PAWS for thought…..Child Safety
                                                By Judy Griggs RPAL Team
 
   Living in the country most of our children are surrounded by all kinds of animals in their everyday lives so they are accustomed to seeing them and being around them. So why go the extra mile to teach Child safety when around dogs? According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention), 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, 800,000 seek medical attention and half of that number are children. Wow! 400,000 children seeking medical attention a year due to dog bites, that is a very large number.
 
   Additionally, research shows that the highest incidence of the bites, are among children between the ages of 5-9 and the majority are bitten in their own homes or at a friend’s house. With 74.8 Million dogs in the United States, children approach dogs readily thinking they are their friends and then it happens they get bitten.
 
   So how do we teach our children to be safe around dogs?
 
   Auburn University actually took a look at answering that very question and developed a wonderfully fun activity book for children called “Fido! Friend or Foe?” The activity book contains a combination of pages including coloring, connect the dots, games with statements under each page of the Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to being around dogs. It is just a great little book to do with your children to help them learn in a fun manner, associating pictures with what to Do or Don’t do. State Farm bought the copyrights to this book in 1977 and has printed millions of them over the years then has given them away FREE to groups that have asked for them.
 
RPAL asked and received 500 of these books for our community and they are available for your family now.
 
To receive your FREE copy, please feel free to contact RPAL via Email: help@r-pal.org