Thursday, October 20, 2011

Three Cheers for Madison Payne!

Kentucky Greetings, WoodyWatchers! If you are a regular follower of our blog, you know Madison Payne. Madison is a 3rd grade student in Knox County who is one the smartest people we have ever met - and for a wiener dog, I've met thousands of people! A few months ago Madison had a school project where she had to spotlight an author. She chose Mom. She interviewed Mom via email and then put together this masterpiece! Isn't it incredible? We thought you might like to see the questions and answers from the interview. Here are a few just so you can get a sample of Madison's great work!

Where were you born?
Murray, KY. I actually grew up in a little town right outside of Murray called Kirksey. Murray is known for the World’s Best and Busiest Dairy Queen and also the National Boy Scout Museum.

What is your favorite book?
Too many to name. As a child, my favorite book was The Little Mommy by Sharon Kane and also The Pokey Little Puppy by Janette Lowrey. Both are Little Golden Books – and I still have both of those books on my bookshelf!

What is your favorite woody book?
Probably the very first book, The Adoption. I like that one because it is the story of Woody and me. It introduces Woody and everyday when I share the story with kids, it reminds me of meeting Woody for the very first time.

How many animals do you have? What are they? What are their names?
Chloe – 11 year old red, miniature dachshund (from Texas)
Woody – 10 year old black-and-tan miniature dachshund (from Kentucky)
Frannie – 8 year old red tweenie dachshund (from Alabama)
Wally – 2 year old black-and-tan standard dachshund (from Louisiana)
CeeCee – 8 month old red miniature dachshund (from Arkansas)
Boulder – 4 year old black Labrador Retriever
Santa Fe – 5 year old black Labrador Retriever
Moose – 1 year old beagle
Dolly – a cat
Crazy – a cat

Wow! I never knew there were so many of us until I saw our names listed! Anyway, once again we give 3 cheers for Madison - Hip, Hip Hooray! Hip, Hip Hooray, Hip, Hip Hooray!

Mom said that Madison and Taylor may be visiting their uncle soon. We can't wait for the girls to meet all our gang!

I better get to bed! I think I will have Mom pull out The Pokey Little Puppy for our bedtime story! Sweet Dreams, Everyone! Speaking of dreams, don't forget to Work and Dream like a BIG DOG!


Monday, October 17, 2011

Chapter 4

Kentucky Greetings, WoodyWatchers! Hope you're enjoying this sunny day! The weather man says we will turn from hot dogs to chilly dogs tonight. Chloe and I have to find our sweaters for our morning walk! Our good friends from WOODYford County just sent us an email about Chapter 4. Here is the email from Mrs. Hisle's Class:

Dear Woody,

Here are some things we think you could have done at your job interview to make a good impression. First, it probably would have helped if you were quieter in the library. We understand though - sometimes it's hard to be quiet! We also think that using best manners makes a good impression. For example, you should say "Yes, ma'am, no ma'am, and no thank you". Finally, we think if you assure the librarian that you will work hard, that will make a good impression.

We wanted to let you know that we have saved around $26 for the Woody-ford County Humane Society. We're going to keep saving money during all the weeks that we read your story. We'll let you know how much we end up saving.

By the way, you won't hear from us next week because we have a week long fall break. Here are some things that kids in our class are going to be doing over the break: hunting, playing video games, GO THE Woody-ford LIBRARY, visiting grandparents, watching tv (but not too much), staying up late, visiting an aunt and family in Ohio, going on a cruise in Florida, visiting cousins, riding four-wheelers with cousins, sleeping in, staying with grandma, watching movies, and playing on the computer, watching scary movies, going to New York to visit grandpa, and we're going to be reading A LOT!

Thank you so much for putting our emails on your blog. We love reading them there!

We'll talk to you soon!

Mrs. Hisle's 3rd grade reading class

P.S. We have a George in our class and he likes Curious George books!

Megan Hisle
3rd grade teacher
Simmons Elementary

Great job on the money! That's terRUFFic! Tell George that he has great taste in books!

Here's an email from Ms. Logan's class:

Hello Woody!

We just finished chapter 4 and we are very excited that you got a job! We thought of ways you could have made a good impression for the job interview. First, we think you should keep in mind what the library rules are. When you go there, yelling is not okay and you should not do this if you want a job at the library. Second, you should tell why you would be perfect for the job. Third, we think you should mention that you love books since it is a job at the library.

