Notices – Bulletins

Oct. 18-20, 2019 Championship Dog Show

Our 55th annual CKC All Breed Dog Show was held at Glenwood Centre in Port Alberni, October 18-19-20, 2019.

2019 Dog Show and Canine Classic poster-750This year, the CANINE CLASSIC returns.  It was last held in 2014.  This special event has dogs who have earned a Group 1st or better in a previous show,  compete for cash prizes for BEST IN SHOW.  This is a formal evening was held on Saturday October 19th, from 6:00 to 10:00 pm.

Highlights for the 2019 Dog Show Weekend


Jenny Stewart, founding member of AVKC, with 2013 Best in Show winner.

New this year…

Jenny Stewart

Junior Scholarship Award

for Best Dog Shown by a Junior Handler, entered in official class on Saturday only.

This award was named after Jenny Stewart who with her husband, were founding members of the AV Kennel Club.  Jenny was very fond of Junior Handlers and supported the program throughout her life.  This is the club’s way of continuing her legacy.

$500. Bursary (for post-secondary studies) was awarded Saturday to Miss Panagiota Rounis.

Canine Good Neighbour Test

We were pleased to have 12 dogs tested and passed the Canine Good Neighbour test on Friday, Oct. 18th.

Exhibitors Dog Costume Parade/Contest

Friday at 4:30 pm, Dogs and handlers were paraded and presented with prizes for Best Group Costume, Best Homemade, Best Owner/Dog,  Country of Origin (Dog), Funniest and Scariest.  Our guest judge is Gary Bartlett of the RCMP K9 unit, assisted by Kayla Aolick and her Seizure Response Dog, Shadow.

CKC All-Breed Championship Dog Show

Judges:  Judith Byrne, William Byrne, Carlos Navarro Seemann

Friday, Oct. 18th – Best in Show – SAMOYED – GCh Vanderbilt ‘N Printemp’s Lucky Strike

Saturday, Oct. 19th – Best in Show – GOLDEN RETRIEVER – GCh Allsgold Tip Your Hat

Sunday, Oct. 20th – Best in Show – GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG – GCh Woodside’s Belle Jun.

Full details of the Dog Show can be found on

Junior HandlingFriday & Saturday

(Full Results TBA)

Friday we had 2 school classes tour the Dog Show in the morning.  All the kids were invited to come back on Saturday with a parent and they could enter Junior Handling at noon.  Thanks to the exhibitors who let their dogs go in the ring with these first time handlers.

Friday – Overall Best Junior Handler – Charlotte Jardine

Saturday – Overall Best Junior Handler – Melanie Kirk

Chuck a Duck Fundraiser – Saturday

Total pot of $524.00 – Winning duck belonged to Margaret Lehmann who gave 1/2 of her winnings back to the Junior Handling program (raising $393. for Juniors.)

Puppy Sweepstakes 

Saturday at Noon we had 48 dogs, in ages from 3 months to 18 months.

Top 4 dogs received cash prizes representing a percentage of fees collected.

1st (30%)  2nd (20%)  3rd (15%)  4th (10%)

Friday Night Social (Buffet Dinner & Door Prizes)

We served a main entrée of Roast Beef and Chicken with dessert of Trifle to 87 people (paid by donation)  We also had free draws for a variety of door prizes.

Alberni Canine Classic – Saturday 6:00-10:00 pm

We had 60 dogs entered in this special competition.  Click on the following link to see (.pdf) judging scores in the Canine Classic – 2019-CANINE CLASSIC FINAL RESULTS

Judges:  Shaunna Bernardin, Michael Goldman, Gerri-Lynn Shurb

Best in Classic ($500.00) – Samoyed – GCh Vanderbilt ‘N Printemp’s Lucky StrikeDSC07779-1

