Every holiday season, Salvation Army bell ringers set up red kettles on street corners and in malls across the country to raise money for causes that include disaster relief, soup kitchens, drug and alcohol counseling and homeless shelters. In addition to using bell-ringing to attract the attention of passersby, some volunteers sing Christmas carols or play musical instruments to help the cause.
What’s better than a song and a dance to get someone’s attention? Having man’s best friend do the job! Every year, Dog Scouts all over the country participate in bell ringing. That’s exactly what Dog Scout Troop 161 did again this holiday season – for the third consecutive year.
Dog Scout Rowdy demonstrates his bell-ringing skills
(Notice all his badges!)
Mom and Roger helped sweeten the pot while Roger worked on logging hours toward his Dog Scout community service badge. One might ask why Mom took Roger instead of me. Well, as you can see from the following photo, Rog slipped back into a state of depression after remembering that he is no longer the only cute, short, stubby unit in the Knowlton house.
Roger wallows in his sorrow hugging his heating pad to warm his heart
In both 2007 and 2008, Dog Scout Troop 161 raised more than $300 for the Salvation Army. Even with the floundering economy, Troop 161 set a goal to raise even more funds while promoting responsible dog ownership. And, that's exactly what they did. Having set a new Troop record, they brought in more than $500!
Gabe takes a break from ringing
to audition for a part as a Keebler Elf
Centered in Carlisle, PA, Troop 161 is a local troop of Dog Scouts of America, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The mission of Dog Scouts of America is to promote responsible dog ownership and enhance the human/canine bond through positive training and relationship building activities. Believe you me, I have to keep a close eye on M&D about adhering to the responsible pet ownership pledge.
Sorry for the lack of posts lately. Mom, my editor in chief, has been busier than a one-armed paper hanger − especially after the snow fairies dumped more than a foot of snow on us this past weekend. Although we were prepared like good Dog Scouts should be, luckily we didn't lose power like some of my less fortunate friends.
I would like to take this opportunity to share some pictures sent to me from a few of my faithful fans. And, I hope you stay with me until the end where M&D provide some raw film footage of what it's like to live in the hills of Hooterville, Pennsylvania.
Veteran snow pup Cassye Downey advises her young rookie
granddaughter Peanut to assess the situation before venturing out
Veteran Cassye says, "That will be enough lip out of you, CJ!
Take this right hook and then think about it."
Dewi and Tori wonder where all the white stuff came from?
Are those icicles forming on my sister Juniper's lips?
Holy cow! Is that Santa Paws himself?
Brrrr! Punchy tries to stay warm after Blizzard 2009 knocks out heating source to her house
Roger contemplates his dinner options −
Dry tasteless crunchies or young tender flesh?
No! Not an innocent baby walrus pup!
Clarice Thelma attempts to avoid capture from Dr. Hannibal Snowball
Although not much consolation, it's slightly comforting to know that Roger and I aren't the only pups in the world forced to wear silly costumes. Poor Thelma Lou doesn't have a clue as to the torture and humiliation that awaits her.