Although our prediction about the job being a drummer for a band was incorrect, some students in our class had the prediciton that the job would have something to do with the library!!

We think you and Chloe will have a good time working on the Brother Against Brother room and will also learn a lot about the Civil War. We are so worried about your getting to keep the job since Mrs. Grant said she has a problem with hiring you. We predict that Mrs. Grant is unable to hire you because you are a dog or maybe because you were yelling in the library.

We have some questions while we are reading.

1. If you don't get hired for the library job, will you look for another job?

2. Do have trouble reaching the shelves in the library to get books?

3. Since you like going to the libary, why do you not follow the rules while you are there?

4. How much money have you earned to pay for the window?

We are looking forward to chapter 5. We will be on fall break next week, so we will have to listen to chapter 5 when we return.

Thanks, Woody!

Ms. Logan's 3rd Grade Reading Class

Mindy Logan
3rd Grade Teacher
Simmons Elementary

Great advice friends - especially the part about not yelling in the library! What was I thinking? In answer to your questions, if I don't get the job at the library, I will have to find another job. I have a broken window to pay for. The Dog and Suds Car Wash has an ad for car washer, so if the library doesn't work out, I will apply there! I will keep your advice in mind! Yes, it is very hard to reach the shelves. One time while visiting the library, I stacked lots of books on top of each other to reach a Curious George book. I won't tell you what happened, but if you think my yelling caused commotion, try watching a tower of books fall down with a wiener dog mid air!

It's not that I don't want or try to follow the rules - it's that my excitement gets the best of me! I'm really going to take your advice! So far, I've raised $2.78 so I've got a way to go!

Thanks everyone! Enjoy the last warm day and keep those emails coming!

Work and Dream like a BIG DOG!

Your friend -


Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Comments from Woodyford County

Kentucky Greetings, WoodyWatchers! Everyone at our doghouse is up early today. Our family is traveling to London - Kentucky, that is - for a school visit today. I finished my breakfast early so before we crawled in The Woody Bus, I wanted to share our comments from our good friends at Simmons Elementary in Woodyford County! The 3rd Graders from Ms. Logan's class and Ms. Hisle's class get the prize for being our faithful followers! Chloe and I love hearing from them each week!

Hi Woody!

We can't believe that you broke the kitchen window with the drum sticks! We know we would have to save up a lot of money to fix a window and our parents would not be very happy with us!! Did you get a punishment for breaking the window?

The name of our local library is the Woody...ooops - we almost did it this time! The Woodford Public Library. Almost all of the students in our class have a library card and lots of us go there to check out books. We searched our school catalog for Curious George and found that there are seventeen books and several videos. None of us were alive when the book we looked at was printed, but our teacher, Ms. Logan, was three years old.

Our prediction for the job advertisement is that Woody has seen an ad for a band. We think this band is looking for a drummer and Woody thinks he will be perfect for the job. We can't wait until next week to see what all the excitement is about.

Thanks for putting our email on the blog so our families can see it! We love listening to your story each week!

Thank you,

Ms. Logan's 3rd Grade Reading Class

Simmons Elementary


Dear Woody,

We are excited to tell you that we've been collecting money for the Woodford County Human Society too - just like Ms. Logan's class. We're going to count how much we've raised on Friday, so we'll let you know next week how much we have so far!

We LOVED the Goober pea song...we thought it was pretty funny! We are so excited that our prediction was correct! We're sorry the kitchen window was broken and we hope you get it replaced soon.

By the way, most of us have a library card to the Woodyford County Library - hahaha!. We're working on having 100% of our class with a library card.

Our prediction for chapter 4 is that you saw an ad for a drumming job. We think this because we know how much you like drumming, plus you already have a drum set.

We love seeing our emails on your blog! We're going to look up the Curious George author and series, because a lot of us like reading those books to. Which Curious George book is your favorite? Also, we were wondering what your favorite band is, since you like drumming so much!

Your friend,

Mrs. Hisle's 3rd grade reading class

Megan Hisle
3rd grade teacher
Simmons Elementary

In case you're wondering the same thing, my favorite Curious George book is Curious George Goes to the Hospital. If you haven't read it, check it out. As far as my favorite band goes, stay tuned to the story and you will find out! I bet I'll be singing Goober Peas all the way to London now that the song is in my head!

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