Tennessee Valley Kennel Club
eNewsletter November 2010


Next Meeting - Tuesday November 16, 2010

Program: Taking comments on the Cluster and
accepting suggestions to take back to the committee to plan 2011 Cluster

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 November


It was not all that long ago that many people in our area were saying “There is no way we will ever again have a cluster here in Knoxville.” Well because of the hard work and dedication of a number of people from both the TVKC and the Oak Ridge club that cluster is taking place this week.

A great deal of time, effort, and cooperation has gone into the planning of our first ‘Great Smoky Mountain Cluster” my sincere thanks to everyone that has given graciously of their time and talents to put it all together.

I hope all of our members will attend and will also participate in many of the extra things we are putting on to make this show fun and unique for our exhibitors and guests. Please participate in the ‘Country Fair”, The Chuck-A-Duck, The Make-A-Wish Bake sale, The Ice Cream Social, The Arm Band Drawings, and the prize drawings being offered at the show. The proceeds from these special events are going to very worthy charities and your support will be greatly appreciated.

If you would like to donate a prize to the Country Fair drawing or baked goods for the bake sale please contact Linda Pitts at 865-966-7867 or at lindamp1@aol.com.


I and several other members will be at the site starting on Tuesday Afternoon so reaching some of us by phone may be difficult.

Our November meeting will be taking place on Tuesday November 16th. Our program that night will be spent taking comments on the cluster and accepting suggestions to take back to the committee as we plan for 2011.

For those that attended the October meeting our program by Dr. Peterson was very informative and gave all of us many new things to consider for the health and welfare of our four legged friends. Thanks to Dr. Peterson for her time and expertise on the practice of Canine Chiropractic Medicine.

Beth White continues to outdo herself as we have received great press coverage for the upcoming cluster and we have several live TV spots coming up during the cluster by WVLT with the first on Thursday morning at 6:10 and 6:40 AM so if you are up and about tune in.

For those of you attending the show on Thursday and Friday you will notice around group time a large group of Senior Citizens. We have invited local assisted living facilities as well as the Veterans home to join us for the afternoon on these days. We have over 150 people coming including a large group of U.S. Military Veterans. We will have a special area sectioned off for these people a great number in wheel chairs. Please be kind, courteous, and respectful to our guests.

This week is our time to shine. Please come out and help to make this a great cluster and create another positive image for the TVKC, ORKC and the City of Knoxville working hard to make itself the “Most pet friendly city in the U.S.A.”.

Just a note, it is very important for all of us as Dog Enthusiast to become active and visible in our community. As some of you know the Memphis area recently passed legislation requiring spaying and neutering of animals and a fee of $200 per year for those people with intact breeding animals. Becoming a well known contributor to our community will help to create a positive image for us and make us credible when we are speaking with our own lawmakers when items like these come up for discussion. Not getting involved is not really an option if we wish to continue breeding, and exhibiting man’s best friend.

I look forward to seeing a good turnout at the cluster as well as our meeting on the 16th.

Walter Sommerfelt, President, TVKC


Cluster Daily Schedules


Judging Programs (daily schedules) for the Great Smoky Mountain Cluster are now posted. 
Thursday Nov 4 TVKC          Friday Nov 5 ORKC          Saturday Nov 6 TVKC          Sunday Nov 7 ORKC

Oct 6, 2010 -  B-Match


The B-Match was a wonderful time shared by both exhibitors and club members. Special Thanks to: David Miller, and all the members from Oak Ridge Kennel Club, who completely handled the the obedience/rally rings from setup, judges, & ring stewards. Catherine Bell - Table Registration Steve Merritt, Conformation ring set up and equipment Barbara Price - Conformation Judge, Mary Ellen Kasten - Match Support, Wally Sommerfelt - Judges & Table Registration, Carol Sommerfelt - Conformation Ring Stewards & Table Registration, and to all the members who brought out their dogs and told their friends about this event.  For a slide show of photos showing all the fun, visit:http://tvkc.org


Oak Ridge Kennel Club Agility Trial


orkc_logoRegistration is now open for ORKC Harriman Agility Trial, January 7-9, 2011, at the East Tennessee Agricultural Exposition Center (Indoor Arena), Harriman, TN.  Entries open Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 at 8:00 am. Entries close Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 at 6:00 pm.  Download Premium at: http://www.pawsabilitiestn.com/orkc.htm


AKC / Eukanuba National Championship Exhibitor?  Let us know.


If you are participating in the AKC/Eukanuba National ChampionshipAKC National Obedience Invitational or AKC Agility Invitational, please contact Beth White, Corresponding Secretary.  This is another great opportunity to work with the local news media.  Our dog's are something to brag about!


Registering All of Your Puppies is more important than you think!
akcAlong with helping your events remain affordable and keeping our traditions alive, registrations support AKC’s efforts in:

     • Maintaining a strong legislative influence.

     • Funding canine health research.

     • Providing disaster relief and preparedness.

     • Promoting responsible dog ownership through important
       public Education programs.

Do your part — Ensure that all your puppies get registered with the AKC!  
We’re more than champion dogs. We’re the dog’s champion.



More than 550 Responsible Dog Ownership Day Events Held Throughout the US! 

AKC Responsible Dog Ownership DaysThanks to the more than 550 clubs and organizations (including TVKC) that hosted AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days this year. We've enjoyed hearing about your events and the great work you've done educating the public about responsible dog ownership. Nationwide event recaps with photos submitted by local clubs can be viewed on the AKC web site. AKC had its Flagship event in Raleigh, NC.

Look for the American Kennel Club Responsible Dog Ownership Day Community Achievement Award winners to be announced in early December. You can read about past honorees here.

It's not too early to start thinking about AKC RDO Day 2011. For some ideas please visit the main AKC RDO Day web page.  You can volunteer at our next club meeting.

AKC RDO Days would also not have been possible without the support of our sponsors Invisible Fence® BrandADT Security Services, Inc.Hill's® Science Diet® Small & Toy Breed Dog Food and
Motel 6.


AKC Breeder of MeritAKC Celebrates Core Breeders with New Breeder of Merit Program

Designed to allow the American Kennel Club to celebrate the breeders who are the backbone of the dog sport, the new Breeder of Merit program invites competitors who are committed to both improving their breed through health testing and selective breeding programs, and proving their breed through achievements in the ring and the field to join the program. Read more.



 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


cluster_logoNovember 3 - 7, 2010  

Chilhowee Exhibition Center  -   Knoxville, TN

Don’t miss the premier canine event this fall.  With over 1500 dogs 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.

For More Details, CLICK HERE             

Judging Programs (daily schedules) for the Cluster Shows: 
Thursday Nov 4 TVKC        Friday Nov 5 ORKC         Saturday Nov 6 TVKC         
Sunday Nov 7 ORKC

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

Your feedback is always welcome. 

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