Cancelled: TVDFA 2020 Show

Dear TVDFA Dog Show Exhibitors,

Over the last week our officers, board, and club members have been struggling with the decision to hold our 2020 show or not. We contacted judges and surveyed club members to get their thoughts or concerns so we could move forward weighing everyone’s voices equally. The membership, officers and board voted to cancel our 2020 show. The following reasons were of main concern to the club:

Health and Safety – We would not ask any club member, their family, volunteers, stewards, or judges to work our show if they feel unsafe. Safety is a basic human need and we will not violate that.

The Dogs – While we can train with masks at home, the suggested guidelines could easily ruin a dogs show career. Masks with or without glasses, gloves, hats, perfume/cologne/cigarettes, the smell of hand sanitizer, spray disinfectant could, quite easily, be too much for even the most seasoned show dog.

Expenses vs Income – the additional expenses that could come with holding a show (reimbursing flight tickets purchased with refundable insurance, individual car rentals for judges, individual catered boxed meals for all 3 meals for each day judges are here and for all the workers if restaurants aren’t fully open, hired workers to replace any members who don’t feel safe, the AKC suggested guidelines that include hand washing stations, hand sanitizer, wipes, gloves, masks) could easily be over $10,000. We can not count on more entries than usual, at best we can count on an average year….worse case we don’t even get enough entries to clear our normal expenses let alone the additional and we have to dig deeply into bank accounts to make up the difference.

We realize it may seem early to make this decision given we are 4 months away from the show. Our show is a large enough event that it would be classified under phase 4 in the governor’s plan to reopen Washington. Unfortunately no one has a crystal ball and had we chosen to go forward it would’ve been a gamble, figuratively and quite literally.

As a club we are brainstorming for what we can do in appropriate sized groups when we have reached the different phases. Please keep watching our page as we hope to provide many different outlets and activities for both our dogs and ourselves. If you are active in a performance event and would be interested in helping us introduce it to others, please message our page. We would love to talk!!

Thank you!!
Timberland Valley Dog Fanciers Association

Handling classes temporarily cancelled

Handling classes have been temporarily canceled due to the danger of COVID-19. As much as our teachers would like to give the local dog people a place to work their dogs, it has been decided to cancel per the Governor’s executive orders. Watch our club Facebook page for further updates.

Stay safe and please take care of you loved ones, both two and four legged.

1956 Madison Square Garden

First female handler to win BIS in Madison Square Garden – 1956!

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This month’s profile of Anne Rogers Clark states, “There quite simply has been no one else in the sport of dogs who so thoroughly mastered so many of its facets, from breeding to handling to judging.” The article is accompanied by exclusive images from Clark’s estate, donated to the AKC Library & Archives by the Poodle Club of America. This outtake features Annie celebrating the Best of Breed win of Ch. Fontclair Festoon at the 1959 Westminster Kennel Club dog show, a precursor to their later claim of Best in Show. It was written that Festoom gaited “primly as a little lady” as “a saucy specimen of compact perfection clad in a rich, smartly-trimmed dark coat in finest bloom.” While Annie had made history in 1956 as the first female handler to win BIS in Madison Square Garden, she was just as overwhelmed by this triumph over 3 years later, noting “Hard-bitten professionals can be emotional, too.” #waybackwednesday


Click to learn more about Ms. Clark on AKC

Anne Rogers Clark was an American dog breeder and trainer and one of the few people licensed to judge all 165 breeds and varieties recognized by the American Kennel Club. Wikipedia