Arrowhead Kennel Club supports the canine community

By Connie Macken, President, Arrowhead Kennel Club

A group of Northwest Valley dog ​​lovers came together in June 1992 to form the Arrowhead Kennel Club. This club now serves the communities of Peoria, Surprise, Sun City, Wittman, Wickenburg and Sun City West. With varying ages, interests and abilities, members include judges, breeders, groomers, service and therapy dog ​​owners and exhibitors in conformation, obedience, rally, agility and scenting.

The Arrowhead Kennel Club typically holds a dog show each year; a companion event on December 11 and 12 of this year includes Rally, Obedience, AKC Temperament Test, AKC Canine Good Citizen and AKC Cunning Dog.

The club is moving to a new show ground for its October 6-8, 2023 conformation show: the South Buckeye Equestrian Events Center, 10300 S. Miller Road.

The club invites newcomers to visit their monthly meetings at 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Coco’s Bakery and Restaurant, 9801 W. Bell Road. These meetings will resume in September and a holiday party will be held in late January or February. In addition to club business, there are frequent guest speakers for public educational segments.

After each dog show, the Arrowhead Kennel Club typically donates a portion of our profits to local dog-related charities. Over the past two years, she has donated over $8,000 to the following organizations:

  • Sun City and Surprise Fire Departments were running out of FIDO bags on their trucks. Arrowhead Kennel Club donated FIDO bags, which contain an oxygen mask suitable for small or large pets. Each bag also contains a collapsible water bowl, leash, collars, bag for dead snakes or animals, and medical supplies. These tools give pets the best chance of survival.
  • Homeless 2 Hero’s is a non-profit animal shelter and shelter that places homeless dogs in work situations suited to their abilities. The SEARCH and SERVICE program identifies dogs that have been dumped or abandoned whose personalities can do well in K9 search and rescue or become service dogs, “Homeless 2 Heroes”.
  • Soldier’s Best Friends provides U.S. Army veterans living with combat-related post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injury with therapeutic services or companions. Most dogs are rescued from local shelters. Veterans and dogs train together and build a trusting relationship that benefits them both.
  • Arizona Search Dogs is a non-profit organization made up of firefighters. They train, certify and develop FEMA canine search specialists for search and rescue across the United States. Their teams have been deployed to the World Trade Center and to cities like Oso, WA devastated by floods, hurricanes and tornadoes. Last year, the club donated funds to purchase a search and rescue pup.


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