logoMEETING NOTICE:  We will meet Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. M ay 17, 2011 in the Sequoyah Room of the University of Tennessee Veterinary School.   Our program this month will be a doggie version of the family game show “The Family Feud.”  The board will meet at 6:00 p.m. 

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There is a great deal going on at the TVKC. Our annual elections will be held on Tuesday May 17, 2011 at our regular meeting room. There were no nominations from the floor at the April meeting so the slate of nominated officers will officially be voted in at this meeting. (See nominations below.) Our program this month will be a doggie version of the family game show “The Family Feud.” I hope you will plan to join us for the meeting as well as the program.

The November cluster plans are well under way. The Judges have been hired and the premium list preparation has begun. If you wish to donate a trophy please be sure to contact Carol Sommerfelt at 865-986-1614 or by e-mail at csommerfelt@embryodonation.org for 2011 the cluster will again be offering the beautiful pottery from Alewine Pottery in Gatlinburg. Paula Smiddy and Bernadine Luketich are well into the planning stages of our sanctioned B-OB match and meet the breeds day at Market Square in Knoxville on Saturday September 24th, more information can be found on our clubs web site.

Following a report from Beth White on the performance vision committee the board approved a proposal to move forward on a plan to locate a suitable training facility as well as funding to provide for agility equipment to be used for training purposes. Beth and several other members are in the process of securing a site and determining equipment needs.

The board also approved a motion to dedicate the upcoming November Shows in memory of long time member Roberto Jimenez who passed away suddenly last month.

Our annual Club Awards will be held at the June meeting. This year we will be having a picnic meeting to be held at the “Two River Pavilion” in Louisville, TN. The club will be furnishing Hamburgers and Hot dogs for grilling, Jean Dinkins is furnishing the beverages and the club members are asked to bring a “Pot Luck” side dish and condiments. The Meeting/Pot Luck will start at 6:00 PM so bring a dish, a healthy appetite and enjoy the food, fellowship, and awards with your fellow members. And as always guests are invited it would be great if each member would invite just one guest to the picnic/meeting so we can meet more of our fellow dog lovers in the Knoxville area.

Our club continues to grow as we have welcomed several new members this year and have several more already in the membership process. DruAnne Martin is representing the club at a meeting of the group trying to make Knoxville the “Most pet friendly city in America”. We all look forward to hearing what she reports back to the club. Speaking of DruAnne I would like to extend the club’s best wishes to her and fellow member Dave Nutzell as they will be married on May 21st. The happy couple will be residing in Lenoir City and we wish them years of great Happiness.

Just a reminder that the club is always looking for volunteers to serve on committees, work at shows, trials, and events. Volunteering is a great way to get involved with many of your fellow members and learn about them, their breeds and interests as well as share in their knowledge of the various aspects of the world of purebred dogs. I encourage everyone to get involved, don’t wait to be asked just let any board member know your area of interest and we will direct you to the right place. For those of you that may be “New” to the sport please do not feel that you do not have enough experience to get involved, just remember everyone, even the seasoned veterans were New to all of this at one time or another. It is working together and sharing new ideas and information that allows us to grow.

That’s it for now I hope to see everyone at the upcoming May meeting.

Walter Sommerfelt

President TVKC

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 official voting will take place at the May meeting.

-- Grand Champions Win Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum --

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the AKC Grand Champion title, we are pleased to present the new Grand Champion Achievement Levels of Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum to honor your dogs’ accomplishments. Since the program’s inception, more than 5,800 dogs have achieved the prestigious Grand Champion title and AKC clubs have received nearly 51,000 more Best of Breed entries as a result.

Many exhibitors have told us that they’ve enjoyed bringing their Champions out of retirement and would like to continue competing. Due to the excitement fanciers have expressed to us and the increased Conformation entries our clubs have received, we developed the Grand Champion Achievement Levels. Multiple achievement levels have worked well in other dog sports, with many Agility dogs earning numerous MACH titles, so we’re happy to introduce something similar in the Conformation world.

Beginning May 11, 2011, concurrent with the implementation of the 2011-2012 AKC Point Schedule, AKC Grand Champions will now have the opportunity to become Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Grand Champions. To obtain the Bronze level Grand Championship, a dog must achieve 100 Grand Championship points. Silver will be 200 and Gold 400 points earned while our ultimate Platinum level will require 800 Grand Championship points.

Upon reaching each level, AKC will mail special recognition medallions and certificates to the owner of record. To keep up-to-date with the competition, a new Top 100 All-Breed Grand Champions list will be featured at www.akc.org/grandchampionship/.

In addition, the online GCH Breed Lists will be expanded from the top 25 to 100 dogs including Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum level designations. We hope exhibitors will enjoy and embrace the newest enhancements to the Grand Championship program.

Grand Championship judging will not change with the introduction of the Achievement Levels. All Champions of Record entered in the Best of Breed/Variety competition will be eligible to compete for "GCh" points at all-breed, group and specialty shows at no additional entry fee. Points are awarded, at the judge’s discretion, to the following placements: Best of Breed/Variety, Best of Opposite Sex, Select Dog and Select Bitch.

After dogs have completed the initial Grand Championship title, points will continue to accumulate and the dog will be recognized upon reaching 100, 200, 400 and 800 points.

We look forward to honoring our Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze Grand Champions and celebrating your dog’s achievements as you strive to make breed and AKC history. For more information, visit: www.akc.org/grandchampionship or contact eventplans@akc.org.


Ron Menaker, Chairman


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. To reserve your space in the workshop, contact Nancy Obermark at:  Sheepdog922@aol.com 

Nancy will ALSO conduct herding instinct TESTING in conjunction with her workshop. Testing starts are 2:00pm Saturday, May 21st.  The cost is $25.00 per dog.  There will also be a few slots open for private lessons at $20.00 per dog.

