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Mark Your Calendar: 23rd Annual Dog Olympics at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine Sept. 13

The Companion Animal Wellness Club at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will host the 23nd Annual Dog Olympics from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 with fun competition, canine demonstrations, rescue groups, free microchip clinic, and a special “custom cart” Paralympics Parade 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 Best Trick, Doggie Limbo, the High Jump, Longest Tail, Musical Sit, Howling, and Rollover Rover.       

The Raleigh Kennel Club will operate a free microchip clinic (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.

Among the demonstrations scheduled are the Cary K9 Unit; Treibbal with Superior Dog Training; Flyball with Dog Gone Fast; Canine Good Citizenship Testing, agility, and rallying demonstrations with the American Kennel Club; and the ParaOlympics parade, which focuses on the bond owners of paraplegic dogs have with their pets. Watch for updates.

An Olympic Village will feature 20 rescue groups and shelters, canine health information booths including the CVM Seizure Studies Program, NCSU Libraries, vendors offering canine-related goods and services, food trucks, and a bake sale.

Admission for owner and competing canine athlete is $5 with the cost covering an entry fee for one event and access to a digital photo of the canine champion on the Olympic platform. Each additional event and photo is $2. Admission for owner and a 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. 4. For more information call 919.513.6662 or email the Dog Olympics at

Thanks to K9 Solutions, Doggy Design, Purina, Hill’s, Dr. Dana Lewis–Lap of Love, Veterinary Surgical Referral Practice, Royal Canin, and Sleeping Dogs Pottery for supporting the 23rd Annual Dog Olympics.


For more information:

Video report on the 22nd Annual Dog Olympics