AKC RDO Day in Raleigh, North Carolina
Saturday, September 9, 2006

With over 1000 people and at least 65 breeds in attendance, Raleigh's AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day on September 9th was a great day for the dogs! The event began with a speech from ten-year-old Mary Silliman, the winner of the North Carolina State 4-H Small and Companion Animal Speech Contest. She emphasized responsible dog ownership - from selecting the right dog for a person's lifestyle to veterinary care. Before selecting her own Australian Shepherd, Mary spent many hours researching the breed.

AKC employee Penny Leigh and her flyball team, Go Dog Go, performed two demonstrations throughout the day. Leigh's students from Town and Country Animal Care also treated the crowd to two agility demonstrations. Michelle Lennon, a Rottweiler fancier and local trainer, invited her friends and students to educate the RDO Day audience about the AKC's newest companion event, Rally. Christie Canfield and her Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Dixie, performed a Canine Freestyle demonstration with some of their friends. The highlight of the demonstrations was the Raleigh Police Department K-9 Unit demonstration, which included everything from obedience work to how the officers and their dogs apprehend a suspect.

In between demonstrations, kids enjoyed a magician and had their faces painted by Chris Evans, the son of AKC employee Theresa Evans, and Lori Plant from Pet Partners, Inc. To win prizes such as subscriptions to AKC Family Dog magazine, AKC Complete Dog Books, local restaurant gift certificates, and various dog toys and apparel; attendees answered dog trivia questions for a spin of the prize wheel, manned by two of the 42 AKC employee volunteers at the event. RDO Day attendees picked up free raffle tickets to win high-end prizes from Best Friends Pet Care, Sherpa, dog.com, Dog House Resort, Tommy Midyette pet portraits, Cookies by Design, and A Place for Paws. For a complete list of companies who donated items for the event, please check the bottom of this page.

Other activities throughout the day included free Canine Good Citizen testing from AKC evaluators Sydney Suwannarat and Larry Sorensen, who performed 61 tests with 90 percent of the dogs passing the test; a discounted microchipping clinic with AKC Canine Animal Recovery, which implanted 150 microchips; grooming demonstrations from Best Friends Pet Care; and a Meet the AKC Breeds tent.

Also in attendance were eight local AKC clubs and two local purebred rescue organizations, the AKC Canine Health Foundation, the AKC Public Education booth, and the AKC Pet Healthcare Plan.

Thank you to Millbrook Exchange Park and all of the volunteers and organizations who helped make this event a big success, and we hope to see you next year!

Video Clips:

Click on image for caption and larger view. Photos by Bob Burns and Robert Young/AKC.

Thanks to the many wonderful organizations that appeared at AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day in North Carolina this September! We thank them for their generous support of this event.

AKC Meet the Breeds:
Carolina Australian Cattle Dog Club
Central Carolina Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club
Central Carolina English Setter Club
Triangle Herding Club of North Carolina
Japanese Chin Club of America
Sussex Spaniel Club of America
Triangle Sheltie Rescue
North Carolina Schnauzer Rescue
Cary Kennel Club
Raleigh Kennel Club
AKC employees and local fanciers, bringing over 30 additional AKC breeds

Participating Organizations:
Best Friends Pet Care
City of Raleigh K9 Police Unit
Go Dog Go Flyball Team
NC State Veterinary School
Pet Partners Insurance
AKC Canine Health Foundation
AKC Companion Animal Recovery

Goodie Bag Donations:
Best Friends Pet Care
AKC Family Dog
Dog House Resort
Raleighwood Cinema Grill
Three Dog Bakery

Other Donations:
Best Friends Pet Care
Dog House Resort
AKC Family Dog
Three Dog Bakery
Happy Inu Bakery
A Place for Paws
Raleighwood Cinema Grill
Cookies by Design
Tommy Midyette
The Honeybaked Ham Co.
Red Robin
Cold Stone Creamery
Firebirds Rocky Mountain Grill
Jamaica Paradise
Carolina Ale House
Sweet Tomatoes
One-2-One Fitness
JB Wholesale Pet Supplies Inc.
Panera Bread
Red Lobster
Olive Garden
Bear Rock

Special Thanks:
Michelle Lennon
Christie Canfield
Penny Leigh
Pamela Manaton
Michelle Baker
Phil Guidry
Town and Country Animal Care Center (for use of their agility equipment)