Friday, December 28, 2007

Christmas Vacation

Kentucky Greetings and Happy Holidays, WoodyWatchers! Whew! I can't believe it has been almost two weeks since I last wrote in my Diary. Christmas vacation has kept me busy, well, vacationing. Our semester was so packed with school visits, book signings, and other exciting events that by the time Christmas vacation arrived, Chloe and I were ready for some Christmas cheer.

We loved our Christmas tree this year. It was covered with nothing but dog ornaments. It had candy canes, but they were all rawhide candy canes. The first day we decorated the tree, Chloe and I tried to eat it. Mom and Dad explained real quick that the tree was not to be eaten!!! The best part of the tree were special ornaments, a few of them given to us by some of our best friends - and the presents. It was fun to look at the pretty packages and try to guess what they were. When Santa Claus came and left our surprises, Chloe and I were beside ourselves! I included a picture of me with my new squeak toy!

We weren't the only ones to receive special gifts this year - Mom and Dad received some special presents too. The third photo is of our new friends Ms. Pat and Ms. Donna. We met Ms. Pat this past fall at a Book Signing. We quickly became special friends. Ms. Pat gave Mom and Dad this beautiful portrait of our family. In fact, it is the picture that is on the back of our book, Woody, The Kentucky Wiener: A New Home. The painted portrait is far more beautiful than the picture itself. Even though Ms. Pat and Ms. Donna gave it to Mom and Dad, Chloe and I get to enjoy it every day. We look at it all the time. As you can imagine, Mom won't let me hold it. She says I might accidentally get it dirty. I can be pretty clumsy as all of you know!

As you can see, Christmas was the best ever at our house. We hope your Christmas was the best ever too! We are looking forward to the last few days of 2007. 2007 was a PAWS-atively terrific year, so it will be bit hard to say goodbye. We will finish 2007 in Nashville at the Music City Bowl. We will be watching our Kentucky Wildcats play football against the Florida State Seminoles. A Bowl Game Win would be a great way to end 2007! Go CATS!

I better say ARFF! It is breakfast time and I smell bacon!

Have a great day! Work and Dream like a BIG DOG!


Saturday, December 15, 2007

Westside Dresses Me Up - Part 2

Hi WoodyWatchers! It is Saturday and it is raining, sleeting, and even snowing a bit! It is a perfect day to stay inside! Here are a few more pictures from Westside! I have lots to show you, so I will keep posting over the next few days! Also, I can't wait to tell you about Waynesburg, so stay tuned!

More later! Arff! Work and Dream like a BIG DOG!


Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Westside Dresses Me Up!

Kentucky Greetings, WoodyWatchers! Chloe and I had the most PAWS-atively perfect day yesterday! We spent the day and evening at Westside Elementary in Cynthiana, KY. When we walked in the school, we couldn't believe our eyes! We saw ourselves everywhere! Mrs. Allie Dale, the librarian at Westside, held different contests to help get the students excited about our visit. One of the contests was Dress Up Woody. The walls were lined with different pictures of me dressed up in different outfits. There was Santa Woody, Elf Woody, UK Wildcat Woody, Scuba Diving Woody, the list goes on and on! My diary would only let me post a few of the pictures we took yesterday, but I am going to post several on our diary over the next few days. In addition, you can see all the photos we took on the Photo Page of our online doghouse at the end of the month.

Another contest had the students building a doghouse. One of our favorites was The White House. Isn't this cool?

If all of that wasn't exciting enough, Mrs. Dale had painted us on the wall of her library. It was a beautiful picture! This is the first time that someone has painted our picture on their wall!!! WOW! You can tell by the snapshot that Mrs. Dale is super talented!

We will be barking about this visit for a long time! Again, stay tuned to the blog and I will post other pictures of me dressed up soon!

I better say ARFF! We are loading up the Woody Bus again, this time headed to Waynesburg Elementary!

Have a great day! Work and Dream like a BIG DOG!


Santa Woody

Friday, December 07, 2007


Kentucky Greetings, WoodyWatchers! Two blogs in one day! How cool is that? It just seems that Chloe and I have had so much to bark about lately. Our schedule has been filled with one exciting event after another and it is so much fun to write about it!

