Today's Snack: Have a Healthy
Hot Dog - broil turkey franks and use whole-grain buns. Dress your dogs with
shredded cheddar cheese, chopped cucumber and raw onion rings, and note that
mustard has fewer calories than ketchup. Do you like dogs this way? They're
Pen or pencil
(keep one around just for
creative writing projects and ideas;
call it your After School
Spend a few minutes observing a dog actively playing
and running around outside. It can be your dog or a neighbor's. Write down what
you see. Write down what the dog might be thinking. Describe the dog's body
movements and apparent emotions. Train yourself to be more observant than usual
and record every detail. You'll have to write fast if a bunny runs by!
What are your impressions of how the
dog uses its five senses? How are they not as keen as, or keener than, yours?
Draw several pictures of the dog in various body
positions. Watch out for proportions: try to size the head properly compared to
the trunk, and the length of the legs correctly. It's harder than it looks to
draw an animal that's constantly moving, isn't it?
Now go back to your observation report and rewrite
it into a story with the dog as the main character. Take your "dogservation"
report and use it as the action, but invent a reason why the dog was acting the
way it did.
Most stories need a beginning,
middle and end, with a clear problem that needs to be solved. Come up with your
story based on the action you observed in the dog, plus the deeper meaning,
humor and insight about dogs from these other people.
Be sure to craft illustrations to go
Write a good story - give it four
legs and run with it!
Finally, read the following quotes. Don't read them
until you've done your "dogservation," though. That way, your observations will
be original and unique.
The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his
tail instead of his tongue.
Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are
If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
We give dogs time we can spare, space
we can spare and love we can spare.
And in return, dogs give us their
all. It's the best deal man has ever made.
Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are
incapable of pure love
and always have to mix love and
I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.
A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three
times before lying down.
Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.
-Franklin P. Jones
If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have
known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.
If your dog is fat, you aren't
getting enough exercise.
My dog is worried about the economy
because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That's almost $21.00 in
Women and cats will do as they
and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
-Robert A. Heinlein
You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that
'Wow, you're right! I never would've thought of that!'
- Dave Barry
By Susan Darst Williams • www.AfterSchoolTreats.com • Animals • © 2008