DOG BOOKS:The Airedale Diaries: Animal and Pet Fiction Series by P. J. Erickson

Today I am pleased to present to you:

DIARY of an AIREDALE Volume Two

 Where Airedales Rule and Terrier Tales Abound!

“a dog has the soul of a philosopher” – Plato

I had the pleasure of reviewing Volume One in 2015  and Volume Two is equally as endearing and just down right adorable!

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If you look at the above back and front cover of Volume Two, I have the most INCREDIBLE HONOR of being quoted there!


Meet Alf, an Airedale with attitude and a lot to say as he dishes on the secrets of dogdom. Pet lit with humor and advice for your best furry friend It’s a dog’s life, or is it? This unique series follows the adventures, year by year, of an Airedale Terrier pup whose short idyllic life is turned upside down when he is torn away from home and starts life’s journey, learning about love and kindness, pain and terror, joy and despair.

Watch, each year, as he matures from a cute fur ball to a handsome dog experiencing all of life’s ups and downs from comic to tragic and everything in between.

I thought it would be fun to share some of Alf’s wisdom/thoughts with you that I found to be particularly entertaining. These are thoughts that Alf shares in Volume Two:

HUMANS SNEEZING: if your dog is like Alf and Dakota when Dakota’s Dad sneezes, Dakota loses his mind, when I sneeze, he pays it no mind. Dakota isn’t alone about jumping when his Dad sneezes, here are Alf’s thoughts about sneezing and how it takes a dog by surprise! “The sound humans produce is nearly the same as one we make. Sneezes are involuntary for our species too, but we also blow out a specific blast of air to communicate threat and defense. That’s why an expulsion of air like that bothers us. Your four-legged friend will often make a similar noise during play, except he is not sneezing at all, he is snorting, which tells the other dog this is only a lark, nothing more.  People jump at loud noises too. It’s not so strange.”

ON SWALLOWING PAPER: Get aggravated when you are chasing your dog to grab paper before he rips it to shreds and possibly eats it? I do too…here is what Alf thinks about it: ” I swallow paper as often as I can but most of the time one of my people chases me and yanks it out of my mouth. They invented an out of sight game, I make them chase me and I can squeeze into difficult places, like under tables, where it’s hard for them to grab me before I gulp the evidence. COOL. The more aggravated they are, the better the fun.”

The above are just snippets of some of the Alf’s observations, pondering and wisdom that is sprinkled on every page. You will read about Alf’s adventures and thoughts on a variety of topics, stated in a way that only an intelligent and observant Airedale such as Alf can communicate. Alf proves that in many ways, dogs are smarter than their human companions.

Appropriately Volume Two ends on Alf’s second birthday…..there are MORE volumes to come and I cannot wait.  If you are looking for some fun summer reading Diary of an Airedale Volumes One and Two will NOT disappoint!

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She began her writing career with a mystery/adventure series, The Chase Larsen Adventures. After publishing her first two books, Yokche and Kill Devil, a young puppy came into her home and The Airedale Diaries were born. PJ lives with her family in South Florida and is a member of the National Writers Association. In her spare time she loves to travel locally, seeking out unexplored corners of her adopted state.  VISIT P.J.’S WEBSITE!

In full disclosure:I was not compensated for this review/give-away.  I received a copy of Diary of an Airedale Volume Two in exchange for my always honest review.

Cook Book:Risky Dishes for Rescue Dogs by Howie “Homeboy” MacScruff Book 8 From The Canine Cuisine Team! Enter to Win!

Food Lovin’ Friends!

Today I am happy to present to you

Book Number 8

Okay we are out of sequence

 on the last two books

in the series

Look for Book Number 7 next Monday!!!

From the Canine Cuisine Team:

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Real Dogs Cook is a series of fun, fictional short stories packed with dog developed recipes created by celebrity doggie chefs.

From Real Dogs Cook:

You may have had “The List” posted on the wall above your food bowl when you were a puppy. (We did.) All the things you weren’t supposed to eat. And there’s good reason to trust vets when they worry about our health. (Heck, we’ve posted the same “List” in some of our books, including this one.)

But Howie’s a reformed street dog himself, and he’s survived a lot in his young life, and he doesn’t want you to miss out on some of life’s truly wonderful foods, simply because eating too much of a good thing might hurt you.

