...where the 'FL' for "Finger Lakes" could just as easily stand for "Fun Loving"

Special Events & More 

This page is severely outdated.  What follows is a sample of past events...

Based in Ithaca, NY, the home of two great educational institutions, Cornell University and Ithaca College, and holding the majority of our classes on the Cornell campus, it stands to reason that there exists a thirst for knowledge, especially of that pertaining to our canine companions.

Over the years, FLAOA has sponsored a great many seminars on a good number of topics. Click on the link(s) below to see what's on our agenda now.

4-Week Grooming Seminar!

FLAOA will present a 4-week grooming seminar.  Enrollment is limited to current students and club members.  It will be held on Thursday evenings, at 8:00 p.m. at the Pavilion.  Terri Frenia will be the speaker/instructor.  Dates for each session are:  May 7, 14, 28, and June 11.  Click here to get the registration form, which will need to be turned in to Leo on Thursday, May 7th, prior to the start of the seminar.  Those who wish to participate should drop an email to Dusty ( sagedust@htva.net ) to reserve your spot in the seminar.

Post Holiday Party


This year's 8th annual Post-Holiday Party will be held at the Cornell Livestock Pavilion on Sunday, January 4th, from Noon until 5:00 p.m.  Those who wish to help with the planning aspect of the party...well, let's put this another way...because this is everybody's party, everybody is expected to do a job.  However, if you would prefer to do one specific job over another, then please contact Dusty asap to claim the job you want before you get assigned something else!  Further details will be forthcoming, but for those who've participated in the past, it'll be the same format, unless you have some better ideas!

In the meantime, for those who've put titles on their dogs during 2008, you'll need to complete this Titles form and return it (see form for details).  As usual, our party will be for members only (and a guest); thus, memberships need to be renewed prior to the party.  You can find our 2009 Membership Renewal form here.  And, as usual, everybody needs to have a new waiver on file, so please complete and return the 2009 waiver form found here.

Be there, or  be  square! 

Responsible Dog Ownership Day with FLAOA, September 28th!


Responsible Dog Ownership

 FLAOA and the American Kennel Club (AKC) have teamed up to sponsor a Responsible Dog Ownership event on Sunday, September 28th, 2008.  It will be held at the Cornell Livestock Pavilion (get map to Pavilion here) from 1:00 p.m until 4:00 p.m.  The event is free to the public, and in fact, geared for them.  Mark your calendars!  If you'd like to see or print a copy of our poster for this event, please click here.

  • Priding ourselves for being First in Fun, FLAOA has an exciting afternoon planned for the public that will be both educational and entertaining, with...
  •  -- agility demonstrations
    •  -- obedience demonstrations 
    •  -- rally demonstrations
    •  -- balloons for the kids and young at heart
    •  -- coloring books and stickers for the kids
    •  -- face painting for those who dare
    •  -- door prizes and raffles
    •  -- CGC testing
    •  -- and more!

Dr. Karla Marie Stucker, of the Cornell Vet School, has made arrangements for members of the Guiding Eyes for the Blind to be  present with their dogs, both to answer questions and show off what their dogs can do...perhaps even find some potential puppy raisers! 


Also from the Vet School, Dr. Jennifer Gerdes has kindly arranged for a load of canine health brochures to be available to the public at our event, covering the many aspects of keeping our dogs healthy and happy, from vaccinations to nutrition to flea and heartworm prevention, from exercising to spaying/neutering, and everything in between.  If you have a question on how to keep your dog healthy, she'll have some informational brochures to answer it for you.

From 3:00-4:00, FLAOA will sponsor Canine Good Citizen (CGC) testing.  Those who wish to have their dogs tested should register for the test between 1:00-3:00.  Dusty Hellmann will be our evaluator for this test.  Click on the CGC patch at the right to go to AKC's website to learn more about how you can earn a CGC on your dog.  You'll find complete information on the 10 tests your dog will have to pass in order to go home from our RDO event with your dog officially sporting "CGC" after his name.  This award is available to all dogs, purebred and mixed breeds alike.


In addition to our demonstrations in agility, rally and obedience, we will also have information tables covering other aspects of dog ownership.  There will be breed-specific information, as well as a few dogs whose specific job for the day will be to greet the public, young and old.  And since FLAOA is an equal opportunity organization, we'll also have information on mixed breeds and all the things that they, too, can do, especially in terms of competing in various dog sports.  There will be information on a myriad of fun things you can do with your dog, some as competition sports and some as just plain old fun!  Rescue will also be covered, as will some local boarding kennels, doggy day care facilities, and groomers. 



Club members will be available to answer questions for visitors about their dogs, dog sports, training, the club, etc.  Just look for the people wearing red shirts and black pants/shorts, as well as nametags.  Hopefully, those who spend the afternoon with us will be ready to sign AKC's "Pet Promise", shown below.  You can also find the signable form on AKC's website by clicking here or on the Pet Promise picture.   

Come out and join the fun on RDO day --- we love to talk about our dogs and show them off.  Hope to see you there!

FLAOA and AKC, promoting Responsible Dog Ownership! 



FLAOA traditionally holds one or two Show-N-Go's each year; more info coming soon!

Frisbee Seminar

Check back later for details.