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by Betty Devenport

One Day in 1967 we (all the residents of the Township of Markham) received a notice that all dogs had to be licensed, the first male and female priced least and each one became dearer and dearer according to the number of dogs you owned. At that time I had 24 bulldogs, 6 Skye Terriers, and 2 Greyhounds. Evelyn Garrett who had a kennel also came to see me and we discussed the problem. We decided to send a letter to each Kennel owner (and there were quite a few). We received a number of replies including Kay Robertson, Millie Kussmaul, Joyce Alden, Isobel Woods, Hilda and Horst Schlotzer, Eve and Stan Whittmore, Ben and Shirley DeBoer, Jim and Louise Proctor, the Sharkeys, and Mac. And so Markham Township Kennel Club was born. Each one of us put in $125.00 which was a lot of money, but we had to retain a lawyer (Malcolm Montgomery). We also put on Fun Matches to offset expenses. Our lawyer had to put our case to the Provincial Government and eventually we were granted a Kennel License for $25.00 a year. We decided to keep the club in operation and as Markham Town became a Town our name changed too to Markham Kennel Club. The Town has always been supportive of our endeavours. Also the Town of Richmond Hill which is our neighbour. We bought our show equipment and two trailers and paid our original members the money back - $125.00.

In 1971 we held our first two championship shows after having two Sanction matches. Over the years we have made many donations, mostly to Guide Dogs of Canada. Here are a few others: Markham Stouffville Hospital; Unionvilla Building Fund; Humane Society; Special Olympics; Ski Trip for Disabled; Dog Pound blankets etc; Boy Scouts, Terry Fox Run; Guelph Small Animal Hospital; donation to Richmond Green; donation to Town of Markham, donation to Victoria Order of Nurses - just to name a few.

The club also covered the cost of a badly injured dog to Guelph for surgery. A dog found tied to a fence at a railway track was rescued by us and taken to a Vet who had to amputate its leg. Found the owner who could not have afforded the surgery - we paid.

Regularly put a float in the Markham Santa Claus Parade and members of our club were asked and agreed to be part of the committee for the Centennial year. We were asked frequently to take our dogs to the library and talk to the children there. Took part in the 20 mile walk for Unionvilla Seniors Residence.

We helped older people pay Vet's bills and acted in an advisory capacity for people waiting to buy a dog, but not sure which breed to have. Also we put classes on for children to learn how to handle their dogs.

Markham Kennel Club is a well known part of Markham.