Giving a Bark Out to Teachers! Thankful Thursday #WorldTeachersDay

Hi my furiends! It’s Dakota and I am here to tell you that today is World Teachers Day, a most important day. It is a day that aims to “raise awareness of the importance of the role played by teachers all over the world.” Teachers should be appreciated EVERY DAY, but sadly, they are not.

Don’t know if any of you know, but my Dad is a teacher. Or he was a teacher, wait, he is now a substitute teacher because he is technically retired. When Dad was a full-time teacher, he taught for 36 years. 26 of those years were spent teaching middle school in the inner city of Detroit. Dad taught Special Ed.  He barely  missed a day. Dedicated guy my Dad is and was. Makes a woofie proud. I wasn’t around for all of those years since I am only 10,  but my Mom told me stories about it so that is how I know. Never doubt what I know. I am a Shetland Sheepdog. I am a highly intelligent sort. We Shelties are quite high on the list of woofies who are considered to be extremely intelligent. Hence my propensity for being stubborn…but I digress…..

Dad’s family is full of teachers! Dad’s Mom and sister both were teachers. His niece also is a teacher.

I think the real reason my Dad became a teacher is because he is a dead-ringer for Albert Einstein:

Mom says when she was growing up teachers were held in high esteem. She said that in her house, if the phone rang and it was your teacher on the other end, “God help you.” In Mom’s house the teacher was revered and respected. Nowadays, if a teacher just looks at a kid the wrong way they are in trouble. They are disrespected and grossly underpaid…professional athletes get millions of dollars…..teachers have to spend much of their own money for various supplies for their classrooms. Teachers have to fight to just get a raise…..something is wrong with this picture.

Anyway, in salute of my Dad for all of the years he spent teaching and to teachers everywhere,  Mom and I want to give a huge THANK YOU to the teachers that Mom had who made a difference in HER life and we wanted to share some of our favorite quotes about teachers:

“I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.” – John Wooden

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

“The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called ‘truth’.” – Dan Rather

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Adams

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats

“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” – Japanese 

  • Woofies, tell your humans to take some time  and thank the teachers who helped to make them who they are today and while you’re at it, leave a comment telling us who YOUR human’s favorite teacher was!

Happy World Teachers Day!!!

Barks and licks and love,


We are happy to be participating in the  Brian’s Home Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!



  1. My great Aunt in Canada (Almost 97) was a special ed teacher too! Before that she got all the so called problem children…she just had a way.

    My ‘Opa’ in the Netherlands…my great Aunt and my grandpawppy’s dad was also an educator. He was the headmaster of the school…and petcretary has some pictures of him teaching the young uns. My aunt is a retired correctional officer, that is also a form of teaching, in petcretay’s opinion.

    Petcretary and pawppy had some awsome teachers, that they still talk about now eons later!
    And since we sent our unfurs to a private grade school, they too had wonderful caring wise teachers. And really great ones at the math science center they attended for high school. (BCAMS)
    There still are many superb teachers and they need to be way more respected for what they do…esp in these times. But if only the parents would not leave it all up to the teachers, because it takes more than the few hours spent in a classroom to really learn. Wisdom comes from how the learning is applied to life. And a good home life fosters that type of learning…too bad a lot of our society today is not on that wave length…

    Sorry our petcretary got so wordy! BOL!
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    • Dakota says:

      Do NOT apologize! I LOVE how many educators were (and are) in your family! I couldn’t agree with you more about a good home “fostering that type of learning”…..parents leave everything up to the schools now and then, challenge the teachers when they try to teach kids the right way. xoxo

  2. Your Mom and I grew up around the same time, back when teachers were respected. My own Mom was a teacher in our school district, so we didn’t get away with much. We weren’t perfect, but we weren’t troublemakers either. And with few exceptions, my brother and I liked our teachers.
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    • Dakota says:

      We sure did! Yay for your Mom teaching! We were far from perfect too but if we dare did the things to a teacher that kids do (and say) today, we wouldn’t be here to talk about it!

  3. My momma really liked her kindergarten and fifth grade teachers. She also liked her world history teacher in high school and had some great professors in college and law school.
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    • Dakota says:

      I love that your Mama remembers her kindergarten teacher and fifth grade teacher the most…….I think elementary teachers are some of the most important. They ALL are, but the elementary teachers set the stage for further learning. Law school? Your Mama is a smart cookie (but we already knew that!) My Mama was going to go to Law School at one point, but was too lazy! BOL!

