Saturday, October 24, 2009

Firefighter Dayna's Fun Day!

Firefighter Dayna was invited by President H.W. Bush (the 41st) to attend the Points of Light Presidential Forum on Service with him and President Barack Obama at Texas A&M University and today was the big day! This celebration celebrated the 20th anniversary of the prestigious Points of Light Award.

Johnson County RFD #1’s Fire Safety Team was awarded the Points of Light Award by President George H.W. Bush on June 8, 2006. Each year, Johnson County RFD #1 firefighters and Fire Corps donate over 6,000 hours to the department's fire safety program.

Before the event started, I had the honor of sharing with everyone in attendance the story of Johnson County RFD #1's Fire Safety Team (comprised of firefighters and Fire Corps members) and the efforts to keep everyone fire safe.

I was grateful to have the opportunity to share our experience with everyone present so that they would know what a tangible difference that not only firefighters, but also Fire Corps volunteers, can make in a community.

Kari Wood, a former director of RFD #1 Fire Corps and now program coordinator for the national Fire Corps office, attended the ceremony on behalf of the RFD #1’s Fire Corps. We were indeed honored to be recognized by not only President George H.W. and Mrs. Barbara Bush again but this time by President Obama. Not only were the Bush's there with the President, but past A&M President Secretary of Defense Gates and Senator Sam Dunn - among many other dignitaries. We were honored when we were asked to stand and be recognized with the other Points of Light Award winners. Here is some great info on the event:

High Paw to

High paw to Susie Nicol from for writing this really nice article about me and my fire safety efforts. Thanks for helping us spread the fire safety message!

To read the article, click HERE.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

High paw to Michael, Age 4

This video was sent to me by Greg, father of 4 year old Michael.

Way to go Michael! I am really proud of you and your family for making an escape plan!
Thanks, Greg, for sharing this wonderful video!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Note from Mrs. Futia

Firefighter Dayna received this very nice note from Mrs. Futia, a first grade teacher who attended one of her presentations at the New York State Public Educator's Conference, "Hi Dayna, I attended your presentations at the NYS Public Educators' Conference in the spring. Just wanted you to know how much we are all enjoying your videos! I shared your website & Sprout links with the other kindergarten & grade one teachers. My students are Sparkles fans! Our best to you and the dogs. Keep up the good work!"

Elisa Futia, Edward J Arthur Elementary - Athens NY, Elsmere Fire Aux & Selkirk Fire Aux - Bethlehem, NY.

If you get a chance, check out Ms. Futia's really nice website for her students and their families HERE.

Thank you for your nice note Ms. Futia! You and your class at Edward J. Arthur Elementary are our newest Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog Fire Safety Champions!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog ranked #3 on for Children's Firefighting Books!

Wow, my tail is wagging so fast! My book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog, is now ranked #3 on for Children's Firefighting Books at the moment and #59,007 on's Best Book sales rank! Helping keep children and their caregivers fire safe, that's what it's all about!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

New coloring pages received!

One of my favorite, most exciting things, is when I receive pictures! Today I received these coloring pages that Seth, Hayden and Tommy did of my good friend, Firefighter Kenny. You guys did a great job! High paw and thanks for the awesome pictures!

"Firefighter Kenny"
Colored by Seth, 8

"Firefighter Kenny"

Colored by Hayden, 8

"Firefighter Kenny"
Colored by Tommy, 7

If you would like to send me a picture of your coloring page, send them to me at Coloring pages can be found on my website at

Stay safe!

A Big High Paw to Dawn Meehan!

One of Firefighter Dayna's and my absolutely FAVORITE bloggers on the whole face of the planet is Dawn Meehan ("Because I Said So Blog"). Yesterday Dawn shared the "Change Your Batteries" Sprout fire safety tip. Thank you Dawn for helping spread the fire saf...ety message! Sparkles has made you the newest Sparkles the Fire Safety Dogs' Fire Safety Champion!

Hi Paw to Dragonflies 'n Daydreams Blog!

High paw to Dragonflies 'n Daydreams for helping spread the fire safety message! You are our Sparkles the Fire Safety Dogs' Fire Safety Champions of the day!

Have Fun Chica and Kevin!

Good luck to our good friends, Kevin and Chica from the Sunny Side Up Show on Sprout! Firefighter Dayna and I hope you have fun this week sharing the fire safety message. Learning about fire safety is so much fun!

To learn more about this exciting project, click HERE!

Firefighter Dayna Scheduled to be on the Children Authors Show

On October 14th and 15th, Children's Author Show Radio will broadcast an interview about Firefighter Dayna's fire safety children's book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog. Click on the link, then find the Children's Author Show link. Hear all my story and how the book came to be!

Thanks to the FireFamily at Stop, Drop and Blog!

High paw to the FireFamily at the Stop, Drop and Blog for sharing our fire safety efforts! We love this blog and Firefighter Dayna and I have have been following it for sometime. We appreciate Firemom, Firedad, BigBrother and LittleBrother for all that you do to help promote fire safety! Stop, Drop and Blog are now Sparkles the Fire Safety Dogs' Fire Safety Champions!

High Paw to the Together Time 4 Familes Blog

A big high paw to Susan at Together Time 4 Families blog for helping Firefighter Dayna and me spread the fire safety message! On the Together Time 4 Families blog, you will find parenting tips and activities to do with your young child that promote literacy and foster a love for books! Congratulations to Together Time 4 Families on being our new Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog Fire Safety Champion! If you would like to be a Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog Fire Safety Champion, all that you have to do is help us spread the fire safety message by adding my fire safety webpage and/or blogs to your site!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Tango in the Fire Safety Awareness Parade

Yesterday Tango walked with Firefighter Dayna during the Seventh Annual Fire Safety Awareness Parade in Clarksville. He really passed his fire dog test! What was amazing, is that it didn't even phase him that sirens were blaring from 39 fire trucks and emergency vehicles! Gotta love that great training (thanks Kari, Jerry and Elaine!)

Friday, October 2, 2009

Sprout Fire Prevention Week Fire Safety Promos

Below you will find three promos that Sprout has been running in anticipation for Fire Prevention Week next week. Sprout has some pretty exciting things planned!

To learn more about this exciting week, visit

Thursday, October 1, 2009

My Good Friend Tango Returns from Texas!

I was really excited when my good friend Tango returned from Texas! Firefighter Dayna says that Tango went away a dog and returned a Fire Safety Dog! My tail wagged so fast when I saw him. Welcome back Tango!

Pay Tribute to a Firefighter in Your Life!

Wow! Firefighter Dayna and I are so excited! One of our favorite things to do is to partner with organizations to work together to help spread the fire safety message.

Thanks to the good folks at The Old Schoolhouse, they helped spread the fire safety message to all of their readers! And, the best part is that they having a super cool contest! What is really nice, is that you can pay tribute to that special firefighter in your life.

Check back soon to find free resources for Fire Prevention Week on the Old Schoolhouse website!

High Paw to!

High paw to for sharing information on the Sprout® fire safety tip project next week! My good friends, Dave and Mathew are always very helpful and Firefighter Dayna and I have made them the latest Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog Fire Safety Champions! Thanks for helping us keep children fire safe guys!

If you would like to help us spread the fire safety message by adding our fire safety sites to your webpage and /or blogs, please let us know! Maybe you can be the next Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog Fire Safety Champion!