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Dog Park Diary Paperback – April 24, 2008

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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.


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: 8.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 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: #4,366,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kim Pearson is an author, ghostwriter, and the owner of Primary Sources, a writing service that helps others become authors of polished, professional, and compelling books. She is the author of fifteen books, including award-winning "Making History: how to remember, record, interpret and share the events of your life"; and "Dog Park Diary" (ghostwritten for a dog!), and her new 7-book series "The Haiku Book of Days". She has ghostwritten (for people) more than 45 non-fiction books and memoirs, which tell the stories of a wide variety of people and cover a broad range of topics, from saxophones to finance, city histories to hypnotherapy, psychic horses to constipation, and many points in between. Her online program "Learn to Ghost" teaches others the art and business of ghostwriting: Her blog "From the Compost" shares her musings about the writing and ghosting life: To learn more about her books or services, visit

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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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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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Format: Paperback
Follow Goodie the beagle on a weeks worth of visits to her local dog park in Kim Pearson's new book
"DOG PARK DIARY the social round of Goody Beagle"
Goody shares her experiences and insights as she sniffs snacks and socializes her week away. She introduces us to her friends and enlightens us to the ways of the different "clans" as she describes them. The photographs beautifully bring Goody's story to life. This book will make you want to get in on the fun so grab a leash and your dog and read it at the nearest dog park!
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By Elaine Mcbride on July 25, 2008
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Dog Park Diary is entertaining on several levels. Adult dog owners will concur that the human attributes ascribed to the various breeds are very perceptive (trust me, I once owned a beagle!). Kids will enjoy the dog interaction through the text and photographs. Additionally, Dog Park Diary serves as a great guide for potential dog owners as to general breed characteristics, especially charm and temperment. A very original book!
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