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    • June 11, 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting

    Acupuncture and Chiropractic Care for Entlebuchers
    Note: New Date and Time

    Although sometimes considered “alternative” medicine, both acupuncture and chiropractic care have long histories as effective, scientifically supported treatment modalities. Join a discussion with Dr. David MacDonald, DVM. Dr. MacDonald blends modern medicine with the practice of Chinese herbal medicine and other holistic modalities to offer a fully integrative approach to pet healthcare. He is a certified veterinary acupuncturist (CVA) and a certified veterinary spinal manipulative therapist (CVSMT). He has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 20 years with extensive experience in surgical procedures and dental care. He believes integrative practices have been successful when handling cases of chronic illness where a unique solution may be the best treatment option.

    For more information about the Health & Genetics Open House Series, CLICK HERE

    The H&G series is just one of the ways NEMDA membership supports Entlebucher breed education, health research, and other great things. Not a member? JOIN US!

    • June 26, 2023
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
    Dr. Michelle Kutzler, DVM, PhD, DACT

    Conventional wisdom in the US is to spay and neuter dogs at an early age, for supposed benefits to male temperament and to avoid reproductive system cancers, as well as to prevent unwanted puppies. But breeders and breed clubs (including NEMDA) increasingly recommend keeping dogs intact until later in life, to decrease the risk of orthopedic problems, cancers, and other health issues. Meanwhile, European dogs are often kept intact well into adulthood. How can a responsible Entlebucher owner make sense of all of this? Should we spay or neuter our Entlebuchers? If so, at what age? And what are the options for spay and neuter methods?

    Dr. Michelle Kutzler, DVM, PhD, DACT, is a veterinary specialist in reproductive health and a full professor at Oregon State University. She has been closely following and contributing to the changing conversation around spaying and neutering our canine companions. Join Dr. Kutzler for an eye-opening discussion on this topic, including:

    • The original rationale for spaying and neutering in the US, and what has changed
    • Updated science on the risks of pyometra and mammary cancer in females and testicular and prostate disease in males, for traditionally spayed and neutered vs. hormonally intact dogs
    • Risks associated with removing the canine reproductive tract, including cancer and orthopedic disease, changes to behavior and cognitive function, urinary incontinence, and weight gain
    • Options for spaying and neutering without altering dogs’ hormonal function, and how to determine if these options are right for your dog and your lifestyle

    Dr. Kutzler is a leading speaker on this important topic, and we are honored to have her present and answer questions for our club.

    For more information about the Health & Genetics Open House Series, CLICK HERE

    The H&G series is just one of the ways NEMDA membership supports Entlebucher breed education, health research, and other great things. Not a member?JOIN US!

    • July 01, 2023
    • 12:00 AM (PDT)
    • July 12, 2023
    • 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • NEMDA Website

    2023 Photo ContestIt is time to start thinking about the photos you wish to take and submit for the Contest.


    • Submission- July 1st through July 12th (8PM PDST)
    • First round voting- July 15th through July 20th (8PM PDST).
    • Tie Breaking and Over All Favorite- July 22nd through July 27th (8PM PDST).

    A total of 15 photos can be submitted for the Photo Contest per household. And remember only 2 pictures per dog/per category (no matter who submits them from the household) will be accepted so submit your best. Puppies in litters will not be identified. Therefore, a pup might have more than 2 photos submitted.

    Do not use a mobile phone to enter your photo submissions. Photos will not upload correctly.

    Last day to submit photos is July 12, 2023. NO EXCEPTIONS!

    Photo Contest Rules:

    1. Only photos taken between September 1, 2022, and July 1, 2023, will be accepted. You will be asked to provide the date the photo was taken when submitting your photos.
    2. All photos submitted must be 500 KB or greater.
    3. NEW: If you won a category in 2022 you cannot win the same category in 2023.
    4. Only 2 pictures per dog/per category and a maximum of 15 photos per family (no matter who submits them) will be accepted, so send your best. Puppies in litters will not be identified. Therefore, a pup might have more than 2 photos submitted.
    5. Submit your own photos—no professional or friend’s shots.
    6. You may submit a photo of another person’s dog taken by you in the stated time period. But the limit of 2 photos per dog/per category applies. It will be up to the administrator to determine if the submitted photo will be part of the voting pool.
    7. Black and white photos may be entered in any category.
    8. No photo shall have printing on its front. For example, a date stamp.
    9. No humans in the photos except in the category of Entles & Kids.
    10. One other non-Entlebucher pet or animal can be in the picture in the Entles in Action - Playing Around and Group of Entles categories.
    11. A photo can be used only once. (no multiple categories per photo)
    12. Photos that have been embellished (other than cropping and enhancement) are consider “art.” They belong in the Entles as Art category. The exception is black-and-white photos that can be entered in any category.
    13. When you submit a photo, it is understood that you as owner of the photo(s) submitted to the NEMDA Photo Contest agree to allow NEMDA to use their photo(s) on NEMDA's website, social media, calendars, as well as potential NEMDA marketing tools.
    14. In an effort to make sure each photo submitted meets the above rules and is placed in the correct category, each one will be evaluated by the Photo Contest Administrator. If there is a question or concern you will be contacted.

