Doggie Diaries: Adventures at the Library

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Doggie Diaries: Adventures at the Library

Pablo the dogPablo the dog reading with a little girl
From Pablo’s Diary: Tuesday, March 2, 2011

What a thrill to be the first dog at the PAL Pajama Party and to discover another library! There are so many new scents to smell at the Takoma Park Library. I already know what Miss Julie smells like. We are old friends. I used to visit her and neighborhood families at the Chevy Chase Library .  

I told the group a bit about myself: that I am a West Highland Terrier, that I am six years old, that I live with a cat named Max, that I am a bit hard of hearing, that I LOVE to play catch (particularly with tennis balls – Tennis Balls Rule!), that I came from a shelter, that I just had a bath (In fact, I was sparkling white like well-brushed teeth!), and that I am an excellent communicator.

Let’s talk dog, shall we?
  • My ears go flat = I do not like that, Sam I am.
  • My ears go up = I am a happy fellow, curious maybe.
  • My tail is in the middle position = I am calm.
  • My tail goes under = I am upset. I am not comfortable.
  • My tail is wagging = Wanna read! Wanna read?
My tail was wagging when Miss Julie read a great book called Dog Loves Books  by Louise Yates. And then the children selected some great books to read to me. I heard Pigeon Wants a Puppy  by Mo Willems, No Dogs Here!  by Kathryn Hewitt, Biscuit Finds a Friend by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and many more!

It looked like the kids had a lot of fun making the licking dog craft. I really wanted to make one, too; however, I was working. Smartly, I studied the craft and remembered the items I would need and how it looked so that I could replicate it at home. If you’d like to make one, too, then here’s what you’ll need:
  • 1 large tongue depressor covered with black masking tape
  • 1 very small craft stick or toothpick
  • 1 medium-size triangle of brown construction paper
  • Small scraps of white, black and red construction paper (for the eyes, nose and tongue)
  • 1 brown colored pencil
  • Stick of glue
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
And here’s what you do:
  1. Position the brown triangle of construction paper so that the triangle is pointing down. This is the dog’s face.
  2. Fold down the top two corners to make floppy ears and snip off the bottom triangle point.
  3. Cut out two circles from the white construction paper for eye whites and two smaller circles from the black construction paper for pupils.
  4. Glue the pupils to the eye whites to make eyeballs and then glue the eyeballs to the center of the triangle (the dog face).
  5. Cut out a triangle shape from the black construction paper to make the dog’s nose.
  6. Cut out a half moon shape from the white construction paper, and dot it with the colored pencil to make the dog’s muzzle.
  7. Glue the nose to the muzzle and the muzzle to the face.
  8. Cut out a long oval shape from the red construction paper, and glue it to the very small craft stick or toothpick to make the dog’s tongue.
  9. Attach the dog face to the large tongue depressor using a small strip of masking tape; leave enough room for the tongue to slip between the dog face and the black tongue depressor handle.
  10. Enjoy playing with your licking, panting dog craft!

Happy wags,
Pablo the dog reads with a girlDoggie craft project

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