Do you go to school? So do I!
Miss Polly and I visit local schools here in our small country town where we meet with all the kids and some teachers too.
We visit classrooms and I watch how your human pups learn stuff…which is a bit different from how we dogs learn, but it must work quite well because some of you humans are pretty smart. I like it best when the bell rings and everyone goes into the recess area to talk and laugh and run around, and I especially love when kids open their lunch boxes… so many delicious smells! Of course Miss Polly is pretty strict about me not accepting food from students, but can I help it if a little scrap of yummy human food lands at my feet? Miss Polly does not see everything! He! He!
It seems to me that students mostly like going to school but I do see some sad faces, sitting alone and not enjoying it. I want to go over to them and wag my tail and look cute so that they will smile again.I hear teachers talking about how they want to make school a place where everyone (including teachers) can enjoy each day. They do seem to have good ideas, but they also look so busy and rush around a fair bit too.
It seems to me that a school is a place where young humans come together to learn important things like reading and stuff but also to hang out with friends, take care of each other, share and laugh together.
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I am guessing that learning continues after the bell rings and everyone goes to their home because in a dog’s world that is the most important learning of all. We dogs watch our parents and older dogs and learn how to bury bones and chase crows, or sometimes if we are being too noisy and annoying we get a nip or growl from the older dogs.
We think of it as life learning and it keeps happening, even when we get older.
We dogs have days that are good and some days that can be really difficult. I am guessing that it is the same for humans?
I met a very angry Doberman recently and that was a bad day, my tail was definitely not wagging when he started to growl at me and chased me with his big white teeth. Yelps!! I was a bit scared and ran as fast as I could back home where I met some of my family in the yard and found a bone that I had buried a week ago so I felt happy again.
That’s how it goes in a dog’s world…. we prefer to be positive because being happy feels better.
Of course, it’s pretty difficult to be happy all the time (even my tail gets pretty tired!) but if you see someone looking sad and lonely at school why not share a smile or say “Hi “ just to let them know someone cares.
So here’s a poem that I thought about, and Miss Polly has translated my woofs into words you can understand.
“This tail is made for wagging… and that’s just what I do
You have no tail, my human friends… I feel sorry for you
But I can see you feel like me and want to share your joy
So be a friend and share a smile to every girl and boy (including parents!)
Am I a poet dog now?
This story is an excerpt from Rosie Knows, the book. You can follow Rosie as she walks and talks with Australian kids about their hopes, dreams and struggles.