Club Events 2008

Thank you to all the clubs who held AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day events. With over 600 events reported to us from across the country, the celebration was another huge success! Below, please enjoy some event recaps and photos submitted by some of our event holding clubs. If you would like to submit your event photos and recaps for consideration, please email

 Oklahoma AKC Canine Experience and AKC RDO Day hosted by Canadian Valley Kennel Club, Sooner State Kennel Club, West Central Kennel Club and Mid Continent Kennel Club
“The Governor signed a Proclamation and declared the day Responsible Dog Ownership Day! We had 86 total conformation entries…21 obedience entries…18 rally entries. We had 56 meet the breed booths. 20 dogs earned their AKC CGC certification. We also had children’s games, face painting, dog costume contest and fun events. We had an agility demonstration, handling lesson in the classroom and in the ring and grooming demonstrations.  We also had 35 dogs get microchipped with the AKC CAR chip!” --Stacy Mason, AKC Breeder Field Representative

The Upper Potomac Valley Kennel Club
“The Upper Potomac Valley Kennel Club hosted an AKC RDO Day event with the Bedford County Humane Society in Bedford, PA on September 27. It was a great community event for people to learn and have fun with their dogs and share the experience with other people who love their dogs. The event raised over $2,000 for the Bedford County Humane Society and countless volunteers came forth to donate time and much needed supplies to the shelter. Over 300 community members attended the event, many with their dogs and we received coverage from local TV and newspapers. Information about training and AKC Canine Good Citizen testing was provided and AKC events like obedience and agility were demonstrated.” -- Dr. William Newman, Member of the AKC Board of Directors

The Salisbury Maryland Kennel Club
“The Salisbury Maryland Kennel Club held our 2nd RDO Day yesterday at our newly completed building.  Both of the local TV stations came and gave us wonderful coverage on the news.  It was a great day, great weather, great food and tons of hard work but, it was worth every minute we spent doing it.  People and dogs were lined up for microchips, signing up for our classes and buying raffle tickets.  They got to participate and try their dog in mini agility settings as well as Rally and AKC CGC testing. We are a very active club and I was really proud to be a part of it yesterday.” --  Barb Furbush, Salisbury MD Kennel Club 

The Valley Isle Kennel Club of Maui
“The Valley Isle Kennel Club of Maui had its AKC RDO day event on Saturday, Sept 6th.  What fun it was! We held it at the Lahaina Cannery Mall from 12-4 pm.  We had a Meet the Breeds as well as an informational table.  We also got to go on stage and introduce our dogs to the mall patrons.  We were very well received and have been asked to come back next year! Thanks very much for all the info and support.” -- Luana Mitchell, Valley Isle Kennel Club of Maui

Hendersonville Kennel Club
“The Hendersonville, NC Kennel Club held an AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event, including "Meet the Breeds", on September 13, at the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville. Over 40 different breeds of purebred dogs were present. Attendees were able to discuss breed characteristics and requirements for responsible ownership with the dogs' owners or breeders. Agility and obedience demonstrations were also presented. This was the fourth annual Meet the Breeds event by the Hendersonville Kennel Club. Each year attendance and interest level has increased.” --Gail Owens, President, Hendersonville Kennel Club

Westmoreland County Obedience Training Club
“Our event was held in conjunction with the annual Fort Hand Festival. We had obedience and agility demonstrations and Safety Around Dogs presentations. Our trainers and veterinarian answered many questions about training, breeds, temperament and dealing with problem dogs.” --Barbara Blanchfield, Westmoreland County Obedience Training Club

Rogue Valley Kennel Club
“Rogue Valley Kennel Club in Grants Pass, Oregon celebrated RDO on September 13.  20 dogs passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen test.  Prior to the testing members of RVKC gave four free classes to prepare owners & dogs for the test. We expanded events this year with a Meet the Breeds section that had 28 different breeds.  We also had a mobile veterinarian giving shots and microchipping in addition to Guide Puppy, photo, and search & rescue booths.  We had info about RVKC'S Canine Ambassador programs. A TV reporter came out and photographed some of the dogs and she also interviewed our club president, Ann McGloon. It was a busy day in Grants Pass.” --Lucille Perry, PEC, Rogue Valley Kennel Club

