|TENNESSEE VALLEY KENNEL CLUB
|JULY 2011 e-NEWSLETTER
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
Visitors always welcome!
FROM THE JUNE MEETING
The minutes from last month's general membership meeting are posted
Board minutes >> Click
JULY 2011 PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
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.volved in one club activity or another.
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
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
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
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
I look forward to seeing all of you on the 19th at our regular meeting
TVKC TRAINING CLASSES
CLASSES FOR 2011!
All dogs, purebred or mixed breed, are welcome
to our agility &
Our conformation classes are restricted to purebreds.
Please bring your dog on a good, strong leash and secure collar.
Class schedules are posted on
Pre-registration is required.
can complete the form on-line, save it, and email as an
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
6:30 until 7:30 pm
Countryside Veterinary Clinic, 2930 Little Dug Gap Road,
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.
Current vaccinations, Leash broken, Completed
Please download and complete the
Training Registration Form. Save it and email to
email@example.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
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.
firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions about this class
AGILITY AND OBEDIENCE
Five Week Classes - Starting Wednesday July
Location: Meadowbrooke Kennel,
1811 Holston River Road, Knoxville, TN
Please complete the
TVKC Training Registration Form
>> click here
to download and email to email@example.com
by July 25.
Beginning 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.
Current vaccinations and pre-registration
6:15-7:15 pm - Five Weeks July 27 - Aug 24
Cost: 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.
Beginning obedience class highly recommended,
Current vaccinations and pre-registration
7:30 - 8:30
- Five Weeks from July 27 - Aug 24
due at first class.
(865) 705-8146 firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions about
obedience and agility classes.
UT LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS
"Go Big Orange!"
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
Submitted by Bernadine Luketich
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2012
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:
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. >>
2011 JULY CHAIRMAN'S REPORT
- AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days Are Key to Public
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
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
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
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 email@example.com.
2011 ACE NOMINEES
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
German Shepherd Dog (Therapy Dog)
owned by Jean Elsroth of Greeneville, TN
Golden Retriever (Therapy Dog)
owned by Taylor and Donna Ault of Powell, TN
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
TVKC 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
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.
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.
can contact Dawn Darr at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Open: Oct. 5 Entries Close: Nov. 16
Julie Haas' Austrailian Shepherd,
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:
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.
and Rally Seminar - The
Mid-Kentucky Kennel Club is also hosting an Obedience and Rally
Judges Seminar November 5 & 6, 2011.
here to download a
flyer for the two day workshop.
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MORE THING WE CAN BLAME ON TICKS
Some people may already know about this, but I learned about potentially
life-threatening allergic condition last week that we need to know about
and have folks be aware of with field season upon us. This is another
tick-bite illness / condition to add to the growing list of nasty tick
induced ailments. It's an allergy that apparently results from tick
bites that set off a reaction leading to an allergy to eating mammal
meat. Sounds strange, but very real and can result in some serious
reactions including anaphylactic shock. Research is being done at UVA
and the following link is to their website: http://allergytomeat.wordpress.com/frequently-asked-questions/
Submitted by: Maryellen Kasten
Tennessee Valley Kennel Club, P.O. Box
2051, Knoxville, Tennessee 37901-2051