TVKC OUTSTANDING SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD Phyllis
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 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
Submit your photos to TVKC Webmaster,
email@example.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.
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
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.
15th AKC NATIONAL AGILITY CHAMPIONSHIP - RECORD ENTRY
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’sweb
page Thursday afternoon prior to the
event weekend. All final results, courses and pictures will be posted
each day on theAKC
National Championship website.
Also bookmark the AKCFacebook 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 theAKC
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:
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
Canine Partners program began allowing mixed-breed dogs to
participate in the AKC Companion events of Agility, Obedience and
5 – Rings of competition with real-time results via Twitter.
13 - Juniors Handlers, under the age of 18, the highest Junior
23 –Past National Agility Champions entered.
750 – MACH (Master Agility Champion) Dogs competing, including
1,136 – Record-breaking entry total!
Highest Breed Totals
244 Border Collies
66 Australian Shepherds
62 Golden Retrievers
41 Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Breakdown by Height Class
8”: 114 dogs
12”: 227 dogs
16”: 230 dogs
20”: 290 dogs
24”: 111 dogs
26”: 62 dogs
4”: 10 dogs
8”: 21 dogs
12”: 21 dogs
16”: 30 dogs
20”: 19 dogs
Largest Numbers of Competitors
New Jersey: 91
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).
Mattaponi, VA Janet Budzynski–
Newtown, PA Bob Long–
Spring Valley, CA Ann McQuillen–
Somerset, CA Tom Slattery–
Afton, MN Scott Stock–
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.
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
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.
more about the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
Group) • Original Purpose:Companion • AKC Recognition:1959 • Temperament:Quick,
friendly, and responsive • Did You Know:The
Silky Terrier was developed in Australia.
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.
more about the Dogue de Bordeaux.
OAK RIDGE KENNEL CLUB - ALL BREED AGILITY
East Tennessee Agricultural Exposition Center, Harriman, Tennessee.
Friday - Sunday, April 15-17, 2011. STD and JWW classes all days, FAST
Friday and Saturday.
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.
NEW AGILITY TRIAL - SPEEDWAY CLASSIC OF THE
March 31 - April 3, 2011. Standard, JWW & FAST Thurs/Fri/Sat. No FAST
Track with 3-time Champion Tracker (CT) and AKC Judge Vincent T.
Ramirez. April 8, 9, 10---2011, Location Changed to Knoxville, TN Details
Greater Columbia (SC) Obedience Club's Agility Trial - April 8-10,
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.
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 Darratdarrcar@comcast.net or
Julie Haas' Austrailian Shepherd, Mandy,
exiting the tunnel at a
recent trial in Birmingham, Al
Ace Russell and his loyal
Corgi, Harpo, at the February
TVKC Trial in Harriman.
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."
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!"
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.)
I wonder how much he would charge to mow my lawn?
Submit your news, brags, photos, or stories to include in next month's
Tennessee Valley Kennel Club
Corresponding Secretary | Webmastertvkc.org
Stay tuned with the latest club news by routinely checkingtvkc.org
Tennessee Valley Kennel Club, P.O. Box
2051, Knoxville, Tennessee 37901-2051