logoMEETING NOTICE:  We will meet on the regular third Tuesday of the month. 7:00 p.m. April 19, 2011 in the Sequoyah Room of the University of Tennessee Veterinary School.   Our guest speakers will be Mike and Linda Pitts presenting “The Professional Handler - How to Find the Right One for You."  The board will meet at 6:00 p.m. 

Visitors are always welcome!  Directions

The nominating committee has completed selection of nominees for the 2011- 2012 term.  The following members were selected for the respective offices and board positions.

President   Walter Sommerfelt
Vice President  Paula Smiddy
Recording Secretary  Maryellen Kasten
Corresponding Secretary Beth White
Treasurer Jean Dinkins
Board Members Keith Bailey, Pam Stanner, Barbara Price, Pat Hodges and Robin Brown
AKC representative is Catherine Bell

The nominating committee members are:  Chairperson Keith Bailey, Members Carol Sommerfelt, Judy Hart, Dru Ann Martin, Pam Stanner.  

The floor will also be open during the next meeting for nominees.  Make sure you plan to attend this important meeting.
This past week the TVKC lost a long time, valuable, and well respected member with the sudden loss of Roberto Jimenez. Roberto’s passing was unexpected and we will all miss his warm smile and his passion and dedication for the TVKC and the sport of pure-bred dogs. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

The April 19th meeting will feature Mike and Linda Pitts as our guest speakers. The topic will be “The Professional Handler”. How to find the one that is right for you. What you should expect from them and what they should expect from you. This is a perfect opportunity to get all of your questions answered about the handler/client relationship. They will cover everything from costs, identifying a true professional, as well as how each client and their dogs fit into the handlers systems.

The nominating committee has selected the slate of officers to be presented for voting at the May meeting. The recording secretary will send you a notice of whom the committee has chosen. Nominations from the floor will be opened at the April meeting. Please remember that he nominee must be in attendance to accept or you must have their acceptance in writing to place their name into nomination.

Beth White has been meeting with several members of the club to create the TVKC’s performance vision for the future. These meetings are being held to help us define areas of interest as well as types of classes or programs we might be able to offer to our members.  The board now has a number of “Training” sites that they are considering for future classes. Hopefully we will be able to get the classes started very soon.

The constitution and By-Laws committee is working hard to review and update the constitution nd by-laws as well as to bring it in line with that of the AKC and the changes in technology that continue to provide different opportunities as well as challenges.

Cluster 2011 is well into the planning stage and this year will feature “concurrent specialties” or Collies and Bulldogs. We are excited to have the Smoky Mountain Bulldog Club as a new addition to the cluster. With the concurrent specialties the Collies and Bulldogs will have six separate opportunities for points and awards during the weekend. Also in 2012 the American oxhound Club and the Otterhound Club of America will be hosting their National Specialties as  part of our Cluster.

A reminder that June is our annual awards meeting and if one of your dogs has qualified for an ward you need to contact Jeanne Ringe so she can get them ordered. Our June meeting will be an outdoor picnic gathering and a great opportunity for fun and fellowship.

The board continues to work hard to make TVKC “The Club” for dog lovers in the Knoxville area. We have several new members and look forward to getting them involved in our activities as well as bringing more new members into the group.

Just a reminder that Beth White has done a tremendous job on our website and you can find all kind of information just by going to the TVKC site. Our web site is one of the most complete and informative sites for an all-breed club that I have seen. Thanks to Beth for all of her dedication and efforts. It now even boasts a “Countdown Clock” to the 2011 Great Smoky Mountain Cluster.

I hope to see everyone at our meeting on the 19th and wish everyone good luck as the show nd trial season is in full gear.

Walter Sommerfelt
President, TVKC 

-- Veteran Show Dogs Eligible for AKC/Eukanuba National Championship -

-- Juniors Competition in Obedience and Agility Added --

New York, NY - We are pleased to add a new way to qualify for the 2011 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship (AENC) - Veteran dog status! As a way to celebrate our older stars who made a mark in the show world during their career, any dog or bitch between seven and twelve years of age as of the first day of the show that has won an All-Breed Best in Show, National Specialty or was once ranked in the top five of their breed according to AKC breed points, will be invited to compete for Best of Breed, and if eligible, for the Best Bred-By-Exhibitor Award.

