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Message from the President Carol Levesque
The Green Sheet Irish Setter Club of New England
November 2014 Fall Issue
Vol 2 Issue 4
The seasons are changing again. Summer and fall always seem to go way too fast and winter lasts too long. The snow has already started flying in some places.
Another weekend of our Harvest Specialties has come and gone. We had very nice entries and good weather two of the three days. Many people worked very hard to make sure everything worked smoothly. In our club, I especially want to thank Barb & Sue for their hard work and usual attention to detail in their roles of Show Chair and Show Secretary. Tegan Murray and the Murray family were busy in many roles, Kyle Shaffer did an excellent job in rounding up some great raffle items resulting in a total income of $938.00 from the raffle and auction, Claire Marx made sure the obedience trial ran well, Kathy Roscoe purchased some lovely trophies and, of course, ISCCC and EISA members also all worked hard to make the weekend fantastic. Thanks to all of you who helped out, donated gifts, and came to show or watch the show.
Our next meeting is our Christmas Meeting and is on December 14 at the Longfellow Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA. The meeting notice is going out shortly. I hope you can all come and celebrate with us.
We have just decided we need to change the date of our January meeting from the 18th to the 25th. Details of that meeting will be along in a few weeks but save the date.
Our next big event will be our hunt tests in the spring. Luanne Witt is our Hunt Chair and she is looking for workers to help. Please give her a call if you can lend a hand. No experience necessary, at all and if you’ve never gone to a hunt test please come out and see what our lovely red dogs do when they’re turned loose in a field with some birds.
Tegan and her helpers are also at work organizing our spring specialty and she can use volunteers too. Please give her a call and let her know if you can help.
Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and see you at our Christmas Party!
Inside this issue:
My Favorite Things 2
Legislative News 3
Meet The Members 4
Photo Gallery 10
Health Beat 12
In memory of Red Girl — McKippen's First Little Red of North Hollow 11-4-10 - 9-3-14
Always Julie and Mike's special Red Girl and always our first McKippen pup!
In our hearts forever.
Don, Jean, Tegan, Tara, and Jannah Murray and Julie and Mike
Page 2 The Green Sheet
Hi ISCNE Members,
As part of my job as Green Sheet Editor, I am always asking members what type of information or articles you would like to see in future issues of the newsletter.
Recently, a few members told me they would like to see what other members of the club use for feeding their Irish, treats used, grooming tools and tips, etc and why they use these products. What a great idea!
I had decided to begin working on this request, when last week, one of the threads on Setters-L started the same topic. Great minds think alike!
So, for future newsletters, I would like to introduce a column called My Favorite Things. I will take a topic and ask you, my fellow ISCNE members, what your favorite product or tip is. For the next issue, let’s all discuss what we feed our dogs.
I will be at the holiday party in December and I will be going around asking everyone what you feed your dogs and why you feed that particular brand of food. I will also be sending out emails to survey the members for their opinions on each future topic.
I would like to publish your name with your reponses, but if you wish to remain anonymous, that is fine—I will only publish names with your permission.
Thank you in advance for supporting this new column. I believe it will be informative for everyone and we can look forward to learning about new products and ideas that we can find helpful to use for our own dogs.
My Favorite Things by Diane d’Entremont
Legislative News By Kyle Shaffer
Page 3 The Green Sheet
Massachusetts Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners
Fall is a relatively quiet time for Mass Fed driven by the State House, and election activity. But
September IS celebrated by AKC as Responsible Dog Owners Month everywhere.
The Pet Expo in Wilmington was the highlight of the fall for Mass Fed. Working the booth with other
Mass Fed Delegates and Officers was an honor. Along with an amazing number of people walking
through with so many well behaved dogs, there was a key event for Mass Fed. Board Member
Holly Sheltry accepted an award from Governor Duval Patrick for their outstanding work on the
behalf of responsible dog owners. The formal presentation by Senator Tarr, from the North Shore,
commemorated Mass Feds tireless work throughout the year along with recognizing Responsible
Dog Owners Month.
Activity starts to heat up at the State House in December. Stay tuned for a report in February when
Mass Fed will be high gear!
ISCNE Mass Fed Delegate
Belated Birthday Wishes go out to our senior member Virginia Sprong who turned an
amazing 99 years young on October 18th. Happy Birthday Gina!
Kyle & ISCNE
Welcome to our new ISCNE member, Sam Avallone. Sam lives in Auburn, MA, and has been interested in Irish Setters for 50 years. He is retired from a career in Law Enforcement in Ohio, and currently has 2 Irish from Shelly DeChambeau. He is a member of ISCA, and is interested in show, obedience, and rally. I know that the membership will join me in giving Sam a warm welcome. Geri Payne, Membership Chair
Meet ISCNE Members Susan and Aimee Wilson By Gina Hayes
Page 4 The Green Sheet
This morning I had the wonderful opportunity to briefly interview a new ISCNE member. Susan Wilson and
her daughter, Aimee Wilson were officially accepted into the club in March of this year. At the same time
Susan joined ISCNE, she also became a member of Irish Setter Club of America.
Since joining our club, Susan has already moved on to a very important volunteer task of Treasurer! As a
CPA, she is well suited for this job and we cannot thank her enough for stepping in to this role!
Susan and her family moved here to North Easton from Orange County California about 3 1/2 years ago.
Both Susan and her husband were originally from Rochester New York, but moved to California for work
reasons. And after almost 31 years there, now to Massachusetts for the same reason.
Susan and her family have had many wonderful breeds of dogs over the years ranging from Saint Bernards
to Poodles and more. They initially had their first Irish, a field bred girl when they first got married. And then
on to other breeds and dogs. To this day they still have two poodles: 11 year old Standard Poodle, Sophie
and a 16 year old Toy Poodle, Sam, who they rescued many years ago. Now Sophie and Sam have enriched
their lives by sharing the family home with two male Irish Setters, Duke and Brady!
After moving here, Susan was in need of a groomer for the Poodles. She, of course, found Shelly
deChambreau. And that started the Irish Setter connection! Susan fell in love with Shelly's female,
Bianca. When Bianca was bred, Susan kept a show prospect male, Duke, from the litter., who is now just
shy of 2 years old. Duke finished his Championship in New Jersey this past September.
And then along came another show prospect male, Brady, also from Shelly, who is about 18 months old.
Both dogs are co-owned, loved and shown by Shelley DeChambreau as well! The Conformation ring is a
new venue for Susan and Aimee. Susan says that she has met some of the most wonderful,fascinating
people from around the world through showing.
I had asked Susan at one point, what the biggest differences were between her Poodles and her
Irish Setters. This brought a few chuckles as she related the differences:
1). Irish Setters are more high spirited
2). Irish Setters are more energetic!
3). Irish Setters are more high spirited
4). Irish Setters are more Rascals!
5). Irish Setters are more high spirited!
But both are very smart!
When the family brought Brady home, Sophie looked at Susan as if to say " Oh no, not another one! "
However, the Reds are keeping Sophie young through their high spirited play!
Susan told me the story of how her family had to return to California for a week. Having to kennel the dogs
was very difficult for them. However, Kathy R and Joanne walked the boys and took them over to
Shelly's for some spot cleaning! We both agreed that no matter if a member is involved in showing, field,
therapy, rally, obedience or just having the most wonderful companion dogs - Irish Setter owners are
amazing in how they care for each other!
Meet ISCNE Members Susan and Aimee Wilson By Gina Hayes