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September - October 2006

N.J. PEC and Canine Ambassador Helps Seventh Graders Learn
-- and Teach -- AKC Safety Lessons
Elaine Shoe-Ezell and PatrickThe third graders at Robert Gordon Elementary School in Roselle Park, N.J., learned a new trick last semester.

When they stood very still, crossed their arms and looked away, Patrick, a friendly Golden Retriever, and regular volunteer library "listener" for kids who are learning to read, lost interest in them and walked away.

"Patrick went up to the children, sniffed their shoes then their legs but, if they didnít look at him, he walked away," said Patrick's owner Elaine Shoe-Ezell, Public Education Coordinator and Canine Ambassador for the Garden State Golden Retriever Club. "It was very obvious that he moved away from them when they crossed their arms." Read more.
What's Your Name?

Please print and post as many of the newly created "What's Your Name?" reproducible as you like. This latest addition to our reproducibles is another resource for helping educate the public about the value of AKC registration.

What's Your Name?
AKC Honors Outstanding Dogs with 2006 AKC Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE)
The American Kennel Club announced in August the winners of the seventh AKC Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE), the award designed to commemorate loyal, hard-working dogs that have made significant contributions to their community. The AKC gives ACE awards annually to dogs in each of the following five categories: Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Therapy, Service and Exemplary Companion Dog.

“The difference these dogs have made in people’s lives is nothing less than extraordinary. Each nominee has its own heartfelt story that illustrates the significant role dogs play in making the world a brighter place,” said Ron Rella, AKC Director of Project Administration and member of the judging panel. “We are proud to honor these exceptional canines and their owners with the 2006 American Kennel Club Award for Canine Excellence.” Read more about the honorees.

Law Enforcement Dog: Rex Search and Rescue Dog: Morgan Service Dog: Aspen Therapy Dog: Abby Companion Dog: K.D.

Published for club public education coordinators and others devoted to teaching responsible dog ownership.
A huge pat on the back goes to all of you who coordinated special events in honor of AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day (AKC RDO Day). More than 360 clubs helped their communities celebrate this fourth annual event and educate first-time dog owners about the responsibilities of dog ownership and help current owners enhance their relationships with their pets. Well done – and thank you! We look forward to spotlighting your AKC RDO Day efforts and other fantastic activities in future issues of this newsletter.

It’s been a true pleasure getting to meet some of you at the Public Education roundtables at recent shows in Oklahoma City, Kansas City and St. Louis. The roundtables create the opportunity for us to meet and discuss the latest AKC Public Education materials, resources and programs and how the AKC public Education department can help support your clubs’ education efforts. I look forward to planning more Public Education roundtables at events in 2007. Please contact me if you’d like to co-host a roundtable at one of your club’s shows next year. Click here for details on the roundtables. We will be working alongside the AKC Canine Legislation department to sponsor back-to-back legislative and educational seminars in conjunction with the December, 2006, AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. We hope you will join us on Friday, December 1, in Long Beach, Calif. Specific details will be available soon. Please contact us if you’re interested in attending!

Finally, the AKC Public Education staff hopes you enjoy this issue of the newsletter. Please print and post as many of the newly created “What’s Your Name?” reproducible as you like. This latest addition to our reproducibles is another resource for helping educate the public about the value of AKC registration.

All the Best
Larry Sorenson
 Larry Sorenson, director
 (919) 816-3722

 Theresa Shea, editor
 (919) 816-3710

 Joanne Beacon, administrator
 (919) 816-3712

 AKC Customer Relations
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