If you really want to keep up with what’s going on in WCKC, watch this page for regular information updates.(Or better yet, come visit our meetings.)
Brags N Wags
Here’s what our WCKC members have been up to lately:•Cat Weil’s Chessy Envy did a photo shoot with Milk Bone Dog Biscuits and is on the front cover of a Milk Bone Treat box! Be on the lookout the next time you visit the dog treat isle in your local grocery or pet shop.She will also be the star attraction on a dog food bag…but we can’t announce that yet, so you’ll just have to keep coming back to see where she will appear.•Chris Hays’ Bearded Collie, Ranger, is ranked as the fifth All-Time Bearded Collie in the AKC National Owner Handler Series. Congratulations Chris and Ranger, as that’s a huge accomplishment!•Pam Norman recently had a “blessed event”. No, she didn’t have a baby…she had seven of them, and they all look like mom. They’re black with white markings and look just like Border Collies. The babies, 4 girls and 3 boys, were born to Luna. Best of all, everyone’s doing fine and are growing up healthy and strong. Congrats to all!•David and Barb’s son just went to his new home as a service dog. His job will be to provide stability so his new mom won’t need her cane. He’s also showing signs of being a diabetic dog, sensing when “mama’s” blood sugar is off. Way to go Wes!
Another Successful Show
On April 2nd & 3rd, 2022, Warren County Kennel Club held our annual conformation shows. We returned to the Roberts Centre in the main exposition room for two days of Canine wonderfulness. With just over 800 dogs a day, we ran eight rings without a hitch and even added Farm Dog certifications and Fast CAT just for fun.Congratulations to all the winners, especially Bloodhound GCHB CH Flessner's Toot My Own Horn, who won Best in Show both days. For the other results, select a button for the breakdown…
Four New CGC Title Holders
This spring’s training season ended with four new Canine Good Citizen (CGC) title holders. We began on February 2nd in the Main Exhibition Hall at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Lebanon, OH, and ended on April 6th, with a couple of nights off for club meetings.Due to coming out of the COVID-19 Era, we only did two courses this Spring: Family Obedience and Drop-In Conformation. But this fall, if there’s enough interest, we hope to expand our training sessions to include Rally-Obedience. The fall training session will Start on September 7th with orientation and sign up. The next 8 weeks will be regular classes with a CGC on the last night.We will also have Drop-In Conformation during the fall training, so if you’re prepping a puppy for the rest of the year’s fun or want to brush-up for the Owner Handler Competition, bring your prize show prospect to class and have some fun with us. Of course, we won’t hold a session on the last class, since that’s the CGC test. But we’re also going to do some extra conformation training around the end of June. So, keep coming back to see what’s on the slate.You can go to the Events Page if you want more information.
“Calling All Dog Lovers…”
The past few years have been tough on WCKC and the dog sport in general. While performance events, such as Agility, Fast CAT, and Rally Obedience are holding their own or growing, Conformation numbers are dropping considerably, to include the interest in joining a dog club.To attempt to reverse the trend, WCKC will begin a membership drive this year to hopefully bring new life into the club. And we’re not just talking conformation only. We’re open to all venues and are licensed by AKC for Conformation, Obedience, Rally-Obedience, and Fast CAT. So, if you’re into any of those venues…or even if you just like dogs and want to come hang out with a bunch of crazy dog people…come join us and see what we’re all about. The meeting time and location for our next meeting is posted on the Events page and we sure would like to see you there.
Fall Fast CAT
We haven’t put together the details yet, but keep watching the website as we are hoping to host another fall Fast CAT event. Now, if you’re wondering what on earth Fast CAT is, it’s essentially a means to assess your dog’s coursing ability. During this event, your dog will run 100 yards while chasing a lure…usually a shopping bag or white piece of cloth. From the moment they begin their run to the time they cross the finish line, they’re timed; and that time is converted to speed. Each run earns points based on the times each dog turns in, and when they reach the right total, they can title as a “B-CAT”, “D-CAT”, or “F-CAT”.It’s loads of fun and most dogs absolutely love this event…I mean, where else can you run flat-out for 100 yards with your owner urging you on instead of chasing after you in utter exasperation. To learn more about Fast CAT…
Welcome, Chris Hays
WCKC would like to welcome Chris Hays to our membership. An accomplished Bearded Collie breeder, Chris comes to us from our local Southern Ohio area.
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