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NC State Vet School Dog Olympics
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Did you know that the 23rd annual Dog Olympics is scheduled for September 13th, 2014? However, the weather report for Raleigh, NC is calling for rain with a risk of thunderstorms, so the rain date is October 4th, 2014.

The Companion Animal Wellness Club at NC State University's College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting this charitable event to raise money for animal rescue organizations. This special event (held on a Saturday) will run from 10 am to 3 pm at 1060 William Moore Drive (near Hillsborough Street and the Blue Ridge highway intersection) at NC State Centennial Biomedical Campus.

Rolli-Hund "Karl"Total Verhext on flickr / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

What I love about this event is that it's not a fierce "show dog" type of competition. Instead, it celebrates all kinds of dogs and the bond we have to our beloved canine family members.

Shortly after 12 noon there will be a Paralympics Parade featuring doggies with spinal cord injuries.

Doggies of any breed or mix, any shape or size, can participate in either athletic or non-athletic contests.

Promo Video for the 2008 Dog Olympics at NCSU

Schedule for Dog Olympic Events

Various educational demonstrations are held in between (and during) these contest times. Numerous booths, including free microchipping of one dog per family, will be provided by the Raleigh Kennel Club (while supplies last). 
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10: 15 am
Best Trick
Small Dog Limbo
Large Dog High Jump
 
11:15 am
Large Dog Longest Tail
Large Dog Limbo
Small Dog High Jump
 
12:15 pm
Small Dog Longest Tail
Large Dog Musical Sit
Howling Contest
 
Custom Cart Paralympic Parade of Dogs with the Neurology Service
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1:15 pm
Look-alike Contest
Small Dog Musical Sit
Roll Over Rover
 
2:15 pm
Special Olympic Frisbee Toss Competition (for all dogs)
 
All Day
Free microchip clinic (while supplies last)
American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen Testing
Carnival games ($1 per try or $3 for five chances)
Raffles
CVM T-shirts for sale
Glitter Tatoos $2
Five Food Vendors (for people and dogs)
 
 

The Costs

All proceeds support the 20 rescue groups in attendance

If you bring your doggie, s/he must be kept on a leash when not performing and be up-to-date on vaccinations.
Stella at schoolJon Hurd on flickr / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic 
The cost is $5 and covers admission for owner and dog, entry fee for one event, and access to a digital photo on the Olympic platform.
 
Does your dog want to compete in more than one event? It's only another $2 (which includes entry fee and photo).
 
What if my doggie is too shy to compete?
 
Hey, that's okay too. The admission for a dog and owner to come out and watch is only $2.
 
Don't have a dog, but like to attend? Come on out, it's only $1. Children five years old and younger are free of charge.

Demonstration and AKC Rings

Otto the Police Dog demoPup Fan on flickr / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 GenericThe following is the tentative schedule for the demonstrations held during the Dog Olympics. The Olympic Village will showcase 20 rescue groups and shelters, NCSU libraries, canine health information booths (including the CVM Seizure Studies Program), vendors offering canine-related goods and services, a bake sale, and food trucks.

10:15 am K9 Unit Cary Police Department (Demo Ring)

10:45 am Agility Demonstration (AKC Ring)
 
11:15 am Treibball with Superior Dog Training (Demo Ring)
 
11:45 am Rally Obedience (AKC Ring)
 
12:45 pm Agility Demonstration (AKC Ring)
 
1:15 pm Flyball with Dog Gone Fast (Demo Ring)
 
1:45 pm Rally Obedience (AKC Ring)
 
2:30 pm Agility Demonstration (AKC Ring)
 

2012 NC State Vet School Dog Olympics

K9 Kindness Sponsored a No Choke Challenge

About NCSU Veterinary School

According to U.S. News & World Report, NC State College of Veterinary Medicine ranks third in America among colleges of veterinary medicine. This incredible educational facility has also delved into the connections between animal and human health.

Since I studied prosthetics (in humans), I found out about the following procedure known as osseointegration which was performed on a dog named Cassidy in 2008. The prosthetic implant allowed Cassidy's leg bone to fuse itself to the new implant. Unfortunately, Cassidy died in June 2010 due to lymphoma.

Groundbreaking Surgery

First Dog Leg Implantation at NC State

Cassidy's Progress

Uploaded on Dec 9th, 2008 by Mr. Posovsky

For Doggies in Training for the Olympics

Buster (USA) is wearing red; Tiger (Canada) is in purple

Before You Head Out the Door

and since the weather forecast could change

For more information (and to find out if the date has been rescheduled for October 4th because of inclement weather) call: (919) 513-6662 or email the Dog Olympics at ncdogolympics@gmail.com

See You and Your Dog(s) at NCSU 23rd Dog Olympics

How Could I Resist?
Credit: Tony Alter on flickr / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic
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