 If you have any questions about testing, wish to reserve a slot for an instinct test or private lesson, you can email Nancy at: Sheepdog922@aol.com 

While September seems far away, it's never too early to start planning an exciting AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days event. In 2011, the program marks its ninth year.  This is a great opportunity for you to promote our club by organizing a free community event publicly promoting responsible dog ownership anytime during 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. 


All Kinds of Vendors * Games for the Dogs *
      * Fun, Family, Food * Silent Auction
      * Crafts & Concessions* Wildlife Rehab Exhibits *  
      * Adoptable Pets * Animal Rescue Groups *
* T-Shirts * Face Painting * Gourmet Dog Treats *
* Pet Micro Chipping *
Robin Brown will be organizing a booth to represent our club at this event. 
If you would like to help, contact Robin at devereuxwhippets@hotmail.com.

AKC and AKC CAR Support Companion Animals in Need after Southern Storms

The American Kennel Club and AKC Companion Animal Recovery are assisting animal organizations in need after the recent devastating tornadoes in Alabama and the South via the AKC CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund.

More about our efforts:

  • Members of the Tuscaloosa Kennel Club recently delivered supplies to the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter on behalf of AKC and AKC CAR, including crates, bowls, leashes and collars, dog food and medication.
  • The Marion/Winston Animal Shelter, supporting Hackleburg and Guin, Alabama, is currently feeding 40 dogs, 8 cats and 20 horses, as well as supplying food to local area families who need it for their own pets. With the group’s dog food supply depleted, AKC and AKC CAR donated $2500 for food, crates and other animal supplies that the shelter will purchase locally.
  • Hale County, located 30 miles south of Tuscaloosa, was hit by two massive tornadoes. As more pets begin to reappear after the storm, Hale County Animal Shelter expects to be inundated with strays. AKC and AKC CAR supplied more than $1000 worth of vaccinations to ensure the health of the animals that come into their care. Shelter contact Dee Sullins was thrilled, saying, “This is just frosting on the cake for us!”

AKC and AKC CAR are reaching out to other groups in Alabama at this time. If you know of organizations in need of assistance, please contact Stephanie Smith at 212-696-8228 or communications@akc.org

AKC Agility's In the Zone
Hello, Agility Exhibitors!

We hope you are having a good month and having lots of fun running agility.

As we play this sport which we so love, at times we find ourselves running the course and shouting the wrong command, or giving the correct command too late, our arms sometimes flailing in multiple directions while our body position occasionally indicates the incorrect obstacle. All the while our wonderful dogs are doing their best to figure out what it is we really want them to do. Our dogs are really amazing creatures, loving us no matter what mistakes we make. It always warms our hearts watching agility exhibitors return the favor and give our dogs a well deserved hug at the end of a run. Here is to many more hugs for our dogs!

Carrie DeYoung, Director of Agility

National Agility Championship - Lexington, VA

The 2011 National Agility Championship is in the record books, and what an incredible event it was. A record entry, 5 rings of agility, and over 8,000 runs; just amazing!

The fun began on Thursday afternoon with the Time 2 Beat fun runs and did not stop until the completion of the Finals on Sunday afternoon. Congratulations to everyone who participated and a special thank you to the 200+ volunteers who make this event possible.

Some Fun Facts from Nationals

  • There were 97 different breeds participating.
  • There were 41 different states represented, with 5 dogs coming all of the way from Alaska.
  • More than 8,000 total runs at the event.
  • Almost 10% of all dogs entered had their AKC breed championship.
  • Two All-American dogs participated for the first time since the AKC Canine Partnersprogram began allowing mixed-breed dogs to participate in the AKC Companion events of Agility, Obedience and Rally.
  • Thirteen Junior Handlers (under the age of 18) competed, the highest Junior entry ever.
  • Entries included twenty three past National Agility Champions.
  • 773 of the dogs entered had already earned a MACH title, including 418 dogs that had at least a MACH 2, and one dog with a MACH 16.
  • The 10 breeds with the highest number of dogs competing:
  1. Border Collie - 244
  2. Shetland Sheepdog - 222
  3. Australian Shepherd - 66
  4. Golden Retriever - 62
  5. Poodle - 45
  6. Pembroke Welsh Corgi - 41
  7. Labrador Retriever - 35
  8. Papillion - 33
  9. Miniature Schnauzer - 30
  10. Cocker Spaniel - 28
  • The state with the largest number of competitors was New Jersey with 91. Virginia had 61 dog and handler teams competing.

2011 AKC National Agility Champions - AKC COO, John Lyons; Andrea Samuels & Sparkle; Patti Gagnon & Sparkle; Ashley Deacon & Luka; Judge, Scott Stock; Tracy Golden & Blink; Rosanne Demascio & Drifter; Tori Self & Revolution


2011 AKC Preferred National Champions - AKC COO, John Lyons; Sandi Osborne & Skyler; Barbara Scanlan & Taylor; Margaret Howes & Angel; Judge, Scott Stock, Judge; Kelly Armstrong & Devon: Naci Berkoz & Rusty

For complete coverage, results, courses, and more pictures of the Nationals, please visit



November 3-6, 2011

Cluster Countdown:  175 days until the big event!

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          

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

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
  • 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.     

    • 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
Congratulations to Beth White and Nina - Beth White's NINA completed the requirements for MJX - Master Excellent Jumpers With Weaves title at the recent Oak Ridge Agility Trial and AX - Agility Excellent title on Easter weekend at Durham, NC.

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
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