        nice, don't get muddy, and have the added benefit
can be purchased by the running foot. It is            of conserving water. Use them around the base of
inexpensive, sturdy, can be cut in half for low        all trees, in flower beds, and on walkways. Cover
fencing needs, and is easily rolled up and stored      heavy traffic areas such as along the fence lines
for seasonal use such as staking around trees in       with patio blocks or interlocking brick. Install the
the fall.                                              blocks level with the soil line to allow for easy
                                                       mowing of the grass.
Protect young trees from browsing especially in
winter when frozen branches seem to become             Is your lawn polka-dotted with urine kill
more delectable. Remember that a foot or two of        spots?
snow puts a lot more branches within reach.             Treatment for kill-spots - rough up the area with a
                                                       hand rake, soak the area thoroughly with water to
Is Your Dog an Excavation Expert?                      dilute the urine effect, sprinkle with soil, add grass
If one specific area is the target, placing chicken    seed, and water well keeping the area moist until
wire just under the sod will deter digging. Also       the seed is established.
burying a little dog poop in a freshly dug hole will
quell any desire to return to that excavation site.    Good Grass: Is it possible with dogs?
Sprinkle black pepper on areas where you want to       The following suggestions will help you encourage
deter digging. The dog will get it in their nose       a vigorous growth of grass that will choke out the
during the sniffing out of a good site. Another        weeds and withstand heavy traffic.
method is to randomly place large rocks and logs
too big for the digger to move, under shrubs and       Providing the basics - Organic gardening
around the patio or deck to deter digging. Logs        experts suggest good soil aeration, a top dressing
blend with bark mulch and with most types of           of compost, and a weekly soaking with water (at
landscaping rock.                                      least one inch) as the best recipe for a healthy

                                                       Watering the lawn thoroughly and frequently will
                                                       give the grass a better chance of surviving the
                                                       rigors of dog use.

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Avoiding chemicals for weed control can work.       Consider training the dog to use one area for
Leave the chemical 2,4-D in the can and try the     toileting to prevent random urine burning of the
manual method: TWO hours on all FOURS               entire lawn. Choose the toughest mix of grass
DIGGING. A good dandelion digger will become        seed for this area. If the location is sunny and the
your best friend. By removing the dandelion every   lawn is kept well watered, it has a chance of
time you see a yellow face smiling at you, the      surviving. Otherwise choose gravel, water worn
problem will be controlled without chemicals. The   rock, mulch or interlocking brick for the dog's
key is to stop the plants from going to seed and    section of the yard.
adding to the weed problem. You will find the
problem is worse at periodic times in the growing   First published in 1997 by Wheatens on the Red,
season.                                             a local club for the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
                                                    owners in Winnipeg and the Red River Valley.
Double fencing allows you to rotate the areas of    Reproduced with permission.
use to allow for lawn recovery. In early spring a
protective fence can give the grass a chance to
grow thereby avoiding those awful "mud holes".
Plastic snow fencing is a good temporary fencing

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                              Poisonous Garden Plants
                                      Compiled by Dallas Goodchild

This is not a complete list of all garden plants that contain poisonous compounds, but is a list
of those plants that are most likely to cause problems for dogs or humans.
Vegetables:                                           Garden Flowers:

Eggplant                                              Autumn crocus
genus Solanum                                         Colchicum autumnale
Assume only the ripe fruit is safe                    Poisonous part: all parts, especially bulbs

Ground Cherries                                       Bleeding Heart
Physalis longifolia, P. Peruviana                     Dicentra spp.
Poisonous part: raw fruit; cooking destroys toxins    Poisonous part: all parts

Potato                                                Bulbs: Amaryllis, Daffodil, Narcissus, Lilies,
Solanum tuberosum                                     Squills, Scillas, Tulips, Gladiola
Poisonous part: vines, sprouts, spoiled potatoes      Poisonous part: all parts
and green skins of potatoes
                                                      Calla Lily
Rhubarb                                               Zantedeschia aethiopica
Rheum rhaponticum                                     Poisonous part: all parts
Poisonous part: leaves
                                                      Castor bean
Tomato                                                Ricinus communis
Lycopersicon esculentum                               Highly toxic
Poisonous part: leaves, stems; close relative of      Poisonous part: seeds, foliage, young seedlings
the potato
                                                      Chinese Lantern
                                                      Physalis alkekngi
                                                      Poisonous part: all parts

                                                      Coneflowers, Black-eyed Susans
                                                      Rudbeckia spp.
                                                      Poisonous part: all parts

                                                      Datura; Angel`s trumpet,          Jimson      weed,
                                                      Datura spp.
                                                      Poisonous part: all parts

                                                      Delphiniums, Larkspurs
                                                      Delphinium spp.
                                                      Poisonous part: all parts; young plants and seeds

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Nicotiana, Flowering Tobacco                          Sweet pea, Perennial pea
Nicotiana alata                                       Lathyrus odoratus, L. Latifolus
Poisonous part: all parts                             Poisonous part: Seeds

