November 2007

From the President

The TDTC Express Semi has been truckin’ right along this past year and it has reached its destination… The end of our trip will be on December 1, 2007. We will soon have a new semi driver and a new load.

The new slate has been selected and will be voted on at the Annual Meeting, Friday, November 9. We have planned a Pot Luck dinner to be held prior to the meeting at 6 PM along with a silent auction of any of your unused or gently used dog-related items. Please plan to attend. There is a sign up sheet at the club for the Pot Luck Dinner. You may bring your silent auction to the club anytime and place them in the box on the counter.

I would like to personally thank my fine Board Members, Directors, and Committee Chairs for their fine job this year and being so great to work with. I could not have done it with out you.

Some of our accomplishments were: Revised the standing rules. Updated the By-laws.
(Both had not been done for several years), ordered flooring for Ring 4, hired a contractor to fix the roof, will plant several new trees, held 8 week-ends of agility or obedience trials, cancelled the Christmas Party and classes for one week along with the General Meeting for the first time in January due to ice, trained approximately 1200 dogs in four 10 weeks sessions, planned an obedience training seminar, and hosted the Award Banquet. The Board also met 6 other times, and we held 5 General Meetings.

Please give your continued support to the new Board and make it a plan to volunteer more and give more time to this great club that is made up of YOU…The volunteers.

Thanks to all for a great year.
“Over and out”
Jill Perry

Upcoming Events

Nov. 9 – TDTC General Meeting 7pm
Nov. 30 – Graduation
Dec. 1 – Christmas Party
Dec. 7-9 – Agility Trial
Dec. 8-9 – Connie Cleveland Seminar
Dec. 14 – Board Meeting 7pm

Pot Luck dinner and Silent Auction at November 9th General Meeting!
Be there!

I would like to thank all of you that sent in articles, pictures, brags and stories. Paw Prints wouldn’t have been worth reading without all your help. I would especially like to thank Gwen, Marillyn and Glenda for the extra help they gave with sending pictures and articles.


President – Dovie Ryan
1st Vice President – Jill Perry
2nd Vice President – Chris Hatchett
Recording Secretary – Gisella Klindera
Corresponding Secretary – Pat Kinser
Treasurer – Jerry Mabry
Member at Large – Todd Johnson
Director of Training – Mike Delory
Director of Agility – Donna Key
Director of Trophies – Tracy Hendrickson
Director of Publicity – Scott Malone
Director of Obedience Trials – Maureen Kelly

2007 Nominating Committee
Donna Key – Chair
Steve Malone
Sheila Ryan
Marillyn Greenberg
Moira Lawson


There will be a POT LUCK DINNER before the TDTC Annual Meeting on November 9th at 6 PM.

The club will provide the table service and coffee.

There is a sign up sheet at the club or email Jill.

Bring the chicken casserole (recipe on table at the club) or a vegetable, salad or dessert to serve 8 people.

TDTC will also have a silent auction, with the proceeds going to the club. Bring any clean dog-related items— Collars, leashes, bowls, figurines or even dog related human clothing. This isn’t a “flea” market so be selective in what you bring. There will be a box in the storeroom to place your items in prior to the 9th or bring them early on the 9th.

CGC Test Success!

The CGC testing was held Saturday, Sept 8, 2007.  We tested 35 dogs and want to congratulate those dogs/handlers that were successful.

A huge thank you goes out to the volunteers that showed up even though there was too much rain and an OU vs. Miami game.

Thank you to evaluators:
Sandie Wyman, Gisella Klindera, Dovie Ryan, Edna Shade, Maureen Kelly, Jerry Mabry and Jill Perry.

Thank you to volunteers:
Judy Mabry, Maureen Andrea, Glenda Poulos, Stephanie Carroll, Barbara Delozier, Bruce Nixon, Gwen Grandell, Glenda and Al Baugher, Bill Stuckert, Sharon Howard, Sharon VanVors, Lesli Ree, Ann Morrison, Sara Jane Jednacz, and Betty Haws.

Of course we were there too!  Moira Lawson and Jan Logan.
Again, congratulations to those wonderful CGC dogs!