Today was spent at The Lexington Herald-Leader in, well, Lexington, KY. Chloe, Mom, Dad, and I were able to be with 60 students and teachers from Clinton County Middle School. The students are part of a program that is called GEAR UP! I asked Mom what the program was all about. She explained that it helped prepare students for college and life in general. The students were faithful followers of Mr. Dogwood Goes to Washington. Chloe and I presented my Five Ways to Be Successful, we answered questions, and posed for lots of photos. The students also took at tour of the newspaper office. It was such an exciting day!

I had to share a few of the photos. The third photo is my favorite. My sister is relaxing with Dad while so many of the students take pictures with their cell phones. Leave it Chloe to be so laid back!

After our event, we crawled back in the Woody Bus and drove home. We are in our jammies ready for bed. Tomorrow we will be at Book Notes in Pikeville from 1-3. If you are in the area, come and see us!

Sweet Dreams! Work and Dream like a BIG DOG!


Mr. Dogwood Goes to Greenville

Kentucky Greetings, WoodyWatchers! It is Friday morning and Chloe and I are up and moving! Today we will be at The Lexington Herald-Leader Newspaper with students from Clinton County. I can't wait to tell you all about it!

Before we hop in the Woody Bus again, I wanted to show you a few photos from our visit to Greenville yesterday. It was a PAWS-atively perfect day! It was our very first time in Muhlenberg County. Everyone treated us like family!

Greenville was a really pretty town. Chloe and I loved driving down Main Street on our way to the school. All of the houses were decorated for Christmas. Even though it was pretty early in the morning, Chloe and I sang some of our favorite Christmas carols like Deck the Halls! Speaking of Christmas, I have finally saved enough money for Mom, Dad, and Chloe's present. I would tell you what I am going to get them, but they might read my diary!!!

I better run as we are off to Lexington! Have a great day! Stay warm, sing lots of carols, and Work and Dream like a BIG DOG!


Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Mr. Dogwood Goes to Southside

Kentucky Greetings, WoodyWatchers! It is Wednesday morning and Chloe and I have been up for hours. The weatherman said we might have light snow, so Chloe and I couldn't wait to wake up and build a snowman. Mom and Dad kept telling us that even if is snowed, there wouldn't be enough to build a snowman, but we kept our hopes up. Unfortunately, it didn't snow at all. Oh well, we will wait until next time! Since we were up early, we ate our breakfast and went for a long morning walk.

Yesterday, we spent the day at Southside Elementary in Shelbyville. It was definitely a day we will never forget. When the Woody Bus pulled into the parking lot, four students came out to greet us with gifts. They were our "Welcoming Committee." They had a basket with lots of cool treats - including squeak toys and rawhide candy canes. Those candy canes are dee-lish! Since Mom isn't all that fond of eating rawhide candy canes, she received a beautiful Christmas ornament. In fact, it felt like Christmas yesterday.

Everyone at Southside made us feel like family. A great big thanks to Ms. Slaughter, Ms. Caldwell, and all the staff and students for making our day so special!

We are packing up the bus once again, this time headed in the other direction. Tomorrow we will be at Greenville. This will be our very first time in Greenville! I can't wait to tell you all about it!

Have a great day! Stay warm, don't eat too many candy canes, and Work and Dream like a BIG DOG!


Sunday, December 02, 2007

From Cumberland County to Jefferson County

Kentucky Greetings, WoodyWatchers! It is Sunday evening and Chloe and I have been inside all day. It has been raining kitty cats and wiener dogs. It is tough when Dad has to carry an umbrella over us when we go out to - you know... I bet our geese and duck friends are loving this rain! It was a perfect day to stay inside, read books, take naps, and play checkers!

This week was another week on the road for us. This past Tuesday, we spent the day in Burkesville, KY. Burkesville is in Cumberland County and is at the very bottom of our state. Mom, Dad, Chloe, and I hadn't been to Cumberland County in years. It was so much fun to spend a day and evening at the school. We were treated like kings and queens. In fact, on Monday night when we arrived, someone knocked on the door of the Woody Bus. It was Molly. Molly is the daughter of the librarian at the school. Molly brought us cookies. They were dee-lish! We took a photo of Molly on Tuesday. (See the second photo with the paw on her face. Stepping on Molly's cheek was my way of saying, "Thanks for the cookies!!!")

