- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 6
- Paperback: 50 pages
- Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (September 30, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1457532689
- ISBN-13: 978-1457532689
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,866,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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True Tails from the Dog Park Paperback – September 30, 2014
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illustrations were awesome. Before I gave the books to them for Christmas I had to read the book myself. Waiting for book number two.
Every person that owns a dog or plans to own one should read this book.
Written from the perspective of doggy pals Max (a Puggle) and Luther (an Olde English Bulldog), True Tails From The Dog Park is a collection of tips, rules, and often hilarious adventures the two have experienced together at the dog park.
Full of sage advice on things like proper dog park etiquette, how to safely mix dogs and kids at the park, as well as beneficial health and grooming advice, this brief read is as entertaining as it is informative.
This cute little book will make you laugh and smile- both from the humorous accounts of their experiences, as well as the adorable cartoon illustrations by Julie Ann Stricklin.
I couldn’t help but note how I could have used much of the advice in this book before taking my lab mix Jack to the park for the first time -advice like “always be aware of your dog”, which may have prevented myself from being flipped upside down and landing in the mud as Jack careened into me while chasing another dog (I’m sure none of the other doggy parents at the park have forgotten that incident!).
If you are an animal lover and are looking for a good laugh- with some helpful advice thrown into the mix- then I recommend you pick up a copy of True Tails from the Dog Park. A charming book for dog lovers of all ages!
Rating: 3.5 stars
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
The stories are told from the perspective of Max and Luther and enlighten the reader to what is good etiquette at the dog park and what is not. Max and Luther are very social creatures and want to play with all of the other dogs that enter the off-leash park, but some of the humans there make things a little difficult for them and their humans, Kari and Carey.
Some of the dog owners try too hard to control their dogs behaviors, much to the dismay of Max and Luther. Each story in the book teaches a lesson to dog owners as well as answers many questions that dog owners might have: What are the dog park rules? How do you approach a new dog at the park? What behaviors, however peculiar, will be noticed at the park?
I loved the illustrations throughout the book and would definitely recommend it to new and old dog owners alike.
Max and Luther chronicle positive things that have happened while at the park. For instance, that is the place that brought the authors together, both the two humans and two dogs, to form a great friendship. It is also a wonderful place for them to be able to run and play without being on a leash.
Most of the negative incidents have usually involved people who don't like normal canine behavior, even in a dog park. Since Max and Luther are usually off-leash in the park, they often want to play with other dogs that come in. This can cause the animals to get dirty, which has upset some of the owners.
Other owners have wanted to eat, or attempt to picnic, on the grounds of the park. With dogs running loose in the same environment, it is easy to see how that could be a recipe for disaster as curious dogs invite themselves to sample the human food as well.
There was also the time an individual came to the park who was allergic to dogs, and demanded that all the owners keep their dogs away from him. Max and Luther are often puzzled why people come to dog parks, and do not want dogs to be themselves.
This small volume, 47 pages, attempts to point out why some behavior won't work in a dog park, and gives some tips on things that will. Throughout the text are illustrations and "dog park rules" which address different topics. There are also sections of the Dog Park Journal that alternate with Max or Luther individually addressing topics ranging from what to feed your four legged friends to what to expect if dog toys are brought to the park.
This book would be good for anyone who might visit a dog park, it would let the reader know what to expect both for people and their furry friends. I recommend this volume for teen and adult readers that own, or have an interest in, dogs.
I'd like to thank the authors for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.