Jan and Moira
Moira Lawson, Paw Pals Coordinator
Jan Logan, TDTC Public Education

Trial Thanks

Thank you all for the many, many volunteers who were ring stewards, helped set up and help clean up for our obedience and rally trial October 27th and 28th. There are so many we apologize if anyone was omitted from the list.

Stewards: Diane Ree, Laura Speckelmier, Jack Kennett, Leslie Johnson, James Barlow, Gisella Klindera, Dovie Ryan, Cheri Murray, Gwen Grandell, Meredith Butcher, Mariann Duca, Sylvie Dale, Bruce Nixon, Mike Delorey, Glen Brewington, Laura Morris, Jeri Hajek, Charles Ree, Sue Smith, Linda Reis, Susan James, Sara Jane Jednacz, Carol Minden, Lori Riess.

Set-up: Pat Leader, Lan Leader, Leslie Johnson, Bruce Nixon, Jerry Mabry, Cathy Hall, James Barlow, Jackie Judd, Larry Simpson, Dovie Ryan, Jill Perry, Moira Lawson, Gwen Grandell, Glenda Paulos, Pete Poulos, Tracy Hendrickson, and Pat Kinser.

Clean-up: Cathy Hall, Dorothy Kennedy, Lori Riess, Bruce Nixon, Pat Kinser, Cathy Simon, Gwen Grandell, Dovie Ryan, Karren Smithee, Steve Malone, Scott Malone, Dale Beymer, Eleanor Beymer, Ronda Clawson, Jill Perry, Leslie Johnson, Glen Brewington, Mike Delorey, and James Barlow.

The above names in bold helped in more than one area.

Also, note that many helped that were not even entered. They were: Diane Ree, Laura Speckelmier, Jack Kennett, James Barlow, Gisella Klindera, Cheri Murray, Meredith Butcher, Mariann Duca, Sylvie Dale, Glen Brewington, Laura Morris, Jeri Hajek, Susan James, Sara Jane Jednacz, Lori Riess, Pat Leader, Lan Leader, Steve Malone, Scott Malone, Ronda Clawson, Jerry Mabry, Larry Simpson, Pete Poulos, Dorothy Kennedy. Dale Beymer, and Eleanor Beymer.

Where were the club members that were entered and did not help!!!!!!!!!

And Thanks to Dorothy Kennedy and Lori Riess for being great ring steward committee chairs, to Jeri Hajek for the great food, and Sally Poindexter for her super job as Trial Secretary. The trial could not have gone on with out Maureen’s expertise in all the legwork with AKC and Onofrio

Ladies and Gentlemen,

TDTC will once again be offering group and breed prizes for our Spring obedience trial.
Following is a list of prizes we’ve offered in the past, but we’d love to add your breed to the list if you’d sponsor it. Or if there’s another prize you’d like to add….. say, dog with an agility title, A level class dog in your breed,….Hunting dog, etc. just tell me.

We’re asking a pledge of $25 for group sponsorship, and $20 for breed or other prizes. If you’d like to just sponsor obedience in general, I’d gladly accept a donation of any amount.
Since the premium has to be submitted soon, please respond to me as quickly as possible, but by November 5, if you can help us out.

Obedience is the foundation of everything we do in the club, so please seriously consider participating.
Thanks in advance for your support.

Maureen Kelly  (owned and run by Winnie, Kevin & Strider)


High Scoring Groups

  • Sporting
  • Herding
  • Working
  • Toy
  • Non-Sporting
  • Terrier
  • Hound
  • Miscellaneous

Breeds & Other

  • High Scoring Doberman
  • High Scoring Labrador
  • High Scoring Novice Labrador
  • High Scoring Poodle
  • High Scoring Rottweiler
  • High Scoring ILP
  • High Scoring GSD
  • High Scoring Border Collie
  • High Scoring Champion of Record

Obedience Training Seminar

Obedience Training SeminarTDTC is hosting a Connie Cleveland Obedience Training Seminar December 8 and 9th at TDTC. Connie held a seminar several years ago at our club and we all loved her so we decided to ask her to return. If you missed it the first time, don’t miss it this time. She is very knowledgeable, entertaining and most helpful. You won’t be disappointed or bored. There will be 24 working slots for those that want to bring their dog. These slots will only be available until September 30, when we will open them up to non- TDTC members. There is a waiting list already for non-members who want a working slot. . Unlimited auditing spaces will be available. Lunch is included in the price.

