Dog Book Review: Diary of an Airedale by P.J. Erickson

It is a most pleasant experience to sit down on a quiet Friday night, cup of coffee, comfy couch, my dog and cat resting comfortably, husband busy on his computer, and proceed to open a book that from the FIRST page you instantly KNOW you are going to love it.

That is how I felt when I began reading:

Cover photo courtesy of Alf's Place. Click to visit his website!!

Cover photo courtesy of Alf’s Place. Click to visit his website!!

On the first page:

“A dog has the soul of a philosopher”—-Plato

I was instantly hooked.  That quote happens to be one of my favorites, and, having minored in Philosophy I am drawn to “deep thinkers” and love to ponder all that encompasses life.

From Diary of an Airedale, a quote by P.J. Erickson:

“for everyone out there who knows what others do not, that the four-legged fur baby in their family has evolved into a thinking, feeling, individual character and is no longer-just a dog.

Diary of an Airedale by P.J. Erickson is told in the voice of “Alf”, (for those of you old enough to remember the TV show of the zany alien named Alf, yep, that is who THIS “Alf” was named after!), who just happens to be the FIRST Airedale to EVER pen (or paw), a journal!!!

Remember that I said I am drawn to “deep thinkers?” Well, that would be Alf! Diary of an Airedale is a journal about Alf’s first year of life, as seen through HIS eyes!  Let me tell you, Alf is one intelligent Airedale. He is sensitive, insightful, funny, as well as FUN. And…this dog can WRITE!!!

Excerpts from a sample chapter:

August 12th A journal? Airedales don’t write journals. Well, of course they don’t. I dictated it. Voice to text software has come a long way. Now it can translate any language, taking us into uncharted areas, like my mind. See, all things are possible. So read on, I have lots to say. Hmm, where to start? Well, the beginning might be a good place.


While narrating Diary of an Airedale, Alf is ever-mindful of his own superior intelligence, he is full of sass and spunk and set out to write his journal in a manner which would do justice to his breed, the distinguished Airedale Terrier tribe. Alf is respectful and mindful of the standards he needs to uphold!

Diary of an Airedale trailer


A puppy’s first year of life is chock full of FIRSTS! From the first memories of their surroundings, to leaving their pack, moving to their new forever home for the FIRST time, their first time learning commands, different foods, making friends, the list goes on and on.

All of these exciting “firsts” are told to us with love and the “soul of a philosopher”, in this case, the “philosopher is Alf.”

About Alf’s pack being broken up from the sample chapter:

“Everyone has to live their own life Alf. Some of your brothers and sisters have already left for their new homes. I’m sad because they went far away and we will never see them again, but it’s the way it has to be. Diane makes sure you all go to loving families who have good homes and enclosed yards, so you shouldn’t be afraid. You should look forward to a new adventure. Your dad and I expect you to carry the Airedale standard with you and make your new family proud.” I stopped talking, horrified at this news – to be taken away from my family to a strange place, so soon. I’d barely had my eyes open long enough to explore this place. This was going to be a bad thing, I knew, despite Mom’s assurances. So I said, “But I’ll be lonely without you and what if there aren’t any other pups to play with and how come you guys get to stay here? I don’t want to go.” Mom explained. “In this matter, we’re the same as a human family. We love you all and don’t want any of you to go and that’s why I’m sad but your dad and I and your uncles and aunts got here the same way.”

To read an interview with Alf after publishing his first journal, click here!!!

Photo courtesy of Alf's Place

Photo courtesy of Alf’s Place

Caption for the above photo:“This is my favorite chair. At least it was until I ate the seat. Now I have to sit on the grass. Bummer. How was I to know?”

Diary of an Airedale is PURE JOY!!

There are many things that I loved about this book, and at the top of my list is, it is BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN. There is no bizarre dog “baby talk” (translating to words that are unintelligible). Simply put, Diary of an Airedale is pure, honest, from the heart, charming, full of love and a complete joy to read.

As many of you know, I have easily reviewed at least a 100 books, and Diary of an Airedale ranks right up at the top of the list of books that provided me with sheer enjoyment.

I have to be candid, I enjoyed this book SO MUCH that each time I turned the page, I kept waiting for the book to take a turn for the worse, (as in something horrible happening to make this 200+ page book turn into a tear-jerker), and thankfully, that NEVER happened!

It was completely refreshing, surprising and a most welcome treat to read a book that MADE ME FEEL GOOD!  My ONLY complaint….there are NO PHOTOS in the book. For Alf’s next book:photos please!!!

Photo Courtesy of Alf's Place

Photo Courtesy of Alf’s Place

A WORD FROM ALF: Don’t forget to spread the word to all your Airedale friends. I need to sell lots of copies so I can pay my pack back for some of the money I cost them. Then perhaps they’ll get me a playmate.

Visit Alf on his website and on Facebook!

Ebook edition

Available from your favorite online retailer or just click here.

Price: $2.99

Publication date:  June 21, 2014

 ISBN# 9781310518805

ALSO AVAILABLE ON AMAZON (I have the paperback version)

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IN FULL DISCLOSURE: I was not compensated for this review. I received a copy of Diary of an Airedale by P.J. Erickson in exchange for my honest review.






  1. Always love reading things about pawbabies like me, thanks
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  2. Oh that does look like a cute book. The expression on that dog’s.face is priceless.
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  3. Oh, this sounds like a great book! I’ll have to look for it as I would love to read another Terrier’s point of view!
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  4. Airedales are sweet pups. Our agility trainer brings hers to class and she’s a total whiz.

    • Dakota says:

      Ohhhhh please take photos one day! (if you are allowed to). I don’t recall seeing the Airedale in your other photos. Hopefully she will let you!

  5. Kismet says:

    I”ll wait until I have a margarita, in honor of Ruby.
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  6. I’m sure it is a wonderful book… I like the way they explained why a pup goes to his new family… it’s just great… and hey a dog named after the coolest beast of planet Melmac? that must be a super cool guy too :o)

    • Dakota says:

      I couldn’t agree more! I have always been a fan of “Alf” and that cracked me up when I read it!

  7. Elaine says:

    This sounds like a great “feel good” book and we all need one of those once in awhile. Thanks for the thoughtful review!
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    • Dakota says:

      You are most welcome! It was a complete joy to read!

  8. What a great review too. I also linked this post to Awww Mondays. Cody is linked so I thought Dakota needed to be linked too.

    Have a woof woof day Dakota. My best to your wonderful mom. ♥♥♥
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    • Dakota says:

      Thanks so much!!! Since he isn’t a cat I didn’t! 😉 Thank you for thinking of him!! xxoxo

  9. Monika says:

    Charming and delightful review (I’m gonna take a look for that book over lunch hour), but yes, you’re absolutely right. PHOTOS, please!!!! Airedales are so full of expression, to share them would be oh-so wonderful and necessary to see them for the expressively clownish and adorable dogs they are. 🙂
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    • Dakota says:

      Thank you!!! Hopefully the author will take our advice! I agree with you about Airedales being “adorable and clownish”….they are just great dogs!

  10. What a cute dog and book heheh!

    Have a wooftastic day 🙂
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  11. I agree, this sounds like a great read!
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  12. Two French Bulldogs says:

    All our Aeirdale friends will like that read
    Lily & Edward

  13. very cute!
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  14. That looks like a good read. Love the artwork on the video!
    Dip and Elliot x
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  15. Sounds like a delightful book and a must have for any dog lover.
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  16. Sounds like an adorable book written from the puppy’s point of view. I am reminded everyday since Aspen is just 1 and his mind is always going. I’m sure it is a really fun read:)
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