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2016 Club Meeting Schedule - Each Third Tuesday at 7:00 pm

Meeting Locations:  UT= Vet School,  ER= West Knoville ER Clinic 152  Location details

Jan 19 - ER Feb - No Meeting Mar 15 - ER Apr 19 - UT May 17 - UT Jun 21 - UT
Jul 19 - UT Aug 16 - UT Sep 20 - UT Oct 18 - ER Nov 15 - ER Dec 20 - Party - ER

Program for Mar:  HABIT - Human Animal Bond in Tennessee.  Visitors are very welcome!  This meeting will be at the West Knoville ER Clinic.   Location details

Board Meeting  

No Board meeting for FEBRUARY. March Meeting TBD   Minutes from previous board meetings.


Stop this bill while it is still in committee!!!  The Tennessee House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to vote on HB 2303: February 9, 2016, 10:30 a.m. Legislative Plaza, Room 12 Sixth Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37243  This House Bill 2303 would require regulation, inspection, and potentially high registration fees for dog breeders. 

Club members and concerned citizens are requested to IMMEDIATELY email Rep. Art Swann / Blount County and respectfully urge him to VOTE NO on this  bill.  His email is rep.art.swann@capitol.tn.gov.

If you are passionate about this bill, you can email all members of this committee.  A list of all members can be found at: AKC Legistlative Alert TN

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registerIntroduction to Companion Dog Sports  - At Hush Puppy's K9 Center (WEST) - 4 Sessions - TVKC and 4-H Members $45, Non-members $90 (See single class rate below.)

introDiscover the basic elements you and your dogs need for getting started in Rally, Obedience and Agility. Common skills and weekly focus sessions for each sport:

Session 1. Common skills (2/9) Session 3. Obedience (3/1)
Session 2. Rally (2/23) Session 4. Agility (3/8)


Come to all 4 sessions (TVKC and 4-H members: $45, Non-members: $90) or just the sessions that interest you (TVKC and 4-H members: $12.50, Non-members: $25 each).   

Instructor:   Ace Russell at 865-705-8146 or email acesongs@gmail.com

Location:  WEST - Hush Puppy's K9 Center, 9752 Parkside Dr. Knoxville, TN 37922  
               Close to I-40, Pellissippi Pkwy, & Kingston Pike. Off Parkside, behind
               Rural Metro station
Directions & map 


In appreciation of the many years of service to the TVKC, Ruby Valentine was presented with a honorary plaque at January's meeting.

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Catherine bell HONORED

BELLCatherine Bell was awarded a plaque in great appreciation for her years of service to the Tennessee Valley Kennel Club. She has served in many capacities over the years, most recently as Show Chair and as AKC Delegate. Catherine has been a member of the Tennessee Valley Kennel Club since 1981 - THIRTY FIVE YEARS!

Catherine Bell bred and exhibited champion Akitas for 19 years before becoming an AKC in judge in 1992. She is approved for the Working Group, Hound Group, three toy breeds, Best in Show, the Miscellaneous classes, and Juniors. Assignments have taken her across America and around the world, and she has twice judged at the Akita national specialty show and at various regional specialties. Club affiliations, in addition to the Tennessee Valley Kennel Club, include Akita Club of America, AKC Canine Health Foundation, East Tennessee Retriever Club, and Morris & Essex Kennel Club.

ASCA Trial Cancelled:  The judge, Chuck Klein, cannot get a flight out due to weather thus the Working ASC agility trial planned for January 23 and 24 in Chattanooga at PDX has been.  There is not date for this trial.  The Working ASC of Georgia has a trial planned for April at PDX.  You can  check the Play Dog Excellent calendar for upcoming Australian Shepherd Club agility trials hosted by the different area clubs each month.  


koonaRhonda Koons
Tallahassee, TN
Breed: Miniature Schnauzers
Competition Interests: conformation and agility
am breeding miniature schnauzers for conformation and agility.  I would like to learn more about purebred dogs."


houckMark Houck - Mark and his wife Sherrie
Lenoir City, TN
Breeds:  Lab, Great Danes
We are both dog lovers.  We currently have a beautiful black lab who is part of our family.  We are also interested in purchasing and possibly breeding Great Danes.  We love the breed.  We want to do this this the right way and joining the club seems to be in the right direction.   We would like to participate and learn more about conformation, obedience, rally, and field trials.   

