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pack 2017 weekend round-up

Looks like we’ll be wrapping up the final PACK 2017 Weekend event soon. I finally have a chance to sit down, breathe, and reflect upon what appeared to have been an incredibly successful event.

This year’s attendance was 50% above last year’s. We had more events, and thanks to our amazing sponsors our weekend package was less expensive than last year.

We had 6 brave pups compete in Saturday’s “Best In Show” contest in front of a remarkably large & enthusiastic crowd.  We had some fun displays of talent including one pup who sang live.  Congratulations to Pup Tosa from Montreal for claiming the blue ribbon!

We added a new Sunday event – the “Wet Dog” party and “Bad Dog”-style intimate pup mosh. Since so many pups & handlers came from out of town, we didn’t expect such an amazing turnout. When I asked the crowd “Should we do this again next year?” their response was a resounding “YES!!”

There are many people I want to thank:

First of all – my fellow Black Eagle Kennel Klub executives Jordan Timbehr and Pup Ego.   Events like this take a LOT of work, and you two pups have been outstanding. I hope you pups also managed to have some fun in there.

Many thanks to our amazing volunteers! I don’t want to list you because I’m afraid I might miss one of you. Just know that I see what you do for the BEKK and your packmates, and I appreciate it.

While I’m on the subject of packmates – let’s talk about the BEKK itself and the Toronto Pup & Handler community. I can’t believe how amazing this community is. When we all keep hearing about the demise of “community” everywhere, ours keeps growing bigger and stronger. It makes me incredibly happy to see how we’ve come together for one another. THIS is what makes all the effort worthwhile!

Of course, I must thank our outstanding sponsors: The Black Eagle Toronto, Northbound Leather, The Men’s Room, O’Grady’s & The Lodge, Pegasus on Church, MyDogTag, and Baskin Robbins in the Village. Without their support we couldn’t do what we do. Without ours, neither can they…so PLEASE show our sponsors the love they continue to show us!

I also want to thank all the pups & handlers who attended PACK 2017 Weekend…especially those of you who traveled here from out of town. I hope you had a good time and felt that the trip was worth it.

On a personal note, I must thank my own pup and life-partner Jeremy Feist for his support and patience. As I’d stated, putting events like PACK together take a lot of work. Imagine having to live with ME through not only this, but year-round needing to share your partner with 300+ other puppies. He’s an exceptional young man, and the most important thing in the world to me. Thanks baby. I love you.

In less than an hour PACK 2017 Weekend will be one for our pack’s history. I think it’s pretty safe to say it’ll be one of the happier memories, and look forward to (someone else) organizing PACK 2018.

Your pack is your family…and we have a good one here. Please let’s keep it this way for as long as we can; and always keep this thought in your head & heart: “It’s not MY community. It’s OUR community.”

Love, hugs, and puppy humps…

Big Dog Argo

PACK Weekend Private “Wet Dog” Party

New for PACK 2017 the BEKK is hosting a private party at the Black Eagle Toronto on Sunday 30 July 2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm (before the bar opens to the public that day.)

“Wet Dog” is actually two fun events at the same time.  On the main floor there’ll be a Bad Dog style sex-positive pup mosh.  Upstairs on the patio there’ll be a water-pistol fight.

Admission is included as part of your PACK Weekend VIP Package ($10.00 for non-VIP Package holders) which also gets you a water pistol and garment check. 

Check out the PACK Weekend section for the event details and rules.

The forecast for that day is mostly sunny and hot, so come out and have some fun!!

Regional Pup News

The Black Eagle Kennel Klub is happy to see the success of other pup and PAH groups…especially when they’re close to Toronto so we can work together!  We’ve been seeing more pups & handlers  from these groups at our events so we’re pleased to promote them here on our website.

Woof MTL on Facebook

Ruff n Tumble (Ottawa) on Facebook

TOR-PAH on Facebook

If you’d like your Pup or PAH group linked to our website, then please let us know.  We believe that when we help one another, we’re in fact helping ourselves.

PACK Weekend News

PACK 2017 Weekend VIP Packages are selling fast!

There are only a limited number of VIP Packages available.  Once they’re gone – that’s it!  Do you have yours yet?

