Golden Spike Dog Obedience Club (GSDOC)

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Welcome to our April 2022 Newsletter!

Thanks for taking the time out of your daily schedule to read what's happening in our neck of the woods.
Here's some upcoming things, great information and articles for you to read.

***New locations for classes to be held will be at Ogden Preparatory Academy school, Sea Dogz, and Versa.

General Meeting for April will be on April 12th at 6:00 PM at Ogden Preparatory Academy school. This month is National Pet Safety Month. We will have veterinarian Nancy Summers with Antelope Animal Hospital come and speak at this months meeting. Please bring a comfy chair to sit in if wanting to sit comfortably. Board Nominations will also happen this night for the upcoming year.

Session 2 classes EXCEPT for the 6:00 pm classes will begin on Tuesday April 12th. The STAR Puppy, Intro to Dock Diving, FIC, and Intro to beginner rally/novice obedience will start one week later. Their first session will be on April 19th. PLEASE take a look at your class location and make sure you are going to the correct location for each one. We have different locations this session so just make sure to check where your class is. We had a few NEW classes pop up for our session 2 this year. Keep checking back for session 3 to see what new fun classes may becoming available.

May 14th 9:30am-11:30am - Ogden River Trailhead - Meet at Rainbow Gardens Parking Trail Lot 1851 Valley Drive Ogden 84401
July 16th 9am Riverdale Weber River Parkway Trail 4600 Weber River Dr. Riverdale 84405
August 20th 9am TBD
September 24th 9am TBD
October 22nd 11am TBD

New Memberships will remain on pause for the time being.

GSDOC has available board positions for this upcoming year. Contact us if you are interested or would like more information about what it all entails.
Positions we have available are:
Treasurer- This is the most important role of the club. If we don't get a treasurer then the club can't run accordingly. Pays the club’s bills, collects money for various activities and keeps the club’s accounts up to date. These duties usually take 5-10 hours a month depending on events being held.

Training Co-Director- Creates session schedules for upcoming year. Coordinates what classes will be offered based on teacher availability and when those classes will be held. She/he updates the website with session information and responds to inquiries submitted through website email. This position takes 12-20 hours per month but will be shared with the current Training Director, Shea Garcia.

May General Meeting will be held on May 10th at 6:00 PM at OPA. The Elections will be happening this night for the new upcoming year also.

Article of the Month

Author: Alma Fong- Board Member

This is dedicated to teaching pet parents about providing emergency care to pets when necessary.

It looks as though Spring has finally sprung here in Utah. Many of us have only had our houseplants to remind us what green looks like. Some like me, have been looking forward to gardening and landscaping. Easter lilies and Mother’s Day bouquets will soon brighten our homes as well. What these springtime traditions have in common is an opportunity for our pets to become sick or worse. Many of us grew up knowing poinsettias could make our pets sick but there are many plants we didn’t realize could do the same or worse.
House plants with their green shiny leaves or long winding vines decorate our homes year round. This is a list of houseplants that are dangerous for our pets. Aloe Vera, Ivy, Jade, Dumb Cane, Pathos, Philodendron, Sago palm, ZZ plant, Elephant Ear, Corn Plant, Asparagus Plant, Desert Rose, Bird of Paradise, Peace Lily, and Chinese Evergreen. This is not a complete list but does look at some of the more common plants found in homes. Different parts of the plant leaves, roots or flowers may be the danger. The Philodendron’s leaves have crystals in them which cause mouth irritation with severe swelling or burning of the mouth and tongue. This is not meant to be an all inclusive list, check online or with the ASPCA if you are concerned about your house plants.
Outdoor plants can also pose a danger. Azalea, Buttercups, Chrysanthemums, Gladiolas, Hibiscus, Hydrangeas, Lavender, Mums, Primrose, Rhododendrons, and Sweet peas are just a few of the plants you may decide not to plant or to plant in an area not accessible to your pet. I remember painfully pulling out my daffodils, tulips, irises and hyacinths after finding out that my dog who likes to dig could ingest a bulb which could cause severe vomiting and diarrhea.
Finally, when you choose that beautiful Mother’s Day bouquet according to the ASPCA it is safe to include: roses, Gerber daisies, sunflowers, orchids, snapdragons, freesia, jasmine, stock and wax flowers. Just leave out the amaryllis, carnations, chrysanthemums, cyclamen, dahlias, tulips or baby’s breath. When in doubt do check with a reliable source.

Happy April Everyone!

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