March / April 2006
Canine Ambassadors Turn Passion for Purebred
Dogs into Vocation
studies show the significance of giving children learning opportunities
Canine Ambassadors, who visit nursing homes, libraries, other
venues, but primarily schools, provide kids with exciting opportunities
to learn about purebred dogs, the American Kennel Club, fun
things they can do with their dogs, how to be safe around dogs
and how to best love and care for dogs. Often Ambassadors bring
their AKC-registered or ILP dog to the presentation. Each Ambassador
receives mailings from the Public Education department with
topic suggestions and activity sheet copymasters. Read
the full article.
Want to be a Canine Ambassador, But Not
Sure How to Start?
Just follow these steps, and if you need additional assistance
or have any questions, please e-mail AKC Public Education at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call
to your club officers and fellow club members. There is
power – and fun – in numbers, and remember,
there’s no limit to the number of Canine Ambassadors
a club may appoint.
- Submit a completed sign-up
form to AKC Public Education.
- Read a description
of the Canine Ambassador program and FAQs.
- Find out how to access
and order materials, such as lesson plans, brochures,
education kits including DVDs, coloring pages and much more!
- Let us know how and what you’re doing! Please call
or e-mail us photos and descriptions of Canine Ambassador
activities you’d like to share with AKC Public Education
and your fellow Canine Ambassadors across the country. Also,
keep in mind the AKC
Community Achievement Awards. We encourage you to recognize
your own or others’ outstanding work.
Community Achievement Award Winner:
its establishment in 1955, the Antelope Valley Kennel Club of
Lancaster, California, has served and supported its community
through dog show events, clinics, seminars, matches and donations.
Antelope Valley Kennel Club
Prompted by the devastating fires in California in 2003 and
2004, the Antelope Valley Kennel Club decided to donate canine
oxygen masks to all the fire stations in the Antelope Valley
area. The breathing apparatuses are used for dogs working
in emergency areas and also for pets injured in accidents
and fires. The masks were delivered to 27 firehouses in July
2005 and were enthusiastically received by the firefighters.
the full article.
AKC Visits Georgia School
at Sunset Elementary School in Moultrie, Ga., celebrated Where
The Red Fern Grows Week with a unique experience. The book by
Wilson Rawls revolves around two Coonhounds, “Little Ann”
and “Old Dan” in the Ozarks and their owner, a boy
named Billy Coleman.
AKC Coonhounds Executive Field Rep Jimmy Phillips visited
the school and spoke about showing and hunting with Coonhounds…and
he brought a surprise guest – a Redbone Coonhound named
the full article.
|Published for club public education coordinators
and others devoted to teaching responsible dog ownership.
Thank you to all of you who responded to our survey.
We appreciate your feedback – and the wonderful work you do!
Many of you told us you'd like to know more about the Canine Ambassador
Program, so we devote much of this issue to telling you about this
worthwhile and fun way to promote public education. While teaching
responsible dog ownership and spreading the word about AKC and the
great things for owners to do with their dogs, clubs can use the Canine
Ambassador program as a way to strengthen camaraderie and teamwork
among members – not to mention bring lots of smiles and other
important messages to your neighbors.
We also hope you'll enjoy reading about the Antelope Valley Kennel
Club, the latest AKC Community Achievement Award honoree. Please consider
your club, yourself or another deserving AKC-affiliated club or federation
for this honor.
All the best,
Larry Sorenson, director
Theresa Shea, editor
Joanne Beacon, administrator
AKC Customer Relations