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Mark Your Calendar: 22nd Annual Dog Olympics on Sept. 14

gold medal winner at the CVM Dog Olympics

North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will host the 22nd Annual Dog Olympics from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 with fun competition, canine demonstrations, rescue groups, free microchip clinic, and a special “custom cart” Paralympics for dogs with spinal cord injuries.

The Dog Olympics is a charitable event that celebrates the human-animal bond and raises money for local animal rescue groups. Canines of all breeds, shapes, and sizes are invited to participate in athletic and non-athletic competition such as Rollover Rover, Musical Sit, Longest Tail, Limbo, Frisbee Toss, Howling Contest, Look-a-Like, Best Trick, Best Beggar, and High Jump.       

A free microchip clinic will be sponsored by the Raleigh Kennel Club (one pet per family) with trained personnel implanting a microchip that can be scanned with a handheld device ensuring a lost dog will be returned to its owner.

Demonstrations will include the Raleigh K9 Unit, AKC Agility and Canine Good Citizen Testing, and Flyball performances by Go Dog Go and Dog Gone Fast. The Paralympics focuses on the bond owners of paraplegic dogs have with their pets and the special activity is a “Best Decorated Cart” competition.

An Olympic Village will feature rescue groups and shelters, canine health information booths including the CVM Rehabilitation Service, the CVM Seizure Studies Program, NCSU Libraries, vendors offering canine-related goods and services, and for owner refreshment, Dang Good Dogs food truck and a bake sale.

Admission for owner and competing canine athlete is $5 with the cost covering an entry fee for one event and a photo of the canine champion on the Olympic platform. Each additional event and photo is $2. Admission for owner and non-competing dog is $2. Admission for individuals is $1 while children age five and younger are free. All proceeds support the rescue groups in attendance. All dogs must be current on vaccinations and kept on leash when not performing in a ring.

The event will be held on the “hearth” of the NC State Centennial Biomedical Campus located at 1060 William Moore Drive in Raleigh near the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Blue Ridge Highway.

The rain date is Oct. 5. For detailed information, email or

Events/ Demonstrations

- Canine Paralympics

- Flyball: Go Dog Go and Dog Gone Fast

- Raleigh K9 Unit

- AKC Agility demos and Canine Good Citizen Training--Agility demos: 10:10-10:30, 12-12:20, and 1:30-1:50

- Free Microchip Clinic for one dog per family sponsored by the Raleigh Kennel Club


- Best Friends Pet Adoption
- Boston Terrier Rescue of NC
- Boston Terrier Rescue Team of the Carolinas
- Care for Animals
- Carolina Border Collie Rescue
- Carolina Boxer Rescue
- English Springer Rescue America
- Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue
- Pawfect Match Rescue

- Rescue Ur Forever Friend
- Second Chance Pet Adoptions
- Schnauzer Rescue of the Carolinas

- 2 Paws Up

Vendors/ Information

- All Dogs Allowed

- American Animal Hospital Association

- Boo Radley Foundation

- Care NC

- Camp Bow Wow

- Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Food

- Dogtopia

- Grace's Pet Treats

- Hills

- Lap of Love

- Laurelwood Plates

- Merial

- Novaratis

- Paws Sew Fine

- Purina

- The Pet Necklace

- Sleeping Dogs Pottery

- Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association T-Shirts

- Unleashed