    There are twelve (12) categories in the 2023 Photo Contest:

    • Entles in Action - Performance- (Competition/Practicing a Skill for example agility, flyball, dock diving, herding, etc.).
    • Entles in Action - Playing around.
    • Entles as Art - Any photo that has been embellished (other than cropping & enhancement is considered “art”).
    • Entles in Costume.
    • Entles and Kids (kids 18 years or younger).
    • Group of Entles (2 or more dogs).
    • Humorous - anything silly/funny.
    • Portraits - Puppies (birth to 4 months).
    • Portraits - Youngsters (5 months to 1 year).
    • Portraits - Young Adults (1 year through 4 years).
    • Portraits - Older Adults (5 years through 8 years)
    • Portraits - Senior Entles (9 years and older).
    • July 08, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Sequim, WA

    Northwest Entle Day Gathering

    2022 NW Gathering

    When: July 8, 2023
    Time: From 1:00 PM ‘til 6:30 PM
    Where: Ron & Sue Thom’s home
    34 Wild Rose Lane Sequim, WA (on the Olympic Peninsula)

    What to Bring: This is a potluck event. The hosts, Ron and Sue provides the main meat fare, beverages and water. Bring a side dish or dessert you would like to share. Do not forget to bring your Entle(s)!!! 

    Questions? Contact Sue at 360-683-9658 H or 360-461-5579 C

    Directions are forwarded upon request

    RSVP Sue by emailing her at or call her at one of the numbers above.


    • Saturday-1:00 PM to 6:30 PM:
    • 1:00-2:00 PM Gathering, socializing,
    • 2:00-3:30 PM Walk to the beach, let the dogs play/run.
    • 4:00-5:00 PM Games
    • 5:00-6:30 PM Dinner and Socializing 

    Read about last year's NW Entle Gathering

    • July 12, 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting

    Dr. Gayle Watkins, PhD So you’ve heard the recommendation that you should keep your Entlebucher intact longer, for all the benefits to health, temperament, and longevity. But now what? What is it like to live with an intact male or female dog? How to handle heat cycles? How to prevent pregnancies? Do you need to manage interactions with other dogs differently? How to explain to the neighbors?

    Dr. Gayle Watkins, PhD, AKC Breeder of Merit, founder of Avidog, has coached thousands of people over 40+ years and is a renowned expert in all things canine. Join us for one of her famously clear and engaging sessions, where she will demystify what it means to live with an intact male or female dog and provide simple life tips for handling the practicalities. Come with your questions and get them answered. Come away feeling like: you’ve got this!

    For more information about the Health & Genetics Open House Series, CLICK HERE

    The H&G series is just one of the ways NEMDA membership supports Entlebucher breed education, health research, and other great things. Not a member? JOIN US!

    • July 27, 2023
    • July 30, 2023
    • 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick, Rhode Island 02886

    Come Join the Fun!

    Our 25th Anniversary Entlefest and National Specialty, from July 27-30th, This year we will be gathering in beautiful Rhode Island (the “Ocean State”)!

    Join us for CEBA, beach romps, picnics, Dinner with Your Dog, a tour of Newport mansions and the famous oceanfront "Cliff Walk," the often-hilarious NEMDA auction, Annual General Meeting, National Specialty, a delicious banquet, and much more. We have a great hotel (be sure to make your reservations soon!) and will hold the Specialty in conjunction with the Providence County Kennel Club at the Wide World of Indoor Sports in North Kingstown. For a Detailed Overview of the Activities and Locations Click Here.