After May 1st, the AKC website will show a list of dogs who meet the above criteria. The Veterans must be intact since they are eligible to advance to compete in Group and Best in Show competition. We thank everyone who contacted us and asked us to include our Veterans in the competition. It will be a treat to see some of these great older dogs enter the ring at the National Championship.

More Juniors Competition Added:  Additionally, for the first time ever, we'll also have Juniors-specific competition within each event. Joining the AENC Junior Showmanship competition will be a Juniors competition in the AKC National Obedience Invitational (NOI) as well as the AKC Agility Invitational. The Juniors Obedience Competition will take place Saturday, December 17, 2011 and offer Beginner Novice and Novice classes. Entries will open July 25, 2011. For additional information and a list of full eligibility requirements, visit
http://www.akc.org/events/obedience/national_obedience_invitational/2011/junior_competition.cfm. For questions, please contact Trial Secretary Lisa Strickland at 919-816-3816 or lms2@akc.org

The Juniors Agility Competition, open to children up to 18 years old on the day of the event, will take place on Friday, December 16, 2011 and consist of two rounds - a Standard course and a Jumpers with Weaves course. Stay tuned to the Agility webpage at 
http://www.akc.org/events/agility/invitational/ for upcoming news and updates.  For questions, please contact Carrie DeYoung at 818-886-8212 or cxd2@akc.org.

As a reminder, the AENC qualification period ends October 11, 2011. As in past years, our automatic qualifiers include dogs ranked in the top 25 of their breed (by AKC breed points only), All-Breed BIS winners, National Specialty winners, Grand Champions that completed the title during the qualifying period, Bred-By-Exhibitor champions (2-Year qualification window), Amateur-Owner-Handler class champions (2-Year qualification window), and the seven top breed winning dogs from over sixty International Registries and the Best of Breed and Best of Opposite Sex to Best of Breed winners from Crufts (2-Year window). As always, checkwww.akc.org/invitational/2011 regularly for full details and updates.

For both the NOI and the Agility Invitational, the qualification period runs until June 30th, 2011. The top 25 Obedience dogs as well as the top three dogs of each breed will be invited to the NOI based on Obedience Trial Championship (OTCH) points. The top five dogs from each breed will be invited to compete in the AKC Agility Invitational based on the Top MACH Dog formula (Double Q's x 10) + MACH (Master Agility Championship) points that dogs have earned during the qualifying period.

We look forward to seeing everyone who qualifies in Orlando, Florida. With state-of-the-art facilities and 600,000 square feet of space at the Orange County Convention Center, this year's AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will be bigger and better than ever. There will also be plenty to enjoy in the city itself, as the Center is located in the heart of Orlando's tourism district. Start planning your trip and stay tuned for more updates and information in the coming months.


Ron Menaker

poodle_divaPetSafe is looking for models for upcoming photo shoots!  Is your dog or cat well behaved and knows basic commands and isn't scared of the camera?
Then we are looking for you!  PetSafe has photo shoots for their products going on throughout the year and we need models!  If you are interested in having your pet model for packaging, web and/or marketing materials, please email Jennie Huettel at jhuettel@petsafe.net.  

"We ask that your pet is trained to obey basic commands (sit, stay, down) but the more he/she knows, the better!  We are also looking for humans models that are trained to obey basic commands as well!"  

Please email Jennie with your pet's qualifications if you are interested!    

While September seems far away, it's never too early for us to start helping you plan for an exciting AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days event. In 2011, the program marks its ninth year and we encourage all AKC-affiliated clubs and dog-related organizations to hold a free community event publicly promoting responsible dog ownership anytime during the month of September.

Holding an AKC RDO Day event is easier than you think! All efforts are appreciated and welcomed, from hosting a public education table at a dog show or dog run to creating a day-long festival. The main 
AKC RDO Days web page
 includes many suggestions for events. The first 500 clubs and organizations that confirm event details with us by August 1, 2011 will receive a resource-filled packet. 

The AKC Humane Fund is accepting nominations for its 2011 Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE). To qualify, the purebred dog must be AKC registered or an AKC recognized breed and have performed some exemplary act, whether large or seemingly small that has significantly benefited a community or individual. One award will be given in each of the following five categories: Companion, Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Service, and Therapy. When appropriate, dogs earning honorable mention will be cited.