Digitalis purpureas                                   Trees and Shrubs:
Poisonous part: all parts
                                                      Azaleas and Rhododendrons
Glory Lily                                            Rhododendron spp.
Gloriosia superba                                     Poisonous part: all parts
Poisonous part: tuber
Iris                                                  Celastrus scandens spp.
Iris spp.                                             Poisonous part: leaves, seeds, roots
Poisonous part: leaves, rhizomes
Lily-of-the-valley                                    Rhamnus spp.
Convallaria majalis                                   Poisonous part: fruit
Poisonous part: all parts
                                                      Cherries, Plums, Peach, Apricot
Lobelia                                               Prunus spp.
Lobelia spp.                                          Pincherry (P. pensylvanica)
Poisonous part: all parts                             Chokecherry (P. virginiana cv. Schubert)
                                                      Poisonous part: all parts; fruit is safe if pits
Lupines                                               removed
Lupinis spp.
Poisonous part: all parts, especially seeds           Chestnuts, Horsechestnut
                                                      Aesculus glabra, A. hippocastanum
Monkshood                                             Poisonous part: all parts
Aconitum spp.
Poison part: all parts, especially roots and seeds    Daphne
                                                      Daphne spp.
Poppies                                               Highly Toxic
Papaver spp.                                          Poisonous part: all parts
Poisonous part: all parts, especially raw, green      This is a group of small woody shrubs. Daphne
seeds; ripe poppy seeds are harmless                  flowers are small and showy and can be either
                                                      lilac, pink or yellow. The blooms come before the
Snow-on-the-mountain                                  leaves. The leathery berries are scarlet.
Euphorbia marginata
Poisonous part: all parts                             Elder
                                                      Sambucus spp.
Star-of-Bethlehem, Snow drop                          Poisonous part: all parts, roots and especially
Ornithogalum umbellatum                               berries; harmless when cooked
Poisonous part: all parts

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Eunonymous, Burning Bush                            House Plants:
Eunonymous spp.
Poisonous part: leaves, bark, fruit                 Could be vigorous outdoor plants in warmer
European Bittersweet, Climbing nightshade
Solanum dulcamara                                   Aloe (the sap is poisonous if ingested)
Poisonous part: all parts
Hydrangea spp.                                      Elephant ears, Alocasia
Poisonous part: all parts
                                                    English Ivy, Hedera helix
Wisteria spp.                                       Mistletoe, F: Loranthaceae
Poisonous     part:
seeds and pods                                      Jerusalem Cherry, Solanum pseudo-capsicum

Yew                                                  Philodendrons
Taxus spp.
Highly Toxic                                          Poinsettia (old or wild varieties)
Coniferous plants
not often in gardens                                Oleander: Highly toxic - grows as a flowering
in northern climates                                ornamental shrub or small tree in much of the U.S.
but dwarf plants found
in evergreen woods.                                 Black Nightshade
Poisonous part: all                                 Solanum nigrum
parts except the                                    Highly Toxic
fleshy red                                          An annual weed with small white flowers. The
covering on                                          mature berries are shiny and black. All parts are
seed                                                  toxic except berries if ripe. A type called Garden
                                                      Huckleberry is grown for fruit.

                                                     Be cautious with all members of the genus
                                                    Solanum. The fruits and all plant parts are usually

Sources: Alberta Agriculture, Poisonous Outdoor Plants, 1981, Alberta Agdex666-2; Fowler, M.E,
DVM, Chair. Dept of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Plant Poisoning in Small
Companion Animals, 1980, Ralston Purina Co.; Kingsbury, J.M., Poisonous Plants of the United
States and Canada, 1964, Prentice-Hall Inc.; Mulligan and Munro, Poisonous Plants of Canada,
1990, Biosystems Research, Agriculture Canada.

First published in 1997 by Wheatens on the Red, a local club for the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
owners in Winnipeg and the Red River Valley. Reproduced with permission.

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         How do I teach my Wheaten to retrieve? (Part 1)

