NEWSLETTER

From the Office / Vanuit die Kantoor - JUNE/JULY 2016

 

With winter settling in nicely and taking a firm grip on things, four sets of trials have been completed and we are in the final stretch before the Nationals at the end of September.  Chances to qualify for the World Trial are all but done and things are heating up quite a bit. 

Die Wits- en Trans-Oranje-kompetisies in Dullstroom met 42 inskrywings lewer vyf  kwalifiseerders vir volgende klasse en drie nuwe merietesertifikate op.  ‘n Groepie toeskouers het braaf die elemente getrotseer alvorens hul sommige van die meer knus hoekies in die dorp gaan opsoek het – dankie tog vir die Klubhuis waarin ek meestal kon skuil!

According to reports received the WP trials in Riversdale and Jongensfontein were just as bad weather wise and the sheep caused a few headaches for the 38 dogs entered, resulting in no qualifications or COM’s being awarded.

Nou lê nog net die Wits-kompetisie te Muldersdrift voor en dan die SA Kampioenskap as hoogtepunt van die seisoen.  Maak asb seker van die sluitingsdatums en ander vereistes verderaan ten einde u inskrywing te verseker.  Sterkte aan almal – mag die beste hond wen!

The due date for payment of 2016 fees has come and gone and we thank all members who paid their dues in time.  If you are one of those who had not yet done so, you have one last chance to PLEASE remit the enclosed final reminder before being taken off the list and losing all membership privileges as per the Constitution.

Groot dank aan diegene wat gereageer het op ons versoek tov ongeïdentifiseerde inbetalings en ons dus in staat gestel het om fondse behoorlik te allokeer – u samwerking word waardeer!

An incident of a working dog “collapsing” after a run earlier this year has led to some investigation into the matter and revealed a condition called Border Collie Collapse (BCC) or exercise induced collapse (EIC), about which little is known at this stage.  It seems to be prevalent in “working” dogs and affect various breeds. 

Studies word tans oorsee gedoen om oa die oorsake, simptome, diagnose ens te bepaal ten einde honde-eienaars en veeartse behoorlik in te lig.   Lees asb die artikel verderaan vir meer insig oor die toestand – alleenlik deur deeglike kennis kan ons die welvaart van ons honde verseker.   

Thank you to Sally Adam for her input and for sharing interesting topics with us, eg the abovementioned BCC, as well as the report further on about ravens’ slaughtering of lambs in Scotland – scary indeed!!

Wel, hopelik is die winter kort voor lank iets van die verlede Tot dan – pantser uself teen die koue, drink ‘n doepading vir al wat griepgogga is, slyp daai honde en onthou:

“Moenie wag vir buitengewone geleenthede nie.  Gryp gewone geleenthede

en maak hulle buitengewoon.” – Orison Swett Marden

Greetings                                                   

Martie Ferreira

STUD MALE LIST

Until 2007 we had a Stud Male Register listing male dogs available for breeding purposes.  Slowly the need has arisen again with various people currently looking for “new blood”, not only in stock working circles but also amongst other disciplines that our members participate in.

With this in mind the Executive has decided to re-introduce the Stud Male Register under the following conditions:

1.  Owner must be a paid up SASDA member and the dog must be fully registered (i.e. B/K number).

2.  Annual fee of R250/dog listed

3. Dogs with a C.O.M. qualification are eligible to go on the list, subject to all criteria listed below.

4.  Micro chipping is compulsory.

5.  Dogs must have hip score certification.

6. Dogs must have DNA eye test certification for CEA (Collie Eye Anomaly)

7. The owner of the Stud dog reserves the right to decide on specific criteria to be met by bitches before agreeing on a mating.

8. Owner of stud dog shall list    stud (mating) fee applicable for each dog listed.

For dogs without a C.O.M. qualification, the same criteria apply, but the owner should apply to the Executive Committee for approval subject to the following:

a) Motivation for putting dog on list (temperament, abilities etc).

b) Achievements attained in other disciplines with proof of same – must be a working discipline (obedience, agility, working trials etc, not Breed showing).

 

MAGAZINE – 2016 – JAARBLAD

The time has come to compile the year-end Magazine for 2016 and as members you are hereby requested to contribute to the success thereof by one (or more!) of the following:

Sponsor-a-page @ R100 each – your message to appear at the bottom of the page.