We left Cumberland County on Tuesday night headed for home. It was late when we left, so Mom made us put on our jammies and sleep on the way home. Dad drove late into the night. In fact, we got home at 1:00 on Wednesday morning. Thankfully, we were off on Wednesday. Chloe and I were able to catch up on our beauty rest!!!

Thursday found us about 20 miles from our house. We were at Tully Elementary in Jeffersontown, KY. Like Cumberland County, everyone at Tully made us feel like family. Speaking of, Aunt Sue - the lady who puts together our computer presentations came to the school with her dad. I was so excited to see Aunt Sue. (In fact, Aunt Sue, if you are reading this, sorry about the accident I had on your coat. I just hadn't seen you in ages!!!) The second two photos are of our visit at Tully. (By the way, I loved that Christmas tree! It made me want to sing Christmas carols!!!)

I better say Arff. It is 7:30 and will be bedtime before I know it. I can't believe December is here. Where has the time gone??? I have to finish up my list for Santa Claus. Chloe has her list all ready, but I am still working on mine.

Have a great night! Work and Dream like a BIG DOG!


Monday, November 26, 2007

Mr. Dogwood Goes to Hardinsburg

Kentucky Greetings, WoodyWatchers! We hope each of you had a great Thanksgiving! Chloe and I had a turkeyrificThanksgiving! We saw our Granny and cousins in Paducah and then our Papaw, Mamaw, and lots of other cousins in Bardstown. The food was dee-lish! We ate so much turkey that we have been gobbling instead of barking. I can't believe that Christmas is right around the corner. Chloe and I have already made out our list for Santa, though I am still changing mine, adding to it, you get the picture!

Speaking of pictures, I wanted to show you a few pictures from our time at Hardinsburg Elementary. Each fall, we spend two days with the fourth graders at Hardinsburg Elementary in Breckinridge County. It is a highlight during the year. Ms. Hall, Ms. Hagman, Ms. Lucas, Ms. Butler, and Ms. Shrewsbury always make us feel right at home! We talk about writing skills with the fourth graders, yet it feels like more of a homecoming than it does school!

The fourth graders have been keeping up with our newspaper series. You can see from the first photo that they have their scrapbooks. It was fun signing all their scrapbooks, even if my paw did get a bit tired!

Lots of the students gave us pictures, letters, and notes. One of our favorites was from Daniel. He drew this wonderful picture of a dog. He should definitely think about a career in art! If the picture wasn't perfect enough, he took the time to frame it. Dad snapped a photo of Daniel, Mom, and me. (I don't know why my tongue is out. I guess because the next day was Thanksgiving.)

I better say ARFF for now. When I started typing in my diary, it was still dark outside. Now I am starting to see daylight. We will be packing up the Woody Bus again to drive to Cumberland County. We can't wait to tell you all about it!

Oh - I almost forgot - Mr. Nathan (the man who takes care of our online doghouse) put lots of new photos up on the Picture page. Take a look!

Have a great day! Work and Dream like a BIG DOG!


Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Arff, Arff! Gobble, Gobble! Happy Thanksgiving, WoodyWatchers! We hope you are in the beginning of a great day! Chloe and I are already up and at it - getting ready for the get-together with the family. I can taste the turkey now!

Everyone knows how much Chloe and I love fun trivia. One of our friends sent us an email that had fun Thankgiving facts. We thought we would share just a few. Did you know that:

The first Thanksgiving celebration was held in 1621?
A grown turkey has about 3,500 feathers?
Wild turkeys can fly up to 55 miles per hour?
The skin that hangs from a turkey's neck is called the wattle?
President Abraham Lincoln specified that Thanksgiving would fall on the fourth Thursday in November?

Chloe and I didn't know all of that either - but it's true!

We hope all of you have a great Thanksgiving. Chloe and I are very thankful for so many things - most of all we are thankful for all our wonderful friends!

Have a great day everybody! Don't eat too much and Work and Dream like a BIG DOG!


Monday, November 19, 2007

Mr. Dogwood Goes to Washington

Kentucky Greetings, WoodyWatchers! Hope this finds you having a great Monday! Our friends from Holiday Elementary in Hopkinsville emailed us with some great comments from Chapter 9.

This week, after reading Chapter 9, Mrs Campbell (the Social Studies teacher) asked them to write about one of the following:

- What you think Woody and his family will do next week

- Someone you know who is serving in the Armed Forces or has been in the military.

