Friday, February 29, 2008
Pharaoh's Haven hits the road!
I used to teach kids with learning disabilities. I still LOVE kids and I love animals, so one day I thought, " How can I combine these two passions?" And I came up with the idea of doing humane education in the schools. So, I contacted the vice principal at Em and Jules' school and she was very enthusiastic. So, thus begun our humane education program. We've talked to over 500 kids now, about the five MUSTS of pet care and why most people should NOT own parrots. (Did you know that there are almost as many birds in rescue as dogs? They are big impulse purchases and most people do not understand that parrots are the emotional and intellectual equivalent of a two year old child.) I do the dog part and Jon does the parrot part and it's so much fun for us and the kids and the teachers. After our talks, we take Samson, our greyhound, and Rocco, one of our Italian Greyhounds, into the classrooms to let the kids pet them. The kids are so eager to share their experiences with us and we encourage them to write us- to write their questions and experiences down and then I answer each letter. Teachers love having the kids write and I know from experience that kids write best about things they love. When I have time, I am going to have some business cards made and go to other schools- there never seems to be enough time to do "extra things" like that- but I'll carve out some time and do it- one day.