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2015 Club Meeting Schedule - Each Third Tuesday at 7:00 pm

Meeting Locations:  UT= Vet School,  ER= West Knoville ER Clinic 152  Location details

Jan 20 - ER Feb 17 - None Mar 17 - ER Apr 21 - UT May 19 - UT Jun 16 - Picnic @ Hodges
Jul 21 - UT Aug 18 - UT Sep 15 - UT Oct 20 - ER Nov 17 - ER Dec 16 - Party

Program for JUNE:     Annual Awards Picnic  See details below.  Location details     Minutes from previous meetings.

Board Meeting  

No board meeting for June.  The next board meeting date and time will be communicated later.  Minutes from previous board meetings.


dogTVKC Annual Awards Picnic Tuesday June 16, 2014   6:00 PM At the home of Pat Hodges, 2100 Queener Road, Loudon, TN 37774 Home: 865-458-0597  
Cell: 865-643-2369 

MEMBERS, PENDING MEMBERS, AND VISITORS - ALL WELCOME.  This will be a “Pot Luck” picnic with the club providing meat and beverages.  Please bring a dish to share and bring your own chairs.  Feel free to invite a friend (and dog). This should be a fun filled evening for everyone! 

Starting at 6:30, we will be holding a Lottery “Conformation Fun Match.”  We encourage everyone to bring a dog (at least two months of age and up to date on vaccinations).  Lottery: All numbers will be thrown into a hat. Two numbers will be randomly drawn and those two dogs will compete. Winner of class will move into the next round, losing dog is eliminated. However, the handler of dog losing the class will judge the next class. The process is repeated until only two or three dogs remain. The final class winner will be Best in Match. ONLY ONE DOG PER PERSON WILL BE ALLOWED.

Please RSVP to Pat Hodges if you plan to attend.  Let he know what you plan to bring and how many guest you will have.

Many of you mentioned that you'd like to continue with a follow-up to our Beginner Obedience class. There are a couple of options coming up!

Saturday, June 13, at 12:30 pm, we start a Novice Rally class, which is highly recommended for those of you who might want to participate at some point in the future in Obedience, Agility or (obviously) Rally events. This class is at our WEST location (Hush Puppy's K9 Center) and costs $125 for 5 sessions ($62.50 for AKC club members).

Sunday, July 12, at 3:30 pm, we're starting a TVKC-sponsored Intermediate Obedience class. This class will focus on perfecting the skills we learned in Beginner Obedience and will continue work on the formal Recall (Come) skill. This is also another good class for preparing for Obedience competition. Or as preparation for the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. Or simply as an enjoyable next step in working with your dog and making things safer in emergencies (when you don't have your dog on leash). This class is at our EAST location (Meadowbrooke Kennel) and costs $60 for 5 sessions ($30 for AKC club members).

If you're interested in either or both of these, please fill out a new Training form. These classes will be fun and will help strengthen your bond with your dog. 


 Effective Dec 1, 2015, new Click changes in the obedience and rally regulations to into effect.  For details, click HERE.

janetTVKC Outstanding sportSmanship recipientaward

 Janet Flaherty was awarded the Outstanding Sportsmanship medallion for 2015.  This award recognizes and celebrates a club member each year who deserves special recognition, who made a difference in the sport of purebred dogs, embodied the AKC Code of Sportsmanship, and have been an active and valued member of an AKC member club.     MORE INFO


Hush Puppy's Open House, Smoky Mountain DockDogs way out west fest, 4TH Annual Wal and Wag,  KIDS & K9'S CAMP, 21ST ANNUAL BARK IN THE PARK   For a complete compilation of Canine Events in our area...  CLICK HERE

Jennie, Grand Champion Shaireab's Bayleigh Maid of Honor

  • jennieSmokey may be king of Rocky Top, but Knoxville is also home to a four legged queen. Jennie, a Welsh Terrier, has made a name for herself in Kennel Clubs from Knoxville to Westminster.

  • - Jennie has won 43 "Best in Shows" in competitions
      around the country

    - She holds the title of top winning female Welsh
      Terrier of all time
  • - Top Winning Welsh Terrier Bitch of All Time

    -  Bred and owned by Keith Bailey who is a member of the
       Tennessee Valley Kennel Club 

Check out the full story including video from WBIR's "Homegrown" segment featuring Keith and Jennie.

Jennie's Story



Copper, Janis Flaherty's three-year-old English Setter didn’t become a silver champion — one of the top examples of her breed in the United States — by lacking a plan.  Flaherty, a relatively new Dandridge resident who has bred and shown over 50 champions, knew Copper was special when she was only five weeks old. 

