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Video of Sam & Annie for our DVD fundraising

10 May

We have made a video to go with our crowd funding project.  The project starts on the 12th May, and hopefully we will be able to generate enough funding in order to put our training onto DVD so that everyone has access to it.

 

Here’s the script from the video.

Hello Everyone, I’m Annie and this is Sam, since 2011 we have
been visiting New Zealand children in primary schools teaching them
our Sam’s Dog Rules programme and have taught over 8000 children
so far. We have done this on a voluntary basis but realise the need is
greater than we expected. We have discovered that 1/3 to 3/4 of the
children in classrooms are frightened of dogs.

We teach children how to be safe around dogs and to understand
what dogs need from them in order for both children and dogs to be
safe with each other.

We teach class by class and the children get to interact with Sam and
practice what they have learnt. The results have to be seen to be
believed its truly remarkable.

In the year 2011 ACC reported over 30plus dog attacks per day and
just over 10 are children. Given our laws a large number of these
dogs will have been put down, not to forget the injuries that the
children suffer.

Dogs and children pay the price for ignorance.

Here at Sam’s Dog Rules, we want to ensure that children
everywhere have the knowledge to be safe around dogs.

We want to make a DVD so that everyone can learn Sam’s dog Rules
and understand dog language.

Fleet Productions have kindly offered to make the video for us at
cost price but this still leaves a shortfall of $6000-00. With your help
we can complete this project and help thousands more children and
save many dogs from an untimely and unjust end

Thank you for your time and donation in advance from all of us here
at Sam’s Dog Rules.

We Thank you.

Christmas through a Dog’s eyes

7 Jan

Christmas through the eyes of Sam’s friend GrizzGrizz Ready for Christmas

How exciting, Grizz jumped out of the truck and raced up the path, he was at his friend Toyer’s house.

Hey something looked different here, what were all those trees doing in the house?   Not one Christmas tree but eight Christmas trees, now what do dogs usually do on trees?

Aunty Sue would not like that, so Grizz raced on.

He and Toyer raced around the pool and wished each other a Happy Christmas.

Then it was “present time”.

Grandad Graeme was handing out coloured stockings to all the grandchildren.  Now last year Grizz knew that he got a stocking with GRIZZ on the top, and it was full of goodies to eat and play with, so he lined up too.

When he was handed his stocking, Grizz picked it up in his teeth and raced over to his Pack Leader Dean.

Grizz' Christmas StockingWow, all the goodies that dropped out of it, he even shared a pig’s ear with Toyer, what a party they had out on the deck.

Grizz knew he should stay outside, but with all these little people at the table, and lots of bits of meat being dropped for him, he had a very yummy Christmas dinner.

He lay down later feeling very full and satisfied “BOY THIS IS JUST THE IDEAL DOG’S CHRISTMAS” he thought, as he dropped off to sleep dreaming about ham bones and Christmas stockings.  And perhaps next year he can share some presents with Sam.

Sam’s Dog Rules fundraiser

20 Dec

On the 15th Dec  Sam’s Dog Rules had a sausage sizzle fundraiser at Animates Pet Store, Glenfield.

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It was a lot of fun on a very hot day we did very well and Sam with his two beagle pack mates contributed to the day with much enthusiasm. They did not venture very far from the smell of sausages cooking.  It was a bit tough on the beagles as they are on a diet, anybody who has beagles will appreciate how difficult it is to keep a beagle on track when there is food around.photo (4)
The boys were so good and loved meeting everybody they did Sams Dog Rules proud.

Manda’s corn fritters were also a huge success. We had some competition from outside the Mad Butcher as another worthwhile cause was also doing a sausage sizzle fundraiser.  Then after lunch the mad Butcher started giving away sausages to promote their new range, what a laugh!

The Sams Dog Rules team would like to thank all of you who came down to support us and bought food and raffle tickets.We had 2 raffle prizes. Robyn Stebbings was the lucky winner of the 1st prize and W. Bjork took home the 2nd. Thanks to the Animates staff who drew the winning tickets for us!

We would also like to say a big thank you to all the people that helped make the day a success, especially:photo (2)

Lyn Thompson from Raw Essentials who donated a $100 voucher! Raw Essentials provides a range of raw foods for cats and dogs, that is as close as possible to their natural diet. To find out more about Raw Essentials you can visit their website, or head into one of Lyn’s shops in Glenfield or Ponsonby.

Animates Glenfield for their kind donations and letting us use their facilities and their premises to run our fundraiser! Also a very special thank you to them for allowing Sam to keep a bully stick he found in the shop and promptly ate, so he wouldn’t have to give it back. He made a sneaky trip into the shop when we weren’t looking, found the goods and did a runner. Animates have a huge range of goodies for all your pets needs, take a look at the Animates website, or head into your local Animates!

