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Product Details

  • Paperback: 60 pages
  • Publisher: Primary Sources Books, imprint of Wyatt-MacKenzie (April 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932279938
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932279931
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,914,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An opinionated beagle visits her local dog park every day and records what happened -- who was there, what they did, what they said and thought, what games they played, and especially what they smelled.

Goody Beagle brought her human with her to write it all down, and invited a photographer to come along too, to capture the dogs of the dog park in pictures. It's a doggy soap opera come to life!

If you have a dog and visit your local dog park, you will recognize the inter-canine dynamics on every page. If you don't have a dog, reading this book might motivate you to visit one, just so you can experience the drama of what goes on there.

You may never smell things in the same way again.


More About the Author

Kim Pearson is an author, ghostwriter, editor and writing coach. She is the owner of Primary Sources, a writing service dedicated to helping other people become authors of polished, professional, and compelling books, blogs and articles. Kim teaches workshops and teleclasses on writing, history, and ghostwriting, which have gathered high praise and recognition.

Kim is the author of four books of fiction, three books of poetry, a non-fiction work, Making History: How to Remember, Record, Interpret and Share the Events of Your Life, and Dog Park Diary: the social round of Goody Beagle ("ghostwritten" for a dog!) In addition she has ghostwritten or edited over 50 books, telling the stories of a wide variety of people and covering a broad range of topics. Learn more about Kim on her website www.primary-sources.com.

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Overall, the humor in this book works well for both children and adults.
Breeni Books
Additionally, Dog Park Diary serves as a great guide for potential dog owners as to general breed characteristics, especially charm and temperment.
Elaine Mcbride
Readers who love dogs will enjoy hearing what Goody REALLY thinks about the park and its frequent visitors.
CokiCola

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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If you've ever wondered what your dog was thinking, Goody Beagle may have the answer. Dog Park Diary: The Social Round of Goody Beagle describes life at a dog park in great detail. This is the story of Goody Beagle as told to her human, Kim Pearson. The story is perfect for animal lovers of all ages.

Dog Park Diary focuses on the daily events at a dog park. Each day, Goody Beagle and "her human" go to the park. It's a daily doggie soap opera with conflicts among the dogs and occasionally their owners. The dogs form friendships and deal with conflicts among the group. Goody even copes with being snubbed because she doesn't have a red collar.

The dog park is a snooty little place. As Goody describes each dog, she gives some of the breed's characteristic behaviors. Obviously, she is more than a bit biased towards beagles. Just from an educational standpoint, I would have liked to see more mutts included. There is only one true mutt in the book, and he was abandoned. As a result, he has some personality problems. Goody's tone when talking about Crockett Mutt is a bit condescending. I realize that this humor is rather tongue-in-cheek, but that tiny section bothered me. This is a good opportunity to show children (and adults) that all breeds and mixes are wonderful pets. Instead, Pearson missed the mark.

Overall, the humor in this book works well for both children and adults. The story is told solely from Goody Beagle's perspective. She is a bit biased toward other beagles, but her observations are hilarious. She is a witty little dog with a sharp eye for detail. She notices everything and comments on it. One of Goody's funniest observations regards the "sniff butt" greeting at the dog park. She thinks humans should try it even though they would look silly doing it.
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My ten year old loved this book. He asked me to write this:

"This book is the funniest dog book I've ever read, and the photos are GREAT! All the dogs are very cute, and the story is funny. Mark, age 10."
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By CokiCola on August 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
It's hardly high society, but don't tell the dogs at Goody Beagle's favorite venue that their dog park is anything but THE place to go for socializing and maybe a treat or two. "Dog Park Diary: The social round of Goody Beagle" chronicles a week at the Robinswood Dog Park in Bellevue, Wash., as told through the eyes of ... you guessed it, Goody Beagle.

A keen observer and somewhat opinionated hound, Goody introduces the reader to his many friends. She also offers commentary on other dogs at the park and explains proper dog park etiquette, including the all-important meet-and-greet. Of course, doggie greetings involve a bit of sniffing, but as Goody explains, it's important to know who is friendly and who is not. It's also a great way to size up new visitors or find out what kind of mood regulars might be in that day.

Goody's owner and the author of the book, Kim Pearson, has successfully found the voice of her canine companion, which makes this 60-page book entertaining and an easy read. Readers who love dogs will enjoy hearing what Goody REALLY thinks about the park and its frequent visitors. The book also includes photographs by award-winning photographer, Anne Lindsay. No dog diary is complete without a pictorial romp in the park with Goody and her friends.

A dog's life may not be laced with as much drama as those of their human counterparts, but they love life and their human companions. And when they interact, they can be very much like humans as well. On second thought, perhaps there is a place where the "Dogs of Society" howl. There's no better way to find out than to pick up a copy of "Dog Park Diary" and settle back for a look at Goody's world through her soulful eyes. Maybe you'll find out just why dogs enjoy being dogs. One good sniff goes a long, long way!
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By Net on August 1, 2008
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How refreshing. Try to pick your favorite day in the diary, they are all great. Going to the dog park with my dogs has increased our bond even though I still can't speak dog. The lessons in manners from Goody and her friends will give you some idea of what your dog is trying to tell you. The photography couldn't be better. Everyone should enjoy Dog Park Diary.
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