Responsible Dog Ownership Day event Saturday

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 23, 2011

The American Kennel Club’s local chapter and Friends in Fur rescue will host a local Responsible Dog Ownership Day event at Dan Nicholas Park on Bringle Ferry Road from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. There is no cost to attend.
Responsible Dog Ownership Day is a national initiative with about 600 organizations holding community events throughout the month of September. It’s aim, a press release said, is “educating owners about how to be a good pal to your pooch.”
Demonstrations will include agility dogs racing through obstacles; safety around dogs for kids and parents; grooming of teeth, coat, nails and ears; and the Central Piedmont Search and Rescue dog team.
Activities will also include a “meet the breeds” fair showcasing the most popular and rarest AKC-registered breeds; AKC Good Canine Citizen testing; a $25 microchip clinic, which provides an implant and lifetime database enrollment.
“Our goal is to educate the dog-loving public about the importance of being a responsible dog owner,” organizer Samantha Smith, an AKC canine good citizen evaluator for the Salisbury-Rowan area, said in an email.
For children, the event will also offer face painting, coloring contests, a pin the tail on the dog game and more.
Local craft vendors will display their wares. And tickets will be available for a raffle offering prizes from local businesses.
Dan Nicholas Park is at 6800 Bringle Ferry Road.