R.O.A.R. Squad: Dayna and Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog

R.O.A.R. Squad: Rescue   Owners   Are   Rockin’

R.O.A.R. Squad: Dayna and Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog (Photo Credit: PBS KIDS Sprout)

Photo Credit: www.sparklesthefiresafetydog.com

I am very excited to introduce to you the latest R.O.A.R. Squad member: Firefighter Dayna Hilton (deputy fire marshal for the State of Arkansas) and her sidekick, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog from the Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation. Is this every kids’ dream OR WHAT?! Sparkles is a rescue dog and GETS TO HANG OUT ON FIRE TRUCKS. Welcome to the R.O.A.R. Squad!

About Firefighter Dayna: Dayna is an award-winning author whose latest title includes Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog, which has been credited with saving the lives of two adults and seven children. Dayna has received numerous national awards including the Point of Light Foundations’ Point of Light award as the Nations Volunteer of the Day in March 2010, 2009 National Fire Protection Association’s Educator of the Year Award, and was a 2009 Energizer Keep it Going Semi-Finalist.  Check out the Firefighter Dayna site and Dayna’s blog to learn about what Firefighter Dayna is up to!

Photo Credit: www.firefighterdayna.com

From Sparkles the Fire Safety Dogs’ blog: Sparkles has assisted firefighters with hundreds of fire safety programs on the local, state, and national level. She has come a long way since her days before adoption. She participated in a Congressional briefing in Washington, DC, appeared in newscasts around the country and on FOX and Friends in New York City and helped deliver fire safety tips on PBS KIDS Sprout and online at www.sproutonline.com/firesafety, reaching millions of children and their caregivers nationwide.
Where: Dayna adopted Sparkles from the Dalmatian Assistance League of Tulsa. She was rescued from a home with 62 other dogs.
Breed: Sparkles is a gorgeous Dalmatian and loves helping teach fire safety.

Dog blogger: Sparkles loves working on her Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog website,  her Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog blog,  she tweets (follow her on Twitter) and is very busy working on her Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog Facebook page. 

Cute stuff: Sparkles loves having her toenails painted fire engine red and loves helping teach fire safety. One of her favorite things to do is to ride in fire trucks.
Where: Clarksville, Arkansas

Want to meet a police officer? Check out Amy and her cat, Sebastian


Join the R.O.A.R. Squad

Do you want to be join the R.O.A.R. Squad? Our goal is to make having a rescue animal THE coolest thing around. Ya game? Perfect! We’d love to have you!

Send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!

8 Responses to “R.O.A.R. Squad: Dayna and Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog”

  1. blanket says:

    What a beautiful dog and a great story! R.O.A.R has been great for introducing us to so many nice people and pets!

  2. So cool! I love knowing that she’s an adopted Dalmatian. She makes such a great model too.

  3. Kari says:

    How cool! They are such beautiful dogs that just boomed after the movies (sadly) and now many need homee

  4. Kim says:

    Wow! I mean, just wow! What a great advocate for adoption! And those are some sassy toenails. 🙂

  5. Lol- I know! The nails are classic! 🙂

  6. I think this ROAR Squad is taking on a life of it’s own. Dyna and Sparkles’ story is truly inspirational. How about a national moratorium on dog buying until all rescue dogs are adopted!

  7. @Rod- Yes, yes, yes EXACTLY!!! Let’s just keep repeating over & over: “Rescue dogs are wicked cool!” “People who buy rescue animals are sexy and smart and the shiznit!” “Rescue onwers are AMAZING” until when a kid begs her parents for a puppy she says: “Mom! Dad! Take me to the SPCA!” (rather than, Take me to the pet store…).

    I think one of the ways to get through to people is to INSPIRE them. Show people that a firefighter from Arkansas can adopt a Dalmatian and make a difference. Show them that people from their home state (Pennsylvania for example ;)) are adopting pets. Show them that every day people, every day HEROS are adopting animals, and INSPIRE them to do the same.

    If we stop buying puppy mill “product” we will cut into mill profits and those puppy mill farmers will do something else. If we can make adopting a rescue the coolest thing around, demand for puppy mill puppies will dry up, rescue animals will have a much improved chance… and then we can go from there.

    That’s what a reckon! Rescue owners rock! 🙂