The Cocker Spaniel Specialty Club of Georgia & Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Georgia
“The Cocker Spaniel Specialty Club of Georgia, along with Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Georgia, held their American Kennel Club sponsored “Responsible Dog Ownership” day on Saturday, September 27, 2008.  We had guests come from as far away as Chattanooga TN and South Carolina. Agility and Obedience demonstrations were given, and afterwards, attendees and their dogs were able to try some of the equipment out themselves.  Demonstrations also took place on the art of retrieving from the land and water, and it was nice to see so many dogs “get their feet wet.” A silent auction was also held to benefit the Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Georgia, Inc., which rescues on average approximately 200 dogs a year. All in all, we had a lot of nice compliments by all those who attended and most if not all said they would like to come back next year.” -- Richard Beaton & Joanne Halvorson

Finger Lakes Agility & Obedience Association
“Just a short note to thank all of you for your efforts regarding RDO and for the plethora of info and other handouts to go with these events across the country, as well as for allowing our little non-AKC-affiliated club to participate via our event this past Sunday at Cornell University.  Because of your generosity, a whole bunch of little kids went home on Sunday with armfuls of goodies, which will surely help to influence the next generation of dog owners.

Guiding Eyes dogs and handlers were there to answer questions and socialize their puppies; various puppies took turns bringing in money for a local shelter by serving as the "kissing puppy" when they weren't spending time in the "petting pen". Meanwhile, rally demonstrations and agility demonstrations were being given in the next two rings. Numerous kids went home with painted faces and balloons. ” --Dusty Hellman, Secretary & Head Instructor, Finger Lakes Agility & Obedience Association

Austin Bulldog Club
“The Austin Bulldog Club held its AKC RDO day on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at the Pet Supplies Plus in Austin, TX.  We consider our event very successful as we had approximately fifty visitors, all interested in the information regarding responsible pet ownership.  We brought our Bulldogs to visit and also gave out brochures and information regarding the breed.  We had a coloring contest for children and a game of guess the breed.   The host, Pet Supplies Plus offered stuffed toys at greatly reduced prices for those customers who participated in the event.  A great time was had by all!” --
Carolyn Adams, Austin Bulldog Club

Wilton Kiwanis Club
“The Wilton Kiwanis Club's event was held on September 14, 2008. The photos include our celebrity judges, French Bulldog enthusiast, Patricia Hearst Shaw and MSNBC's Legal Analyst, Susan Filan. We had a spectacular day with over 250 dogs and over 500 spectators in attendance.” --Dr. Margaret A. Reed

Obedience Training Club of Chugiak
“We had a great day. Over 100 to 150 people attended. We had demos going all day. Our club filled 8 classes for puppies, beginning obedience, rally and an agility. We had several people wanting classes so from the RDO Day we added 2 more class to our fall schedule. We have at least 20 more people waiting for the next set of classes which start in January.” --Judi Rideout, Obedience Training Club of Chugiak

Sherwood Dog Training Club
“Our club set up a ring at a park in Hillsboro, Oregon.  There were also other clubs and organizations at this park doing RDOD, so it made a very nice venue for the public. While SDTC members worked their dogs in obedience, other members answered questions from spectators.  We also set up our chairs to be accessible to the public and answer questions about the dogs we had with us. We feel we had a very successful event.” --Jill Faulmann, Secretary, Sherwood Dog Training Club

Del-Otse-Nango Kennel Club
“The Del-Otse-Nango Kennel Club (NY) celebrated AKC's RDO Day by holding a community event on Sept. 20, 2008.  DONKC held an AKC Sanctioned B match show including Conformation, Obedience and Rally. The match show drew members of the community who wanted to learn more about AKC Dog Shows and specific breeds.  DONKC also offered an AKC info booth with 19 members on hand to answer any questions the public had.  We had a very fun and successful day in Oneonta, NY.” --Janet Saporito, President, Del-Otse-Nango K.C.

