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11-year old student reviews “A Dog’s Life: Autobiography of a Stray”

From NPR:  Fifth-graders at Isaac Dickson Elementary School in Asheville, NC wrote about the imaginary personalities they most admire.  They then recorded their stories at WCQS, the local public radio station.  One student, Mark Federman, chose the dog Squirrel from “A Dog’s Life” because he felt a special bond with the dog.

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Life with Jake IV

Last Christmas, my friend Wendy was baking her cookies, with a little unwanted help from Jake.  She kept pushing him away, but every time, he came right back.  While she was working on her cut-out cookies, he was right under foot.  If you’ve ever made cut-outs, you know that you have to put flour or powdered sugar down on the countertop to keep the dough from sticking.  When you put the dough down, sometimes the flour puffs out.  You guessed it!  A big puff of flour hit Jake right in the kisser!  It wasn’t enough to make him move, though.  Wendy says she just can’t wait to see what he does this Christmas!  (BTW – Jake’s face is normally totally black.)

Until next time,

Good day and good dog!

Things We Can Learn From Our Dogs

When family members come home, drop what you’re doing and run to greet them.

Let others know when they have invaded your territory.

Take naps.  Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play every day.

Eat with gusto and concentration.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you’re not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close, and nuzzle him or her gently.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

When you’re happy, dance and wag your entire body.

No matter how often you’re scolded, never pout.  Run right back and make friends.

Delight in the simple joys of a long walk.

(Author unknown)

Dog Bite Prevention Week

May 18 – 23 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. The Center for Disease Control estimates that 4.7 million people are bitten each year. In about half of the cases serious enough to warrant medical attention, the victim is a child.

What can you do to prevent dog bites?

  • Never approach an unfamiliar dog.
  • Don’t pet a dog without permission.
  • Report loose dogs to the proper authorities.
  • Stand still if an unfamiliar dog approaches you. If you run, the dog will chase you and may knock you down. If the dog does knock you down, roll into a tight ball & put your hands over your ears.
  • Avoid direct eye contact with dogs – they see it as an attempt to dominate them.
  • If a dog tries to attack you, “feed” it something else – a book, an umbrella, or your jacket.
  • Don’t disturb a dog who is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.

If you are bitten, wash the wound with soap and water immediately. If the bite breaks the skin, seek medical attention. Report all dog bites to the health department or animal control office so the dog can be quarantined until the danger of your catching rabies has passed.

If you own a dog, have him/her neutered or spayed – hard to believe, but this actually reduces aggression. Take your dog to obedience classes and make sure he obeys your basic commands. Don’t chain your dog, if possible – this increases aggression.  If your dog has bitten before or is aggressive, don’t let him be around people without a muzzle!

Working together, we can all reduce the risk of another child having to face life permanently scarred.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!