Friday, February 27, 2009

New Article on

Click on the banner to see the latest article about Sparkles' saves. More information, including videos of the presentation and testimonials, in posts below.

New video on KJRH website

Click HERE or the picture below to watch a new video just put up on the KJRH website.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sharing the Good News with Book Bites for Kids

Firefighter and Children's Book Author Dayna Hilton was interviewed by Suzanne Lieurance from Book Bites for Kids today. Hilton shared with Lieurance her experience in meeting the two students at Celia Clinton Elementary in Tulsa yesterday. These two children knew what to do when they and their families experienced real live fire situations. The book (Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog) has been attributed to saving the children and their families lives after a fire safety presentation and reading of the book in November 2008. Hilton also shares the background on this incredible story.

Hilton's story is the second interview in this broadcast.

The book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog is available on

What a day!

Yesterday was one of the most incredible days of my life! Sparkles had the time of her life. It was a great day and a wonderful way to reinforce fire safety messaging as well as to recognize the two girls that were able to get their families out safely because of what they learned from the book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog. We are so very thankful that the children and their families were able to get out safely.

Below are two parts of the videos of the presentation:



To read the original post about this incredible story, please click HERE.

FOX 23 newscast

KOTV newscast

KJRH story

Chicago Pet Directory Blog

Author Suzanne Lieurance's Website

Rotary Club of Tulsa Website

Tulsa Public School Website

Book Bites for Kids

Superintendent's Bulletin / Tulsa Public Schools

Below are the "After the Fire Testimonials" taped today:

Angelica and Dystiny

Ken Riggins (Angelica's Dad)

Principal Tanya Davis, Celia Clinton Elementary

Cindy Finkle, Oklahoma State University, Fire Protection Publications

Mac Finlayson, Rotary Club of Tulsa Member

The children's fire safety book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog, may be purchased from Read Sparkles' bio HERE.

Thank you to Johnson County RFD #1, the Rotary Club of Tulsa, Principal Tanya Davis and everyone at Celia Clinton Elementary, Oklahoma State University Fire Protection Publications, and to all of the media that helped cover the story and help share the fire safety message. A special thank you to the Tulsa Fire Department for joining us for this very special occasion.

To see the complete story, visit Sparkles' Save Page.

For more information, please contact Firefighter Dayna Hilton at

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Sparkles Receives More Cards

Thank you to all of the children that sent in these wonderful cards to Sparkles! Click on the photo below to watch a slideshow of the cards.

From Movies

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Video of Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog at Work

Just found this video of Sparkles from October 2006. Sparkles demonstrates what to do when she hears the smoke alarm.

Motherhood Later than Sooner Newsletter Reviews Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog

Robin Gorman Newman shared her review of Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog in her February Motherhood Later than Sooner newsletter. The newsletter is distributed to over 2,000 35+ year old moms.

"If you have a little firefighter-in-the-making, like my son Seth, no doubt he or she will adore Sparkles. And, you as a parent, will applaud the message of this book that is really a must-read for every child. There is also an entertaining CD available, which features Sparkles barking and story narration by Firefighters Dayna Hilton and Glenn Trembley. "

"Sparkles visits schools to help children learn about fire safety. Together, with real-life Firefighters Dayna and Michael, smoke alarms are explained, and instruction is given re: how/why to crawl low under smoke in case of a fire, why we should practice fire drills, etc. Sparkles watches Firefighter Michael put on his protective clothing, and thanks him by wagging her tail, for being a firefighter. Big, colorful photographs of Sparkles in action hold a child's interest, and tips are outlined in language easily-understandable for children. This is a powerful learning tool, yet it capably offers information in a fun manner. I know my son would love Sparkles and Firefighter Dayna to pay a visit to his school. " Robin Gorman Newman, Motherhood Later than Sooner Founder

Robin's son, Seth with his new book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog

Friday, February 6, 2009

Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog Book Reaches Milestone

Today Firehouse Dog Publishing, LLC reached a milestone~ almost 9,000 copies sold to date. We have a very long way to go to help keep children and their caregivers fire safe and Sparkles and I will work very hard to continue to spread the fire safety message.

Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog Book Featured on Author Shari Lyle-Soffe's Blog

We were honored when children's book author, Shari Lyle-Soffe, contacted us recently requested information on our book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog. Today Shari has posted information about the book on her blog.

Shari loves animals, especially rascally raccoons so much that she decided to write about them. Her books include; Misadventures of Rooter and Snuffle, On the Go With Rooter and Snuffle, and Trouble Finds Rooter and Snuffle. Nothing Stops Noah is a picture book with new characters and is available now. Watch for her book, A Horse of Course, coming this Spring.

The book was featured on a post on Shari's blog Friday, February 6th.

Sparkles Receives Thank You's

Sparkles has received several very nice thank you's lately and wanted to share a few of them. Note the red toenails in several of them.