The little girl is afraid of some big dogs. A Great Dane once hurt her sister’s friend, she said.
She knows Clifford would never do that, though.
“He could probably scare away other dogs,” she said.
While kids waited to meet Clifford and eat birthday cake, they played games.
There was the relay race. Boys and girls crawled on all fours as they raced to get the bone at the end of a mat.
That was Katrell’s favorite part.
Other kids dug through plastic bins full of shredded paper to find the bones Clifford had buried there.
Along the way, some kids got sidetracked as they threw handfuls of shredded paper in the air and watched it fall like rain.
At a nearby station, one little boy tossed bean bags into a dog dish.
A sign above the game gave him instructions.
It said, “Clifford ate all his food. Can you refill his bowl before Emily Elizabeth gets home? Just toss it.”
The Damron brothers spent their time at a Clifford craft table. They used construction paper, glue and stickers to create works of art.
“I builded a Clifford out of paper,” 3-year-old Jude said.
Four-year-old Gabriel got on the floor to show just how small his own dog is. But if the dog ever grew as big as Clifford, Gabriel would definitely ride him, he said with a smile.
Their mother said they watch the Clifford television shows and read the books every day.
“They love him,” she said.