Rescuers United for Furry Friends
“Rescuers United for Furry Friends held their Responsible Dog Ownership Day on Sunday, September 28 in San Antonio, Texas. We gratefully report that our event was a huge success.  We vaccinated over 100 pets, Microchipped 32 dogs and CGC tested 12 dogs all of which passed the test!” --Ellen Stovall, RDOD Coordinator, Rescuers United for Furry Friends

Dog Pack of Pompano Beach
“The Dog Pack of Pompano Beach wants to thank the AKC for allowing us to participate in RDO day. It was the first time RDO day was celebrated in Pompano Beach Florida and the day was a huge success. Celebrating RDO day and having a proclamation from the Mayor helped us to have our DOG PARK approved the Tuesday night before the event. The commissioners were much more aware of the dog park supporters and friends due to the event we put on. Thanks again to the AKC!” --Lisa Hamburg, Dog Pack of Pompano Beach

Dog Training Club of Dallas County
“The Dog Training Club of Dallas County participated in two community events to promote Responsible Dog Ownership. The Third Annual Bark in the Park took place in Duncanville, TX and the First Annual Adopt a Rescue Dog Ice Cream Social took place in Midlothian, TX.  We had a table set up to provide information on Obedience Training along with information on events that are available through the American Kennel Club including AKC CGC testing and companion events such as Obedience, Rally, Agility and Tracking.  Demonstrations were also provided by club members to the public. All of these events provided excellent opportunities of how Responsible Dog Ownership can be promoted in the community.” --
Robin Quintana, Community Events Chair, The Dog Training Club of Dallas County

Kennel Club of Palm Springs
“The Kennel Club of Palm Springs' RDO Day event took place at "Street Fair" the last Thursday in September.  We all had a fine time setting up our booth and stocking it with information provided by AKC.  We also welcomed representatives from VCA Veterinary Hospital who provided information about microchipping, as well as discount coupons for those who were interested. We also had a representative from the Riverside County Animal Services facility, who brought a poster board of photos of dogs available for adoption. Our efforts were rewarded with much enthusiasm for what we were doing and we talked to a gazillion people about all aspects of dog ownership and care.” --Marylou Harris, Public Education Coordinator, Kennel Club of Palm Springs

PetSmart, Plantation, FL
“We held our event at PetSmart in Plantation, FL in September.  We gave out lots of good info to pet parents, did a fabulous Rally demo and had contests and games.  The first 50 pet parents also received gift bags.  Our Dog Scout Troop #157 made breed posters for "Meet the Breeds" which turned out to be a huge hit!  Can't wait for next year!” --Holly Blakney Salazar, CPDT, CGC Evaluator and Area Pet Training Instructor for PetSmart South FL

Pack of Paws Dog Training
“Massachusetts Outdoor Expo featured the Family Dog Exhibit with Pack of Paws Dog Training, Southbridge Veterinary Hospital, Noah’s Ark Pet Shop and Second Chance Animal Shelter.  We hosted thousands of children and taught about health, safety, training and fun!” --Donna Savoie, Pack of Paws Dog Training

Longview Kennel Club
“We held our RDOD with the city Of Longview's Dog Days of Summer, where they open the pool on the last day to dogs. We had members representing various breeds from Labs, Malamutes, Japanese Chins, Border Collies and a few more. We made up bags containing the stuff we were sent and gave these to the people who came as well as offering both goodies for people and their pets. We were able to sign up potential members and had a wonderful day.” --Nancy Mellott, Secretary, Longview Kennel Club

Dayton Kennel Club
“The Dayton Kennel Club held a Responsible Dog Ownership Day at The Greene, outdoor shopping mall. A lively group of volunteers and visitors were there with their Canine companions. Malamutes, Old English Sheepdogs, Basenjis, Chinese Cresteds, Afghans, American Hairless, Labradors and more were present. DKC passed out a lot of literature regarding responsible dog ownership, as well as coloring books, and balloons to the all kids. Everyone who stopped by the event was entered in a drawing for door prizes.  The Invisible Fence company was a sponsor and offered a large heated vibrating dog bed as a grand prize door prize.” --Jeffrey L. Leonard, PE, Dayton Kennel Club

