Doggie Diaries: Adventures at the Library

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Doggie Diaries: Adventures at the Library

Photo of Fenway the dog Photo of Fenway the dog reading with a family at the library






From Fenway's Diary: July 26, 2011

I am a good swimmer. I took swimming lessons. The instructor made me wear water wings and a doggie vest. It was a little embarrassing, but it kept me safe. Safety first! I passed with flying colors. I display my Aqua Doggie certificate next to my PAL certificate over my water dish. And there is plenty of room to display my next accomplishments. I have been thinking about skydiving, or Doggie Diving, as I like to call it!

Summertime is a time to be creative and explore new hobbies. When I am not swimming, I am either chasing birds or sticking my nose in the sand. I love summer!

It seems the doggies in the stories I heard tonight also enjoy living full, free, rich lives. I heard Mutt Dog by Stephen Michael King and Wag by Patrick McDonnell. I highly recommend both of those books!

Before I head over to the library to see what information they have on skydiving, I think I’ll make one of those cute little mats that Miss Julie and the children made. I will probably just use my own paw and not the sponges shaped like paws that they used. However, if any of my human friends want to make one, here are the supplies and steps to help you:

Please Wipe Your Paws Welcome Mat Craft


  • Sponges cut into paw pads
  • Brown paint poured into a wide, open container
  • 1 piece of construction paper
  • Colorful yarn cut into 3” pieces
  • Hole puncher
  • Markers


  1. Position the piece of construction paper horizontally.
  2. Punch holes along the left and right edges of the paper.
  3. Thread the yarn pieces through the holes, and tie them in knots. (Note: Be creative. You can design your own color pattern or mix and match, use one piece of yarn or two!)
  4. Dip the sponge in the brown paint, and dab it on the paper to form doggie foot prints.
  5. Use the markers to write a message on your mat.
  6. Let your creation dry.
  7. Enjoy your beautiful art, or give it to someone to enjoy!

Go Red Sox!

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Photo of Fenway the dog reading with a girl at the libraryPhoto of the Please wipe your paws rug craft