Red Rover’s Project for Children’s eBook – Kickstarter

Tuesday, 14. October 2014 13:45 | Author:

Red Rover’s eBook Project – watch the video

RedRover is launching an e-book series with interactive learning built in that will help kids practice the skills needed for empathy.

RedRover saves animals in crisis and seeks to enhance the relationships people have with animals as a means to prevent animal suffering and neglect. And we believe empathy is the key.

Our innovative RedRover Readers program has already helped kids understand animals and has developed empathy skills in classrooms across the country. Now there’s an opportunity to spread this program into more classrooms – and homes – using everyday technology that will make learning empathy easier and fun for kids. It’s RedRover’s new “E-Books for Empathy” project. And you can be part of it!

All 5 e-books in the series will inspire kids to want to make the world a better place while giving them much needed opportunities to practice empathy skills. Questions integrated into the e-books’ interactive apps will help parents and teachers lead discussions with kids so they can imagine what characters are feeling while learning about animal behavior (and human behavior!) right alongside the characters in the book. Games integrated into the e-books will help kids practice linking behaviors to feelings to become top communicators.

Why this book? A note from Nicole:

As a child, I was the kid who saved bees from swimming pools and redirected foot traffic around ants. I was a pint-sized animal protector, and it’s no surprise that I became the President and CEO of an animal organization! However, I have always been deeply passionate about books and writing, and first followed this passion as an English teacher. There are few rewards in life greater than seeing the eyes of a disengaged child light up.

As an educator, parent, leader, avid reader and unwitting connoisseur of children’s media, I understand the power of stories and the potential of an unfettered mind. I wrote The Restricted Adventures of Raja (with a lot of help!) to capture the imagination of children and inspire them to understand and connect with animals and people – to inspire them, like Raja, to want to save Planet Earth.

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A New Years Resolution: Help your pet get fit! – Washington Humane Society Blog

Saturday, 4. January 2014 5:47 | Author:

A New Years Resolution: Help your pet get fit! – Washington Humane Society Blog.

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Advice For The Children In Your Life

Thursday, 17. October 2013 12:55 | Author:

This advice comes from Right Start Maryland trainer, Michelle Mange, who teaches classes at Your Dog’s Friend.


How to approach a dog who is walking with their human while on leash:


1.    Make sure you are 3 feet away from the dog  (jump rope length) and standing in a calm manner.
2.    Stand still while you say “may I pet your dog?”.
3.    Walk up the mini rainbow; this means you should walk in an arch as opposed to walking straight up to the dog.
4.    Stand sideways or kneel sideways, never facing the dog head on.
5.    Offer your hand to the dog – fingers in and down in a loose fist. This is an invitation for the dog to approach.
6.    If the dog approaches, pet him under his chin. If the dog doesn’t approach, he is saying that he’s not comfortable right now.


Ways children can help with their own dogs:

1.    Making sure their dog always has fresh water and filling the water bowls.  Fresh water should always be available unless your vet has told you otherwise.
2.    Helping to feed the dog by getting the food ready (dogs should be fed at least twice a day).
3.    Having two leashes hooked to the dog when going for a walk, so the child can hold one of the leashes.  No child under the age of 15 should be holding the leash or walking the dog alone.  No dogs should be walked on a retractable leash!  There is a risk of amputation (according to their own website), and the company actually says the leash should never be used around children

Do not share with your dog:

1.    Candy or gum
2.    Grapes
3.    Raisins


1.    Touch a dog’s food bowl while she is eating.
2.    Touch a dog while he is chewing on or playing with a chew toy.
3.    Pet or try and grab a dog while she is in a “hiding place”(like under a bed or couch or in the crate).
4.    Put your face in ANY dog’s face.
5.    Hug a dog.

When to get an adult:

1.     When you see a loose dog outside (no adult and no leash).
2.    If your own dog gets something she shouldn’t (one of your toys for example).
3.    If your dog seems hurt, frightened or is hiding.
4.    If your dog gets out the door and takes off.

Resources for Children & Parents:

The Animal Welfare Institute sells Pablo Puppy’s Search for the Perfect Person by Sheila Hamaka.  This book, for children 4 – 8 years old, is inexpensive, yet beautifully written and illustrated.  You can also download a free board game, matching game, and coloring pages.

DogGone Safe‘s website has dog bite prevention safety tips, body language flashcards, games, storybooks and coloring books. Also, home to the “Be A Tree” program, teaching children what to do around a loose dog.

May I Pet Your Dog? – The How-to Guide for Kids Meeting Dogs (and Dogs Meeting Kids) by Stephanie Calmenson and Jan Omerod, teaches children in pre-school through second grade when and how to approach a dog.

At The Family Dog, you can find tips, videos, and an online training program for families, with a special section just for kids. The highlighted video on our website is a short, easy-to-understand body language video for families produced by The Family Dog.

Doggone Crazy sells a board game on dog behavior and body language for families and children.

Living With Kids and Dogs offers all sorts of useful information for parents, as well as a link to order the books,  Living With Kids and Dogs…Without Losing Your Mind and Puppy Training for Kids by Colleen Pelar.

Family Paws includes both Dogs & Storks and the Dog & Baby Connection. There are articles and resources for expectant parents and parents of babies and toddlers. Family Paws also runs a Dog and Baby Support hotline at 1-877-247-3407.

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