Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Does Your Dog Climb Trees?

Dog in Tree, © B. Radisavljevic
Every now and then when I'm out walking I see something that makes me question my eyes. This is what I saw one day while walking past the old cottonwood tree at the north end of Larry Moore Park -- a dog who had climbed a tree. When I asked the man if the dog had really climbed the tree, he said he had. Then a passer-by said her dog had also climbed that same tree.








This reminded me of a book by Farley Mowat that thoroughly entertained me -- The Dog Who Wouldn't Be. Mutt was Farley's companion during his childhood on the prairies of Canada. Mutt did all sorts of things most dogs don't, including climbing trees and ladders. If you love dogs or humorous memoirs, I highly recommend this book. Although it was written for adults, it's fun for a family to read aloud together. Even upper elementary age children would be interested in it if they love laughing and animals, and most seventh graders can read it themselves.