Man's best friend puts talents on display


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Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Phil Brazier plays with a flying disc with his dog, Gabe, on Saturday. Brazier and Gabe are part of Dog Scouts of America Troop 214 in Seymour. Dogs Scouts is a nonprofit, goal-oriented organization aimed at socializing dogs and educating their owners to issues involving their pets while serving the community.


Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Seymour resident Phil Brazier plays with his dog Gabe Saturday. Brazier and Gabe are part of Dog Scouts of America Troop 214 in Seymour. Dogs Scouts is a nonprofit, goal-oriented organization aimed at socializing dogs and educating their owners to issues involving their pets while serving the community.


Over the years, Jackson County organizations have offered boys and girls a chance to become scouts — now dogs have the same opportunity thanks to a local pet lover.

Jackson County resident Candy McKing organized Dog Scout Troop 214 in Seymour almost two years ago after belonging to the state’s only other Dog Scout troop, in Indianapolis.

“I thought I would get something going close to home,” she said.

From nature walks to helping the elderly, at some point almost everyone has sought to earn a merit badge or at least help a child earn one — but how many of us can say our pets have earned a badge for completing a task or learning a new skill?

With Dog Scouts of America, an organization open to anyone with a dog, dog lovers help their canine companions gain badges that they can proudly display on a vest.

Dog Scouts of America was established in 1995 in Michigan by founder Lonnie Olson as a nonprofit organization for people who want to enrich their lives and the lives of others with dogs.

Troops allow people to spend a little more time with their pets while meeting new people who share similar interests. Though Indiana has only two troops, there are troops in 22 states, including Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.

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