Thursday, August 14, 2014

School Supply Dangers ~ Blogville Safety Week


Bentley: “Hey Pierre, it’s time to write our post for Blogville’s Safety Week extravaganza!  We’d like to thank Mayor Madi and Police Commish Sarge for allowing us to visit Blogville Elementary for our lesson.  Police Chief Sidebite drove us here in his official car with the lights flashing!  That sure beats riding the school bus.  Mom even packed us a lunch.”
Pierre: “This is a great classroom.  I’m going to sit up front, so I can be the teacher’s pet.  We are learning about School Supply Safety today.  It looks pretty interesting so far.  What kind of safety concerns can we find in a classroom?  I mean other than bullies, slamming our paws in lockers, falling out of my chair, and algebra?”
Bentley: “Why is algebra a safety concern?”
Pierre: “I heard Gramma say that Algebra kicked her butt.  I am steering clear of that ruffian.
"I already feel smarter!"
  Just look for me in the reading circle during recess.”
Bentley: “Ummm, okie dokie.  Maybe we can examine a couple of the kid’s lunch boxes and backpacks for safety hazards.  There is the Lost and Found box.  Go rummage around and find something we can use.  We are going to talk about the dangerous things that pets can get into this time of year.  School kids are very sometimes messy.  It’s amazing what trouble a dog can find in their stuff besides uneaten homework.”
"Do you need a single glove or a set of keys?"
Pierre: “I found an old backpack in the Lost & Found.  The weight alone could cause me a severe injury.  It’s a good thing that I’ve been working out or I may have gotten a hernia just from lifting this bag!  Let’s dump it; I smell some kind of fruit candy.”
Bentley: “Good sniff job; but it’s not what you think.  *unzipping backpack  You smell this box of scented markers.  If you eat one, it can make you very, very sick.  Trust me; they don’t taste good.  They are like the vanilla extract of school supplies.  Your nose thinks it smells tasty, but it really makes you gag and spit.  The main difference is that marker spit is really colorful!”
Pierre: *Hee Hee! “The spit would be cool, but I’m not a fan of gagging.  You know if it got on
"Is it lunch time?"
my white fur, it’d stain.  All right, cross the delicious smelling markers from the taste test.  What else do you see?”
Bentley: “Holy moly!  Is that a breakfast Danish?  It is covered with green fur.  Let’s eat it.  Hurry, I hear footsteps!”
Me: “Bentley!  Put that down this instant.  Ugh!  That could have made you sick as…well, a dog.  It’s important that all leftover food be emptied from lunchboxes or backpacks.  Old food can cause stomach problems like vomiting and diarrhea.  The bags and wrappers can also pose a choking hazard.  You can’t have those raisins either.  Gross, those ARE raisins, aren’t they?”
Bentley: “I’m not sure, lemme try it, and I’ll tell you.  Ha!  You almost gave them to me!  Raisins are bad for dogs!”
Pierre: “Check it out Gramma!  I used paperclips and built myself some braces.  *Cheesy grin  Do they make me look like a 6th grader?”
Me: “Yeah, you look real mature.  Here, let me get those off your teeth.  Paperclips are another school supply danger.  They can cut your gums or you could swallow them.  If you managed not to choke, your insides would be in jeopardy.” *Removing faux braces
Bentley: “Aww, you won’t let us put anything in our mouths.  What about these pens and pencils?  Surely, no harm can come from chewing on a pencil.  If I accidentally swallow one, I’ll just eat an eraser and they would cancel each other.  Let me show you.”
Pierre: “If Bentley gets to eat a pencil, then I get to eat one too.  No wait, I want to eat a pen.”
"Why is there not a book card on Westies in here?"
Me: “Neither of you are eating a pencil.  Those little splinters can become lodged in your mouth and esophagus.  Erasers are definitely not digestible.  I’ll put these out of y’alls reach.  No pens either, especially not the caps.  What else is in there?”
Bentley: “There’s some small stuff at the bottom. *Snuffles head into bag  SCORE!  I call dibs on the money.  There must be at least 58¢ down here.  Finders keepers, losers weepers. *Shifts into reverse and backs out with a mouth full of coins.  Mhrmph.”
Me: “Spit that nasty money out of your mouth!  *Bentley spits and sputters out coins  It’s important that you never put coins in your mouth.  Coins come in a variety of sizes, but any of them can cause choking.  Some coins can even lead to zinc poisoning.  If you eat coins and they don’t come out your other end after a day or two, you’d need to be x-rayed.  That would not be fun.”
Pierre: “What about this glue stick?  I’ve heard that little kids eat paste.  This is just in an easy-
"Is it lunch time, yet?"
to-lick dispenser.”
Bentley: “The idea of you gluing your mouth closed is kinda funny, but don’t lick that.  It says on the tube Do Not Eat…that probably means licking too.  Look, it’s a jumbo pack of gum.  Pierre, do you know how to blow a bubble?”
Me: “Sorry.  You can’t have gum either.  Several sugarless gums contain xylitol.  Even a little bit can cause a life-threatening drop in blood sugar.  In large amounts, it can cause liver failure.  That’s really scary.”
Bentley: “I guess that it is a good thing we went through this backpack.  There are lots of things in here could hurt dogs and cats.  It’s important they are kept zipped and out of reach.”
Pierre: “Just in case; it’s a great idea to have your vet’s number handy and Poison Control.  The Pet Poison Helpline is available 24/7 at 1-800-213-6680.  A fee of $39 per incident applies.  ASPCA Poison Helpline is also 24/7 at 1-888-426-4435.  They charge a fee of $65.  You can check to see if there is an Animal Poison number in your area that is free.”
School Supply Dangers
Me: “There are more items to be aware of like scissors, electronics, crayons, and rubber bands.  Library books and textbooks are expensive.  They need to be kept away from pets.”
Bentley: “If your pet and children have spent their summer days playing, the start of school could leave your pet bored.  Be sure to leave your dog in a secure area with toys, water, and a place to rest.  Extra after school playtime is recommended for pets and children.
Pierre: “We wish all of the furless kids in Blogville a super school year.  A few precautions can help keep your pet safe.”
Bentley: “Don’t forget to visit these other safety classes today.  School Supply Safety Class is dismissed.”


