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Dog Park Diary Paperback – April 24, 2008
From the Publisher
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
"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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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! Read more
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. Read morePublished on August 1, 2008 by Net