We will meet Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. June 21, 2011 at the meeting will be held at Two Rivers Pavilion.  The club will be providing the meat and condiments and Jean Dinkins will be providing the beverages.  If you have any special beverages you prefer please feel free to bring those also. We hope to have fun and social time as well as a brief meeting and our awards presentation.  Last month minutes: General  Board

Two Rivers Pavilion, 4450 Wrights Ferry Road,  Louisville, TN 37777,  (865) 983-8290

Map to picnic site.

Bring a potluck dish to share!

There will NOT be a board meeting in June.


We continue to work hard and have a lot of activity going on at the TVKC:

First a reminder the June meeting is a “Club Picnic and Awards” meeting being held on Tuesday June 21, 2011 at 6:00 PM the meeting will be held at Two Rivers Pavilion in Louisville, directions should be on the web site. The club will be providing the meat and condiments and Jean Dinkins will be providing the beverages, everyone is asked to bring a “pot Luck” dish to share. If you have any special beverages you prefer please feel free to bring those also. We hope to have fun and social time as well as a brief meeting and our awards presentation.

As mentioned earlier we have been working hard to provide training classes in all areas for our members. I am happy to announce that we have made great progress on this front. Starting on Monday July 11, 2011 the club will be providing “Conformation Classes” from 6:30 until 7:30 at the Countryside Veterinary Clinic located at 2930 Little Dug Gap Rd. in Louisville, TN. Angie Bass has agreed to be the instructor and we appreciate her dedication to this project. Cost will be $5.00 for TVKC members and $10.00 for Non-Members. Depending upon our turnout we may have additional classes from 7:45 until 8:45 or expand to two rings of classes if

On the performance side we are hoping to complete plans and a schedule for classes in Agility and Obedience at Ace Russell’s facility in the Eastern part of Knoxville. Our target date is July 6th and the performance classes would be held on Wednesday nights with beginner obedience and agility classes as well as advanced classes for both areas of competition. The final cost structures, time etc. should be completed soon so keep checking the TVKC web page for updated information.

Unfortunately at the May meeting we were one person short of a quorum so we will need to officially cast our vote for the new board at the June meeting so we can begin to work on our 2011-2012 plans.

The club received a Thank You letter from Ms. Shannon Marie James of Corryton, TN for the TVKC Scholarship donated to the UT vet School. We hope to have Shannon speak at a future meeting to share with us her plans for the future as well as what it’s like to be at the UT Vet School as a student.

 On May 10th the AKC adopted a pilot program for an AKC Open Show and we are exploring the use of this program for our September Match and Meet the Breeds at Market Square.

Walter Sommerfelt
President TVKC


TO :       Tennessee Valley Kennel Club Members           FROM : Carol Sommerfelt, Trophy Chairman

SUBJECT :   Revised 2011 Show Trophies

NOTE: These trophies are on-of-a-kind, signed and dated ALEWINE POTTERY with the TVKC logo.  

Revised trophies and prices are listed below:

BIS Show Already Spoken For
Group Trophies (Luminar’s) Friday $ 75.00
Group Trophies (12" Rebekah Pitcher) $ 75.00
Non-Regular Groups (Puppy, BBE or BOS) $ 60.00

TVKC would also like for you to consider donating a trophy to your specific breed for the following classes: BOS, BOW, WD, WB, Obedience Breed Specific (HIT), Rally Breed Specific (HIT), and Junior Showmanship. This truly makes the Exhibitor’s day extra special to receive a trophy that has been donated by someone who has a special love for their breed.

Items to consider for one of these lovely trophies are:

Spoon Rest $ 10.00
4" Creamer Pitcher $ 20.00
6" Rebekah Pitcher (Alwine’s Trademark) $ 20.00
Mini Baking Dish $ 20.00
Mugs $ 20.00
4" Honey Pot $ 30.00
Mixing Bowls $ 30.00

Please send your trophy requests to Trophy Chairman Carol Sommerfelt, ASAP, our premium list needs to be sent in by June 27, 2011, and Carol will need a couple of days to correlate all the trophies. Checks need to be made out to TVKV and mailed to Carol. Thank you in advance for your trophy donations, we hope to make this another memorable trophy year for our exhibitors, one they won’t forget.



