OKC News & Events

Jim Osborne

The OKC has just been informed by his wife Louise that Jim Osborne, our Conformation Judge Arranger/Coordinator passed away Friday May 17th of massive heart attacks. 

We will advise funeral arrangements when known.

Gail Somers
Ottawa Kennel Club

Members' Meeting 19 June

The Ottawa Kennel Club is pleased to have Kate Darbyshire as our Keynote Speaker at our Members' Meeting/Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 at Chapters/Indigo, Pinecrest Plaza, 2735 Iris St., Ottawa. Meeting starts at 7:00 PM. Please feel free to bring "treats" for our break.

See the flyer here (link).

2019 May Conformation Show

With the Ottawa Kennel Club Dog Show being held on Friday, May 24th to Sunday, May 26th, 2019 at the Richmond Fairgrounds, we wish to thank the following Sponsors, Vendors and Suppliers for their support:

Thank You to the following Sponsors:

Inukshuk Professional Dog Food
Critter Jungle
Best in Show Dog Supplies
Dog Fancier
Orleans Fresh Fruit

Thank You to the following Vendors:

Beef in a Bun Food Truck
Best in Show Dog Supplies
Bytown Animal Chiropractic - Dr. S. Tracey
Chew That
Costco Wholesale
Marley’s Greener Treats with Crickets Inc.
Rico Peru Food Truck
Room 4 Show

Thank you to our Suppliers

Richmond Fairgrounds
Labelle Tents Inc
Toddy’s Potties-A division of Carleton Environmental Services
Tomlinson Environmental Services
Chez Lili Party Rentals
U-Haul @ Lams Petroleum
Atwill Service Centre
Comfort Inn, 

The Ottawa Kennel Club Executive


Joyce Pal

Well known to members of the OKC, Joyce Esther Agnes Pal peacefully passed at the Kemptville District Hospital on Thursday, May 2, 2019.  Much loved wife of Peter Keuning. Loving mother to Barbara Lewis (Robert) and Carolyn Wright (Sean). Step-mother to Tina Schamerhorn (Rob) and Rob Keuning. Proud grandmother of Kayleigh Anne and Zack Lewis, Alicia Schamerhorn, Sarah and Eric Keuning, as well as her great-grandchildren. 

Joyce will be sadly missed.

A Private Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kemptville District Hospital or Beth Donovan Hospice. 

John Drain

It is with great sadness that the OKC is informing its members and friends
of the passing of John Drain in the early morning of March 29 at the Heart Institute.
John Drain was a past OKC president and Life Member. 

The OKC will be dedicating the spring shows to both John Drain and Squibs Mercier.

The obituary and arrangements may be seen here.

The Ottawa Kennel Club

2019 May Conformation Show

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25 May Scent Detection Trial

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The 2019 Sanction Match

The OKC Sanction Match took place in Brockville on Saturday April 13th.

Thank you to the participants for spending your first nice weather day at our Sanction Match in Brockville on Saturday April 13th. Thank you to our volunteers who provided food for our attendees: Carol Broadhurst, Gail Harrington, Joan Colbourn, Joyce/Jack Bernhardt, Linda Bergh, Sue Fenton. 
Our Volunteer Ring Stewards and Judges excellent job! Our registration table Joan Colbourn and me. 
Great Fun event, 

Benjamin Chin, Show Chair,


Photos of the 7 April 2019

Scent Detection Match

are posted here.

Help! Eye Clinic Location Needed!

The OKC is having a very difficult time finding a suitable location for our Eye Clinic. We need one room to accept (scheduled) dogs through out the day. 

The dog receives eye drops, after 10 minutes the scheduled dog is called into a separate room that has been darkened for the Doctor to do his examination, which takes about 5 to 10 minutes. We usually have about 50-60 dogs through out the day. 

Location preferred is the west end of Ottawa with parking.

We have tried several Community Centres, Recreational Centres, Dog Training locations, Churches and even the RCMP where they hold the musical ride. All declined due to allergies/dogs not allowed or they were closed. 

Please contact Gail Somers @613-741-7486 if you know of a location.



Squibs Mercier 


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our archivist, historian and mentor of the Ottawa Kennel Club Squibs Mercier who passed away Sunday 2 December 2018. 

She was a lovely lady who really cared about dogs, especially her Staffordshire Terrier Vicky.



Infectious Diseases: Know the Risks and
Take Steps to Minimize Exposure

The Canadian Kennel Club Genetics and Medical Committee Reminds Breeders and 
Owners About the Risks of Infectious Diseases and the Baby Puppy Class
Infectious diseases are always a risk, and The Canadian Kennel Club Genetics & 
Medical Committee wishes to remind breeders and owners of the best practices for 
limiting the spread of infectious diseases, and the unique concerns for animals 
entered in the Baby Puppy Class.

(Read the  article here.)

A Special Thank You to Inukshuk Professional Dog Food for providing prizes for the Ottawa Kennel Club's Obedience Trials on December 1 and 2 at The Training Hall in Carp.

As you are aware at a previous OKC Member’s meeting we had Kim Knapp from Canadian Dogs Last as our presenter. She provided some excellent insight into rescue dogs entering Canada. She has graciously provided an article, written by a OVC vet, regarding Viruses that we are sure you will find interesting.

(Click above to bring up the article.)