Editor's Note

Welcome to the first exclusively online issue of the AKC&##8217;s Public Education Corner newsletter. To those Public Education Coordinators (PECs) who&##8217;ve been accustomed to receiving the printed newsletter via the U.S. Mail, we hope you enjoy our new electronic newsletter. In this first, special mailing, in addition to PECs, we are including all club presidents and secretaries.

Some of the club officers who we&##8217;ve included in a special distribution of this first online edition of the Public Education Corner newsletter may not be able to put your finger exactly on what AKC Public Education is.

The AKC&##8217;s Guide to Purebred Dogs breed poster, The AKC&##8217;s Complete Dog Book for Kids, the AKC&##8217;s Safety Around Dogs DVD and activity booklet, online lesson plans for dog club volunteers and elementary and middle school teachers, loads of reproducible fliers &##8230; plus dozens of other publications and resources &##8211; are all part of and products of AKC Public Education.

And, perhaps most importantly, we have Public Education Coordinators and Canine Ambassadors &##8211; a network more than 4,000 strong of volunteers who either serve as officers (Public Education Coordinators, PECs) in dog clubs across the country or who work to support their PECs&##8217; and club public education efforts as Canine Ambassadors. These salt-of-the-earth dog lovers and fanciers represent their clubs in communities nationwide. They bring AKC publications and resources to their neighbors and promote responsible dog ownership, the sport of purebred dogs and the value and rewards of AKC registration.

We are proud in this issue to introduce newcomers to AKC Public Education and we applaud the efforts of the devoted Public Education Coordinators and Canine Ambassadors throughout the country. We encourage all of you who are not PECs to get to know your club&##8217;s PECs. If your club doesn&##8217;t have an officially designated PEC, then please appoint one. While a PEC may not be able to undertake all of the projects and activities we will suggest and feature in upcoming issues of the Public Education Corner newsletter, you can at least be sure your PEC &##8211; and your club -- will receive the latest public education news. So when the window of time and opportunity opens, your PEC and club will be well-prepared and knowledgeable of the variety of AKC resources available to help you launch a successful public education campaign.

Even if you are not a PEC, you may continue to receive this newsletter by going to the AKC web site and typing the word &##8220;enews&##8221; in the search field located in the top right corner of the homepage.

All the best,