Ms. Toliver's homeroom wrote the following responses. Take a look:

One person I know that is in the military is my dad. He is a support guy. He checks if pilots are ready to fly. Dad is a Sergeant and he has gone to Iraq 3 times. He also helped a lot of pilots and he works at an airfield. Aric

I think Woody and his family are going to the White House to see the President of the United States. George

My Uncle George's friend is in the Army but he is still at home. He has a daughter named Anna. He has been in the military for 15 years. He was at the Veteran's Day Program that we had here at school. He supports the US. Tatianna

I think Woody and his family are going to see the PRESIDENT at the White house in Washington, D.C. Austin

A person I know that is in the military is my dad. He is retired now, but he was in the Army. He was a Lt Col. He was in the Chemical Corps of the Army. He served in Iraq for 1 year. He still tells stories from when he was in Iraq, and I love them! My dad is someone I know that was in the military. Cliff

I think Woody and his family are going to visit the soldgures in Irack. Eric Conyers

One of my friend's dad's friend is a veteran. He loves his country a lot. I'm pretty sure he served in Iraq for couple of years and many more places two. Once I ate dinner at my friend's house and he prayed for a whole two minutes thanking the Lord for his country and freedom. I really appreciate what he did. Breanna

My uncle's friend is in the military and he has not retired yet. His name is Chris. My friend Sam's dad is in the military and we presheyate them fighting for are freedom. Jordan

I know two people in the Armed Forces. My first person is my dad. He was in the Navy. He and my mom had to move to Washington State. He's not in the Armed Forces any more. Secondly, my great uncle was in the War , in Korea. He brought back things from Korea. He is now retired. Thank you for serving me! Kayla

I know Heaven's dad, Mike, and he's going back to Afganastand in December. Mike is staying there for 1 or 2 years. Emileigh

A service person I know is my sister, Darnell. She hasn't gone to war yet but she is graduating from basic training. I'm glad that she is brave enough to sign up. My family is proud of her. Kristen

I think Woody and his family are going to visit the President at the White House. Josh

A serviceman I know is my dad. He was in the Navy. He served during the first Gulf War. He is now retired as a serviceman. T.J.

My mom's boyfriend served in Kuwait. He has been in the Army for 13 years. He is supposed to come back next week. Shaveon

My Dad was in the military. My Dad went to Iraq for 4 years. Now he is retired. Jacob

I think that Woody and his family are going to the White House. Marquavis

My Uncle Michal use to be in a military. He had fought in Iraq. He got hurt during the War. But he is still living but he is retired. I really appreciate him fighting for our country. Tatyana

I know a military person that is my uncle. He was in the Air Force. He is retired. Dylan

I think Woody and his family are going to the White House and meet the President or they will go to meet some military people. Tajae

I know a guy that is in the Army. His name is Cameron. He is 17 years old. He had to go train but now he is in Iraq. He is coming back in a year and a half. Richie

WOW! Chloe and I loved this email. Once again, we are so proud to be an American! To think so many military men and women work to provide a safe and free country for us. It makes us feel so good to know that we are so loved here in America - and so free. A big puppy dog kiss to Aric, Cliff, Kayla, Kristen, T.J., Jacob, and so many others for sharing your dad, sister, and other family members. We can't imagine what it is like to have a dad or sister in the miliary. Thanks for sharing your family members for us!

As you know, Thanksgiving is this week! Chloe and I love Thanksgiving. We are so thankful for so many things - one of which is our great military and our great country!

I better say goodnight for now. Have a great night, always be proud to be an American, and Work and Dream like a BIG DOG!


Sunday, November 18, 2007

Mr. Dogwood Goes to Owensboro

Kentucky Greetings, WoodyWatchers! It is Sunday evening and we are getting ready to eat dinner. In fact, it is Chloe's turn to put the dishes on the table, which means it is my turn to wash. I thought I would take a minute to tell you about our great day in Owensboro this past Thursday.

We spent the day and evening with the students at Newton-Parrish Elementary. When we arrived, every single person - staff and students - knew our names! Isn't that neat? In fact, during the assemblies, Ms. Moore, the librarian, didn't even have to introduce Mom. Ms. Moore said, "Who is this?" and every student said, "Leigh Anne Florence!" Wow! That was amazing! Everyone made us feel right at home! They had signs to greet us and even a bulletin board dedicated to our Washington D.C. stories.

