Dog Scouts honored

Dog Scouts Troop 153 of Pendleton spent an outing near Deadman Pass off I-84 on Feb. 21 to play in what was left of the snow. (Photo by Kevin Dallman)

The Pendleton troop of the Dog Scouts of America (Troop 153) is now the largest troop in Oregon with 13 human members and 11 dogs.

The two-year-old group has been active with meetings and outings every month. Recently, the group played in what was left of the snow near Deadman Pass off of I-84.

The Dog Scouts of America recently honored Pendleton's Troop 153 with an "honorable mention" for most points earned nationally by a troop for the number of meetings, outings, educational presentations, active members and for picking up after their animals.

Dog Scouts of America ( is a national organization dedicated to promoting responsible dog ownership. Anyone in Pendleton interested in joining Troop 153 is encouraged to contact Troop Leader Darcey Ridgway at The group meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. (location TBA). Outings typically take place the third Saturday of each month.

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