Manatee Kennel Club
“Manatee Kennel Club in FL held their RDO Day on September 18th in Lakewood Ranch, on their Main Street.  It was held with an Honor Sanctuary Event called "Mutts on Main" that they hold every month. We had a table of all the AKC information, helium balloons, about 10 different breeds for "Meet the Breeds", games for the kids, and the Sarasota 4-H "Four Paws K-9 Kid Club" put on Demonstrations - Obedience, Agility and Conformation.  We ended up having a large group of people watching and asking questions.  We all had a good time and are planning on doing one again next year.” --Charlene Foeller, Manatee Kennel Club

Moore County Kennel Club
 “…in honor of AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day, the Moore County
Kennel Club (MCKC) of North Carolina  held our annual all breed and junior showmanship shows and obedience and rally obedience trials on September 13 and 14…. …we invited both the Citizens’ Pet Responsibility Committee and the Companion Animal Clinic of the Sandhills (low cost spay/neuter clinic) to man informational booths. The MCKC coordinated local volunteer veterinarians to run a microchip clinic for the public … [and] a rabies vaccination clinic there, as well. Extending our weekend of events into Monday, the MCKC hosted its annual “Get Off the Porch and Play with the Big Dogs” golf tournament at Elks Golf Club. Local businesses sponsored the event, and all proceeds were matched by the MCKC and go towards veterinary technician scholarships for students at Central Carolina College. The Moore County Kennel Club is proud to be a part of our community effort to promote responsible dog ownership.” --Lisa Lynn, Corresponding Secretary, Moore County Kennel Club

Bichon Frise Club of Western Pennsylvania
“The Bichon Frise Club of Western Pennsylvania held a Meet the Breed at our Galleria Mall on September 28, 2008 for our AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day.  It was a rousing success!  We talked to well over 100 people in the five hours we were there.  We handed out AKC information pamphlets, information from our Parent Club and information from Therapy Dogs International and Bichon Frise rescue.  Everything was highly accepted. Those of us who participated certainly enjoyed our day!  It was a lot of fun to see the faces of the people walking past us when they saw our dogs sitting out on our grooming tables!  They were so surprised and almost everyone stopped by to say Hi and pet the dogs.” --Renee Lauer, President, The Bichon Frise Club of Western Pennsylvania

San Juan County 4-H Pooch Patrol
“RDO Day in Farmington, New Mexico was truly exciting! We put together bags, donated by the City of Farmington, that included information from AKC, dog food samples, etc. [We offered] Canine Good Citizen tests… information about adopting from the shelter… microchipping. A member of Delta Society was there with information on how to certify your dog for therapy. The "Pooch Kids" set up their Agility equipment and helped owners and their dogs learn about Agility. We asked that owners bring a can of food to donate to our local Echo Food Bank.  All together we collected 341 pounds of food for the Bank. We had a great time sponsoring AKC RDO Day and look forward to next year!” --Cathy Jacobs, Leader, San Juan County 4-H Pooch Patrol

Greater Panama City Dog Fanciers Association
“The event began at 9 o’clock September 13th with an agility demonstration, then a flyball demonstration, followed by a rally demonstration all of which the public and their dogs were invited to try.  The Mayor of Panama City… read the Proclamation and presented it to the President of the club, Melissa Frye in front of a crowd of about 300. Meet the Breeds…introduced owners and their purebred dogs… A microchipping clinic was held by Bay County Animal Control. Several rescue groups had booths.” –Barbara Winge, RDO Chairman, Greater Panama City Dog Fanciers Association

