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Dogs Shouldn’t Eat…

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Your dog is your best friend, and friends share. But, some of the things you eat are not good for dogs. For example, chocolate can make a dog very sick.

So, be a real best friend. Don’t feed your dog human treats and watch what he eats outside.

Below is a word scramble of things, that if your dog eats them, will make him sick.



Dogs that Serve our Country

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Some of the “Can Dos” see Coach Campbell going into the Can Do Center …

Hey Coach, what’s up?

Oh not much, had a good weekend hiking in the woods with Delmar. He is learning how to stay close, and return on command.

Return on command?

Yeah, when I want him to come back to me, to be close, I give him his whistle, like a bugle call, and he comes running back to me.

What’s a bugle call?


In the old days of the Army, way before there was radio, commands, or instructions, orders were given over a large area by using a bugle, like a trumpet. Certain songs meant certain things.

Remember Coach, when we talked about dogs helping us out, and you suggested that we see if there were any dogs helping people out  in our neighborhood? Well, a couple of weekends ago there was a parade near where I live, and there were lots of men and women in uniforms, and there were even dogs in vests, but with military stuff on it. They were in the parade too.

It sounds like you saw a Memorial Day parade to honor all those who served in the military, but did not come home.

 So, does that mean there were dogs that went to war too? Dogs were in the Army?

You bet they can be in the Army, and the Marines. Dogs do many jobs for the military, and have been doing them since World War II.

 Wow, what kind of jobs did they do?


Well, many of the dogs worked as Sentry Dogs, which means they stood guard and gave the soldiers warnings by  growling or barking if they detected something that wasn’t right. These dogs were especially helpful at night, and helped keep the soldier safe from sneak attacks.


There were also Scout and Patrol Dogs. These dogs worked with soldiers when out on patrol, and were trained to keep very quiet and alert the soldiers to danger with motions instead of barks.

Then there were dogs trained to sniff out explosives, like the dogs you see today at airports, and walking with the police. These dogs sniff out bombs, and mines, and other bad things meant to hurt us.

Sounds like they are saving lives before any one is in danger.

That is a great way to put it. They are rescuing us early, before the bad thing happens.

They can also help the soldiers after all the bad things have happened. Just being there, with then, all the time, is comforting. Then coming back home, after being gone for so long, is not easy. These same service dogs help the soldier and marine to transition back to our civilian world, and in some cases, recovering from wounds suffered overseas in battle.












Post by: Ned Campbell, a teacher and coach in Brooklyn, NY


Dogs…Man’s Best Friend

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Some of the “Can Do” Kids spot Coach Campbell in the gym.

            Hey Coach, how’s life?

Good, real good.

            Have a good weekend? What did ya’ do? How’s Delmar?

 He’s good, we went to the park early in the morning so Delmar could run around with other dogs, off leash.

            Wow, that sounds cool…how many dogs where there?

There were over 50 dogs there. It is a big area, and it is not the only off leash area in the park. So, my guess is there were over 200 dogs there Sunday morning, running and swimming, playing fetch, all kinds of action.

            That is so many dogs, they must be great pets if so many people have them.

Oh, well they can be great pets, and even better friends.

            “Man’s best friend,” right Coach?

Yeah, that’s right, that’s what they say…and I agree.

            Why’s that? Why are dogs called, “man’s best friend”?

Well, for starters, they have helped us for almost 15,000 years, in many, many ways. They can herd, sport, work, and hound, and …

            What is all that, herd, sport ?? Huh?

Oh, those are the names of some of the groups of dog breeds. Have you ever seen a dog show on TV?

            Yeah, sure, u-huh….

Well, in a dog show, dogs are grouped together by the things they have in common. In the herding, hound, working, and sporting groups, the dogs are together by what they do for us.

Working dogs do work; they pull sleds, guard homes and people. They help people who need extra help, like the blind. They can also help the police and firemen, and even in some cases, a doctor. 

Some dogs live way out in the country, and they help farmers keep the sheep safe. These are herding dogs. They keep the big flocks of sheep together, and they don’t let any of the sheep wander off to get lost.  

Sporting dogs are dogs that go into the woods and help hunters. Hounds do this too, by helping the hunter follow a scent. These same hounds can also help emergency workers find people who are lost.  

Anyway, these dogs, these herders, trackers, sled pulling, and guarding dogs…they like to be active. They want to work, they want to help us.

            Ya’ know Coach, my aunt is in a wheelchair, and she has a dog that wears a  special vest. That vest gets him into places other dogs can’t go. That’s pretty cool, huh?

Yes, that is very cool. And, that special vest is for special “service dogs.” Your aunt’s service dog was trained from a very young age to help your aunt. Do you ever see the dog do things for your aunt?dog

            Yeah, I once saw him get her cell phone for her. It rang, and he got up and got it for her, so she didn’t have to move. It was in another room. What made it really amazing, is none of us even heard the phone ring.

That is a great story. And, it is no surprise to me that the dog heard the phone ring in the other room. Dogs have better hearing than us, and a much better sense of smell than us. They can hear and smell things long before we can even see them sometimes.

            Wow…cool…so, how many jobs are there for dogs Coach?

Gee, not sure….that is a real good question. How about we try to figure that one out together? Should be a lot of fun, seeing all the different things dogs do for us to make us healthier, safer, and why maybe dog’s are consider our “best friends.”

            I don’t know Coach, sounds like work…

Aww, c’mon, it won’t be that bad, it is, after all, about dogs…how bad can that be? We will work together, even Delmar will help. How does that sound?

            Great!! Yeah, let’s do it…what should we do?

How about you all try to find examples of a dog helping us? Maybe there is a dog in your neighborhood that has a job. You can also look at the news and see if there are any stories about dogs helping people, rescuing people, things like that. We will get together every few weeks and share what we learned about dogs. How does that sound?


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Post written by: Ned M. Campbell, a teacher and coach in Brooklyn, NY.