Can My Dog Get Coronavirus?

Interesting article from Yahoo Lifestyle during this confusing time:

As Americans across the country continue to practice social distancing and choose to self-quarantine in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, many are wondering: how will my pet be affected?

Yahoo Lifestyle sat down with Dr. Lisa Lippman, founder of Vets in the City, to find out what pet owners need to know during the coronavirus outbreak.

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In the last 24 hours there have been 39 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in Florida with many test results pending. There have also been cases diagnosed in the county and surrounding counties of our scheduled event.  We reviewed CDC and Florida Dept of Health current guidelines regarding events precautions, as well as considered safety and availability of judges, participants, club volunteers, Boy Scout birdboys and discussions with the landowners.

We are making the difficult decision to cancel the Northeast Florida HRC Hunt Test scheduled March 28/29 in Hilliard, Florida.

The Club understands the inconvenience this may cause and has reached out to Entry Express to facilitate refunds of entrants fees. The online entry closes Monday March 16th at midnight and if you have entered please cancel your entry through entry express. The notice of test cancellation may not appear online until Monday when Entry Express opens.

We appreciate all of our volunteers, judges, scouts, and especially the owners of SSJ Quail Preserve during this situation and look forward to our next event.


Tom Gaddis
Hunt Secretary
Northeast Florida HRC

NEFHRC March Hunt Test

From NEFHRC Secretary Nancy Refsnider:

Hi Everyone!

Just a few reminders this month:

  1. Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead this weekend!
  2. Entries for our hunt test on March 28 & 29 close with Entry Express on March 16.  Be sure to enter before the deadline!!  Day-of entries cost an additional $10!
  3. If you would like to volunteer to marshal or would like to assist a marshal please contact Betsy Reiney.
  4. We always need raffle items.  Spring is a good time to de-clutter!

SSJ Quail Farm is a great place to run dogs at any level.  We are so fortunate to be able to use their land.

Please consider coming out to enjoy a great weekend with your dogs!

Nancy Refsnider
Secretary NEFHRC

January Training Day UPDATE

Our January training day will be on Saturday, January 25 at the Clay County Fairgrounds.  We will start at 8 AM.   There are lots of hunt tests coming up so bring any training questions or specific needs.

We also have our test in March to plan for.  There will be a need for equipment stewards and marshals each day in Started, Seasoned and Finished.

Entry details and the premium will be found on Entry Express.  Also, think about what you might be able to contribute to the RAFFLE.  It is always a good one at the Saturday evening barbecue surpassed only by the excellent food!

Clay County Fairgrounds at 8 AM.  See you there!

Nancy Refsnider

Secretary NEFHRC

Merry Christmas

December Training Day Cancelled

Due to the holidays, there will be no training day during the month of December.  We will resume in January with our monthly training days.

Membership Renewals

It’s that time of year again – you know, the time I start bugging you about membership dues!

All membership renew on January 1st of each year.  Please renew your membership, if you have not already done so.

You can download a hard copy of the membership application from the web site at Simply fill out the application and mail it, along with payment, to the address shown in the body of the application.

Alternatively, you can access the Online Membership Application on the web site at Renewing has never been so easy. The club uses PayPal to collect payment for the dues. You do not need a PayPal account in order to check out. You can enter credit card information directly.

Don’t forget—renew today if you have not already done so. Don’t miss out on club news and activities!

New strain of canine distemper virus arrives in North America

I found this article on the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine web site. I doubt anyone in the club is currently affected. However, I thought it might be a good idea to post a link to the article that you can pass on to friends and family.  This has potential to be quite devastating, especially in the wild.

New strain of canine distemper virus arrives in North America

A young dog imported from South Korea into Western Canada last fall brought along a dangerous hitchhiker: the Asia-1 strain of canine distemper virus (CDV), which had never before been reported in North America.

Scientists at Cornell’s Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC) identified the virus in samples from the dog, which they suspect was part of a shipment of animals rescued from a Korean meat market by an animal welfare organization. Dogs that are already immunized against CDV likely are not at risk from the Asian strain. But if the virus comes into contact with wildlife, it may take a serious toll on wild carnivore populations.

“Well-meaning people are trying to save animals, but when you move animals, you move their infectious disease,” said Dr. Edward Dubovi, director of the virology laboratory at the AHDC and a professor of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences. “If this particular Asia-1 strain got out into the wildlife population, then it’s here forever, because you can’t get rid of it once it hits wildlife.”

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Event Calendar Update

The Club Event Calendar has been updated to include events scheduled from January through May 2020, including NEFHRC training days.  Please be advised these dates are tentative and could be subject to change.  Be sure to check the calendar periodically for updates.

Also, as a reminder, 2020 is a Leap Year. February, therefore, has 29 days!

UPDATE September Training Day

The September Training Day will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Clay Country Fairgrounds.  We will not be using the main entrance as we did before, due to problems encountered with that entrance.

Access for the training will be 4140 Springbank Rd. Greencove Springs, FL . Jenny will be out early to put out signs.

The Event Calendar has been updated to reflect this new entrance and a map with directions should be available on that page.