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The American Kennel Club® announces today that Nature’s Recipe® brand dog food has signed on as a sponsor of the fifth annual AKC® Responsible Dog Ownership Day (AKC RDO Day), a nationwide initiative that educates the public about the importance of being a responsible dog owner and celebrates the deep bond between humans and their canine companions.

In honor of the day, the AKC will hold flagship events in Raleigh, N.C. and New York City on September 15, 2007 that will include AKC Canine Good Citizenship testing, agility demonstrations, games, free brochures and giveaways. One of the highlights includes an AKC “Meet the Breeds” exhibit featuring dozens of purebred dogs. In addition, nearly 5,000 AKC affiliated dog clubs as well as dog-related organizations nationwide are invited to take part by holding a community event that publicly promotes responsible dog ownership anytime during the month of September.

Last year, more than 350 dog clubs and organizations hosted AKC RDO Day events, reaching millions of dog lovers and potential pet owners through event participation and local media coverage.

“We are extremely excited to join the AKC as we participate in this very important event,” said Gabriel Nul, Marketing Manager for Nature’s Recipe. “Del Monte Pet Products and Nature’s Recipe believe that pets are a part of our families and we promote and encourage responsible pet ownership.”

“We are thankful to Nature’s Recipe for the company’s generous support of AKC RDO Day, as well as its commitment to promoting responsible dog ownership through its development of premium nutrition and easily digestible pet food,” said Daisy Okas, AKC’s Assistant Vice President of Communications. “We look forward to their participation in our events throughout the country this September.”