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Hi All,
Have not been on for ages but noticed this minutes ago in our local paper website.  Sorry if this has already been a thread and I have just been "out of it."  Finally they may be getting it that not all products are oK!! Denise

Here is a link to Stella and Chewys.  Cirra likes Carnivore Crunch.  Currently, she is "in love" with the freeze dried beef patties which can be broken up in to treats. Tomorrow -who knows - she is a Pyr.  We switch treats all the time to keep her interested.  We feed Cirra raw however we do use grain free kibble for treats.  Also, we use pieces of meat and/or make her meatballs which can be a little messy.

Big Dogs with Jobs / Re: Children Readng to Dogs - Cirra's Book Bags
« on: February 22, 2009, 05:19:58 am »
Cirra and I have been visiting the school on Thursday mornings - weather permitting.  Four "reading groups" of two students read to her and then we visit the kindergarten.  It is best to have one child read to a dog at a time and I am hopeful we will get to that point.  We began the program in the fall and the school wanted as many children to participate as possible.  Cirra's Book Bags provide a way for many children to become more excited about reading.  The third graders are keeping journals about the books that they read to "Cirra".   She does not fall asleep.  Actually, she is more restless than the"perfect" reader dog however that is just Cirra.  The kids don't seem to mind and we are still learning.  There is a lot to keep track of in an elementary school for a Pyr!!!   Of all the things in the school including lunches Cirra is most fascinated by the musical instruments in their cases in the hall.  We brought Cirra's BPO Secret Santa reader dog mat and bandana for "show and tell" to the kindergarten class.  ("Show and tell" is now called "share" - learn something new everyday).  The kindergarten kids were quite impressed and interested in the whole Secret Santa idea.  Cirra made some Valentines for her kids - I will post a copy of one.

I got the stuffed Pyr puppies from -  Cirra used LL Bean Bags - a Maine thing and Cirra has a large LL Bean bag that we bring to school and the library.  Hopefully, they will last awhile.  Lighter weight bags are available at craft stores.  Reading Education Assistance Dogs - Library Dogs - have information about children reading to dogs programs. 

Cirra would like to make a Cirra Activity Book with word games however that is a grand plan.  Maybe some day?  Children from K through Grade 3 read at very different levels!!!  Any ideas about that would be appreciated. 

I am interested to know what other folks are doing with reading programs!!!! - Robyn and Cirra

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Final Sophie update
« on: January 15, 2009, 09:11:04 am »
Glad to know that Sophie is doing better!!!  We have been thinking about you.  TPLO is major surgery and quite painful.  Often vets do not prepare people for what to expect post op.  The anesthesia, medications and stress can effect behavior for a while.  Please continue to let us know how she is doing.  Cirra sends her love.

Robyn and Cirra

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Sophie's home
« on: January 10, 2009, 08:23:40 am »
We just wanted you to know that we are thinking about you.  How is Sophie doing today?  We send her our love.

Robyn, Denise and Cirra

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Here we go for TPLO
« on: January 03, 2009, 07:24:11 am »
Just curious - where are you having the TPLO surgery done? Did the vet discuss any other options?  How old is Sophie?

These folks have some very nice carts and carting "accessories".  You may want to make an inexpensive cart and see how Tucker likes carting.  We made a cart for Cirra to try using garden cart wheels.  Unfortunatly, she hasn't been able to practice much.  We did attend a beginners workshop which was vey helpful.

Great Pyrenees Pictures / Re: Cirra's Dog Scout Troop
« on: December 21, 2008, 07:11:15 am »
Thanks!  We have 11 households so far.  It has taken time to get established.  It started as three people total with one being a "silent" member just to help us get started as a troop.  You can be a national dog scout member without being in a troop. We were for months before trying to start a troop.  Robyn has done a tremendous amount of work to keep the troop active and progressing forward to become more self-sufficient.  The members we have are fantastic and many are involved in dog activities such as reading to children, therapy, agility, rally, etc.  Even the Chihuahuas came out for Christmas because it was not actually that cold, just snowy!

