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19th Annual Dog Olympics Draws Appreciative Crowd

The 19th Annual Dog Olympics and Paralympics attracted an appreciative crowd to Moore Square in downtown Raleigh on September 11th.

Watch the YouTube video. Coverage of the fun charity event included an article in the NC State Technician> http://bit.ly/bLcHQH and the Raleigh News & Observer: http://bit.ly/9n4UmL

Sponsored by the CVM Student Chapter of the American Animal Hospital Association, the Dog Olympics celebrated the human-animal bond and raised money for local animal rescue groups. Canines of all breeds and sizes participated in athletic and non-athletic competition such as Rollover Rover, Musical Sit, Longest Tail, Limbo, Frisbee Toss, Howling Contest, Look-a-Like, Weiner Toss, Best Trick, Best Beggar, and High Jump.

The Raleigh Kennel Club provided free microchipping. Event demonstrations included the Raleigh Police K9 Unit, a Pawsitive Pooches training lesson, and the American Kennel Club (AKC) agility teams. The AKC also offered a free Canine Good Citizen testing opportunity. A Paralympics for dogs with spinal cord injuries focused on the bond owners of paraplegic dogs have with their pets. The special activity included Obstacle Course Navigation, Best Decorated Cart, and Cart Races.

The Olympic Village featured canine health booths from the NC State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital; vendor tents offering canine-related goods and services; and some 10 rescue groups including 2 Paws Up, Pawfect Match, CARE for Animals, Southern Siberian Rescue, Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue, English Springer Rescue America, Second Chance, Carolina Border Collie Rescue, Doberman Rescue, and Best Friends Pet Adoption.

Posted Sept. 15, 2010