Each of the five recipients will receive a cash award of $1,000, a plaque honoring their dog, and an engraved sterling silver medallion, which they will receive at a special presentation ceremony at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando, Florida, in December 2011.   Click here for more 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.  

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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

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.

  • 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.
    ENTRIES CLOSE AT 6:00 pm, Wednesday, March 30 2011.  Premium

  • CDCA Agility Trial - The Canaan Dog Club of America's May13-15 AKC trial is now available for download at www.pegfranklin.comThe 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.

  • Blue Ridge Agility Club May 27-29 AKC trial in Fletcher , NC (just outside Asheville). They will be using two rings in the McGough Arena (indoors on dirt) and one ring in the attached 'Practice Ring' (covered arena on dirt).  Judges will be Anne Riba, Kay Vonnahme, and Kurt Matushek. Standard, JWW and FAST all 3 days, plus ISC classes with cash prizes on Friday and Saturday.  

  • Tracking Seminar - Mid-Kentucky Kennel Club is hosting the “AKC Tracking Seminar for Exhibitors and Judges” on June 11 & 12, 2011 at the Best Western Atrium Gardens in Elizabethtown, KY.  This seminar is designed to provide information that will be useful for all levels of participation in tracking from novice to expert and fulfills the Judge’s Education Requirements for prospective and approved judges.  Attendees will receive the latest information on changes to the tracking regulations.    Click here, for a flyer with registration form.  If there are problems opening the file or questions regarding the seminar, please contact Mary Ginterbackhome@toast.net

  • Conformation Handling Seminar - The Mid-Kentucky Kennel Club is proud to announce the George Alston in Elizabethtown, KY,  in September for his handling seminar!   Click here to download a flyer for the two day workshop for the seminar to be held on September 24 and 25.     

    • gregGREG STRONG Breed Handling Seminar - Join Greg Strong Mary 14 and 15 for an exciting weekend dedicated to making you a better handler! This information packed seminar will cover all aspects of showing a dog.  Greg Strong is an active member in the AKC Registered Handler Program. He has been involved with breeding, raising, and training show dogs all his life. He attends an average of 140 to 160 dog shows each year. He has been successful in exhibiting in all seven groups with many Best-In-Show winners from those seven groups.  Details

    • HERDING WORKSHOP: There will be a herding workshop conducted by ABHA Herding trial judge, Nancy Obermark on Saturday, May 21 & Sunday, May 22 in Walland, TN.  Workshop fees are  $100 cash per dog per day. There are several open spots left.  To reserve your space in the workshop, contact Nancy Obermark at:  Sheepdog922@aol.com  For location information i.e. motels, directions, etc., contact workshop host at:  falcara@bellsouth.net

Brags for Becky Crittenden

"My puppy Oliver won 2 more points in Charlotte last weekend at the Piedmont show.   He now has 9 points, 1 major."


Another Agility Title for Nina - Beth White's NINA completed the requirements for her Open FAST Agility title recently at the Greater Louisville Training Club Agility Trial.  "It was very special that Nina achieved this title with a super teeter in the send bonus!""

Submit your news, brags, photos, or stories to include in next month's newsletter.

Beth White
Tennessee Valley Kennel Club
Corresponding Secretary | Webmaster tvkc.org
In Memoriam
Roberto Jimenez

Roberto Jimenez

  • Associate Professor, Liberal Arts Faculty / Languages, Pellissippi State Community College
  • M.A. in Spanish, Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A. in Spanish, University of New Orleans
  • International Student Advisor
Roberto was a Lifetime Member of the Tennessee Valley Kennel Club joining in 1987.  He bred, showed, and judged Chinese Cresteds.

Roberto suffered a massive stroke, and he only lived a couple of hours after it happened.  The doctor said that he did not suffer, nor did he realize anything after the moment of the stroke.  He was laughing and joking and just slumped onto the table in the lunchroom surrounded by people who loved him.

Facebook wall hs been started where students and colleagues are posting memories of Roberto. Please join them to commemorate the life of a much-loved man.   Roberto's page

Here is a photo showing Judge Roberto in 2005.

Stay tuned with the latest club news by routinely checking tvkc.org
Tennessee Valley Kennel Club,  P.O. Box 2051,  Knoxville, Tennessee  37901-2051