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ASTC CHARITABLE TRUST DONATES $5,000 TO 2016 TICK-BORNE DISEASE PROJECT

PURINA DONATION RECEIVED BY ASTC CHARITABLE TRUST

PHOTOS OF TOP 2016 SPECIALTY WEEK WINNERS

SECOND SHIH TZU WINS VERSATILE COMPANION DOG [VCD]

CHF WEBINARS AND PODCASTS

2016 WESTMINSTER/AKC MEET AND COMPETE A GREAT SUCCESS

AKC BREEDERS OF MERIT (UPDATED JANUARY 2016)

AKC ADDS URBAN GOOD CITIZEN TITLE

INFORMATION ABOUT JERKY TREATS FOR PETS

MIDWEST CANINE INFLUENZA OUTBREAK

FDA ISSUES WARNING LETTERS FOR UNAPPROVED TEAR STAIN REMOVERS USED IN DOGS AND CATS

CANINE HEALTH RESEARCH FUNDED by the ASTC CHARITABLE TRUST and/or PURINA

FIRST SHIH TZU DUAL CHAMPION AND COURSING ABILITY TITLIST

AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB'S CANINE GOOD CITIZEN BECOMES AN OFFICIAL AKC TITLE

PARTICIPATE IN SHIH TZU ONLINE HEALTH SURVEY

ASTC TO HELP FUND FOUR AKC/CHF

NEW AKC THERAPY DOG TITLE

AKC CANINE HEALTH FOUNDATION LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

ASTC CHARITABLE TRUST DONATES $5,000 TO 2016 TICK-BORNE DISEASE PROJECT

American Shih Tzu Club Charitable Trust Donates $5,000 American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation [CHF] has just launched a 2016 Tick-Borne Disease Initiative. The educational component of this initiative focuses on important tick-borne diseases, what to look for, and how to diagnose your dog, including webinars by internationally recognized infectious disease expert and internal medicine specialist Dr. Ed Breitschwerdt, and veterinary practitioner and parasitologist, Dr. Chris Adolph. Also, CHF will issue a call for proposals this month seeking new research that will find new ways to prevent infections, and recognize, diagnose, and treat tick-borne diseases before theybecome debilitating or even fatal to dogs.

All donations received in support of the tick-borne disease initiative will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $250,000, thanks to the generosity of the American Kennel Club.

The Directors of the ASTC Charitable Trust are pleased that our donation will actually bring $10,000 for this important initiative. To donate, visit

AKC Canine Health Foundation

In addition to supporting health related research, the ASTC Charitable Trust has also recently helped to fund an AKC disaster relief trailer, helped a shelter with costs of treating and rehoming a large number of Shih Tzu, provided educational materials for the 2016 Meet the Breeds in New York City, and paid for a free seminar on reproduction at the 2016 National.


PURINA DONATION RECEIVED BY ASTC CHARITABLE TRUST

In July 2015, the ASTC Charitable Trust received $1,733.09 from the Purina Parent Club Program. This amount was earned by owners who participated in Purina's 'weight circles' program. Purina also donated a matching $1,733.09 to the 'Shih Tzu' account at the AKC CHF.
Most importantly, THANK YOU to each person who then submitted weight circles from bags of participating Purina pet foods. For every $100 of qualifying weight circles, Purina donates $10 to the participating national parent club. Simple !

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PHOTOS OF TOP 2016 SPECIALTY WEEK WINNERS

Best In Show
GCh Hallmark Jolei Rocket Power

Breeder: Luke & Diane Ehricht
Owners: Patricia Hearst Shaw & Luke & Diane Ehricht
Best of Winners in National Specialty & Regional Specialty #2
Su Chen N Xintoy Don't Let The Stars Get In Ur Eyes

Breeder: Mary Anne Williams
Owner: P. Susan Cheney
Best of Opposite Sex, ASTC 2016 National and Both Regional Specialties
Ch. Lohona Zephyr Reason To Believe

Breeder-Owners: Anna V. Maybin & Dan L. Haley
Best in Sweepstakes, ASTC 2016 National
Tu Chu-Marja Poetic Justice @ Su Chen

Breeder: Kathy Kwait & Catherine Morgan
Owner: P. Susan Cheney
Best of Opposite Sex in Sweepstakes, ASTC 2016 National
Wenrick's N Palaquins They Call Me Mr Bates

Breeder: Barb Brem & Wendy Paquette
Owner: Wendy Paquette
Regional #2 Best of Breed
GCH Lun Lynn's I'm All Shook Up