Sponsored by:  Canadian Dog Fanciers and Savoie Faire

Best Veteran in Classic (250.00) – Norwich Terrier – Ch Sea of Flames

  • ($100.00 each)
  • 1st in Sporting GroupRetriever-Golden – GCh Alls Gold Tip Your Hat
  • 1st in Hounds GroupRhodesian Ridgeback – GCh Habi Nago Manwe
  • 1st in Working GroupSamoyed – GCh Vanderbilt ‘N Printemp’s Lucky Strike
  • 1st in Terrier GroupWest Highland White – GCh Skyehigh’s Here We Go Again
  • 1st in Toy Group Silky Terrier – GCh Carmorosa’s Ranger Rick
  • 1st in Non-Sporting GroupSchipperke – GCh Bonchien Lawless V Jet
  • 1st in Herding GroupGerman Shepherd – GCh Lacomtesse Ritchie Gecko

Other photos taken by Savoie Faire at the Canine Classic:


More information & photos will be added, as they become available.


July 14, 2019 AIOC Obedience & Rally Trials

Once again, mark your calendar for our annual Obedience & Rally trials.  For members of AIOC – Association of Island Obedience Clubs (Vancouver Island kennel clubs).

It was held Sunday July 14th in Coombs at the Arrowsmith Activity Hall.

Campbell River Dog Fanciers & Alberni Valley Kennel Club shared the task of hosting this event.



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Here are a few of the ribbon winners.  Congratulations to everyone!

Oct. 19-21, 2018 Championship Dog Show

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2018 Premium List

Our Premium List of Events  includes:

This event is open to the general public at no cost.  

Highlights for Spectators:

Friday Oct. 19th is a School Pro Day.  We recommend that the best time to bring children to the dog show would be from 10:00 am to noon.  For a Group tour, check in at the Show Secretary desk upon arrival.

Also on Friday Oct. 19th we have “Come Meet the Breeds” starting at 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.  This where our dog exhibitors and AV Kennel Club members showcase their dogs.  Whether you want to get a closer look at any particular breed or just a dog lover at heart, we hope to have a good variety of dogs for you to see.

2018 Simple Judging Schedule (for general public) 1 pg.  Shows the 7 Breed Groups (Sporting, Hounds, Terriers, Working, Herding, Non-Sporting and Toys) being judged and the number of dogs in the group.  The best of each breed, moves on to be judged for best in Group.  The best in each of the 7 breed groups are then judged for “Best in Show”.

Sat. October 20th we have the Vancouver Island Toy Dog Club hosting a Specialty Dog Show for dogs in the Toy Breed Group.  This starts at 1:00 pm.

If you are wanting to watch a particular breed/group or just  Best in Show, come early in case judging wraps up earlier than expected.  This is especially important on Sunday as there are fewer breaks in judging.

We have a Halloween Dog Photo Contest that is open to the public.  Bring a photo of your dog in a costume by noon on Saturday to the Show Secretary desk and the judging will be done after Best in Show.

Our Halloween Dog Costume Contest/Parade is open only to dogs and their handlers/owners who are registered in the Dog Show.  The Parade of participants will take place after Best in Show (approx. 4:00 pm).  This event is a crowd pleaser.

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If you have any questions regarding the Dog Show events, please feel free to contact us by email:

Lisa Tremblay – Show Secretary –   ph 250-720-5585

July 15, 2018 – AIOC Rally & Obedience Trials

PRE-REGISTER FOR TRIAL (by email) – until Friday July 13th, will save you time and line-ups.
On Trial Day – Sunday, July 15th – you will only have to pay and pickup armbands.

The 1st & 2nd trials will run in the same order.  This will give everyone an equal amount of time between each trial.

To Pre-Register, email us the following information:

  • Your name
  • Name of AIOC member club
  • Your dog’s name & breed
  • Name of Trial & Class you wish to enter
  • At $10. per run, total amount due upon arrival
  • Email:

This is recommended for all registrants.  Upon arrival you will need to present your AIOC card and pay your fees.  Your competition number will be ready for you.

