Town and Country Kennel Club’s (TCKC) Conformation Class

Conformation Classes will continue at Town and Country Kennel Club 2507 Fox Creek Road until the week before Thanksgiving 2018.

McLean County Emergency Management Agency K9 Operations Team

On behalf of the McLean County Emergency Management Agency K9 Operations Team, the Emergency Management Association of McLean County would like to thank the Com Belt Kennel Club (CBKC) for their on-going support of our team through their generous donations each year.

The K9 Operations Team consists of seven handlers and nine K9s that are all volunteers, donating their time and financial resources to keep our K9s highly trained and certified for a variety of search and rescue missions throughout the State of Illinois. The donations from CBKC play a critical role in allowing our team to attend professional training seminars and to maintain important equipment that is vital to our training and deployment. For example, in May 2017 the entire K9 team traveled to West Virginia to spend four days working with one of the top working K9 trainers in the country, Mike Suttle, of Logan Haus Kennels. These seminars provide invaluable learning and experiences for both our handlers and our K9s, but are often out of our reach financially. With the donation from CBKC, we were able to offer each handler a $400 scholarship to help defray the professional training fee and other travel-related expenses.

In January, 2018 the team purchased the Behavior Shaping Device (BSD) with funds from CBKC. The BSD is a specialized piece of training equipment used in training our human remains detection (HRD) dogs that allows the dog to receive their reward remotely, without any cueing or interference from the handler. This piece of equipment costs almost $900 and again, without the generous donation from CBKC, we would not have been able to afford this purchase. This piece of equipment was critical in expediting the training and certification of our youngest HRD K9, Jessie, and she successfully passed multiple HRD certification tests in March, 2018 at only 18 months old with the International Police Work Dog Association (IPWDA) and is now actively assisting in missions.

Each handler spends on average around $7,000 annually out of their own pocket to maintain equipment, training, and annual certifications for their K9 partners. The donations from Corn Belt Kennel Club allow us to reduce some of that personal expense and also attain important additional training and equipment that may otherwise be out of our reach as volunteers. We can't thank CBKC enough for their continued assistance and generosity in supporting the work of our Search and Rescue K9 partners!

Corn Belt Kennel Club The primary objective of Corn Belt Kennel Club is to further the advancement of all breeds of pure-bred dogs. Established in 1951, CBKC desires to do all in its power to protect and advance the interest of all breeds of pure-bred dogs and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at dog shows and obedience trials. Finally, CBKC wishes to continue to conduct sanctioned matches, dog shows, and obedience trials under the rules of The American Kennel Club.

  • Don't make the mistake of treating your dogs like humans, or they'll treat you like dogs.
    ~ Martha Scott
  • Money will buy a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail.
    ~ Josh Billings
  • A dog is the only thing on this earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
    ~ Josh Billings
  • The more I see of men the more I like dogs.
    ~ Madame de Stael 1766-1817 French social leader
  • A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.
    ~ Ogden Nash
  • The great pleasure of a dog is that you make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, he will make a fool of himself too.
    ~ Samuel Butler
  • We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment.
    ~George Eliot
  • Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job.
    ~Franklin P. Jones
  • If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them.
    ~Phil Pastoret
  • If you get to thinking you're a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else's dog around.
    ~Will Rogers
  • Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
    ~Roger Caras
  • My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can. That's almost $7.00 in dog money.
    ~Joe Weinstein