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Garage Sale and Fun Day at Grace International School

Dogs - Man’s best friend

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Marvin has been reading lots of books lately about how to stay safe both at home and when he is out. He is very excited about what he has found out so he wants to tell you all about it during the next couple of weeks. This week he wants to tell you about the green cross code which can help you cross the road safely. You have to do four things:

1) Find a safe place to cross.

2) Look all around and listen.

3) If nothing is coming, walk straight across the road, looking and listening all the time.

4) Keep looking and listening while you cross.

Did you know that the faster a car is moving, the longer it takes to stop? Try this little experiment that Marvin did. Make a gentle slope out of a piece of cardboard. Get a toy car and roll it down the slope. Mark where it stops. Then make the slope steeper so the car goes faster. Now, how far does it go before it stops?

Write to Marvin and tell him what you found out. Send your letter to:

Marg & Marvin
Chiangmai Mail
156-158 Im-boon
Housing Estate
Muangsamut Road
T. Changmoi, A. Muang,
Chiang Mai 50300
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 053 234 145

JOKES

1) Why can you never be lonely at the beach?
2) Why did the girl sit on her watch?
3) Why did the cow dance?
4) Why did the giraffe cross the road?

ANSWERS

1) Because the sea waves at you
2) Because she wanted to be on time
3) He wanted a milkshake
4) He saw the zebra crossing

Bye from Marg and Marvin


Garage Sale and Fun Day at Grace International School

Grace International School in Hang Dong Road announced once again a ‘Car Boot Sale’ for Saturday, May 15 from 8 a.m.

After the huge success last November when over 1000 people showed up at the sales ground, to buy and bargain from the 37 families and NGO’s who had rented the available booths, it was decided to do it again very soon.

The day has come and with 25 baht entrance fee you are entitled to go shopping for lots and lots of stuff. Toys, books, clothes, handicrafts, homemade jams and sauces, even furniture of all kinds will be exhibited and can be purchased ... so, don’t miss it!

For entertainment a Taekwando exhibition will be held, there will be basketball shootouts, and enough food, drinks and fun for the whole family!


Dogs - Man’s best friend

By Nienke Parma

For over 12,000 years dogs have been living with people and are thought to be amongst the oldest domesticated animal species in the world and the only one, together with the cat, that has been allowed to wander freely through many of our homes.

He looks so sweet, but a necktie for sure is not suitable for a dog.

What is so special about this canine species that has singled it out from all the other animal species to be ‘man’s best friend’ from far history into current times? The answers have to be thought in the fact that dogs are what some may find a bit disturbing, similar to us humans, social animals with basic needs (such as food, drink, shelter, attention) and feelings (e.g. happiness, joy, pain, sadness, anger).

Furthermore, dogs have been the most adaptable creatures in the animal world. They have accompanied their human masters at outskirts such as the arctic and the deserts and from the jungle to the inner parts of the busiest cities, while fulfilling their tasks, which vary from guarding our homes and properties, protecting our people, aiding our hunts, pulling our sleds or carts, and controlling our vermin.

More specific roles also can be mentioned, such as rescuing disaster victims, tracking down criminals, lost ones, narcotics, explosives etc., guiding our blind, assisting our deaf, elderly and special needed, retrieving our hunt or bird-eggs without breaking skin or shell, acting on stages or in movies, and even serving as a food source, a science object or living objects for the fulfillment of the gambling needs of the more blood-thirsty elements of our society.

On the other hand, due to the uncontrolled growth of the stray dog population, dogs are increasingly seen as a nuisance due to their barking and fouling of residential areas, or even as a danger when showing aggression. In their search for food they strew household garbage, resulting in a sanitation problem for our society. Plus the food often is insufficient in meeting the nutrient requirements the animal needs, making them more susceptible to disease.

Another side-effect is that many dog-lovers treat their dogs as little humans at best or at worst neglect the dog’s physical and mental basic needs, resulting in abnormal and/or un-acceptable dog-behavior.

These unfortunate side-effects of this great population of dogs in all human societies are giving our ‘best friends’ a bad name.

For more information on dog issues, please contact LuckyDogs: 09 99 78 146 or [email protected]