Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Hot Off the Press!

Today we were contacted by the good folks at Fido Friendly Magazine. They will be including Sparkles' story in an upcoming issue. Needless to say, we are really very excited (cover to the right is the current issue)!
Just to give you an idea of the excitement of it all, on the Fido Friendly Magazine website, Hal Abrams from Animal Radio (America's most-listened-to pet show) said of the publication, "Let me just say that I read a lot of publications- you have the to if you're in the biz.... yours [Fido Friendly Magazine] is hands' down the best animal publication out there."
Thank you so much for the good folks at Fido Friendly Magazine for helping spread Sparkles' story of her love for helping share fire safety!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Thank you to Beth the Dog Lady at Doggies.com!

I am so excited! Today mom got a note from the "Beth the Dog Lady" from Doggies.com. I will be on her blog January 7th! Thank you so much to Beth and Doggies.com. This is exciting!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

New Activity Sheet

Here's the latest fire safety activity sheet. Click on the picture below and print out your own copy of the activity sheet. Have fun!

Attention kids, parents, teachers and fire departments. Have you checked out Sparkles the Fire Safety Dogs' fun fire safety activity and coloring pages? Check them out! We're adding new ones all of the time! Just click on the picture of Sparkles to see more!

Please feel free to add this button to help spread the fire safety message. Together, we can help keep children and their caregivers fire safe!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Sparkles and her Tulsa World Newspaper

Hi boys and girls!

The mailman brought my very own copy of the Tulsa World newspaper today and I was so excited to read the article about my visit to Celia Clinton Elementary School.

Thank you to my new friend Sara for the great article! To read Sara's article, click HERE.

Remember to practice fire safety everyday!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Note from Mrs. Bryant's 4th Grade Class

I received this nice note from Mrs. Bryant's class today and I just had to share! Thank you for your great note! I just love getting emails!

Mrs. Bryant’s fourth grade class at Celia Clinton Elementary just wanted to thank you so much for coming to our school yesterday and teaching fire safety to all of us. We read your book today and we all loved it.

Thanks again,

Mrs. Bryant’s
4th Grade Class

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sparkles on KOTV News 6 in Tulsa

Today Sparkles visited Celia Clinton Elementary in Tulsa, Oklahoma and shared fire safety messages. KOTV News on 6 was on hand and did a news story on her visit.

Click HERE to see the article and video.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Celia Clinton Visit by Sparkles Coming Soon!

Sparkles and I can't wait to visit the students at Celia Clinton Elementary in Tulsa, Oklahoma this coming Monday!

After doing two presentations, Sparkles and I will be on hand to sign books for the children at the school.

Here's the press release:

Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog to Visit Celia Clinton
11/24/2008, 9:00 a.m.

Students at Celia Clinton Elementary are set to seriously bone up on their knowledge of fire safety when Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog makes a presentation at their school.

If you’re not familiar with Sparkles — she’s quite the canine. (How many dogs do you know that have their own website?) Here’s a bit of a bio from that site (www.sparklesthefiresafetydog.com): “One of my favorite things is to help firefighters teach fire safety. I love helping show children, just like you, how to crawl low under smoke. I also love to ride on fire trucks. It is so much fun!”

Sparkles and her handler, firefighter Dayna Hilton, are delivering a series of presentations at Celia Clinton, the first at a 9:30 a.m. assembly on Monday, November 24.

The Rotary Club of Tulsa is helping to facilitate Sparkles’ visit. The Tulsa Fire Department will have a fire truck on hand.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery

Hi boys and girls!

Remind the folks that you live with that it is time to change their smoke alarm battery. This is also a great time to practice your home escape drill!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Firefighter Sam

As a fire safety educator, it is not often that you hear of the impact that your efforts have made. A couple of weeks ago, I received a note from Todd, father of four year old Sam. "Firefighter Sam" loves all things firefighting and he is a huge fan of PBS KIDS Sprout's Fireman Sam. At the end of each Fireman Sam segment, PBS KIDS Sprout airs fire safety tips with Sparkles, Spanner and myself on Sprout on Demand. It turns out that Firefighter Sam's dad found us on the web one day and we have been corresponding ever since.

Sam and his family are helping us with an exciting project that we can't wait to reveal very soon. They are excited about assisting us promote fire safety, and for that, we are very grateful!

In return for our gratitude, Sparkles, Spanner and I sent Sam a token of our appreciation. You can see more pictures on Sam's blog. I have got to tell you that Sam has one incredible blog!

Thank you to you, Sam, and your family for helping keep everyone fire safe!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Sparkles' Coloring Page

Hey Kids!

Your coloring page could be featured on my blog! Click on the picture of Firefighter Ken to open my coloring page to print and color.

Send your colored version (less than 1 mb) to coloringpage@sparklesthefiresafetydog and I will pick one lucky picture to be featured on my blog in October!

Remember, firefighters are our friends and help keep us safe!
Good luck!

Attention kids, parents, teachers and fire departments. Have you checked out Sparkles the Fire Safety Dogs' fun fire safety activity and coloring pages? Check them out! We're adding new ones all of the time! Just click on the picture of Sparkles to see more!

Please feel free to add this button to help spread the fire safety message. Together, we can help keep children and their caregivers fire safe!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Nice Note from a Sproutlet

Yesterday we received this nice note from Todd, the father of four year old Sam, a fan of all things firefighting, Fireman Sam and the fire safety tips on PBS KIDS Sprout.

