TENNESSEE VALLEY KENNEL CLUB
MARCH 2011 e-NEWSLETTER

logoMEETING NOTICE:  We will meet on the regular third Tuesday of the month. 7:00 p.m. MARCH 15, 2011 in the Sequoyah Room of the University of Tennessee Veterinary School.  The board will meet at 6:00 p.m. 

Visitors are always welcome!  Directions

TVKC OUTSTANDING SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD  
phyllisPhyllis Fortune has been selected to receive the Outstanding Sportsmanship Award for 2011.  The AKC Outstanding Sportsmanship Award program was established in 2006 to provide each member club with an AKC Medallion to award to one of its own on a yearly basis. This award honors those individuals who deserve special recognition that have 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. 

Congratulations, Phyllis!   Past winners are:
  • 2010: Texas Eddie Dulaney
  • 2009: Jean Dinkins
  • 2008: Carol Stone
  • 2007: Nancye Davin
mardi_growlMARDI GROWL PARADE
Paula Smiddy organized club members and their four legged friends to participate in the fourth annual Mardi Growl Costume Parade for Dogs in downtown Knoxville on Saturday, March 5.  Parade Prizes were given for: Volunteer Spirit, Congeniality, Pet-Owner Look-Alike, Naked Dog and Best Costume!  
Submit your photos to TVKC Webmaster, tvkc00@gmail.com, so we can see how cute you all were.

TVKC AGILITY TRIAL - Great Success
The club's agility trial was held February 4 - 6 in the indoor, heated arena at the East Tennessee Agricultural Exposition Center at Roane State Community College, Harriman, Tennessee.

Competition was intense in each of the the Standard, Jumpers with Weaves, and FAST courses.  The Saturday "B"-Match was fun, good practice, and provided extra income for the club.  Thanks to all of the volunteers who helped make this trial such a success.

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AKC NEWS

AKC ANNOUNCES BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION RESULTS
At the Annual Meeting of the American Kennel Club on March 8, 2011, the AKC Board of Directors Class of 2015 was elected. The three Directors elected were:

  • Robert A. Amen, Delegate for Port Chester Obedience Training Club
  • Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia, Delegate for the German Shepherd Dog Club of America
  • Steven D. Gladstone, Delegate for the Greater Naples Dog Club

In addition, Ronald H. Menaker was re-elected as Chairman of the Board and Dr. Thomas M. Davies was re-elected as the Vice Chairman of the Board at a meeting of the AKC Board of Directors, convened after the Delegate Meeting.   More Details

AKC INTRODUCES PREFERRED AGILITY CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE
The American Kennel Club is pleased to introduce the new Preferred Agility Champion title (PACH). Created as a way to recognize the superior performance, speed and consistency of AKC’s preferred agility competitors, dogs must achieve a minimum of 750 championship points and 20 double qualifying scores from the Excellent B Preferred Standard class and the Excellent B Preferred Jumpers with Weaves class to obtain this prestigious championship.  The new title will take effect July 1, 2011.  More Details

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15th  AKC NATIONAL AGILITY CHAMPIONSHIP - RECORD ENTRY

The 2011 AKC National Agility Championship (NAC), sponsored by Eukanuba and J &J Dog Supplies, has drawn a total of 1,136 entries, the largest entry total in the 15-year history of the event. The 2011 entry grew 17% overall when compared to 2010 totals, including a 22% increase in the Preferred classes.

For the first time ever, the American Kennel Club will use Twitter to publish real-time results of every run in every ring, making AKC the first dog sport organization to use the service in this manner. At the conclusion of each dog’s run, a “tweet” will be sent to one of five Twitter accounts (one for each ring) posting that dog’s time, score, and any faults incurred. In addition, at the conclusion of a jump height’s round, a complete set of PDF results will be posted both to:

A full run order listing of exhibitor’s names, dog’s call names, armband #s and ring #s will be posted to AKC’s National Agility Championship’s web page Thursday afternoon prior to the event weekend. All final results, courses and pictures will be posted each day on the AKC National Championship website.

Also bookmark the AKC Facebook page to stay on top of the latest event updates; exhibitor interviews, photos and videos; and behind-the scenes information and results during the competition itself. RSVP to the AKC National Agility Championship Event Page and you won’t miss a thing!