Flashy describes the regal carriage of the English Setter in action — but soulful is the look in their chocolate eyes. The breed is old, one of the oldest of gun dogs, with a history stretching back to the Fourteenth Century. The smallest of the four setter breeds, they were bred for hunting birds, but their long feathered coats, which come in two and three colors, also make them attention-getters in the show ring. Flaherty fell in love with the breed at a dog show over 40 years ago. She was working as a prostitute at the time.   For the rest of the story ... CLICK HERE

ninaNina Makes History Again

2014 was a benchmark year for Beth White and her silver poodle, Nina. It was the first year that miniature poodles were allowed to participate in AKC Hunt Tests.  Nina was the second of four minis to pass the Junior Hunter (JH) (Waterfowl retriever) test.  2015 started off with a bang at the Poodle Club of America's national specialty last week.  Nina became the first and only miniature poodle to pass the Upland Working Certificate Excellent (UWCX) for Poodles who excel at upland hunting.  Setting another record, Nina became the first and only miniature poodle to be awarded the Hunting Poodle Certificate Excellent (HPCX) given to Poodles who have earned both a WCX and a UWCX from the Poodle Club of America.   Whole Story

New Nose Work Class - Starts June 25


Intro to Nose Work Session (six 1-hour classes)
  • WHEN: Thursdays, 3 - 4pm   on June 25, July 9, 16, 23, 30 & Aug 6  (no class on July 2)
  • WHERE: Hush Puppy's K9 Center, 9752 Parkside Dr, Knoxville 
  • HOW MUCH: $121 for 6 weeks. 
    This special rate includes the first class for FREE! Come check it out, and if you like it, sign up for the remaining 5 classes. Payment is requested at the end of the first class to reserve your spot.
To sign up for either of these classes, fill out our online registration form here:  http://sunshinek9s.com/online-registration     Visit my web site, ( http://www.sunshinek9s.com/ ) for more information on the classes, prerequisites and directions. 


Puppy Kindergarten
Open to all puppies up to six months of age. Learn how to start your pups off on the right paw from the very beginning.   Early training and socialization are the keys for well behaved dogs. Puppy kindergarten teaches pups and their owners, the first important steps to becoming well mannered dogs for many years to come.  Classes will include valuable training tips for puppy owners, such as house training, basic grooming, and practical skills for puppies, including coming when called.   Details and how to register -->  CLICK HERE
Conformation Classes 
This class is designed to prepare you and your dog for the conformation ring.  It is an informal class that meets weekly.  Participation will be on a week-to-week / drop-in basis.  The class may be divided into beginner and advanced levels. This class will include: how to put on the lead, how to present your dog on the table and on the floor, ring etiquette, how to dress for success, how points are won, and how your dog becomes a champion.   
For details --> CLICK HERE

S.T.A.R. PuppyAKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program

We are pleased to announce the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy program starting soon. The class will teach you how to best communicate with your puppy and provide an opportunity for your dog to socialize with other dogs.  You’ll get information on all of your puppy-raising questions including housetraining, chewing, and the most effective way to teach practical skills such as coming when called.  Your instructor will administer the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy test at the end of the course. Upon passing the test, you'll get an application to send to AKC® for enrollment in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program.  Program benefits include:

  1. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Medal
  2. Listing in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy records
  3. Frameable S.T.A.R. certificate
  4. AKC Puppy Handbook
  5. Discount to enroll in AKC Reunite recovery service
  6. Ongoing Monthly "Your AKC" Newsletter

For details --> CLICK HERE


2015 show 


The Tennessee Valley Kennel Club will host two days of All-Breed Dog Shows and Specialty Breed Shows.  Not-to-be-missed competitions are for Best Puppy, Bred-By-Exhibitor, Best of Opposite Sex in Group, and Best in Show.

It's a perfect time to enjoy the spectacular fall colors of beautiful east Tennessee.  The public is invited.  Spectator entry is free.  On-site parking available for $8/day. The event is expected be attended by thousands of spectators from seasoned dog fanciers to local children dreaming of owning their first dog.   

Come visit MEET THE BREEDS - An educational event that is fun for the whole family!  Each breed will be presented in its own designated space, with information about its characteristics and unique attributes as a pet.  Attendees literally "Meet the Breeds" by petting them and learning about them directly from the experts.  A great opportunity to meet responsible breeders and get information on how to find the right dog for their lifestyle, training, grooming, and pet health.

Don’t just watch the action at the 2014 Tennessee Valley Kennel Club dog show, become part of it! For the first time, the show will feature the American Kennel Club’s free attraction My Dog Can Do That!.  The public is invited to try a free Agility course with their dog.  It'ss a great way for the general public to get involved in dog sports with their canine best friend. Trainers will show owners how to get their dog started in the exciting sport of agility.  Owners will be able to try beginning agility equipment with their dog and will receive helpful obedience tips. After the My Dog Can Do That experience, owners will be able to pick up information on where to find dog training classes.  

  CLICK HERE for the TVKC Canine Calendar of Upcoming Events.

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Tennessee Valley Kennel Club,  P.O. Box 2051,  Knoxville, Tennessee  37901-2051

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