Doggie Diaries: Adventures at the Library

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Doggie Diaries: Adventures at the Library

Photo of Ava the dog at the libraryPhoto of Ava the dog reading with a girl

From Ava’s Diary: Tuesday, March 2, 2011

Hi, all. It’s me, Ava. I got freshly groomed, so I’d be silky smooth and lovely smelling at the library tonight. I wore some new, festive ribbons for the occasion. I also wore my special red, riding harness; it’s my personal seat-belt for when I travel by car. I love to travel and meet new people.

It’s always special when I go to the library. I take my job as a PAL Reading Specialist very seriously. In all, I have three jobs; Reading Specialist, Park Guide and Hospital Assistant. I am a hard-working dog. Work hard, play hard is my motto!

One of the BEST things about going to the library is the T-R-E-A-T-S. I love them and consider myself a connoisseur of finer foods. And, as you can see, I know how to spell treats. It’s true; I am of above average intelligence. Jack Pretlusky may even consider me a genius! I love his poem "My Dog May be a Genius." Here it is in case you don’t know it, as seen on page 7 in My Dog May be a Genius: Poems  by Jack Pretlusky:

My dog may be a genius,
and in fact, there's little doubt.
He recognizes many words,
unless I spell them out.
If I so much as whisper "walk,"
he hurries off at once
to fetch his leash... it's evident
my dog is not a dunce.

I can't say "food" in front of him,
I spell f-o-o-d,
and he goes wild unless I spell
his t-r-e-a-t.
But recently this tactic
isn't working out too well.
I think my d-o-g has learned
to s-p-e-l-l.

Isn’t that a great poem?

Well, tonight I heard some great stories, too. I really enjoyed Dogs by Emily Gravett and Clifford Goes to Washington by Norman Bridwell. Dog stories and adventure stories are my favorites!

Wags away,

Photo of Ava the dog reading with a girlPhoto of Ava the dog up close with a baby

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