Speaking of the stories, Mr. Steve from The Messenger-Inquirer in Owensboro came to see us. Mom snapped a photo of Mr. Steve and me. We always enjoy seeing our good buddies from the newspapers across the state.

I also had my picture taken with Ms. Patti Moore - the librarian. She planned a perfect day and evening for us. A great big hug from the entire gang for a day we will never forget!

It isn't a trip to Owensboro without dinner from The Moonlite. It was dee-lish as always! My favorite is the burgoo. Those lima beans make it tasty! Ooh doggies! For dessert, I had just a tiny taste of banana pudding! YUM! (I was careful not to eat too much. I didn't want to look like my picture on the sign at the top!) Hee Hee

Speaking of dinner, Chloe is calling me. Mom is pouring the milk and Dad is placing the food on the table! I certainly don't want to be late!

We will be in Hardinsburg for the next two days with our fourth grade friends at Hardinsburg Elementary! Can't wait to tell you all about it! In the meantime, enjoy your own dinner, mind your table manners, and
Work and Dream like a BIG DOG!


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A PAWS-atively Busy Week

Kentucky Greetings, WoodyWatchers! We hope you are having a great Wednesday. It is a pretty gloomy day here at our doghouse in Shepherdsville. Therefore, I thought I would take the time to write in my online diary!

Whew! Last week was so busy. We already told you about the great day we had at Mildred Dean in Newport, KY. Well, on Friday afternoon, we spent a few hours at the Holly Market in Lexington, KY. It was sponsored by the JR. League. It completely put us in the Christmas spirit. In fact, I just heard Chloe singing, "It's Beginning to Look Alot Like Christmas" a few minutes ago. Our friends from KET came to tape some more footage (don't you love my technical vocabulary?) for Kentucky Life. The first photo is of Mom and me with Ms. Valerie and Mr. Prentice. We have become good friends with Ms. Valerie over the past few months. She is lots of fun to be around. We instantly became good friends with Mr. Prentice too. Do you know he used to play football for our Kentucky Wildcats? I wished he and I could have thrown some passes outside, but Mom said we had to stay focused and work. Maybe next time.

We left Lexington and drove to Frankfort, KY for the Kentucky Book Fair. This is one of our favorite events of the entire year! It was our 5th time at the fair. We saw so many of our friends that we see each year. It was a busy day! Mom snapped a photo of Ms. Lynne (our assistant) and me taking a break at the end of the day. We had worked so hard that I had to take a cat nap when I could. "Where are Dad and Chloe?" you ask. Well, UK was playing Vandy, so Dad and Chloe snuck to the RV for a while to listen to CATS. Guess what? We won!

Yesterday found us at Southern Middle School in Pulaski County. We had a great day with the 6th graders. The last photo is of Mr. Kelley. He is a 6th grade teacher. It was a super day!

We are now packing up the Woody Bus to travel to Newton Parrish Elementary. It is in Owensboro. We can't wait to meet our new friends! We are hoping we get to visit The Moonlight Barbeque for some dee-lish burgoo! I will keep you posted!

Have a great day! Work and Dream like a BIG DOG!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Mr. Dogwood Goes to Newport

Kentucky Greetings, WoodyWatchers! It is Thursday afternoon and I thought I would take a break from my chores to tell you about the terrific day we had yesterday! Our family spent the day at Mildred Dean Elementary in Newport, KY. Newport is in the northern part of the state. We were only a few short miles from Ohio! It wasn't our first time in Newport. If you followed our journeys in TAILS from the Bluegrass, you know that Chloe and I spent some time at the Newport Aquarium. We didn't see any sharks or fish yesterday - only really nice students and teachers! Everyone made us feel right at home!

Ms. Alexander planned a perfect day for us. As usual, we talked to all the students in the school, and then Mom and I presented writing workshops to the fourth grade too! We were treated like movie stars!!!

After school, Mom and Dad ate at a restaurant called La Rosa's. They said the food was dee-lish! Chloe and I stayed in the Woody Bus and ate our dog food, though a plate of lasagna did sound pretty yummy!!!

I will be sure to put the photos on the picture page soon. I included a few for you now. The first picture is of Mom and me with a group of students after a presentation. Next, Mom takes a lunch break to eat with a group of girls. (Again, Chloe and I ate our own dog food in the Woody Bus.) The third photo is of Ms. Alexander and Chloe. Chloe looks like she is laughing at something funny! Finally,this student drew a perfect portrait of me - a masterpiece if I do say so myself!

