Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Hot Off the Press!

Today we were contacted by the good folks at Fido Friendly Magazine. They will be including Sparkles' story in an upcoming issue. Needless to say, we are really very excited (cover to the right is the current issue)!
Just to give you an idea of the excitement of it all, on the Fido Friendly Magazine website, Hal Abrams from Animal Radio (America's most-listened-to pet show) said of the publication, "Let me just say that I read a lot of publications- you have the to if you're in the biz.... yours [Fido Friendly Magazine] is hands' down the best animal publication out there."
Thank you so much for the good folks at Fido Friendly Magazine for helping spread Sparkles' story of her love for helping share fire safety!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Thank you to "Beth the Dog Lady" at Doggies.com

There are so many wonderful folks out there helping spread the story of Sparkles and her love of helping teach fire safety.

Today I was so excited to get a note from the "Beth the Dog Lady" from Doggies.com. She will have Sparkles on her blog January 7th! Thank you so much to Beth and Doggies.com. We are truly grateful!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

New Activity Sheet

Here's the latest fire safety activity sheet. Click on the picture below and print out your own copy of the activity sheet. Have fun!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Milestone Day

Today is a milestone day. Exactly one year ago, after months and months of research and deliberation, I decided to start my own publishing company. It is hard to believe that it has been a year already! To date, almost 9,000 copies of my first book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog, have been sold.
Two more milestones are yet to come: December 31st, will mark one year from when my publishing company, Firehouse Dog Publishing officially became an LLC and April 11th, 2009 when we'll celebrate the first year anniversary of the books release.
How time flies!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog Book Giveaway

Hey Kids!

Now's your chance to win your very own copy of Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog book autographed by Sparkles!

Visit Sparkles' Ask A Firefighter site to learn more!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tulsa World Article Arrives in the Mail Today

The mailman brought Sparkles her copy of the Tulsa World newspaper today. We were excited to read the article about our recent visit to Celia Clinton Elementary School.
Thank you once again to Sara Plummer for the great article. To read the article, click HERE.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Photos from Celia Clinton Presentation

I have spent the last week at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland taking a Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist I and II course (more on that later) and am finally playing catchup on the blog.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Principal Tanya Davis and Sparkles

Thank you to the members of the Tulsa Rotary Club, Mac Finlayson and to everyone at Celia Clinton for the opportunity to share fire safety messages. Thank you to the Tulsa Fire Department for bringing out a firetruck to the event. Sparkles and I had the most incredible time! Also, a big thank you to all of the children that have submitted book reviews! High Paw!

I'd also like to thank television stations KTUL 8, KOKI FOX 23, KOTV 6, Staff Writer Sara Plummer from the Tulsa World newspaper and Writer Sherri Goodall, Photographer Jen Hoppa and Editor Marilyn King from the Tulsa Pet Magazine for helping spread the fire safety message during our visit (look for an article later on Sparkles in the Tulsa Pet Magazine).

xxxxxx Principal Tanya Davis, Mac Finlayson, Sparkles and Firefighter Dayna Hilton

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxSparkles poses for a local Tulsa television station

Book Reviews From Brenda, Robin and Dioselina

Today we received book reviews from Brenda, Robin and Dioselina. Thank you to everyone at Celia Clinton for sending them in. Keep them coming! On Sparkles' blog, each of the child received an individual answer if they had a question or a note from Sparkles.
The reviews were in the children's own words and weren't edited to keep the integrity of their note.
"I like the book a lot. It showed me a lot of stuff . Like if I was in a real fire and a smoke alarm would make noise like beep beep beep and would tell you fire fire fire a fire becuse my smoke alarm does that too. well got to run bye bye. "

Brenda, Age 10
Celia Clinton Elementary
"Dear Sparkles,

I learned a lot from you. How you would crawl down like that its a safer way to get away from a fire. And it was great that you made a book. And it was very smart to tell us not to touch a door with the palm of our hand. "

Robin, age 9
Celia Clinton Elementary
"I like the book of sparkles the fire safety dog. That was a good book for the little kids. I like how you went to school and teach the children about fire safety. I like how you crawl down and show the kids. I like how you was and that little bed it was a cute bed. That was a cute story. I like that book because you went to teach just like a teacher. I like the book so much. To a cute dog name sparkles the super teacher. He is a sweet dog and a smart dog. He is a super dog. He is a smart teacher he is a cool dog and a sweet dog. He is a safety dog and taking good care of his friend and people. He is a good friend for me. I like sparkles for a sweet daycare dog for the whole town because he is a super dog."

Dioselina, age 10
Celia Clinton Elementary

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Book Reviews from Ron, Kayla, Patricia, Alan, Aaron and Rebeca

Today we received book reviews from Ron, Kayla, Patricia, Alan and Aaron! Thank you to everyone at Celia Clinton for sending them in. Keep them coming! On Sparkles' blog, each of the child received an individual answer if they had a question or a note from Sparkles.

"Thank you for coming to our school to teach us fire saftey skills. I wish that you can come back to our school again to teach us fire safety skills. The book [Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog] that you gave me , I learned to crawl on my knees when there is a fire in the house and you always have a meeting place by the mailbox or by a the fence."

Ron, age 9

Celia Clinton Elementary


"Thank you four coming to our school. wish that my dog can do what you can do. That is just amazing my dogs are to wild to do that. I learned from the book [Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog] is that having a fire alarm is important. Dayna I think that sparkles is glad to have you as a mom and I like your book very much so thank you. "

Kayla, age 9

Celia Clinton Elementary


"Sparkles the part I like of your book [Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog] is were you teach the people about fire safety. The thing I learned is that you stop drop and roll. I appreciate you teaching us how to be firesafe. Keep teaching people fire safety Sparkles."

Patricia, age 9

Celia Clinton Elementary


"I learned that whenever theres a fire you should touch the door with your hand backwards. Whenever you see smoke , always crawl on the ground. When youre on fire stop,drop and roll. I also learned to find a meeting place. For me the best place for a meeting place is a tree.'

Alan, age 10

Celia Clinton Elementary


"Sparkles I like becaues sparkles help kids have fire safety. Sparkles the safety dog is a great book my mom and dad love it. I love that sparkles can do things and fire safety. I did know that people can do more in fire safedy."

Aaron, Age 10

Celia Clinton Elementary


"I liked the picture when Sparkles was crawling low to demonstrate to us how to crawl low. And I learned that not to touch a doorknob when your house is on fire because you can burn your hand. Also I liked the picture when Sparkles was in the bed LOL!!! I wanted to ask a question do fire safety dogs go to fires or is it to dangerous for them to go? Well thank you for reading my note hope I here from you guys!!!"

Rebeca, age 9

Celia Clinton Elementary

Monday, December 1, 2008

Book Review from Nisea, Age 9

"Thank you for coming to my school and telling us about your beautiful dog Sparkles. My mom loved her nails. I liked the book [Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog] because it taught me what I have to do if there was a real fire. Oh, and to change my batteries in my smoke alarm. Your book taught me a lot of things. I enjoyed you coming, thanks."

Nisea, 9
Celia Clinton Elementary School

Thank you for your book review, Nisea! We emailed you a special surprise for sending a review!
Firefighter Dayna and Sparkles