Here’s the gear being awarded as prizes for the Best In Show contest happening at Pack Weekend. There’s also T-shirts from the Black Eagle and hundreds of dollars in gift certificates from Northbound Leather, The Men’s Room, O’Grady’s, Baskin Robbins, and MyDogtag.com.

Only PACK Weekend VIPs may enter the contest or cast their vote for their favourite pup. Get your Weekend VIP Package today at www.northbound.com/pack-2017.html 

The price is $27 + HST (Canadian) until July 27th.  After that, they go up to $40!

Don’t delay…you might miss out!

Congratulations to Pup Dane – IPC 2017 Winner

Last weekend Montreal Puppy 2016 Pup Dane became the new IPC 2017 International Puppy titleholder!!  We wish him the best of luck for his upcoming title year, and hope to see more of him here in Toronto.

We’re also incredibly happy that with his new title and the recently elected Montreal Puppy 2017 Pup Tosa, they can work together to make the Montreal puppy community even bigger, stronger, and more active.

Our own Toronto Puppy 2017 Pup Snuggles also did incredibly well placing 3rd and we’re all very proud of our pack-mate.  We look forward to his continued presence at BEKK events and look forward to supporting his events for HOTFF.

 

PACK Weekend Packages are 50% Sold!!

We’re still more than 2 weeks away from PACK Weekend and yet we’ve already sold half of our limited number of Weekend VIP Packages!!!

Once they’re gone – that’s it!  There won’t be any more, and you’ll have missed out on the souvenir dog tag, participation in the Best In Show contest (as both a contestant or a voter), and special discounts at Northbound Leather, The Men’s Room, and O’Grady’s Pub.  You’ll also need to pay for all garment checks and event admissions.

Don’t wait!  Get yours today for $27+HST ($22 + tax for US$) at http://www.northbound.com/pack-2017.html or drop into Northbound’s shop.  If any remain on July 28th Registration Day then the price goes up to $40 ($30 USD)

Puppy Pride Toronto 2017

On June 21st, 2017 the Black Eagle Kennel Klub hosted its annual “Puppy Pride Party” at the Black Eagle Toronto.  This has always been one of our best-attended events and this year saw our highest attendance yet!

The Eagle’s patio was PACKED with pups & handlers.  At one point we counted 67 different pup hoods alone.  Pups & handlers came from Ohio, Michigan, Quebec, Pennsylvania, and from across Ontario.  Downstairs, DJ Alain played retro dance music all night while many pups & handlers “misbehaved” upstairs on the patio and in the Eagle’s “dark room”.

Our special guests included Toronto Puppy 2017 “Pup Snuggles” who presented the new Puppy Pride flag to our community, and the new Montreal Puppy 2017 “Pup Tosa” who brought a carload of Montreal pups with him.  This was Pup Tosa’s 1st official event as the titleholder.

A special surprise was the attendance of Ms. Leather Toronto 2015 and one of the original attendees at our Pup Night – Luca.  She used to be a regular, but I guess she was too rough with the other puppies so she needed to take a break for a few years.  No doubt, it is thanks to her example that the BEKK now sees such a diverse group of pups from every gender & sexual identity at our events.

There were other special presentations that evening as well.  The BEKK was presented with two new flags by John Thompson & Scott Leroux.  These flags will be used as our new club colours.  Also, the generous folks at Northbound Leather donated one of their new leather Pup Masks, which we’ll be adding to the “Best In Show” winner’s prize package at PACK Weekend in July.

As with every year, we took our annual group photo:

MANY thanks to everyone who came out, and especially to the Black Eagle, Northbound Leather, and all our sponsors for their amazing support for this and all of our events for nearly 9 years now!!

Please check out our list of sponsors, and show them the support they’ve so generously shown to the Toronto Puppy Community.

Thanks for your support

The Black Eagle Kennel Klub’s list of sponsors keeps growing!!

MANY thanks to our sponsors…and to our community & volunteers who help keep the BEKK something worth supporting!

New PACK Weekend Information

The Black Eagle Kennel Klub is happy to announce the schedule of events for the 2017 Pan American Canine Konvention (PACK) Weekend happening July 28 to 30.

Friday 28 July 2017

7:00pm to 2:00am   Registration, Pup Mosh, and Puppy Dance Party at the Black Eagle Toronto.  Clothing check ($5.00) &  “front of the line” privilege are included with purchase of Weekend Package.  DJ to be announced.  No admission charge.