Connie is the obedience editor of the Golden Retriever News, author of Dogs are Problem Solvers…Handlers Should Be, and has recently produced a video program, Dogs are Problem Solvers: Complete Obedience Training. She travels extensively in the United States, South America, and Japan as well, to give seminars. Connie has trained six OTCH dogs, as well as a UDT Maltese and CDX Shih-tzu. She and her husband, Brian, share their home with 2 Labradors, a Shih-tzu and 4 Goldens. They are active in obedience and field trial competition.

Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Stillwater sends out a very informative newsletter – COMPANION ANIMAL NEWSLETTER. You can contact them at (405) 744-7672 or to be added to their mailing list. It’s free!

The Summer/Fall 2007 had articles about: Second Hand Smoke & Pets; Smelly, Nasty Ears; Preventive Health Tips for Pets and information about their 2007 Pet Care Seminar Topics. The next pet care seminar is Tuesday, November 6, 2007 at 7pm. The subject is “Oh, My Aching Back” by Dr. Kristy Broaddus. Seminars are complimentary and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Paws in the Park

TDTC participated in the annual Paws in the Park event this year – location Hunter Park.   We have bragging rights on our representation at the public event!  We were able to get our booth space set up next door to Channel 2 News and my boy Sting helped Krista Flasch introduce the event.  Krista Flash had another segment on the event and Hunter & Mike DeLorey performed a live OB demo for Channel 2 while Mike gave a brief live TV description of what TDTC is all about and what we have to offer.
TDTC had a ‘stage’ time during the event and, again, we were able to persuade Mike to speak to the large crowd giving a little more in-depth description of what TDTC is made up of while Sadie & Laura Morris performed a live OB demo for the crowd.
A huge thank you to all of the members who participated in this event.

First I will list those who assisted on Friday evening to gather and help with set-up of the booth and assisted with tear down and hauling all of that equipment back to the club for storage.  Thank you goes to: Mike DeLorey, Mariann Duca, Gwen Grandell, Sandy VanDeBerg (who drove to and from Bartlesville and deserves a huge round of applause for this effort), Gisella Klindera and Jan Logan

Thank you to those who represented TDTC under the booth tent and also did OB/Rally demos from 7AM-1PM (in alphabetical order): Yvonne Austin, Susie Brown, Sylvia Dale, Mike Delorey, Jewell Drinkwater, Mariann Duca, Gwen Grandell, Elaine Hammer, Randy Hartsock, Chris Hatchett, Sara Jane Jednacz, Ryan Jones, Tom & Pattie Kotch, Linda Maxwell, Laura Morris, Jill Perry, Glenda Poulos, Sheila Ryan, Carol Ryther, Sally Sanderson, Tanya Sims and Sandy Van de Berg.
A very special thanks goes to Sandy VanDeBerg for driving so many miles and going above and beyond the definition of volunteer.  Special thanks to Dovey Ryan for being our demo ring, judge, teacher, steward, director…she covered it all!

Also special thanks to Jeri Hajek who gave many volunteer hours to help create this event but due to surgery was not able to be there in person but was available via telephone and to Gisella Klindera for also helping to create the event and being wherever/whenever she was needed – both of these girls served on the committee. Jan Logan TDTC Public Education

Paw Pals

A very touching thing occurred at our September Paw Pals visit to The Arbors at 101st and Yale. As I was unloading my Border Collie, Buzz, in the parking lot to go meet the other doggies for our visit, one of the staff members came out of the back door of the facility and walked up to me. She greeted me and said, “I just want you to know how important your visits are.”  She handed me a photo along with a photocopy of an obituary for Guy Michael Wolf. She said, “My brother died last week in Hawaii of Huntington’s Disease. As you can see, his happiest moments were when the therapy dogs visited him.”  The photo shows a yellow Lab with its person, along with Guy, who is smiling. On the back of the photo is written, “Guy Wolf, April 2007, with Judith and Loving Puppy. Guy’s favorite time with the dogs.”
Guy was only 46 years old. Guy’s sister turned away and walked quickly back into the building.  All I could think to say was, “I’m so sorry. Thank you for this.” I was so touched by this incident that I had to share it with everyone in Paw Pals and with club members, as well. I am so grateful that I can be a part of this effort, and I thank TDTC for supporting us in our very important mission. We may not realize how many lives we touch as we go on these visits.

