The Life and Times of a Kennel Club

The history of the Minneapolis Kennel Club reflects dramatic changes in the dog world.

By | Posted: Mon Feb 7 00:00:00 PST 2005

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The benched shows came to an end in 1987, basically due to the demise of our show superintendent and the high cost of bringing in a new superintendent and the equipment from the East coast. This was also the last year for the spectacular trophy table, which had required the work of many individuals. The AKC Gazette did a three-page write-up of the last benched show and it was a rather sad occasion for many of the members.

Somewhere in the 1980s, the old Minneapolis Auditorium was torn down and our show moved to St. Paul for several years. When the Minneapolis Convention Center was opened, the show site again returned to Minneapolis where there was a handsome new facility in which to have the shows. In 1991 the catalog cover said, "Twins Win!" for the Minnesota Twins baseball team's first World Series win. In 1995 the AKC permitted MKC to offer two back-to-back shows, rather than one show in the winter and one in the fall.  In 2000 the very successful "Meet the Breeds" program was added, where the public had a chance to visit with various breeders and their dogs. In addition, at this time the board decided to highlight junior showmanship by offering not only prize money for the first four placements but substantial trophies for the best handler each day.

By 2003 expenses at the Convention Center had risen to the point where the board decided that it was time to move the show to a new site. After considerable looking and discussion, the show was moved to Canterbury Downs in Shakopee, where a successful show weekend was held Nov. 6 and 7, 2004.
This covers the shows but there should be some mention of finances over the years. Revenue for 1965 was $7,200 and expenses $6,300. The membership roster cost $5 to put out, memorials for deceased members were $10 and now have been increased to $50. In 1966 we started the Minneapolis Kennel Club Scholarship fund at the University of Minnesota with a donation of $3,000. This endowment, with interest earned, is now substantial; each year six or more students in small-animal husbandry receive a sc holarship from this fund, making it one of the larger endowment funds at the veterinary school.

The club has donated over $150,000 to various funds and projects at the University of Minnesota, donated to the Hennepin County Humane Society, the AKC Dog Museum, and the Canine Defense Fund, in addition to many other organizations which work for the betterment of the dog.

To round off the finances, the show that cost $5,500 in 1955 now costs in excess of $35,000 and receipts have increased from $7,200 to $48,000.  In 1997 MKC expanded its financial giving and has contributed heavily to an AKC-sponsored Chip Clinic, allowing well over 150 area dogs to be identified by microchip at a very reasonable price.

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