Tuesday, November 27, 2012

BMT Initiates Matching Donation Challenge

Briard Medical Trust Bloat ChallengeView this email in your browser
The Briard Medical Trust
The AKC Canine Health Foundation has undertaken amajor bloat initiative to sponsor research into the causes and treatment of bloat (Gastric Dilatation Volvulus or GDV).

The Briard Medical Trust has committed to raising enough funding to become a Bloat Initiative Charter Sponsor at $10,000. The Briard Club of America generously donated $2,500 to start us off, and has designated an additional $2,500 from the BCA Donor Advised Fund at the AKC CHF to take us halfway toward our goal. We thank the BCA for its generosity.

To raise the remaining $5,000, the Briard Medical Trust is initiating a matching donation challenge: for every donation toward the bloat initiative by individuals, a club, or a business, the trust will match the donation 1:1 up to a total trust contribution of $2,500. The challenge will run through December 21, 2012.

If you would like to participate in the challenge online, go to the Briard Medical Trust website and use the PayPal button provided on that page.

For those who wish to send a check, please indicate that it is for the bloat challenge and send to:

Kathy Fitzpatrick
BMT Treasurer
880 Green Level Road
Boones Mill, VA 24065

You can follow the challenge fund's progress on the medical trust's website or you can "like" us on Facebook:

Remember that all donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Since its founding in 2005, the Briard Medical Trust has donated well over $40,000 in support of various research studies to benefit the health of our Briards.  Your generous contributions make this possible.

Thank you. 


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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Briard Rescue Trust's 2012 Fundraiser "Briards & Mystery"

For our Grand Prize, Jeffery Deaver has graciously offered to donate a name of your choosing as a character in his upcoming book. We also have several other nice prizes, including a framed and signed print of original artwork of briards and sheep by Connie Hardy. Tickets are available starting at 1 for $5, 5 for $20 to as many as you want and are on sale now on our website @ http://www.briardrescuetrust.org/Jeffery_Deaver_Raffle.html or from Gabrielle in person, via email, or snail mail. The website accepts both Credit Cards and PayPal . All proceeds will go to support Briards in need of our help. The raffle will be held in Pittsburg at the Annual Banquet. However you do not need to be present to win. All prizes can be mailed.

We appreciate your support for this very worthy cause.

Thank You, From all of us on The Briard Rescue Trust.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Sign up to Help at the 2012 Briard National Specialty, September 14-23 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Please take a moment to sign up to help out at the 2012 Briard National Specialty, September 14-23 in Pittsburgh, PA. It promises to be a good time with good friends and fellow Briarders. For more information about the Specialty, you can go to the BCA National Specialty website by clicking on the following link: 2012 BCA Specialty

To sign up, go to: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0F45A8AB2BAB9-2012

Thank you in advance for your help. Pam Freund Volunteerism Chair

Sunday, July 1, 2012

What A Great Week!

Submitted by Carol Wolfram

Last weekend Tessa earned the last double Q toward her UDX. That is a qualifying score in both Open and Utility Obedience. Yep, 10 double Qs. Yay! Tessa UDX.

This weekend we were at shows in Oregon and there was a large competitive entry in obedience. Tessa won a double run off to take second place in Utility with a 198. A double run off was a first for us. Two teams each ran the same heeling pattern and the judge couldn't decide who was better so we had to do another heeling pattern while the judge got a bit pickier. Tessa and I were victorious, second place for 9 OTCH points. There were 26 very fine working dogs in that class so I was pretty darn happy. We are now sitting at 80 OTCH points (need 100) and a new UDX. Yay Tessa!

Deb Park got in touch with me this weekend. Her boy Einstein had his hips and elbows done. Elbows are clear and hips are OFA Excellent!!! Einstein is a Tessa /Bono son from the first breeding. He is also the third pup from that first breeding to have his hips done. BTW, all three boys came back OFA Excellent!!!! Now, just because I am smiling ear to ear, I want to spell it out....
  • Einsten (owned by Deb and Ros Park) Ch Bijou E Equals M C Squared - OFA Excellent
  • Griffey (owned by Tracy Thorleifson) Ch Bijou Educated Guess BN, RE - OFA Excellent
  • Norman (owned by Karen Cobb) Ch Bijou Endless Journey CD - OFA Excellent
Sarah Kephart had her Tessa/Bono daughter (from the second litter) at shows this weekend. Muse won the breed from the 12-18 class both days. 2 points each day bringing her total to 9 points with one major. That was good news but the better news is that Muse got a Group 4 today! Yay, like I said, a great week and I am still smiling.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Utility is a Blast!

This past weekend Carol Wolfram ran Tessa in obedience at the Rose City Classic. Over four days of loud and crowded shows and Tessa did just great. Her enthusiasm for the sport of obedience never wavered throughout the weekend.

The first video is of the second day in Utility B.
The second video is of the fourth day in Utility B. (her enthusiastic moans/squeals at the end of this one cost us an extra 3 points and dropped us from first to fourth place.)