Mark Your Calendar: 21st Annual Dog Olympics on Sept. 8
Miss the excitement of the London Summer Games?
You can watch eager athletes "Go for the Gold" one more time this year as North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine hosts the 21th Annual Dog Olympics from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 8, with fun competition, canine demonstrations, rescue groups, free microchip clinic, vendors, and pet health information booths.
The popular family event, which will be held at the Veterinary Health Complex on Centennial Biomedical Campus at 1060 William Moore Drive in Raleigh (4700 Hillsborough St.) is sponsored by the CVM Companion Animal Wellness Club to celebrate the human-animal bond and raise money to further the work of local animal rescue groups.
Dogs of all breeds, shapes, and sizes are invited to participate in athletic and non-athletic competitions including Roll Over Rover, Best Trick, Limbo, Musical Sit, Look-a-Like Contest, Longest Tail, Howling Contest, High Jump, Best Beggar. (Note: no long distance frisbee toss this year).
A Paralympics demonstration for dogs with spinal cord injuries focuses on the bond owners of paraplegic dogs have with their pets. The special activity will include Obstacle Course Navigation, Best Decorated Cart, and Cart Races.
A free microchip clinic by the Raleigh Kennel Club (one pet per family) will be available with trained personnel implanting a microchip that can be scanned with a handheld device to help lost dogs find their way home. Additional attractions include the opportunity to visit with representatives of 11 rescue groups, “cooling" station for dogs needing a quick dip, and vendor tents offering canine-related goods and services.
Also planned are "human" games for families and children, glitter tattoos for children, and raffle baskets awarded throughout the day. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Admission is $1 per person, $1 per dog and children five and under are free. The entry fee to compete is $7 for the first event and $2 for each successive event. All proceeds support the rescue groups in attendance and future Dog Olympics.
All dogs must be current on vaccinations and kept on leash when not performing in a ring.
For more information call 919.513.6662. A rain date is Sept. 9.
- 2 Paws Up
- Best Friends
- Boston Terrier Rescue of NC
- Care for Animals
- Carolina Care Bullies
- English Springer Rescue of America
- Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue
- Second Chance
- Wake Animal Advocates Group
- K9 Kindness
- Doberman Rescue of NC
- Roll Over Rover
- Best Trick
- Small Dog Limbo
- Musical Sit (<50 lbs)
- Average/ Tall Dog Limbo
- Musical sit (>50 lbs)
- High Jump for Short Dogs
- Howling Contest
- High Jump for Tall Dogs (>50 lbs)
- Longest Tail
- Best Beggar
10:30 a.m. American Kennel Club (AKC) Agility Demo (15 minutes)
10:15 a.m. Sandy Stokes and Maya Hope for Joy, Freestyle
11:15 a.m. Triumphant Tails Dog Training
11:30 a.m. AKC Rally Demo
12:15 p.m. Paralympics Competition
12:30 p.m. AKC Agility Demo
1:15 p.m. Durham K-9 Unit
1:30 p.m. AKC Rally Demo
2:30 p.m. Melissa Durran and Dog Teach, Positive Reinforcement Training
3:30 p.m. AKC Agility Demo
All Day AKC Canine Good Citizen testing
- Just Dogs Gourmet
- Dogtopia of Cary
- Dr. Dana Lewis from the Lap of Love
- Just Dogs Gourmet
- Sleeping Dogs Pottery
- Pet Life Magazine
- The Pet Necklace
- Swim, Love, Play
- Molly's Seizure Fund
- Paws Sew Fine
- Poodle Tees and More
- North Carolina Association of Veterinary Technicians