JULY 2021


The next Board meeting will be Tuesday, July 20th at our training facility located at 5222 Marsha Sharp Freeway at 6:30 PM. All members are welcome to attend.


The next members meeting will be Tuesday, July 20th at our training facility located at 5222 Marsha Sharp Freeway at 7:30 PM. This meeting is our annual ice cream social. Bring your favorite ice cream and toppings to share. Those interested in dog sports are welcome to attend. Masks are welcomed, but your choice.


Our three-day August Agility trial will be held at the Mallett Event Center in Levelland. The trial will begin on Friday, August 6th, and will continue through Sunday, August 8th . The premium with entry form is now available at www.ntxagility.com. The Opening date for submitting entries was Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021. Closing date is July 21st, 2021.

As always, this event cannot take place without a lot of help from our volunteers. SPOTC members are known for their willingness to step up and fulfill whatever spots are needed and this time is no exception. Once the trial entries have closed, you may volunteer online via the google.doc for the SPOTC August trial at www.ntxagility.com

SPOTC bucks and, more importantly, our everlasting gratitude will be your rewards, along with the satisfaction that accompanies a job well done. :)

First, on Thursday evening, Aug. 5th, we’ll load up and transport the Agility equipment from the Club building to the trial site in Levelland. Many hands and pickups, trailers, and other conveyance vehicles are needed. We will meet at the Club building at 4:00 p.m. to begin loading. At the trial site we’ll unload and set out as much as possible.

On Friday morning, we’ll begin course building according to the judges’ course maps, which will be received at that time. During the day and on subsequent days, many volunteers will be needed for ring crew duties. (New members might like to see final page of next month’s Newsletter for Ring Crew Guidelines. Old hands may benefit from a refresher.)

On Sunday afternoon after the trial we’ll load up and transport all the equipment back to the Club building.


A few weeks ago we started a group for Draft/Carting work. This is open to all levels, from beginners to experienced. We are currently meeting during the weekends, weather permitting, in various locations (Levelland, Shallowater, etc.). If you are interested, please let me know. You can also reach out to Lynn Gregory or Liz Brandt. Patti Emmerling 911standards@gmail.com

NEW OFFICERS FOR 2021-2022 - 2020!

Please join me in welcoming our Officers and Board members, who were elected at the May meeting for the fiscal year June 1 2021 — June 1, 2022, and are as follows:

President: Dana Brown

Vice-President: Mary Jane Sampson

Secretary: Jodi Pritchard

Treasurer: Cheryl Birdwell

Board Members: Teresa Janssen, Mary Lou Vardy, Margaret Freeman, Julie Wilson and Gail Claborn


Thanks to all the club members who helped to make our Obedience trial a great success. Biggest kudos to Dana Brown, trial secretary, who did the premium list, took entries and lunch orders, made the trial catalog, judges’ books, running orders, then kept her nose down in the computer all weekend getting everything recorded and sent to AKC. A huge job! JoAnn Phil-lips worked hard on set-up. Thanks to head ring steward Vernon Brown for keeping the rings manned and running smoothly. Margaret Freeman kept our West Texas hospitality flowing with coffee, donuts, drinks, and dispensing lunches. The match crew of JoAnn Phillips, Laura Smith, Cheryl Birdwell, and others kept the match rings going. Laura also got all the equip-ment organized and ready to go, and organized ribbons and prizes. Sherell Guichard-Thomas did a wonderful job (as usual) with the raffle and with the AKC information table. Cheryl Birdwell kept the bills paid. And more thanks to everyone who came up to ring stew-ard, set up the show and haul equipment, keep the ribbons and prizes flowing, donate to the raffle, provide transportation and meals to the judges, and anything I haven't remembered to mention!

Congratulations to members who showed their dogs--whether you brought a ribbon home or not, an entry results from a lot of work, and the bond you have with your dog is better for it!

A brag on the students in our Novice Rally class. They did great at our Obedience trial, with many of them competing in Beginner Novice Obedience as well as in Novice Rally. We had fun and earned titles at the same time. There is a nice story about us on the AKC Sports Facebook page. Scroll down to "Posts" on the left-hand side. There are pictures and comments by Judge Aimee Kincaid.


Make sure to catch our club's debut on YouTube.com. Club members recently performed an agility demo at halftime for the Ropes High School football game on November 2nd. The club got rave reviews from the crowd. The demo was video taped and placed on the website YouTube.com thanks to Paula Perry. To take a look, just go to this direct link:

SPOTC Ropes Agility Demo


All members are encouraged to show their pride and hang an 8x10 photo of their titled dog on the wall in the meeting room. If you do not have an extra copy of your precious color photos, you can frame a color copy. Also keep in mind that the club has voted to hang photos of dogs that earn an MX or UDX in an honored place on the wall with our OTCH dogs.


Honk if you love animals! Better yet, purchase a special Animal Friendly license plate for an additional $25. Proceeds will provide free or reduced-cost spaying and neutering for dogs and cats across Texas. Call the Texas Department of Transportation for more information at 512-374-5010 or contact your local animal shelter.