What looks like a simple retrieve is really a           probably drop the article in your waiting hand and
combination of individual skills that a dog must        be eager to repeat the performance.
learn separately before it is able to reliably
execute the complete exercise. The dog must             You can introduce word associations by labeling
learn to: run towards a specific object; open its       the puppy's actions. When the puppy runs away to
mouth to pick up the object; hold the object in its     get the toy, tell him to 'fetch' or 'take it' just as he
mouth while running back to the handler                 pounces on his prize. As he is coming back to you,
(hopefully); and release the object into the owner's    ask him to 'hold' the object. When he reaches you,
hand (or drop it on the ground). In a competition       praise him and offer a tidbit. As he drops the toy to
retrieve the dog must also: sit and stay until the      take the tidbit, tell him 'out' or 'thank-you'. The
handler gives the command to retrieve; return with      words you use are not important as long as you're
a dumbbell to a sitting position facing the handler;    consistent with whatever you choose.
hold the dumbbell until the handler takes it from
the dog's mouth; wait until the handler gives           Note -I prefer not to tell the puppy to 'come' with
another command; then return to the heel position       the object in his mouth at this point. Teaching the
beside the handler and wait to be released. Not as      dog to 'come' should be done separately and
easy as it seems.                                       combined later, when the dog understands what
                                                        the command means. For now we are concerned
People who are interested in obedience                  with the carry and hold part of the retrieve.
competition are advised to attend classes which
teach formal retrieving since the training is very      Without encouragement some dogs lose their
specific and quite involved. I'm going to deal with     natural enthusiasm for retrieving. Maybe you
the less formal type of play-retrieving that is just    have a two year old dog who hasn't a clue what to
for fun.                                                do with the ball that you toss across the floor. You
                                                        can still rekindle this drive by introducing the
As with other things it is easier to teach a puppy to   activity in a more specific manner.
retrieve than it is to teach an adult dog. Many
puppies delight in chasing things, pouncing on          Generally speaking, dogs can only learn one new
them and carrying them around. Great! That`s half       task at a time so it's important to break exercises
the work right there. The trick is to get them to       into small tasks that can be taught separately.
return, carrying the object and give it to you          These small tasks are then linked together like
without turning things into a game of tug-of-war or     stepping stones. For example, before we can
chase. How do we do this? With food.                    expect the dog to carry an object around he has to
                                                        be comfortable just holding it.
To encourage the natural retrieving instinct, sit on
the floor when the puppy is in the playful mood.        You will need a favourite toy, your leash and some
Toss a ball or toy a short distance away from you.      treats (something the dog absolutely loves). It is
When the puppy chases the toy and picks it up,          best if the dog is rested, and hungry. You should
encourage him to come back by clapping your             be in a positive frame of mind. Remember that we
hands and talking to him in an animated manner.         are trying to teach the dog something fun here. If
Since puppies are rather reluctant to let go of         you get frustrated or angry, quit and begin again
things in their mouths, he will probably run straight   when you're in a better mood.
to you without dropping the toy. When he reaches
you, praise him and offer a tidbit. When he
realizes that he gets a treat for his efforts, he'll

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Start by having the dog sit, on leash, while you        If at any time your dog opens his mouth by himself
kneel beside him. Kneel on the leash so he can't        when you ask him to 'take it' you know he is
run away. It is important that the dog does not         starting to understand. Pour on the praise! If he
panic during this exercise so be calm and patient       drops the article before you ask him to release it,
with him. If at any time the dog seems confused,        DO NOT GIVE THE TREAT, otherwise he will get
help him, or go back a few steps to something he        confused and not learn exactly what you are
does understand. This is sound advice for any           asking him to do.
training. There is no shame in returning to a
previous exercise since it ultimately gets you          NOTE: Over the years I have been exposed to a
further ahead.                                          number of training methods. Being opposed to
                                                        'terrorist tactics', I prefer methods which aim to
I will assume the dog is on your left. Wrap your left   teach the dog to understand without intimidation
arm around the dog's shoulder and cup your left         or fear. This type of training often takes longer, but
hand under his bottom jaw. Show him the toy.            in my opinion, the dog's attitude is more important
Ask him to 'take it' as you gently open his mouth,      than the task. As long as my dog is working
using your thumb and forefinger. Place the article      happy, she will continue to learn. That, to me, is
just behind his front teeth. With one hand, hold his    success.
mouth closed while you tell him to 'hold'. Rub his
throat with your other hand to encourage him to         Written by Glenda Wyatt for Wonderful
relax while you quietly praise. After a brief           Wheatens, September 1995. Reproduced with
moment tell him 'out', remove the article and           permission.
IMMEDIATELY offer a tidbit and praise.

You do not want to turn this into a tug-of-war
game. Most dogs, seeing a treat in front of their
nose, are happy to spit the toy out as long as the
treat is worth the sacrifice. If he will not release,
use your thumb and forefinger to open his mouth
and remove the article. When he releases the
article, praise and IMMEDIATELY give a treat.

Repeat these steps until the dog is comfortable
taking, holding and releasing the object, and
shows no sign of wanting to spit it out or run away.
The next step is to get the dog to move toward the
article. We'll deal with that in the next issue. For
now work at getting to 'Take', 'Hold' and 'Give' the
article and praise him warmly and enthusiastically
for his effort.

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          What is the best way to care for my dog's ears?