Starting Monday July 11, 2011
6:30 until 7:30 pm

Countryside Veterinary Clinic
2930 Little Dug Gap Road,  Louisville, TN.

Instructor: Angie Bass

Cost will be $5.00 for each session for TVKC members and $10.00 for Non-Members. Depending upon our turnout we may have additional classes from 7:45 until 8:45 or expand to two rings of classes if needed.  Contact Angie at fasthounds@gmail.com with questions or for more information. 


  dog_hoop Stay tuned for upcoming

Agility and
Obedience Classes

More info to come.


2011 - 2012 BOARD NOMINEES

Since we did not have a quorum at the May meeting, we will vote on the 2011-2012 nominees below at our June meeting.

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


Sent: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 5:28:06 PM
Subject: Pointing Dog Association of East TN - AKC Approval Received

Great News!!!

I am pleased to let everyone know that this afternoon, we were notified by the AKC (Gary Sadler) that the East Tennessee Pointing Dog Association has been approved to hold AKC Sanctioned Field Trials and Hunt Tests beginning this fall! 

While we must still demonstrate our ability to successfully hold an event, this means with mentoring from the AKC and another sanctioned club our first event is sanctioned and participants can earn points towards their dogs field championships and legs towards their hunt test titles. 

Gary called knowing we were attempting to firm up potential dates for the grounds to hold these events and that it might be several weeks before we get the "official" letter... so the phone call and a follow on email gives us the ability to move forward and lock up dates.

We will now begin to seriously look at dates so that we can submit our official request to the AKC for our first event....Most likely a 2-3 day Field Trial... Applications for Sanctioned events must be submitted to the AKC 3 Months prior to the requested date.... so we need to get hopping! For Example, A Mid Sept Trial requires a Mid June application....

Bill Barber
Secretary Treasurer, 1324 Sherwood Shores Dr., Spring City, TN 37381    423 365 6652


The Companion Events Department is excited to announce our first Juniors Agility Competition in conjunction with the AKC Agility Invitational to be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.  Competition will be held Friday, December 16, 2011.   We are looking forward to this inaugural event!

Three New Lovable Breeds Join American Kennel Club Family

- The American English Coonhound, Finnish Lapphund, and Cesky Terrier Gain Full AKC Recognition -

The American Kennel Club expanded its litter of registered breeds on June 1 to welcome the American English Coonhound to the Hound group, Finnish Lapphund to the Herding group, and Cesky Terrier to the Terrier group – growing AKC’s family to 173 breeds.  More info.

American English Coonhound Finnish Lapphund  Cesky Terrier


SUNBURNHumans and dogs alike can suffer from sunburn; long term exposure can result in skin damage and skin cancers. Like humans certain factors make some dogs more prone:

- dogs with white or light colored coats or  dogs with a
  very short coat or no coat at all

- dogs that have suffered coat loss from allergies or
  other medical condition

- and of course dogs that are outside during the hottest
  part of the day.

What steps can you take to prevent your dog from getting a sunburn?

  1. Keep your dog inside in a cool room, or if they are outside, in a well shaded area or adequate shelter during the hottest parts of the days.

  2. Use sunscreen on the parts of his body susceptible to sunburn. These parts include: nose, ends of the ears, around the mouth, eyelids and the underside or your dog- belly, groin and inside the legs; these areas are particularly at risk. Make sure you use a pet sunscreen because products for human use can contain ingredients that are toxic to your dog. Remember to regularly reapply the sunscreen. Pay particular attention to areas where little coat is covering and where the skin pigmentation is low or light in color.