Also a Special thank you to my friends David and Lucille who donated two Essences for Harmonious Living. Martariki means the Face of God, Martariki essences were co-created photo (5)by David Gibson and Lucille Henry Ph.D with the loving healing energies of our spiritual guides from the Pleiades.  They offer a wide range of essences and room sprays to uplift, rebalance and support your emotional well- being and growth. They also offer workshops and individual sessions. Visit the Martariki Essence website for more information.

Thanks once again to all our team Marj, Manda, Rebecca and Brad not to forget Sam, Lucky and Beckham for a job well done.

Thanks to our supporters , we all wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year!

-Annie

Sam’s November Newsletter

5 Dec

NOVEMBER 2012

 november_newsletter

SAM SAYS:   “I went to Mt Roskill Primary Junior School.  It is a huge school and I nearly got lost, but Annie showed me the way to the classrooms.     The children were amazing, they represent so many nationalities and in every country in the world they have dogs just like me.   That’s why it is so important for you all to remember that dogs are dogs and not humans.   Remember to treat us like animals and we will feel safe, but only if you are the Pack Leader and tell us what to do”.

 sam “There’s something going on at homeI feel it for sure in every bone

Paper and boxes, Annie is packing

Piling up boxes, and lots of stacking

We’re shifting house, it’s all a bit scarey

I don’t know where I’ll sleep, I’m feeling wary.

I hope when the packers come, they take my bed

Where else can I sleep and lay down my head?

It’s only eight more sleeps till “moving time”

And we drive out.  That’s the end of this rhyme”.

 

“Dogs play “tiggy” too:

Dogs like to play “tag” just like kids do, but they play it differently.

When dogs meet, first they smell each others bottoms” – would it be polite if we did that?

Then they circle around and decide whether they like each other or not.

Once they are comfortable, they will play and chase each other.

When a new dog visits a house, the dog who lives there will want the visiting dog to know who is the BOSS.   So he will race towards the new dog and take out his legs, and knock the visiting dog down.  That is the way he is saying “Hey mate, I live here, you can visit and be my friend, but just remember this is my house”.  This makes the visiting dog feel safe and they become good friends.

Last Christmas day when Dean arrived at his sister’s house for Christmas dinner, his new dog GRIZZ (you can see his photo on this website at his 1st birthday party) was walking up to the front door, and TOYER (A German Pointer) came racing out the front door and bowled Grizz for a six.   Grizz rolled over on the grass and then, after they did the “bottom sniffing routine” they were best friends.  Now when Grizz visits Toyer, Toyer doesn’t need to “take out his legs” because Grizz remembers that “this is Toyer’s house and she is the resident dog here  on her patch”.    In fact if Dean arrives without Grizz, Toyer spends the whole time looking for Grizz, because he is her friend and sort of her “dog cousin” and she wanted him to come and play with him..

Tell us your stories, everyone has a dog story to tell,  perhaps next month I will tell you about the time a dog leapt out of the bushes in Cornwall Park and bit my bottom!!!!!!  Ouchee!!

Marj.

Director Administration.

SAM’S DOG RULES.

We are what we think

                 We feel what we think

                         What we feel gets created.

Only human beings will follow unstable Pack leaders  –  animals will not.

If you are having trouble with your dogs or children look to yourself first,

understand what energy you are in and choose accordingly.

 

Annie’s Doggy 101 teaching is great.  

Dogs learn very quickly when they know you are the Leader.

If no-one takes the authority, they will.

Then we are all in trouble.

Go the “Packleaders”.   . Write to me at  sam@samsdogrules.com   

Sam’s August Newsletter

6 Aug

Sam's Dog Rules - No Look, No Talk, No Touch

Written by: Marj Mulholland

Sam says, “I  told you in July that on Wednesday 20 June I went into DOGGY HOSPITAL and had a really big Lymphoma (that means a fatty lump) removed from my side.  You won’t believe it, but Annie made me wear “human” t-shirts every day, so that I would not lick my wound.   I looked like a crazy dog, you would have laughed at me.     I have had seven weeks of just lying around and I got so bored, hardly any visitors and no children to pat me.   But now I am going on long walks again with Annie, it is so exciting to smell different things and meet other dogs and people on my walks.   Next week I am going to Torbay Kindergarten and am so looking forward to listening to Annie telling the children how to be safe around dogs, and when we go to Green Bay Primary I get to go over the Harbour Bridge, I can’t wait, it’s so high up and such a great view.  I would like to walk over the HarbourBridge but Annie says “dogs have to go in cars or trucks – I wonder if I can talk to the Mayor about that?  See you soon when I come to your school”. 

