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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

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


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

Join us in promoting physical fitness for you and your dog!

Walking is fun, relieves stress and can be done anywhere you are!

It's easy!!!

Send for Registration Form and Log Sheet
Downeast Dog Scouts Troop #159
PO Box 73 Salisbury Cove, ME 04672
207 266-5807 downeastdogsco
Registration Fee: $10/person

Log minutes anytime you walk between
September 20, 2008 through November 1, 2008
Goal: 1050 minutes
30 min a day for 35 days is 1050 minutes

Send in log sheet to receive a certificate and be entered into a drawing for prizes!

Anyone can participate with or without a dog!

You do not have to attend either Walkathon event to participate in the Walkathon.

All proceeds from the Walkathon will go towards the Downeast Dog Scouts Troop # 159 Community Service Projects and Education Program.

The Downeast Dog Scouts Troop is an organization serving Hancock County and surrounding areas that promotes responsible dog guardianship and increases the awareness of the human/canine bond. The troop offers many educational and fun dog centered activities. The Downeast Dog Scouts Troop is affiliated with the Dog Scouts of America. Information about the Dog Scouts of America is available at www.dogscouts. org

Walkathon Kick Off
Saturday, September 20, 2008 - 1:00 pm
Canine Carnival
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Woodlawn Museum Ellsworth, Maine

Finish Celebration - Clean Up
Take Pride in Acadia Day
Saturday, November 1, 2008
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Little Long Pond, Seal Harbor, Maine


Organize a clean up dayin your neighborhood on November 1, 2008

Did you know that . . .

Walking briskly for 30 minutes daily can reduce your risk of diseasessuch as breast cancer, diabetes and heart disease by 28-58%.

Your best friend will benefit because regular moderate activity such as brisk leash walking can help ward off obesity, heart disease and arthritis in dogs.

The Walkathon will allow the Scouts to expand their projects, so get walking to help out the Scouts!

Everyone can participate in walking with or without a dog!

You can encourage family, neighbors, children, friends and co-workers to get involved by joining the Walkathon as well.

Events to go to or join / Canine Carnival Photo Contest
« on: August 02, 2008, 06:25:00 am »
Cirra's Dog Scout Troop and the local kennel club are sponsoring a Canine Carnival to celebrate AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day.  There is a photo contest if any one would like to send pictures.  Here is the information.

Photo contest categories:  Cute Puppies, Dogs in Nature and Canine Sports.  One photo per dog per category is allowed.  $5.00 per photo or $10.00 for three photos.  Send 4 x 6 photos to Downeast Dog Scouts Troop #159   PO Box 73  Salisbury Cove, ME  04672  by Saturday, September 6, 2008.  Include your dog's name and your name, address, telephone and email.  Make checks payable to the Downeast Dog Scouts Troop # 159.

Voting for the photos will occur at the Canine Carnival on September 20, 2008 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Woodlawn Museum  19 Black House Drive  Ellsworth, Maine  04605  Gift certificates will be awarded to the winners.

Canine Carnival activities include:  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.

Cirra's Dog Scout Troop had a float in the Bar Harbor Fourth of July Parade.  What a project!!!  The theme was "Salute to Liberty - so the eagle.  The float won third place!!!  Not great pictures however you can get an idea of what it looked like.

Events to go to or join / Ideas for "Canine Carnival"????
« on: June 12, 2008, 12:06:27 pm »
Cirra's Dog Scout Troop will be co-sponsoring the "Canine Carnival" this year with the local kennel club.  It is an annual event for Responsible Dog Ownership Day in September.  I am looking for ideas - especially successful ways to promote the event and different activties and/or booths to have on that day.  Any suggestions??? 


Big Dogs with Jobs / Cirra's Versatility Titles
« on: March 14, 2008, 08:00:13 am »
Cirra has completed the requirements for the three Versatility Titles available through the Great Pyrenees Club of America. Now we just need to complete her Versatility Book and get it in the mail by Monday.

Versatility Ambassador - Level I
   Canine Good Citizen Certificate
   Agility Course Completion
   Therapy Dog Cards - Therapy Dogs International, Inc. - 2 handlers

Versatility Emissary - Level II
   Therapy Dog: Nursing Home/Hospital/Institutional Visits - 4 visits
   50 Activities
      Backpacking - 1 (5+ miles)
      Boating/Canoeing/Sailing - 6
      Hiking - 12 (5+ miles)
      Mountain Climbing - 1 (1500 ft +)
      Public Education - 12
      Therapy Dog: Nursing Home/Hospital/Institutional Visits - 16
      Walkathons - 2

Versatility Excellent - Level III
   Rally Novice Title - AKC
   Backpacking - 3

Additional Versatility Activities
   Backpacking - less than 5 miles
   Costume Contests
   Dog Scout Badges
   Hiking - less than 5 miles
   Mountain Climbing - less than 1500 feet
   Photo Contests
   Photos Featured on Websites
   Photos Featured in Flyers, Magazines, Newsletters,Newspapers and Television
   Shows and Matches
   Titles and Certificates
   Miscellaneous Activities

Just wondering if any one else is going to the Great Pyrenees Nationals this year in Westlake Ohio (near Cleveland) at the end of April. 

Treatment & Preventative Meds / Pet First Aid - Any instructors?
« on: March 03, 2008, 03:34:47 pm »
Cirra's Dog Scout Troop is considering offering a workshop on Pet First Aid.  I was wondering if any one is an instructor and if so what was involved in becoming one.  Has any one gone to pet first aid workshops?  Likes and dislikes?  If you would go to one - what would you want to learn?  Something basic or more advanced?  Thanks.

The Great Pyrenees Nationals are going to be in Westlake Ohio at the end of April this year.  I saw that there is a National Park and some State Parks around Cleveland.  Just curious.  I don't think Cirra will be ineterested in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Thanks.

2 Dogs 2000 miles.  A walk from Austin to Boston...A walk for all those touched by cancer...And a start of a journey to rid the world of this disease.  Here is the link:

Cirra has been staying very busy with her Downeast Dog Scouts troop.  Last December her troop walked in a Christmas Parade and had a booth at at "Downtown Family Festival".  At the festival troop members and their dogs showed children how to greet dogs properly.  We gave large paw print stickers to the children who participated in greeting our dogs. During the first four months of this year we are using part of each meeting to help the other troop dogs with their Dog Scout Test.  Cirra has earned her Backpacking and Clean Up II badges.  Here is a link to troops across the country.

Here is a link to the Idita-Walk:

It is an event to promote physical fitness in the spirit of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.  The Iditarod Sled dog race is 1049 miles long from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska.  To complete the Idita-walk, walk 30 minutes a day for 35 days between February 1, 2008 to March 31, 2008 for a total of 1049 minutes.

We don't know how far we would get in 30 minutes right now - Cirra and her "Snow Angels".

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