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Missouri and Iowa are NOW in Division 15, along with Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
New Point Schedule will go into effect May 16, 2018.

Link to 2018 GSD point schedule in ALL divisions.

JUNE MEETING: Friday, June 15, 2018 at 8 PM
The Club Meeting will at the AKC Museum of the Dog.
Board Meeting:
JULY MEETING: Friday, July 20, 2018 at 8 PM
The Club Meeting will at the AKC Museum of the Dog.
Board Meeting:
AUGUST PICNIC: xxxday, August ??, 2018 at x PM
The PICNIC will at the AKC Museum of the Dog.
SEPTEMBER MEETING: Friday, September 21, 2018 at 8 PM
The Club Meeting will at the AKC Museum of the Dog.
Board Meeting:


St. Charles County Police Department mourns the loss of K-9 Officer Janko, a 10-year-old German Shepherd, that died on Nov. 24 from health complications. Janko was trained in narcotics detection and tracking. He served the St. Charles County Police Department alongside his handler Officer Doug Warmann from 2007 to his May 2015 retirement. P.O. Warmann called the K-9 honorable, lovable, dedicated and faithful. "Janko was and always will be the best partner I could have ever asked for," explained Warmann. "I will take it from here little buddy. Janko is 10-42 for the last time." 10-42 is the a reference for "off duty." SCCPD currently has four dogs in its K-9 Unit. Janko joins K-9 Officer Bodo on the Rainbow Bridge.


Did You Know Delta Airlines Did This?

Delta Honor Guard

Delta Baggage Handlers. Recorded at the airport in Atlanta.
As you watch the video, notice the number of people watching from inside the terminal.
Most people have no idea Delta that does this.
This soldier was a K9 soldier with a dog trained to find IED's.
Yes, the second small coffin is the soldiers partner.
This is a soldier and his dog who died for us.
And our hats off to Delta.

Read more: http://www.wnic.com/onair/dave-kent-5064/did-you-know-delta-airlines-did-13387191#ixzz3UJzeyIp6

3-4-2015 (from Jan 9th)

Meet Noah, the Hero German Shepherd, Who Took a Bullet to Save his Family


Beloved K9 Gets Police Escort to His Final Resting Place


Video about abused German Shepherd's recovery gets national recognition for Stray Dog Rescue of St Louis

Link #1 (Fox2 St L )

Link #2 (Fox2-Twitter)

Link #3 (YouTube)

Deadly Virus Killing Dogs(NBC link Nov 2013)
Retired Airman Reunites With Military K-9 (aol article 3-14-14 (Video No Longer Available but still has text))

Rescue Dog Saves Owner From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (aol link from 3-6-14(Video No Longer Avail but still has text)):

The German Shepherd Dog - Remember the Name
(Link to YouTube Video - Caution: Song Lyrics Contain Some Vulgarity)

Flea and Heartworm Preventative Drug Triflexis Accused of Causing Sickness and Deaths in Some Dogs.


ATLANTA’s Channel 2 Action News has discovered the number of dog deaths pet owner’s blame on the popular pet medication Trifexis outnumbers the cases involving the Chinese jerky treats.

Elanco, the company that makes Trifexis, refused repeated requests from Channel 2 consumer investigator Jim Strickland to turn over its data.

Strickland filed a Freedom of Information request with the Food and Drug Administration and got the agency's data instead. It showed that since Trifexis hit the market, every 36 hours, a pet owner reported that Trifexis killed their dog.

Trifexis is the most popular flea and heartworm pill of its kind with more than 50 million doses dispensed.  Most of the dogs on Trifexis are fine.


Strickland spoke to one of Elanco's top veterinarians at the company headquarters near Indianapolis less than a month ago. It was the first time the company agreed to speak on camera about the issue. 


Read the original WSB-TV investigation on Trifexis_



At the time, Dr. Stephen Connell said that Elanco just wanted to make sure the full extent of the story is known. Still, he would not divulge how many complaints of deaths and illness have come into Elanco's response center.


Elanco is required to report those complaints to the FDA. According to FDA records, pet owners have reported 700 dog deaths. That's 120 more than the deaths linked to Chinese chicken jerky treats. Like the treats, Trifexis is suspected, but not the proven cause.


