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

Puppy Training Tips

During this COVID-19 pandemic, it’s difficult to take a puppy “out and about” so it can experience a wide variety of social situations and stimuli. Though KCFA has had to cancel classes for the summer, we want to encourage “puppy parents” to provide training and educational opportunities at home. In support of those who’ve recently acquired a puppy, KCFA’s Puppy Kindergarten instructors and Training Committee have collaborated to produce several informational articles. Please visit the Course Descriptions page for the links to these articles.

For a smile break, check out the Parade of Puppies video on our Join the Fun page, or visit the link directly at: https://s3.amazonaws.com/embed.animoto.com/play.html?w=swf/production/vp1&e=1595467127&f=VLxyfocoDGhzlzbv4RWfgA&d=0&m=p&r=360p+720p&volume=100&start_res=720p&i=m&asset_domain=s3-p.animoto.com&animoto_domain=animoto.com&options=%20allowfullscreen/iframe

New Titles Honored

Heather - OpalMany KCFA members compete in a variety of dog sports, and several dog-handler teams earned new titles during 2018.  These teams were honored at the recent KCFA Annual Meeting held at Sammy’s Place restaurant.  Titles earned range from Canine Good Citizen to Trick Dog to Rally, Agility and Hunter titles.

Visit our Join the Fun page to see photos.  Click on a thumbnail photo to enlarge it, and use the browser’s “back” button to close the photo and return to the page.

Congratulations to all our new title holders!

Service Dog Tales

Come join us on Saturday, July 28, at 1:00 p.m.,
to meet working service Cadence pushing door buttondogs and their handlers, and to listen to their stories of teamwork and transformation.  Learn about the functions of service dogs, how they’re trained, and laws that apply to them.  The presentation will be held in the Community Room of Dwight Foster Public Libary, 209 Merchants Ave, Fort Atkinson.  Admission is free and the public is invited.

Amber Marzahl, a member of the Kennel Club of Fort Atkinson,  will anchor the presentation with her service dog, Cadence.  Gulf War veteran Warren Demmin and his PTSD service dog, Loki, will add their own remarkable story to the presentation, and Katie McDonald, with her service dog, Zyko, will talk about what it takes to train a service dog and what functions they might perform.

Topics will include:  What is a service dog?  Who can benefit from a service dog?  What public access rights do service dogs have?  What are a business owner’s rights with regard to them?

The growing problem with “fake” service dogs will be discussed.  These are dogs that don’t perform services other than providing companionship, but are purported by their handlers to be service dogs in order to gain access to housing or public venues where dogs aren’t usually permitted.

Time will be allowed for questions from the audience, as well.

Here’s a poster you can print and post to help us spread the word about this event:    Service_Dog_Event_Flyer

 

 

25th Anniversary Celebration

25th Anniversary Founders Patty Marleen RitaMembers, former members and friends of the Kennel Club of Fort Atkinson celebrated the club’s 25th anniversary with a gathering at the Fort Atkinson American Legion Dugout on Sunday, October 29.

Club founders Patty Beran, Marleen LaPlant and Rita Hasel are pictured here with a congratulatory plaque from the Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce.

Visit our Join the Fun page for more photos.