March 2015 President’s Letter

The 2015 AKC Meet the Breeds®, the first held in conjunction with Westminster, was a success! The large crowds that turned out were able to see and meet some wonderful dogs thanks to our Parent Club breed booth volunteers. AKC could never educate the public on such a massive a scale without your help, and as always, you have our thanks.

Club volunteers around the country are also serving and educating their communities in creative ways. Here are some of them:

Trap Falls Kennel Club member Chris Sweetwood just attended the swearing-in ceremony for K-9 Murphy, the newest Monroe (CT) police officer. Funds raised by Trap Falls Kennel Club made bringing Murphy to Monroe possible. The donation and ceremony made the front page of the Monroe Courier. Chris and the club are now raising money to bring Labrador Retriever Chase to the Westport (CT) Police Department. Learn more here.

The Baton Rouge Kennel Club has been busy in 2015, with media appearances promoting its dog shows, tabling at the LSU Vet School and the Mardi Gras dog parade, plus volunteer work in rescue and pet therapy by individual members. Next month, the club will be supporting the Baton Rouge (LA) Police Department K-9 unit as the department hosts the Regional Police Dog Trials.

The Swamp Dog Agility Club of Greater New Orleans just finished up its 2nd annual Charity Agility Trial. This year’s proceeds – over $3,000 – were given to Magnolia Community Services, an organization that provides support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The club donated trial proceeds after expenses, but also thought of several creative ways to raise additional money. See what they did here.

The Seattle Kennel Club recently raised money at their dog shows for an AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer to serve the Puget Sound area. Club spokeswoman Katie Campbell visited Q13 FOX in advance of the shows to talk about the importance of emergency preparedness for our pets. Watch the clip here.

This month, the Staten Island Companion Dog Training Club will be holding two AKC Rally® trials benefitting Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., an organization that supplies bullet-proof and stab-proof vests for police dogs. One-hundred percent of the entry fees are being donated and the club is absorbing all the other costs for the trials.

Congratulations to all of these clubs for their impressive work. We enjoy celebrating and promoting the great things our clubs are doing, so please let us know what you’re working on at communications@akc.org.  

Sincerely,

Dennis B. Sprung

President and CEO