So he’d like to introduce you to some “off-limits” delights, and show you how– with a little moderation– you can enjoy them, too. Just imagine once-upon-a-time totally “paws-off” offerings like this one:


“Philadelphia Freddy’s Quickie Cheese Steak.”

cheese steak

Prep time: 15 minutes
Ready in: 20 minutes
Servings: 2

I specialize in foods that maybe aren’t the healthiest, but the way I look at it: All food is good food. Any meal with friends is even better. And great-tasting food with good friends can’t be as dangerous as all those “nutritionists” say. What’s really dangerous, to my mind, is not enjoying life.

So… This is my all-time favorite lunch idea, and I cook it up any time I’m lucky enough to have some pals to share it with.

  • A few points:
  • Feel free to substitute hoagie rolls or submarine rolls. Italian bread is better, but don’t pass up on this recipe simply because you can’t find a decent loaf of Italian (or French) bread.
  • Cooking with extra-virgin olive oil is a must. Don’t shortchange yourself with vegetable or canola oil.
  • And definitely, don’t use Cheez Whiz in place of good room-temperature Provolone. I admit: I used Cheez Whiz myself in my book, but I was pandering to the pack. If you want to do it right (and why go to the trouble if you aren’t willing to?), stick with a good-quality Provolone. (And save the Cheez Whiz for those late-night snacks.)
  • This recipe makes 2 good-sized sandwiches. For more, simply multiply.

    1 loaf Italian bread or French bread
    1/2 pound deli roast beef, very rare, sliced wafer-thin
    1 cu white onion
    1 cu green bell pepper, thinly sliced
    2 tsp. minced garlic
    1/2 pound provolone cheese, thinly sliced
    extra-virgin olive oil
    salt and black pepper
    bottled marinara sauce or ketchup (optional)

    • Heat a griddle or large sauté pan over medium-high heat. When hot, coat bottom with olive oil.
    • Add the onions and bell pepper and cook, stirring, until carmelized, approximately 6-8 minutes.
    • Add the garlic, salt and pepper, and cook for 30 seconds.
    • Push the mixture off to the side of the griddle.
    • Add the meat to the hot part of the griddle.
    • Cook, continuously flipping the meat over and chopping it into slightly smaller pieces with 2 spatulas, until the meat is no longer pink, approximately 2 minutes.
    • Mix the meat and the carmelized onions and green pepper together.
    • Divide into 2 portions, then top both portions with the cheese to melt.
    • If using Italian or French bread, cut the bread in half, crosswise, then slice the 2 pieces lengthwise to open up for 2 sandwiches.
    • Hollow out some of the soft white bread from inside and discard. Place the sandwich bread face down on top of the meat and cheese.
    • When the cheese is melted, using 1 or both spatulas, flip the sandwiches over and place on plates. Add warm marinara sauce or ketchup, if desired. Serve immediately.

    The cheese should be gooey and inviting, the beef steaming and smelling like nothing else on this planet! Whatever side dishes you decide on (french fries, potato salad or chips, onion rings, cole slaw), you’re guaranteed to have the lunch of a lifetime!

  • Accept no substitutes! There’s only one authentic classic Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich, and this is it!

    Tell your friends! Tell the neighbors! Better yet, invite them all over tomorrow for a sizzling hot time around the backyard grill! What better way to tell folks: You’re welcome! You’re home!

    After all, life’s meant to be savored. Life’s meant to be shared.

    And don’t forget this old rescue dog’s motto: Don’t be timid! Try it! You’ll like it! You only live twice!


    Howie ~ HOWIE

Did you like this recipe? There are A LOT MORE!. Stuff you’ve been trained to be afraid of, but Howie will show you how to enjoy them sensibly.

You don’t have to run away from home, just to run with the right crowd. Pick up Howie’s scent, pick up a copy of this wonderful cookbook, and join the “in crowd.” The “in-the-know” crowd. You’ll love every sinful bite!

FROM DAKOTA’S DEN:With the football season upon us (in the U.S.), this would make a GREAT meal to serve to your screaming and yelling guests! The website even has recipes geared to DOGS!!! We have made some of the recipes and have featured them on Dakota’s blog….we give these clever, tongue-in-cheek books FOUR PAWS UP!!

