The Tennessee Valley Kennel Club will next meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday January 17, 2012, in the Sequoyah Room of the Pendergrass Library, University of Tennessee Veterinary School.  Dr Phillips a board certified animal oncologist will be our guest speaker.

The Tennessee Valley Kennel Club serves Knox, Blount, Sevier, Jefferson, Grainger, Union, Anderson, Roane, Loudon, and Monroe counties and provides purebred dogs and their owners with engaging, lasting, and fun activities. Come join us.  Visitors are always welcome!  For directions and more info, visit www.tvkc.org.  


The TVKC board will meet Wednesday January 4 at the Sommerfelt home from 6:30 - 930 pm.  Dinner will be provided.  Please bring your data collected with the member contact profiles and be prepared to discuss feedback.


     Minutes from previous General Membership Meetings  >>  CLICK HERE

     Minutes from previous Board Meetings >> CLICK HERE


training_logoBeginning Obedience Class
- Starts January 18

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.  How to Register  Wednesdays 6:15-7:15 pm - Five Classes Jan 18 - Feb 15, 2012.

Fun, food, and fellowship abounded December 6 at our Christmas Party.

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TVKC Agility Trial 

February 3rd, 2012 (Std, JWW, and FAST classes)
February 4th & 5th, 2012 (Std, JWW and T2B classes)

Harriman, TN East Tennessee Agricultural Exposition Center
This will be held  in the indoor, heated arena.
Entries Open Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

We will need volunteers all 3 days.  People can contact
Dawn Darr Barrett at darrcar@comcast.net or 865-406-2362 to volunteer.

See Volunteering at an Agility Trial

IW owner Jesi Goodman's Lucy is 3 y.o. and spayed. Owner is wheelchair bound from tragic car accident a yr. ago where 5 y.o. daughter died. Lucy means everything to her and was kept in the house all the time. Lucy was being cared for by friends who lived behind the Wiegels in Karns on Oakridge Hwy. in Knoxville on 12/16/11, an hour and a half from where she lives normally, when she shot out the front door & would not come back. She was spotted 1 week ago on Sat. & Sun. crossing Oak Ridge Hwy. a busy road, in the Karns area. Lucy is a little shy w/people she doesn't know but great w/other dogs, loves food & treats.

Email owner at:  jesigoodman@yahoo.com 

Irish Wolfhound Association of the Greater Smoky Mountains rescue contact:  Cindy Winters  iwpaws@bellsouth.net

National Champion Emerges From Record-Setting Entry of Nearly 4,000 Canine
Competitors - 2010 National Champion “Reckon” Wins Eukanuba World Challenge

Orlando, FL (Dec. 19, 2011) – The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Best in Show honors
and $50,000 in prize money went to GCH CH Jaset’s Satisfaction, a Standard Poodle known
affectionately as “London” owned by Beth Harris, Michele Molnar and Jamie Danburg of Palm
Beach Gardens, FL. Before a crowd at the Orange County Convention Center Sunday night
“London” was crowned “National Champion” by Best in Show judge Mrs. Polly Smith after a
weekend of intense canine competition.   For the rest of the story ...  --->>  Click Here

Also see:  Entries and Results   Photos   Videos  

AKC Obedience and Agility to Celebrate Milestones at AKC/Eukanuba National Championship 

Two of AKC’s Companion Events – Agility and Obedience – are celebrating sport milestones at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship festivities this December 17-18, 2011 in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center. Agility, AKC’s fastest-growing canine sport, is on track to hit one million entries in 2011, while the sport of Obedience celebrates its 75th anniversary. For the rest of the story ...  --->>  Click Here

Also see:   Agility Invitational    Obedience Invitational


LIFETIMELifetime Achievement Awards 2012
AKC Honors Recipients of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Awards The American Kennel Club (AKC®) honored the recipients of the 2012 AKC Lifetime Achievement Awards at the December 16, 2011 Delegates Meeting Luncheon in Orlando, Florida, in conjunction with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.   For more information -->> CLICK HERE

Proposal of the Group Realignment Committee
   The American Kennel Club Board of Directors voted to accept and approve the report of the Group Realignment Committee. The rule changes necessary to implement going from 7 to 11 groups will be read at the December, 2011 Delegate Meeting for a vote in March, 2011. The final decision on assigning breeds rests with the AKC Board, which will consider the input of the breed parent clubs. If adopted, these changes would become effective in 2015.
For more information


- Highlights 2011 -

t was a pleasure to be with many of you in Florida this weekend as we enjoyed the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, AKC Agility Invitational, AKC National Obedience Invitational and the surrounding festivities. We hope you enjoyed the incredible series of events that unfolded over the weekend. 

