golden tales

 

another golden visit to
hermosa vista elementary school

In 2010 Hermosa Vista Elementary School teacher, JoAnna Wilson invited us to bring our Golden Retrievers  so we could talk to the students about rescue, pet safety and pet therapy.  AZGRC Golden Retrievers Bette Davis and Kayli were happy to visit and show their stuff.

In October 2011 we were invited back again do a little presentation for about 60 students.  Knowing how much fun we had last year with the students Bette Davis and Kayli thought they had to make their visit educational, more fun and do something different.   So we decided to bring two extra Golden Retrievers. That surely would be the fun part.

On November 9th, Golden Retrievers, Finnegan with his owner Julie Flynn, Cody with his handler Patti Gibbons, Kayli with her owner Laurie Rogers and Bette Davis with her owner Christine Orantes arrived and were happily greeted by 90 students.  I honestly donít know who was more excited; the Golden Retrievers, the teachers or the students.

All the children were so good and listened while we talked about how to approach a dog safely.  They also demonstrated how to be trees and rocks when meeting an off leash dog they did not know and without an owner present.  We talked about rescue and pet care including Vet visits. We talked about fleas and ticks and how dangerous they are to dogs if untreated.

Then secretly all four Goldens were dressed up with oversized stuffed fleas and ticks and then brought back into the cafeteria to hear happy squeals from the children.  While the children were hearing about the importance of annual Vet visits we dressed the children up as doctors and nurses.  The children took turns listening with stethoscopes to their own heart beats and then dogsí heart beats. They spoke about the difference.

We spoke about pet therapy visits and shared some stories about how dogs make children feel better when we visit them in the hospital.  We talked about how sometimes by walking a dog or tossing a ball or brushing their fur a child can re-master a skill while recovering from an injury.

Alas our time was up, we had a great time and all the children were so wonderful to the Golden Retrievers.

The dogs did a few tricks and then they gave each student a book mark.

The children sent Finnegan, Cody, Kayli and Bette Davis the most touching thank you letters for coming to their class. It was such fun to read about what made the children the happiest about our visit.

We find ourselves touching the future with these incredible students at Hermosa Vista Elementary School and with our Golden Retriever. We know there is a bond formed between the children and our Goldens.

They showed their love for the dogs, learned how important responsible pet ownership is, the need for basic training and in making the right choices to have a happy and well cared for pet.

Who could ask for more?

We hope we are invited back again because we are already planning something fun for our next visit.

The children wrote their thank you letters to the dogs.  Click on the each student's name below to read each note.



To Bette Davis

 

To Cody

 

To Finnigan




To Cody & Kayli

 

To Kayli


 
To The
Visiting Dogs

Caroline

Elizabeth

Adrian

Andrew H Andrew

Andrew

Atoa

Sadie

Aria

Claire

Abigail

Anna

Ethan

Hallie

Annie

Caleb Chandler

 Brooklyn

Brynn

 Tysen

 Elaina

Giselle

Blake

Brianna

Jessica

Leah

Dallin

Daniel Danny

 Christopher

Davis

 

 Isabella

Jacob

Connor

Jack

Partik

Rachel

Dylan

Elanna Emma

 Jacob

Jade

 

 Jenna

Kara

Jacob

Jennatt

Zack

Zane Ethan

Gage

Helen

 James

Jessica

 

 Kennedy

Laycee

Kayla P

Kiara

 

 

Jordan

Kamryn  Mason

 Kenzie

Libby

 

 Lilly

Madelyn

Laine

Mia

 

 

Micheael

Michel Peyton

 Madison

Susannah

 

 Rhyane

Sydney D

Nathan

Rylee

 

  Rachel Sterling Ty

 

 

 

 Sydney

Tucker

Tyler

 

 

  Tyler    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A math question

Arizona Golden Retriever Connection is an all volunteer, non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Arizona Golden Retriever Connection

P.O. Box 26678
Scottsdale, AZ  85255
Phone:  602-870-0037     Fax:  480-563-9154
Email: 
info@azgrc.org

SITE MAP