Breeder-Owner: Sherrie McGee
Regional #1 Best of Breed:
GGCH Wenrick's Don't Stop Believing

Breeders: Wendy Paquette & Jody Paquette & Richard Paquette
Owners: Sharon Bilicich & Jody Garcini
Regional #1 Best of Winners
Hallmark Jolei Super Powers

Breeder-Owners: Luke & Diane Ehricht
High in Trial, 4/21 Obedience Trial
Jingleheimer's Jesse James CGC

Owner: Janice M. Cooper
Rally High in Trial, 4/21 and 4/22
Sawyer's Blizzard Brewin' UD RAE2 MXJ MXB3 MXPB MJP2 MJPB OFT2BP

Owner: Elizabeth Scorzelli
Agility High Combined Score Preferred in Trials
MACH 4/PACH2 Ananda

Owners: Supavee Janlekha & Paiboon Tanapipatulchai
Agility High Combined Score Regular In Trials
MACH2 Ista's Harper's Little Bit of Scandal, BN, RN, MXG, MJC, NF, T2B, CA, CGC

Owner: Linda Harper
Pat Keene Fernandez is presented with 2016 Wenrick Award for Good Sportsmanship


SECOND SHIH TZU WINS VERSATILE COMPANION DOG [VCD]

The Versatile Companion Dog titles are designated to acknowledge and reward owners of all breeds that compete in Obedience, Agility, and Tracking events. The VCD titles are a way to showcase their tremendous talent in so many areas.

Since the VCD title was first offered in 2009, only two Shih Tzu have earned that title:

  • 2009: MACH12 Harper's Naughty Niki VCD1 RN NF, Owner: Linda J. Harper
  • 2015: Zodies Tzu's Spicy Aura Carissa VCD2 BN RAE NF, Owners: Judy Harding & Thomas Harding
  • NOTE: The VCD2 titles requires titles in 7 competitions:

  • Novice Obedience
  • Open Obedience
  • Novice Agility Standard
  • Open Agility Standard
  • Novice Jumpers with Weaves
  • Open Jumpers with Weaves
  • Tracking Dog
  • Congratulations to these two talented Shih Tzu's and their Owners!


    CHF WEBINARS AND PODCASTS

    To watch Canine Health Foundation Webinars and Podcasts on Canine Health Topics CLICK HERE to learn more.


    2016 WESTMINSTER/AKC MEET AND COMPETE A GREAT SUCCESS

    Once again, New York City “went to the dogs” on the week of the Westminster Kennel Club Show. On Saturday, February 13, people thronged the annual AKC Meet the Breeds booths. This was the second year that the event was combined with Westminster’s Masters Agility Championship event, giving spectators a chance to watch the exciting agility competition as well as learn about more than 150 breeds from the experts.

    At times, it seemed like most of the thousands of spectators visited the Shih Tzu booth. They wanted to show us pictures of their Shih Tzu, pet and photograph the dogs at the booth, receive grooming demonstrations, and ask questions about whether this was the right breed for them and how to find a responsible breeder who could mentor them for the life of the furry creature they wanted to add to their household. Our three demonstration dogs, 11-year-old retired champion Codi, 6-year-old Quinlan, and 6-year-old Babe, were veterans of this event and performed admirably. All were in full coat, with Codi’s hair trailing several inches on the ground. This gave the booth (and his path from the outside exercise pen and our booth) a bit of added decoration—the wood shavings he brought inside with him! Nothing like a canine mop! Other booth decorations featured photos of Shih Tzu in a variety of pet clips for those who wanted to go that route, Shih Tzu with many different colors and markings, Shih Tzu performing various tasks, and information about the history and personality of the breed. Also provided were a lot of ASTC brochures pertaining to the breed in addition to the basic flier provided by the AKC.

    A huge thank you to Babe’s owner Margaret Scancarello and to Codi and Quinlan’s owners Pete and Marge Varetoni (pictured), who came in from New Jersey with their dogs to help out. They were wonderful ambassadors for our breed—knowledgeable and personable long-time fans. ASTC member Kathy Kwait brought many of the brochures and other items needed in the booth into the city on Friday even though she was unable to help man the booth this year. Unfortunately Kathy, like most area breeders and Shih Tzu exhibitors in the city for Westminster, were at the Metropolitan New York Shih Tzu specialty at the Hotel Pennsylvania on Saturday and unable to attend Meet the Breeds. Jo Ann White flew in from Florida to decorate and coordinate this year’s Meet the Breeds, and said that Pier 92 was actually warmer than the NYC apartment where she spent the weekend during a spell of record-breaking cold. While being interviewed for a television series on purebred dog breeds, Jo Ann commented that the Shih Tzu is a “big dog in a little package,” and that she got her first Shih Tzu in 1967 while living in a small apartment on New York City’s Upper West Side. All together, Meet the Breeds was a wonderful way to educate the dog-loving public about our wonderful breed.


