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AKC RDO Day in New York City

Saturday, September 20, 2008
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Madison Square Park - 23rd St. & 5th Ave.

Manhattan's Madison Square Park swelled with thousands of dogs and their delighted owners at the sixth annual AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day on Saturday, September 20. Over 20,000 dog lovers were treated to an incomparable educational experience and information generously provided by our national sponsor Invisible Fence Brand and our local event sponsor Stuyvesant Town. AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day marked the launch of AKC:Lifestyle, the new fan club and community site for dog lovers and AKC enthusiasts. Over 1,300 people and their dogs posed for "Rolling Bone" cover photos, courtesy of AKC:Lifestyle. Dog lovers could hear about the event throughout the day from Maria Milito of 104.3 WAXQ who broadcasted her radio show live from Madison Square Park. More than 150 dogs took the AKC Canine Good Citizen® test or were microchipped with the help of Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals. Participants were able to meet 45 AKC breeds and talk to experienced breeders and owners about how to find the right dog for their lifestyle. Thousands of attendees signed the AKC Pet Promise, signifying their pledge to be responsible dog owners. The demonstration ring ran continuously throughout the day with obedience, agility and rally demonstrations by Port Chester Obedience Training Club. The ring also featured a parade of breeds, doggie musical chairs and a safety around dogs for kids presentation by Invisible Fence Brand.

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We thank our sponsors for making AKC RDO Day a great success and the following breed clubs for their valuable participation in AKC Meet the Breeds:

Afghan Club of Long Island
Airedale Terrier Club of Metropolitan New York
Basset Hound Club of America, Inc.
Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America
Black Russian Terrier Club of New Jersey
Boston Terrier Club of New York
NY Boxer Club
Liberty Brussels Griffon Club
Long Island Bulldog Rescue
American Cesky Terrier Fanciers Association
NYC Chihuahuas
Chinese Crested Club of America
Clumber Spaniel Club of America
English Cocker Spaniel Club of America, Inc
English Setter Association of America
Finnish Lapphund Club of America
French Bull Dog Club of America
Golden Retriever Club of America
NorthEast Pyr Rescue
Greater New York Havanese Club
Irish Terrier Club of New York
Irish Wolfhound Club of America
United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club
American Maltese Association
Mastiffs Unlimited of NY
American Miniature Schnauzer Club
Norwich and Norfolk Terrier Club
Otterhound Club of America
Pekingese Club of New Jersey
Pharoah Hound Club of America
Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen Club of America
American Pomeranian Club
Pug Dog Club of America & Pug Dog Club of Greater NY
American Russell Terrier Foundation Club
Scottish Terrier Club of America
Shetland Sheepdog Club of Northern New Jersey
NYC Shiba Rescue
The American Shih Tzu Club, Inc.
Tibetan Terrier Club of America
West Highland White Terrier Club of America
Xoloitzcuintli Club of America
Yorkshire Terrier Club of America

Thanks to the following organizations that provided educational booths and activities:

Port Chester Obedience Training Club
Queensboro Kennel Club
Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists
Metropolitan Dog Club
4Kids Entertainment
AKC Pet Healthcare Plan
AKC Lifestyle
Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals
NYC Office of Emergency Management
NYC Dog & Central Park Paws
Andrea Arden Dog Training
Mindful Tails

Special Thanks to:

Invisible Fence Madison Square Park Conservancy City of New York Parks & Recreation
Stuyvesant town