Thank you Jr. Girl Scout Troop #40029 Howell Michigan
Posted by Jennifer Petre on May 15, 2012
I was so excited when I got the call from my sister in law, Lynne Morris, “Carlee’s Girl Scout troop picked Stiggys Dogs for their Community Service project” She announced. Not only was this a great opportunity to spend some quality time with my niece, but to spread public awareness about Service Dogs. I fully believe that is we are going to change the perception, and educate our society, it will to start with our youth! Going to schools, children’s groups, and speaking about Service Dogs, PTSD, Veterans…..is all on my *wish list* agenda…..
I particularly love the conversation Carlee and I had on the way to their meeting…
“I am raising money for Stiggy’s Dogs” Carlee announces proudly.
“Really? Cool…what are you doing? I asked
“I am making garbage bag dresses,” she said confidently. “I made one for my cousin Emma, and it was better than the cheap costumes you buy in the stores. SO I took one to school, and everyone started asking if I could make them one. I decided to make them, and sell them for .25 cents…and I am giving half of everything to Stiggys!!!
“Were gonna be rolling in the money now..” I replied and gave her a big hug.
The Jr Girls Scout Troop 40029 of Howell, were such a delight! They sat and listened intently on what I was saying. Trying to describe PTSD and TBI to children is hard. I explained what our dogs do (wake up from nightmares, remind medications,etc) for a better picture of the concept. They asked many good questions, and one girl made a great statement: “One time when I was sad and crying on the couch, my dog came right over to me and was taking its nose and nudging my arm..” This was a great example to explain to them how dogs *sense* things.
Gunny was the perfect ambassador, sitting on my foot patiently the whole time. The girls looked disappointed during my talk when I explained about NOT petting Service Dogs and why. Although they understood and respected what I said, there smiles were big and bright when all was done, and I told them they could pet Gunny!
Before leaving I thought it would be great to invite these girls in our Operation Declare and Remember fundraiser. I did not make them pay the $5, but I was thinking of asking for Thin Mint cookies!!! And our meeting wouldn’t be complete without one last bit of info…
Joe and I taught them *KnifeHand* in honor of Ben…..