The Love Dogs visit with Air Force kids

The Love Dog team on base

The Love Dog team on base

The Love Dogs were invited to present to first graders attending school on Nellis Air Force Base and the class was a huge success. These students were the perfect audience for our anti-bully “Be Cool, Not Cruel” program. We were greeted by a wonderful sign on the classroom door showing us exactly where to go. The students were all seated on the floor waiting for us.

Boise making friends with a soldier

Boise making friends with a soldier

After an hour drive to the base, then time spent going through security and then driving to the school and signing in, the dogs had already had quite a long morning!

Cassidy down for a belly rub

Cassidy down for a belly rub

Five Love Dogs participated and some of them quickly lay down on their blankets and took a nap!

The student who invited us to his class was there to introduce us and his father, a member of the Air Force, was there to observe the class. Little did he know he would soon be pulled in for a demonstration of the difference between teasing and bullying!

But he was a wonderful sport and the children watched him with great respect.

Benny and Petey with our friend Julian - we were in his brother's class

Benny and Petey with our friend Julian – we were in his brother’s class

We talked about the differences between all the dogs and how people are different and that’s what makes them so special.

We had each child discuss what they should do if bullied and share experiences they have had.

The best part of the presentation is always then the children get to meet the dogs up close. We showed them how to safely greet a new dog and then they went one by one to meet each dog.

Benny sitting and waiting to go on

Benny sitting and waiting to go on

The feedback we received from the teacher reinforced our belief that this is a very beneficial program: “What an amazing program you have!!!!! The kids couldn’t stop talking about it all day. They told teachers on recess duty, in the lunchroom and in the hallways about the dogs coming.  They each had their favorite. Thanks so much for coming and giving the kids a wonderful experience, lesson and gifts. Looking forward to next year.”

The Be Cool, Not Cruel program has now been to many schools in Las Vegas and each and every one has not only invited us back but want to expand to other classes and grades. That is the true measure of success.

Dash leaning in for a hug

Dash leaning in for a hug

I want to thank our Love Dog team members Susan, Diane, Lisa, Marilyn and Leslie and of course our dogs Cassidy, Boise, Dash, Benny and Petey.

And we all want to thank the Sanchez family for making this happen on base.