General Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 8:00 pm, except April(Awards Banquet) July, August and December(Holiday Party). Our Program Chairperson provides the membership with an interesting session at 7:30 P.M. at each of our regular meetings. Although sometimes on the lighter side, they are usually educational and presented by experts in their fields – veterinarians, handlers, judges etc. In the field of dogs, there is no end to learning. If you are interested in learning more about the LVKC, we invite you to attend our meetings as our guest. Please contact our membership chairperson Fran Jarvis at (610)867-7796 between 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM for more information. If you are interested in presenting a program please contact Pat Temarantz Mickowski at (H)610-625-4233(C)610-248-8384

Our meeting site is at the Ramada Inn, 1500 MacArthur Road, Whitehall, Pennsylvania 18052 . The meetings are held on the floor level.


Previous Programs:

 A program on massage was presented by Cheryle Troxell, CCEMP Certified Canine & Equine Massage Practitioner

June 2, 2016

A program was presented on the American Pitbull Terrier

May 5, 2016

Pocono Mobile Vet Service Casey T Weiss, DVM

March 3, 2016

Educational program was an obedience demonstration by Carol McCarthy, an AKC Obedience Judge and the owner of the K9s-R-Fun Dog Training School in Bethlehem, and Carol Zimmerman, a retired DVM. The entertaining obedience demonstration featured Carol M.’s Dachshund puppy and senior Basset Hound and Carol Z.’s Jack Russell Terrier.


February 4, 2016

Club member Charlotte Grier  presented the Newfoundland.

January 7, 2016

Dr. Donna Gigliotti DC has been working on animals in conjunction with local veterinarians since 1997 when she received her basic certification in animal chiropractic from the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA). She then went on to complete her advanced animal chiropractic certification through the AVCA. Dr. Gigliotti has completed a 700+ hour course in advanced animal neurology which will eventually lead to a master’s degree. Over the years, Dr. Gigliotti has completed numerous seminars and classes in neurology, biomechanics and energy therapies. She has also trained with leading practitioners in those fields to improve her knowledge and skills. Dr. Donna Gigliotti Dr. Gigliotti uses a combination of low-force gentle techniques, modalities and exercises to help your animal achieve its maximum health potential. The work she does via the nervous system impacts the functioning of the entire body including the joints, muscles and ligaments, resulting in a stronger and healthier animal.

November 5, 2015

White Elephant Auction.

October 1, 2015

Rod Beckstead,  RAVENSWOOD Kennel presented his rare breed the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje

 Presentation on the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje by guest breeder Rod Beckstead of Ravenswood Kennel featuring his 8 year old male “Iron”.

The Nederlandse Kooikerhundje is a rare breed from Switzerland. It is currently in the AKC Miscellaneous Class and has been assigned to the Sporting Group designation. There are currently only 338 Nederlandse Kooikerhundje and 6 breeders in the US. Rod explained the breed’s duck hunting work, standard, temperament, abilities, and its few health concerns. The Nederlandse Kooikerhundje is known as a “Dutch Decoy Dog”. Using its white tail, the dog lures ducks to the kooiker (duck hunter) by leading them along wetlands and canals into the kooi (duck trap), like the legendary Pied Piper of Hamelin. It is the only sporting breed in which the game follows the dog.

September 3, 2015

  Hunterdon County Animal Response Team, known as C.A.R.T.    Presented another perspective as to how a team of volunteers sets up a shelter for animals when people have to evacuate their home because of a disaster…….

             May 7, 2015

Our meeting this month taught us how to use our new defibrillator. Allen Detweiler gave us all a crash course and answered many questions on the use of the new equipment. This is a very important tool for our shows and the more people that know how to use it, the better prepared our club is in an emergency.

February 5, 2015

Cindy Meyers presented a very interesting program on the Chesapeake Bay Retriever with her dog, Rita.


January 8, 2015

Club Members Terry Hilliard, Deb Rudert and Bobbie Dunkling presented the Brittany.


November 6, 2014- White Elephant Sale

October 2, 2014- Kevin Zerwick and Kathy Poole-Price gave a program on their Cloud Nine Pet Memorial Services.

  Kathy and John Price introduced us to the Flat Coated Retriever, discussing this lovely and versatile breed.

September 4, 2014 Upper Macungie Police Department K9 Unit. Corporal Gardner presented his Belgian Malinois,  Zizo. He discussed the duties and training he and his canine partner do.

May 1, 2014- Dr. Sam Ottinger DVM  discussed “In Home Veterinary Care for Dogs and Cats.” She discussed her services and fees.

March 6, 2014 -Breed of the month. Mrs. Holly Kilpatrick  presented  the Icelandic Sheepdog. Holly  discussed a serious incident that occurred several months ago when a neighbor shot and killed one of her dogs. The story appeared in local newspapers and news broadcasts. 

