We will meet Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. July 19, 2011 at the meeting will be held at Sequoyah Room, University of TN Veterinary School.   Don't miss the special program to award AKC/CAR grant money to the Tennessee Special response Team-A Inc. Representatives from Newport, TN will speak on their work as part of the National Search Dog Alliance www.tnsrta.org  Visitors always welcome!  Directions 


The minutes from last month's general membership meeting are posted on-line. >> Click Here.

Board minutes >> Click here.


We had a wonderful June meeting and awards picnic at the Two Rivers Pavilion until the storm hit us and made for a scary but interesting conclusion.

The Pot Luck picnic was great with great food and fellowship. Thanks to Catherine Bell and Jean Dinkins for arranging for such a great site and putting it all together. After dinner and the enjoyment of music and fellowship we progressed into a great meeting with some very good discussions among our members. We had experienced a few rain showers during the dinner portion and it seemed like the weather had passed and we were enjoying the evening when out of nowhere mother nature’s ugly side came through as wind gusts lifted the tables and threw them across the pavilion and several of our members were struck by the flying tables. We lost power and a tree blocked the road out of the facility but our entire club pulled together to get things cleaned up and put away.

Jeanne Ringe did another superb job of getting the awards together but the storm prevented us from public recognition for those earning them.

It really was amazing how fast the storm hit out of seemingly nowhere. When you see the devastation of all of the storms that have hit the U.S. this year I guess we were very lucky for no serious injuries or damage to property.

Please plan to attend our July 19th meeting. We will be awarding the AKC/CAR grant to the Tennessee Special response Team-A Inc. They are a part of the National Search Dog Alliance from Newport, TN.  They will also be sharing with us a little about what the group does. For information on the group you can visit their website at www.tnsrta.org. This will also be an opportunity for our club to shine as we are hoping for media coverage of the check presentation.

We have several new board members this year and I am looking forward to working with them as we continue on our mission to make the TVKC a very significant member of the community.

Don’t forget that TVKC conformation classes start Monday July 11 at 6:30 PM at the Country Side Vet Clinic in Louisville. Angie Bass will be our instructor and we are grateful for her commitment to this project.

Also starting soon on Wednesday evenings Ace Russell will be offering agility and obedience classes on behalf of the TVKC at his location at very reasonable special members rates. This is a great opportunity for those members that wish to focus on these areas. For the most current information visit the TVKC website.

Also, just a reminder that Beth White is doing a great job with our website and virtually all the
information you need on the club can be found there including current minutes as well as past minutes and the up to the minute happenings within our club.

We have had several new members join this year and we are looking forward to getting everyone in
volved in one club activity or another.

The cluster is coming along well and we hope it will be another great success. It is still not too late to sponsor a trophy or two, contact Carol Sommerfelt if you wish to donate. We have several pricing options to fit almost all budgets.

Just a reminder we are in the middle of a very hot and humid summer that has shown the area a wide variety of weather. Remember to keep your dog’s safety, health and welfare in mind as you travel to shows and trials.

I look forward to seeing all of you on the 19th at our regular meeting room.

Walter Sommerfelt
President TVKC


calendartraining_logoNEW CLASSES FOR 2011!

All dogs, purebred or mixed breed, are welcome
to our agility & obedience classes.
Our conformation classes are restricted to purebreds.

Please bring your dog on a good, strong leash and secure collar.  

Class schedules are posted on TVKC Calendar.

Pre-registration is required.  Download form here. 
You can complete the form on-line, save it, and email as an attachment to tvkc00@gmail.com.


The first class on Monday, July 11 was a huge success with a several dog and handler teams strutting their stuff and learning how to show their best side.

Monday - 6:30 until 7:30 pm

Location: Countryside Veterinary Clinic, 2930 Little Dug Gap Road,  Louisville, TN

Instructor: Angie Bass

This class is designed to prepare you and your dog for the conformation ring.  It is an informal class that meets every Monday.  Participation will be on a week-to-week / drop-in basis.

Prerequisites: Current vaccinations, Leash broken, Completed Registration Form

Please download and complete the TVKC Training Registration Form.  Save it and email to tvkc00@gmail.com or print it out and bring it with you to your FIRST CLASS.  Payment is expected each week.  Bring your own bait/treats.  Absolutely no aggressive dogs will be permitted.

