Tennessee Operations
eNewsletter October 2010

Next Meeting - Tuesday October 19, 2010

Dr. Franya Peterson, DC
AVCA certified animal chiropractor
The state of Canine Chiropractic Medicine

7:00 p.m. General Membership (6:00 p.m. Board)

Sequoia Room of the Pendergrass Library, University of Tennessee Veterinary School, Joe Johnson Drive

Visitors Always Welcome!

President's Message for October

CLUSTER ENTRIES: Don’t forget that entries for our upcoming cluster close on Wednesday October 20, 2010.  We are hoping for a great entry in conformation as well as obedience and rally, so don’t delay get your entries in today!

B-OB MATCH: We had a wonderful turnout for sanctioned B-OB match last week at Chilhowee Park.  Bernadine Luketich did a great job as the chairman and everything came off without hitch.  Thanks to Bernadine for all of her hard work as well as Steve Merritt for his help in the set up and tear down.  Many of our members were there to work in support of the club and we appreciate all of their efforts.  The judges and stewards were great and a fun evening was had by all.

OCTOBER 19TH MEETING: The October 19th meeting will feature Dr.Franya Peterson, DC. Dr. Peterson is an AVCA certified animal chiropractor and will be sharing with us plenty of information on the state of Canine Chiropractic Medicine.

ALIVE-AT-FIVE-AT-FOUR PROMO: For those of you that visit our website on a regular basis you should have seen by now the clip from "Alive-at-Five-at-Four" that was arranged for by Beth White.  It was a great promotional piece for the club and if you have not seen it go to our site and view it.  Thanks to Beth and all of the members that helped out by bringing out dogs and equipment for the event.

CONFORMATIN CLASSES: Don’t forget that we have conformation classes scheduled for the next three Wednesdays in October out at Chilhowee Park in the Midway area. This is the area on the South side of Magnolia Ave. The classes are outdoors and the cost is $5.00. In the event of rain the classes would be cancelled for that evening.

AKC NEWS: A great deal has been going on at the AKC, and if you go to the AKC web site and locate the September Delegates' Minutes you will find many pages of things happening in the world of dogs and AKC.

CLUSTER: The cluster is just about here and your committee has been hard at work to make it a success.  I hope as many people as possible will participate in the numerous special events we have scheduled during the cluster. 

·         I would especially like to remind everyone about the “Country Fair” on Saturday night. The proceeds from this event will benefit the AKC Humane fund and our own Children’s Hospital of East TN.  Please tell all of your friends even the “Non Doggy” ones and invite them.  It will be a great evening with food, music, games, and some great prizes. Let’s get a great turn out and show the entire dog world how great we are at supporting a great cause.

·         We are planning a ‘Phone a Thon” in the weeks before the cluster to ask each of our members to please volunteer to help during the cluster.  When you are called please consider helping out wherever you feel comfortable.  If you do volunteer please be sure to fulfill your commitment it is better to say no than to say yes and not follow up when the club is counting on you.

I am excited about the program for the October meeting as well as getting the cluster off to a great start. Let me shout a big “Thank You” to everyone that has supported our efforts to bring about the cluster as well as those that assist me in my ongoing efforts to bring quality programs and community commitment to the TVKC.

I look forward to seeing everyone on the 19th.

Walter Sommerfelt

President, TVKC


International Canine Semen Bank of Knoxville will offer on-site canine semen processing and freezing at our Cluster!   CLICK FOR DETAILS


Lifetime Achievement Awards:  American Kennel Club® (AKC) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 AKC® Lifetime Achievement Awards: Walter F. Goodman (Conformation), James J. Ham (Companion Events) and Jo Ann Frier-Murza (Performance). The AKC Lifetime Achievement Awards were created to honor those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of purebred dogs on a national level. The recipients were selected from votes cast by AKC member clubs (including TVKC) for nominees in the categories of Conformation, Companion Events and Performance.  Bios and More Info

Club Promo: Beth White, Jeanne Ringe, Paula Smiddy, Barbara Price, and Robin Brown represented our club with an appearance on WBIR's Alive at Five at Four at Market Square.  Thanks to all!  You and your dogs looked great.

rdo3rdo2The TVKC Agility Trial was a smashing success this past weekend. We had a total of 174 registered dogs with three AKC Canine Partners mixed breeds.  Thanks to all club members and other volunteers who made the trial possible.