The Wheaten Terrier has a 'floppy' ear with quite a      however, get red and sore ears from the plucking,
lot of hair growing in the ear canal. Sometimes the      which rather defeats the purpose of cleaning out
dogs get an irritation or infection in their ears        the inside of the ear. For these dogs, removing
which can be quite painful. What is the best way to      half of the hair as described above, then cutting
take care of a Wheaten's ears in order to prevent        the remaining hair very short with a blunt nosed
such a problem from starting?                            pair of scissors may be sufficient to prevent a
                                                         build-up while also preventing the skin from
Many ear problems are caused by poor air                 getting irritated.
circulation in and around the ear because ear wax
accumulates in the hair growing out of the ear           The hair on the side of the dog's head, just in front
canal. The problem is further complicated by the         of the ear opening, should also be kept quite short.
ear flap falling over the ear opening, causing a         This is in keeping with the 'clean cheeks' look
rather warm and moist environment - a perfect            normally seen on this breed. By cutting this hair
place for grubby little things to grow. The best way     short, the air will flow more easily into the ear,
to deal with ear problems is to prevent them by          which will also help prevent the area from
reducing the amount of hair growing in and around        becoming warm and moist.
the ear so the air can circulate more freely.
                                                         After removing and/or trimming the hair, clean the
Once or twice a month excess hair should be              inside of the ear gently with a cotton ball dipped in
plucked out or cut away from the ear canal. A            warm water, or an ear cleanser like 'Octi-cleanse'.
combination of plucking and cutting works well           Remove all traces of wax and ear powder. You will
and causes the least amount of discomfort and            find that the dog will want to shake his head during
irritation to the skin.                                  and after this routine, so proceed carefully.

Obviously, you can't just yank great gobs of hair        It is wise to get into the habit of cleaning the inside
out of the dog's ears, since that would be quite         of the ear with a moist cotton ball whenever you
painful in itself. First, dust the ear opening lightly   brush/comb your Wheaten. This way you can stay
with an ear cleansing powder which is available          on top of the situation and see any problems at the
from most pet supply stores. This powder helps           earliest stage. Ear infections are very painful for
dry the hair and makes it easier to hold. Grasp a        the dog, and should be avoided at all times.
few hairs (3-4) at a time between the thumb and
the forefinger and pull quickly. If your dog is not      Written by Glenda Wyatt for Wonderful
bothered by this procedure you could remove all          Wheatens, September 1994. Reproduced with
of the excess hair in this manner. Some dogs,            permission.

Otitis Externa is one of the more common ear diseases seen in dogs. The disease is characterized by
inflammation of the outer ear canal. Symptoms include foul odour, scratching, rubbing, pain, discharge,
swelling of the ear flap, shaking of head and redness. Some of the causes include allergies, trauma,
foreign bodies, bacteria, yeast, parasites, excess moisture in the ear canal and tumours. Proper
diagnosis must be made by a veterinarian.
(Source: Dr. Jan Hasse, Sarasota Animal Hospital, 2008 Florida Pet Pages)

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                               Why Do Dogs Do That?
                                    Rolling in smelly things
Dead fish, garbage, feces, rotting leaves. Things     A third theory, and a favourite of mine, is that the
that repulse us can elicit pure joy in our canine     dog is merely bringing home the scent to share it.
friends. Why dogs love rolling in smelly things       Our dog assumes that we will love the pungent
remains a bit of a mystery,                           smell he's brought home as much as he does. Our
                                                      distaste and repulsion is probably confusing and
Close study and educated guesses have come up         disappointing to him. A human parallel would be
with a few theories. One theory is that this          when we share pictures of an exciting place or
behavior is instinctive and its purpose was to        stories of an exciting event. We want to share that
cover the dog's scent so its prey would not be        experience with people we feel close to. When our
alerted. Another theory suggests that dogs do this    audience is disinterested in the two-hour
to elevate their status in the pack by making         slideshow of our summer vacation, we are baffled
themselves more interesting, sort of like the kid     and hurt.
who brings candy or the latest toy to school to
make friends. Most dog owners have experienced        So the next time your dog rolls in something nasty,
their dogs' attentive inspection of their clothing    consider this: he might have brought it home just
upon returning from someplace new, especially if      for you.
it involved other animals. I remember a new pair of
jeans that my dog was particularly curious about.     Written by Jennifer Berg for Oberhund News,
Despite months of wearing and washing, she still      Issue #2-2008. Reproduced with permission.
found something fascinating about the side seam
on the right leg, about five inches above the knee.
I considered taking apart the seam at that spot to
see if something had been accidentally sewn in,
but eventually her interest waned. I expect the
washings had finally removed most of the scent or
else it had become commonplace.

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                              Go Green for Fidos' Sake!
  We all like to have clean homes, but are your cleaning products making
                 your home unhealthy for you and your pet?

