The Original AKK Breed Club
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Alaskan Klee Kai Association of America, Inc.
(The Original AKK Breed Club)
Initial Board of Directors
Linda S. Spurlin, President
Richard A. (Rick) Spurlin
Stephen P. (Pat) Keisor/Kearney
Sharon L. Sweeny, Vet. Tech.
(Advisor) – Wasilla, Alaska
Cheryl L. (Chris) Scarborough/Shackelford
Eileen Gregory, Secretary
Colorado Springs, Colorado
The Alaskan Klee Kai Association of America (AKKAOA) was formed in 1988 and incorporated as a Domestic Non Profit Organization by Linda S. Spurlin, (breed developer of the Alaskan Klee Kai) Richard A. Spurlin and Stephen P. Keisor in 1990 under the name Klee Kai of Alaska-Alaskan Chapter. A direct quote from the original incorporation papers say the purpose was," To initiate the initial parent club, as suggested by nationally recognized kennel clubs, so as to promote and improve knowledge of a newly developed breed of dog hereafter known as the 'Klee Kai'. This initial organization will educate and set the standards by which future groups interested in forming similar dog clubs of this breed shall have as a set guide-line for which to base their club's activities." AKKAOA held their first meeting and picnic in Peyton, CO on July 1990
Linda Spurlin carefully chose the initial Board of Directors for this new corporation from amongst her trusted friends and associates. With the interest of other people to breed the Klee Kai growing the Board of Directors set about getting down on paper the thoughts, dreams and visions that previously had only needed to be verbal, such as the Breed Standard, and the Rules and Regulations for selecting breeding stock, the Bylaws for the Organization and establishing and maintaining the Registry for the Breed.
With the desire to educate and to continue the careful development of the breed in mind, the Board allowed in the Bylaws for a period of time to be known as the Formative Years, in which all owners of the breed would automatically have free membership in the club, and under the watchful eye of Mrs. Spurlin and the Board of Directors the breed was allowed to be shared with others and cautiously grow. Also during this time the Registry for the breed was transferred from the beginning paper files to more organized computer files.
In November of 1994 the Rocky Mountain Pet Expo in Denver, CO invited the AKK to attend; it was a weekend event featuring exhibitor booths, seminars, demonstrations and tons of toys, products and free samples, as well as the final round of an Amazing Pet Tricks Contest. The AKK were introduced to the public and the public was educated about this new rare breed. The AKK were invited and attended once again in 1995.
In January 1995 Linda Spurlin retired as President of the Association and Registrar for the breed. AKKAOA is eternally grateful for the contribution Linda S. Spurlin (the breed developer) has made to the world of dogs and appreciates her continued support and participation in association affairs. Eileen Gregory, the Association Secretary and Linda's Representative in the Continental U.S. took over as Registrar. The AKK Registry, and the Association Office was moved to Colorado. The Association was growing, the breed was growing, the paper work and expense to handle the Registry was growing, so finally dues needed to be charged. With this also came the right of the members to vote on breed affairs. The members voted to change the name of the breed from 'Klee Kai' to "Alaskan Klee Kai" which was felt to be more in keeping with other breeds who list their place of origin first in the breed name. The club name was then changed from 'Klee Kai of Alaska-Alaskan Chapter' to "Alaskan Klee Kai Association of America, Inc." herein referred to as AKKAOA or the Association.
In August 1995, much to the credit of Eileen Gregory, the Association gained full recognition for the breed with the American Rare Breed Association (ARBA) upon first application. Alaska's Own Nellie Juan bred by Linda Spurlin and owned by the Gregory's became the first ARBA Champion.
In 1996 AKKAOA gained full recognition for the Alaskan Klee Kai with The Federation of International Canines (FIC), again on first application. In mid 1996 AKKAOA applied to the United Kennel Club (UKC) for recognition of the Alaskan Klee Kai. The Board of Directors was instructed on how to re-write the breed standards into an acceptable UKC format. Once the re-write was completed the revised standards were sent to the Membership for approval and then to UKC for formal approval.
