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Put Your Pooch’s Party Hat on and Join the Celebration!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:        September 4, 2012
Contact:    AKC Communications
Phone:      212-696-8228
Email:        communications@akc.org

PUT YOUR POOCH’S PARTY HAT ON AND JOIN THE CELEBRATION!

MORE THAN 600 LOCAL EVENTS JOIN AKC TO
CELEBRATE 10 YEARS OF RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP DAYS

New York, NY – Interested in learning training and grooming tips from the pros? Looking for a new canine family member? Or want to start competing in AKC events? Then be sure to mark “AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days” on your calendar this September.

The AKC’s month-long celebration in honor of RDO Days’ tenth birthday includes more than 600 AKC clubs and organizations nationwide holding free events filled with fun and engaging activities for all dog lovers, a Flagship RDO Day in Raleigh, N.C., a signing of the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Pet Promise and joining all dog lovers online for Virtual RDO Days.

* Local Events: Each AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event is unique, but many include AKC Rally(r), Obedience and Agility demonstrations (at some events, you can try, too!); Canine Good Citizen(r) (CGC) testing; AKC CAR microchip clinics; safety around dogs for kids programs like The Dog Listener; giveaways, face painting, food and more!  Find an event in your area on the AKC RDO Day website at www.akc.org/rdod.

* Flagship RDO Day: AKC will host its AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day in Raleigh, N.C. on Saturday, September 22nd from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Raleigh residents are invited to bring their dogs to try Agility or AKC Rally(r) with the help of trainers at My Dog Can Do That, shop local vendors like the Waggin’ Wagon, watch demos of herding and flyball, and pick up a free goodie bag! Learn more at www.akc.org/rdod and RSVP on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/americankennelclub.

Can’t make it to an event? Participate online!

* Sign the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Pet Promise: You can help us mark the RDO anniversary milestone by assisting us in reaching 10,000 signatures on the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Pet Promise. Sign it at www.akc.org/rdod.

* Virtual AKC RDO Days: Make sure you’ve liked us on Facebook to participate in Virtual AKC RDO Days! You’ll be able to pick up tips, receive a special online badge and share how you’re a responsible dog owner all throughout September!

AKC RDO Days is supported by Motel 6, Cosequin, available at RescuePetSupply.com, TimberTech and The Hartford.

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The American Kennel Club (AKC), proudly celebrated its 125th Anniversary in 2009. Since 1884 the not-for-profit organization has maintained the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world, and today its rules govern more than 20,000 canine competitions each year. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its nearly 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Companion Animal Recovery and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.

AKC, American Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club seal and design, and all associated marks and logos are trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks of The American Kennel Club, Inc.

To become a fan of the AKC on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/americankennelclub. To follow the AKC on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/akcdoglovers.

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