Saturday, October 24, 2009

Nice article on

Thanks to Susie Nicol for writing this really nice article about Sparkles and my fire safety efforts. has always be very pro-active about fire prevention and Sparkles and I for all that they do to share the fire safety message!

To read the article, click HERE.

Friday, October 16, 2009

An incredible day!

Recently I was invited by President H.W. Bush (the 41st) to attend the Points of Light Presidential Forum on Service with him and President Barack Obama at Texas A&M University and today was the big day! This celebration celebrated the 20th anniversary of the prestigious Points of Light Award.

Johnson County RFD #1’s Fire Safety Team was awarded the Points of Light Award by President George H.W. Bush on June 8, 2006. Each year, Johnson County RFD #1 firefighters and Fire Corps donate over 6,000 hours to the department's fire safety program.

Before the event started, I had the honor of sharing with everyone in attendance the story of Johnson County RFD #1's Fire Safety Team (comprised of firefighters and Fire Corps members) and the efforts to keep everyone fire safe.

I was grateful to have the opportunity to share our experience with everyone present so that they would know what a tangible difference that not only firefighters, but also Fire Corps volunteers, can make in a community.

Kari Wood, a former director of RFD #1 Fire Corps and now program coordinator for the national Fire Corps office, attended the ceremony on behalf of the RFD #1’s Fire Corps. We were indeed honored to be recognized by not only President George H.W. and Mrs. Barbara Bush again but this time by President Obama. Not only were the Bush's there with the President, but past A&M President Secretary of Defense Gates and Senator Sam Dunn - among many other dignitaries. We were honored when we were asked to stand and be recognized with the other Points of Light Award winners. Here is some great info on the event:

Monday, October 12, 2009

Note from Mrs. Futia

Received this very nice note from Mrs. Futia, a first grade teacher who attended one of my presentations at the New York State Public Educator's Conference, "Hi Dayna, I attended your presentations at the NYS Public Educators' Conference in the spring. Just wanted you to know how much we are all enjoying your videos! I shared your website & Sprout links with the other kindergarten & grade one teachers. My students are Sparkles fans! Our best to you and the dogs. Keep up the good work!"

Elisa Futia, Edward J Arthur Elementary - Athens NY, Elsmere Fire Aux & Selkirk Fire Aux - Bethlehem, NY.

If you get a chance, check out Ms. Futia's really nice website for her students and their families HERE.

Thank you for your nice note Ms. Futia! You and your class at Edward J. Arthur Elementary are our newest Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog Fire Safety Champions!

Tango Helping Share the Fire Safety Message

Last week was Tango's first opportunity to help share the fire safety message. Enjoy the video!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog ranked #3 on for Children's Firefighting Books!

Remember the dream of our book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog, being in the top 100 of children's firefighting books a couple of weeks ago? Wanted to share that it is now ranked #3 on for Children's Firefighting Books at the moment and #59,007 on's Best Book sales rank! Helping keep children and their caregivers fire safe, that's what it's all about!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Big High Paw to Dawn Meehan!

One of my FAVORITE bloggers on the whole face of the planet is Dawn Meehan ("Because I Said So Blog"). Yesterday Dawn shared the "Change Your Batteries" Sprout fire safety tip. Thank you Dawn for helping spread the fire saf...ety message! Sparkles has made you the newest Sparkles the Fire Safety Dogs' Fire Safety Champion!

Have Fun Chica and Kevin!

Good luck to our good friends, Kevin and Chica from the Sunny Side Up Show on Sprout! Firefighter Dayna and I hope you have fun this week sharing the fire safety message. Learning about fire safety is so much fun!

To learn more about this exciting project, click HERE!

Children's Book Author Dayna Hilton Scheduled to be on the Children Authors Show

On October 14th and 15th, Children's Author Show Radio will broadcast an interview about our book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog. Click on the link, then find the Children's Author Show link. Hear all about Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog and how the book came to be!

Thank you to the FireFamily at Stop, Drop and Roll Blog

Thanks to the FireFamily at the Stop, Drop and Blog for sharing our fire safety efforts! We love this blog and Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog and I have have been following it for sometime. We appreciate Firemom, Firedad, BigBrother and LittleBrother for all that you do to help promote fire safety! Stop, Drop and Blog are now Sparkles the Fire Safety Dogs' Fire Safety Champions!

Thank you Together Time 4 Families Blog!

What is so wonderful about being an fire safety educator, is seeing the big hearts that people have! Thank you to Susan at Together Time 4 Families blog for helping Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog and me spread the fire safety message! On the Together Time 4 Families blog, you will find parenting tips and activities to do with your young child that promote literacy and foster a love for books! Congratulations to Together Time 4 Families on being our new Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog Fire Safety Champion! If you would like to be a Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog Fire Safety Champion, all that you have to do is help us spread the fire safety message by adding my fire safety webpage and/or blogs to your site!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Tango in the Fire Safety Awareness Parade

Yesterday Tango walked with me during the Seventh Annual Fire Safety Awareness Parade in Clarksville. What was amazing, is that it didn't even phase him that sirens were blaring from 39 fire trucks and emergency vehicles! Gotta love that great training (thanks Kari, Jerry and Elaine!)

Firehouse Dog Publishing, LLC® on Facebook!

Join the Firehouse Dog Publishing, LLC® Facebook page to learn all about this publishing house and its efforts to help promote fire safety!
Click on the button below to join!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Sprout Fire Prevention Week Fire Safety Promos

Below you will find three promos that Sprout has been running in anticipation for Fire Prevention Week next week. Sprout has some pretty exciting things planned!

To learn more about this exciting week, visit

Thank you Dragonflies 'n Daydreams Blog!

Thank you to Dragonflies 'n Daydreams for helping spread the fire safety message! You are our Sparkles the Fire Safety Dogs' Fire Safety Champions of the day!

Sparkles' Picture on Times Square in New York City!

Have you ever had one of those days where you felt like you needed someone to pinch you to see if it's real? Well, today I am having one of those days!

Thanks to the good folks at Sprout, a picture of Sparkles, Spanner and I appeared on a jumbotron in Times Square! Sprout has been very pro-active in helping share the fire safety message, and the dogs and I are so very grateful to have partnered with them on this important project!

And, even more good news! The photo also appeared on a jumbtron in Las Vegas!

Learn more about the Sprout fire safety project HERE.

Thank you Sprout for all that you do to help Sparkles, Spanner, and me and all of the firefighters out there to help keep children fire safe!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Tango Returns from Texas!

I was really excited when my good friend Tango returned from Texas! Tango went away a dog and returned a Fire Safety Dog! Thank you to Kari, Jerry and Elaine!

Pay Tribute to a Firefighter in Your Life!

Wow! Sparkles and I are so excited! One of our favorite things to do is to partner with organizations to work together to help spread the fire safety message.

Thanks to the good folks at The Old Schoolhouse, they helped spread the fire safety message to all of their readers! And, the best part is that they having a super cool contest! What is really nice, is that you can pay tribute to that special firefighter in your life.

Check back soon to find free resources for Fire Prevention Week on the Old Schoolhouse website!

Thank you!

A special thank you to for sharing information on the Sprout® fire safety tip project next week! Dave and Mathew are always very helpful and Sparkles and I have made them the latest Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog Fire Safety Champions! Thanks for helping us keep children fire safe guys!

If you would like to help us spread the fire safety message by adding our fire safety sites to your webpage and /or blogs, please let us know! Maybe you can be the next Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog Fire Safety Champion!