In the first quarter of 1997, Dr. Carmen Cetrone Jr. dedicated space on the internet for the Association to use to promote and educate the public on the new breed, the Alaskan Klee Kai. Dr. Carmen Cetrone started the first AKK WebRing and his WebRing graphics are still being used today.
On January 1, 1997 the United Kennel Club (America's second largest registry) gave full recognition to the Alaskan Klee Kai breed and took over ownership and responsibility for the breed's growing Registry. 1/1/1997 UKC AKK Breed Standard According to the contract with UKC, there was to be an initial period of 5 years in which AKKAOA would still be responsible for approving breeding stock and all AKK had to undergo and pass an adult examination to qualify as breeding quality. Only AKK that were born to parent dogs that had undergone examination and were found to be free of disqualifying faults would be registered with UKC. With UKC now maintaining the Registry for the breed AKKAOA concentrated on a book of records that reflected adult quality, health issues, personality traits, size, color, eye color and which dogs had been spayed/neutered.
Once AKKAOA had gained full recognition for the Alaskan Klee Kai with UKC, Association changes and rewrites were necessary in order for the Association to comply with UKC policies and apply for recognition as the UKC Parent Club for the breed. The Board chose to begin with the difficult task of re-writing the Rules and Regulations first so that members would have the information they needed for registration purposes with UKC. It was a long and difficult task, only to find out later that UKC would not be approving of Rules and Regulations for a club.
At UKC's suggestion the Board of Directors then set about working on the re-write of the Association's Constitution and Bylaws. With numerous phone calls to UKC for guidance they were written and rewritten time and again only to be repeatedly refused with UKC asking for adjustment on one point or another. That would be fixed according to UKC's desires and something else would be found that needed adjustment. It was a frustrating task for everyone involved. In 2000 UKC decided that they would no longer ask that AKK be pre approved as breeding quality in order to register their litters. In July 2000 UKC informed AKKAOA that they could not continue to keep records of any kind on the breed as they felt it was too similar to being a registry. AKKAOA was pointed in the direction of The Center of Genetic Disease Control for possible tracking of health issues in the breed. This meant even more changes to the Constitution and Bylaws and to the club would need to be made, so the Board set about making them. April of 2001 UKC stated that AKKAOA could make a Breed Inspection mandatory for membership, but advised against it. AKKAOA followed that advice and did not make it mandatory though still request reporting of health and temperament issues.
In late 2001 UKC provided AKKAOA with a generic set of Bylaws to be followed as closely as possible with any deviation needing to be approved. This made everyone's job much easier and in August 2002 AKKAOA gained Provisional Club Status with UKC. The purposes of this club as described in the new Constitution being:
a) to seek recognition as United Kennel Club Alaskan Klee Kai Parent Club;
b) to promote and improve knowledge of the Alaskan Klee Kai (herein referred to as AKK) and dogs in general;
c) to do all possible to bring the natural qualities of the pure-bred Alaskan Klee Kai to perfection through selective breeding;
d) to encourage genetic awareness within the breed by occasionally polling members as to the problems they may have encountered and publishing a list or brochure from the information collected giving clinical signs, methods of diagnosis, age of onset, mode of inheritance and potential treatments and prognosis when these things are known;
e) to aid with every possible means in demonstrating the conspicuous ability of the Alaskan Klee Kai as a companion;
f) to encourage the organization of local Alaskan Klee Kai Clubs in those localities where there are sufficient fanciers of the breed to meet the requirements of The United Kennel Club;
g) to educate members and to urge breeders to adhere to the standard of the breed as approved by The United Kennel Club as a standard of excellence by which Alaskan Klee Kai may be judged;
h) to encourage sportsmanlike competition at all dog shows, and dog functions;
i) to conduct sanctioned matches and shows under the rules of The United Kennel Club.
