After a year in research, design and construction, Cadette Girl Scout Troop 25 installed a dog agility course at Santa Rosa Animal Services, fulfilling the requirements for a Silver Award, the highest a Girl Scout Cadette can earn.
The idea of building an agility course was born last spring when the troop met with Dora Thomason of Santa Rosa Animal Services who shared the need of a place to exercise shelter dogs. The youth then sought out Mary Owens, director of training at Service Dog University to discuss equipment and safety issues for the dogs.
Each girl selected and researched equipment then constructed and painted her piece with the assistance of Jim Dodson, Brian Pascoe and Charlie Garvin. Materials were donated by Lowe's in Pace and Gulf Breeze, Home Depot in Pace and Davis Highway in Pensacola, Hall's Hardware in Milton and Ace Hardware in Gulf Breeze.
The project was installed at Animal Services on Good Friday and happily tested and approved by two shelter pets.
"Dogs who learn skills by using the equipment show prospective owners they are trainable and are more likely to be adopted," said Thomason. "We greatly appreciate Troop 25's community spirit, commitment and dedication to the pets at Santa Rosa Animal Shelter."