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In this March 29, 2012 photo, Robert Verdahl and his dog Jasper, a 3-year-old collie-lab mix, pose at their home in Santa Clara, Calif. Jasper and his owners belong to  Dog Scouts of America Troop 198 in Santa Clara and have earned 18 badges. Dog Scouts of America is a half-hound, half-human group built around badges, obedience, activities and good deeds. There are 682 Dog Scouts who belong to 38 troops in 22 states across the country. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

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