Full Colour Advert – Quarter Page @ R250 each

Full Colour Advert – Half page @ R500 each\

Full Colour Advert – Full Page @ R1 000 each

Articles, news, reports, photos and any other interesting information.

Costs for commercial (non-member) advertisers (please try to find some to help with printing costs?):

  • Full Colour Advert – Quarter Page @ R1 000 each

  • Full Colour Advert – Half page @ R2 000 each

  • Full Colour Advert – Full Page @ R4 000 each 

All contributions & fees to: 

SASDA, PO Box 757, VOLKSRUST, 2470.  Fax:  086 628 7682.  E-mail:  sasda@jenny.co.za

Should you want your photos to be returned, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope for this purpose. 

Closing date:  30 September 2016; Banking detail: 

SA Sheepdog Association - Standard Bank, Volksrust.  Branch – 05 30 43.  Cheq Acc No:  03 100 432 6.

Please help us ensure the future of the Magazine by sending in your contribution as soon as possible.  

We appreciate your continued loyalty and support and thank you for your co-operation

 

Wie kon nou dink dat ‘n Kelpie ‘n mens se lewe so kan verryk?

(‘n Vervolg-joernaal deur Willie & Marie Bartman)

Ons eerste kennismaking met `n Austaliese Kelpie was omtrent twaalf jaar gelede toe ons seun, wat onder andere Australië te voet verken het, met sy terugkeer na Suid Afrika een bekom het.  Ons was totaal gefassineer met die hond, genaamd Dingo, en haar intellegensie.  Kortom – sy was amper mens.  Die dag toe sy oorlede is, was daar ‘n groot leemte op ons werf.  Almal was hartseer en dit het gelyk of selfs die hoenders treur.  Met dié besluit ons om self `n Kelpie te kry en so gesê, so gedaan.

In 2013 pak ons ons kampeerder want daar is `n Kelpie in Upington by Willie van `n plaas Witsand beskikbaar.

Ons woon in Witrivier en besluit om sommer `n vakansie van die rit te maak.  Sondere enige verdere beplanning, behalwe dat die eindpunt die Augrabies-waterval moet wees, vat ons die pad.   Ons ry deur groot en klein dorpies.  Ervaar die landelike veranderinge asook die hartseer verval van die kleiner dorpies.  Die droë landskap met sy amper woestynagtigheid en myne dra redelik daartoe by dat `n mens sommer uitgedroog voel.  Die grootste skok is dat daar geen veilige kampeerterrein op ons pad is nie, en ons beleef 2 angsvolle nagte by karavaanparke wat deur die munisipaliteite oorgeneem is.

Die nuwe pad was wel `n plesier om te ry en die stopplekkies langs die pad so mooi en netjies met hulle nuwe grasdakkies dat ons sommer ons eie “high tea” so teen die “highway” hou.  My kamera werk oortyd.  Die mooiste versamel-voëlneste teen die pale, windpompe, sonsopkomste en sonsondergange, plaashuise en diere word vasgevang vir herinneringe.  Ons besoek museums en padstalletjies en beproef elke dorpie se biltong.

Die mees indrukwekkende plekkies op ons pad was die Moffat-museum in Kuruman;  die Pienk Stal langs die pad voor die dorpie Kakamas met sy roosklip-pilare en –vloere; die antieke waterwiele en gebedsboom op Kakamas; die kanon van Kanon-eiland en al die geskiedkundige monumente – te veel om op te noem.  Die ou kerkies op elke dorp roer ons binneste en is `n stil getuienis van ons volk wat eens op vaste geloof gebou was.

Die derde dag arriveer ons in Upington, slaak `n sug van verligting oor `n baie netjiese en veilige karavaanpark en sien uit na `n goeie nagrus.

Die volgende dag kuier ons in die dorp rond en geniet ‘n rit op ‘n donkiekar, varsgebakte plaasbrood by die gemeenskaps-bakkery en maak `n draai deur hulle naaldwerksentrum.  Die dorp is ryk aan geskiedkundige museums, kerke en standbeelde en ons kry selfs `n blik op die nuustste vaartbelynde elektriese motor!  Die dag word afgerond  met `n skemer-bootvaart op die Oranjerivier.