Leslie Johnson and Buzz
(and Christina, too)

Paw Pals Visit Special New Site

One of the Paw Pals teams, led by our President, Jill Perry and the talented Savana, has begun visiting the Tulsa Center for Behavioral Health, housed in the old Doctors Hospital Building on Harvard.  Team members consist of Beth Ann Jensen and Belle, yellow Lab; Leslie Johnson and Buzz, Border Collie; Moira Lawson and Bailey, Miniature Schnauzer; Bill Spens and Annie, Standard Poodle; and Don Thayer and Raider, GSD.  The team visits the Center on the second Tuesday of each month.  Micah Davis, a Certified Therapeutic Recreational Therapist at the Center, orchestrates the visits.

This site is a bit unusual, in that the residents are mental health patients who live for a six-week period at the Center and who are in various stages of treatment when the team visits.  Some are homeless; several have been off medication for some reason.  Accordingly, the residents are divided into three groups, depending upon their treatment regimen.  Almost all have welcomed the team with big smiles and open arms.  At the October visit, some who were there the month before recognized the dogs and were very happy to greet them again.  Some of the residents have dogs of their own and are eager to pet the visiting dogs and give them treats.  The dogs certainly enjoy the attention.

Jill, who is ever resourceful, kicked it up a notch in October, since Don and Raider weren’t there to do their search demonstration.  She suggested that the team do something different, in addition to her repertoire of Savana tricks and the team’s obedience drills.  She lamented that the team had no way to show how the dogs were trained to go over jumps.  Leslie had Buzz volunteer to be a makeshift jump by doing a down-stay.  In a matter of minutes a “circus act” was formed.  All the dogs sailed over him.  Then, Jill lay down next to Buzz to form a broad jump.  Again the dogs sailed over.  Everyone was laughing at the improvised performance.  The team has a lot of work to do on its “act” but is thinking of naming it the Doggy Cirque du Soleil (not really).

The Tulsa Center for Behavioral Health has turned out to be a very special place indeed for this Paw Pals team to visit.

A Dogs Soul by Author Unknown

Every dog must have a soul
Somewhere deep inside
Where all his hurts and grievances
Are buried with his pride.
Where he decides the good and bad,
The wrong way from the right,
And where his judgement carefully
Is hidden from our sight.
A dog must have a secret place
Where every thought abides,
A sort of close acquaintance that
He trusts in and confides.
And when accused unjustly for
Himself, He cannot speak,
Rebuked, He finds within his soul
The comfort he must seek.
He’ll love, tho’he is unloved,
And he’ll serve tho’badly used,
And one kind word will wipe away
The times when he’s abused.
Altho’ his heart may break in two
His love will still be whole,
Because God gave to every dog
An understanding Soul!

Snowcrest Tipper Too CD, OA, OAJ, NAP

In memory of
Snowcrest Tipper Too CD, OA, OAJ, NAP
12/29/1995 – 10/12/2007

Loved and missed by Bob & Julie Fewell
as well as his 4-legged sisters and brother Tina, Katie, and Joey

Nov. 26, 1991 – Oct. 17, 2007.
Koffy hated Obedience, but I managed to get a CD and a UCD on him. He thought his goal in life was to irritate me and he did a great job of it.

