Laura Langemo from Fox 6 News in Milwaukee was kind enough to feature HAWS Kids 'N Critters Camps in the interview portion of the Fox 6 WakeUp yesterday morning. We knew she was coming and that the segments would all air between 7:15 and 8:45am, which is before the 9am start time of camp. Because she was going to profile our Camp Gone to the Dogs kids, I e-mailed the parents requesting that if possible they bring their kids to HAWS at 7:30am. I figured that we'd maybe get 4 or 5 kids from that request. To my surprise all 16 kids were able to attend!
The whole morning was wonderful. The first segment was of HAWS Public Relations extraordinaire - Jennifer Smieja talking about the history of HAWS camps going back to the 80's. The kids had their dogs to work with and during my interview they did some training in the background, and the camera man even walked around and got shots of the kids training their dogs. Laura was kind enough to make the third segment about the kids -- she walked around and talked to the kids and the campers showed a trick that they were working on with their dog. It made me pretty proud to hear one of the campers talk about "putting the trick on cue".
The last segment was an interview with me while I talked about the final activity of camp, which is Mystic's performance. My interview was followed by showing off Mystic's "kid agility" course using the kids. Laura even got into the act by standing in as two of the weave poles. The video of that last segment is embedded below.
I'm very proud of HAWS camps, and it's wonderful to get the word out about what we're doing here. And I'm very grateful to Jennifer Smieja for working so hard to promote HAWS, and especially for helping to promote our education programs. I'm also grateful that Laura Langemo saw this as a really great addition to Fox 6 WakeUp and was willing to profile us.
All 4 of the segments can be seen the Fox 6 website.