Ons gaan eers verder ry en vir Jessy met ons terugkeer optel.

Nou is die landskap getooi met die lieflikste groen van netjiese wingerde so al langs die Oranjerivier af.  Ons koop droë vrugte by die padstalletjies en besoek `n rosyne-plaas waar ons `n toer deur die pakhuis kry om die hele proses waar te neem.  Talle sementplate waarop die rosyne gedroog word, word `n algemene gesig van die omgewing en ons besoek ook die Oranjerivier Wynkelders.

Die Kokerbome is `n wonder opsigself en nie een lyk dieselfde nie.  Daar word by geen kwekery verby gery nie – vetplante is een van ons stokperdjies en ons spog met `n groot verskeidenheid wat ons al versamel het.  Ons eindig op by die Augrabies Lodge en Karavaanpark, `n oase opsigself met sy groen grasperke en elke staanplek se eie klein private ablusieblok en kombuisie.

Die volgende dag besoek ons die asemrowende Augrabies-waterval met sy kenmerkende blou-en-oranje akkedissies wat luilekker in die son op die klippe uitgestrek lê.  Die park is klein maar die plantegroei opvallend aan sy eiesoortigheid.  Op pad terug na die karavaanpark draai ons op met die steil bergpas na Blouputs. 

Skielik, om `n draai bo-op die kruin, word jy verras met ‘n afgesonderde boerderygemeenskappie, uiters georganiseerde grasgroen landerye en die blink dakke van netjiese gespasieerde huise wat ‘n goeie idee gee van hoe ver ondertoe die vallei lê.  Die prentjie laat jou na jou asem snak en sowat van vredevol het ons nog nooit ervaar nie.

Die tyd het aangebreek om vir Jessy te gaan haal en ek bedel twee klein swart makoutjies as maatjies vir ons hondjie.  Sy is so mooi, net soos ons haar bestel het – sjokoladebruin van kleur met haar room borslappie, op en wakker en nuuskurig.

Met die terugtog staan sy met haar voete op die instrumentpaneel en bekyk die wêreld asof sy gewoond aan ry is.  Kort-kort is sy agtertoe om aan die karton met die makoutjies te ruik.  Ek weet sy “ bond” nou met hulle en haar dissipline tuis het ook met hulle begin.  Ons moes net partykeer help as hulle al moeg geswem was en sy hulle nie uit die eendedam wou laat nie! 

Ons neem `n ander roete huistoe en besoek Mary Moffat se huis en die kerkie op Groblershoop; koop koue koeldrank by “Lelik se winkel’’ en voel die hartseer van Griekwastad se tragedie.  In Christiana ervaar ons die goedgunstige gasvryheid van `n privaat eienaar teen die Vaalrivier want weereens is die karavaanpark in verwaarlosing en uiters gevaarlik.  Nou is dit huis toe.   

Almal is lief vir Jessy en `n lang storie kort – ons gaan met haar teel.  Kort voor lank is ons op pad na Rouxville waar ons `n reuntjie kon kry by Johan.  Ons geniet die wonderlikste gasvryheid en is as groot vriende met die gesin daar weg – met ons Diego-seuntjie en 3 kuikens sodat hy sy eie maatjies kan hê ……                                                                                                                  (word vervolg)

Border Collie Collapse

 

(College of Veterinary Medicine – USA)

http://www.vetmed.umn.edu/departments/veterinary-and-biomedical-sciences/research/canine-genetics-lab/genetic-research/border-collie-collapse

Border Collie Collapse (BCC) is an episodic nervous system disorder that is triggered by strenuous exercise and is observed in dogs used for working stock, as well as dogs participating in agility or fly-ball competitions, or even repeatedly retrieving a ball.  It has also been called exercise induced collapse (EIC), exercise induce hyperthermia, stress seizures and “the wobbles”.

Affected dogs are normal at rest and seem healthy.  Typical collapse episodes begin n5-15minutes after onset of exercise and include disorientation, dull mentation or loss of focus, swaying, staggering and falling to the side, exaggerated lifting of limbs while walking, choppy gait, scuffing of the rear and/or forelegs, and crossing of the legs when turning. 

