Wednesday, September 17, 2014

National Dog Week

Canis Lupus Famillaris – man's best friend, the dog. Dogs have helped humans over 15,000 years; longer if you count the domesticated dogs before the last ice age 33,000 years ago. Dogs help man in numerous ways: as a herder, hunter, guarder but most importantly, as a companion.
It is hard to get a true estimate of how many dogs are in the world. In the U.S. there are an estimated 75 million dogs. It is also hard to put a number on how many breeds there are, but the American Kennel Club has 175 breeds they recognize. The best breed to get? It is a major decision and should be treated as so. It is always a good idea to think about the breed of dog you would like as a part of your family. But, as has been said before, the best dog is a dogshelter dog. They are the most grateful.
National Dog Week was founded in 1928 by Captain Will Judy. He created this week to educate all dog owners in their responsibilities to their pets.

Did you know:
the most popular names for male dogs are Max and Jake, and the most popular names for female dogs are Maggie and Molly.

For a fun doggie craft, make edible doggie bones:
Mix one cup of low fat powdered milk with one cup of creamy peanut butter and one-half cup of honey. Stir until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Give each child a small portion of the peanut butter play dough. Can shape these doggie treats to look like bones with a cookie cutter. Our 4-H club made these dog treats for our county's animal rescue shelter. The treats were hugely appreciated!
Have someone from the Association for the Blind bring in a guide dog and talk to the class about what the dog does, how he is trained, etc.

Here are a couple of fun websites with, of course, Clifford the Big Red Dog:

You may want to check out these must-read dog books.

I would love for you to check out my Dog Thematic Centers and Worksheets
Remember your childhood dog?

and my Dogs Count & Clip Cards
The dog is truly man's best friend!

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