  4. Your dad does resemble Albert Einstein, Dakota! We do think that teachers are under appreciated for the hours and hours they spend with students teaching them so much and for so many years! Here’s to all of the wonderful teachers out there!
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  5. Emma says:

    My mom disliked school most of her life and still can’t stand it when she has to take a class, but on the other paw, she loves our dog schools, classes and instructors. She says our teachers are the best and we love them too. I guess not every human is into school, but dog school and teachers are important too. Teaching is a talent whether it is for humans or dogs.
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    • Dakota says:

      that surprises me that your Mom disliked school. Maybe because she might have been smarter than most of her teachers?

  6. you said it very well … we respected our teachers even when we sometimes disliked them… and I’m grateful that the mama had very good teachers (eggs-cept the math-guy ) who helped her to become a really smart virgo :o) an apple for all teachers today and thank you for all the good things we learnt…
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    • Dakota says:

      OMG…don’t get me started about one Math teacher I had (OMG…he was AWFUL. Probably why to this day I HATE Math!). He used to leave me up at the board when the rest of the class had moved on to another problem. If I couldn’t figure it out, he left me there. I used to get so nervous that I went blank.

  7. Warm wishes and congratulations to your dad on sharing his gift for teaching. He’s making a positive difference in the lives of so many students. Thank you for sharing. Thanks to your dad and all teachers for such dedication!

  8. What a wonderful message to your Dad! My favourite teacher was my English teacher called Mrs Brittan, she made the English language fascinating to me, how words were put together from Latin/Greek etc words. Love the photos of your Dad too! x
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    • Dakota says:

      Thank you! I loved learning about Mrs. Brittan, she sounds like she was quite special!!!!

  9. Our Gramma was a teacher too! Happy Teacher’s Day!
    Jakey, Arty & Rosy
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  10. Sandee says:

    Our next door neighbor is a teacher. She’s a very nice lady.

    Have a woof woof day, Dakota. My best to your wonderful mom. ♥♥♥
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  11. Happy World Teachers Day to your brilliant dad, Dakota! We bet his students loved being taught by Albert Einstein!

  12. Very nice! I still fondly remember many of my teachers, the ones who strived to make a difference.
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  13. Mom couldn’t agree more with your post. She was a teacher too, and she taught Math and French in high school and middle school. Times have changed a lot and not all teachers are respected by students or parents. It’s a tough job that has to be done. Great post.

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  14. I worked in special ed as an aide for many years and it was a life-changing experience. I have always said that teachers should be paid as much as a brain surgeon because they shape and mold our children’s minds. Teachers are the backbone of any society. This is a beautiful tribute.
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  15. I only found out when I got home it was World Teachers Day otherwise I would have told my students it was! 🙂

    I had an amazing drama teacher who I’ll never forget. xxx

  16. We know lots of teachers too! Maybe we should give them a lick!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley
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  17. Your Einstein Dad is a real rock star to have taught school all those years! Bless him, Dakota!
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  18. sara, oreo & chewy says:

    I have two favorite teachers….my first grade teacher, Mrs. Dow, who brought me to a farm to pick up duck eggs, and we watched them hatch in our classroom! My other favorite is Dr. Hannay, a college professor who I was extremely lucky to have for three courses, she was soooooo smart! Sadly, she passed away this year, but Mrs. Dow is still here enjoying her retirement.

    Happy Teachers Day to all current and former teachers! I know first hand how hard you all work EVERY day (is it friday yet?).

    Thanks Dakota for your recognition and inspiring quotes. I bet your dad was many kids’ “favorite teacher”. SPED teachers are lucky that way, since we get to create strong bonds with our “kids”.

  19. Great post Dakota. I think it is great your Dad was a teacher and kuddos to him for subbing, that is really tough.
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  20. Happy Teacher’s Day! I have a bunch of teachers in my lineage, most immediately my awesome mom and stepdad (both retired teachers). 🙂
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  21. Our human sister is a teacher – she teaches 3rd grade this year. She loves her job but it can also be frustrating when the parents don’t do their part.
    Hazel & Mabel
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  22. We celebrated the holiday! (And your dad does bear a striking resemblance to Einstein!)
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