COPPERAS COVE — Junior Miss Rabbit Fest Kaydence Weary’s sparkling hazel eyes grew wide with excitement as the steady flow of coins and dollars dropped into her bucket.

The pint-size beauty queen dedicated her Saturday at the local Wal-Mart in order to collect donations to help military dogs serving with Fort Hood’s 89th Military Police Brigade.

Weary helped organize and hosted the “Kaydence’s Military K-9 Collection” event.

During the event, the Rabbit Fest royalty and other volunteers collected items including dog treats, toys, bathing products, and items to help calm the K-9’s nerves.

“Dogs are important, and those dogs are working hard,” said Senior Ms. Rabbit Fest Robin Scheafnocker. “They deserve as much as the men who are over there, and I suppose they can get (post-traumatic stress disorder) just like a person could, so sending them treats and calming toys is really important.”

Weary said the best part of the event was seeing the donation bucket fill up.

Weary’s platform of service during her reign as Junior Miss Rabbit Fest has been evident all year as she has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of animals.

In October, Weary chaired the second annual Howl-O-Ween Puppy Pawlooza, jumping at an opportunity to help save the lives of animals like her rescue dog, Cesare.

And in November, Weary manned the collection trailer for the city’s Animal Control Facility, collecting almost 2,000 pounds of food, hundreds of toys and dog accessories, kitty litter, and dog crates to brighten the lives of the animals at the facility.

“I enjoy doing things like this and helping out,” Scheafnocker said. “(The donation bucket) is more than half full, and the (donation) cart is full, and people are helping out. We appreciate everything that people donate or bring.”

jdowland@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7464

jdowland@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7464

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