We love our dogs, so the products we use in our         Investigate the ingredients in your household
homes should reflect this. Unfortunately, many          cleaners and fresheners and then decide if you
common household cleaning products contain              want to continue using them in your home. Eco-
ingredients that can be harmful to our pets (and        friendly products are readily available, but take
ourselves and the Earth - funny how that works).        note: just because a product claims that it is
While the dangers might not be immediately              "green" or "eco-friendly" doesn't mean it is safe.
apparent, (and therefore considered safe or only        Sometimes the claim is based on the packaging
mildly dangerous) the cumulative effect of the          and not the ingredients. Read the labels, do some
various toxins can make our homes a dangerous           research, and find a product line you can trust. Or
place.                                                  make your own. You can clean a lot with baking
                                                        soda and vinegar.
Before you spray, wipe, or squirt these products,
consider the ingredients you may be inhaling. Our       With these little changes, we can make our homes
bodies have to work hard to try to remove these         (and our planet) safer for all family members,
invaders, and these toxins can cause trouble while      including the four-legged ones.
inside us, often resulting in lung, liver, and kidney
damage, especially over extended use or                 For Health and Safety Info on Household
overuse. Our pets inhale the same molecules we          Products, visit:
do, but they can get double doses of these toxins
by ingesting them as they lick surfaces, their fur,     Written by Jennifer Berg for Oberhund News,
and their paws. Products that are sprayed on            Issue #2-2008. Reproduced with permission.
surfaces but not washed off are of particular
concern to our pets.

Evidence suggests that some topical insecticides can lead to liver problems and seizures. Using
poison to kill insects in a pet’s home environment is risky. Although we may be trying to help our
pets remain free of parasites, we may end up putting multiple toxins in their body. According to
the ASPCA, thousands of pets needlessly suffer and many die each year by accidental ingestion
of household poisons, especially pesticides. Instead of commercial pesticides, try organic
diatomaceous earth. It is non-toxic to mammals, causes no harm to pets if licked or ingested,
and effectively kills insects. There is a downside however, as it produces a fine dust. (Source:
Country Living, July 2006).

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   Assiniboine Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier Association’s
                  St. Patrick’s Day Event

On Monday, March 17th, 2008, the local Wheaten Club (ASCWTA) hosted its annual St. Patrick’s Day
Pot Luck. This is the one time of year we celebrate the Irish heritage of our beloved Wheaten Terriers.
The event was hosted by Barb Osborne, Mike Dumelie and their five Wheatens. A great time was had
by all, as can be seen in the following pictures:

       Cheryl Mogg and Sue Luchuck,
      sharing a ‘Toast’ to our Wheatens!

                                                            Jim McCrum and Mike Dumelie

                   Norm Dennis, Heather McCrum,
                 Donna Nicurity and Carolyn McNeillie

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           Alan Fox, Sandy McNeillie
               and Sue Luchuck
                                                  Ron and Bev Jones, Margaret Stewardson
                                                         and Gracie, the Wheaten!

                           One Big Happy Wheaten Loving Family!

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Did you know...........

That your dog sweats?                                     That dogs see more than black and white?

Dogs mostly maintain their body temperature by            Although we have been lead to believe that dogs
panting with their tongues. Tongues hanging out of        can only see in black and white, this is not true.
a mouth can be aerated quickly. Dogs have sweat           Dogs can see colours, but not all of them. While
glands on different parts of their bodies, some           humans have "trichromatic vision", meaning we
functional and some poorly developed. The highly          have red, green and blue receptors, dogs are
developed sweat glands are on their noses and             much like colour-blind people - they have
their pads of their feet. So, if you see little paw       "dichromatic vision". This means they can only
prints on the tile/hardwood floors this summer, you       see colours in the blue and yellow range. This also
will know why!                                            means that dogs will view red, orange and green
                                                          as shades of the same colour. So, if you buy your
That puppies from the same litter can have                dog a bright red toy and throw it on green grass,
different fathers?                                        don't think your dog is stupid if he doesn't retrieve
                                                          it. He probably didn't see it!
During the estrous cycle, female dogs produce
more than one egg. If she mates with more than            That a cold-nosed dog can track old
one male during this time, it is possible that each       scents?
dog she mates with will fertilize one or more eggs.
This will result in one litter having multiple fathers.   Cold-nosed dogs, such as Bloodhounds and
However, there is only one father per pup.                Basset Hounds, can follow scents that are many
                                                          days old or very faint. Tracking results produced
That your dog has 42 teeth?                               by Bloodhounds can even be admitted as
                                                          evidence in trials in the United States!
That's 10 more teeth than you! Why do they need
so many teeth? Dogs cannot rely on tools and fire         That hairless dogs were bred for warming
like you and I, so nature has ensured their survival      beds?
by allowing them to work their way through a
variety of animals. This includes bones, muscles          Chinese Crested dogs are one example of a
and cartilage. In addition, while humans exert            'hairless' dog, a result of a genetic mutation.
only 60 pounds of pressure when they bite, dogs'          These dogs were used to warm beds in places like
jaws can crush and chew at almost six times that.         Mexico, China and Europe. In fact, this is where
This explains why dogs can chew raw bones and             we get the phrase "three-dog-night" - the number
rawhide so quickly.                                       of dogs needed to warm beds/sleeping quarters
                                                          on a very cold night!

 A dog is truly a man's best friend. If you don't believe it, just try this experiment. Put your
                     dog and your wife in the trunk of the car for an hour.

                      When you open the trunk, who is really happy to see you! :-)

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As the saying goes...'Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer'.........