Please Note:

AIOC – Association of Island Obedience Clubs comprises of 10 Vancouver Island Dog Clubs.  To be a member of AIOC, you must be a member in good standing with one of the 10 Vancouver Island Dog Clubs.  You must be a AIOC member to participate in an AIOC event.

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2018 Winner of Rally – Masterclass

July 16, 2017 AIOC Trials in Coombs

PRE-REGISTER FOR TRIAL (by email) – until Friday July 14th, will save you time.

On Trial Day – July 16th – you will only have to pay and pickup armbands.

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Judging started at 9:00 am with a short break between Trials 1 & 2.  All judging completed by 2:00 pm.

Trial Results:

Note:  Novice Intermediate Class is “Exhibition Only”

Candid Photos:

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Basic Obedience Dogs

Our first Basic Obedience Class of 2017 – 18 dogs in 2 sessions on Monday evenings at Cherry Creek Hall-Gym.  Synneva Stubbs returns this year to instruct the classes throughout 2017.

If you want to get your dog into its first obedience class or a refresher, pre-register now to reserve a spot in the class.  They fill up fast.boc-17-1-class

Meet Shadow

Shadow is a special Golden Retriever, especially to his owner/handler Kayla Aolick.13125021_1039929899427208_7895978289934161381_n

Kayla suffers from epilepsy (due to a cancerous brain tumor) and she was advised to get a seizure response dog to help manage her episodes. Kayla was matched with Shadow in 2012 through the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides and this new relationship has completely changed her life.

Shadow is truly her best friend and loyal companion. Kayla believes Shadow came into her life at a time when she needed him most, and since then, Kayla has gained her independence back. Shadow has helped Kayla overcome obstacles and take on new challenges that she never thought she could. Overall, Kayla is grateful to Shadow for always being there for her as her “guardian angel” – protecting and watching over her as well as giving her family peace of mind that Kayla is always in good hands (or “paws”).purinaaward

In 2016 Shadow was awarded the Purina Hall of Fame – Better Together Award and travelled to Toronto to accept the award.

Here is an interview with Shadow:

Shadow has a Facebook page:

Local ShawTV produced a video that is on YouTube:

Kayla and Shadow are a team and spend their time giving back to those that have given so much to them.  She is still active with the Tour de Rock Bike Ride for childhood cancer.

Together they have set a goal to raise enough funds so that someone else can get a Guide Dog through the Lion’s Foundation.

We are proud to have Kayla & Shadow as special guests of the Alberni Valley Kennel Club’s 52nd annual Championship Dog Show, October 14-15-16, 2016 at Glenwood Center.  Come by and meet Shadow and support the fund raising activities at the show.Kayla-Shadow-Lions Foundation for Dog Guides

BC Gaming Event Licence – Class D – 50/50 Draws – Licence #88731.

52nd Annual Dog Show * Oct. 14-16, 2016




Click here for complete PREMIUM LIST

Our list of events include:

All 3 days:

  • All Breed CKC Championship Show – Best in Show – incl. Brace Competition & Baby Puppy Classes
  • Fundraising for Lions Foundation for Dog Guides

Friday –

  • Meet the Breeds – Breeders Forum  –  5:00 to 7:00 pm – Link to List of Dogs
    • Various Breeders bring their dog(s) to show to the public.  Get a closer view of the dog(s) and ask any questions you may have.  ***DON’T MISS THIS***
  • Pointing Club All Breed Sanction Match – Register at 5:00 pm.  Start at 6:00 pm


  • Canine Good Neighbour Testing  – starting at 10:00 am until 1:00 pm
  • Juvenile & Veteran Sweepstakes – at noon
  • Junior Handling – after Best Puppy in Show
  • Chuck-a-Duck Fundraiser for Junior Handling – following Junior Handling
  • Saturday Night Social Dinner (by donation) – approx. 5:00 pm –
  • Catalogue Draw – Rags Custom Embroidery
    • Purchase a Show Catalogue & your name is entered in draw.  Digital Marked Catalogues are also available.

