songs, movies, books and moreOur dogs are family members. Both are rescued from the pound. They have impacted our lives in many ways. As we head into the Dog Days of summer, here are some fun facts, songs, movies, and books to help you have a dog day celebration.

Fun Facts about Dog Ownership

Consider sharing facts about pet ownership from “How Owning a Dog or Cat Can Reduce Stress – The Health Benefits of Pet Ownership” by Elizabeth Scott, M.S., and “5 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health” by Jeanie Lerche Davis.

Things too try…

Dog Gone Good Songs

Here are some songs about dogs. Select songs that are age appropriate to your group. Remember, singing is a great form of self expression. It can also boost your immune system, increase your lung capacity, and improve your mental alertness. Don’t worry about the quality of your sound, rather enjoy yourself. I’ve provided You Tube links for most of them in case you’d like to preview these selections or are unfamiliar with them!

  • How Much is that Doggie in the Window
  • Scooby-Doo Theme song 
  • Snoopy & the Red Baron 
  • B-I-N-G-O
  • Oh, Where oh Where has my Little Dog Gone

Dog Gone Good Movies

There are tons of movies about dogs. This is great website that tells the rating and also the format in which it can be found.  They have a very long list, so there should be something for every taste. Here are a few of my family viewing favorites:

  • Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
  • Lassie: Best Friends are Forever
  • 101 Dalmatians
  • Air Bud

Dog Gone Good Books

Reading can be a nice activity on a hot summer day. Older adults may enjoy one of these:

  • James Herriot’s Dog Stories: Warm And Wonderful Stories About
  • The Animals Herriot Loves Best by Lesley Holmes

Preschoolers may enjoy one of these:

  • Go, Dog. Go! by P. D. Eastman
  • Hip Hop Dog (Check out this singable book!)

Cooking

Cooking can be fun for all ages. If you can eat peanut butter, try “Puppy Chow” .

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