  3. Believe it or not, there are bodysuits designed to protect your dog from UV rays as well. It's best to ask your veterinarian about which bodysuit is best suited for your particular dog. They can be a good option if your dog is continually out in the sun or you live in higher temperature regions.

  4. If during the summer months you have your dog groomed, think about leaving his coat a bit longer so the coat offers some protection. Talk to your dog's groomer or veterinarian about clipping your dog, some dog breed's coat's are designed to insulate the dog from the sun's heat. If you clip too much off your dogs coat, you may be doing more harm than good.

SUMMER IS HERE, so make sure that you and your dog stay happy and healthy during summer months. If you do happen to see any signs of sunburn such as red skin, fur loss and/or sores, please contact your local veterinarian and make sure you seek medical advice.

AKC Calls On All Dog Organizations To Spread Responsible Dog Ownership Lifestyle This September

Each year, the American Kennel Club® calls on its more than 5,000 affiliated dog clubs and all other pet-related organizations from around the country to participate in AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days. The nationwide initiative educates the public about the importance of being a responsible dog owner and celebrates the deep bond between humans and their canine companions. 

“More than 550 organizations across the U.S. held AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day events last year, inviting local community members to take part in Meet the Breeds,AKC CAR microchip clinicsAKC Canine Good Citizen®testing and more,” said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “We encourage more organizations to join us in 2011 to help us spread this important message in a very fun way!”

Events can be held anytime during the month of September. Sign up at www.akc.org/rdod and create an “Event Account” by August 1, 2011. The first 500 organizations who confirm the details of their event will receive a complimentary resource-filled packet including posters, brochures, giveaways like pencils and stickers, a RDOD Media Idea Kit, and many more materials to assist them in putting together an entertaining and informative event. All events will be listed on the AKC web site, searchable by state, beginning July 1.

Motel 6 is a proud nationwide sponsor of AKC RDO Days and will support community events, as well as attend AKC’s flagship event in Raleigh North Carolina on September 24th. The Flagship and community events regularly include activities such as the AKC Canine Good Citizen® program, sponsored by The Hartford, Obedience/Agility/Rally demonstrations, AKC Companion Animal Recovery microchip ID clinics, breeder referral and rescue information, raffles, games and many more entertaining and educational events.

To learn more about AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days, sign up to hold an event or view photos and information about previous events, please visit http://www.akc.org/clubs/rdod/.

Also, “Like” the AKC Facebook page to stay up-to-date on all AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days news and to join in on our Virtual AKC RDO Days, coming later this year.



November 3-6, 2011

Cluster Countdown:  143 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 

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
  • The Tennessee Australian Shepherd Club is having their annual June Jubilee on June 25 and 26 at Central High School in Knoxville.   Offered will be 4 ASCA Rally trials for the first time.  It take 3 legs to earn a title so you could easily earn a new title in one weekend.  In addition to the 4 rally trials we will be having 3 obedience trials.  The Rally and Obedience trials are open to all breeds or dogs with ASCA tracking numbers.   Contact Pat Doan, Oak Ridge Kennel Club psneddendoan@yahoo.com for more info.

  • Local Training Opportunity:  Barkside Lodge is offering Mini Obedience Boot Camps and Tracking Classes starting in June.  More Info

  • Pat Hastings Seminar:  Clermont County Dog Training Club invites you to a Pat Hastings Structure In Action Seminar, August 14, 2011, 6058 Kells Lane, Milford, OH 45150.  Pat Hastings is well respected in the dog world as an educator, author and AKC Judge. She is well known for her Puppy Puzzle DVD and Books, most notably the new “Structure in Action: The Makings of a Durable Dog.” Pat evaluates the structural quality of over 300 litters per year.  This seminar is not breed specific and open to anyone who would like to participate and learn about structure, confirmation, in regards to a dog's well-being, performance, and health. 

  • 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.     

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

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