As you can imagine, it was a PAWS-atively perfect day! Thanks to all the Mildred Dean Wiener Dogs for making our day unforgettable!

I better go. Chloe and I are packing again! Tomorrow afternoon, we will be at the Kentucky Horse Park from 2-4 signing books. We love the Horse Park. I love to go see the pretty horses in their stables. I love the statues too! On Saturday, we will be at the Kentucky Book Fair in Frankfort. There are going to be 180 authors and over 600 books! WOW!!! If you are in the area, come out and see us!

Have a great Thursday! Remember to Work and Dream like a BIG DOG!


Sunday, November 04, 2007

Chloe, Betsy Ross, and Other Important Ladies

Kentucky Greetings, WoodyWatchers! We hope you are having a great Sunday! Chloe and I love Sundays! After Sunday School and a nice tasty lunch of fried chicken, Chloe and I took a long nap! We are awake and getting ready to go to Bernheim Forest for a long walk! It is so pretty today! Mom said it was going to get cold this week, so we better get to Bernheim while the weather is nice!

Last Friday, our favorite fans from Holiday Elementary in Hopkinsville emailed us about Chapter 7. If you are following the stories, you know that I was in the doghouse in Chapter 7 and Chloe covered for me by writing the story. Chloe took the time to talk about the important women of history. After Ms. Cansler's homeroom read the story, they were asked to tell who their favorite woman in American history is and why or what she did. We loved their answers! Take a look...

Harriet Tubman made a difference because she freed slaves to freedom. She helped over 300 people to get free out of slavery. They went to a place called the underground railroad but it was like a tunnel. Chantel

Betsy Ross: She was the first woman who made the American flag. Three men came to her house to ask her to. The 13 stripes stand for the colonies and the 13 stripes remain unchanged. Jaila

Rosa Parks because she made bus segregation no longer exist. They told her to get up and move to the back and she didn't. Now we do not have a certain front or back spot on the bus we have to sit in. Hannah

Wilma Rudolph is my favorite woman in history. She is from Clarksville, Tennessee which is close to here. She had polio when she was young and overcame it to become a gold medal winner in the Olympic track running. She beat the record in running. She did it really fast in seconds. Ellen

Rosa Parks: She was a lady that refused to move to the back of the bus because black people should have the right to a seat in the front too. Sierra

Amelia Earhart is a famous aviator. She was the first woman to fly around the world. She died in 1927 when her plane crashed somewhere but they do not know where. Jeremy

Rosa Parks was a good example. She set an example so people can sit where they want. Dijonae

Harriet Tubman: She was a deliverer of slaves to the Railroad to get free but it was not a real railroad. She helped over 300 to get freedom. She died at the age of 25 or 26. Sean

Dolly Madison: During the war of 1812, she was planning an ordinary dinner party when the British invaded D.C. She had to leave the White House. Bridgett

Eleanor Roosevelt: She was the first lady of the White House and was married Franklin Roosevelt. Her husband was a United States President. She had a large family of six children. Maxie

Rosa Parks: She made a difference in bus desegregation. She was arrested for not moving for a white man to sit. She died in the beginning of 2006. DeVante

Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag. She was able to cut a five point star in one snip. Also she was able to sew ruffles on George Washington's shirts. Brittany

Harriet Tubman: She was a deliverer of slaves to the "railroad" to get free. She got people free from being a slave. She helped over 300 to get free. Kathleen

Betsy Ross: Betsy Ross made the first American flag by orders from George Washington. She put 13 white stars on a field of blue and 13 red and white stripes. Kendall

Rosa Parks because she wanted to sit anywhere on the bus and no longer sit in the back. She got religious freedom. Marquasia

My favorite woman in history: She helped dying men get water. She survived a cannon shot. She took out a whole Army with the cannon. Hunter

Rosa Parks was not treated right. She made the segregation not exist. Wade

Annie Oakley: She was a famous sharpshooter in the Old West. Joshua

Betsy Ross: She made the very first American flag that had 13 stars and 13 stripes for the 13 colonies. Thomas

Rosa Parks: She believed in her rights. Curtis

Martha Washington: She was the first First Lady of the United States. Her husband was George Washington. Lavonte

Betsy Ross made the first American flag. She did good. Jeffery

Chloe and I learned so much from their answers! After we read their responses, Chloe and I went to the library and checked out some books on the famous women Ms. Cansler's class talked about - including Rosa Parks, Annie Oakley, and Wilma Rudolph. I can't wait to read more information on all these important girls! Chloe has had her nose in a book ever since we returned home!

