Dog Halloween Party

This year’s dog Halloween party was lots of fun! We dressed up (and our pooches!) and played some fun games. Miss Amanda, our 4-H agent, even came. She shared with us an important lesson- to realize that everyone is their own Superhero!

We had lots of fun playing games, dressing up, snacking, and chatting!

~Hope (4-H Secretary of Top Dog)


2016-2017 Officers!

Top Dog 4-H has elected their officers for this coming 4-H year! This year, we did something a bit different. In the past years, we’ve written down which officer positions we were interested in and why. The adults would choose based on our answers.

This year, we did speeches and secret ballot. This went very well for the club!

Here are Top Dog’s 2016-2017 officers:

President: Delanie Potteiger

Vice-President: Javier Ardon

Secretary: Hope Potteiger

Treasurer: Jackson Jones

Sergeant-at-Arms: Isabel Jones

Historian: Belle Williams

Reporter: Elliot Potteiger


Congratulations to the new officers!

~Hope (4-H Secretary of Top Dog)

4-H Fiesta ~ End of Year Celebration

Our end of year celebration, on July 29, was a blast! This year, we decided to have theme, which we chose to be Fiesta. At the Fiesta, each member was given a year pin. We also presented our historian Zaya Owen’s PowerPoint presentation, featuring the club’s year events. It was so nice to see how much we actually did!

Later, we played many games- Taco Battle, Nacho Macho, and Limbo!

Officers and The Group:

Taco Battle:

Nacho Macho:



We all had so much fun and look forward to the 2016 – 2017 year!

~Hope Potteiger (4-H Secretary of Top Dog 4-H)

Community Service Project- Earth Day Beach Clean-Up

As our main community service project for the year, we decided to have a beach clean-up in honor of Earth Day! We met at Sand Key Beach in Clearwater, Florida. Grouped in pairs of 2-3, we searched for trash around the picnic area and the playground. Lots and lots of trash was collected!

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After cleaning up, we all ate lunch together and headed to the beach to have some fun!

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Thank you to all the Top Dog 4-Her’s who participated in the clean-up!

~Hope Potteiger (4-H President of Top Dog))

County Events Day 2016

This year, six of Top Dog 4-H’s members entered into County Events Day, which was April 1, 2016! Thank you Natalie Barlow, Emily Brown, Hope Potteiger, Delanie Potteiger, Elliot Potteiger, and Belle Williams for competing in County Events! Thanks to Emmajames Stanton for coming to support the members and to volunteer.

Everyone received wonderful awards! The leaders of Top Dog are very proud of everyone who participated!

Delanie Potteiger and Belle Williams performed a skit in Share-The-Fun!

Natalie Barlow, Emily Brown, Hope Potteiger, Delanie Potteiger, Elliot Potteiger, and Belle Williams entered in photography!


Natalie Barlow entered three photos and won green awards for all three! (Natalie is a Cloverbud and her entries were not competition.)

Emily Brown entered two photos and won a red award and white award!

Hope Potteiger entered five photos and won blue awards for all five! She also won three best of shows!

Delanie Potteiger entered five photos and four of them won white awards and one won a red award!

Elliot Potteiger entered five photos and two of them won  red awards and three of them won white awards!

Belle Williams entered five photos and four of them won white awards and one won a red award!

Congratulations to all the participants! We look forward to next year!

~Hope (4-H President of Top Dog)

Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon 2016

Today was the Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon!  Southeastern Guide Dogs is a non-profit organization, raising puppies to become superheros! Located in Palmetto, Florida, they have served over 400 graduates all over the U.S. and places more than 100 dogs each year into careers to help visually impaired and veterans.

The Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon was located at Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland, Florida. The purpose of the walkathon was to raise money and awareness.

Top Dog 4-H created a team called ‘Polk County 4-H Dog Clubs’. Hope Potteiger, Delanie Potteiger, Elliot Potteiger, and Emmajames Stanton attended the walkathon. We were all happy to support the Southeastern Guide Dogs!


Next year, we plan to volunteer at the Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon!

~Hope Potteiger (4-H President of Top Dog)

Polk County Youth Fair and Florida State Fair Results 2016

Top Dog 4-H at the Polk County Youth Fair

The Polk County Youth Fair, which was January 27 – 28, 2016, was a great event for the Polk County 4-H members. Five 4-H members (Hope Potteiger, Delanie Potteiger, Elliot Potteiger, Belle Williams, and Emmajames Stanton) of Top Dog 4-H participated in the Youth Fair. All of the 4-H members did very well and had a great time! Hope placed 2nd in obedience. Delanie placed 2nd in showmanship, 1st in obedience, 1st in agility, and 2nd in rally. Elliot, Top Dog 4-H’s only junior participant, won Junior High Point and placed 1st in showmanship, 1st in obedience, 1st in agility and 3rd in rally. Belle placed 2nd place in obedience, 2nd place in agility, and 3rd place in rally. Emmajames placed 2nd in showmanship, 2nd in obedience, 1st in agility, and 1st in rally.  Congratulations everyone!

Elliot-High Point Junior

We would like to thank IPOC for supporting the Polk County Youth Fair. Three of the judges (Debra McKnight-Schirck, Bob Withers, and Kathy Marks) at the Youth Fair are IPOC members and we would like to thank them as well for being wonderful judges!

At the Florida State Fair, a total of five 4-H members of Top Dog 4-H participated in the State Fair. Hope Potteiger placed 3rd in the Senior division of the Champions of Youth program and placed 1st in showmanship and came in 3rd as Best Junior, 1st in obedience, and 2nd in agility. Delanie Potteiger placed 2nd in obedience, 2nd in agility, and 4th in rally. Elliot Potteiger placed 2nd in showmanship, 3rd in obedience, 2nd in agility, and 2nd in rally. Emmajames Stanton placed 4th in obedience. Everybody is now looking forward to next year’s State Fair!


All four Champion of Youth Senior winners were from Polk County (Kayla Byrd, Hannah Reeder, Hope Potteiger, and Kathleen Wann)!

Thank you!

~Hope Potteiger (4-H President of Top Dog)