Blogville's Safety Week is going full speed ahead!  You can catch up or join in the fun at the links below.  
Daily Transportation – Aug 12-16 – Sidebite 
Blog Hop – Oz the Terrier 
Smilebox – Mona 

Today’s Safety Classes
Pet Fire Safety – Five Sibes 
First Aid Tips – Goose 
Hot Weather Safety – Idaho Pugs 
Pet Insurance – Bunk 
Microchipping – Wallace & Samuel 
School Supply Dangers – Bentley & Pierre (that's us!)

For previous events, blog hop, and links, click here.



Our Pet Parade One-Year Anniversary blog hop is continuing and you can still enter for the giant giveaway!  Click here for the Blog hop, Rafflecopter and descriptions of prize package! 
  


*Visit Bentley’s Bargains (bottom of post) for all your pets’ needs at great savings.  Take an additional 20% off with our code: MKC-AUGUST and get FREE shipping on all your orders.


57 comments :

  1. Wowzers this is very important infomation,great class!xx Speedy

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  2. What an awesome post and you two did a a fantastic job is explaining all those back to school dangers. We agree with your gramma - you gotta watch out for the butt kickin algebra !

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    1. We are glad that y'all enjoyed it. Algebra is not our friend.

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  3. What a cool idea for a post. Who knew that school supplies could be so dangerous? BOL! School is going to start here again soon.

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    1. Our area schools started this week, it seems earlier every year. Thankfully, it no longer affects us. ☺

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  4. I agree with Ann! Who knew of the dangers of school supplies??? BOL!! Great post!

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    1. I'm glad that we wrote about it. Pets will chew the craziest things! ☺

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  5. You are right...I think we have similar "antique" desks! I want a card catalog, though, I don't have one of those. Very cute post. Our school supplies are all for dogs, so we don't have any worries unless Mom leaves our bag out and we break in to steal the goodies ;) Happy Thursday <3 Emma

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    1. I laughed when I saw your post. Bentley and Emma must be texting each other! ♥ The card catalog was a "retirement" gift when I stopped working to write my books. I absolutely love it. ☺

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  6. Brilliantly timed post and who would have thought so many things could pose a danger? Great pix by the way. Think we should all just stick to chewing up the homework. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Thank you. School started in our area this week. Our dogs used to rummage in backpacks when the kids were in school. BOL!

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  7. Brilliant class Pierre and Bentley..indeed these are real hazards..and glad you mentioned electronics too....the batteries are fatal for pets and children..bravo ..ding ding schools out now go play boys :) hugs and loves Fozziemum xx

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    1. RECESS!!!! Be sure to visit us at Saturday's picnic. *We are giving free hot air balloon rides! Woo Hoo!

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  8. I don't think I would have really considered the dangers of school supplies. Great post!

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    1. We are glad that you attended today's class. Your Grade: A+

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  9. Great post! I wish all small bipeds a wonderful school year too! (yes that algebra kicks our butt). And I hope all pets aren't sad when their friends go back to school, bet they will find the time to play together when they are back in the afternoon.

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    1. Human kids and their pets need to burn up the extra fuel from sitting all day. It will calm both of them. ☺

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  10. PAWSOME job guys! I really enjoyed your postie and all da visual aids. Oh… and I learned a lot.
    Wags,
    Ranger

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    1. We were happy to see you in class. Be sure to stop by Saturday for a free ride in our hot air balloon! ☺

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  11. Bentley and Pierre you did the most PAWsome Job EVER with this... All very much IMPAWTANT information. BUTT there do seem to be a LOT of Back to School Dangers in that book bag... we think we may just avoid IT totally and go fur the LUNCH BOX... OH WAIT... there are dangers in there too. DARN, guess these little peeps and their STUFFS need to be very closely watched.
    We think you did a superb job of warning us about all this. THANK YOU very VERY much.

