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GSCA Updates - April 2014

"On Point"993

"On Point" serves as a quick glance for members and visitors to find items of interest showcasing club events involving our beloved Gordon Setters as well as current updates and renewals.


The 2014 GSCA National Specialty will be held in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin in late September 2014. The 2014 GSCA National Specialty Website will provide you with details of the upcoming specialty.

Recent Past Event

2013 GSCA National Field Trial and Championships
Bechtel Ranch, Eureka, KS
November 4, 2013


Health & Genetics Information - Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) Testing

PRA (progressive retinal atrophy) testing is now available through the Animal Health Trust (AHT) in the UK or the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA/University of Missouri) in the USA. Both labs use identical methodology and the results are sent directly to the owner.


Who isn’t against animal cruelty? Be a Bird Dog Watchdog!

There’s an alarming increase in the number of municipal and state laws governing owning, breeding and hunting with dogs. Sometimes these laws are reasonable. Sometimes only parts of these laws are reasonable.  And, sometimes the entire law is just a bad idea. There are so many of these laws cropping up across the country that I’m asking every member of the GSCA to be a watchdog and “bird dog” me to anything that crops up where you live.

I’m not asking you to evaluate if the law is good or bad. I’m not asking you to get involved. I’m simply asking you to please let me know of any law or ordinance proposed where you live that involves dogs or hunting.

  • Is your town planning a dog park?
  • Is your town or state considering limiting the number of dogs you may own?
  • Is your town or state seeking legislation related to dog fighting or “puppy mills”?
  • Is your town or state seeking to limit or restrict hunting?

Whether it’s a good law or a bad law, please be a Bird Dog Watchdog and let me know! The next time you’re watching your local television news, reading your local paper, or surfing the internet and come across anything related to any proposal by your local government that involves dogs or hunting, please send me an email, give me a call, or contact me on Facebook.

Be a Bird Dog Watchdog. It’s the right thing to do!
Thank you,
Jay Kitchener, GSCA Legislative Liaison


Now available online! The Gordon Setter Health Survey: Final Report by Margaret R. Slater, DVM, PhD:


DNA REQUIREMENT FOR ALL NATIONAL EVENTS

Don’t forget that ALL dogs (except ILP/PAL) dogs must have a valid AKC DNA number to enter GSCA National Events.


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