Click here for the full 2016 Judging Schedule

2016 AV Kennel Club Championship Dog Show – Simplified Schedule
Oct. 14th
Oct. 15th
Oct. 16th
9:00 AM
9:00 AM
9:00 AM
10:00 AM
9:00 AM
9:00 AM
10:30 AM
10:30 AM
9:00 AM
10:45 AM
11:00 AM
Non Sporting
10:00 AM
Lunch Break
12:00 PM
11:00 AM
1:00 PM
1:30 PM
Lunch Break
1:00 PM
1:30 PM
12:30 PM
1:00 PM
3:10 PM
12:45 PM
The following times are approximate.  It will depend on the completion of judging
3:00 PM
Best in Show
3:00 PM
Best in Show
2:30 PM
Best in Show
5:00 PM
Meet the Breeds
4:00 PM
Junior Handling
6:00 PM
Sanction Match
4:30 PM
Jr. Fundraiser
5:00 PM

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We would like to thank the following sponsors, donors, contributors and supporters of our annual Dog Show.  We couldn’t do the show without you.

Dog Show.caCanadian Dog FancierAlberni Veterinary Clinic Pacific ChevroletCedarwood LodgeFenceline ProductsShar KarePort Puddle DucksTyee Village Motel Manzini Veterinary ClinicAnimal ArkBute St. Vet ClinicBuckerfieldsCircle DairyKlitsa KennelsNaesgaard’s Farm MarketRedford Motor InnBosley’s Pet StoreIndustrial Heritage SocietySmitty’s Restaurant | Somass MotelRiverside MotelCokely Wire RopeTim HortonsClam Bucket RestaurantPurple Paw GroomingEBA Dogs – Training


2016 Obedience Training

In 2016 we have scheduled 7 Basic Obedience Training sessions.  We are currently in the middle of BOC #5.

We would normally start another session right after the a session ends, but our instructor is having a surgery and we have postponed BOC #6 to start September 19th.

Go to “Classes” to get all the details of the remaining training sessions.

Also note that BOC16-7b is for repeat/refresher training only.  It is only 4 lessons and it will cost $50.

There will be no training scheduled for December.  We will post the schedule for 2017 as soon as it available.

If you are interested in advanced Obedience training, please let us know.

Novice level Obedience follows the CKC program.  It is open to all dogs including mixed breeds.  Successful completion and testing of the Novice level will result in the title of Companion Dog, aka CD.

Once we get enough interest, we will arrange for an instructor and schedule classes.



2016 AIOC/AVKC Trials July 17th

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May 29, 2016 Purina Walk for Guide Dogs


Alberni Valley Kennel Club is pleased to support the Lions Foundation of Canada and the Purina Walk for Dog Guides, by participating and donating to the Walk.

We had a chance to meet local Guide Dog, Shadow is a seizure response dog for Kayla Aolick.  He is very special to her and gives her the comfort and care to live a more independent life.  Kayla wants someone else to get the gift of a dog to make their life better.  It takes the donations of many to support the guide dog program.  Every little bit helps.

You can still donate online:  Port Alberni Purina Walk for Dog Guides

Also at the walk,  AV Lions BBQ,  Mini Silent Auction,  Kids Draw and Bosley’s.

AV Kennel Club challenged all Obedience Class participants (past & present) to donate.

The weather was great and there were lots of dogs.  (Congrats to Roberta for walking 4 of her standard poodles.)

If you missed it, be sure to mark it on your calendar for next year.

2015 – 51st Annual Dog Show – October 16-18

15-Oct-DogShow-black-2000x2000Our 51st AVKC Annual Dog Show is “ALL ABOUT DOGS”

Instead of a “Canine Classic Show” (scheduled to return every 2 years) we plan to have a “MEET THE BREED” exhibit and the Lagotto Romagnolo Club of Canada is holding a sanction match.  Details will be posted when they become available.

2015 Premium List (.pdf)

2015 Judging Schedule Revised-Oct 14

Here is a summary of the events over the weekend.  All times are approximate, based on the completion of preceding event.


