Dog Scouts of America Troop 188 had a party this week for all their dogs with birthdays in spring or summer. They met in the Agri-Science wing of Ledyard High School on Tuesday, and dogs of all sizes came to join in.
The party started with a game of canine tic-tac-toe. In place of Xs and Os, the imaginary board was filled with dogs sitting or laying down. Their owners, divided into two teams, lined the walls and helped direct the game. Some owners stayed by their dogs to keep them in place.
After the fun, both dogs and owners stopped for cake and ice cream. While their people had strawberry shortcake, dogs enjoyed canine ice-cream treats like Frosty Paws. String cheese and beef tendons were there, too, and a poodle named Lucille showed off her knack for snapping streams of whipped cream out of the air.
A few boxes of dog biscuits looked so inviting that troop leader Sheri Throop had to warn the group, “These attractive looking cookies are canine.”
At the end of the night, some of the dogs got frilly party collars to wear.
However, fun and games weren’t the only things on the agenda. The Dog Scouts discussed what it takes to get pets ready for a natural disaster. They reviewed the last few months, which were full of successful fundraisers and events like the Canine Wellness Fair.
They also began planning more community service events. The troop plans to clean up the dog park at Haley Farm, and they hope to buy cooling vests and other supplies for dogs working in Afghanistan.