As always, there is a list of dangerous foods for dogs, a list of table manners (for dogs!) and some cute tips on How To Be the Perfect Guest such as:

Arrive on time and make sure you RSVP soon enough (we know some HUMANS who really need to learn this!)

Don’t show up dirty or stinky

Never bring along a friend, uninvited

Try not to barge into the bathroom if someone else is already drinking from the toilet!! 

And more!!!

If you missed our reviews of the other books in the series, here you go:

Pastry for Poodles-Chef Fifi LeFay
Barbeque for BulldogsChef Butch Waddles
Spaghetti for SheepdogsMona Lassie Buonarroti
Tex Mex for TerriersChef Terry Scraps
Kung Pao for Pekingese– by Suzie Snow Peas
Seafood for Schnauzersby Barnacle Bill Barker
ENTER OUR GIVE-AWAY!! Howie has generously offered FIVE of our readers LOCATED ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD the chance to win a copy of Risky Dishes for Rescue Dogs (an approx. $10 value). Want to be entered? Just leave a comment below stating that you wish to be entered!!! Happy Eating!!
In full disclosure: we were not compensated for this review/give-away. We were sent a complimentary copy of Risky Dishes for Rescue Dogs in exchange for our honest review!

“Devious?” Never! “Clever?” Of course! “Genius?” ABSOLUTELY!

Happy Friday all! Yep, I’m late! Almost wasn’t even going to be able to blog today with all that is going on at my house, but duty or is it DOODY? calls!

Today I am going to tell you about an award I was given by my buddy Toby over at

Click on the photo to visit Toby’s blog!

This award was a new one to me! Check it out!

The requirements that one must complete upon accepting this award, is to name and link to the doggy who gave it to you…DONE! 

You know what? I am not sure what the other requirements are, but to prove that I am worthy of this award, I am going to elaborate on a couple of things that Toby mentioned in his post that we seem to have in common. Once you read these you will know that I was a deserving recipient.

TOBY EATS DOG POOP. YES, you read that correctly. If you think you missed it, let me say this again, TOBY EATS DOG POOP. Ya know what? So do I! Does that make me “devious?” Nooo…it makes me a genius and proves that I am quite  clever! Why? All dog poop is, is the same food that I just ate right before I  pooped!! It’s just in a more palatable form! It’s packed with nutrients and comes with the added bonus of dirt, cat fur, dust bunnies and whatever else I  may have ingested while going about my  daily “business.”  With everyone being so concerned about the environment, consider it a form of recycling and get over it, ok?

TOBY DOESN’T DO WELL WITH COMMANDS.  Neither do I. Let me put it to you this way, do YOU like to be told what to do? What if you feel like running and someone tells you to SIT? What if you want to rest and someone tells you to COME?  What if you found a hundred-zillion dollars and someone told you to LEAVE IT!! You wouldn’t listen, would you? Well, my 2-legged friends I am  no different than you! I have the ability to think, and in some cases I can exercise sound REASONING skills as well! I will be the one to decide WHAT I will do and WHEN I will do it! Being a Shetland Sheepdog I am the 6th most intelligent dog of the top 20 breeds. Don’t believe me? See for yourself!

1 – border collie
2 – poodle
3 – German shepherd
4 – golden retriever
5 – doberman pinscher
6 – shetland sheepdog
7 – Labrador retriever
8 – papillon
9 – rottweiler
10 – Australian cattle dog
11 – Pembroke welsh corgi
12 – miniature schnauzer
13 – English springer spaniel
14 – Belgian terrine
15 – schipperke / Belgian sheepdog
16 – collie / keeshound
17 – German short haired pointer
18 – flat coated retriever / English cocker spaniel / standard schnauzer
19 – Brittany spaniel
20 – cocker spaniel


The Intelligence of Dogs by Stanley Coren


See? I don’t need YOU to make decisions for me. You want TRICKS….buy a SEAL!

I could go on and on with further examples of why I am worthy of this award but one thing that makes me even more clever and even more of a genius is that I know when to STOP. Well, unless I am on a barking binge but I digress…

Now I am supposed to award this to 7 other bloggers!  Ok…here we go, if you have already received this just pretend I never told you about the award, it will be our little secret.

It’s EASY!!!! click on the photo to visit his blog


Click on the photo to visit their blog!


Click on their photo to visit their blog!



