Town and Country Kennel Club’s (TCKC)Conformation Class will resume March 1, 2018


Mr. Colm Hastings, from the Irish Kennel Club, Dublin, Ireland awarded the Irish Terrier Club of America, Chicago Chapter a letter of recognition of Huntermoon Irish Terriers. Ms. Mary Best, President of the chapter accepted the award.

Penny Duffee and Kathy Koehler Corn Belt Kennel Club, received an appreciation award for their care and concern of placement of the Huntermoon Irish Terriers.

A big thank-you to Mr. and Mrs. Kent Myers, Belvidere, IL for opening up their Kennel to accommodate the Irish Terriers.

A big thank-you to Keith and Kay Marxhors, Bloomington, IL for taking 15 year old Scout into their home, and providing the love and care needed, to the end of her life.

Nancy and Bruce Petersen

Petersen memorial

Our shows this year are dedicated to long time members, Bruce & Nancy Petersen. They bred and exhibited Irish Terriers under the Huntermoon kennel name since 1996, finishing 17 AKC Champions. Nancy showed the top breeder-owner handled Irish terrier in 2015 & 2016. She also exhibited their dogs in Barn Hunt, Obedience and lure coursing. Over the years she has served the Irish Terrier Club of America as board member, specialty coordinator, legislative liaison and trophy chairperson. As a member of the Irish Terrier Club of Chicago, Nancy served as president, board member, show chairperson , trophy chairperson and legislative liaison. Locally she belonged to Town & Country Kennel club and Corn Belt Kennel Club since 1987. For TCKC she served on the board of directors, Barn Hunt committee, organized the STAR puppy program and was a puppy class trainer. Nancy was an AKC approved Canine Good Citizen evaluator. She represented Corn Belt KC on the Heart of Illinois cluster committee and served as the obedience chairperson for the cluster. She served on the CBKC board and was the Conformation class coordinator.
Bruce was actively involved in many aspects of the dog fancy in addition to finishing AKC Championships on many of their dogs. As an AKC licensed judge Bruce judged Irish Terriers at the roving national specialties in 2005 and 2010. He was scheduled to judge the breed this coming October at Montgomery KC. For the Irish Terrier Club of America Bruce served as president, VP and board member as well as their Judges' Education chairperson. He wrote the AKC breed column for 7 years, was editor of the 1997 Centennial edition of the Irish Terrier Club of America’s breed book and chaired the development and publication of the breed’s Illustrated Standard. Bruce joined the local all-breed Corn Belt Kennel Club in 1987 and served as president, VP, treasurer and board member as well as their AKC delegate. He was serving as the treasurer for the Heart of Illinois cluster.
Nancy & Bruce were key people in our local clubs… they were always there to help with whatever needed to be done….whether show chair or “chief pooper scooper!” They encouraged new people and shared their love of the dog world. We have lost two outstanding dog people and more importantly – two special friends.

Penny Duffee has been an active CBKC member for 40 years!

Karen Lander, President of CBKC, presented Penny Duffee with cake and flowers at the February Club Meeting.

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
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    ~Phil Pastoret
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    ~Will Rogers
  • Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
    ~Roger Caras
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