This weekend Jellybean and I had the opportunity to participate in an event for the local Girl Scout chapter. We were there as part of KPets, the Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy organization. This is an organization whose motto is “Touching lives, warming hearts through human and animal interaction.” At any given event you may see dogs of varying breeds and size, cats, mini horses, rabbits, etc. The five dogs that were in attendance during our 2-hour session were met with enthusiasm as the 200 plus young ladies oohed and ahhed over these four-legged fur babies. They petted and stroked their fur, shared stories about their own pets, and giggled and smiled at the apparel and accessories chosen for this specific event. It was refreshing to hear so many of the girls sharing their accomplishments as they spoke about the various badges adorning their sashes. These young, achievement oriented girls represented their organization well, and are enthusiastic leaders in the making. On the drive home, I glanced at my tired little puppy and started wondering what sort of badges she would earn in the dog world. After some serious contemplation, I actually came up with a few:
COMPANIONSHIP BADGE – Jellybean has brought so much light into my world. She earns this badge for romping into my life and being my rambunctious, fun-loving side kick.
LOYALTY BADGE – I could not ask for a more loyal four-legged friend. Jellybean is constantly by my side. This badge is awarded for her unwavering loyalty.
UNCONDITIONAL LOVE BADGE – Jellybean asks for nothing in return, yet gives so much! She earns this badge for her big heart and sloppy kisses.
NAPPER BADGE – She earns this badge for leaving no spot unturned to find the very best place to nap.
COLLECTOR BADGE – Jellybean is a collector of many things; toys, sticks, pinecones, treats. She earns this badge for proudly prancing down the street with her treasure of choice.
CONCEALER BADGE – Jellybean is a certified concealer. She earns this particular badge for spending much time and consideration as to the perfect hiding place for her special treats.
BEST DRESSED BADGE – Jellybean is quite the fashion diva with her vast wardrobe and accessories. Jellybean earns this badge for accommodating me, her over the top pet parent, when it comes to having just the right outfit for any occasion.
TAIL CHASING BADGE – Jellybean earns this badge for her expertise at spinning at a high rate of speed as she pursues her elusive fluffy white tail.
MOON WALK BADGE – Jellybean has been awarded this badge for having mastered backing up lickety split from behind the couch when she hears the rattle of a snack bag.
NAUGHTY BADGE – This was Jellybean’s very first badge, earned for running away with things that did not belong to her. She was very quickly deemed a naughty little puppy.