  • 8:00 am start of Breed Judging in Groups 1-7
  • 3:00 pm (after Breed Judging) Best in Show
  • 5:00 – 7:30 pm, Friday Night Dinner (by donation) and music by Lance Lapointe
  • 6:00 – “Chuck a Duck” Fundraiser for Junior Handling

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  • 8:00 am start of Breed Judging in Groups 1-7
  • 3:00 pm (after Breed Judging) Best in Show
  • 10:00 am – Canine Good Neighbour Testing. Registration starts at 9:30 am
  • Noon – Cold Lunch (by donation)
  • Noon – Sweepstakes (Baby Puppy, Veterans)
  • 12:00 Noon – Junior Handling
  • 5:00 to 7:30 pm – Meet the Breeds – Breeders and their dogs on display.
  • 5:00 pm – Lagotto Romagnolo Sanction Match


  • 8:00 am start of Breed Judging in Groups 1-7
  • 3:00 pm – Best in Show

Every day:

  • 50/50 Draws (noon & 6 pm on Fri & Sat – noon only on Sun.)
  • Show Catalogue purchased and you will be entered  in a Free draw
  • Food Truck(s)
  • RV Overnight Parking – Thu, Fri. & Sat.

AIOC Obedience & Rally Trials – July 12, 2015

2015ObedienceClasses2500x3850This is our 4th annual AIOC Obedience & Rally Trials.  It takes place inside the Coombs Activity Hall.  There is limited space inside the hall for crating dogs.

An entry is $10. per dog/trial.  (We will help you schedule multiple dogs &/or schedule you in each trial)

Don’t forget to bring your AIOC Trial Cards.  If you are new to AIOC, please bring your Kennel Club Membership card.

We will take registration from the dogs that will go in the ring first.  (Obedience – Utility, Open…  Rally – Novice A & B…)

Lunch break is at the discretion of the judges.  Limited snacks will be available.

Purina Walk for Dog Guides – May 31st 2015



As part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, we are happy to bring back the:

Alberni Valley


Saturday Evening, October 18, 2014

The Winners Are:

  • Best in Classic – Bouvier des Flandres #532
  • Best Veteran – Smooth Fox Terrier $537
  • Best in Sporting Group – Irish Water Spaniel #504
  • Best in Hound Group – Standard Wired Hair Dachshund #511
  • Best in Working Group – Siberian Husky #513
  • Best in Terrier Group – West Highland Terrier # 518
  • Best in Toy Group – Havanese #525
  • Best in Non-Sporting Group – French Bulldog #538
  • Best in Herding Group – Bouvier des Flandres #532

List of entries and all FINAL scores (.pdf) 1 page

This is a formal affair and all exhibitors, judges, stewards… are requested to wear formal attire.

ELIGIBILITY:  To be eligible to enter, the dog(s) must have won a Group 1st ribbon at ANY time in the past and enter before October 1st (with the exception of those dogs that become eligible between Oct. 1-18th.) A group first picture must accompany your entry or be verified by the show secretary to be eligible.

PRIZES:  Best in Classic, Group Winners & Best Veteran in Classic

JUDGING:  Dogs competing shall be judged in their “Group” in random order.  Each group will be judged by 2 judges without consultation between judges.  Each judge will score each dog out of a possible 100 points.  The total score awarded the winner will be announced.  (The remainder of judging and in case of a tie, is yet to be determined by the show committee.)

RULES:  The “Canine Classic” is an unofficial event and is separate from the Alberni Valley Kennel Club’s CKC Approved All Breed Shows & Trials.

The Canine Classic will be held after “Best in Show” Saturday, October 18, 2014

No Dog may be entered in the Classic if it has been handled, owned, leased or boarded etc. by any of the Classic judges.

The Show Committee reserves the right to remove any person or dog from competition for misbehaviour.

Please keep your set-up & grounds clean.  Do not use the ring areas for exercising dogs.