RDO 2010:
The TVKC's Responsible Dog Ownership Celebration took place this weekend at the TVKC Harriman Agility Trail.  The information booth had many visitors including several members of the local community interested in owning their first dog or interested in dog training opportunities.  The highlight of the celebration was the "adoption" of Mrs. Rebecca Smallwood's Red Bird Mission School's 4th and 5th grade class of 19 students in Beverly, KY has been providing services in an isolated, rural distressed area of Appalachian Mountains since 1921 where chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing, and rugged mountainous terrain provide obstacles to a fuller life for the residents of this area.  Mrs. Smallwood has a passion for teaching her students about Responsible Pet Ownership among many other things.  Many thanks to the event sponsors: Petsafe Invisible Fence, Hills Pet Food, ADT Security Systems.

is a holiday known for its tricks as well as its treats. Therefore, it’s good to make sure your wicked and wild plans are pet safe, too.  Here are ten tips for making sure you and your dog have a happy and safe Halloween.   Click here

: Amy and Rod Burkert of GoPetFriendly.com have taken to the road! The couple spends much of their time traveling the US and Canada with their dogs, Ty and Buster, doing research for their website and writing a blog about their adventures. In the process, they’ve learned a few “tricks” to pet travel that will make your next trip “pawsome”!    Click here




Conformation Training

October 13, 20, 27, 2010
6:00 PM
Chilhowee Park

$5.00 / clas

TVKC Agility Trial

Feb. 4 - 6, 2011

Indoor arena at
Harriman, TN

We will need volunteers all 3 days.
People can contact Dawn Darr at
darrcar@comcast.net or 584-6553 to volunteer



November 3 - 7, 2010  

Chilhowee Exhibition Center  -   Knoxville, TN

cluster_logoDon’t miss the premier canine event this fall.  With over 1800 dogs representing 167 breeds and renown American and international judges, this event is expected be attended by up to 10,000 spectators from seasoned dog fanciers to local children dreaming of owning their first dog.

In addition to the conformation shows, the Cluster will also offer four days of Obedience and Rally competitions, and demonstrations of Lure Coursing and Agility, plus much, much more
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East Tennessee Collie Club
(Wednesday afternoon & evening)  
American Belgian Tervuren Club
(Regional Saturday)

Supported Entries:
Collies, Bulldog, Whippets
, Schipperke, Belgian Tervuren, Dandie Dinmont
, Kerry Blue Terriers



tvkcakcThe Tennessee Valley Kennel Club is pleased to announce that "Meet the Breeds" will take place on Saturday October 16 10 am - 2 pm at Krutch Park downtown Knoxville.  "Meet the Breeds" will showcase 15 AKC registered dog breeds including Siberian Husky, Cirneco dell'Etna, Bulldog, Whippet, Belgian Laekenois, German Shepherd, English Mastiff, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Old English Sheepdog, Lagotto RomagnoloVizsla, and Yorkshire, Norfolk, Cairn and Norwich Terriers.

"This event is an entertaining way for friends and families in the Knoxville area to enjoy quality time together while learning about dogs they might never have seen before," said event organizer Paula Smiddy. "It is a great opportunity to see the dogs up close and to talk with breeders and owners to learn about breed history, temperament, and attributes as a family pet."  


The TVKC will also provide literature on: Choosing the Right Breed, Winter Care for your Dog, Responsible Dog Ownership, Dog's Health Guide with Training Video, and other treats for you and your dog.


The event is free and will be located at Krutch Park, Gay Street, across from Regal Theater


Your feedback is always welcome. 

Beth White, Tennessee Valley Kennel Club, Corresponding Secretary | Webmaster tvkc.org