Training Classes Begin June 7

Registration is now open for Puppy Kindergarten and Basic Skills & Everyday Manners.  Both classes will be held on Tuesday evenings beginning June 7th, at the Humane Society of Jefferson County’s Community Room.

Puppy Kindergarten is a six-week class, and will begin at 6:00 p.m.  Basic Skills & Everyday Manners is a seven-week class, and will begin at 7:00 p.m. UPDATE:  Basic Skills is full as of 5/27.

Preregistration is required and classes fill quickly; first-come, first-served.  See our Registration Info page (scroll down to the bottom of that page) for registration details and forms.

Session 2 Training Begins Tuesday, April 5th

KCFA’s next session of training is scheduled to begin soon!  Puppy Kindergarten will be held on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m., beginning April 5th.  Classes will be held in the Community Room at the Humane Society of Jefferson County, W6127 Kiesling Road, Jefferson, WI.

Basic Skills and Everyday Manners will also be on Tuesday evenings at the HSJC Community Room, beginning April 5 at 6:30 p.m. [Basic Skills class is full.]

Class sizes are limited and preregistration is required.

For detailed descriptions of each class, visit our Course Descriptions page.   To register, visit our Training Dates & Registration Info page and scroll down to find the required forms, including the COVID-19 Participation Agreement form.

Classes fill quickly, so don’t delay.  Mail your registration today!

K9 Veterans Day – Sunday, March 13

Please plan to join us for Wisconsin’s 8th Annual K9 Veterans Day ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 13, at the American Legion Banquet Center in Fort Atkinson!

This year’s program will be exciting. Our featured speaker is John Meeks—veteran K9 handler, bronze star recipient, and Executive Director of the U.S. War Dogs Association, Chapter 3.

We will also honor Riggs (with his handler Deputy Terry Tifft), the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department K9 who was shot in the line of duty.

Also honored will be fallen K9s from the past year and retiring working K9s.  All K9 handlers—active and retired—in attendance will be recognized. All K9s in attendance will also receive a special treat.

An announcement about the Terry Beck Protective Services Scholarship fund will also be made.

Prior to the event at the American Legion location, there will be a wreath-laying ceremony at the K9 Veterans Memorial in Fort Atkinson’s McCoy Park at 12:30 p.m.  Immediately following that, participants will gather at the American Legion.

If you love working K9s and if you want to honor them and their handlers, we encourage you to join us for this special event!

McCoy Park is located at 1100 Old Madison Road (across from Salamone’s Italian Pizzeria, 1245 Madison Avenue) and the American Legion Banquet Center is located at 201 S. Water Street East, both in Fort Atkinson, WI.

Click here to view the invitation to the
2022 K9 Veterans Day Program

 

Register Now for 2022 Training!

KCFA’s Training Committee is pleased to announce two classes scheduled to begin Saturday, January 29th.

Puppy Kindergarten will be held at 9:00 a.m., and Basic Skills & Everyday Manners classes will begin at 10:00 a.m..  [PLEASE NOTE:  Basic Skills & Everyday Manners is FULL as of 1/11/22.]

Both classes will be held in the Community Room at the Humane Society of Jefferson County, W6127 Kiesling Road, Jefferson, WI.

Masks will be required of all participants regardless of vaccination status, along with a signed COVID-19 Participation Agreement.

For detailed descriptions of each class, visit our Course Descriptions page.   To register, visit our Training Dates & Registration Info page and scroll down to find the required forms, including the COVID-19 Participation Agreement form.

Classes fill quickly, so don’t delay.  Mail your registration today!

Terry Beck Scholarship Exceeds Fundraising Goal

KCFA is pleased to announce that fundraising for the Terry Beck Protective Services Scholarship has exceeded the original goal of $15,000.  Subsequently, KCFA President Jan Holewsinski and Treasurer Mabel Schumacher recently presented a check for $20,000 to Sue Hartwick, executive director of the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation, to fund the inaugural scholarship!

The scholarship was established in memory of Fort Atkinson’s Terry Beck, a Marine Scout Dog Handler killed in action along with his K-9 partner, Seato, while serving in Vietnam.

To learn more about this new scholarship for students going into protective services fields, check out these local news articles:

Daily Jefferson County Union:

Kennel Club of Fort exceeds Terry Beck Protective Services Scholarship fund goal | Fort Atkinson | dailyunion.com

FortAtkinsonOnline.com:

Fort scholarship formed in memory of Marine K-9 handler Beck – FortAtkinsonOnline.com (Fort Atkinson Online LLC)

Scholarship criteria and guidelines are available at the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation’s website:

Guidelines (fortfoundation.org)

Register Now for Fall Training!

Registration is open for dog training classes to begin in October.  Classes will be filled first-come, first-served, and COVID-19 protocols will be followed for all classes.   Due to the recent increase in COVID cases, masks will be required for indoor classes, regardless of vaccination status.  Enrollees must also sign a COVID-19 Participation Agreement, to be submitted with registration forms and fees.

Due to the recent fire which destroyed the building adjacent to KCFA’s training site, all fall classes will be held at alternate locations.  A huge “Thank You” to Celtic K9 Academy and the Humane Society of Jefferson County for accommodating our needs!

Puppy Kindergarten will be held at Celtic K9 Academy on Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m., beginning Saturday, October 23.

Basic Skills & Everyday Manners will begin Tuesday, October 19 , at 6:00 p.m., in the Community Room of the Humane Society of Jefferson County[Basic Skills is full as of 10/8.]