Being a UKC Provisional Club meant that AKKAOA now needed to put on a UKC Rules and Regulations Seminar or hold our first show with UKC approval. With the thought that more of our members would benefit, AKKAOA opted to have the UKC Rules and Regulations Seminar at the time of the AKKAOA AKK Reunion Weekend and Annual Membership Meeting in Colorado. With the help of UKC it was arranged for Sandra Drake a UKC Judge and Field Representative to give the Seminar on June 7, 2003. AKKAOA was required to have 20% of the Membership and 75% of the Board of Directors present at the Seminar.
Those requirements were exceeded and the Seminar was a smashing success, evident in the glowing letter of recommendation written by Sandi Drake on behalf of AKKAOA.
July 23 - UKC approved AKKAOA as a Fully Licensed Conformation
October 31 – AKKAOA held their first UKC Licensed AKK Specialty Show in Lexington, Kentucky. The Mason-Dixon Club invited AKKAOA to hold our show during their Multi-breed show weekend and they were great to work with. Be sure to read more by going to this link: http://akkaoa.org/Specialty%20Show%202003.html
April 2, 3 & 4 – Golden West Group (GWG) hosted AKKAOA’s 1st AKK booth at the American Pet Expo in Southern CA. They introduced and promoted the AKK and AKKAOA to the general public.
August 6, 7 & 8 – AKKAOA Meeting and Picnic was held in Willow, Alaska at Terry and Jim Wright’s home on Crystal Lake. One of the focal points of the weekend was a 3-hour “Good Dog – Good Owner” seminar presented by Dr. Claudia Sihler, Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT). This seminar was approved for one hour of Continuing Education credit for Veterinary Technicians that attended, by the Alaska State Veterinary Board.
October 29 – The second AKKAOA AKK Specialty was held in Lexington, KY. The Mason-Dixon Club invited AKKAOA back to hold our AKK Specialty during their Multi-breed show weekend. At this Specialty, we instituted two new awards: The Sportsmanship Award and the Showmanship Award. The Sportsmanship Award is a traveling award, donated by the Mason Dixon Multi Breed Dog Association in memory of Gail Compton. The winner of this award is selected by those exhibiting in the Specialty and it will reside with the winner for one year. After one year, it will be replaced by a plaque, and the name of the winner will be engraved on the award, which will then be awarded to a new winner. We are pleased and proud to announce that the winner of the first Sportsmanship Award was Susan Cain, who was voted on by her peers. The winner of the Showmanship Award is selected by the Judge from amongst all of the exhibitors in the Specialty. Again, we are pleased and proud to announce that the first Showmanship Award went to Fran Morano.
December – The Health and Medical Research Committee was allotted monies to hire a computer database consultant to set-up our Medical and Health database.
January – The Health and Medical Research Committee Health Survey was finalized and sent out during February and March.
February 3 - AKKAOA first asked UAKKA about doing a joint event. They were in the midst of holding their elections. AKKAOA then asked the newly elected UAKKA President, Barbara Williams and in August she accepted our offer. Those working on this committee to put a joint event together are; the members for AKKAOA are Linda Solorio and Tammy Martin; for UAKKA the members are Susie Cain and Linda Yates .
March 11 – AKKAOA’s 1st Multi-Breed Show was held in Kiowa, CO, along with an AKK Specialty making this our 3rd AKK Specialty. The High Plains Kennel Club invited AKKAOA to hold these two shows in conjunction with their Multi-breed dog shows. Jenna Kallaher of New Mexico was honored with the best Showmanship Award plaque. Bob Cook of Oregon was honored with the best Sportsmanship Award plaque, which was voted on by his peers.
April – Submitted our presentation packet to UKC to request that AKKAOA become the National Parent Club for the AKK.
April 15, 16 & 17 - GWG hosted AKKAOA’s 2nd AKK booth at the American Pet Expo in Southern CA, where the AKK were introduced and AKKAOA was promoted to the general public.
May 25 - Jeff Rogers’ of Gray Wolf Innovations, LLC is approved to take over the maintenance of the website and become the webmaster.
