How many times as a doggie parent, have you been in the company of other dogs and witnessed behavior, everything from stellar to “I pray someone didn’t just see him do that” and you are certain that YOUR dog is the ONLY dog who does that?
Well, my friends, you are WRONG!
Somewhere, someplace there is a dog (or DOGS) who do the same thing!
Whew!! I thought it was just me!
My Dog Does That by author Elizabeth Parker is a book that is full of light-bulb-moments and levity and is a quick-read at 143 pages (I finished it within two hours), that will leave you nodding your head and saying to yourself (yes doggie parents are known to talk to themselves!) “My Dog Does That!!”
I am not going to cite every example in this book because frankly it will take the fun away from purchasing it and reading it yourself, but let me offer you a few examples of Dakota’s “quirks” and I bet you that you will find at least ONE that strikes a chord of familiarity with YOU and your beloved four-legger!
1) He HATES taking walks
2) He barks at everything known to man
3) He eats whatever is within his reach, no questions asked
4) Dakota is a thief, he will “steal” whatever isn’t nailed down
5) Dakota’s favorite day is “laundry day” he will wait at my side pretending to be intently focused on me folding the clothes, he IS but it is because he is on-the-alert for a sock that just might escape from the pile.
6) He has eaten cell phones, table legs, CD cases, combs, and wood from the molding on our front door.
Nodding yet? I thought so.
To those who are, that is exactly what you will be doing when you read “My Dog Does That.” Dog lovers, you aren’t alone!!
Just today my husband and I were at my sister-in-laws when their Labradoodle started attacking the huge glass window in the family room accompanied by scratching, jumping and maniacal barking. Why? There was a man walking a dog outside…not overly close by mind you, just within the range of his vision.
My first thought?
“MY dog does THAT!”
My friends, the things that YOUR dog and MY dog do are the very things that this book is about. The moments that embarrass us, appall us, make us beam with pride or make us love our dogs because these actions and moments are what MAKE our dogs, well…DOGS and are what make them special, are exactly what this endearing book is about.
One of many chapters that I enjoyed was Chapter 3 “Follow The Leader” where Parker talks about three separate categories of dog behavior and what they mean. There is The Nurturing Type, Nonchalant Dogs and The Immature Dogs.
I wasn’t surprised at all to find that Dakota fit the last category. Here is the description:
“this type is the equivalent of a two-year old child except that they never grow up. You may find that they continually chew things well into their adult years, or are consistently getting into trouble. More often than not, they believe their real name is “NO!” (In Dakota’s case HIS real name is “drop it!” or “TRADE!”)
“they are the fun dogs; the ones who seem to want to put on a show just to entertain you”
“at the end of the day they are the ones that usually need to be hugged, coddled, snuggled and loved.”
Another favorite chapter was “You Might Be A Dog Lover….” and the characteristics that WE as dog lovers have that I bet you thought were just unique to YOU!
Well, they’re not!
Have I piqued your interest? I hope so! Pick up a copy of My Dog Does That and somewhere in this light-hearted and FUN book you will find a description of doggie behavior (positive or negative) that will so strongly resonate with you that you will SWEAR that Elizabeth has written about YOUR dog!
You know what? I bet she HAS!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Elizabeth Parker was born and raised in New York.
“As an avid dog lover, I volunteer for a few dog rescue organizations, as well as donate a portion of the proceeds from all of my books to some that I strongly believe in.”
Elizabeth lives in Las Vegas, NV with her husband.
We were not compensated for this review. We received Elizabeth’s books to read/review. All opinions are our own.