    AKC BREEDERS OF MERIT (UPDATED JANUARY 2016)

    BREEDERS OF MERIT STATE BREEDERS OF MERIT STATE
    Adrian Agard HI Vernelle Arnold TX
    Wendy Ascher WI Karen Bey NJ
    Stacey Bingham CA Gloria Blackburn NC
    Clare Blasinski WI Ann Bromley MI
    Diane Boone CA Jackie Bozeman GA
    Barbara Brem IL Judy Calverase PA
    Vicki Carder WA P. Susan Cheney NM
    Lorra Craig CA Melissa Crane GA
    Janet Danner VA Troy Dargin MO
    Carole Delaney WA Gay Eckes CO
    Diane Ehricht OH Luke Ehricht OH
    Barbara Ann Ewer AL Pat Fletcher TX
    Theresa Forman CA Trisha Fox MD
    Kathy Bilicich Garcia CA Carol Winnen Green MA
    Kim Gropp WI JoAnn Gustafson WA
    Dan Haley TX Wendy Hill NJ
    Madonna Holko GA Dr. John Ioia NY
    Carla Johnson IL Pat Keen-Fernandes CA
    Susan Kilgore WI Terri Kurimsky NJ
    Kathy Kwait NJ Nancy Manelski AZ
    Daryl Martin IL Diana Martin KY
    Anna Maybin TX Sherrie McGee TN
    Betty Meidlinger MN JoAnne Miller NC
    Kristie Miller MO Shanon Moberly LA
    Catherine Morgan NY Rebecca Mullins VA
    Polly Naumann MO Eileen Nicholas NJ
    Kelly Norrish NV Wendy Paquette IN
    Tammy Pipkorn WI Gabriele Pollmeier GA
    Lila Pontius FL Bonnie Prato CA
    David Ritchkoff MA Sharon Rowe SC
    Michael Shea-Zackin NJ Carlen Snyder FL
    Kathleen Snyder NY Jacqueline Stempel NY
    Mark Stempel NY Earl Takahashi HI
    Xena Takahashi HI Elizabeth Takamoto CA
    Robin Taylor NJ Marty Ten Pas WI
    Deborah Vaiden NJ Richard Watkeys MI
    Sally Watkey MI Deb Wheeler NH
    Janice Wilson FL Vicki Youngquist GA
    Renee Zavodnick PA


    AKC ADDS URBAN GOOD CITIZEN TITLE
    Giving responsible owners a whole new level of achievement for their dogs, the American Kennel Club (AKC) announced today the launch of “AKC Urban CGC” to the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) training program. The new title focuses on city-dwelling dogs and the special skills they require. CLICK HERE to learn more.


    INFORMATION ABOUT JERKY TREATS FOR PETS
    What does this information mean in terms of your dog’s health? Jerky-induced illnesses remain a reality, and a “Manufactured within the United States” product label is not a guarantee of safety. CLICK HERE to learn more.


    MIDWEST CANINE INFLUENZA OUTBREAK
    Have you had any experience with canine influenza? If you live in the Midwest, are you taking specific measures to protect your dog? CLICK HERE to learn more.


    FDA ISSUES WARNING LETTERS FOR UNAPPROVED TEAR STAIN REMOVERS USED IN DOGS AND CATS

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing warning letters today to companies manufacturing unapproved animal drugs to remove tear stains in dogs and cats. These products, including Angels’ Eyes, Angels’ Glow, Pets’ Spark, and exported products Glow Groom and Health Glow, have not been reviewed by FDA for safety and effectiveness. These tear stain removers also contain the medically important antibiotic tylosin tartrate, which is not approved for use in dogs or cats, nor for the treatment of conditions associated with tear stains. Tear stain remover products are used to treat tear staining conditions around the eyes of animals, which, in particular, is associated with a condition called epiphora, mostly in cats and dogs.

    FDA has serious concerns about unapproved animal drugs. Unapproved animal drugs are not reviewed by FDA and may not meet FDA’s strict standards for safety and effectiveness.