Yesterday I was at Wal-Mart, buying a large bag of       because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no;
Purina dog chow for 'Athena the Wonder Dog',             I stepped off a curb to sniff an Irish Setter and a
and was about to check out.                              car hit us both.
A woman behind me asked if I had a dog.
What did she think I elephant?                I thought the guy behind her was going to have a
                                                         heart attack, he was laughing so hard!
So since I'm retired, with little to do, on impulse, I
told her that no, I didn't have a dog, and that I was    Wal-Mart won't let me shop there anymore.
starting the Purina Diet again. Although I probably
shouldn't, because I'd ended up in the hospital last
time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I
awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes
coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both

I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and
that the way that it works is to load your pants
pockets with Purina nuggets and simply eat one or
two every time you feel hungry and that the food is
nutritionally complete so I was going to try it again.
(I have to mention here that practically everyone in
the line was by now enthralled with my story.)
Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care

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Terrier Treats!                                         Healthy Muffins

Ingredients:                                            Ingredients:

4 cups whole wheat flour                                1 ½ cups oat flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon                                     1 cup oat bran
1 small apple grated                                    1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup cornmeal                                          ¼ cup honey
2 tablespoons vegetable oil                             ¾ cup milk
1 1/3 cups water                                        1 cup rolled oats
                                                        2 teaspoons baking soda
In a bowl, combine all ingredients except the apple     1 egg, lightly beaten
and water. Grate apple into mixture and add water.      3 tablespoons vegetable oil
Mix until it starts forming together. Turn onto a
lightly floured surface. Knead well. Roll out to 1/4"   Optional Ingredients:
to 1/2" thick. Using a straight edge, score the         Apples/bananas blended together
dough horizontally and then vertically to make a        Shredded zucchini and carrots
grid of 3/4" squares. Be careful not to score the       Nuts/Raisins
dough all the way through. Place on a baking            Shredded cheese/Jack Cheese
sheet that has been sprayed with a non-stick            Cooked chicken
spray. Bake at 325 degrees for one hour.
                                                        Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line muffin tins with
                                                        foil or paper muffin cups. Mix dry ingredients. In a
                                                        separate bowl, mix the egg, honey and oil. Mix in
                                                        dry ingredients, blending well. At this point mix
                                                        optional ingredients into the honey mixture, then
                                                        mix honey mixture into the flour/milk batter. Spoon
                                                        into muffin tins and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
                                                        These muffins freeze well.

From the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.........
Xylitol, a sweetener found in certain sugar-free chewing gum, candies, baked goods and other foods,
can be poisonous to your pet. Dogs who have ingested xylitol can develop a fairly sudden drop in blood
sugar, resulting in depression, loss of coordination, and seizures.

In extreme cases, potentially fatal liver disease may develop. Symptoms can arise as quickly as 30
minutes after ingestion, or appear hours or days later. Keep this away from your pets! If your pet has
ingested any xylitol, call your vet immediately.
(Source: Eric Dunayer, M.S., V.M.D, DABT, ASPCA Action, Spring 2007)

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You ought to be in pictures....

                                                       This is Pokey who will be 9 years
                                                       old. She lives with her brother in

                                                       New addition is Charlie the kitten
                                                       who Pokey has decided is her baby .
                                                       Yup, she cleans him, cleans the litter
                                                       box and looks after him.

                                                       Charlie has changed her life and she
                                                       is younger, happier, and more loving
                                                       than usual. What horrid
                                                       temperaments I breed!!!!???(LOL)

                                                       Pokey will also appear on my
                                                       website kissing a cow she was
                                                       introduced to a few years ago - so,
                                                       what happened to the terrier
                                                       temperament??? Don't you just love
                                                       it! Pokey is also a registered pet
                                                       therapy dog.

                                                       Submitted by
                                                       Margaret Stewardson

  Pokey has decided that all creatures need her
  love even if it is a cow. Go figure - so much
  for the herding instinct!!

  Submitted by
  Margaret Stewardson
  Myshawns Wheatens

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You’re wonderful to see....

                                        Taz, owned by Joe and Dawn, lives in
                                        Thompson, Manitoba. He loves the
                                        cabin, where he can seadoo in the
                                        summer and skidoo in the winter.

                                        What a great life!

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You ought to be in pictures...

 Lucy, a true Rider fan, pictured
 alongside the Grey Cup. Lucy is
 owned by Tom and Suzanne of
 Regina. Only in Riderville,
 Saskatchewan would you find a
 picture like this!

                                                  Picture from Prince Albert, SK……

                                                  Finian trying to lure Darby into a play
                                                  run. If Darby gets too close, Finian runs
                                                  under the trailer. Darby is too tall to
                                                  follow so when Darby loses interest and
                                                  turns away, Finian jumps out and
                                                  ambushes Darby!

                                                  Submitted by Danny and Judy

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Oh, what a hit you would be...

                               Pictures of Finnegan from Saskatoon…….
                               submitted by
                               Jeff and Sarah.

