Posts Tagged ‘puppy’

Delmar’s First Christmas

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Coach Campbell kept his promise; he came to show and tell and told the “Can Do” Kids about Delmar’s First Christmas.

Here is what Coach had to say:

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First, we took Delmar to the plaza, to help us pick out the perfect Christmas tree. He has a very good sniffer, so he was able to let us know which tree was the freshest.

Once we had the Christmas tree, we went home and decorated it with lights and ornaments. We had to make sure that the ornaments were not hung too low, or they might get knocked off by Delmar’s tail. Puppies wag their tails all the time, and we didn’t want him breaking anything. Also, no tinsel! Puppies love to eat it, and it is not good for them.

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Then, once the Christmas tree was just right, it was time for Delmar to put on his special Christmas sweater and have his picture taken. Normally, he loves having his picture taken, but I am not so sure he was excited about wearing the sweater.

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Finally, after all that work, Delmar had to take a nap. Ever wonder what a dog dreams about? I know I do, and it was a few days later I had an idea as to what he was dreaming about on this special day of Christmas tree getting.

Turns out, Delmar picked the tastiest tree!! Look at what he did one morning when left alone with the Christmas tree.

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I guess Delmar wanted to help “trim the tree” by trimming off a few of the bottom branches.

Delmar was not left alone with the Christmas tree again.

Note: Delmar’s First Christmas was written by Ned Campbell, a teacher and coach in Brooklyn, NY.

 

Puppies who Become Service Dogs

Monday, January 28th, 2013

serviceDo you know that it takes very special training to prepare a puppy to become a service dog?

What is a service dog? Why it’s a dog with a very special job. Service dogs help children and adults with disabilities have a full life. There are service dogs who are  guiding eyes for those who can’t see. Service dogs help people with all kinds of disabilities including those who can’t hear or have physical disabilities.They are wonderful companions, faithful friends, and hard workers.

Most service dog puppies come from special programs that raise and train service dogs. Soon after a puppy is born he or she is placed with a volunteer puppy raiser family until he or she is ready to be trained as a service dog.

The puppy raiser families teach the puppies to be well behaved dogs. They also make sure the puppies get lots of love and experience many different places and things in the community.

Puppies are tested during the time they live with the puppy raisers to make sure they will make good service dogs.  The puppies return to the training center where they came from when they are between twelve and eighteen months old to again be tested. If a puppy meets the requirements, he or she goes on for training that will prepare him or her for a life of assisting a person with a disability. If a puppy doesn’t meet the requirements, he or she is put up for adoption.

The average service dog works for eight years. If the person with the disability can’t take care of him or her and the new service dog, the retired service dog may be returned to the program that he or she came from. The program may find the retired dog a new home. Many families want these dogs because they are so well trained and make good pets.

The next time you see a service dog, remember not to pet him. He is working and you don’t want him to forget, even for a moment, that someone depends on him.

I Don’t Think I’m Old Enough for Puppy.

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

When Willie, Hector and Bobby arrived in homeroom class all they could talk about was Coach Campbell’s new puppy. They got the rest of the class all excited about puppies and having pets.

PatTeacher Pat, decided to use this conversation to talk about responsibility. Pets are a big responsibility and she didn’t think the “Can Dos” knew just how much of a responsibility they are, especially puppies.

“Class, pets are wonderful. Puppies and grown up dogs and kittens and cats make great companions. But…they are living things that need care. Just like you, they need to be fed and given water at certain times. They can’t do this for themselves.

They also need other things, like trips to the the vet, which is their kind of doctor to keep them healthy.

Let’s talk about puppies. Coach Campbell told you that puppies need to be walked several times a day until they get older. Otherwise they will have accidents. They need to be trained to behave, never hit, but trained by someone who knows how to train a puppy, or learns how to train a puppy.They need to learn to follow commands such as …sit…stay…down.

Puppies need lots of exercise. They need to run and to play and they need lots of affection.”

Teacher Pat could see by the looks on the “Can Dos” faces that they still wanted to ask their parents about a puppy.  So she asked the big question,”Are you willing to get up a half hour earlier every day to walk your puppy in the rain and the snow and the cold weather, not just on sunny days?” A look of concern came over  some of the “Can Dos” faces.

“Are you ready to walk your puppy again after school, and before bed? Are you willing to clean up after him if he has an accident in the house?

Who will train your puppy to behave? Who will walk your puppy when you are in school? Will you give up after school activities to go home and walk your puppy”

Now most of the class looked concerned.

Then Miss {at said,”If this is your puppy, than you are responsible for him, not your mom, or your dad, or your older brother or sister…you are responsible.”

Hector raised his hand. When teach pat called on him he said,”I sure would like to have a puppy to play with from time to time, but I don’t think I’m old enough for  a puppy, yet.” Most of the other “Can Do’s were nodding their heads in agreement.

Miss Pat smiled and said, “Good thinking, Hector. Getting a pet is a big commitment. Waiting till you are a bit older and can really take care of a puppy is the right idea.”

A Bath for Scooter

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

ScooterWell, to Miss Pat’s surprise, the best story, called, “A Bath for Scooter,” was written by Arthur Jay.

After Miss Pat announced the winner of the story contest about the puppy in the sink, she asked Arthur J to read his story to the class. Arthur J stood up, cleared his throat and started reading.

A Bath for Scooter, by Arthur J.

Scooter is a puppy that gets into things. Yesterday Scooter got into the kitchen trash can and got covered with sticky stuff.

Bobby’s mom told Bobby to give Scooter a bath in the sink. Bobby wasn’t happy about having to give Scooter a bath. His mom reminded him of how he kept asking for a puppy and how he promised to take care of the puppy if she would just get him one.

Bobby got the puppy soap. He picked up Scooter and put him in the sink. Scooter tried to get out of the sink, but he couldn’t. So he just laid his head on the side of the sink and got a sad look on his face.

Bobby washed Scooter and dried him with a towel that was just for him. He rubbed him all over until his fur was all fluffy. Then Scooter ran all around. Scooter looked and smelled good.

Whiles Scooter was running around, Bobby cleaned the bathroom and threw the towel in the wash. As he was cleaning up, Bobby made up his mind to do a better job of watching Scooter. He didn’t want to have to keep giving Scooter a bath and he didn’t want his mom to be mad a Scooter.

Okay, boys and girls…did you write a story about the puppy in the picture? In our next post we will talk about the 5Ws and the 1H questions. Why not print out Arthur J’s story then circle the who, what, where, when and why and the how answers in Arthur J’s story. Let’s see how you do when you compare your answers to the ones the “Can Dos” give Miss Pat.