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Dogs Light Up a 100th Birthday Party

When Robert Moore turned 100, more than 200 dogs went to his birthday party!

A group of people and two dogs pose in front of a home with birthday decorations, happy birthday signs, and the number 100.

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Robert Moore (seated, in the blue shirt) celebrated his birthday with family and friends, including four-legged friends!

When Robert Moore celebrated his 100th birthday in June 2023, he had some very special guests—more than 200 dogs! Dogs of all shapes and sizes attended Robert’s birthday party, and the man of honor petted every single one of them.

Robert’s daughter, Alison, decided to invite dogs to her dad’s party because she knew he would love to meet them.

“He just love, love, loves dogs,” Alison told the Washington Post. “Every dog he sees, he wants to pet. He has been like that his whole life.” 

Alison put a message on social media inviting friends and neighbors to bring their dogs to her home for the party. She wrote that she wanted to have a parade of dogs come up to her dad one at a time so he could meet each one. Many people shared the message with their friends. Alison guessed that about 20 or 30 dogs and their families would come to the party. 

On the day of the party, Alison was amazed to see a line of grown-ups, kids, and dogs stretching all the way down the street and around the corner. Some of the dogs even wore costumes! And some of the kids held cards they had made for Robert. One by one, the dogs got their chance to meet Robert, who sat in a chair in front of Alison’s house with a big smile on his face. 

“He pet every single dog that came through. It was so lovely,” Alison told USA Today. Many people have told Alison that they hope to do something similar for their own family members. “I hope this really does help spread joy. All these strangers coming together for my dad’s birthday party was all so lovely, and I hope we continue to have such events where everyone gathers and celebrates.”

You can see some pictures from the party in the slideshow below!

Caroline Moore


World Cup Action!

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These photos are from World Cups of the past.

The Women’s World Cup opened on July 20 with a pair of home-team victories. New Zealand scored its first-ever World Cup game win in a matchup against Norway. Australia defeated Ireland. 

New Zealand and Australia are both hosting the Women’s World Cup, the biggest soccer (football) event on the planet. Many people think the U.S. team will win, but you never know! 

The World Cup is scheduled to finish on August 20. You can follow the action on TV or online–all summer long!

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A dog lying down and wearing a stethoscope and a nurse’s hat with a red cross on it.

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Dogs are good for you. Scientists say people who have dogs are often happier and more relaxed, so their bodies are often healthier!

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month!

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July is National Ice Cream Month in the United States. Here are some fast facts about this summer treat.

  • The first iced desserts were probably eaten in China. Europeans may have learned about them from Marco Polo, an Italian explorer who went to China in the 1200s. Later, Italian chefs made a version that’s closer to today’s ice cream.
  • In the United States, the first ice cream was served in the 1700s. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Dolley Madison (the wife of U.S. president James Madison) served it at the White House.
  • Vanilla is the world’s most popular ice cream flavor.
  • The largest ice cream sundae ever was created in 1988, in Edmonton, Canada. It weighed 54,920 pounds (24,910 kilograms)!
  • The ice cream cone was invented in 1903 by Italo Marchiony, who sold ice cream from a cart in New York City. Marchiony made his creation by forming a hot waffle into a cup shape.
  • It takes about 50 licks to finish a one-scoop ice cream cone.
  • Ice cream isn’t good for dogs. Their bodies can’t digest milk. Luckily, some companies make a version of ice cream that dogs can enjoy!

Everyone’s Best Friends

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If you read the article about Robert Moore, you know that dogs can make people really happy! 

Can you guess which animals are related to dogs? Learn this and a lot more at Britannica School!

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: a person who is 100 years old or older

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