All of the factors contributing to the tendency of an affected dog to collapse (ie excitement, heat, intensity of exercise etc) have not yet been determined.  Some dogs seem relatively normal while exercising but only show symptoms about 5 minutes after exercise is halted.  Dogs are abnormal for 5-30 minutes, but then recover completely with no residual lameness, muscle stiffness or discomfort.  Affected dogs are often unable to exercise and must be retired from work or competition. 

Though first described in Border Collies, a similar collapse condition has been observed in other breeds such as Australian Cattle Dogs, Australian Kelpies, Australian Shepherds, Bearded Collies and Shetland Sheepdogs. 

Investigators at various USA universities are involved in a large scale project to investigate the disorder.  Their objectives are (a) to establish parameters for normal Border Collies participating in a standardised exercise protocol; (b) to evaluate dogs with BCC in normal standardised exercise protocols and determine markers to help veterinarians diagnose BCC and help understand the cause of collapse;  (c) to fully describe the clinical features of BCC to facilitate recognition by dog owners and veterinarians;  (d) to evaluate the hereditability of BCC; (e) to determine the genetic cause of BCC;  and (f) to develop a genetic test for BCC to aid diagnosis and allow breeding decisions to be made to avoid producing affected pups.  

Tests so far have identified no differences between the normal dogs and dogs with BCC except that the affected dogs exhibit gait and mentation abnormalities as described above.  They remain abnormal for 5-30 minutes, but then recover completely with no residual signs of discomfort.

The difference between BCC and heat stroke

For years dogs with BCC have been labelled as “heat intolerant” because the collapse is most likely to occur in hot weather.  Dogs with BCC are of course hotter after exercise but their body temperatures are not higher than normal dogs performing the same exercise, so collapse is not simply caused by overheating.    It is also important to recognise that BCC collapses are very different from those associated with actual heat stroke. 

Heat stroke severe enough to cause mentation changes, gait abnormalities and collapse in a dog will be life-threatening and often fatal.  Recovery, if it does occur, is slow and prolonged (hours to days) even with intensive treatment. 

Laboratory evaluation reveals dramatic increases in the muscle enzyme CK and many affected dogs develop acute kidney failure. More than 80% of dogs collapsed due to heat stroke exhibit mentation changes that are severe, progressive and persistent (hours to days). Damage to blood vessel walls leads to widespread clot formation, damage to multiple organs, low platelet numbers and often widespread bleeding. 

In contrast dogs with BCC-related collapse show no laboratory abnormalities and recover quickly (within 5-30 minutes).  Besides the severity of collapse episodes, the recurrent nature of BCC-related episodes and the fact that the collapse can occur even on days with moderate or cool temperatures, helps to distinguish BCC from heat related illness.

For further information, please visit the above website.  Should you suspect that your dog/s could be affected, please follow the relative link and participate in the research project regarding this disorder. 

Through knowledge we can make educated decisions and thereby enhance the various breeds and improve the standard of our wonderful dogs.   Please take care.  

Hennie Ferreira – Registration Officer

DOGS LOOSE AND INTERFERING

Recently I had the experience of judging when two runs were interrupted by interfering dogs, one being another handler’s and the other a strange dog. 

It is very unsettling when something like that happens.  The handlers that were affected just couldn’t get the hang of the runs afterwards, even when a re-run was granted.  Their concentration was off and both handlers and dogs had lost focus. 

For me as judge it was also very upsetting, having to take a decision on a course of action in a second, get the interfering dogs off the course, calm the handlers and remain focussed myself. 

I know that interference by another handler’s dog may call for immediate disqualification of the handler as per our rules – page 12:  H: DISQUALIFICATIONS      

“4. All dogs shall be kept under proper and adequate control when not competing, under pain of disqualification.  Competitors will be held responsible for all actions of their dogs.

5.  Any dog or competitor interfering in any way with another dog or competitor whilst he/she is working may be disqualified.  Should a competitor’s own dog interfere with another of his/her own dog whilst working, then the interfering dog may be disqualified.”

However, as a judge I also know that we have only so many competitors and to be too severe would also not serve the right purpose – therefor I am appealing to all handlers to PLEASE keep their dogs under proper control at all times, because disqualification for this offence is totally UNNECESSARY.   