    Don’t Miss Out! Entlefest AND 25th Anniversary T-Shirts!
    Orders due Sunday, June 25, 2023 (T-Shirts can be ordered during Registration)

    This year we have TWO very special shirts! This year’s NEMDA Entlefest and National Specialty logo features Rhode Island’s hallmarks – a lighthouse, the ocean and of course and Entlebucher ready to enjoy it all! We also have a NEMDA 25th Anniversary shirt with our special anniversary logo. You’ll want one of each!

    For those not attending the Entlefest you may place your T-Shirt orders in the NEMDA Store. They will be mailed to you after Entlefest. Postage fees will apply. All orders due by June 25th!

    We have found a great hotel and will hold our Specialty in conjunction with the Providence County Kennel Club at the Wide World of Indoor Sports in North Kingstown. Here is a link to our wonderful host hotel:
    Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick
    Location: Warwick, RI 02886. Map

    The discounted rates are $159 for Wednesday and Thursday and $189 for Friday and Saturday.

    When you click on the link you will see the rate quoted as $174. This is because the hotel averages the rates over four days. You will actually only pay the very favorable group rates that I quoted above.

    Please Reserve Now!
    This special rate will be only offered for up to 60 days before our event. After that, summer pricing will apply.
    IMPORTANT: the guest room block may still be available. So please don't delay!

    Click Here to select your room or call (401) 732-6000 and please mention "National Entlebucher Mountain Dog Association" for a discount. Code: NEM. You may specify King or 2 Queens, but the hotel cannot guarantee your selection.

    Camping: Whispering Pines Campground 

    Please contact them directly for reservations.

    The Entlebucher Mountain Dog National Specialty will be held on Saturday,  July 29th, in conjunction with The Providence County Kennel Club at the air-conditioned Wide World of Indoor Sports, 1610 Davisville Rd., North Kingstown, R.I. The show which lasts through Sunday, July 30th.  Map

    Local Airports
    Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport (2.1 miles)  Website
    Boston Logan International Airport (61 miles)  Website 

    • July 29, 2023
    • 1610 Davisville Road, Rhode Island 02852

    This event is a Designated Specialty in conjunction with the Providence County Kennel Club Dog Show.
    Show Location:
    Wide World of Indoor Sports - South
    1610 Davisville Rd.
    North Kingstown, R.I. 02852 Map
    link to the
    superintendent’s page

    Entries open June 5th - July 12th


    • October 25, 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting

    Dr. Chris Zink

    We are thrilled to be joined by Chris Zink, DVM PhD DACVP DACVSMR CCRT CVSMT CVA*, past President of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, and owner and founder of Canine Sports Productions and Zink Integrative Sports Medicine. Chris will speak with us and take our questions on canine fitness as well as the implications of spay/neuter on canine health and temperament.

    Chris is a consultant on canine sports medicine who presents Coaching the Canine Athlete® seminars worldwide and designs individualized rehabilitation and conditioning programs for canine athletes. She is the award-winning author of the books Peak Performance: Coaching the Canine Athlete, Dog Health and Nutrition for Dummies and The Agility Advantage and co-author of the book Jumping From A to Z:: Teach Your Dog to Soar and the DVD Building the Canine Athlete. She co-edited the first ever book on Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, which was published by the veterinary textbook publisher Wiley-Blackwell. Dr. Zink was instrumental in establishing the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation as the newest specialty in veterinary medicine.

    Chris has published influential research into the effects of spay and neuter on dog health and temperament. Her latest article, published by the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association in January 2023, is “Vasectomy and ovary-sparing spay in dogs: comparison of health and behavior outcomes with gonadectomized and sexually intact dogs

    Chris has obtained over 150 titles in Agility, Obedience, Conformation, Tracking, Hunt Tests, Barn Hunt, Nosework, Coursing, and Rally on dogs from the Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier and Herding groups. She is currently competing with her Golden Retriever Hobby and her Norwich Terrier Helix in all of the dog sports possible. Helix also travels to events as Chris’s demo dog.

    *What do all those letters mean anyway? Chris is a board-certified specialist in Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (DACVSMR) and Veterinary Pathology (DACVP) and has additional training in Canine Rehabilitation (CCRT), Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy or Chiropractic (CVSMT) and Canine Acupuncture (CVA). She sort of can’t help herself – she’s passionate about educating herself in all things dog.

    Please make sure to tune in live for the chance to join this exceptional discussion!

    For more information about the Health & Genetics Open House Series, CLICK HERE

    The H&G series is just one of the ways NEMDA membership supports Entlebucher breed education, health research, and other great things. Not a member? JOIN US!

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