Pat Kinser

If I didn’t have animals…

I could walk around the yard barefoot in safety.
My house could be carpeted instead of tiled and laminated.
All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture, and cars would be free of hair.
When the doorbell rings, it wouldn’t sound like a kennel.
When the doorbell rings, I could get to the door without wading through fuzzy bodies who beat me there.
I could sit on the couch and my bed the way I wanted, without taking into consideration how much space several fur bodies would need to get comfortable.
I would have money…. and no guilt to go on a real vacation.
I would not be on a first-name basis with 6 veterinarians, as I put their yet unborn grandkids thru college.
The most used words in my vocabulary would not be: out, sit, down, come, no, stay, and leave him/her/it ALONE.
My house would not be cordoned off into zones with baby gates or barriers.
My house would not look like a day care center, toys everywhere.
My pockets would not contain things like poop bags, treats and an extra leash.
I would no longer have to spell the words B-A-L-L-, F-R-I-S-B-E- E, W-A-L-K, or T-R-E-A-T.
I would not have as many leaves INSIDE my house as outside.
I would not look strangely at people who think having ONE dog/cat ties them down too much.
I’d look forward to spring and the melting of snow instead of dreading mud season.
I would not have to answer the question “Why do you have so many dogs/animals? ” from people who will never have the joy in their lives of knowing they are loved unconditionally by someone as close to an angel as they will ever get.

How empty my life would be.


Casey Brags 2007

Casey & Barbara Jeleski

We’ve been on the road again. September found us on the road again. This time to Longmont, Colorado with friends Ramona & Shadow. In addition to competing in the Twin Peaks UKC agility trials, we had a wonderful visit with Ramona’s son, daughter-in-law and grand baby “Harley”. Casey had a perfect weekend with 9 Q’s and came home with 3 more UGRACH legs toward his 2nd GRACH.  We were able to take in some of the sights and enjoy the view of the mountains. October found us traveling first to Norman, OK for another UKC trial (where we finished our 2nd UGRACH) and then on to the Teacup Agility Nationals in Springfield, IL. Ramona & Shadow, along with their 8″ teammates captured a 2nd place in the Team Relay event. Casey won a 5th place in one of the games in the 8″ division (the largest). We had a couple other Q’s and a wonderful time meeting a lot of new people. We are looking forward to finishing up 2007 with some Rally trials and then a couple UKC agility events.

Casey Brags 2007
Aubrie CD 10-28-2007

Aubrie CD 10/28/2007

The (somewhat) long journey to earn Aubrie’s CD was started and finished at TDTC.  This weekend Aubrie qualified both days in Novice B. Aubrie’s first leg was earned earlier this year in March.  After a “summer break”, we began the fall season well with my first title earned on my first dog I have formally trained.  Though we didn’t place both days, you would have thought that Aubrie and I had been crowned National Obedience Champion because of how proud I was of her.  Well, I guess we can go have fun this weekend at the Cluster, and maybe we can do some good there too.  Anyway, my days of Novice A are officially over– Aubrie is now officially Jade’s Miss Aubrie CD.

Emily Russell and Aubrie CD

Submitted by Leslie Johnson

I was cruising Craig’s List in search of another large crate and read this post:

Date: 2007-09-27, 3:41PM CDT
Note to adopters 
Lassie, Cleo, Rin Tin Tin and Toto don’t show up in rescue.

We don’t get the elegantly 
coiffed, classically beautiful, completely trained, perfectly behaved dog. We get the leftovers. Dogs that other people have incompetently bred, inadequately socialized, 
ineffectively “trained,” and badly treated. Most Rescue dogs have had it. They’ve been 
pushed from one lousy situation to another. They’ve never had proper veterinary care, kind and consistent training, or sufficient company. They’ve lived outside, in a crate, or in the basement. They’re scared, depressed and anxious. Some are angry. Some are sick. Some have given up.

But we are Rescue and we don’t give up. We never give up on a dog. We know that a dog is 
a living being, with a spirit and a heart and feelings. Our dogs are not commodities, 
things, or garbage. They are part of sacred creation and they deserve as much love and 
care and respect as the next Westminster champion. So please, please don’t come to 
rescue in the hopes of getting a “bargain,” or indeed of “getting” anything. Come to Rescue 
to give, to love, to save a life — and to mend your own spirit. For Rescue will reward you 
in ways you never thought possible. I can promise you this — a rescue dog will make you 
a better person.

Some insight into the world of rescues-

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