Hi everyone! This week’s storytime blog is all about dogs. 

Dogs are a wonderful pet to own, and can be particularly helpful in teaching young children about things like responsibility, exercise, empathy and of course life and death. They are also great at encouraging children and grownups alike to get outside and play!

Here are a few interesting facts about dogs:

1. The most dogs ever owned by a single person was 5,000 Mastiffs which were owned by Kubla Khan.

2. A survey found that 33% of dog owners talk to their dogs on the phone when they are away, or leave messages on the answering machine.

3. The domestic dog is a descendant of the grey wolf, in a process that took around 100,000 years.

4. A pediatrician in the U.S. has conducted a number of studies that demonstrate having a pet in the home can actually lower a child’s likelihood of developing related allergies by as much as 33 percent. The research shows that children exposed early on to animals tend to develop stronger immune systems overall.

Cover Image for Pig the Pug

Pig the Pug is a very funny book by author Aaron Blabey. Pig starts the story as a very greedy and selfish pug, but with the help of his new friend Trevor, he soon learns to share. Aaron Blabey has written a lot of children’s books, and quite a few of them are in the Pig series. Children love the wonderful expressive illustrations of the cheeky pug.

Cover Image for Milo's dog says moo!

Milo’s dog says Moo! is a very cute story about a little boy who desperately wants a pet dog – when he goes to the store however, the dog he chooses is a little bit different. This story is very sweet and the illustrations are really colourful and detailed. A really fun read for little ones – see if you can convince them that Beans really is a dog!

Cover Image for I love my puppy

I love my puppy, by Giles Andreae and Emma Dodd is another beautiful story perfect for reading at bedtime. The sweet cuddly illustrations and gently rhyming story are very soothing and relaxing to read and the story is very honest about what getting a new puppy entails.

Puppy dog ears

What you need:

  • Card
  • Markers
  • Staples
  • Scissors

How to make it:
Draw and cut out 2 matching ears. Cut a long rectangle for the headband. Staple the ears to the band. Draw and colour dalmatian inspired spots all over the headband and ears, or alternatively to floppy brown ears like a daschund or other dog you like. Staple or stick the band together at the ends and pop on your head, just like Ted!

Picture of teddy wearing cardboard dog ears

B-I-N-G-O

There was a farmer had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-O.
B-I-N-G-O!
B-I-N-G-O!
B-I-N-G-O!
And Bingo was his name-O!

There was a farmer had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-O.
(Clap)-I-N-G-O! …

There was a farmer had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-O!
(Clap – Clap)-N-G-O! …

There was a farmer had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-O.
(Clap – Clap – Clap)-G-O! …

There was a farmer had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-O.
(Clap – Clap – Clap – Clap)-O! …

There was a farmer had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-O.
(Clap – Clap – Clap – Clap – Clap)
(Clap – Clap – Clap – Clap – Clap)
(Clap – Clap – Clap – Clap – Clap)
And Bingo was his name-O!

If You’re A Puppy and You Know It

If you’re a puppy and you know it,
wag your tail.
If you’re a puppy and you know it,
wag your tail.
If you’re a puppy and you know it,
then you really ought to show it.
If you’re a puppy and you know it,
wag your tail.

If you’re a puppy …  give a bark

If you’re a puppy …  chew a bone