Arrowhead Kennel Club

FIDO bags contain tools that give pets the best chance for survival. (Arrowhead Kennel Club/Submitted)

A group of dog fanciers in the northwest Phoenix metro gathered in June of 1992 to establish Arrowhead Kennel Club. This club now serves the west side communities of Peoria, Surprise, Sun City, Wittman, Wickenburg and Sun City West. We are a friendly group with diverse ages, interests and abilities. Our members include judges; breeders; groomers; service and therapy dog owners; and exhibitors in conformation, obedience, rally, agility and scent work.

Arrowhead Kennel Club typically puts on a dog show every year. This year we are putting on a companion event only, Dec. 10 and Dec. 11. This event includes rally, obedience, AKC Temperament Test, AKC Canine Good Citizen and AKC Trick Dog.

We are moving to an exciting new showground for our conformation show from Oct. 6 through Oct. 8 in 2023 at the South Buckeye Equestrian Events Center. See our club news and announcements at arrowheadkennelclub.com.

We welcome all newcomers to visit our monthly meetings on the fourth Tuesday of the month, Coco’s Bakery and Restaurant at 9801 W. Bell Road. The meeting begins at 6 p.m., but please come early to order from the menu and get acquainted. We usually skip July and August meetings for a summer break. Our meetings will resume in September, and our holiday party occurs in late January or February. In addition to club business, we frequently have guest speakers for public educational segments.

After each dog show, Arrowhead Kennel Club typically donates a portion of our profits to local dog-related charities. In the last two years we donated over $8,000 to the following organizations:

• The Sun City and Surprise fire departments were lacking FIDO bags on their trucks. Arrowhead Kennel Club donated FIDO bags, which contain an oxygen mask that fits small or large pets. Each bag also contains a collapsible bag, water bowl, leash, collars, bag for snakes or dead animals, and medical supplies. These tools give pets the best chance for survival.

• Homeless 2 Hero is a nonprofit animal rescue and shelter that places homeless dogs in working situations appropriate to their abilities. The Search and Service Program identifies dogs that have been discarded or surrendered whose personalities may do well as search and rescue K9s or become service dogs aka “Homeless 2 Heroes.”

• Soldier’s Best Friends provides U.S. military veterans living with combat-related post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injury with service or therapeutic companions. Most dogs are rescued from local shelters. The veterans and dogs train together and build a trusting relationship to benefit them both.

• Arizona Search Dogs is a nonprofit organization comprising firefighters. They train, certify and develop canine FEMA search specialists for search and rescue throughout the United States. Their teams have been deployed to the World Trade Center and cities like Oso, Washington, devastated by floods, hurricanes and tornadoes. Last year we donated funds toward the purchase of a search and rescue puppy.