    These tear stain drug products may be subject to additional enforcement action should the products continue to be marketed, such as seizure of violative products and/or injunction against the manufacturers and distributors of the violative products.

    Contact FDA
    240-276-9300
    240-276-9115 FAX
    Issued by: FDA, Center for Veterinary Medicine
    Communications Staff, HFV-12
    7519 Standish Place
    Rockville, MD 20855


    PURINA DONATION RECEIVED BY ASTC CHARITABLE TRUST

    $3,371.82 was awarded for 2013, with half going to the ASTC Charitable Trust and half to the ASTC-donor-advised fund with the Canine Health Foundation.

    THANK YOU to everyone who joined the Purina Pro Club, and selected American Shih Tzu Club to receive Purina Points. Most importantly, THANK YOU to each person who then submitted weight circles from bags of participating Purina pet foods. For every $100 of qualifying weight circles, Purina donates $10 to the participating national parent club. Simple !

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    CANINE HEALTH RESEARCH FUNDED by the ASTC CHARITABLE TRUST and/or PURINA

    Our thanks to the many people who help to support the ASTC Charitable Trust. Just so that everyone knows where the research dollars are going, the following four research projects are among those that have been supported recently by the ASTC Charitable Trust. Note that your contributions to the Trust are tax-deductible.

    Click HERE to read all the articles on the ASTC Charitable Trust Page


    FIRST SHIH TZU DUAL CHAMPION AND COURSING ABILITY TITLIST


    In 2014, Ch. Just A Little Peyton Place RN CA MX MXJ CGC TT, owned by Terri Jenkins, became the first Shih Tzu to earn both a Champion title in conformation and a MACH title in Agility. In 2012, he had become the very first Shih Tzu to earn an AKC Coursing Ability title. The AKC's newest performance event is based on Lure Coursing, an established sport open only to sighthound breeds. In Coursing Ability, all dogs can experience the joy of chasing the lure. While most of the dogs competing in lure coursing are from the Herding, Working, Terrier, and Hound groups, Shih Tzu Peyton loves it! Another Shih Tzu, OTCh. Helen's Brandy, was the first Shih Tzu to have won an AKC tracking title (TD), by demonstrating his ability to recognize and follow human scent. The qualifications for this award later changed, and it was also won by the top Shih Tzu performance dog of all time, MACH12 Harper's Naughty Nikki VCD1 TD CD RN NF. Nikke was also the first Shih Tzu to be awarded the new title Versatile Companion Dog by winning awards in three different performance sports, Agility, Obedience, and Tracking. Over the years, we have had a number of Shih Tzu earn obedience, rally, and agility trials, with the Performance Hall of Fame listing some of the outstanding Shih Tzu in these sports. So while this may be a breed known for its glamor in the conformation ring or perched on a silken pillow, it is also a sturdy, active dog that can excel in performance sports and has the temperament to make a wonderful therapy dog. Peyton, successfully involved in all of these activities, certainly demonstrates just how versatile a Shih Tzu can be!


    AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB'S CANINE GOOD CITIZEN BECOMES AN OFFICIAL AKC TITLE

    New York, NY - In celebration of dogs with good manners at home and in the community, beginning January 1, 2013, passing the AKC(r)'s Canine Good Citizen(r) test can be recognized as an official American Kennel Club(r) title for all dogs.

    Since the program began in 1989, the CGC(r) has been considered an "award." Dogs that passed the 10-step test received a certificate, but CGC was not listed on the dog's title record. Now as a result of frequent requests from dog owners and instructors, owners of dogs registered or listed with AKC will be able to use the CGC suffix after the dog's name and include Canine Good Citizen on their dog's official title record.

    "We're pleased to celebrate the accomplishments of the thousands of dogs that pass the Canine Good Citizen test each year by offering CGC as a title," said Mary Burch, PhD, director of AKC's Canine Good Citizen program. "The CGC program tests the skills that make dogs a joy to live with and many owners have expressed the desire to officially add this 'badge of honor' to the end of their dog's official AKC name. We hope that CGC is the first of many titles these dogs earn."

    For dogs that pass the test on or after January 1, 2013, owners will be able to choose from two options on the CGC test form: CGC as a title or CGC certificate only.

    * CGC as a title: CGC will be listed on the dog's official AKC title record. The dog must be registered or listed with AKC (via an AKC registration number, PAL listing, or AKC Canine Partners listing). Owners will receive the CGC certificate and may use the suffix "CGC" after the dog's name.

