We hear this a lot, so I thought it would be worthwhile to blog a bit about the Dog Scouts and what we do. Dog Scouts of America is a national organization dedicated to enriching the lives of dogs and their people through education and promoting fun activities people can do with their dogs. For more details on the national organization, check out their website:
Dog Scouts of America
I belong to our local Dog Scout troop, Troop #194, also known as the Richmond River Dogs! The troop was started by my friends Jennifer and Juneau a couple years ago. (Jennifer totally ROCKS, by the way, and Juneau is the most amazing dog ever.)
Our troop's activities include monthly hikes, swim parties in the summer, and holiday "pawties". We also do demonstrations such as agility demonstrations and tricks demonstrations at local events -- to show people some of the things you can do with your dogs to learn, improve your human-dog bond, and have fun! We encourage people to get out and do more things with their dogs, whether it's taking a class such as agility, tricks, flyball, trieball, tracking or nosework, or just getting out for a hike. In 2011, we added fundraising to our activities, and raised a bunch of money for local animal welfare (and some non-animal) non-profits at various local events.
Because I'm so proud of what the Richmond River Dogs has accomplished in the past year, I want to brag about it!
Our first fundraising event ever was at the Henrico Humane Society Pet Expo in early 2011. By selling homemade dog treats baked by our members, we raised $265 for the Henrico Humane Society!
|Fundraising is exhausting!|
|Getting into the Shamrock the Block spirit|
|Our booth at Shamrock the Block|
|I practiced my tricks for DAYS to be ready for Mardi Paws!|
|Our booth at Mardi Paws|
|Jennifer and Juneau winning the loose-leash walking contest|
|Dezi and me|
|Gauis looking very regal|
|Ozzy keeping an eye on things|
|Skye looking very sharp in her Dog Scout bandana (or is this Lexi?)|
|Jewels is the cutest Dog Scout ever!|
|Resting after the RSPCA Dog Jog|
|Jennifer and Julie with some of the trash they picked up|
Troop #194 also participated in the Hanover Bark for Life by providing tricks and agility demonstrations and fielding a team that raised over $1,110 for the American Cancer Society through sponsorship of team members, cookie sales, and a gift basket raffle.
|Me doing my penguin imitation during the tricks demo|
|Sassy (or Peri?) in the agility demo|
|Our booth at Bark for Life|
|Juneau demonstrating his athletic abilities at Lily's birthday party|
|Willow looking lovely (as usual)|
|Juneau made a new friend!|
|Richmond River Dogs were the hit of the Midlothian Day Parade!|
|I'm in a parade!!!!|
|Ozzy and Willow were unruffled, in spite of the very loud motorcycle right behind them!|
|Juneau and Stella took the lead, as the best looking Dog Scouts ever!|
|October James River loop hike|
|Marshall, Josh, Sexy Rex, Katie, and me crossing the Boulevard Bridge during the October hike|
|Waiting for the ball|
This blog entry is dedicated to Jennifer, without whom there would be no Troop #194. All of the dogs and humans of the Richmond River Dogs are deeply indebted to you for starting the troop and providing us with opportunities to hike and play and learn and meet many wonderful dogs and people. Thank you from the bottom of our big puppy hearts!