New Book Series for PAW Patrol Fans and Dog Lovers

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Calling Paw Patrol fans and all dog lovers! Doggy Defenders is brand new National Geographic Kids picture book series debuting with four amazing canine heroes.

In each read-aloud picture book, kids can follow the real-life adventures of dogs with jobs as they help their communities and save the day. We thought we’d be among the first to spread the word, since the only thing we might love more than dogs is encouraging a love of reading. And, it also happens to be National Read A Book Day today!

Stella the Search Dog  Courageous(and ridiculously cute!) bloodhound Stella spends an exciting day at work as a Virginia police search dog, tracking scent trails, riding in a helicopter, and even saving a lost hiker.

Dolley the Fire Dog  Learn all about Dolley’s important role as a fire dog in Loudoun County, Virginia as this Labrador retriever visits the site of a fire, trains to sniff out flammable items, and teaches kids about fire safety.

Willow the Therapy Dog  Willow is a rescued greyhound and a therapy dog in Washington, D.C. Willow has a very important job cheering people up and making them feel better and shares her day with young readers as she visits a hospital, helps children read at a library book party, and brings smiles to people who need them.

Tiger the Police Dog  Together with his handler Aida, Belgian Malinois Tiger is a member off the Washington, D.C. police department. Readers join Tiger on a typical day “on the job” where he visits a police academy, trains to sniff out important items, patrols famous landmarks, and keeps us all safe.

We think these make a great gift for your favorite young reader, dog lover and teacher to add to their bookshelves! Shop online here or at your local bookshop.

Also be sure to check out Daisy’s Big List of Dog Books for more ideas.

How to Make Cake Toppers That Look Like Your Dog + KitchenAid Giveaway

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Dog lovers, are you planning to stay in this weekend and cuddle with the fur kids instead of braving the post-Thanksgiving store sales and crowds? We are too!

I was searching for a new dog-related DIY project I could start this weekend and found this super cute Dog Cake Toppers Lesson on Craftsy.

Bring your furry friends to life as adorable canine cake toppers!

Whether they’re posing for a treat or adorning a cake, dogs bring a smile and sense of joy that’s always worth celebrating. Join the award-winning “Cake Dutchess” and learn to make edible canine cake toppers along with some fun accessories such as bones, bandanas and more. Using basic shapes and easy-to-follow techniques, you’ll be able to recreate your favorite doggos for any occasion.

Online Class Includes:

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  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom
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I’ve done Craftsy’s online knitting classes before, and know how fun and easy to use their online craft classes are, so I’m excited about this new one. Every class comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, so there is nothing to lose. In addition to a great weekend activity with kids, this craft lesson would also make a great gift for your favorite crafty dog lover.

When you buy the course here for $9.99 you own it forever and can access it on any computer, tablet or smartphone with internet. You also get a FREE month of access to unlimited online classes from the whole library with categories including online photography lessons, paper craft classes, jewelry making, plus lots more great DIY projects.

Visit their website here to check it all out.

Now that you are on your way to making adorable cake toppers, be sure to enter our latest giveaway for the chance to win a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Quality kitchen tools and appliances make all the difference and this one is at the top of every baker’s holiday wish list!

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Free Craftsy Unlimited + $100 OFF Craft Supplies

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Online Classes: Learn Dog Training, Photography, Blog Design, Social Media + More

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New Year, New YOU! Learn a new skill or hobby. Start a blog or small business based on whatever you are passionate about.  It’s a new year and the perfect time to start learning something new. Online classes make it easy and flexible to get started. If you’ve been wanting to start a blog, learn a new hobby or teach your dog some new tricks, now is your chance!

Right now, Living Social has a whole slew of great online classes in everything from positive reward-based dog training to wedding planning and more. These classes let you explore a new interest or develop skills to take your hobby, career or small business to the next level.

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Book Giveaway: WIN a Copy of Vet Set Go! for Animal-Loving Teens and Tweens (10 Winners)

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VetSetGo Book Giveaway

Earlier this week, we told you all about a super cool website and online community for young people interested in a career in veterinary medicine. It’s called Vet Set Go and you can read all about it HERE.

In addition to fun free games, videos, a Vet Camp finder and more resources for animal loving kiddos, they’ve also got a book. It’s called Vet Set Go! A Quick Start Guide to Becoming a Veterinarian. It’s the ONLY book available that shows young people how get animal experience, volunteer, learn animal science, meet veterinarians, and connect with other aspiring veterinarians. Each chapter presents activities you can try, shares one or two “case studies” or examples, and finishes by giving step-by-step action plans and check-lists to help teens and tweens work toward their dream job.

It’s a Moms Choice Award Winner and you can preview the book here to get a look inside and see what it’s all about.

WIN a copy of Vet Set Go! for your animal-loving kid or grandkid!

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