Connell did tell Strickland, "Everything we have on file is within expectations. We remain convinced that the value and benefit of this product still far exceeds the rare risk of these things happening, as unfortunate as they are."


Barrow County resident Chris Smith believes wholeheartedly that Trifexis killed his dog, Kinzie.


"I tell everyone I know who has a dog, don't give them Trifexis," Smith said.


Kinzie was an agility-trained athlete. She died three hours after getting her first dose of Trifexis. A necropsy showed hemorrhaging from several organs.  Read her necropsy report here_

(http://www.wsbtv.com/documents/2013/nov/26/kinzies-necropsy/) .


Kinzie died in 2011, six weeks after Trifexis hit the market. Smith said he called _Elanco and a representative told him Kinzie was the first dog death reported._



The FDA numbers also showed 259 of the 700 dogs that died were euthanized.

That was the case with Hall County resident Beth Timms' dog, Gizmo, earlier this year.


"Her fever had gotten to 106.  They had to give her an ice bath. (The vet) said, 'We need to make a decision, nothing we're doing is working,'" Timms said. "We had to let her go. We had to have her put to sleep."


The FDA website still only posts 31 deaths, the number Strickland originally reported. Strickland learned that number only included complaints mailed to the FDA, and not any emailed complaints.

_Complaints filed on paper include 48 deaths.



A FDA spokesperson told Strickland the agency hasn't updated the numbers, because it is updating systems.


_The new numbers also show a huge jump in the cases of dogs reported sick after taking Trifexis_

(http://www.wsbtv.com/documents/2013/nov/26/trifexis-electronic-reports-illness/) .


Forsyth County resident Amy Thornton's dog Ivan is one of them. She gave the pug two doses of Trifexis and didn't have any problems.


Thornton said it was after the third dose that Ivan lost control of his back legs. She took video of it to share with her vet.


"Exactly six hours after I gave it to him, he started acting really weird, lethargic," Thornton said. "I was scared to death. I thought he was dying that night."


The FDA numbers posted online for lethargy is just above 600. The updated number Strickland got from the agency showed it's actually nearly 8,000.

The numbers on the web for vomiting is at 2,200. Updated figures revealed it's closer to 30,000.


"We have not been able to identify with all of these reports any specific trends we can link directly to the use of this product," Connell told Strickland last month. "That said, it is an ongoing evaluation that we do and we feel it is our responsibility."


After Strickland's initial report three weeks ago, the Georgia Veterinary Association released a statement saying news reports like this show how important it is for pet owners to talk to their vets and discuss their options.


Every vet Strickland spoke to, stressed the importance of heartworm prevention, and urged pet owners not to boycott the drugs altogether.

Jerky Treats Reportedly Killed 600 Dogs (10-22-2013)

WASHINGTON (AP) ” The Food and Drug Administration is appealing to dog and cat owners for information as it struggles to solve a mysterious outbreak of illness and deaths among pets that ate jerky treats.

In a notice to consumers and veterinarians published Tuesday, the agency said it has linked illnesses from jerky pet treats to 3,600 dogs and 10 cats since 2007. About 580 of those pets have died.

The FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine has run more than 1,200 tests, visited pet treat manufacturing plants in China and worked with researchers, state labs and foreign governments but hasn't determined the exact cause of the illness, the FDA statement said.

"This is one of the most elusive and mysterious outbreaks we've encountered," Bernadette Dunham, a veterinarian and head of the FDA vet medicine center, said in the statement.

Pets can suffer from a decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting and diarrhea among other symptoms within hours of eating treats sold as jerky tenders or strips made of chicken, duck, sweet potatoes or dried fruit.

Severe cases have involved kidney failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and a rare kidney disorder, the FDA said.

Most of the jerky treats implicated have been made in China, the FDA said.

The FDA has issued previous warnings. A number of jerky pet treat products were removed from the market in January after a New York state lab reported finding evidence of up to six drugs in certain jerky pet treats made in China, the FDA said. The agency said that while the levels of the drugs were very low and it was unlikely that they caused the illnesses, there was a decrease in reports of jerky-suspected illnesses after the products were removed from the market. FDA believes that the number of reports may have declined simply because fewer jerky treats were available.


