We had a meeting tonight on one of our off weeks because we’ll only have one February meeting (our second meeting falls during mid-winter break). Instead of having a regular meeting at the church, we met at a local pet supply store so the girls could start working on their Pets Badge. They earned the first three steps of the badge.
We started off by introducing what we’d be doing and who would be helping. One of the store regulars came in with her dog, Macho, to be used as a demonstration model. Then we launched into Step 1 – Pet Bingo.
I was actually not terribly thrilled with this step. For one thing, there is only one bingo card, so everyone is going to get bingo at the same time. I ended up having each girl choose one pet, and then we talked about the basic needs of that given pet: cost, care, food, space needed, human interaction, vet visits, grooming, exercise, and cleaning up after them. There has to be a way to make this more fun and less sit down and talk.
Next, we did Step 2 – Keep a pet comfy. For this step, we focused solely on dogs and cats. The store manager, et al… asked the girls what they would use for beds for their pets (blankets was the most common answer), and where would you put their bed (not near the heater/air conditioner). Since we were in a pet supply store, they pulled items down to show the girls what was needed to keep pets comfy (beds of varying sizes, etc…).
The final step of the evening was Step 3 – Help a pet stay healthy and safe. The woman who brought in her dog, covered this section. I believe she fosters dogs to get them ready for adoption. She talked about common illnesses for dogs, how to treat them, and what happens at a vet visit. She also talked about the importance of proper grooming and went over the basics of brushing and clipping nails. We had also covered some basics of grooming other animals during pet bingo.
Once the three steps were completed, the manager of the store took the girls on a toy, treat, leash/walking tour of the store showing the girls the different toys, etc… and how they helped keep dogs and cats healthy The girls were enamored with the toys.
Also, throughout the meeting, we talked about proper etiquette when you come across an animal on its own, or if you want to pet someone’s dog.
One final thing – I made two new contacts! One is a woman who does agility training with dogs (I would love to have my girls watch some dogs run through a course), and the other is a woman who does horseback riding lessons (and she’s about 5 minutes away from my house!).
There is a Daisy in the picture below because I dragged my daughter with me.