That’s it. Yeah, I KNOW that that’s not SEVEN. Did you NOT read my post above? I DON’T DO WELL WITH COMMANDS and I am the SIXTH MOST INTELLIGENT. I told you, I MAKE the decisions.  I don’t care what some arbitrary award tells me to do, “it’s MY way or the HIGHWAY!!” Now, if you will excuse me, I think I will go and:


Barks and licks and love,






Book Review: Dog Confessions: Shocking Tales Straight From The Doghouse By Allia Zobel Nolan

Hi fellow Doggies! It’s me, Dakota!

As some of you may know I am not the only one in the pack to have a blog,  my kitty brother Cody has one too! Yesterday he was pretty smug after featuring a book that he and Mom both were laughing their rotund bellies off at;  “I’d Rather Be A Cat: The Official “Better Than Dogs” Cat Book, written by the witty and talented, self-professed “cat person” Allia Zobel Nolan.

Their “catty” behavior was really getting under my fur!

What about me? Does Allia have something against dogs? There was no book for ME to bark about?

Well, as it turns out there is! The book I am referring to is Dog Confessions: Shocking Tales Straight From The Doghouse, written by none other than the woman with an amazing pedigree Allia Zobel Nolan. Knowing that I would feel left out in the dog house without a book of my own to read and review, she was kind enough to send me a book of my own to read with my Mom!

You  think that cats are the only ones that have mystery and secrets that they need to cough up like a furball stuck in their throat?  You are wrong! We dogs have secrets  too! We have confessions to make!  We can’t walk around forever burying our secrets in the dirt like yesterday’s bones! No siree!

By her own admission, Allia Zobel Nolan is a “cat person and always will be” She, like my Mom, is a “card carrying member of the Cat Writer’s Association” but I gotta raise my paw to her! She may be a “cat person” but she sure has her paw on what makes doggies, well, DOGGIES!

When writing this hilarious and cute-as-a-tail-on-a-pug’s-butt,  book,  Zobel Nolan  collected canine confessions from all over the globe! We couldn’t wait to hurl our cookies!  For those not familiar with dog-speak that translates to tell our secrets! What kind of secrets do we have? Ohhh you wouldn’t believe the things we do when our pack leaders are away! Then again, YOU WOULD cause you do many of the things listed in this book too!  That is why you will love this book so much fellow doggies! You can relate!

Here are some of the confessions of doggies from around the globe that will have you wagging your tail in recognition:

  • using Mom’s electric toothbrush to clean their tongue
  • living for the day, THEY can throw the ball, and DAD can fetch it!
  • wearing Mom’s hair extensions
  • rolling in garbage, burying the neighbor’s wash…barking contests and more

Like the above? I knew you would? Here are some more!

From Chihuahua, Taco Alejandro Maximilian Ruiz, aka Senor Stinky, Bogata, Colombia: ” Trainer say, “Dog need housebreak training.” I theenk, I don’t need no stinkin’ training. I can break the house myself. So I did.

and another

From Porkchops, Indianapolis, Indiana, “Homework? Yeah, I ate it…and Mom’s cell and a violet plant too. But, hey, there’s always room for dessert.”

Pretty hilarious aren’t they? You can stop spinning now, you’ll make yourself dizzy. (Oh and you should see the super cute photos that go with each confession! Bet you can find a dog breed in this book that YOU know, heck it might just be YOU!)

So there you have it my canine compadre, you aren’t alone. You don’t have to hang your head and drag your tail between your legs in shame thinking that YOU are the ONLY obedience school drop out on the bus. There IS someone who understands.  Someone who has allowed the confessions of doggies to be heard around the world!

Someone REALLY “gets” us!  I can sniff out talent a mile away, even if that talent DOES have the lingering smell of CAT!

Now if you will excuse me, like Crackers, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, “My confession? I love attention, I’m a hog for attention. I love, love, love attention. Can’t get enough attention. You gonna give me some attention? I need attention!”

Barks and licks and love, Dakota



From Harvest House Publishers

64 pages-in a super cute, pocket-size book!

for all ages


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Allia Zobel Nolan is an internationally-published, award-winning author of seven cat books and over 150 children’s and adult trade titles with 2 1/2 million books in print. She lives in Norwalk, Connecticut with her husband and their three (perish the thought!)  CATS!

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