!WOOF!

ANNIE SAYS

This term we are going to Green Bay Primary School, which is over by Titirangi, and also we are going to see all the lovely kids and teachers at Torbay Kindergarten.   Sam is really looking forward to getting out meeting all the kids again, he was getting really bored sitting at home.   As well as the visits we have lined up, a new post is underway which should give all dog owners out there a few more tools to help keep their pack happy and healthy.

WHERE HAVE I BEEN?

This section of my newsletter usually has lots of names of schools and children that I have visited – but with having my operation, I have lain on my bed and in the sun and very gradually started going on walks again with Annie.    BOOOOORRRRRRING   !!!!!!!     This week has been getting better though as I’ve been getting some extra walks with my beagle friends from next door.   We do lots of sniffing.  They sniff A LOT!     I have been so bored laying on my bed that I wrote you all a poem:

When I was ill,

Annie made me lie still

Annie even gave me a pill…..Yuk!!!!!

But now I am better

I can write this newsletter

I’m coming to see you, don’t you forgetter!

Thanks for the doggy get well cards.

If you want me to come to your school contact Annie my Pack Leader.

See you next month….    

Write to me or send me questions at sam@samsdogrules.com

WOOF!

Sam's Dog Rules

Sam’s July Newsletter

2 Jul

Sams Dog Rules - No Look, No Talk, No Touch

Written by: Marj Mulholland

July 2012

Sam says, “On Wednesday 20 June I went into DOGGY HOSPITAL and had a really big lymphoma (that means a fatty lump) removed from my side.  Apparently lots of dogs and people can get them.   I am lucky that there were no nasties there, it was an uncomfortable spot and was getting bigger.

I was a bit nervous when I realised that my Pack Leader was leaving me. I know that my Pack Leader would only leave me when she knows the Vet will become my Pack Leader and I will feel safe.  Well I am home again and a bit sore but getting better every day.

ANNIE SAYS:

It is hard for us humans when we have sick pets or have to leave them in someone else’s care.  We need to know that all the staff love our pets in order for us to feel safe leaving them.

As humans we need lots of talk and reassurance and we often feel upset and anxious.  This is normal for us but we must remember that animals love it when we do the opposite.   So if your pet is left in someone elses care, the best gift we can give our pet is to give them what they need, and that is being in Pack Leader energy (stay calm and assertive).  Then our pets will know they are safe, no matter where we leave them.

WHERE HAVE I BEEN?

“I went to Royal Oak School in Epsom Auckland for five days.  Boy, it’s a real big school.  They have 26 classes there.  Lots of lovely kids and they were very well behaved.  The second day I was walking across the playground and there were suddenly crowds of little people all calling my name.   I was a bit overwhelmed and looked like a “rock star”, but I looked at Annie and she didn’t look anxious, so I relaxed and just went with the flow.

I have been on a big road trip to Wellington.   I was at Seatoun Middle School right beside the harbour and was again a “rock star”.   Even the teachers wanted to meet me and could not keep their hands off me.

After that I went to WelTEC at Petone and Annie talked to the Vet nursing students – they learnt lots about how to handle dogs, sick and well.    I liked travelling in the car on my big adventure – lots of walks in the rain and cold, even snow on the mountains on the Desert Road– perhaps I’ll not have my woolly coat shaved next time I drive south”.

If you want me to come to your school, contact Annie my Pack Leader.”

See you next month….”

“You can send me a doggy get well card. If you like!” send to sam@samsdogrules.com

Don’t forget to send in your questions to me, either here in the comments, or by email to sam@samsdogrules.com, or on my Facebook page.  You can even Tweet your questions to me, my Twitter name is @SamsDogRules.   I will answer them personally and in the next newsletter.

WOOF!!!   

11,708 reported dog attacks on New Zealanders last year!*

17 Jun
Annie, Sam and Kids - Sam's Dog Rules - No Look, No Talk, No Touch

Sam holding court

*NZ ACC – NZ Herald – 25 January 2012

With a New Zealand average of more than 30 dog bites per day, Annie and Marj, founders of Sam’s Dog Rules, passionately believe there is an urgent need for Sam’s Dog Rules education to be made available to all New Zealand children and families.

A lack of knowledge of the language that dogs understand and respond to has led to significant levels of trauma in the lives of children in New Zealand, and brought about the unnecessary destruction of thousands of dogs, that could otherwise have been avoided.

Sam’s Dog Rules will make a difference!

Sam's Dog Rules - No Look, No Talk, No Touch

Practising No Look! means Sam feels safe to check you out.

Sam's Dog Rules - No Look, No Talk, No Touch

Practising No Look, No Talk, No Touch rules

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