 

NOTICE
If you are a club member, a club fan, or live in the East TN area, and will be competing at Nationals, please submit your name and your dog's info (name, breed, height) to:  tvkc00@gmail.com

We want to can cheer you on.  Good luck to all! 

 

2011 AKC National Agility Championship by the Numbers:

  • 2 – All-American Dogs will participate for the first time since the AKC Canine Partners program began allowing mixed-breed dogs to participate in the AKC Companion events of Agility, Obedience and Rally.
  • 5 – Rings of competition with real-time results via Twitter.
  • 13 - Juniors Handlers, under the age of 18, the highest Junior entry ever.
  • 23 –Past National Agility Champions entered.
  • 750 – MACH (Master Agility Champion) Dogs competing, including one MACH16.
  • 1,136 – Record-breaking entry total!
Highest Breed Totals
  • 244 Border Collies
  • 222 Shelties
  • 66 Australian Shepherds
  • 62 Golden Retrievers
  • 45 Poodles
  • 41 Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Breakdown by Height Class
Regular Classes
  • 8”: 114 dogs
  • 12”: 227 dogs
  • 16”: 230 dogs
  • 20”: 290 dogs
  • 24”: 111 dogs
  • 26”: 62 dogs
Preferred Classes
  • 4”: 10 dogs
  • 8”: 21 dogs
  • 12”: 21 dogs
  • 16”: 30 dogs
  • 20”: 19 dogs
Largest Numbers of Competitors
By State
  • New Jersey: 91
  • Illinois: 85
  • Pennsylvania: 82
  • Ohio: 75
  • California: 67
  • Virginia: 61
  • Texas: 59
  • Wisconsin: 52
  • New York: 51
  • North Carolina: 47

More about the 2011 AKC National Agility Championship

The 15th annual NAC will take place at the:

Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA

April 1, 2 & 3, 2011

The AKC National Agility Championship consists of five rounds. The Excellent Jumpers with Weaves, Standard and Hybrid classes are open to all dogs. Round 4’s Challenger’s Class will be open only to the top four dogs per jump height as determined by the previous three rounds. The top 7% of all Regular dogs entered and the top 7% of all Preferred dogs entered will move on to the Championship Round (Round 5).

2011 Judges:

Sam Banks – Mattaponi, VA
Janet Budzynski – Newtown, PA
Bob Long – Spring Valley, CA
Ann McQuillen – Somerset, CA
Tom Slattery – Afton, MN
Scott Stock – Lehighton, PA

walkTRAINING TIP
Teaching Your Dog Not to Pull on the Leash - There are many things that tempt your dog when you're out for a walk, like new smells and other animals. Your dog will try to get where he wants to go, even if that means pulling you along with him! If he pulls on the leash and you allow him to, you've reinforced him for pulling, and your pup got what he wanted. Once you've allowed him to do this, he'll do it again. American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen® Director and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, Mary Burch, Ph.D., offers these techniques to stop your dog from pulling on the leash.
WOLFHOUNDAKC'S IRISH BREEDS
AKC's Irish Breeds In honor of the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday in March, the AKC celebrates the loveable breeds of Irish descent, such as the Irish Wolfhound at left. "The rich and vibrant culture of the Emerald Isle extends beyond art and literature and touches the very foundation of some of our most devoted and fun-loving dog breeds," said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "Many of these breeds have been warming our hearts and souls for much of AKC’s long history." Read more. 
BREED SPOTLIGHT
 
Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Silky Terrier

Dogue de Bordeaux

Pembroke Welsh Corgi (Herding Group)
• Original Purpose: Cattle dog 
• AKC Recognition: 1934 
• Temperament: Bold and friendly
• Did You Know: The direct ancestors of the Pembroke were brought to England in 1107 by Flemish weavers.
 Read more about the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

Silky Terrier (Toy Group)
• Original Purpose: Companion
• AKC Recognition: 1959 
• Temperament: Quick, friendly, and responsive
• Did You Know: The Silky Terrier was developed in Australia.
 Read more about the Silky Terrier.