Food and Drug Administration statement http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm371413.htm


FDA Releases Progress Report on Jerky Pet Treat Investigation October 22, 2013 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released today an update on its investigation into pet illnesses and deaths associated with jerky pet treats from China. The update includes a description of the extent of the agency’s testing and current findings, as well as a "Dear Veterinarian" letter and Fact Sheet for pet owners.

The "Dear Veterinarian" letter to veterinary professionals explains how they can provide valuable assistance to the agency's investigation, requests that veterinarians report to FDA any cases of jerky pet treat-related illness that come to their attention and, when requested, that they also provide samples for diagnostic testing by the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN), a network of veterinary laboratories affiliated with FDA. The Fact Sheet for pet owners lists steps they can take to prevent or detect illness related to the treats.

As of September 24, 2013, FDA has received more than 3000 complaints of illness related to consumption of chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky treats, nearly all of which are imported from China. The reports involve more than 3600 dogs, 10 cats andinclude more than 580 deaths.

FDA continues to caution pet owners that jerky pet treats are not required for a balanced diet. The agency encourages pet owners to consult with their veterinarian prior to feeding treats and if they notice symptoms in their pets.

The rate of complaints associated with jerky pet treats dropped sharply after several well-known brands were removed from the market in January 2013, when a study conducted by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Marketing (NYSDAM) detected low levels of antibiotic residues in those products. FDA believes that the drop in complaints is linked to a decrease in the availability of jerky pet treats rather than the low levels of antibiotics found in January, which FDA believes are unlikely to be the cause of the illnesses. However, FDA is performing an evaluation to determine the possibility for low levels of the antibiotics to cause illness in dogs when fed over a length of time. This process involves review of the scientific literature, as well as any adverse event reports and consumer complaints sent to the FDA in connection with dogs and sulfonamide drugs, and may take many months to complete. In the meantime, our investigation continues to  evaluate all potential causes for illness from the jerky pet treats.

While FDA has not yet identified a cause for the reported illnesses, the agency, together with our Vet-LIRN partners, continue to perform testing to help identify cases and examine both animal tissue and product samples associated with the cases. FDA also continues to work with the manufacturers and distributors of the treats and China's Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine to investigate potential sources of contamination or causes of illness in pets.

Potentially deadly virus could affect dogs in Wisconsin (and other states) 10-7-2013

RACINE - A deadly new virus is attacking dogs. So far, it has been detected in Ohio and California, and one more is suspected in Illinois.It's called circo-virus and in the past, it was known to only be diagnosed in pigs and birds. This month though, circo-virus killed a handful of dogs in Ohio and California. "Well what we're finding is that in fact, you see a lot of co-infections. So it's not as isolated as we once thought," said Dr. John Beltz, a veterinarian in Racine. Because circo-virus is new to dogs, the state of Wisconsin has not been testing for it. So it's unclear whether circo-virus has made its way into Wisconsin. Veterinarian Dr. John Beltz of Racine says its symptoms are similar to parvo-virus which is seen in Wisconsin. Those symptoms include a bloody diarrhea and vomiting. A dog may also be lethargic. Steve Mudrak of Racine noticed those symptoms in his five-month-old puppy Stormin' Norman last week. The Mudraks noticed the German Shepherd mix home wasn't playing with his toys, and then, he began to get very sick. "He had diarrhea and he was vomiting, he wasn't holding nothing down and that was scary," said Mudrak. The Mudraks brought Norman to the 24 hour clinic run by Dr. Beltz and nearly a week later, he's feeling better. It remains unclear exactly what causes circo-virus to spread. Dr. Beltz says if your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, get treatment sooner rather than later. The dogs that have survived, so far, in Ohio, all got ea rly treatment for circo-virus.

(they think they have identified the virus, seems it can have different co infections. They also think it may be transferable to human. Not time to run in a panic but something to be aware of, dogs treated very early with few symptoms have a much higher rate of surviving.)  