Cost:  $5.00 for each session for TVKC members and $10.00 for Non-members. 

Directions: From the Pellissippi Pkwy (I140) take Topside Rd exit (TN-333 S) heading southwest and will dead end at Louisville Rd, turn left, drive 0.7 miles and make a right onto Miser Station Rd.  Go 0.2 miles and take your first right onto Little Dug Gap Rd.  Countryside entrance will be on right.  The class will meet behind the Equine ICU barn under a covered breezeway.

Contact Angie (865) 776-4126 fasthounds@gmail.com for any questions about this class



Five Week Classes - Starting Wednesday July 27, 2011

Location: Meadowbrooke Kennel,  1811 Holston River Road, Knoxville, TN     Directions & map

Ace Russell

Please complete the TVKC Training Registration Form >> click here to download and email to tvkc00@gmail.com by July 25.

ninaBeginning Obedience Class 
Explore the wonders of communicating with your dog while learning basic obedience skills (Sit, Down, Stay, Heel, Leave It and Come). Positive motivational approach with emphasis on language of leadership.

Pre-requisites: Current vaccinations and pre-registration

Wednesdays 6:15-7:15 pm - Five Weeks   July 27 - Aug 24

 Members $30,  Non-members $60     Full payment due at first class.

Beginning Agility Class 
Introduction to skills required for dog agility. Learn how to teach your dog to be successful at all types of obstacles (jumps, tunnels, A-frame, weave poles). Safe, sturdy, competition-approved equipment. Non-stressful approach to running agility with your dog.

Pre-requisites: Beginning obedience class highly recommended,
Current vaccinations and pre-registration

Wednesdays 7:30 - 8:30 - Five Weeks from July 27 - Aug 24

Cost:  Members $30,  Non-members $60.  Full payment due at first class.

Contact Ace (865) 705-8146  acesongs@gmail.com for any questions about obedience and agility classes.



The University of Tennessee School of Veterinary Medicine is looking for dog owners with puppies 3 to 12 weeks old to participate in a Puppy Play Behavior Study.  They will observe puppies (from all breed groups) at play to determine if there are behavioral differences between breeds (i.e. herding versus scent dogs) during early development.   IF you have a litter of pups and think you might be interested, contact Karen Davis, Animal Behaviorist,  865-776-4480 kdavis23@UTK.edu,    Submitted by Bernadine Luketich


In its endless pursuit to recognize outstanding members of the fancy, The American Kennel Club Lifetime Achievement Awards were established in 1998 to honor our best. The purpose of the awards is to celebrate those individuals whose many years of dedication have led to significant contributions to our sport on a national level.

As in the past, this year’s nominees were selected by AKC member clubs that cast their votes for one nominee in each of three categories: Conformation, Companion Events, and Performance. The three nominees receiving the most votes in each category were selected as the finalists. Member clubs have now been asked to cast their vote for one nominee in each of the three categories. This final round of balloting will close on September 12, 2011. A special awards presentation will be held in conjunction with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando, Florida in December 2011.

Nominees for this year's annual American Kennel Club's Lifetime Achievement Awards are:

  • Conformation:  Louis Auslander  Marion Bradshaw  Jean Fournier
  • Companion Events:  William Iwamoto      Patricia Scully      Betty Winthers
  • Performance:   Robert Fleury      Leida Jones      Gerald Price

You will be asked to vote for one of the three candidates in each event category.  In order to meet the September 12 submission deadline, you will need to vote at your July or Aug meeting.

The AKC is honored to present photos and bios of the nine finalists who were selected by their constituents in recognition of their exemplary participation in the fancy.  >> Click here.


- AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days Are Key to Public Education -

This September hundreds of free community events for dog lovers across the country will participate in the ninth annual AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days. The AKC will host its flagship event in Raleigh, NC on Saturday, Sept. 24th. We welcome AKC clubs, Canine Good Citizen® evaluators, rescue groups, dog trainers, vet clinics and all other dog-loving groups to join us in making this year the biggest month-long celebration yet! If you haven't already, I urge you to sign-up your club or organization for an event.  