Dogue de Bordeaux
 (Working Group)
• Original Purpose: Guardian and hunter 
• AKC Recognition: 2008 
• Temperament: Courageous but not aggressive; affectionate to its master
• Did You Know: These dogs were trained to bait bulls, bears, and jaguars, hunt boars, herd cattle, and protect homes, butcher shops, and vineyards. 
 Read more about the Dogue de Bordeaux.

UPCOMING EVENTS

OAK RIDGE KENNEL CLUB - ALL BREED AGILITY TRIALS
East Tennessee Agricultural Exposition Center, Harriman, Tennessee. Friday - Sunday, April 15-17, 2011.   STD and JWW classes all days, FAST Friday and Saturday.  Premium

CDCA AGILITY TRIAL 
The Canaan Dog Club of America's May 13-15 AKC trial is now available for download at www.pegfranklin.com The trial will be held in the Garrison Arena near the Clemson University campus in Pendleton, SC.  This is a great indoor dirt-floored arena with loads of room for crating, many grassy areas for dog-walking, and really nice RV sites.  Our judges will be Judy and Jim Smotrel, and we're offering all levels of Standard and JWW all three days, with FAST on Friday and Saturday.  We'll also be holding a T2B Demo on Saturday following the day's regular runs.  Opening date (first received) is March 30, and entries will close April 27.

YOUNGSVILLE AGILITY TRIAL
Youngsville Agility Club's all-breed AKC Agility Trial March 25-27, 2011. 

NEW AGILITY TRIAL - SPEEDWAY CLASSIC OF THE CAROLINAS
March 31 - April 3, 2011.  Standard, JWW & FAST Thurs/Fri/Sat.  No FAST Sunday.  Details

TRACKING WORKSHOP 
Track with 3-time Champion Tracker (CT) and AKC Judge Vincent T. Ramirez.  April 8, 9, 10---2011, Location Changed to Knoxville, TN   Details

AGILITY TRIAL 
Greater Columbia (SC) Obedience Club's Agility Trial - April 8-10, 2011   Details

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November 3-6, 2011

Four days of dog shows with more than a thousand dogs expected At Chilhowee Park!

You could say Knoxville is going to the dogs in a big way. And not just any dogs, but more than a thousand  beautiful and skilled dogs, in every shape and size vying for ribbons, trophies and bragging rights. Nov. 3 - 6 at Chilhowee Park.  

Presented by:
tvkc                  orkc          

Sponsored by:
  purina

The public is invited, but asked not to bring dogs that aren’t entered in the show. The event is free with on-site parking available for $5 daily per vehicle.

TVKC Agility Trial  - NEW DATE

December 2 - 4, 2011
in the indoor arena at Harriman, TN 
STD, JWW, T2B all days
FAST Friday and Saturday


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

Entries Open: Oct. 5        Entries Close:  Nov. 16
 
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Julie Haas' Austrailian Shepherd, Mandy,
exiting the tunnel at a 
recent trial in Birmingham, Al

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Ace Russell and his loyal
Corgi, Harpo, at the February
TVKC Trial in Harriman.

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Beth White's miniature poode,
Nina, weaving at the Poodle
Club of Las Vegas, NV trial.

WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH YOUR DOG?
HAPI is So HAPPY!
Check out this fantastic photo of Robin Brown's HAPI. Is he having fun, or what!!!   Robin reports: "The Devereux's had so much fun recently in Calhoun. I love being around my coursing friends."
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New Agility Title for Nina - Beth White's NINA completed the requirements for her Open Standard Agility title recently at the German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America's Agility Trial in Murfreesboro, TN.  "We've been working on this milestone since early November of last year.  I'm really proud of my little girl's accomplishments - especially on the teeter!"

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Brags for Paula Smiddy's Norwich Terrier, Rhett!
Knoxville's WIVK Radio Station recently hosted a "Big Green Tractor" photo contest to promote the upcoming Jason Aldean concert.  Needless to say, the judges couldn't resist Rhett's cute charm and awarded him first place, winning Paula two tickets to Jason's concert at Thompson-Boling Arena Friday, February 25, 2011.  (Check out the "Big Green Tractor" video below.)

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I wonder how much he would charge to mow my lawn?

 

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