 

Hennie Ferreira

 

EXECUTIVE DECISIONS  

 

September 2015

Rule Change:  Page 14 – Course Layout – Bring:  Scratch “Bring obstacle is ignored by Beginner dogs.”  This means that Beginners will in future lose points when they miss the bring obstacle. 

Class running order at Trials:  Trials committees are requested to give preference to Top Dogs before eg Seniors during “peak times” at trials, considering spectator attendance and preventing Top Dogs from being penalised when problems sometimes result in time constraints. 

First Aid Kit – Trials:  It is recommended that trials committees have a basic first aid kit available at trials in case of any injuries. 

Substitute dogs – SA Championship:  Handlers may in future substitute a dog for the SA Championship, should the one entered be unable to compete, provided the substitute dog is eligible and has a COM.

Code of Ethics:  In lieu of various reports received SASDA has adopted a Code of Ethics to be followed by all its members.  The English version is enclosed herewith for your attention and will be published on the website as soon as possible.  Afrikaans translation is currently under way and will be made available upon completion. 

  

Suspension:  Ms Sarah Gee has been suspended from all SASDA related activities for a period of five years until end September 2020.

Banking detail /Bankbesonderhede

SA Sheepdog Association – Standard Bank, Volksrust

Branch/Tak 053 043, Cheque Account/Tjekrekening 03 100 432 6

 

 

Neem asb kennis:  Ultrahoë bankkostes noop ons ongelukkig om voortaan R30,00 op alle tjek- en kontantbetalings te hef.  Neem dit asb in ag met u berekenings. 

Please note:  Ultrahigh bank charges unfortunately force us to levy cheque and cash payments from now on with R30,00.  Please bear that in mind when calculating dues.

DANKIE / THANK YOU



REQUIREMENTS FOR REGISTERING A KENNEL NAME

Breeders can have a KENNEL NAME registered which will be added to the registered name of all puppies born from their kennels.

Applications should be made in writing (letter/fax/e-mail), to the Office, accompanied by the required fee of R250,00

Kennel Names names should:

Not be the name of any country, province, district or town; 

Not include any numerals; and

If the Kennel Name is longer than 7 (seven) letters, two suggested pre-fixes for use on registration certificates, must be submitted.

Applications will be reviewed


 

Qualification through the classes

Over the past few years various requests had been made for ways to make the qualification from Beginners through to Seniors ‘easier’ and more accessible. Time and time again, however, the Executive had decided to keep the status quo …… the reason?

When SASDA first started out there were only two classes at trials – Novice (junior dogs) with a qualifying mark of 80% and Open (senior dogs). Our current Junior course is run on the same basis as the Novice course of those years, including the awarding of the COM for a score of 70% or more, enabling one to enter for the National Championship.

Over the years the Executive had really bent over backwards to accommodate more handlers. A Beginner course was introduced in the early 80’s to entice new/inexperienced handlers, run on exactly the same course as the Novice at that stage, but mainly judging the handler’s ability to handle and control a dog. Once a handler gets 85% he/she is believed to have enough control to progress to the next level.   

The Open class was then split into Intermediate and Seniors in order to make the jump from juniors to Seniors less daunting and the qualifying mark was set at a win with 90% or more. 

As dogs and handlers got more experienced the Intermediate Class became the current Seniors and the Seniors of those days changed to become the current Top Dog Class which would present more difficult challenges for more advanced dogs – hence the ruling that the Top Dog course can be anything as set up by the Trial’s Committee.  

Later, as farmer entries started dwindling and more ‘townies’ (with permission) began trialing, the Beginner course was once again altered to accommodate handlers, to what it is today – a shorter cast, no need to get the bring gate, only one drive obstacle etc.

Until today SASDA is the only trialing society in the world to have these four classes – most others still only have Open and Novice (and Nursery trials for young dogs in their off-season). 

As someone at the Natal Trial had concluded: ‘The problem is thus not with the system, but with handlers and dogs not being well enough prepared for trialing. Moving the goal posts closer every time won’t help if one is not up to standard with what is expected of you for each class – you will eventually only end up with no playing field at all’.                             MF

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