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. Children will find the obvious jokes very funny. Adults will see some of the less obvious jokes as even funnier.
The diary covers the activities of one week at the dog park. Each day is filled with different dogs and different doggie drama. Some of the days are hilarious, such as when "the Mad Pee-er" and Sigmund C. Terrier are both in the park. Sigmund thinks he is Goody's boyfriend, despite her dislike for him. Meanwhile, "the Mad Pee-er" runs around the park doing just what his name describes. When seen through Goody's eyes, this is a very funny spectacle.
The pictures in Dog Park Diary are adorable. Anne Lindsay really did a great job of capturing the behavior of the dogs. I know that could not have been easy. There are also numerous pictures. Each dog that is mentioned in the story appears in at least one photo. Readers can put a face to each dog in the story. It also makes it easier to envision some of the behaviors that Goody describes. I also like the fact that her dog also appears in the book. That's really just a nice touch in a cute book.
Dog Park Diary is a fun book for kids and adults. Dog owners in particular will appreciate the humor, and the pictures are wonderful. It is truly enjoyable for all ages.
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!
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!
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!
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.
My dog and I frequent this dog park and Kim has described it perfectly. I have often remarked to others that I wish I knew what the dogs were thinking or telling each other. Kim has told this story from her dog's perspective and she has done a great job. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a dog or is thinking of getting one.