Doggie Diaries: Adventures at the Library

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Doggie Diaries: Adventures at the Library

Photo of Harpo the dogPhoto of Harpo the dog reading with a girl at the library






From Harpo's Diary: Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ah… The good ‘ol days! This back-to-school season reminds me of my days at Puppy Kindergarten. I was big for my age, even back then. And I smiled a big toothy grin and beamed with pride when I received my diploma from See Spot Sit. Now, agility school was a different matter. I was not so gifted. My trainer must have confused me with a horse, because she expected me run and jump over bars like a thorough-bred. I ran, leaped, and knocked each and every bar over. As I was the only dog to manage to do this 100% of the time, I think I still came out a winner!

Fortunately, I found my groove at PAL. I am a perfect reading companion. I chill out and let the story carry me away. If a student struggles a bit with a big or bizarre word, then I wait patiently for them to sound it out. If I get the inkling that a student is ready for a mini-break, then I flop my paw on the page and give them a cheeky “let’s play” look. Kids love to read to the big, blond fluff ball (A.K.A. yours truly), and I love to be in the center of the action. It’s a win-win combo.

Tonight I heard Mutt Dog!  by Stephen Michael King (and whisked away a tear), Sally Goes to the Farm by Stephen Huneck (and thought "You go, girl!") , Hands Are Not for Hitting by Martine Agassi (and nodded knowingly), and Wag by Patrick McDonnell (and thumped my tail in appreciation).

Some children read to me while others made back-to-school doggie crafts. I am a disaster with a glue stick; however, I hope one of my human helpers makes one for me! Here’s what you need and what you do to make a Back-to-School Doggie Craft.


  • Card stock
  • Doggie image
  • Tail image
  • Book image
  • Blank sheets of paper
  • 2 Velcro tabs
  • Brad fastener
  • Markers, crayons, colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Paper punch
  • Glue stick


  1. Glue doggie image to card stock.
  2. Color doggie image, and then cut it out.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the doggie tail.
  4. Use paper punch to punch a hole in dog tail and in doggie’s hind end.
  5. Insert brad into the two holes to make the doggie's tail wag-able.
  6. Create the book by gluing the book image to the card stock, color and cut out.
  7. Insert pages in the book and staple.
  8. Attach one Velcro bit tot the back of the book and 1 Velcro bit to the doggie’s chest.
  9. Use the doggie book to write a doggie story, list of tricks to teach the dog or whatever good idea you have.
  10. Enjoy your doggie craft, or give it to someone to enjoy.

Off to water the plants!

Peace and Love,
The Big H (A.K.A. Harpo)

Note: Harpo has been blogging for a full year. Read his other 14 diary entries:
Read Harpo’s September 29, 2010 Diary
Read Harpo’s October 13, 2010 Diary
Read Harpo’s November 17, 2010 Diary
Read Harpo’s November 24, 2010 Diary
Read Harpo’s December 15, 2010 Diary
Read Harpo’s January 12, 2011 Diary
Read Harpo’s February 2, 2011 Diary
Read Harpo’s February 9, 2011 Diary
Read Harpo’s March 8, 2011 Diary
Read Harpo’s March 22, 2011 Diary
Read Harpo’s May 10, 2011 Diary
Read Harpo’s May 24, 2011 Diary
Read Harpo’s June 14, 2011 Diary
Read Harpo's July 19, 2011 Diary

Photo of Harpo the dog listening to a girl read at the libraryPhoto of Back-to-School Doggie Craft