Tag: Rugby Jones

Rugby’s Friend Has Cerebral Palsy

My friend Glenda has Cerebral Palsy and she is way cool! She is very funny and very smart and I like her a lot. She wrote a book called I’ll Do It Myself. My mom has been reading it to me and we laugh during parts of it and cry during other parts. Do you know why? Well I’ll tell you. It’s because Glenda’s story and mine have things in common and we are both very smart, determined, very funny and we overcome hurdles in our lives because of our courage and tenacity…whatever that is!  Well, except that I am a dog and she is a person but you already knew that, right?

I’ll tell you more about Glenda later but here’s one very cool part of her story. When she was little and in the hospital, she had gone through a lot because of the Cerebral Palsy and her parents knew that if she could see her little dog Bonnie, she would feel better. Guess what? They made it happen. Glenda got a visit from Bonnie while she was in the very clean and sterile hospital! How cool is that?

I wish I could have been allowed to see my human mom when she was in the hospital but I wasn’t because nobody pushed the issue. Glenda’s mom and dad must be so awesome to have accomplished what they did.  They must be very remarkable, just like I am. Well, except that I am “Remarkable Rugby Jones” and they are remarkable Glenda’s Mom and Dad. Don’t you agree?”

Bullying: Make It Simple

bullyingWhat is the deal with bullying? I mean really? What is it that give bullies such a charge when they are mean?

Maybe the bullies…

  • Don’t feel empathy and so they can’t understand how bullied kids feel.
  • Think there is some pay off for hurting other kids.
  • Are jealous of other kids.
  • Don’t have to suffer consequences.
  • Haven’t been taught about The Golden Rule.

Whatever the reasons are, something needs to be done to stop them. I think a lot of people make bullying situations too complicated. When that happens, the solution to stopping the bullies gets too complicated. When solutions are too complicated, nobody succeeds.

Who wants complicated? Being nice is simple and so should the way we stop bullying. Since bullies aren’t kind we need to do simple things to stop them. When the bullying situations are explained in simple ways, the solutions can be explained in simple ways that everyone gets. When they get it, they can succeed at stopping the bullies.

Bullying – Make It Simple

If you are a kid:

  • Team up with a kid who is being bullied and ask other kids to join your team. There is strength in numbers.
  • Ask someone specific to team up with you if you are being bullied. Then ask that kid to get others to team up with you.
  • Try not to show your sadness when someone hurts your feelings. Instead you can say something like, “ Does making a comment like that help you feel better about yourself?” And then walk away.

If you are an adult:

  • Pay closer attention to what is happening with the kids around you.
  • Let kids know that bullying will not be tolerated and give appropriate consequences.
  • Be fair and make sure that the consequences apply to everyone. Don’t make excuses. Bullying is bullying.

That’s pretty simple… don’t you think? Kindness is shameless and painless. I would love to have you on the Rugby Jones’ No Bully Zones Team! How about it?

Special Needs Kids Christmas Gift

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There are only 21 days until Christmas and I want to do something special for some special needs kids. Do you want to help me? I’m sure you do because you care and the holiday season is a special time to show how much we care.

I want to give some of my Rugby Jones plush toys to some special needs kids. There are lots of kids who may not get special toys and there are many kids who need my help so that they will understand that being disabled is just a stumbling block on the way to a great future. Special needs kids need to gain self esteem and their parents need support and we can help.

My job is to get the stuffed Rugbys in the mail in time for Christmas and your job is to tell me about a special needs kid or a group of special needs kids that you know. We need to receive your comments by December 14th at midnight. We will decide which comments describe the kids who are most deserving of receiving the stuffed “me.” We will mail the packages on the 15th. How cool is that?

Help Special Needs Kids by Telling Us:

  • Why this child or children should receive the stuffed Rugby Plush Toys. (This is the most important part of your job!)
  • The age of the child or children
  • The name and address of a responsible adult who will accept the package and give it to the child or group of children in time for Christmas – No P.O Boxes please!

That’s it. What could be an easier way to show that you are aware and care about special needs kids?  So… all you have to do is give a little bit of your time and send a comment on this site or send a DM to me @RugbyJones if you are on Twitter. (Or you can DM @RugbyJonesMom on Twitter. ) You could even email me at Rugby at RugbyJones dot com.  (We will send a message to you making sure that your email address is correct and would appreciate your giving your name so that we can mention that you were the one who cared. Your email address will not be shared with anyone.) If you have any questions, just ask!

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In case you don’t know me very well, you can read this.“Rugby Jones shows us what it is like to be different – and that being different is okay. In his own lovably cocky style, Rugby introduces us to his family and friends, talks about his injuries, his feelings, and his determination. There are scores of pictures that illustrate the story and really make it more than just a story, but of a shared journey with friends you get to know and love.” Rugby’s heartwarming and humorous narrative is filled with hope and understanding as he shares his earnest lessons on life. Guess what? Rugby just might be your hero if you give him the chance. (The “Tail” of Rugby Jones: A Rascal’s Journey from Disability to Ability is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or https://www.rugbyjones.com )

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Rugby Jones: Who Is He?

 Rugby Jones: Who Is He?

There are several answers to that question depending on who is being asked the question.

Rugby Jones:

Well, I am glad you asked. I am a “fantasticomundo” and very abled dog even though I have special needs. My body was perfect for a long time but then I had an accident and now I need a wheelchair to get around. I love my wheelchair so much that I gave it a name, “Zoomie.” I love all kinds of kids and want to help them in anyway I can!
What makes me really special is that I can talk in a way that kids understand. I am there for kids and adults who need me.  I get what it’s like to lose confidence and feel alone when things go wrong. I am very honest and I say exactly what I think so everyone trusts me. I am not afraid to stand up to bullies because I understand them. The reason is that one time a very long time ago I was a bully. I bullied my brother and I am so sorry about that because I know how much I hurt him. I never bullied anyone after that. In fact I learned what it was like to be bullied too because I was bullied and that scared me a lot. So I guess what I’m saying is that I get kids. I get low self-esteem and I get bullying. I get what it’s like to be different and that’s why I teach the importance of accepting the differences in others. Ask me anything and I will tell you what I think. Get ready because what I say might surprise you!

Claudia Broome:

Rugby Jones: Who Is He?  Rugby is my dog, my friend, my teacher and my hero. When I adopted Rugby Jones, he was a happy and exuberant rascal. He explored everywhere and got into everything. Then he had a freak accident and became paralyzed.  It was a very sad time for both of us and during that time, we got closer than we had ever been. As I watched Rugby experience life in a wheelchair, I noticed the reaction that everyone had to his antics.  People, especially children were drawn to him and he had a profound effect on them.

Rugby Jones has a Can Do Attitude that goes far beyond what the adult world calls living with a disability. For Rugby, it is all about ability, the ability to live every day fully regardless of any particular circumstance. And because of that he has become an example of the fact that life is what each of us makes it. Rugby Jones offers a convincing message to everyone who reads, listens or watches him make his way through the ups and downs of life. That message is based on love, belief, courage and a positive attitude.

The Message: BELIEVE!

If you can remember one thing, this is it!

Believe it and you can achieve it!

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