The club wishes to express that this is a Formal Dress Event and formal attire is requested.

There will be no refunds of entry fees for any reason.





  • No admission for spectators.
  • Bar Service – Beer & Wine
  • Canine Classic Catalogue will be available for sale.

More details will be posted here as they become available.

50th ANNUAL DOG SHOW – Oct. 17-19, 2014

50th Anniversary




CKC-ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW – October 17-18-19, 2014




  • Building will not be available to exhibitors until 5:00 pm (subject to change without notice.)
  • RV parking behind the fence (with electrical access) may not be available until 5:00 pm (subject to change without notice.)
  • Temporary parking available in Vimy St. lot.


  • Building opens
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Show starts
    • Group 1 – 7
    • Best in Show
  • Friday Night Dinner
  • Building closes


  • Building opens
  • CANINE GOOD NEIGHBOUR TEST starts at 10:00 am
  • Show starts
    • Group 1 – 7
    • Best in Show
  • Set up for Canine Classic
  • Last chance to enter Canine Classic (1 hour after Best in Show)
  • Introduction to the Canine Classic (more details…)
  • Canine Classic begins
    • Group 1 – 7
    • Best Veteran in Classic and Best in Classic
  • Building Closes


  • Building opens
  • Show begins
    • Group 1 – 7
    • Best in Show
  • Building clean up

Other activities:

  • CKC Dog Show Catalogue for sale (limited supply)
  • Lottery Ticket Tree Raffle
  • Silent Auction
  • 50/50
  • Canine Classic Catalogue for sale (limited supply)

2014 AVKC-AIOC Obedience & Rally Trials

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Register at 9:00 am – Judging starts at 9:30 am.

OBEDIENCE – Maggie Henigman

  • Utility A & B – Open A & B – Pre Novice – Novice Int./C – Novice A & B

RALLY O – David Denis

  • Novice A & B – Advanced A & B – Excellent A & B
  • $10. per entry

  • Raffle for 6 Baskets – Tickets 5 for $5.  or 10 for $8.

  • Food & Beverages – pay by donation, please.

For any questions, please contact Dinant Vanden Hoek, or ph. 250-723-3496

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2013 AVKC-AIOC Obedience & Rally Trial

Most of the info you require is included in the flyer below.

The judging schedule is as follows:

Obedience – Starts at 9:00 am

  • Utility
  • Open
  • Novice Intermediate
  • Novice
  • Pre-Novice

Rally Obedience – Starts at 10:00 am

  • Novice
  • Advanced
  • Excellence



We hope to see you there!


Update:  A good time was had by all.  We were pleased with the turn out despite the threat of rain.  The covered area at Blair Park was ideal for the gathering.  We had dogs of all kinds there.  There was Door Prizes, treats and water for both dogs and their owners/handlers. Thanks to the Peak 93.3 Radio for promoting and sponsoring this community event.

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Alberni Valley Kennel Club is having a fun, casual dog walk that is open to the public and they MUST LOVE DOGS.

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DATE:  Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

PLACE:  Blair Park and the Kitsuksis Dyke, Port Alberni

TIME:  1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

We ask that all dogs be leashed and easily controlled by the handler for the safety of everyone and every-dog.

The walk will take approximately one hour to start and finish at Blair Park.

Small dogs can walk from Blair Park to  Spencer Park and back.

Bring your doggy poop bags!

We will supply water and treats after the walk.

We will have information on hand regarding AV Kennel Club programs

  • Annual CKC – AVKC Dog Show in October
  • Basic Obedience Classes – ongoing
  • Drop In Handling Classes, Rally Practice, Obedience Practice
  • AVKC Rally & Obedience Trial in July
  • Other Dog Events on the Island
  • Free Draw for a Door Prize
  • Other Fundraising activities to support AV Kennel Club Programs and Equipment.

Come out and give your dog some time to exercise and socialize.

