Diary of an Airedale

Airedale Diaries Book 1

Fiction - Animals
256 Pages
Reviewed on 07/06/2014
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Author Biography

P. J. Erickson shares her home with her third Airedale, two-year-old Jake. In between adventures with him and transcribing Alf's dictation, she enjoys life in the Sunshine State. She loves chocolate, hates housework and sailing and is driven to write.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Diary of an Airedale (Airedale Diaries Book 1) is a fiction book written by P. J. Erickson. It's written in the first person and is the journal of Alf, a purebred Airedale terrier puppy. When we first meet Alf, he's at home with his mom and 11 siblings, but once he's old enough, he goes on a journey with a woman named Anna. Anna is warm and comforting and helps him cope with the terrifying plane trip to his new home. On his first night with her and Harry, Alf begins crying out of fear and loneliness, and Anna lies down on the floor next to him. Alf's life is filled with learning, new experiences and adventure. He's curious and loves to see what's inside of soft things, and sometimes Anna and Harry's faces get all red, and they frown a lot.

Diary of an Airedale (Airedale Diaries Book 1) is the story of a young Airedale. It's not only a fun book -- it should be required reading for anyone considering bringing a young puppy home. Author Erickson crams all sorts of dog-relevant information on training, hazards, and what to do when you have to leave your dog alone into an entertaining and light-hearted book. Alf is an engaging narrator who helps his human readers understand how an Airedale in particular - and dogs in general - perceives reality, and the challenges a young dog faces in learning how to co-exist, with humans. I've had canine companions for many years and still found that Alf had quite a lot to teach me. I highly recommend Diary of an Airedale (Airedale Diaries Book 1) and am looking forward to reading about Alf's continuing adventures.

Amazon customer

Terrierific - entertaining read October 6, 2014

With Diary of an Airedale, P. J. Erickson has created a good insight in a puppy’s world. Diary of an Airedale is a very entertaining work of fiction, comprises facts about a dog’s perception of things. I had a good time reading, Alf and his pack – Anna and Harry – are very well described; it is easy to imagine them and their respective reaction to the events. Diary of an Airedale is a book not only for dog lovers. If you like and respect animals, if you want to experience the world according to a puppy, or if you just want an entertaining read – this is a book for you. I am looking forward to the upcoming volumes.

John J. Staughton

Touching, Amusing, and Lighthearted Fare - Dog Lovers Won't Want to Miss This! August 19, 2014

I have spent a lot of time around puppies lately, as a number of close friends have all joined the ranks of pet-loving homeowners. Also being an animal lover myself, I have witnessed and struggled through plenty of hilarious or challenging situations with dogs throughout my life. Diary of an Airedale is sort of a unique take on the entire process of raising a puppy, as we so easily forget that we forgive children for their ignorance and mistakes for years, and yet puppies have a much shorter time span to learn how to behave, and they don't even speak our language! I think this was a very clever twist on the traditional narrative form, and it shows that Erickson not only has the versatility of a great writer (moving from mystery to pet diary prose is a big leap), but also a deep and admirable passion for animals. I can see the antics of countless pets from my life in Alf and this book had me laughing and reminiscing dozens of times. Nicely crafted, great idea, and a short, sweet delivery that left the reader wanting more.