Founding Member Virginia Curtner Passes Away

We are very sorry to learn recently of the passing of one of Fort St. Clair Kennel Club’s founding members, Virginia Adell Curtner, age 91, a breeder and exhibitor of champion Norwegian Elkhounds. News of Mrs. Curtner’s December 26, 2018 death came from a family member who reported that their mother was “very proud of the club” and often mentioned the great friends she’d had there.
Longtime member Cindy Benson, herself a founder of the club, mentioned that Mrs. Curtner had been a great mentor to her during the 80s and 90s. Cindy went on to say “She went out of her way to help folks that asked. I did many a weekend on the road with her, and and she was generous with her time and experience.”

Mrs. Curtner was living in Norwood at the time of her death, but spent much of her life in Middletown, Ohio where she was active with the Middletown Dog Training Club. She was born April 4, 1927, the daughter of Melville Stanhope Miller and Ruth Buchanan and was married to Raymond Curtner in 1950 in Piqua, OH. They enjoyed 48 years of marriage until Mr. Curtner’s death in 1998.  She worked as a secretary at First United Methodist Church in Middletown. Survivors include her daughters, Peggy Buchanan O’Callan and Karen Becker (Mitch) and sons Robert (Debbie) and Kenneth (Jennifer) Curtner; one sister, Carol Moyer; seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. At her request, there were no services as her body was donated to medical research per her wishes.

Four Fast CAT Tests One Weekend!

Be sure to mark the last weekend in September for Fast CAT fun at Fort St. Clair Kennel Club! We’ll have two AKC Fast CAT tests on Saturday and two tests on Sunday. We expect all four tests to fill, and there will be “Day of” Entries ONLY if there are spaces left. If you want to be sure your dog runs, get your entries in as soon as you can. Each test is limited to 100 dogs. Pre-entries close September 26th, and the entry fee  is $20.  (In the event that there is space for day of entries, those will be $25.)

The Fast CAT trials will be held at Preble County Fairgrounds, 722 S. Franklin St. in Eaton, OH. On-site RV camping is available through the Fairgrounds office, but you must arrive before 4 p.m. on Friday to arrange that. (Call Beth the Fairgrounds for more information, (937) 456-3748.  There are pet-friendly hotels located in nearby Richmond, Indiana.

During the Trial, there will be access to shade and shelter in the Rabbit barn, but please bring your own chairs. There is potable water on the Fairgrounds, but we recommend you bring some with you as well. Food concessions will be available.

FSCKC September 2018 Fast CAT Premium

Puppy Match Friday Night Before the Show

What better way to practice before the show than to participate in our annual AKC Sanctioned “B” Match? (And if your pup is still too young for an official show, this is still a great way to get your feet wet.)

The match is open to puppies 3 to 6 months, 6 to 9 months, 9 to 12 months and adult dogs. Dogs who have major wins should only be entered for exhibition only. Puppies must be registered in the AKC, or eligible for registration in order to participate.

There is an entry blank in the menu on the left, or if you enter at the match, we’ll have forms there.

Our matches are relaxed and light-hearted, and yet they are held on our official show site, with regulation rings and mats, a nearly identical setting for the next day’s show.

Entries are only $4 for pre-entry and $5 for day of match entry. If you are brand new to showing dogs, there are plenty of people on hand who are happy to offer help and advice.

In addition, we’ll have some snacks and beverages for participants and spectators, so come on by and have some fun.



On the back page of the Premium List for our upcoming show, there is an ad for our Fast Cat trials being held at the same show site on Sunday, April 29. We used the same ad last year, and this year, we forgot to update the price of the test. As per AKC regulations, the Fast Cat tests will be charged the fee stipulated in the Fast CAT Premium List: $20 for pre-entry and $25 for day-of-trial entry, which will only be available if the tests have not filled with pre-entries. We apologize for any confusion and inconvenience.