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18th Annual Dog Olympics

Canine athletes and their human companions attended the 18th Annual Dog Olympics and helped raise more than $2,500 dollars for eight area rescue groups participating in the event sponsored by the College of Veterinary Medicine Student Chapter of the American Animal Hospital Association (SCAAHA).

Held in Raleigh’s Moore Square because of the construction of the Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center, this year’s event attracted more than 500 people, eight rescue groups, and a record of 14 organizations with information booths. Requests for booth participation exceeded space availability.

Olympic gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded to 20 top competitors in events such as doggie limbo, musical sit, best beggar, best pet trick, Frisbee toss, doggie high jump, longest tail, wiener toss, "Roll over Beethoven," and the howling contest. Medalists also received gift certificates to Unleashed Pet Store. In addition, the event included the first ever costume contest which, according to organizers, was won "by a delicate ballerina dressed as an Italian Greyhound or vice versa".

The “Olympic Village” included a microchip clinic sponsored by the Raleigh Kennel Club where some 550 dogs received free microchips. The American Kennel Club conducted an agility demonstration, sponsored a Canine Good Citizen Testing Program, and K-9 and other demonstrations were presented.

Posted Oct. 6, 2009