History Bites from Pat Hooey ~

The Key City Kennel Club began out of obedience classes taught by Holly Sue Erwin and Pat Johnson.  They found a group of people in this area who were interested in starting a kennel club.  Holly Sue Erwin and Pat Johnson put on a fun match.  Out of the fun match, came the first organizational meeting with twenty people attending.  Of those twenty, two were officers in the Albert Lea Kennel Club.  Harold McMillen was selected the first chairman.  McMillen selected Vern Nere, John Bolton, and Pat Johnson to draw up the by-laws.  At first, the name of the club was the Mankato K-9 Club.  This first official meeting with the election of officers was held in April, 1967.  The first president of the club was John Bolton.  John Bolton, already a successful exhibitor, breeder, and president of the Italian Greyhound Club of America, provided much-needed experience and direction for the new club.  The new club had its first fun match in the fall of 1967.

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 "Dogs leave paw prints on your heart." -- Unknown