Parade photo courtesy of Christine Weisse, AKC RDO Meet the Breeds/Clubs Coordinator
Booth photos courtesy of Ted Salamone
Kooikerhondjes had a rollicking good time in Raleigh, NC, on the weekend of September 21-22 at AKC’s Responsible Dog Owner (RDO) days. Link and Kiss and their responsible owners, Susan and Stephanie, walked in the breed parade and acted as ambassadors for the kooikerhondje breed, as Stephanie reports:
The AKC’s RDO day was held on Saturday at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, NC. The event was very well organized and attended. There were agility, obedience, rally, flyball and nosework demos as well as Parade of Breeds including one for FSS breeds (purebred breeds working towards AKC registration). Susan Jackson and I were happy to represent KCUSA showing off our new banners and having my puppy Link and Susan’s puppy Kiss there to meet people. The puppies took everything in stride and were petted by men, women, and children and loved every minute. Both pups participated in the FSS parade and Link was used in the Nose Work Demo showing how a dog is started in this new sport.
I was happy at how many AKC employees stopped by to meet our pups and said they had just been waiting to see a Kooiker in person. If anyone has a chance to attend one of the AKC’s Meet the Breed events please do so, it is wonderful socialization for the dogs, and a great way to have the general public learn about this wonderful breed.
—KCUSA member Stephanie Lowe