Speaking of our country, this Tuesday is Election Day. Make sure your parents get out and vote! It is very important! Chloe and I can't vote since we aren't 18 years old - and since we aren't human, but we always enjoy riding in the car with Mom and Dad while they go vote!

I better go! Since the time changed it will be getting dark soon! Bernheim is waiting!!! Have a great day! Enjoy the weather, encourage everyone to vote, and Work and Dream like a BIG DOG!


Friday, November 02, 2007

Happy November!

Happy November, WoodyWatchers! I can't believe it is November again! It seems as if it was November only, well, about a year ago!!! Where does the time fly? November is one of our favorite months. It brings Thanksgiving, colder weather, and the beginning of the holidays! Chloe and I are already working on our list for Santa. Mom said it was a little early, but we wanted to get a head start!

This past week was another exciting one for our family! Last Saturday, we spent the day at the 2007 Western KY Book Expo in Sturgis, KY. So many of our friends came to visit us. We signed so many Woody books and scrapbooks, posed for lots of pictures, and listened to tons of neat stories! The first photo we posted is of our friend, Bob. Bob has taught school for over 40 years! He is a fan of our newspaper stories. We always enjoy talking to Mr. Bob! We also saw our friends Elizabeth and Will from Murray! It was just like homecoming!

On Tuesday, we were back in Harrison County at Southside Elementary. It was a terrific day! We walked in and saw ourselves all over the walls of the school! It was too neat! All of the students were excited to see us. Like Sturgis, we posed for many photos! A great big thanks to Mrs. Tanner for planning a great day for us! (The last photos is of Mrs. Tanner and her daughter, Sarah!) An even bigger thanks to the Family Resource Center for providing our visits to all the Harrison County Schools! We will keep you posted on all the visits!

Okay, WoodyWatchers! The minute I sign off I am going to start working on posting the photos from the past few months! We have been so busy that it has been tough to keep the picture page updated! I am going to work on it now!

Tomorrow we will be in Elizabethtown, KY at New Highland Elementary. The News-Enterprise is hosting our visit. If you are in the area between 11 and 1, come over and see us!

Off to work on the photos! Have a great day! Work and Dream like a BIG DOG!


Friday, October 26, 2007

Mr. Dogwood has a busy week!

Kentucky Greetings, WoodyWatchers! It is Friday afternoon and Chloe and I are still singing rain songs! It has been raining all day. It has been a great day to stay inside and play. Chloe and I had a checker tournament. She beat me all four games! My sister is the greatest checker player!

Anyway, I thought I would take a break from checkers and tell you about the fantastic week we had. As usual, the Woody Bus was all over the state. On Tuesday, we spent the day and evening at Walton-Verona Elementary. Walton-Verona is in the northern part of the state. Our good friend, Andrew Smith, was responsible for our visit. Andrew is a 6th grader at WV. We met Andrew last year. He liked us so much that he persuaded his school to invite us! Isn't that cool? We posted a picture. (The first photo is of Mr. Williams - the principal. The second photo is of Andrew.) Thanks Andrew! You're the best!

On Thursday, we had the great pleasure of seeing all our friends at Johnson Elementary in Laurel County. We had been to Johnson several years ago, so it was great to see all our friends, as well as meet some new folks too - like Ms. Jones and also Mr. Ledger.

During the first assembly, we noticed one of the students had on a funny shirt. You can easily see what shirt I am talking about! This is our friend Noah - and his shirt is the exact reason Chloe and I don't eat hotdogs!!! The shirt made us laugh.

In addition to the shirt, we saw a cool haircut. This student had his hair spiked. I asked Mom if I could spike my hair like that. She explained it wasn't long enough. Oh well...

I better run. We are loading up the Woody Bus AGAIN. Tonight we will travel to Sturgis to sign books at the West Kentucky Book Expo! If you are anywhere in the area, come and see us!

Have a great day! Work and Dream like a BIG DOG!