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                             Purina Animal Hall of Fame
                                        from CBC news, May 5, 2008

I think we all know about the Saskatoon dog that        Maggie May, a Wheaten Terrier from Winnipeg,
was responsible for saving the life of the baby left    who jumped on its owner's chest and started
on the doorstep. But did you hear of the story of a     licking her face frantically as she took a nap in
Wheaten Terrier who saved the life of her owner in      November. Suann DeCourcey woke up and
Winnipeg?                                               realized her carbon monoxide alarm was ringing,
                                                        something she says she never would have heard
Recently, the Purina Animal Hall of Fame                if her dog hadn't woken her up because she is
honoured five family pets for their courage and         deaf in one ear. DeCourcey and the dog escaped
loyalty. All five pets performed acts that ultimately   the house, which had filled with dangerously high
saved the life of a human being. One of these pets      levels of gas.
was a Wheaten Terrier:                                  Good job Maggie May!

                                                        A total of 138 animals have been inducted into
                                                        Canada's Animal Hall of Fame in the past 40 years
                                                        -- 114 dogs, 23 cats and a horse.

Hard to Swallow
If your pet swallows a sock or a pair of underwear, this can result in surgery (or worse). This is because
the foreign object is unable to pass through the pet’s digestive system and gets caught in the intestinal
tract. To add insult to injury, the veterinary bill can set you back by at least $1000!
Over the past 25 years, the Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (United States) has been tracking the
most commonly swallowed objects resulting in pet surgery. Following socks and underwear, other most-
swallowed items include panty hose, rocks, balls, chew toys, corncobs, bones, hair ornaments and sticks.
I even saw first hand what was extracted from a dog that ate a tube of foam insulation – it wasn’t pretty.
When the dog initially bit into the tube, the insulation was a thick, moist paste. However, as soon as the
insulation was exposed to air and entered the dog’s stomach, it expanded and hardened. Fortunately, the
dog was rushed to emergency in time for a happy ending.
(Source: Home Companion Magazine)

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                               National Director's Report
                                           By Margaret Stewardson

Dear Folks;

Here it is the first real rainy day of Spring. And our   It would be great if more of you would join our
Wheaten Walk just got rained out.                        National Club and be active in the Local Club. We
                                                         seemed to have dropped off in our attendance and
However a few brave souls did show up and we             it is really a good thing to keep in touch with new
had a good chat. I was delighted that I saw two of       concerns Wheatens may be facing. We would
Kicker’s sons. It is always great to see all             also love to chat and have your company and your
Wheatens but for a breeder to see some of the            stories about your Wheatens.
puppies that are now adults is especially great.         Well, folks that is it for me. I'm off to tend to my
                                                         small herd of Wheatens. Give yours a hug. As I
Once again we have to thank Barb and Mike for            always say they are loaned to us for a very short
putting on the March pot luck supper. They are so        time.
kind to let us gather there at their home.
                                                         Have a great summer and I hope we hear and see
Now onto what is going on with the National Club.        some of you come the Fall.
We are still trying to get our financial house in
order but things are moving along to closure on           Thanks
that issue.                                               Margaret Stewardson
                                                          National Director for Sask.
We are also discussing the Specialties and blood
clinics for all Wheaten owners. We are talking
about the pricing of Wheaten Wags, who should
buy them and how they should be distributed. I
am entered in the Wheaten booster in Edmonton
next week. There are only 2 dogs entered in this
booster. Imagine!! Years ago there would have
been 13 or more. Reputable breeders are not
breeding as much for many reasons.
Unfortunately for people that want to buy from a
reputable breeder there are not a whole lot of
puppies being born. I had two winter litters. I,
along with other breeders, find to raise good
puppies it takes work. Lots of work! Then you
have to find good homes and that also can be a
challenge. So, beware of backyard breeders and
puppy millers.

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                                          In Memoriam
                                  Submitted by Norm and Gaylene Dennis

Coco passed on May 5th at the age of 13.

You know when we had two Wheatens, life seemed so full. When we lost Barley (age 14 years) last
spring, we clung all the more to Coco. She seemed to be our link to all our past dog family members,
including Duffy and Mandy. Now without her, we feel so empty. Coco was our "special" little sweety.
Wow, and to think that had the original purchasers from B.C. not changed their minds at the last minute,
we would never have had the chance to have her join our family. We were the luckiest people in the

For some reason, I put off getting her last set of vaccinations until we had to for a future kennel stay.
That was 3 weeks before she passed on. Up to that time, she was still up for everything, the "little puppy"
she remained until about two weeks before she passed on.

It is hard to say just what took her from us. She started getting very fussy about eating, which was "very"
unlike Coco. Then she stopped eating altogether and withered away quickly. We spent the last day
rocking her. She finally passed away in Norm's arms. Never did she appear to be in any discomfort.
Barley just came and took her home. The strangest thing is that the few weeks prior, our lights flickered
many times for no apparent reason. They have not done it since. Makes one wonder.

Barley and Coco had been together for 12 years. She never once went into their shared bed area after
he left us. It has been hard losing both our beloved puppies within a year's span.