October 3, 2013

(NEWSCHANNEL 3- Michigan) - A new deadly dog virus is showing up in Michigan.


It's already killed six dogs in Ann Arbor, and is spreading quickly.


Vets say the virus has never been seen before, and there is no name for it yet.


The virus acts fast and can kill a dog less than a day after symptoms start showing up.


Vets say the dogs usually experience flu-like symptoms, and are recommending owners wash their hands regularly and minimize close facial contact with their pets.

Just how far do the HSUS and other Animal Rights Idiots go?  I hope the wife of this man SUES HSUS and any other Animal Rights Activists involved in this.  The "sores" on the Danes are COMMON in many of your large breeds.  They are on the elbows and hocks of many heavy dogs from lying down on floors, etc.  This will make you SICK!!




New Compliance Policy for Salmonella in Dog Foods

www.cattlenetwork. com/cattle- news/latest/ FDA-changes- compliance- policy-for- salmonella- in-feeds- 215899131. html

FDA changes compliance policy for salmonella in feeds

John Maday, Managing Editor, Drovers CattleNetwork | Updated: 07/17/2013

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The FDA this week released a new Compliance Policy Guide (CPG) regarding salmonella contamination in food for animals, creating a zero-tolerance standard for pet foods and a less-stringent risk-based standard for livestock feeds.

Pet foods contaminated with salmonella pose a higher risk to human health due to the more frequent direct contact pet owners have with those products.

For livestock and horse feeds, the CPG outlines a risk-based salmonella enforcement policy, focusing on the strains that are capable of causing disease in animals, and provides examples of salmonella strains reported to cause disease in a specific animal species such as Salmonella Newport or Salmonella Dublin in dairy or beef feeds.

Prior to this new CPG, an Advisory Opinion from 1967 had implied a zero-tolerance policy for any strain of salmonella in certain animal feed ingredients, even if it was not capable of causing foodborne illness. In addition to the CPG, FDA revoked the 1967 Advisory Opinion and entered the removal into the Federal Register.

Field Fungus

http://www.stltoday .com/business/ local/fatal- fungus-showing- up-in-midwestern -pastures/ article_5925e300 -a5cf-512d- a67e-7f69ab20437 7.html

Fatal fungus showing up in Midwestern pastures
July 17, 2013 4:57 pm • By Georgina Gustin ggustin@post- dispatch. com 314-340-8195

Courtesy of the University of Illinois Extension http://bulletin. ipm.illinois. edu

A fungus that can kill horses and cattle is rampant in Missouri' s pastureland this summer — and has already felled at least four animals.

The fungus, called ergot, appears in grains and grasses when weather conditions are favorable, as they have been this year. The fungus is so widespread that state authorities are warning animal owners to be especially vigilant and to move animals to non-infected fields.

"It's very severe this year, and I want producers to be on the lookout for it," said Craig Roberts, a professor of plant science with the University of Missouri Extension and the state's forage specialist. "I' ve seen it in every field and in every grass species."

Ergot thrives when springs are cool and summers are hot, as has been the case this year. It typically infects grains, including wheat, oats and barley, but can affect grasses and pastureland, including hay fields.

"It can be fatal," said Tim Evans, a veterinary toxicologist with the University of Missouri' s College of Veterinary Medicine. "I expect this year, we're going to see problems."

Evans said he was called to a farm in northeastern Missouri last week to help a local veterinarian identify what killed four cows in a 20-cow herd, which had been grazing on a pasture of fescue.

"I could see as I was driving onto the premises that the fescue was ergotized," he said. "Since then I've seen quite a number of fields with ergot in it. I've talked to my colleagues in Iowa, and they're seeing the same thing up there."

The fungus is not only potentially fatal but can cause fertility problems and decreased appetite — a problem for the state's cattle breeding industry, the third largest in the country. The cattle operations here feed young cattle up to a certain weight before shipping them to feedlots for finishing.

Dairy cows also can suffer from loss of production, and horses and llamas also are susceptible.

Ergot compounds cause arteries to constrict, causing labored breathing, raising body temperatures and restricting blood supplies to extremities.