We are all aware of the trying economic times and their effect on so many aspects of our lives these days, and yet I can say unequivocally that we have a great deal to be thankful for as dog lovers and as members of the wonderful community we know as "the fancy." In 2011 we saw many exciting developments in our sports and in our organization's educational programs. 

Many devoted dog fanciers got their start in the obedience ring, so it is fitting to begin a summation of the year's highlights by acknowledging a special milestone in that challenging and rewarding sport:  In 2011, AKC Obedience celebrated its 75th anniversary.  As one of our foundation sports, Obedience remains today what it was created to be - a proud demonstration of our dogs' instinctual capabilities and talents as companions, and the embodiment of the human-canine bond. 

Our cherished traditions in Conformation saw an infusion of new enhancements in 2011.  In April of this year we introduced the Grand Championship Achievement Levels to spotlight our highest achievers in the conformation ring.  Over two thousand dogs have earned bronze, silver, gold and platinum Grand Championships to date. 

We also conceived the AKC Owner Handler Series, a competition specifically designed to celebrate the joys of showing one's own dog. The series will comprise competitions at several dog shows across the country and will culminate with an award for the year's Best Owner/Handler.  We feel this is an exciting way to recognize the hobby exhibitor and inspire more people to become involved in our sport. 

In unwavering support of our breeders, who remain the backbone of our Registry and the sport of purebred dogs, AKC continued to provide enhanced services through our Breeder of Merit program.  Now with more than 6,900 breeders participating in this important program, we are delighted to see growing numbers of breeders joining us in our quest to ensure the growth and integrity of our Registry. 

In the world of AKC Agility, we introduced two new titles, the "Time to Beat" titling class and the Preferred Agility Champion title.  By creating ongoing enhancements to Agility, we have seen the sport rise to new heights: In 2011 AKC logged its one millionth agility entry. Of course quantity cannot be outdone by quality.  I am proud to say that our AKC agility team representing the USA won many accolades including a gold medal at the Agility World Championships in France this year.

It has been said by many a Performance fancier that there is nothing quite like the thrill of witnessing a dog do what it was originally bred to do.  Naturally, most of our performance activities are designed for specific breeds, with function and instinct in mind. But in 2011, the AKC Performance Department gave all dogs and their owners an "equal opportunity" program with the new Coursing Ability Test.  This introductory lure coursing event is a fun, healthy activity open to all breeds and offers three new titles. 

Adding another link in the chain of the human-canine bond, AKC brought our new Therapy Dog program to fruition in 2011.  So far more than 1600 dogs have achieved our new therapy dog title which proudly recognizes those dogs who bring comfort and love to so many people in need. 

AKC clubs did an incredible job of spreading our message about the joys of owning a purebred dog and the importance of responsible ownership.  Together with our parent clubs, AKC welcomed over 40,000 people to the Javits Center for AKC Meet the Breeds.  Sponsored by Pet Partners, the event was a record-breaking success, thanks to our hardworking clubs and staff. 

Clubs remained hard at work educating the public year round, with a terrific showing in September with our largest set of Responsible Dog Ownership Days to date.  More than 600 RDO Day events were celebrated locally and a record-breaking number of Canine Good Citizen tests were a key part of the program.  We are so grateful to our clubs for all your hard work and support.

I wish you all a healthy, happy holiday season.  Here's to another year of great shows, quality dogs and wonderful friends. And please remember to watch the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship on television if you couldn't make it to Orlando. The show will be broadcast on ABC during Superbowl Weekend, on February 4.


Ron Menaker, Chairman


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