2015 Match to Be Held Sunday, October 18

2015 FSCKC Match Flyercorrected

We’re busy getting ready for our annual AKC sanctioned match to be held Sunday, October 18th at Gem City Dog Obedience Club, 1654 Springfield St, Dayton, OH.

Registration will be taken until 11:30, judging begins at noon.

Pre-registration is available, entries must be postmarked before Monday, October 12. Entry blank is available here. Cost of pre-entry is $8 each or 3 for $20. Day of Match entry is $10 or 3 for $25.

Puppies should be in proper trim, with no taped ears. Handlers are welcome, but must handle their own dogs only. Absolutely no chalking allowed, as it creates a hazardous environment for agility dogs who use the facilities. 

The judging panel is as follows:

Sporting - Larkin Vonalt

Hounds – Tracy Leonard

Working – Mary Kay Walsh

Terrier – Kim Lindsay Stroede

Toy – Denice Ray

Non-Sporting – Robin Russell

Herding – Mary Ann Pflum

Best in  Match -John Fabelo.

Classes are divided into Junior Puppy (3-6 months), Senior Puppy (6 -12 months) and Adult. A Best in Match Puppy and a Best in Match Adult will be chosen, puppies and adults will not compete against each other.

There is food available at the venue.

No Outbreak of Flu in Ohio

tumblr_l5gjgiUq9G1qbwakso1_500   Just got off the phone with Dr. Yan Zhang, the biologist in the State Veterinarian’s office. There is ONE potential case of H3N2 in Ohio and the test has been sent to Cornell and has yet to be confirmed. H3N2 is the “Asian flu” from Chicago that has no vaccine. (There IS a vaccine for H3N8– which has been in the U.S. since 2008— and he noted as an aside that they have seen LESS of H3N8 than they usually do.) Though the risk for exposure in this state is close to nil, out of an abundance of caution, at Fort St. Clair’s shows this year judges will allow exhibitors to show their dogs’ mouth, there will be plenty of hand-sanitizer and wet wipes available. (We are still looking for a portable hand-washing station.) The AKC will allow us to excuse dogs from the show who appear to be ill. It was a great relief to find that there is NO OUTBREAK of this flu in our area. We hope that taking some common sense precautions we can maintain that.

Veteran’s Parade: Beautiful old dogs



Last year she was one of the bright stars in our Veteran’s Parade. This is Darla (Am/Can CH Kaja’s Little Rascal) who heard the call of the ring steward one more time. Now 13, last year Darla took that big open ring like she was still competing for Best in Show. You should’ve seen that girl move!

The Veterans Class at Fort St. Clair Kennel Club is a very special event. Open to any dog over the age of seven, the class is only competitive at the breed level, where after Best of Breed, the judge will pick a Best Veteran in Breed and a Best of Opposite Sex to Best Veteran in Breed. (The Best Veteran receives an orange rosette, best opposite an oversize lavender flat ribbon.)

On Sunday afternoon the winners of Best Veteran in Breed are invited to the group ring for exhibition. The applause is thunderous and there is hardly a dry eye in the house, watching these old campaigners take their victory laps.

The veterans class is open to dogs over seven years of age, and dogs may be spayed or neutered. Entry fee for this class is $10, and entries close this coming Wednesday, April 9. Even if you don’t have a veteran, you’ll want to make time to see the Parade of Veterans on Sunday afternoon, and all of the beautiful dogs like Darla.

Welcome to Fort St. Clair Kennel Club’s New Website!


Before we do one more thing, we must take a minute to thank Norma Bennett Woolf for looking after our old website, fortstclairkc.org, for so long. She has been incredibly kind and generous with her time and efforts and we are very grateful.

So, now, in something that feels a little bit like working without a net, we are going to try to maintain our own web page for the club.

We hope in time to build a community at this site that works in tandem with our Facebook page and with our members spread out across Western Ohio and Eastern Indiana.  We’d love to share information about events, dog strories, useful information from the veterinary and dog training worlds along with news and  photos from our friends and members.