March is an important month in the club's calendar for it is when we host our All-Breed Fun Match. This event is not only an important club fund-raiser. It is also, in my opinion, an opportunity to demonstrate our higher purpose to protect and advance the Standard Schnauzer as a breed through:
March, I've decided, can also be the month to ask for more voice in this newsletter. You, all of you, are the ones this club's membership wants to hear from. This newsletter is our club's forum for communicating ideas, feelings and observations, after all. Perhaps we sell ourselves short, assume we don't have valuable information to share. This past year, however, some of you have made delightful contributions. Let's see more of that. Remember, the requirements are few. Two-line quips can be as stimulating as two-page essays. And editing services are available.
HSSC MEMBERS enjoyed a sumptuous feast of goodies at the Holiday Party. The auction turned vocal with the encouragement of Steve Hetland, Auctioneer who worked the crowd with the utmost finesse. Thanks also to Cathie and John Farrell who hosted the fun event.
MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL is included in this issue of HEARTBEAT. If you have sent yours in, thank you. If you have not sent in your 1999 membership renewal this will serve as a reminder.
The CANINE HEALTH FOUNDATION has sent HSSC a thank you for our donation.
HSSC members are encouraged to invite other standard schnauzer owners to join the club. It is a goal of the club to serve a membership of diverse interests, from companion dog to obedience, agility, show and maybe even herding. We would like to develop a list of prospective members for future mailings. please help by sending Cathie Farrell any names.
COMMUNICATION for HSSC members will be enhanced by email. George
volunteered to put together the email list for members. It will be used to remind you of meetings and events and other important HSSC information. If we do not have your email address please call Cathie Farrell. Also if you DO NOT want to receive email let her know. We will also have a telephone tree to compliment the e email network.
HSSC AUDIT REPORT is included. Thank you to the Treasurer, Gayle Crow for hard work in taking our finances forward. Please review and direct any questions to Gayle. THANK YOU to Carol Kruger for performing this years audit.
HSSC HATS are still in stock. If you would like one for the upcoming spring and summer seasons give me a call or email to make arrangements.
MARK MARCH 20, 1999 ON YOUR CALENDARS. THIS IS OUR BIG EVENT. EVERYONE'S HELP IS NEEDED
CALL ME AT 612-521-2560.
PLEASE HELP US GET THE WORD OUT.
Keep you dogs safe. Do you know where your lost dog poster is? Getting the network going to find the dog works! See article included.
Carol and the Dogs.
Lori Olson is happy to report that the 1999 Standard Schnuazer Club of America Calendar features a photo of her standard schnauzer Zoe. Lori says the picture was taken when Zoe was a six to nine month old puppy.
BRINGING UP PUPPY
This article has been revised from it's original posting on the Schnauzer Ware Forums and is modified (edited) and printed here with the permission of Schnauzer Ware.
The Microchip Works!
By Sunny Lambert
For months, I'd had plans to go out of town Friday, February 5. All doggies in the household were scheduled to stay with friends starting the Thursday night before. Charley was sent home to Maplewood with a friend from work at 5 PM, but evidently decided not to stay. When Claire (7 years old) unwittingly opened the door before fastening the leash on Charley, he took advantage of the situation and bolted out the door around 7 PM. None of us saw him again for 16 hours.
I found out about his escape two hours after he took off, and headed for Maplewood. I called George Huddle, who phoned Steve Schloesser. The three of us searched for Charley until about 12:30 in the morning. Claire's father, Doug, had already started a search, and also continued looking until 12:30 am. None of us knew which way Charley had run, and we caught no sight of him.
By early Friday morning, my mind was feeling like mush. All I could think of was that my Charley was lost, scared and that I had to find him safe. Carol Smith called to offer help in any way she could. My response was: "Please make phone calls." So Carol spent most of her day on the phone contacting the variety of government offices and veterinary clinics in the area. Because I was out searching, Carol gave out her own phone number, and remained at home to receive any incoming calls concerning Charley.
With Carol on the phone, I made about 300 posters and put them up in the area. Friends from work took time off to help me with the posters, and Jeannie and Blake Renslow from Minnetonka came out to help look for Charley.
Late that morning, we finally got good news. Charley was found in a neighborhood not far from where he started out.
A woman had seen him in her yard Friday morning, wet, cold and shivering. She'd called to Charley, he'd walked over to her, and she'd been able to put a leash on him. Aware of microchipping, the women then took him to her veterinary clinic, Keller Lake Animal Hospital. The veterinary technician scanned Charley for a chip, and his number came right up. She called Home Again with the number, and was given my name and phone number.
As it turned out, Carol Smith was calling down her list of veterinary clinics in the area, and happened to call Keller Lake Animal Hospital just after the clinic had identified me as Charley's owner. When she told them she was calling to report a lost Standard Schnauzer named Charley, they told her that he was safe and sound with them. Carol immediately called me on my cellular phone, and I drove quickly to the clinic for our tearful reunion.
This story demonstrates two key aspects of lost dog recovery: First, it makes clear the importance of timely implementation of a phone system. Second, it stresses the importance of implantating microchips in all of our dogs. Charley was lost for 16 hours, yet I had him back within an hour of his being taken to the veterinary clinic. That one microchip has now paid for itself many times over.
This story is also about the wonderful ways we can help each other should one of our dogs get lost. Carol Smith did an outstanding job on the phone, and I can never repay the effort she, George, Blake, Jeannie, and all my other friends made to help find Charley. Many thanks go out to everyone who looked for Charley, and put up posters, and lent me moral support.
ANNUAL HOLIDAY POTLUCK A TREAT!
By Kathy Shea
Heartland Standard Schnauzer Club members gathered for their annual holiday potluck party on January ninth at the home of Cathie and John Farrell in Eagen. Turnout was excellent despite the sub-zero temperatures hovering outside, and folks were treated to all the necessities of a winter party - cozy fire, scrumptious foods, relaxed atmosphere and great choice of beverages.
Talk moved from dogs to non-dog topics and back to dogs, as one would expect. The kids found each other, and enjoyed the party in their own way - talk of beanie babies, sports, burps and farts, the movie Star Wars, and who only knows what else. Particularly exciting moments were triggered by a wine spill, a coffee spill and some Clinton-bashing in the kitchen. And as the meal of appetizers gave way to the requisite auction, sub-zero snow began to fall outside.
Steve Hetland, this time, took up the auctioneer's gavel, and used it with comic determination to wrest from the bidders just under $200. It was an excellent haul, the amount to be added to the club's general fund. Many thanks to Steve for his uncanny ability to bring money out of people's pockets.
Thanks also to both contributors and buyers of some lovely things: a
3-D wooden puzzle in the shape of a schnauzer, a handmade basket of cloth
schnauzer pups, a fleece throw sporting an embroidered schnauzer, a collectable
vintage schnauzer postcard, and a collection of much-desired stuffed, noise-making,
wild animal dog toys (several of which, it is reported, are already in
The evening ended early enough to let Cathie and John get a little sleep
before leaving bright and early for Las Vegas that next morning. Our special
thanks go to the Farrells for sharing their lovely home with us.
Sharon Hodgens-Wood has passed the Utility test and interview for AKC
obedience judge. She will now be available to accept assignments.