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July 22 – AVKC Hosts AIOC Obedience & Rally Trial

Alberni Valley Kennel Club is proud to present its first AIOC Trial for Obedience and Rally.
The venue is centrally located in Coombs on Vancouver Island to make it a relaxing day trip for almost everyone.  (Map below)
We are prepared for any weather condition and comfort for dogs, handlers, judges and spectators.
  • Two rings (indoors)  in the Arrowsmith Activities Building (a multi-purpose hall)
  • Excellent washroom facilities in the hall.
  • Grassy grounds of the Coombs Fairgrounds with some picnic tables
  • Concession stand (trailer) provided by AVKC member
Obedience Trial (Ring 1) Judging starts at 9:00 am with Novice A, Novice B, Pre-Novice, Open A, Open B, Utility A, Utility B.
Rally-O Trial (Ring 2) Walk-thru will be at 9:45 am and 15 minutes before each class (Excellence/Advanced/Novice).
Rally-O Trial (Ring 2) Judging starts at 10:00 am with Excellence A, Excellence B, Advanced A, Advanced B, Novice A, Novice B.


AVKC – AIOC – Obedience – (pdf)

AVKC – AIOC – Rally – (pdf)

Dog Food Recall for Salmonella


Taste of the Wild, Kirkland, 4Health, Premium Edge, Professional, Country Value, Natural Balance, Wellness, Canidae, Nature’s Domain Dog Food Recall


Batches of the brands manufactured between December 9, 2011 and April 7, 2012 are affected
Consumer Contact: 866-918-8756
Media Contact: 816-255-1974
Diamond Pet Foods today announced that it is expanding a voluntary recall to include batches of nine brands of dry pet food formulas manufactured between December 9, 2011 and April 7, 2012 due to potential Salmonella contamination.
In April 2012, Diamond Pet Foods initiated three voluntary recalls of Diamond manufactured dry dog food. Although none of the additional products being recalled have tested positive for Salmonella, the company is pulling them from store shelves as a precaution. Diamond Pet Foods is coordinating efforts with federal and state health and regulatory agencies and decided to independently expand the recall to ensure the safety and well-being of customers and their pets.
The company stated: “We have taken corrective actions at our Gaston, S.C., facility and voluntarily expanded the recall out of concern for our customers and their pets.”
Brands included in the recall include:
    * Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
    * Country Value
    * Diamond
    * Diamond Naturals
    * Premium Edge
    * Professional
    * 4Health
    * Taste of the Wild
    * Natural Balance
* Wellness Large Breed Puppy
* Canidae Dog
* Nature’s Domain
To determine if their pet food is recalled, consumers should check the production codes on the back of bags that have a number “2” or a “3” in the 9th or 10th digit and an “X” in the 11th digit. The best-before dates for the recalled brands listed above are December 9, 2012 through April 7, 2013.

The following graphic illustrates how to read the production code and best-before date:

The recall affects only products distributed in the following U.S. states and Canada.  Further distribution through other pet food channels may have occurred.
    * Alabama
    * Florida
    * Georgia
    * Indiana
    * Kentucky
    * Massachusetts
    * Maryland
    * Michigan
    * Mississippi
    * New York
    * North Carolina
    * Ohio
    * Pennsylvania
    * South Carolina
    * Tennessee
    * Virginia
    * Canada

    * Puerto Rico

Diamond Pet Foods apologizes for any issues this may cause consumers and their pets. Pet owners who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact Diamond Pet Foods via a toll free call at 1-866-918-8756, Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST.  Consumers may also go to a special website,, for more information. The company is working with distributors and retailers to ensure all affected product is removed from shelves.
Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
Individuals handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. People who believe they may have been exposed to Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. According to the Centers for Disease Control, people who are more likely to be affected by Salmonella include infants, children younger than 5 years old, organ transplant patients, people with HIV/AIDS and people receiving treatment for cancer. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have received a limited number of reports of salmonellosis, the illness caused by Salmonella. We are working with the CDC, but due to patient confidentiality, we cannot comment further.