Continuing Basic, with an emphasis on Canine Good Citizen (CGC) skills, will also be held on Tuesday evenings beginning October 19, also at the Humane Society of Jefferson County, with a start time of  7:30 p.m.  (CGC testing will be offered at a later date.)

Please visit the Course Descriptions page and the Dates and Registration Info page for more info and registration forms.

KCFA Founder Marleen LaPlant Passes

One of KCFA’s three founding members, Marleen LaPlant, passed away on July 1, 2021.   Marleen grew up on a farm and had a lifelong love of animals, especially dogs and dairy cows.  Marleen raised and competed in conformation and obedience with her three Dalmatians, Dottee, Stormee and Mistee.

She also made therapy dog visits to area nursing homes and libraries, etc. and was extremely active in the kennel club, doing everything from instructing classes to serving as the fun match secretary.  Marleen always encouraged dog sport “newbies,” making sure they had the information and equipment they needed, and she enthusiastically celebrated everyone’s accomplishments and successes.

In addition to “all things dog,” Marleen enjoyed traveling around the U.S., and bowling competitively.  She worked the majority of her career at Nasco, retiring in 2008 after 45 years of service.  Marleen was a strong leader, a great friend to so many, and she loved a good laugh!

Marleen is survived by her husband, John LaPlant, along with other relatives and many friends.  See Marleen’s full obituary by clicking the link below.

Marleen LaPlant Obituary

FortAtkinsonOnline.com ‘s Chris Spangler posted this tribute to Marleen:

https://fortatkinsononline.com/off-the-record-kennel-club-co-founder-marleen-laplant-remembered/

“Puppy Serenade” Dedicated at Rock River Park

“Puppy Serenade” at Rock River Park, Fort Atkinson

“Puppy Serenade,” a bronze statue honoring the founders of the Kennel Club of Fort Atkinson, was recently unveiled in front of an appreciative crowd at  Rock River Park.

Patty Beran, Rita Hasel, and Marleen LaPlant began meeting in 1991 to train their dogs together, eventually founding what is now an active non-profit all-volunteer community organization.

Fort Atkinson Online’s Chris Spangler covered the unveiling ceremony and celebration.  Read her full story and view numerous photos from the event by visiting  https://fortatkinsononline.com/puppy-serenade-dedicated-in-rock-river-park/.

The statue stands near a new drinking water fountain, providing refreshment for humans and canines, and includes a bench for park users to “paws” and take a rest.  The installation is near the disc golf course, along the drive between the archery range and the Clubhouse.

Update:  Puppy Serenade made the front page of the Daily Jefferson County Union.  To read the PDF visit our Puppy Serenade project page.

Marine Terry Beck Scholarship Announced at K9 Veterans Day Virtual Event

Marine Terry Beck and K9 Seato

As part of the 2021 K9 Veterans Day ceremony , The Kennel Club of Fort Atkinson, Inc. (KCFA) announced the creation of a scholarship in memory of Marine Scout Dog Handler Terry Beck.   Beck was an 18-year-old Fort Atkinson resident killed in action with his K9 partner, Seato, in Vietnam in December 1967.

This scholarship, in recognition of Terry Beck’s passion to protect and serve his country and its citizens, will offer financial support to Fort Atkinson High School graduates who plan to enter the field of protective services.

A fundraising campaign has been launched in support of this scholarship, with a goal of $15,000 to be raised by September 1, 2021.

Contributions may be sent to:  KCFA – Terry Beck Scholarship, c/o Mabel Schumacher, Treasurer, 848 Messmer Street, Fort Atkinson, WI, 53538.  Checks should be made payable to “KCFA – Terry Beck Scholarship.”

The KCFA has been honoring K9s and their handlers for the past several years, working to establish March 13th as Wisconsin’s K9 Veterans Day, and hosting annual celebrations of the event.  Due to the pandemic, this year’s recognition was held virtually, honoring seventeen K9s.   The Marine Terry Beck Protective Services Scholarship was announced at the event, with speakers including Mabel Schumacher, KCFA Treasurer;  Gary Wolfram, a friend of Terry Beck’s; and Army Veteran Richard Miles.

Please visit https://youtube/qmLIeCK3pWE to view the 2021 K9 Veterans Day Virtual Event video (approximately 17 minutes in length).

For more details about the Marine Terry Beck Scholarship, please follow these links:

Fundraising Brochure Terry Beck Scholarship

Fundraising Letter Terry Beck Scholarship

Press Release Terry Beck Scholarship

We hope you will consider making a donation in support of this scholarship, established in memory of Terry Beck and Seato, and the ultimate sacrifice they made.  Thank you!

Related pages:

Coverage of K9 Veterans Day Virtual Event and Scholarship Announcement by FortAtkinsonOnline.com

Daily Jefferson County Union article 2021 03 Mar 15-1

K9 Veterans Day  K9 Veterans Day is officially observed on March 13th in Wisconsin.

K9 Veterans Memorial  The K9 Veterans Memorial at McCoy Park, Fort Atkinson, honors all working K9s and features Marine Terry Beck and Seato.

Project Lead XXXII – Making Fort Atkinson Even More Dog-Friendly

The Project Lead XXXII group overcame many obstacles in completing their goal to make Fort Atkinson even more dog-friendly.  KCFA member Heather Traxler was an integral part of the 2020 Project Lead team. As a result of the group’s efforts, dogs and their people can now quench their thirst, rest their legs, and find pick-up bags as well as essential training tips, in many additional locations around town.

The Daily Jefferson County Union ran an extensive article with many photos:  Project Lead DU article 7.30.20 

KCFA publicly congratulated the 2020 Project Lead group with a letter to the editor:  Ltr to DU editor re Project Lead 7.29.20