Dogs, owners have fun at Responsible Dog Ownership Day

Derik Vanderford Staff Writer

September 17, 2013

UNION — Clemson Extension held its third-annual AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day at Union County Fairgrounds on Saturday.

County Extension Agent Anne Brock said there was a great turnout for the event, with approximately 50 people and 30-35 dogs at any given time.

“Dogs ranged from the tiniest Yorkies to the massive Great Danes, and all sizes in between,” Brock said.

Brock also said several breeders were present, including some local, one from the Chester area and one from Columbia.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit presented a demonstration about how the unit’s bloodhounds track suspects.

Brock described the event’s dog show as “fun” rather than competitive, and categories included longest ears, curliest hair, smallest and biggest dogs, longest tail, shortest tail, and more.

Admission for the event was a can of dog food, which will be donated to the Union County Animal Shelter by the Union County 4-H Club.

Patrons also had the opportunity to buy tickets for $1 in order to be eligible for door prizes from local businesses. All proceeds from those ticket sales were donated to the 4-H K-9 Club.

Brock also mentioned that Beth Timer of Timer’s Tiny Dogs, as well as AKC/CGC trainers who are in charge of Responsible Dog Ownership Day activities, are interested in starting a Union County Dog Association for adults. Anyone who is interested in participating in a Union County Dog Association for adults may contact the Clemson Extension Office at (864) 427-6259.