November  7, 2013- Annual Holiday Auction made $350.00  with Auctioneer Deb Rudert . Fun has had by all.

October 3, 2013 – Mary Minnich and her beloved Canine Bryar provided a very informative program to the membership.  Mary shared their amazing story, the impact it had on those who suffered through this horrible disaster and how they were able to help. She showed some amazing photos………..Bryar is one of the few dogs that are with us, and a fine girl she is at 13 years old.

September 5, 2013- Club members Ellen Gallager and Caitlin Gallager presented a wonderful program on the Shetland Sheepdog, with their dog Travis.

 June 6, 2013- Club Member Gail James presented the Rhodesian Ridgeback. Thank you Gail.

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May 2, 2013- “Using the K-9 for Search, Rescue and Recovery: Finding the Lost and Recovering the Evidence”

Join David Albertson and his K-9’s Pash and Bear as he talked about training methods, the difference between tracking and air-scenting, live scent verses cadaver scent, environmental challenges and presentation of several actual cases involving a lost Alzheimer’s patient, a deceased cross-country skier and several homicide cases.

David Albertson, NREMT-P, EMT-T

David is a nationally certified paramedic who provides pre-hospital medicine for a community-based emergency medical service (EMS) and is a team paramedic for several local SWAT teams. David has extensive experience in K9 search and rescue in the wilderness, water and urban environments, having responded to over 80 missions including lost victims, suspected drowning, a building explosion and many homicide cases.

April4, 2012 – Awards Banquet Look for photographs soon on the Awards and Appreciation Banquet

March 7, 2013- Canine Partners for Life, Service Dog Owner Jenette Lesher and her Labrador Retriever Jenna demonstrated how Jenna assists Jenette with her everyday challenges. Their program was very informative.

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February 7, 2013-Follow Your Nose: Fire Department Arson Dog, Allentown Asst. Fire Chief Lee Laubach introduced us to “Judge” aka “Judgement” when he gets ready to work.  Judge was taught to sniff out over 60 types of fire accelerator’s such as diesel fuel and lighter fluid. He helps firefighters pinpoint the source of fires. Judge demonstrated his skillful sniffer.

January 3, 2013- Karen and Jack Loch  presented their Giant Schnauzer, Troy. It was a very interesting program.

December 6, 2012- Holiday Party and White Elephant Auction – Holiday Party

September 6, 2012- Thank you to fellow club member, Dr. Pam Mueller for a wonderful program on Agility.

June 7, 2012 – Thank you to fellow club member Lynne Kuczynski Veazie, for presenting a wonderful program and video on Tracking.

May 3, 2012 -Thank you to our fellow club member Anna Schwartz, for presenting an enlightening program on The Papillon.

March 1, 2012- Our program was presented by Royal Canin. Dr. Melinda Fleming from Mississippi spoke on canine nutrition along with District Managers Chuck Mackatura for Pennsylvania and Trey Keene from Colorado. This was a very informative program.

February 2, 2012 – Suzanne Warfield presented the happy, little and playful Japanese Chin.

January 5, 2012 – Clydette Lobach was under the weather. In her absents Berdell Koch discussed the new AKC Optional Titling Classes in Obedience. Thank you Berdell for a very interesting and informative program.

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November 3, 2011 – White Elephant Auction with our auctioneer Deb Rudert was such fun. We made over $200.00 which will help pay for our annual Holiday gathering next month.

October 6, 2011 -Dominic DiBalsi, Show Chairpersons Denice Van Dreisen, Deb Rudert and Susan Funk discussed how to coordinate a LVKC Point Show. A slide presentation outlined the topic and addressed the finer points of running a point show.

September 1, 2011 – Sabina Hower, service dog trainer, spoke about what she looks for when breeding and training a service dog.

LVKC Financial Program was presented by Rocco Spinelli. The program was extremely informative.



May 5, 2011 – Nancy Vollmer presented the Rottweiler. The program was extremely informative.

March 3, 2011 – Dr. Pamela J. Mueller PhD, DVM, presented Physical Rehabilitation and Water Therapy. Dr. Pam Mueller discussed canine rehab, conditioning and fitness. A slide show was shown which included, what conditions are treated, body work, water exercises, energy healing and the tools they use. It was a great learning experience. Thank you Dr. Mueller for a wonderful and informative program.

Thank you to the Wright’s Veterinary Medical Center and Companion Animal Campus.

Thanks to club member Fran for the wonderful cupcakes.

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February 3, 2011 program

Gustave Schwabe, D.V.M, Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital, spoke about the Penn Hip, Univ of Penn Hip Improvement Program, using physical therapy, rehab, stretching and conditioning. This was a wonderful and informative program.

The Siberian Husky was presented on 1/6/2011 by club member and owner handler Dominic DiBalsi. Thanks Dominic!