    PeeS... it all reminded our mom of the furst year she taught ... she saw some really messy desks and declared it Desk Cleaning day... out of ONE desk came.... among other thingys... a PAIR OF PANTIES...
    AND there was the year that SHE kept Smelling somethingy in the room... and had the kidlets Clean out their Desks... and one little boy had a Dead Bird in his. He said he was saving it for Friday's Show and Tell..

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    1. Holy moly...a dead BIRD?!?! I worked in grades 2 thru 12th and have seen some pretty bizarre things. No dead birds in desks though! BOL!!!

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  12. Hey Bentley & Pierre!
    Wow, this was such a super-wonderful-fabulous post! I never thought of all of those nasty school things. Mom says that bully algebra was rough on her too. BOL OMD your pix are adorable and perfect for your topic. That nasty stick glue is so very tempting, but definitely not a good idea. Thanks so much, furiends, for putting together a great post on a fun topic today. Great job, love it!
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Police Commish

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    1. Thanks for allowing us inside the Blogville classroom. We are looking forward to the big picnic!

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  13. BTW: I'll add your Pet Parade Anniversary Giveaway to my BCCalendar too. Pawesome giveaway pressies!

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  14. Hey guys! Great post! I don't live with a kid so I had no idea there were all kinds of dangers lurking in their backpacks and lunchboxes. Eek! Good to know...I'm steering clear of those things for sure.
    Oz
    PS Don't forget to add your link to the blog hop!

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    1. Mmmm, steering clear of kids or backpacks? BOL!!!

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  15. Oh, this was an excellent lesson! Is it time for recess?

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley
    Mayorz For All Paws

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    1. RECESS! No horseplay...unless you are a horse, of course. ☺

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  16. Well we don't have little peeps in the home but I am a reader dog and I sniff those backpacks and Lee know how interested I am in those smells. Yep there are even stickers now that smell like apples and I would eat them if Lee let me.
    Thanks for all the important information.
    Sweet William The Scot

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    1. Never trust scented paper products. They never taste good! ☺

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  17. Well done! What a great post for safety week!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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    1. Thanks Jenna! Be sure to bring the Huskies by Saturday for a free hot air balloon ride!

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  18. Awesome information, boys! The pictures are just ADORABLE! Love y'all!

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    1. Thanks Mom! Don't I look like a big boy in my school desk? I got an A+☺ on my photo shoot. ♥♥ We love y'all too. Give Daddy a kiss ♥ ☺ Your boy, Pierre

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  19. That was a great class! Great idea for safety week, some of the things you just don't think about! Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Thanks! Our stores are jammed with school supplies. We thought it'd be good to warn our friends with small humans. ☺

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  20. Thanks for the back to school tips. Love the sharing of tips across blogs too - great idea.

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    1. Blogville's Safety Week has been so much fun. It's been a great way to meet new friends.

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  21. Very great info guys!!Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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    1. Thanks! Come ride our hot air balloon on Saturday at the picnic. ♥

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  22. Holy Gwak-A_moley, not thats a lot of stuff to cause some sever problems, we will keep that in mind when the grandpeeps come over after school.

    Many Thanks Bentley and Pierre for being a part of Safety Week!

    Top Cop Bites

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    1. That's a good idea. Backpacks have lots of interesting smells. ☺

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  23. Wow that is such good stuff to know. Mommy says she never thought about some of those things. Thanks for this great post and I love the pictures.

    Love Sasha

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    1. We appreciate it. Try to save us some of your delicious pizza on Saturday!

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  24. Thank you for a lot of great information. We don't have any school kids at my house but the same rules should apply to Daddy's lunch box! :)

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    1. That's true, your dad's lunchbox is off-limits. Sit next to him at dinner and look sad. This tactic usually results in an "accidentally" dropped morsel.

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  25. Great informative post!!!! Thank you!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Greta

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    1. Thanks Pugs! We really enjoyed your Hot Weather Safety Class. ☺

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  26. Pierre and Bentley that was a awesome safety talk about kids school stuff, so many hazards and I loved reading and looking at your pictures. Bravo on a job well done. You all get a A+

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    1. Awww, Thank you very much. ♥ It was fun. Bring the crew on Saturday for our Hot Air Balloon ride at the Blogville Safety Week Picnic.

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  27. What an excellent presentation guys! We'd never thought of the hazards that school stuff poses - thanks so much!
    Wally & Sammy

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    1. We are glad that you attended today's class. Choking is one of the most common problems, because there are so many small items.

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  28. Wow! There aren't any little humans at my house, so I had no idea all the dangers that could lurk in a backpack!

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  29. This is an excellent lesson. We don't have kids in our house, but our Lady works with kids and her work bag looks like a school bag. We very much enjoyed the lesson. Thanks!

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  30. EXCELLENT lesson! A lot of times folks don't think about those everyday items or "green fuzzy" things that get left at the bottom of a backpack as dangerous stuff and they sure are! Thanks for posting this and in such a fun and informative way! We'll be sharing this for sure!

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