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Kidsday: Rocki and the Rescues

Imagine you are a dog. Your owners often beat you. They only keep you to make more puppies. You have to fight other dogs for your food. One day, you get lost. The pound finds you and calls your family. They don't want you back. The pound is going to put you down. Then suddenly, a rescue, called Adopt A Boxer Rescue, swoops in and changes everything. They temporarily put you with a safe family, which will watch over you until you find your new home. Then you get a new family. You will stay there forever. You'll get food and toys and plenty of love for the rest of your life.

This is the life of many dogs that are protected by the Adopt A Boxer Rescue. This is the life of my own dog, Rocki. Boxers are energetic dogs with lots of personality. They got the name from the way they play-fight: with their front paws, much like human boxers do. If you've never seen one, they look like tall, slender bulldogs. They can weigh anywhere from 50 to 100 pounds. They can be fawn (like Rocki), brindle, black or even white. However, white boxers are the most liable to have health problems such as blindness.

Adopt A Boxer Rescue does wonderful things for dogs. It spays or neuters them, then sends them to foster homes. Soon, the dogs are adopted by loving families that will care for them. There is even a background check to make sure that there will be no dangers in the dog's new home.

Our family has had Rocki for two years, and we couldn't be happier. When we got Rocki, he was just a bag of bones. For more information, visit:

Banana Splits

We got a Dear Kidsday letter from a kid whose parents were divorcing. It asked for advice. While we were brainstorming ideas, the organization Banana Splits came up. Banana Splits helps kids with divorced or single parents learn to cope with their feelings. It was founded in 1978, and is found in schools across the country, including many on Long Island.

Because Banana Splits is school-based, it also works on increasing communication for the children who are members of the club, both at home and in the classroom.

If you have a single parent, or are having difficulty dealing with your parents' divorce, see if your school offers Banana Splits. If it doesn't, you should talk to your school's guidance counselor or social worker about starting one in your school.

For more information, check out the website:

-- ALEXIS TILLMAN/Kidsday Reporter

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