June 24, 25 & 26 – In association with the Sandy Paws Canine Club, GWG hosted AKKAOA’s Multi-breed show on Friday and an AKK Specialty on Sunday at Pioneer Park, Lucerne Valley, CA. This weekend made this AKKAOA’s 2nd Multi-breed show weekend and their 4th AKK Specialty. AKKAOA’s Annual Picnic, informal meeting and an Obedience R & R were also held during the weekend.
June 26 - Sunday before their AKK Specialty they started early with Deena Case-Pall, PhD, Psychologist and Animal Behaviorist, who demonstrated considerable insight into the Alaskan Klee Kai breed. She eagerly answered questions during and following her comprehensive discussions about those factors that go into the make-up and personalities of our dogs. She was delightful and willing to stick around as long as anyone had questions for her. We had approximately 29 attendees.
July 20 - UKC sent AKKAOA a list of goals that they would like to see us accomplish before we would be considered as a Provisional Parent Club.
August 4 – AKKAOA received their letter from UKC announcing that we have obtained our Obedience License.
November 4 – We hosted our 3rd Annual AKK Specialty in Kentucky. The show was moved from Lexington to Simpsonville, KY, making this our 5th AKK Specialty since we started.
January 1st – we start publishing the Alaskan Klee Kai Newsletter 6 times a year.
February (Mid) - The Health and Medical Research committee distributed approximately 240 DNA swabs to AKK owners to be sent to Dr. Urs Giger at the University of Pennsylvania Vet School who is working on the Factor VII research.
April 21st - 23rd – AKKAOA’s Golden West Group in southern California hosted their third America’s Family Pet Expo in Costa Mesa, CA. The AKK and AKKAOA were once again introduced and promoted to the public with much enthusiasm.
July 22nd -23rd – the Golden West Group hosted a successful weekend of 4 Multi-breed shows in Claremont, CA.
September 2nd – AKKAOA held their annual Reunion Picnic in Summerville, PA. There was not a quorum, so a short informal meeting was held.
November 4th –Dr. Urs Giger of the University of Pennsylvania Vet School presented a very important seminar on Factor VII and what it means for the Alaskan Klee Kai. More information can be found posted on the website: http://akkaoa.org/events.html
November 5th – AKKAOA proudly hosted their Fourth Annual Alaskan Klee Kai Specialty in Kentucky (Simpsonville), which makes a total of 6 AKK specialties they have hosted since March 2005. There was the one Specialty held in Kiowa, CO and the other was at Pioneer Park in Lucerne Valley, CA. At the request of UKC, AKKAOA will hold only one Specialty per year.
January 1 – UKC approved the closure of the AKK Stud books beginning on this date. More information can be found posted on the website: http://akkaoa.org/pastannouncements.html
Created Public Relations Committee and guidelines for what it will cover.
April 13th - 15th - Golden West Group at their 4th Pet Expo at Costa Mesa, CA.
19th - AKKAOA Yahoo membership discussion group was formed.
22nd - First Midwest group (to be) BBQ held in Brooklyn Park, MN by Kristi and Matt Dushek.
May 1st - Constitution and Bylaw amendments were certified.
Introduction of quarterly online general membership meetings and the meeting guidelines were published in the AKK News.
June 24th - First online quarterly General Member’s Meeting.
July 21st - 22nd - Golden West Group’s All Breed Conformation Show at Claremont, CA. which included 40 AKK entries.
Kennelz and Bitz of Minnesota volunteers to become a foster facility for AKKAOA’s rescues. They fostered two AKK until their forever home was found.
October 19th - Reunion Picnic and Annual Meeting, our 19th, was held at Smith Park Pavilion in Springfield, MO.
The AKK Pedigree Database was announced at this meeting as being online.
A Weight Pull Clinic/Demo was presented by Mary and Tim Cunningham of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club.
Terry Wright was presented with the Lifetime Membership award.
7th AKK Specialty in Springfield, MO was held at the Boys and Girls Club.
20th - 21st - Multi-Breed shows.
November - Recommendations for AKK health monitoring was published in the AKK News and on the website.
