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In my last post on April 25th, I was inspired to write, and then post, a story for young people told from the POV of a dog dealing with quarantine. After I posted  I’ve Got the Stuck at Home with My Humans Blues, I asked a third grade teacher at Midstreams Elementary School in Brick Township, NJ, to share the story with her students and to let me know what they thought. 

As a former Substitute Teacher (Guest Educator) I’ve enjoyed working with some of these students since they were first graders. I’ve always enjoyed writing for kids and I’m so thankful for their heartfelt responses.

Some thought it was a song – would it be Country, Rap or Pop? If anyone is so inclined, I’d love to hear your musical version. Others, I’m told, have been inspired to create some illustrations of this dog with the stay-at-home blues. I love this creative energy especially during this time of great change and challenge.

Like many other dog, and pet-lovers, I’ve derived much comfort from my own dog, Teddy. Happy Dog Mom’s and Pet Parents Day, and a very Happy Mother’s Day Weekend to all, and of course, much love sent to my own mom, who is doing well – hope to see her and my dad, soon. 

Thanks again to Mrs. Mciver’s class in NJ. If anyone else has shared this, with your own students or children, please feel free to let me know! I’m happy to share on a future post.

The reviews are in:

“I feel happy because I know we have to stay apart and we can get through this together.”

“I really like your song Mrs. Kruysman!!”

“I like how you were rimming Mrs. Kruysman!”

“I really like your rhythm Mrs. Kruysman!!”

“I really like Mrs. Kruysman!”

“I really liked your song Mrs. Kruysman because it rhymed and we can get through this all together.” From Lily

“I really liked the blog. The dog was wild and crazy and the story was very funny.”

“I really liked how it was from the dog’s perspective. Also when i was reading it my dog started barking.” From 0livia

“I really like that it was a poem from what your dog thinks.” From Anya

“I thought it was really cute and can imagine a dog really feeling this way. From Raina That was really nice to read . I also really loved your song.” From Janessa

“I don’t know any better song than that!” Sincerely Mason

“It was the best thing in the world to read and i will always read this before i go to bed and there are just no good words to say how amazing this poem or story was. I loved it so much.” From Abhi

“It was funny and it rhymed.” Lucas

“I liked how you used your dog in your rhyme.” Billy

“Omg that dog is so funny.” Mariah

“I loved the story because you used my favorite animal, a dog.” Morgan

“I have a dog too, his name is Jackson.” Brendan

“It is a good way to put what we are going through.” Alana

Thank you for reading and your lovely comments. Hang in there and be kind to your family, friends and pets!!! Love Mrs. Kruysman (Mrs. K.)




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