At the conclusion of a very long and grueling week for legislators and their staff, over a dozen furry friends were on the lawn of the North Carolina General Assembly to offer a little relief from the stress of budget season.
After a three-year hiatus, AKC’s Canines at the Capital event was back in Raleigh, North Carolina to promote responsible dog ownership and showcase a variety of dogs, including several rare breeds, that are being raised in the state.
Attendees enjoyed meeting the dogs, who ranged from a 3-month-old Bracco Italiano to two very friendly French Bulldogs to a Border Collie demonstrating her skills on an agility course. And many legislators and staff called the event the “best day ever” and “something they look forward to every year,” and asked if AKC can come back every week.
Each of the dogs attending had their own biography with fun facts provided by their owners as well as information on the breeds. AKC also shared information on the benefits that AKC and AKC Clubs bring to the state and local North Carolina communities, including economic impact of dog sports, and AKC Canine Health Foundation grants to North Carolina research institutions, and numerous other positive programs.
The event not only served as an opportunity to, “lower blood pressure,” as described by a State Representative, but it also provided a valuable opportunity to meet and educate decision makers who are interested in introducing dog policy. Several lawmakers shared information about bills they hope to introduce in areas such as dangerous dogs, tethering, and support for domestic violence victims seeking shelter with a pet. Follow up meetings will take place soon.
“Canines at the Capitol is one of our favorite events of the year, and many legislators tell us it is their favorite event too,” said Sheila Goffe, Vice President, Government Relations. “It is a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate to the North Carolina General Assembly the positive impact the AKC has on our state and how dogs brighten and enrich our lives every day.”
The day was captured by several news outlets and graced the cover of the Raleigh News and Observer newspaper.