January 26th - 27th - Golden West Group Multi-Breed show at Claremont, CA. Our first January shows and the first time to use the 3 ring format.
2008 is the 20th Anniversary of the formation of AKKAOA, the original AKK Breed Club. Lenor Lynas made a beautiful Memorial quilt to celebrate this anniversary which was raffled off to one of AKKAOA’s members.
March - Reported in the AKK News - AKK Pedigree Database has 774 unique dogs and 94 registered users
April 1st - EBay *Dog of the Month* AKK Rescue Calendar auction.
11th - 13th- Golden West Group at Pet Expo for the 5th year at Costa Mesa, CA, Orange County Fairgrounds, where the AKK booth grew from 1 to 4.
May - Agreement for a separate rescue Alaskan Klee Kai National Rescue (AKKNR) approved. This is combined of and partially supported by both AKKAOA and UAKKA.
24th - 25th - Platinum East's first show, 4 Multi breed show weekend in Punxatawney, PA.
Creation of Platinum East Group (PEG). Carolyn Zinsser as the contact person.
Reported in the AKK News - AKK Pedigree Database 1000 unique dogs and 107 registered users.
June - The Kitchen Kompanion cookbook at the publishers. The book contains 250 recipes, including recipes for dog, cat, bird and horse treats. Evelyn Richer has designed a cover and liner for the 3-ring book, as well as the dividers for each section, and did an outstanding job using as many photos as possible. The recipe portion of the book is being published by Morris Press but the stories and photos that were not included in the main portion of the cookbook will be printed as an insert by Martin & Virginia Skiby. Evelyn has done two pencil drawings that will be front and back covers of the insert which will be put in the back.
July 18th – the 8th AKK Specialty in Claremont, CA, hosted by the Golden West Group with blood draw clinic. Program on Hypothyroidism and Autoimmune Thyroid was presented by Dr. Jean Dodds, 20th Reunion Picnic and Annual Meeting in Claremont, CA, hosted by the Golden West Group. The Kitchen Kompanion Cookbook was first available on this weekend.
Lenor Lynas was presented with the Lifetime Membership award.
19th - 20th - Multi-Breed shows hosted by the Golden West Group.
19th - 20th - Obedience Trials hosted by the Golden West Group.
November - Reported in the AKK News - AKK Pedigree Database has 1300 unique dogs and 151 registered users.
December - Creation of the Midnight Sun AKK Group – MSAKK (The Land of the Midnight Sun) group. Terry Wright, contact person.
January - First AKKAOA AKK News to be sent by email. Making it more convenient, timelier, and cost effective and the photos/images are sharp and clear.
Reported in the AKK News - AKK Pedigree Database had 812 visitors, has 1315 unique dogs and 188 registered users.
Regional Development Committee created, chaired by Patricia Zengel.
Awards Committee created headed by Linda Yates.
24th - 25th - Conformation Shows and Obedience Trials in Claremont, CA. hosted by Golden West Group.
March - Reported in the AKK News - AKK Pedigree Database has 1348 unique dogs & 218 registered users.
15th - Online general membership meeting on Health Issues.
21st - 22nd - The Alaskan Klee Kai of the North West participated at the Shelton, WA shows.
April 17th -19th - Golden West Group for the 6th year was at Pet Expo in Costa Mesa, CA.
May 30th - 31st - The Alaskan Klee Kai of the North West participated at the Chehalis, WA Shows.
June 7th - Online general membership meeting the discussion was on Service & Therapy dogs.
July 1st - EBay auction for the 2010 *dog of the Month* Photos for the AKK Rescue Calendar.
Reported in the AKK News - AKK Pedigree Database has 1443 unique dogs & 270 registered users.
