Thursday, July 31, 2008

Sparkles and Spanner on Cover of Chicago Pets Directory

Sparkles and Spanner are featured on the cover and on the inside of the Chicago Pet Directory . We are really very excited! Thank you to the the directory for helping us promote the children's book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog and fire safety!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Sparkles' Mailbag

Today Sparkles was really excited to receive a very sweet note from Sarah, Sierra and Jason in Oklahoma. Thank you so much, Sarah, for the beautiful artwork! Sparkles loved getting your note!

If you would like to send your artwork to Sparkles, please send it to:

Sparkles at 106 East Poplar Street, Clarksville, Arkansas 72830 or email to Sparkles at

New Book Review from 1st Responder Newspaper

Thank you to John M. Malecky from 1st Responder Newspaper for the review for Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog. The review will be in the September issue.

In the meantime, the review may be reviewed online HERE.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Thank You to the Phaneuf Family

Thank you to the Phaneuf Family for the use of Danvers Engine 4 for the cover of Sparkles Goes to Boston.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxSparkles with Danvers Engine 4

According to Peter (PJ) Phaneuf, "Danvers Engine 4 served Danvers, MA from 1936 until the mid 1960's. It was the first motorized engine that the city owned and was built by Peter Pirsch. It is a 600 gpm pumper with 120 gallon water tank. Following its service in Danvers it was sold to the Town of Moose River, ME and was used as a brush truck. My family has owned the engine since late 80's."

PJ's father, Peter F. Phaneuf is the retired Southborough Fire Chief following 47 years of service. PJ is a firefighter/paramedic and holds the position of Training Coordinator with the Foxborough Fire Department. His brother, Adam E. Phaneuf, is a former call firefighter with the Southborough Fire Department.

PJ's three children are featured in the upcoming book.

New Book Review for Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog

"Each night that we have read Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog, Cole continues to tell ME how HE will get out of the house in case of fire." Carrie, mother of Cole, age 3

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxPhoto courtesy of Linda Hubley, Editor,

Thank you so much for your review Carrie! It was so nice meeting you, Cole and Olivia at the book event at the Southborough Fire Department!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Author Dayna Hilton to be on Radio Disney

Radio Disney in Little Rock will air a fire safety segment on July 26th at 6:30 a.m on 99.5 fm. The segment, which is about 20 minutes long, will include safety tips as well as information on the new book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog.

Thanks to Brooke for the great interview and to everyone at Radio Disney for helping promote fire safety!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Sparkles Attends the 75th Anniversary of the IFSTA Conference.

2008 marked the 75th Anniversary of the International Fire Service Training Association. Sparkles and I attended the conference in Tulsa and made a presentation.

We consider the folks at IFSTA like family and congratulate them on 75 wonderful years!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Northeast Book Tour Concludes

Sparkles and I spent 27 days, traveling over 4,000 miles and nine states to promote our new book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog. We also spent time with firefighters at the Southborough Fire Department to take photos for our new book, Sparkles Goes to Boston.

Below is a video of highlights from the trip.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Sparkles Visits the National Fire Academy

Today Sparkles visited the National Fire Academy at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxSparkles with Dr. Onieal

Monday, July 7, 2008

New Book Review from Retired Phoenix Fire Chief Alan Brunacini

“Dayna Hilton is providing an invaluable service that is as kid safe as it is kid friendly. Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog is charming on paper or read aloud and an excellent tool in furthering the hugely important crusade of children’s fire safety.” Retired Phoenix Fire Chief Alan Brunacini

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Book Reading at the Southborough Library

This evening Sparkles and I read our book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog, at Pajama Time at the Southborough Library. We also gave the children and their caregivers a sneak peak at Sparkles Goes to Boston.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxPhoto courtesy of Linda Hubley,

A special thank you to John Tomanney for his assistance with the fire safety portion of the program. To learn more about the event, visit the website.

Photos for video courtesy of Linda Hubley, Editor, To see more of Linda's pictures of the event, please click HERE.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Photo Shoot for the Cover of Sparkles Goes to Boston

Today was a HUGE day as photos were made for the cover of Sparkles Goes to Boston. The first picture is the picture that stands out above the rest.

It was a really long day for Sparkles!

Book Reading Scheduled July 3rd

Sparkles and I will be at the Southborough Library on July 3rd at 7:00 p.m. to read our book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog. More information can be found on the Southborough News website. Firefighter Jim will also be there along with Chief Mauro and we will share information about our new book, Sparkles Goes to Boston.

Hope to see you there!