dropkkinRosana Dropkin
Louisville, TN
Breeds: Mixed breed rescues
Conpetition Interest:  Nosework
"I have been teaching nose work classes since 2010, when K9 Nose Work was officially introduced to the east coast.  I became a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) in June of 2011 with the first graduating class outside of California.  I have been a guest instructor at the nose work camp in GA  and am the National Score Room Director for NACSW.  I have been teaching classes and continuing my education via workshops, camps and sanctioned events ever since. My husband and I and our two rescue dogs and our cat have moved to Blount County.  I am teaching nosework classes in the Knoxville area."

keenanPatty Keenan
Knoxville, TN
Beagles, Westies. 
Third generation fancier recently located to Knoxville.


richardroach_cherylRichard and Cheryl Roach
Dandridge, TN
Breeds: Toy Manchester Terriers. 
Cheryl is the editor of the AMTC Newsletter.  
"We have one breeding per year.  We want to learn more about health, behavior, and care of dogs."


rayjudyRay and Judy Laureano with Goldens.  "We have been in the sport of dogs 33 years starting with obedience with our first dog, a mini poodle.  We have been into Goldens since 1982, had the top winning Golden, and now breed two litters a year. We have experienced all the heartache and all the joys of breeding and showing dogs.  We would like to be a part of a dog club again. We currently participate in conformation.  We would like to participate in:  Obedience, Rally, Agility, Field Trials, Hunt Tests, CGC, Dock Dogs, Therapy.  We would like to contribute to the club as:  Board, Show Committee, Judges Selection Committee, Show Trophies Committee, Obedience/Rally Committee, Budget/Audit Committee, Nominating Committee, Hospitality Coordinator, Membership Coordinator, Public Education Coordinator, Club Awards, Volunteer Coordinator."

nopicPat Wilkins
Crossville, TN
Breed:  Border Collie and two mixed breeds. 
Competition interests are:  Agility and Flyball.



schrothGail Schroth
Crossville, TN. 
Breed:  Puli. 
Competition Interest:  Conformation, Rally, and Agility. 
"I am new to the area and am looking for a group for learning, training, and sharing information.  I currently compete in conformation, rally, and agility.  I would like to participate and learn more about obedience and herding. I would like to participate in the agility trial committee and obedience/rally committee."


nopicMaria Sheshina and Andreay Nechvidov
West Knoxville, TN
They are interested in learning more about: conformation, obedience agility, working dog sport.  They would like to learn about how to become a breeder.  They are interested in participating in: show committee, show trophies committee, program coordinator, publicity/media corridinator, public education coordinator, or club awards coordinator.

villarsKathleen Villars
Dandridge, TN
Breed:  Miniature Poodle
Competition Interest:  Agility
Interested in: awareness, reduced training rates, fun matches, support for me and my poodle. I plan to compete in agility.

December agility trial

poodle_machkatThe December agility trial was an huge success - three days of great judges, fun courses, and amazing dogs and handlers.

We had four dogs get MACH (Master Agility Championship) titles during the weekend - and three of these went to poodles! Kat Enstrom celebrated a perfect weekend with Q's for every run.

We collected a huge bag of toys for the children at East TN Children's Hospital. Richella Veatch conducted close to a dozen CGC evaluations. Every dog passed (including Gibson owned by Pat Ryea)! We set up the new club pop-up, so we looked good too!

"Thank you" to all club members who helped make the weekend possible: Ace Russell, Dawn Barrett, Kat Enstrom (and Taner Oguz), Quidon Burchi, Susan Corum, Richella Veatch, Kathy Villars, Becky Chittenden, Gail (and Larry) Schroth, Pam and Barry Stanner, Pat Wilkins, Pat Ryea, and Lynn Dobiel. A special "THANKS" to Jean Dinkins who gave 110% for three straight days! I was proud of our club and the great folks who represented us.                     Beth White, Agility Trial Chair




Friday - Sunday

February 5 - 7, 2016


AKC Sanctioned “B” Matches – Friday & Saturday!

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