Saturday, April 9, 2011

A hiking we will go ... A hiking we will go!

Along with fellow members of Dog Scout Troop 161, Roger, Thelma Lou, Mom and I are hiking to raise money for Dog Scouts of America (DSA) 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.

Our goal is to raise $200 as a group. For every $50 we raise over our 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 does have a full-time job and hasn't exercised in months -- so this is my way of getting her to get her butt in gear. We are planning to start conditioning tomorrow. You can view our progress by visiting my fundraising page, and while you're there, you might even consider contributing a few bucks to a good cause.

If we reach our goal, which I am confident that we will, we'll each be entitled to a DSA Hike-a-Thon patch.

DSA programs promote responsible dog ownership that include programs to help dog owners enjoy a great relationship with a well-mannered dog while benefiting from each other's company. DSA members strive to solve any problems that come their way with positive and effective training, thus helping to reduce the number of unwanted dogs in shelters by keeping them in happy, lifelong homes.

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.

Please take a few minutes to visit my fundraising page and check out our progress. Donating through FirstGiving's website is simple, fast, and totally secure. Although donating through FirstGiving it is the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts, we will happily accept cash donations as well, all of which will be recognized on my fundraising page.

As always, many thanks for your support.


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