Kennel club's experience shows in community

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2002

The Kenai Kennel Club was founded in April 1970. The club's main focus is the betterment of the purebred dog and public education of all genres of dog ownership.

The club's involvement in the community is of great importance to its members. They take part in obvious functions, such as the Kenai Peninsula State Fair, the Fourth of July Parade and Be Kind to Animals Week.

However, it is that the members volunteer their expertise and time to help where it's really needed that they are most proud of.

Several of the KKC's members were instrumental in helping a disabled citizen receive a much needed service dog. Heritage Place received many visits from members and then assisted it in obtaining its own "house dog."

Several years ago, some members offered their dogs to run heat cables through drain pipes for the city of Soldotna.

The club also has helped people confined to wheelchairs to train their dogs appropriately. And many in the club share their knowledge with children who have an interest in 4-H, Junior Showmanship and other youth groups.

Community availability also includes visiting area classrooms to demonstrate how to own and care for the family dog, the different aspects of training and showing.

KKC has offered obedience classes to the general public at the National Guard Armory for more than 16 years.

Scheduled sessions include puppy, beginners and advanced obedience for all breeds and mixed breeds; occasional Canine Good Citizen training and certification classes; and conformation (show handling) instruction. Many members also are knowledgeable in herding and tracking and have offered summer training in those fields.

KKC hosts four all-breed shows, three obedience trials and eight agility trials each year. This year, the club will host its all-in-one annual conformation show and obedience and agility trials at Skyview High School July 12, 13 and 14. There will be hundreds of dogs of different breeds represented in three genres of exhibition from all over the nation. Come see, enjoy and learn!

For further information, call Laura at 776-8565, Leslie at 262-6405 or Terri at 283-7249.

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