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Kidsday: Some tips on owning a dog

If you are getting a dog for the first time ever and you don't know what to do, you are going to want to read this.

You can always look things up in a library about the type of dog that you want. Make sure you get a pet that you can handle and give it the attention it deserves.

When you get your dog, take it to a vet to get needed shots. The shots are to protect your dog from getting diseases. If you don't know a vet to go to, you can always go on the Internet and find a good one near where you live. You can also ask your neighbors who own dogs where they take their pets.

Second, you can go to a pet store near you to get food, a leash and a collar or harness. Get a dog tag, so if the dog gets lost, the finder can return the pet to you. Third, you can buy Wee Wee Pads, or you can take the dog outside to be trained to do its business.

Good luck with your new dog. I hope you and your dog live a happy and healthy life.

BY NICHOLAS MARASUILO

AND MATTHEW PRUSAN

Kidsday Reporters

Every year, our school has a Veterans Day assembly. We look forward to it. This year, our assembly will be on Friday, Nov. 9. Kids in grades four to six will assemble in our auditorium, and we will listen to veterans tell us about what it was like serving our country.

Our principal, Diane Sales, said, "The purpose of the assembly is to help students understand the importance and the significance of Veterans Day. It is held to teach kids why we celebrate the day, how the day was started, and why it is important for us to remember all the heroes who fought so hard for our freedom."

She added that we should honor and respect our flag at all times. We do this by stopping what we are doing, facing the flag and putting our hand over our heart. When we do this, we sing patriotic songs loudly and proudly.

We know now whenever we see a veteran or someone in uniform, we should say thank you to them.

Here are some ways you can help veterans or others in need:

--Send cards to the soldiers at war to make them feel better.

--Make care packages for kids in homeless shelters. Offer to have a talent show for the elderly at a local nursing home.

--Create a sponsored event to raise money for a foundation or charity.

--Start a school supply drive for kids in need.

CLASS OF THE WEEK: Maggie Rago's, fourth-grade class, MCKENNA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Massapequa Park

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