Thanks goodness for all the wonderful memories. We could never have asked for more precious pets.
We were so blessed to have had them chose us with whom to share their lives.

They were our anchors, our special friends and we can only be happy in knowing that they are both
together in a much better place now.

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                                             In Memoriam
                                    January 3, 1991 - April 30, 2008
                                         Submitted by Barbara Osborne

April 30, 2008, was a very sad day in the Dumelie/Osborne household. This was the day that we had to put
our dear Chelsea to rest. She is together once again with her best buddies, Chinzia and Sadie. Chinzia
always watched out for Chelsea's well-being and Sadie was just happy being her friend.

Chelsea was our first Wheaten, and we learned so much from her. In many ways, we learned what not to do
when raising a puppy. For example, I remember housebreaking Chelsea. Mike and I trained her to relieve
herself on newspaper placed on the kitchen floor. She caught on quickly. However, in hindsight, that didn't
make a whole bunch of sense. Why would I train my dog to go to the bathroom inside my house when I really
want her to go outside? One day, when Chelsea decided to tinkle on the newspaper that Mike was reading
while sitting on the floor, we realized the silliness of this training method. Our other dogs were never trained
this way.

I also recall many creative and drastic measures taken trying to get Chelsea to eat her supper. At a young
age, she decided she didn't like her food so of course I gave in. Don't all first time dog owners give in to their
cute little puppies? I put all her favourite foods in her dish, including hot dogs, cheese, steak and who knows
what else. It seems to me that each day she got a little more picky and I got a little more weak. I guess it was
just easier to give in. Besides, didn't 'wild' dogs eat supper every day at 5:00 before humans domesticated
them? I am sure I thought she would die unless she ate her supper every night! Little did I realize that a dog
can go a few days without eating and will not starve itself unless it is sick. At some point, however, I must
have realized that she is the dog and I am the human, so I no longer caved in to what she thought she
needed. I, the larger brained creature, decided what she would eat and when, and if she didn't like what I
gave her, she would go hungry. I guess you could say I became the Alpha dog.

Chelsea also taught us a lot about gardening - again, what not to do. When Chelsea first arrived in early
Spring, 1991, she proceeded to immediately ruin my garden. At the time, we lived in an old house in Old
Lakeview, where the previous owners had gone to extreme measures to create 'Nature's Wonderland' in the
city. It was full of flowers, shrubs, bushes and ground cover, carefully transplanted and nurtured from various
gardens, lakes and countryside around Sask. It really was a beautiful sight - until Chelsea moved in. Chelsea
loved to run through the flowers, and in-between the small bushes. She even stopped on occasion to chomp
a flower or two, and bring them into the house. Thanks Chelsea! Even the tall raspberry canes didn't stand
a chance. We tried everything to keep her out of the gardens, but to no avail. Unless I put up a six foot fence
within my yard, there was no stopping her. Oh well, at least I have 'before Chelsea' pictures of my garden as
proof there was a time in my life that I could maintain a nice garden.

After we got through the puppy period in Chelsea's life, she matured into a wonderful, even-tempered, happy,
sweet little girl. She never caused us any problems. She loved other dogs, car rides, walks, dog shows, ice
cream, and most of all, people. Especially people who gave her treats! Her human Grandma accidentally
gave her a whole cooked ham one day but that is a whole other story. That Grandma soon became Chelsea's
best friend for life.

There is no doubt that Chelsea will be missed. Mike and I were very fortunate to have her in our lives for
almost 17.5 years. She found her way into our hearts and will never be forgotten. She really was a great little
dog in so many ways and a wonderful ambassador for the breed. Sweet dreams Chelsea, and may you rest
in peace.

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                                     Notice to All Members
    Although membership to the Assiniboine Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier Association
     is free, the club`s financial position is not as strong as it used to be. In the past,
     our club has raised funds from National Specialties and other events, but in the
       absence of hosting such events, our financial resources are slowly depleting.

                                  Here`s how you can help.
    If you are currently receiving this newsletter by snail mail, consider sending us an
        email address where you can receive this newsletter. This will save the club
     money spent on photocopying, paper, postage and envelopes. Or, if you have an
    extra few dollars to spare, consider making a donation to the club. Just send your
      cheque to Sue Luchuck, Secretary/Treasurer, made payable to Assiniboine Soft-
       Coated Wheaten Terrier Association, at the address shown on the cover page.
                              Thanks in advance for your help!

                                       ***** DEADLINES *****

                  Deadline for submissions for the next issue is September 30, 2008
                                  Please make your submissions to:
                                          Barbara Osborne
                                         3036 Albert Street
                                        Regina, SK S4S 3N7
                                           (306) 584-7673

                 The Prairie Wheaten is the official publication of the Assiniboine
                 Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier Association. The opinions expressed
                 herein are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the editor.
                 The editor reserves the right to reasonably edit all material submitted
                 for publication. Permission to reprint is granted, provided proper credit
                 is given to the author, ASCWTA and The Prairie Wheaten.

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