    * CGC certificate only: CGC will not appear on the dog's official AKC title record.

    Owners whose dogs earned the CGC award from January 1, 2001 onward may convert the award into a title by filling out and submitting this form: http://images.akc.org/cgc/GK9TC6.pdf

    AKC began accepting CGC title applications on Monday, December 17, 2012. The processing of all CGC title application will begin Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Learn more about CGC as a title here: http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/title.cfm

    To compete or earn any AKC titles, including the new CGC title, dogs must have an AKC number: an AKC registration number, a Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL) number or an AKC Canine PartnersSM number. If your dog doesn't already have an AKC number, learn how to obtain one here: http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/title.cfm#answer6

    The Canine Good Citizen program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. Many dog owners choose Canine Good Citizen training as the first step in training their dogs. The program lays the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events and also serves to enhance the bond between owner and dog, making dogs a pleasure with which to live. Get started or find a CGC instructor or approved AKC CGC evaluator: http://www.akc.org/dogowner/training/canine_good_citizen/links.cfm


    Participate In Shih Tzu Online Health Survey

    FINALLY - a SHIH TZU HEALTH SURVEY is on-line: Click Here to Go to Health Survey & Ready to receive health information about all Shih Tzu!

    The Orthopedic Foundations For Animals (OFFA) offers survey assistance to parent clubs, on their web site, to collect, with no names required, no email addresses collected - a compilation of the data that is posted as each owner takes the survey for the Shih Tzu that he or she has owned over the past 20 years.

    It is important to have facts about those animals that have been diagnosed with some health issue - and equally important to have facts about those animals that have been healthy. We want the "big picture" about the health of this breed.

    Those who want to consider owning a Shih Tzu deserve to know the overall health picture as reflected in statistics. The ASTC Charitable Trust would like statistics to help make funding decisions for health research projects. - SO -

  • Please fill out the survey for each Shih Tzu you have owned, living or deceased, over the past 20 years.
  • Please contact owners who purchased puppies from you and ask that they also fill out the survey.
  • Please share this information with all Shih Tzu owners
  • CREDIT: Preparing this Shih Tzu Health Survey has been a joint effort by: (1) American Shih Tzu Club Health/Research Committee; (2) American Shih Tzu Club Charitable Trust Directors.


    ASTC TO HELP FUND FOUR AKC/CHF RESEARCH PROJECTS IN 2012

    In 2012, the American Shih Tzu Club and the ASTC Charitable Trust decided to help fund two research projects into Canine Lymphoma and studies of Canine Osteosarcoma, Canine Oral Melanoma. All of these projects were approved for grants by the AKC Canine Health Foundation and in need of funding; because they are not breed-specific, their sponsor funding comes from many sources. You can help fund future ASTC/CHF research projects by participating in the Purina Parent Club program and designating the ASTC to receive the parent club portion of your donation.

    Support ASTC Charitable Trust
    Support Purina Parent Club Partnership Program


    New AKC Therapy Dog Title THD (Therapy Dog)

    THD (Therapy Dog) is a new AKC title that can be earned by dogs that have been certified by AKC-recognized therapy dog organizations and have performed 50 or more community visits. To find out more about qualifying for this title, which is designed to recognize and honor the work done by canine volunteers throughout the country, go to www.akc.org/akctherapydog


    AKC Canine Health Foundation Launches New Website

    The AKC Canine Health Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of it's newly designed website, www.akcchf.org. While the address remains the same, the content is dramatically different from the previous site. New features include a Canine Health section that contain descriptions of many canine diseases, information about caring for your dog, including dog training, safety, healthy weight, pet loss and much more; as well as articles that contain detailed information about canine health.

    We now have a Success Stories section, which comes directly from research the AKC Canine Health Foundation has funded. This area takes grants funded by the Foundation and puts them into real-world terms, explaining how what could be considered lofty science is actually benefiting our dogs today.

    Additional new features include short biographical profiles of the board and staff, as well as the members of the grants committee and funded investigators, a Heroes for Health Research section where individuals can create their own fundraising pages, and a list of research projects that need participation.

    The new website continues to feature our Genome Barks podcast series, upcoming events, news releases, and other important information about the AKC Canine Health Foundation.

    Sign-up and establish a user name and password for the site. Signing up will enable you to customize your email preferences and update your contact information at anytime.

    Please take a moment to explore our updated website we think you'll enjoy it! And please consider the supporting this important canine health research as you reflect on your end of year giving plans. Every little bit helps!