Petco, Redwood City
"We ran an event from 11 - 3 at the Petco in Redwood City. We held a free seminar on Responsible Dog Ownership and gave out free "Goodie" bags with training treats, Tennis Balls, Frisbees, and the AKC Literature. Over 30 people attended the seminar. We held a Kids seminar, with the AKC coloring books, taught safety around dogs, did face painting, gave away balloons, stickers, etc. It was a great event, thank you for your promotion and support!" --Jeannie Eagan, Trainer at Petco, AKC CGC Evaluator

Muncie Obedience Training Club
"Muncie Obedience Training Club held its Responsible Dog Ownership event on Saturday September 13 at Minnetrista Cultural Center in Muncie, Indiana during the Farmers' Market. Eight dogs were CGC tested and all eight became AKC Canine Good Citizens to thunderous applause. The club had a display of dog safety and responsible ownership brochures and answered passer-bys dog questions. Members took their CGC dogs out for meet and greets at the Farmers' Market. The test was announced in the local paper, the Muncie StarPress, and on the Muncie Obedience Training Club website." --Brenda Grice, V.P., Muncie Obedience Training Club

Hartford Obedience Training Club
"The Hartford Obedience Training Club presented a team of�7 dogs and handlers to the BigE at West Springfield on Monday, September 15th and again on Monday, September 22nd. They provided information to the general public on responsible dog ownership and demonstrations of basic obedience were done. The Hartford Obedience Training Club marched in the Park Road Parade on October 4th, this was a team of 24 dogs and 20 handlers who marched in precision and during pauses in the parade route performed routine Obedience exercises. The Hartford Obedience Training Club supported the Elmwood Community Church on October 5th at their annual Blessing of the Animals. A team of 9 handlers and 13 dogs were available to promote responsible dog ownership." --Diane Connelly, Hartford Obedience Training Club

Beaufort Kennel Club
"BKC held our AKC RDO Day, on September 20th, at the Beaufort County Animal Shelter. The event was held in conjunction with HAL'S (Humane Association of the Lowcountry) Adopt-athon. Many people brought their dogs and had nails clipped and micro-chipping done. There was also a bake sale. Proceeds went to the humane association for their many fosters and rescues. The BKC tent was set up and we passed out information to people who stopped by our display. The children were delighted to receive coloring books, stickers, pencils and balloons, all promoting AKC RDO Day. Several people who adopted dogs stopped by and were delighted with the information, especially the info on house training, AKC PAL registration, and travel with pets. A very successful RDO Day despite mildly inclement weather." --Richard Sak, Beaufort Kennel Club

Irish Setter Club of New England
"The Irish Setter Club of New England hosted our AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day in conjunction with the ICONS Irish Festival in Canton, Massachusetts on September 12-14, 2008. We hosted a 3 day "Meet the Breed" tent at the festival, with hundreds of people coming by to see, pet and learn about Irish Setters. We had all areas of our breed represented - conformation, rally, obedience, rescue, puppy and veteran dogs. Several of our members demonstrated their obedience training for the crowds. We were able to show what wonderful companions they are, as well as educate people on their care, training and upkeep. Our Irish Setters were very popular and it was difficult sometimes to get near our tent with crowds 10 people deep trying to learn about them." --Kathy Roscoe, Irish Setter Club of New England

Sierra-Tuolumne Kennel Club, Inc.
"Our Responsible Dog Owners Day was held in Merced, California on Sunday, September 21, 2008. The hosting Clubs were Yosemite Kennel Club, Sierra-Tuolumne Kennel Club, Inc., and the Chihuahua Club of Northern California. The three Clubs put on a wide variety of events, which included: Flyball demonstrations; Agility, Obedience and Rally demonstrations, AKC CGC testing, info about Therapy Dogs, Merced K9 Police Dog Demonstration, community update on the Merced Dog Park, Service Dog, Carting, and Toy breed presentations, various games and contests; with the final event being the "Blessing of the Animals by Father John of St. Patrick's Catholic Church". Some of the on-going events were a "Meet the Breed" area and a "Kid's Korner" where dog related crafts and safety information was provided. There was also a low-cost vaccination and microchip clinic available during the day." --Linda Grant, Secretary, Sierra-Tuolumne Kennel Club, Inc.