Saturday 29 July 2017  

11:00am to 1:00pm  Pup & Handler Brunch at O’Grady’s ($15.00 or included with purchase of weekend package).  Includes food, coffee, tea, regular fountain drinks, taxes, and gratuity.  Does not include juices or alcohol drinks.

1:30pm to 5:00pm  Puppy Play Time (unlimited video games & pool) at Pegasus on Church ($5.00 or included with purchase of weekend package)

6:30pm to 7:00pm  Cocktails & “Best In Show” contest registration at The Black Eagle Toronto.  No admission charge.  *Only weekend package purchasers may enter or vote in the contest.*  Garment check $5.00 (or included with purchase of weekend package)

7:00pm to 9:00pm  “Best In Show” contest at the Black Eagle

10:00pm to 2:00am  “Sin” dance party at the Black Eagle  ($10.00 admission if PACK attendees leave the Eagle after the “Best In Show” contest and wish to re-enter) PLEASE NOTE that this is a men-only dance party run by another group.

Sunday 30 July 2017

9:00am to 3:00pm  Survivor Brunch at O’Grady’s – $5.00 off menu food items (coupon included in weekend package)

12:00 noon to 5:00pm Shopping specials & discounts at The Men’s Room and Northbound Leather exclusively for PACK Weekend Package purchasers.

1:00pm to 3:00pm Private Puppy Party at the Black Eagle.  Enjoy cocktails (cash bar) and a water-pistol fight on the patio, or a quiet “no wrestling” pup mosh downstairs. ($10.00 for admission, water pistol, and clothing check or included with purchase of weekend package)

3:00pm to 8:00pm  Black Eagle BBQ ($5.00 clothing check or included with purchase of weekend package).  Food items available for purchase.

Our “Best In Show” contest is a purely “for fun” contest where contestants will be allowed to strut their stuff and possibly win some great prizes. This is NOT a “Title” contest. We’re not looking for a titleholder or community representative. We’re looking for the most adorable, talented, or fun puppy at our event.

Each contestant will get 5 minutes on stage to do anything (legal) they want. No mandatory speeches, interviews, gear, or pop questions. Just do your thing and have fun. There will be a panel of  judges who will each give you a score out of 25.

Once every contestant has had their 5 minutes on stage, they will have 15 minutes to collect as many ballots from Weekend Package holders as they can. Barking, growling, humping, pawing, or whining…whatever you need to do to get those ballots. At the end of the 15 minutes, the number of ballots collected by each contestant will be counted towards their final score.

The puppy with the highest score will be declared the winner, and will receive some cool prizes.

“Best In Show” Winner gets a Blue Leather Ribbon, a leather puppy mask & $100 gift certificate from Northbound Leather, a $100 gift certificate from The Men’s Room, a $50 gift certificate from O’Grady’s, a $15 gift certificate from Baskin Robbins on Church Street, and a leather harness & t-shirt from the Black Eagle Toronto (total value $700)

1st Runner-Up gets a Red Leather Ribbon & $50 gift certificate from Northbound Leather, a $50 gift certificate from The Men’s Room, a $10 gift certificate from Baskin Robbins on Church Street, and leather gauntlets & t-shirt from the Black Eagle Toronto (total value $250)

2nd Runner-Up gets a White Leather Ribbon & $50 gift certificate from Northbound Leather, a $50 gift certificate from The Men’s Room, a $5 gift certificate from Baskin Robbins on Church Street, and a leather cock harness & t-shirt from the Black Eagle Toronto (total value $220)

Every contestant will receive a Black Eagle T-shirt for entering, and additional prizes are possible.

Please note that the number of contestants will be limited to a maximum of 8 and only Weekend Package purchasers will be eligible to enter or vote. In the event we have more applicants than contestant spaces, contestants will be selected by a random drawing.

As with ALL Black Eagle Kennel Klub events, this weekend is open to all pups & handlers regardless of gender, sexuality, or experience level.  (The only exception this weekend being the Sin dance party as it is not our event.)

The Black Eagle Kennel Klub goes to great lengths to keep our events as low-cost as possible. This year’s Event Package costs $27 + HST (CDN$) in advance or $40 CDN on registration day.   Packages will be available starting June 21st at Northbound Leather and online at http://www.northbound.com/pack-2017.html

Come join the fun…and watch this page for updates!!!