Saturday, August 13, 2011

Boy Scout Dog

Boy Scout Dog

Dog Blog Post #414: Years ago, when we were first researching breeds that might fit our family and lifestyle, we came across comments that the Golden Retriever was "The Boy Scout Dog".

It's easy to see the connection when you compare the beginning line for Temperament in the AKC breed standard:

"Friendly, reliable, and trustworthy."

... with the Boy Scout Law:

"A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty,
brave, clean, and reverent."

And while not a perfect match, two out of three is pretty darn close, and reliable certainly fits in with the spirit of the law, if not the exact letters (although you could probably piece it together from them if you tried!)

What does any of this have to do with the Daily Shoot, as those who regularly play along here are pretty sure it must?

We're all collectors of something. Find an interesting way to display and make a photo of a collection today.

Boy Scout Dog

And the collection? Why the merit badges on son's sash, of course!

The vintage hat was a gift when son crossed over from Webelos (the end of Cub Scouts) to Boy Scouts. One of the mom's scoured eBay for them to give one to each boy. It actually fit surprisingly easily on the boys' heads, and while it would fall off were they to move around, it showed remarkable stability so long as they were just sitting.

Note how solid Henry looks (way up top) - you'd think he was the old pro at hat wearing! He's really come a long way from when I first wrote "There was no way, no how, that the Terrible Top Hat was going to get anywhere the Precious Puppies Head..." back on July 11 on the Top Hat post.

And the scarf? Well, that belongs to the boys, having been purchased for them to wear to troop meetings so they would feel like they belonged. :)

I had a rough time picking which picture to upload, and finally asked son to choose. He immediately went with the shot of Henry, loving how his serious look seemed to mean business.

I have a backlog of Scavenge Challenge shots, which I uploaded in mass today, but will trickle out over the next few days, I think. Here's...

#20) "From teaspoons to seconds, amperes to inches, how do you measure up?"

(Barely) Legal Lacrosse Stick

... and the description I put in flickr...

From Wikipedia:

"In order to be deemed legal for play, the pocket depth must pass the following test: when a lacrosse ball is placed in the pocket, the top edge of the ball must not sit deeper than the lowermost edge of the sidewall."

Finally, we have...

Editor's Note: In comments from yesterday's water shots, I found it interesting that some of the dogs who I would have pegged as hose lovers from all the water shots on their blogs, actually don't like playing in water from a hose, either. Fascinating.

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Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

I don't know a lot about boy scouts but I'm sure Henry and Zachary would be good ones:) Your son sure must be, that's an awful lot of merit badges! Great photos, both boys look appropriately serious!

How Sam Sees It said...

Very cute! Have you ever seen Dog Scouts of America? It's basically a bunch of activities you do with your dog that can earn you badges - we've always wanted to try it. They have a big camp every year too.


K-Koira said...

I have to agree with Sam, you should try out Dog Scouts with the pups. I keep trying to find a group in my area, but there aren't any local active troops.

houndstooth said...

These are some of my favorite shots of the boys that you've taken in a while. I don't know what it is about them that I like so much, perhaps their expressions! What are you going to do for the ODC pet portrait challenge? I know you can't resist that one!

I've also been meaning to tell you, there's another blog that I follow called Shutterhounds that I think you'd like a lot. Steve is another Greyhound guy, but he is an amazing photographer and he always tells how he took his photos. Anyway, I think you'd like it!

greygirl25 said...

For everything your boys do for you, I think they should have their own merit badges.

Let's see, cookie watching, ball watching, sandwich watching, hat posing.

Yes, I definitely think they should have their own merit badges.

Wonderful like always.

Bailey Be Good! said...

I love boy doggies in uniform. ;)

Woofs & hugs <3,

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

Pup Fan said...

Perfect shot with the merit badges!