Monday, September 19, 2011

Going to the Dogs! October Is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month





All my life safe I have been blessed with the company of loving dogs. Every one was a mixed breed, or mutt, only one was pure breed, a cocker spaniel named Brandy. She was given to me to save her from an abusive master. They say people start to look like their dogs and from the start that was true as Brandy and I shared the same hair color.
 

Toby, the Amazing Rescue Dog!
Now, my dog Toby is the one who steals my heart. One day I will have to film him as he begins his morning stretching routine. I swear the dog knows yoga poses! He is inquisitive, loving, funny, smart and yes, he is a rescue dog. From the very moment he greeted us after he underwent a long drive through a winter ice storm from Minnesota to Massachusetts his tail has never stopped wagging!

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog month. and I hope you can open up your heart and home. The reward will be priceless! Here are some stories to celebrate the canines in our lives that really are part of our families.


STORIES


The Dog and the Sparrow - Grimm
The Faithful Dog and the Serpent - Jewish
http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0178a.html#rappoport
The Giant Dog - Eskimo
http://www.sacred-texts.com/nam/inu/eft/eft34.htm

The Golden Beetle or Why Dog Hates Cat - China
http://worldoftales.com/Asian_folktales/Chinese_Folktale_1.html
The Sheep, the Shepherd and the Dog - Fable
http://www.mythfolklore.net/aesopica/oxford/67.htm

Spectre Dogs – England
The Three Dogs - Germany
http://tinyurl.com/qbxjnmj

The Tortoise, the Dog and the Farmer - Africa
http://allfolktales.com/wafrica/tortoise_dog_farmer.php
Why Dogs Sniff Tails - Iroquois
http://pets.families.com/blog/animal-folktales-why-dogs-sniff-tails


BOOKS

Kid’s Wings – Dog books with units to guide literature circles.
http://suzyred.com/dogunits.html

CRAFTS

CD Dog

Looking for a way to use all of your old CD’s? Your children and students will love this adorable craft.
http://familycrafts.about.com/od/cdcrafts/ss/cdanimals_4.htm

DLTK-Kids A litter of puppy crafts here to keep the young one’s busy for hours.
http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/pets-dogs.htm



CURRICULUM

National 4-H National Dog Curriculum
http://www.4-h.org/resource-library/curriculum/4-h-dog/

National Teacher Training Institute: This Place Is Going to the Dogs – Grades 5-8
http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/ntti/resources/lessons/s_bobdogs/index.html


Seeking a loving dog to adopt? Here are some places to start.
ASPCA
Petfinder.com – Looking for an adorable pet to love? This is the place.



Karen Chace © 2011
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