3rd – 5th - Alaskan Klee Kai of the North West group participated in Washington Classic show
18th - 19th - Golden West Group show Conformation and Obedience in Claremont, CA with blood draw clinic, Thyroid OFA Panel, etc
September 18th - AKK Specialty in Carlisle, PA at the Hotel Carlisle hosted by the Platinum East Group (PEG) Reunion Picnic and 21st Annual Meeting in Carlisle, PA at the Hotel Carlisle hosted by the Platinum East. Eileen Gregory, who unfortunately could not be at the meeting, was presented with the first Bob Cook Spirit of AKKAOA Award by Linda Yates and other committee members. Mary Jones graciously accepted the award in honor of Eileen.
Judge Roger *Butch* Bennett gave a presentation on the AKK.
19th - Multi-breed show in Carlisle, PA at the Hotel Carlisle hosted by the Platinum East Group.
Cardiac health clinic presented by Dr. Kristin Jacob DVM. In cardiac auscultation, an examiner uses a stethoscope to listen for sounds, which provide important information about the condition of the heart.
20th - Multi-breed show in Carlisle, PA at the Hotel Carlisle hosted by the Platinum East Group.
September AKK News announced that Dr. Jean Dodds became AKKAOA’s medical advisor.
Reported in the AKK News - AKK Pedigree Database has 1505 unique dogs & 296 registered users.
October 24th - Pet Expo in Saint Louis, KS was hosted by two AKKAOA members, Barbara Wiebelhaus and Lanie Crawford.
December 1st - EBay Holiday auction was kicked off.
January - Reported in the AKK News - AKK Pedigree Database has 1590 unique dogs & 342 registered users.
January – AKKAOA is on Facebook.
February 6-7th, 2010 – Claremont, CA show, hosted by Golden West Group.
February 14th, 2010 – General meeting, topic was Altered classes at UKC shows are now licensed, and what this may mean for AKKAOA. Currently we have 200 members.
March - AKK Pedigree Database: 1617 dog in database
April 16-18, 2010 – Golden West Group for the 7th year was at Pet Expo in Costa Mesa, CA.
May 2010 - AKK Pedigree Database: 1733 dogs listed in the database and well over 300 users from the U.S. and many other countries. Started having Advertisements/ Brags/ Promotions by members in the newsletter.
July 23-25, 2010 – AKKAOA Specialty, Reunion picnic and Multi-Breed show in Claremont, CA. Mary Jones awarded first A Paw award. Installed Bonnie Gabriel as Membership Secretary and Sharon Hari as a Director.
September, 2010 - AKK Pedigree Database: currently have 1781 unique AKK listed in the database and well over 455 users from all over the world.
September 15th, 2010 – Approved new group - Southern Steel Magnolias AKK (SSMAKK) in the southern region.
September 25-26th, 2010 – Carlisle show, hosted by the Platinum East Group (PEG).
November 29th – December 6th, 2010 – eBay auction.
December, 2010 – General meeting – topic - what is that you want or would like to get from AKKAOA and the Board of Directors that you are not getting?
February 5 & 6 Claremont, CA MB Shows
March 13 online meeting, Terry Wright discussing Nose work, also see May-June 2011 NL discussion.
April 22nd Athens, TN, THE SOUTHERN STEEL MAGNOLIA GROUP along with the ALASKAN KLEE KAI ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA hosted the 2011 annual 11th AKK Specialty, Picnic, and quarterly in-person meeting. THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN DOG CLUB graciously invited AKKAOA to hold this at their show site where they also held 2 MB shows. It was Lo’s last in person meeting as President and she opted to talk to the group a bit.
July 10 online meeting and introduction of new BoD members, Sherry Blose (President) and Robin Carlstrom (Treasurer).
July 23-24 Claremont, CA, UKC MB show
September 17-18th, Carlisle, PA PEG MB show
October, new Website up and running.
October 28-30th, Gray Summit, MO, UKC Gateway Nationals. Joint AKKAOA Specialty with UAKKA.
November 13th, On Line General Membership Meeting: Patricia Zengel to talk about Health concerns as chair of Health committee.
November 28 – December 5, Annual Ebay auction.
AKK articles, stories and photos that have been published in the following (some are on this website and some you can find on Linda Spurlin’s website: http://www.alaskankleekai.com/spurlin/