Ergot looks like small rodent droppings in the seed heads of plants, and it can be easily seen in cereal grains and common grasses, including fescue.

Early mowing of pastureland usually limits the growth of ergot, but this year, because of the wet weather, producers weren't able to mow and bale their fields, allowing the fungus to settle into seed heads.

The toxins in ergot are chemically related to LSD and have been linked to deadly epidemics in the Middle Ages, when it was known as St. Anthony' s Fire. Some historians believe that the symptoms of ergotism in people — scratching, convulsions and hallucinations — were behind the "bewitchment&q uot; that triggered the Salem Witch Trials. The poisoning in humans is usually linked to infected rye, which was grown in abundance in that region.

It commonly seen in wheat, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires inspections and testing that limit its presence.

Georgina Gustin covers agriculture and food policy. Follow her on Twitter at georgina_gustin

2-17-2013 New rat poison containing bromethalin is VERY dangerous to dogs, cats, and kids. (Submitted by by Steve Dobbins):


See the below link about this new rat poisons' main ingredient, bromethalin.





If my math and weight conversions serve me correctly:

My 90 pound German shepherd would be about 41 kg (2.2 lb/kg ).

So his median lethal dose would be 97 to 149 mg ! (at 2.38 to 3.65 mg/kg)


For those of you who might have difficulty grasping how small an amount this is:

When you mail a letter, your first class postage limits you to one ounce before additional postage is required.

(roughly equal to a large envelope plus 5 sheets of paper, the fifth or sixth sheet puts you over, depending on the paper)
One ounce is about 28.4 grams.

One milligram (mg) equals 1/1000 of a gram.

So his median lethal dose would be about 0.10 to 0.15 grams !!!

Or 0.0034 to 0.0052 ounces !!!



The following information is second hand. Apparently a Samoyed was poisoned in Denver while at the 4 day show cluster in Denver.

The Samoyed has already died from the poisoning. (This information is being put out and that show cluster is not even over)

The source of the poisoning may have been rat poisoning being placed under the beds at some hotels.

We have received word that there is a young woman (probably 18 to 24 years old) posing as a puppy buyer or an inspector attempting to enter breeding facilities in the Northern part of Missouri and Southern sections of Iowa.  This person is driving a white pickup with a silver stripe.  At one place she visited she called herself Cara Goodman but the name on the driver's license she used at another facility was Cara Fitts.  If you have anyone just show up at your facility with whom you have not had prior contact please follow the instructions below:

Do not let them in your facility for any reason.  If they are posing as a puppy buyer ask to see their driver's license and write down the name found on the license.  Ask how they got the information that you have puppies for sale.  If they do not have a prior appointment with you to see puppies, ask them to leave immediately.

If you have a camera or a cell phone that takes pictures take her (or his) picture and a picture of the vehicle they are driving, if at all possible.  After the person leaves call Karen or Anne at: 573-480-2389 or 573-364-6583.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is now offering a $5,000 reward/bounty for tips resulting in the arrest and conviction of dog breeders. They have a 1-800 number on their website for anyone to call in a tip. To read more about this go to the MoFed facebook page at: https://www.fa cebook.com/MoFed.org or if you do not have a facebook account go to: http://www.examiner.com/article/hsus-puts-a-bounty-on-breeders .  We do not know if this woman's actions are in any way connected with this announcement from HSUS but the timing is interesting.

If she or he is posing as an inspector, you need to know that ACFA inspectors do not inspect facilities on Saturday or Sunday.  Ask to see identification and if he or she does not have a badge with the same emblem on it that is on the uniform being worn by this person then he or she is not a member of the inspection team for the state department of Ag. 


Click Here for a humorous spoof advertisement of HS US.


  • Here is a useful link obedience / rally database link.
  • Obedience results go back to 2000.  Rally to 2005.
    You can also pull up your dog in particular & see what all he/she has done.

Reminder - DO NOT BUY ANY FORM OF CHICKEN TREATS FOR YOUR DOG.  In fact don't buy any treats/rawhides etc. made in China.  You must read the package carefully as lots of them will have a US address on them ie distributed by a US company and in the very small print it will say product of China.

Club Newspaper: Wag ‘N Tongue