The Twelve Dogs of Christmas at Mosherville 2010

The Twelve Dogs of Christmas at Mosherville  2010

Max with Santa at Animal Care Sanctuary during their Photos with Santa event. Donation for photo benefited the sanctuary.

The students and staff of Mosherville School will spend some time each day in preparation for the coming holiday season. This year their activities will center on their thoughts for our four-legged friends who are in need of love and Christmas spirit at the animal sanctuary in our county. Every day a different activity is done either in preparing our school, ourselves, or others for the holidays. The activities are designed to encourage everyone to become involved in the excitement and sharing of the season.

Tuesday, December 7

“On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, A Poodle in a doghouse.” Did you know that Dalmatian puppies are all white? Their spots come later! They are the only breed of dog that can guarantee you spots! Let’s all trace our hands today and make a great white snowdog for our school! When you are at the library today, check out an animal book! How about 101 Dalmations?

Wednesday, December 8

“On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 2 St. Bernards, and a Poodle in a doghouse.” The world’s oldest dog was an Australian Cattle dog named Bluey. He was over 29 years old when he died. Today we will make festive holiday cards for the elderly and shut-ins.

Thursday, December 9

“On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 3 Cocker Spaniels, 2 St. Bernards, and a Poodle in a doghouse.” According to Harry S. Truman, “Children and dogs are as necessary to the welfare of the country as Wall Street and the railroads.” Let’s all help the welfare of our animal friends and bring in “dimes for dogs” and “cash for cats.” (Donations will be accepted any day through Dec. 22)**

Friday, December 10

“On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 4 Bassett Hounds, 3 Cocker Spaniels, 2 St. Bernards, and a Poodle in a doghouse.” Dogs see much better in dim light than humans do because they have a special light-reflecting layer in their eyes that work like a mirror. That’s why it might look like a dog’s eyes glow. Today we will be glowing in our special holiday hats and we will make glittering ornaments for our school’s Christmas tree.

Monday, December 13

“On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 5 Golden Retrievers, 4 Bassett Hounds, 3 Cocker Spaniels, 2 St. Bernards, and a Poodle in a doghouse.” When dogs bay at the moon, they are just trying to call their friends and family together. Tonight we will work on our family Christmas tree and include our pets as part of our family.

Tuesday, December 14

“On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 6 Boxers boxing, 5 Golden Retrievers, 4 Bassett Hounds, 3 Cocker Spaniels, 2 St. Bernards, and a Poodle in a doghouse.” Large amounts of chocolate can be harmful to dogs. We need to give our four-legged friends other food instead. Today, let’s bring in cat and dog food to donate to the Animal Sanctuary in East Smithfield. Food and other related items they are in need of are: dry dog and cat food, dry kitten and puppy food, canned dog, cat, and puppy food, cat and dog treats, and regular people baby food (meat varieties only)(used for some of their elderly animals). (Donations will be accepted any day through Dec. 22) **

Wednesday, December 15

“On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 7 Huskies howling, 6 Boxers boxing, 5 Golden Retrievers, 4 Bassett Hounds, 3 Cocker Spaniels, 2 St. Bernards, and a Poodle in a doghouse.” Do you know why dogs like to bury bones? Back in the old days, when they were wild, and often killed prey that was more than they could eat at one meal, they didn’t have refrigerators for the leftovers. Instead, they buried the extra food underground. Today, we are going to bring in canned food to put under our Christmas tree to donate to the local food bank. **

Thursday, December 16

“On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 8 Sheepdogs snoring, 7 Huskies howling, 6 Boxers boxing, 5 Golden Retrievers, 4 Bassett Hounds, 3 Cocker Spaniels, 2 St. Bernards, and a Poodle in a doghouse.” The old English sheep dogs were given the job of herding reindeer. We’ll all think of them as we sing carols in music class today, especially the carol about a special reindeer!

Friday, December 17

“On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 9 Chihuahuas chomping, 8 Sheepdogs snoring, 7 Huskies howling, 6 Boxers boxing, 5 Golden Retrievers, 4 Bassett Hounds, 3 Cocker Spaniels, 2 St. Bernards, and a Poodle in a doghouse.” Did you know that the quietest dog is the Basenji (an African wolf dog) who can’t bark? Today, we’re all going to walk quietly in our slippers. You’ll be extra special if you have animal slippers!

Monday, December 20

“On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 10 Dalmatians dancing, 9 Chihuahuas chomping, 8 Sheepdogs snoring, 7 Huskies howling, 6 Boxers boxing, 5 Golden Retrievers, 4 Bassett Hounds, 3 Cocker Spaniels, 2 St. Bernards, and a Poodle in a doghouse.” Ever wonder why dogs turn around and around before they lie down? It’s because long ago, when they were wild dogs, they discovered that it was a good way to trample down the grass or snow and make a cozy bed.

Today we will bring in different items to make life cozier for our animal friends at the animal sanctuary. Things in need are:

Old, clean blankets and towels, dog and cat beds, old pillows, paper towels, leashes, and collars for dogs.

(Donations will be accepted any day through Dec. 22)

Tuesday, Decmber 21

“On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 11 Labs a laughing, 10 Dalmatians dancing, 9 Chihuahuas chomping, 8 Sheepdogs snoring, 7 Huskies howling, 6 Boxers boxing, 5 Golden Retrievers, 4 Bassett Hounds, 3 Cocker Spaniels, 2 St. Bernards, and a Poodle in a doghouse.” A long time ago, a dog’s collar could tell you how important that dog was. The collars might be made of gold, silver, white leather, or velvet. Today let’s show off, wearing our special holiday ornaments, pins, or necklaces.

Wednesday, December 22

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… A CAT!”* The world’s heaviest and longest dog was an Old English Mastiff named Zorba. He weighed 343 pounds and was 8 feet, 3 inches long from his nose to his tail! Today we will weigh the donated coins to see which class has the heaviest amount.

*Words borrowed from The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by Emma Kragen

** Throughout our last twelve days before Christmas we will be accepting donations of food for the food bank and the cash and other items for the animal sanctuary.

If you would like to learn more about the Animal Sanctuary in East Smithfield you can go to their website at www.animalcaresanctuary.org, or call them at 596-2200.

Thank you from Mosherville students and staff!

Donations will be given to the Animal Sanctuary in East Smithfield.

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