July 13th, 2016
Willie was lying on his bed reading the latest book he borrowed from the library when he heard his grandfather’s booming voice coming from the foot of the stairs. “Willie, come down here. Meet me in the kitchen.”
Willie scooted off the bed and made his way to the stairs. All the while he kept thinking what did I do? What did I do? He couldn’t think of anything he had forgotten to do, or that he had done, for Grandpa Dooley to use his stern voice. Grandpa was definitely using his, “Willie, you are in trouble voice.”
When Willie walked into the kitchen, he saw his dog, who was not quite a year old, lying in the corner looking very sad and sick. Not far from where he was lying was a mess. The dog had gotten sick to his stomach…big time.
“Willie, what did I tell you about not giving the dog any table food or human snacks?” Grandpa Dooley didn’t give Willie a chance to answer. He just continued to talk. “Dogs eat dog food. We agreed to that when I agreed you could have a dog.”
Willie’s lower lip began to tremble, but he answered firmly, “I didn’t feed him any people food.” Grandpa Dooley answered, “Well there are raisins and bits of chocolate in his mess, so someone fed them to him or he picked them up on the street when you were walking him.”
Willie was about to say that didn’t happen when he remembered that he had stopped to talk to some friends when he was walking the dog. When he shared that information with his grandpa, his grandpa said,”Weren’t you watching him while you were talking?” Willie had to admit there were a few minutes when he was looking at a new game on one of his friend’s cell phone and wasn’t paying attention to what the dog was doing.
Grandpa asked,”Were any of the boys eating snacks?” Willie thought for a moment, and answered, “One of the guys was eating chocolate covered raisins.”
“Okay Willie, said his grandpa, “Help me clean up this mess and then let’s get the dog to the vet’s to have him checked out.” Willie gulped and said, “Do I have to help clean up the mess?” Grandpa Dooley looked at him and said.” What do you think,Willie?” Willie nodded and said. “I’ll get the mop.”
Later, the veterinarian sat Willie down and shared about some of the people foods that dogs cannot digest properly and should not be given to eat. He told Willie that he needed to tell his friends not to feed the dog. He also said that, when walking the dog, his job was to watch the dog and keep him from eating things he found on the street because that is another way his dog could get sick.
Here is the picture the veterinarian gave Willie to remind him of foods that all dogs should not eat.
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June 30th, 2016
The “Can Do” Kids can’t wait for the 4th of July celebrations at the “Can Do” Street Community Center.
They love birthday parties and the 4th of July is the biggest birthday party of all…our country’s birthday!
This year, there is so much more they could participate in for the 4th of July, now that they were a year older.
Weeks ago the “Can Dos” signed up for the various events at the Center. At the planning meeting, they found out the big event on the 4th of July would be a short play about the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Even though the original signers of the first Declaration of Independence were all men, the girls were given the opportunity to dress in male costumes, if they wanted to be in the play. Annie, Maria and Nellie signed up to be part of the play along with 10 boys to make up the needed 13 signers, one for each of the 13 colonies.
Kathy, Yundi, Hector and Eulyn signed up, as members of the “Can Do” Kids Chefs Club, to work with the senior’s club members to make red white and blue desserts to serve with the barbeque supper after the play.
Jay, Orrie, Mickey, Arthur J. Bobby, Wendy and Willie volunteered to be the chorus singing well-known patriotic songs to open and close the play.
After the barbeque, after the sunset, would come the fireworks. The “Can Dos” could watch the fireworks, they couldn’t participate in the fireworks. That’s a job for experienced adults, not kids. Kids could get hurt by fireworks.
4th of July is going to be quite a day… NOW IF ONLY IT DOESN’T RAIN!
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June 23rd, 2016
School is out and summer fun is in!
The “Can Do” Kids love summer but some of them don’t always practice summer safety.
Nellie and Annie are going to the beach with their friends from the recreation center but they forgot something…sunscreen. Should they ask Miss Sue, the director of the rec center who is taking them on the trip, if they can have some of her sunscreen?
The beach doesn’t have any shade and the sun hurts Annie’s eyes. Circle what she can do…Put on sun glasses…wear a hat with a brim.
Annie wants to play ball in the sand, but it is very hot, Should she keep her sandals on? Circle what Annie should do…Yes…No.
Nellie wants to go into the water, but there is no life guard on duty. Should she go into the water, or should she wait until the life guard comes on duty?
Willie and Yundi love to fool around in the water Sometimes they play too rough. They hold each others’ heads under the water. Is this practicing summer safety?
Yundi and Willie eat their lunches very fast and want to go into the water right after eating. Is this OK?
After swimming, Willie, Yundi, Annie and Nellie head up to to the boardwalk, but they don’t tell Miss Sue where they are going. In fact, they don’t get her permission to go. Is this practicing summer safety?
What should they have done? What would you have done?
Do you do things to be safe at the beach during the summer?
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