Book:”Sugar’s Furry Friend” by Author, Maria Rosalyn Acero: FREE on KINDLE, June 4th and June 5th only!

Hi everyone!

It’s Dakota and I have some pawsome news for you today!

When Mom was at BlogPaws, one of her most favorite things was getting to meet Sugar The Golden Retriever’s Mom, Rosalyn! It was ALMOST as good as meeting Sugar herself!

What? You don’t know Sugar? Who DOESN’T know Sugar!? Sugar is a beautiful Golden Retriever with a blog that is full of “golden moments” and love! You can visit Sugar’s blog here


When Mom met Rosalyn at BlogPaws, Rosalyn gave Mom a copy of a special book that she wrote in honor of “10 Golden years” she has spent with Sugar! Here it is!

sugar book cover 1 from rosalyn


Isn’t this just the BEST!!??

sugar book cover dakota sniffingsugar book cover dakota on floor with it

sugar book cover dakota reading inside

sugar book cover dakota looking up 2

sugar book cover dakota looking up so pretty


You can also purchase the book online

by clicking here

sugar book cover dakota paw on sugar


Book Review & Give-Away “Menagerie”, Sharon Montrose, Illustration and Lettering by Julianna Swaney

From the publisher: “Montrose’s artful presentation gives each animal a pronounced identity…she groups her photographs in unique, playful chapters under the titles Forest, Babies, Primates, Reptiles, Birds, Farm, Cats, and Hoofstock. The animals photographed for MENAGERIE are real live animals, raised (and most rescued) by loving and dedicated animal keepers and handlers who care for them as their own and ensured their welfare while being photographed. Montrose further enhances the indelible personalities of her subjects by incorporating beautiful hand-lettered text by illustrator Julianna Swaney. Animal lovers and design enthusiasts alike will go wild for Sharon’s best photography book yet.”

My feelings? The photographs are charming, this is a coffee table book pure and simple. Being candid, it left me wanting more. There are a few pages with captions such as a charming photo of a giraffe with the caption “put your head in the clouds”.  The captions are few and far between. I would have preferred seeing captions connected with each photo.

Those that prefer visuals over words may disagree.

When I read the description of this book on the publishers’ website I was stunned to see that it is geared at those ages 18 and over. I felt it would function better as a learning book for elementary age children.

The photographs are quite nice and would be a great conversation starter with a child. A parent could turn the pages and ask questions that pertain to each animal.

Am I off-base? Purchase this book and decide for yourself or if you have viewed it already feel free to leave a comment and correct me if I am wrong.

ABOUT SHARON MONTROSE: “her definitive photographic style and extensive experience in the animal industry have made her one of the most sought-after photographers specializing in animals. Her work is featured in ten published photography books: Dogtionary and Cationary, as well as the Lightweights and Lightweights Littermates series, Carry-Ons, and Mutts. Sharon also shoots commercially for some of the world’s foremost pet industry brands. Her Animal Series images are part of numerous private collections. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two dogs. Visit her at

ABOUT JULIANNA SWANEY: “born in Michigan and grew up playing outside with her dogs and cats, going on family vacations to historical sites, and going to antique stores, all of which continue to be an influence on her work. She attended Maine College of Art and got her BFA in 2005. She now makes a living from her artwork in Portland, Oregon. Visit her at


ISBN: 978-0-06-204920-9

GIVE-AWAY: if you would like to win a copy of this book, please leave a comment below. The contest deadline is Monday, December 12 at 11pm EST. The winner will be chosen by and will be announced Wednesday, December 14th. Contest is open to everyone ages 18 and older.)

Good Luck!



BOOK REVIEW:BARK PARK Written & Illustrated By Karen Gray Ruelle

After days and days of neglect, Mom finally sat down with me to read one of many books that were mailed to our house for Mom and I to review.

The most recent of the list is Bark Park!

Bark Park is the perfect bedtime story book for little pups (primarily human pups) ages 2 to 6.

There are brightly colored, lively illustrations that show all sorts of doggies romping and playing in the park.  Some of the illustrations show a Dalmatian, Scottie, Dachshund, Poodle, just to name a few.

There are mutts, old dogs, digging dogs, barking dogs, finding bone and ball dogs, all sorts of dogs!

There was one breed of dog  of the many that were featured that I didn’t see in Bark Park (maybe Mom and I missed it?) SHELTIES!

Where are the Shelties?

There is an illustration of what appears to be a Collie with (ready for this?) a CAT in its mouth!!

My brother Cody refused to pose with this illustration, BOL!


Needless to say, my brother Cody was NOT amused by THAT in the least!

Bark Park is fun!

As it says in the inside sleeve:

“Energetic rhymes are punctuated with cheerful illustrations in this bouncy, fast-paced frolic. It’s doggone delightful!”

Here is an example:

“Thin dog, grin dog, gulping, lapping.  Hairless, careless, digging, yapping. Pack dog, track dog, on the prowl. Curly, surly, woof and growl.”

If you are looking for a fun, fast reading, adorably written/illustrated children’s book about dogs, head on over to Bark Park!



  • Hardcover: $15.95
  • ISBN: 978-1-56145-434-1
  • Total Pages: 32
  • Size: 10 3/8 x 8 1/2
  • Language: English



Karen Gray Ruelle has written and illustrated a number of books, including Bark ParkHidden on the Mountain: Stories of Children Sheltered From the Nazis in Le Chambon (which she co-authored with Deborah Durland DeSaix), The Tree, and theHarry and Emily series. She has also worked as an editor, a reviewer, and a librarian. She lives in New York.”