Dog Scouts National Hike-a-Thon 2011


Dog Scouts National Hike-a-Thon 2011

Training buddies Newman, Roger and Thelma Lou

Dog Scouts National Hike-a-Thon 2011

Along with other members of Dog Scout Troop 161, Roger, Thelma Lou, Mom and I are hiking to raise money for the Dog Scouts of America in the first annual Hike-a-Thon.

A group hike by our troop is scheduled for May 14th at Fieldwood Dog Training Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. While we hope to participate this hike, it may not be possible since we will just be returning from the American Boxer Club national show in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.

Our overall goal for the Hike-a-Thon will be to hike a total of 10 miles during the month of May. Since Roger and Thelma have such short legs, I feel it's only fair to divide the miles up between us. Roger and Thelma have committed to do 2 miles each with Mom, and I plan to hike the entire 10.

Since we passed our original goal of $200, our new goal is to raise $350 as a group. For every $50 we raise over our original goal, Mom and I will commit to walking an additional mile. While hiking 10 miles during an entire month may not seem like that great of a commitment, keep in mind that Mom hasn't exercised in months -- and this is my way of getting her to get her butt in gear.

DSA programs promote responsible dog ownership, including programs that help dog owners enjoy a great relationship with a well-mannered dog, benefitting from each other's company, and able to solve any problems that come their way with positive and effective training.

Since 2007, Troop 161 has raised over $10,000 for charities that help people and dogs, including the Salvation Army, local police K9s, and service dogs. Our troop members actively participate in educational and therapy programs for kids and adults.

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