An AKC RDO Days event can be as simple as manning a public education table at your show or trial or as involved as creating a day-long fair, offering Canine Good Citizen® testing or running an AKC Companion Animal Recovery (AKC CAR) microchip clinic. Visit www.akc.org/rdod for more suggestions.

The first 500 groups that sign-up at www.akc.org/rdod by August 1, 2011 will receive an event listing on the AKC website as well as a materials kit that includes giveaways like pencils, stickers and brochures and a publicity packet filled with ideas to promote your event locally. We have hundreds of events from coast to coast already signed up.

We've also added a new tool to the materials kit this year - the updated "Welcome to the American Kennel Club" brochure. This public friendly brochure highlights AKC's good works and the great programs we have available to all dogs and will assist your club in its public education and outreach efforts.

The brochure explains how to find a puppy through AKC's Breeder Referral Services and Online Breeder Classifieds as well as how to find a training club, get started in the Canine Good Citizen® and S.T.A.R. Puppy programs or enroll a mixed-breed dog in the AKC Canine Partners program.

AKC CAR pet recovery services, the AKC Canine Health Resource Center, AKC's kennel inspections program and more are featured in a section about how AKC works to keep our canines happy and healthy. Registering your puppy helps the AKC and its affiliates do so many things for dogs everywhere. The brochure also shines a spotlight on the proud work the American Kennel Club does through its affiliates: the AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Humane Fund and AKC CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund and how the public can donate to support those efforts.

Lastly, the back of the brochure is an engaging "Save This Page" cut out with places for important dog information and phone numbers as well as a fun Dog Age Calculator chart converting your dog's age into human year equivalents. Owners can easily secure this page, which also contains AKC's contact info and social media places, on their refrigerators with their favorite dog-themed magnet.

We believe this brochure will help support the wonderful education work you're already doing with the public, legislators, schools and more. Thank you for your continued efforts! If you register for AKC RDO Days, you'll receive 25 free copies of "Welcome to the American Kennel Club" or you can order additional copies of the GAINF3 brochure at orderdesk@akc.org.


Ron Menaker


The American Kennel Club Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE) 2011

The American Kennel Club Humane Fund is proud to announce the nominees for the 2011 Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE). Established in 2000, ACE has become a valuable public-outreach program for the AKC Humane Fund as well as a source of pride among the fancy and the dog community.

The winners and honorable mentions in the categories of Exemplary Companion, Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Service, and Therapy, will be announced in late August. The five recipients will each receive engraved silver collar medallions and $1,000 cash awards at a presentation ceremony at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando, Florida, on December 17 & 18, 2011. A local presentation will also be held for each recipient near their hometown. Information on local presentations will be posted on our web site when it becomes available. Dogs earning honorable mention will be cited and will receive bronze collar medallions.

We can be proud that three of the nominees are for the state of Tennessee:

Happy – German Shepherd Dog (Therapy Dog)
owned by Jean Elsroth of Greeneville, TN
Makayla – Golden Retriever (Therapy Dog)
owned by Taylor and Donna Ault of Powell, TN
Smiley – Chinese Crested (Service Dog)
owned by Sherry F. Lee of Mascot, TN



The new 2011 Cluster website is up and running.  Details will be added during the next months as plans are finalized.  Check it out!  >> CLICK HERE


Sign with a man listening to newsOur member directory
is back on-line. 

See link in left column


Email your friendly webmaster if you need a user name / password reminder.




November 3-6, 2011

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

The Tennessee Valley Kennel Club and the Oak Ridge Kennel Club are presenting the: Great Smoky Mountain Cluster of Dog Shows. The event will be held at Chilhowee Park, Knoxville, TN, November 3 - 6, 2011 - a perfect time to enjoy the spectacular fall colors of beautiful east Tennessee.  

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

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


  • 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 to be held on September 24 and 25. 

  • Obedience and Rally Seminar - The Mid-Kentucky Kennel Club is also hosting an Obedience and Rally Judges Seminar November 5 & 6, 2011.   Click here to download a flyer for the two day workshop.

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
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Tennessee Valley Kennel Club,  P.O. Box 2051,  Knoxville, Tennessee  37901-2051