Fun at RDO Day 2011

The Peninsula Dog Fanciers’ Club Responsible Dog Ownership Day event was another success. Where last year we had to deal with rain and drizzle, this year we had the sun and heat to deal with. At least we were dry!

The heat gave us a great opportunity to demonstrate what might happen to your pets if they were left in your vehicle during a summer day.

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We set up two situations: a pansy without ventilation (under an aquarium) and one with (under an aquarium propped up for air flow). There were thermometers under each of the aquariums as well as outside the aquariums so we could document the heat differences throughout the day.

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The pansies were placed under the aquariums at about 10am. Both looked quite happy and healthy. But by 1pm the “control” temperature reached 101 degrees F. The un-vented pansy reached a temperature of 134 degrees F and was looking very sad and droopy. The vented pansy, at 114 degrees F, was still holding strong but slightly withered around the edges.

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At the end of the day, the un-vented pansy (the purple one) was completed flattened. The vented pansy was still looking ok, but needing a good dowse of water if it was too survive.

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It was a great way to see the effects of the hot sun beating down on an enclosed space. Hopefully people were able to take home the message that it is not good to leave their pets in the car!

We also had great herding demonstrations by PDFC Member Noel Ritter…

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Cart-pulling Newfoundlands…

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Agility demonstrations and run-throughs…

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Dachshund Races…

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Demonstrations by the Puget Sound Retriever Club…

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Great Meet-the-Breed booths…

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A fun costume contest…

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Great demonstrations from the Kitsap Sheriffs and their K9 partners…

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Water for the pups to keep cool…

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And new friends all around…

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Many thanks to our wonderful vendors, breed clubs, the Kitsap County 4-H kids, parents, and leaders for their help and support, our PDFC members, the Kitsap County Sheriffs, and most especially to those that came out to support this great event.

To check out more photos, click here.

If you would like to participate as a Breed Booth, Vendor, or give a demonstration at next year’s RDO Day… or if you would like more information about PDFC and/or this event, please contact us through our Contact page or at pdfcinfo@gmail.com.

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2 thoughts on “Fun at RDO Day 2011

  1. Thank you for an interesting, beautiful and joyful post! I just love to see dogs having fun and exercise! Great photos!
    Wishes from Greece! Teje & Nero

  2. Looks like a very informative and enjoyable event. KCSO always does a great job with their police dog demonstration. All the other activities looked like alot of fun. We plan to attend next year! Richard & Sabrina

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