Great Pyrenees Pictures / Cirra's Dog Scout Troop
« on: December 21, 2008, 05:48:58 am »
We have been very busy with Cirra's Dog Scout Troop this past year!!!  Here are a few pictures from this year's Christmas Parade and a Downtown Family Festival.  We gave out "Safety Around Dogs" actvity books on the parade route and taught children how to greet dogs at the festival.

Robyn, Denise and Cirra

Big Dogs with Jobs / Children Readng to Dogs - Cirra's Book Bags
« on: December 21, 2008, 05:10:15 am »
We have started a Children Reading to Cirra Program at an elementary school in our area.  Five classes are involved - kindergarten, two first grades, second grade and third grade.  The kindergarten class is large with twenty three children and Cirra and I visit them as a group.  As a group the kids read the "morning message", a large poster type book and sometimes sing a song.  Students from the other grades come to Cirra to read with her. 

In order to encourage reading at home we put together six Cirra Book Bags.  One for each class and two for the kindergarten.  The students take turns bringing the bags home and reading to "Cirra".  Each bag has "Cirra" - a stuffed Great Pyrenees puppy and books.  The teachers choose appropriate books.  I had someone make the Pyr puppies, used small LL Bean tote bags and put name card plates inside.  I printed out several name cards for each student with the school name, address and telephone number.  The students can write and/or draw pictures about the books they are reading.  I did print out a few pages for the children for writing or drawing:  a silhouette of Cirra,  a silhouette with lines inside and pages with Great Pyrenees rubber stamps the top - with and without lines.  The children can keep a log of the books that they read.  There are several options for using the bags to encourage reading. 

One student told his mom that he would be bringing Cirra home.  His mom was glad that her son would be bringing home the "Cirra" in the book bag. 

We have provided bookmarks for each student with "Thank You for Reading with Cirra" on the front and a sticker with Cirra's face.  The students get to chose a sticker for their bookmarks every time they read to Cirra.  The stickers for the kindergartener s are the same or very similar.  We also provided the students with Cirra's breed cards with a picture of Cirra on the front and breed characteristic s on the back.  It is my understanding the Cirra's picture is on some of the student's refrigerators and in their photo albums.

When we get a chance we are planning to make some word games about Cirra - crosswords and word searches. 

When putting together Cirra's Book Bags it did occur to me -that this might be a better project for a black dog. 

I am always interested in any suggestions from other folks participating in Children Reading to Dogs programs. 

Robyn and Cirra


Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: We have a new Champion!!!!
« on: December 07, 2008, 02:32:12 pm »
Way to Go!!!!  Congratulation s ladies!  Have a great celebration!

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: hi all pyr owners
« on: October 31, 2008, 10:20:52 am »
Welcome!  We have one Pyr, our first as well, and her name is Cirra.  We don't post a heckuva lot but try to when we can offer something.  Busy with our dog scouting and our big gal!  Again, welcome, and there are many Pyrs here!

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Happy Birthday, People Whisperer
« on: October 26, 2008, 03:40:34 pm »
Hope you had a great day Olesya!  Happy Birthday!

Monthly Photo Contests / Re: BPO Calendar information anyone???
« on: October 26, 2008, 08:09:54 am »
When is the deadline to send pictures???

Hello all.  Hope that everyone is doing well.  We have been staying busy with Cirra's Dog Scout Troop which had their one year anniversary in September. 

Her troop co-sponsored an event with the local kennel club for the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day in Septemeber.  It seemed to be quite a success however was a major project.  Activities at the Canine Carnival included:  breed rescue groups, animal shelters, educational booths, canine sports demonstrations, Meet the Breeds, Canine Good Citizen testing, dog games and activities, crafts and activities for children, vendors, a canine photo contest and the kick off for the Downeast Dog Scouts Fall Walkathon. 

Last Wednesday Cirra participated in a Reader Dog Tea at a local library.  She has been a reader dog there this past summer. 

Here are some pictures:

An artist made a cartoon of Cirra at the Carnival - She is very serious about guarding her sheep.

Downeast Dog Scouts October Walk

Reader Dog Tea

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