Photo by Raleigh photographer Gregory Wiggs

Note from Sam's Dad, Todd:

"Sparkles and Spanner!" "Sparkles and Spanner!" Familiar words in my house. I happened upon your site quite by accident, but am glad that I did. My four-year-old son Sam is a huge fan of not only "Fireman Sam," but of you as well. Very few evenings go by that we don't see you, and the dogs on our television. I happened upon your site by accident, but I am glad that I did. It's good to know that you are a 'real person,' :-) who is actively involved in fire safety education. My son is enamored with all things firefighter. I'm not a firefighter, but because of his passion for it, we've gotten involved in our local FF community. Sam has become a regular fixture around several of the stations in our area. He has gotten to do things like riding in an engine, manning a hose at a training fire, and being in parade."

Sam's dad started a blog for him and it is really incredible! Visit Sam's site at http://www.firefightersam.com/ . You will be amazed at Sam's adventures! Kudos to Todd and Sam for becoming involved with their local fire departments!

If you have a story that you would like to share, we would love to hear it! Please send it to sparkles@sparklesthefiresafetydog.com.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

My Friend Tango

My new friend, Tango, is working hard to help me teach fire safety. Check out these out takes from when we were working on our new fire safety video. He is so silly!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Project SMILE Calendar

I had such a fun day today! I participated in a photo shoot for the annual Project Smile calendar with Southborough firefighter families Jim Peltier and Anthony Alessi.

Thank you to my new friend Linda Hubley, editor of southboroughnews.com, for catching these images of the photo shoot.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Welcome, Tango!

Spanner has announced her retirement and has asked Tango to take her place. Tango was donated by Dalmino's Dals in Jenx, Oklahoma to help Firefighter Dayna teach fire safety. Thank you to Lori and Mac for allowing Tango to come to live with us in Arkansas.

This statement comes from Dalmino's and shares Tango's background.

"Tango, whose registered title is Champion Dalmino’s Conquistador, was the first to finish his Championship in a litter of seven champions. Very few litters include so many champion get. Tango’s sire, Ch. Tuckaway Winged foot is one of the top sires of Champions with 82 sons and daughters earning titles. He is the most winning Dalmatian of all time with 427 wins. Tango’s mother was the top producing Dalmatian the year the puppies debuted. A natural showman he quickly included several Bests of Breed as well. Tango was always friendly and outgoing to all and soon became a Junior handler’s beginning dog. Tango and Andrea made it to the Top Five Dalmatian Junior handlers in their first year.

Tango has participated in parades, greeted the public at the fair for the firefighters and has always been an outstanding ambassador for the breed. Tango was bred only once and has a lovely son that achieved his Championship with three Major wins (only two are needed). Most of all, he is the champion of all our hearts and his winning Dalmatian “grin” is always met with delight. We are so happy to have him with Dayna and continuing to give to us all by teaching fire safety skills.

Good boy “Mr. Handsome”! We all wish you well."

Tango with Spanner and Sparkles

Welcome Tango, we're glad you are here!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

We love pictures!

We love getting pictures from boys and girls reading our new book! It's so exciting!

Matteo sent us this picture of him and his dad reading my new book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog. Matteo is a Sproutlet who just loves watching Spanner, Firefighter Dayna and me, Sparkles, on Sprout on Demand.

High paw, Matteo! We're glad that you like the book and thanks for sending the great photo!

Picture from Liam, age 3

Sparkles received this really great picture from Liam, age 3. Liam is from Canada, and according to his mom, a big fan of Fireman Sam, Sparkles, Spanner and Firefighter Dayna.

Liam drew a picture of a ladder truck, Sparkles, Spanner and Firefighter Dayna. Thanks, Liam! We love your picture!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog book goes to Washington, DC

Over the past few days I have been in Washington, DC promoting Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog. Today I took the completed book to the Library of Congress.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Recording for audio book

Today was a big day! Spanner and I helped with the recording of the audio book.
We had so much fun!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Work on Children's Fire Safety Audio Book Begins!

Today was a big today! Firefighter Michael began work on the audio book at the fire station. He was at the fire station getting sound effects. I just loved helping! The cd is going to have some very special surprises, including a new song you can sing along to!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

You can be a star!

Draw a picture of Sparkles and show off your artwork!
Kids, if you would like to see your artwork on Sparkles' webpage, email your pictures HERE.

Want to mail it? Please send us an email and we will tell you where to send your artwork!

Please be sure to give us your first name and your age so that we can include it on the website.

Audio Book

Hey kids!

Firefighter Dayna, her dad, Firefighter Glenn, and son, Firefighter Michael are in the process of making Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog as an audio book! Wow!

You will have so much fun spending time with me as I helps teach fire safety. Spending the day with me is so much fun!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Book progress

Hi boys and girls!

I am soooo excited today! My new book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog, is being worked on by a graphic artist. A graphic artist is a person that is making the book look all nice and pretty. Isn't that exciting? I can't wait for the book to come out, can you?

Speaking of safety, have you had the folks that you live with check your smoke alarm this month? Be sure to make sure that they check it so that you and your family can be safe!


Thursday, January 31, 2008

Sparkles Visits IFSTA Headquarters

Last week, Firefighter Dayna and I went to Stillwater, Oklahoma to visit our good friends at IFSTA. We had so much fun! It was great seeing everyone and we didn't want to leave!


Hi everyone!

My name is Sparkles, and I am a fire safety dog. I am so glad that you are here visiting my blog!
My main job as a fire safety dog is to help keep boys and girls JUST LIKE YOU and their families safe!
Have you heard about my new book? I'm really excited about it and I know that you will be too!You can read the book and learn more about how I help firefighters. It's really fun helping teach fire safety! Soon you will be able to visit my webpage and learn more about my book!
Come back real soon! I have lots of fun things planned and I can't wait to share them with you!