General Membership Meeting
March Training Day
March Training day will be Sunday March 23.
Set up is 8:30 a.m. Training to follow.
Location: Grove City, PA/Black Run Road
Cost: Members $10 per dog
Non-Members $20 per dog
We got some cob webs dusted off at Misty Pines. Now it's time to get outside and see exactly where we are. All levels are encouraged to attend. Bring your treats, whistle, duck call, other training gear and water for your dog. If you have a long line pack that too.
Tailgate lunch. Please bring something to share.
Hope to see you there!
SAVE THE DATE!
Mark your calendars for our annual Spring Hunt Test !
HIGH FLYERS HUNTING RETRIEVER CLUB
Banquet to be held at the Grove City Masonic Hall Saturday April 26
Please visit http://www.huntsecretary.com to register or for more information.
2014 Elections/Member Awards Banquet
We celebrated our membership appreciation and awards luncheon today. Congrats to all the members achieving awards and titles with your dogs from 2013.
PRESIDENT: Eileen Sieger
VICE PRESIDENT: Erik Nilsson
TREASURER: Thomas Nee
SECRETARY: Laura Mann
DIRECTOR: Julie Rihn
DIRECTOR: Dave Byers
DIRECTOR: Janet Saracco
Heartfelt sympathies go out to Eileen and Chuck Barber on the recent loss of their black lab Nick. He was a sweet boy and will be greatly missed.
HRCH UH Beaver Run Nick MH WCX
What's In Your Dog Food?
Ever research what's in your dog's food? Did you know you need to rotate your dog through other types of food to keep him at his best? If the food he is being fed is lacking something he needs he will never get it. If there is something in it that is bothering him he will never get a break from it. Very often dogs kept on the same food for a long time will become allergic to it. At that point they may break out with hot spots or begin scratching for no apparent reason. Instead of racing to the vet try switching them to a grain free diet. Lots of folks feed their dog the same thing for years because "he does fine on it." They don't realize the dog could do better until they upgrade and get off the grain and gluten.
Many owner's of performance dog's are concerned with the protein level in their dog's food. Be aware that there are digestible and undigestible proteins. Lower end food companies will load up on cheap protein in an effort to raise the protein level. You need to do your homework. Meat "meal" is always preferable to just "meat." The ingredients listed on the bag lists ingredients backwards from most to least. So a meat at the beginning looks great. However, that is raw meat before it is made into kibble. That meat is 80% water. So after processing there is much less meat than listed. Meat "meal" has the moisture already removed and can contain up to 300% more protein! These are good proteins to have. Ingredients such as "chicken by product meal" may actually be chicken beaks, feet and feathers. Totally indestible proteins. They could also be organ meat which is a good thing. Call your company and ask if you see this in your ingredient panel.
Lastly, always add water to your pet's kibble. Kidney's need water to process the dry food. Without water they have to work much harder. Many times dogs fed kibble all their lives have kidney problems when they are older. Add as much water as the dog will tolerate. Water consumption after eating isn't the same as having the water in the food.
Check out www.dogfoodadvisor.com and see how your pet's food stacks up!
The High Flyers Hunting Retriever Club, Inc., is a family-orientated club. We welcome anyone who is interested in training their dog for hunting or hunt tests. We are an all-breed club, which means that we include all versatile gun dogs and hunting retrievers.
Our membership includes dogs and handlers of all skill levels. The majority of our members are avid hunters who believe in conserving game by using a well-trained retriever. Some train for hunting exclusively. Other members are just starting with the basics of retriever training with puppies.
Most our members run hunt tests and many have earned titles. In addition to our Hunting Retriever Champions and Master Hunters, we are proud to count as our members several Triple Crown Dogs (HRCH, MH, MHR), Grand Hunting Retriever Champions, dogs that compete in American and Canadian field trials and dogs that have qualified for and passed the Master National.