(The Blue Sky Press, 2006)
There are many splendidly trained pooches. Ones that sit, stay, heel and vacuum the living room. These dogs have never been raised by me. Or, presumably, by David Shannon. The author/illustrator of the popular “David” books (e.g., No, David!; David Goes to School) has a West Highland terrier named Fergus who is as challenged by rules and expectations as dear David.
At the outset, Fergus charges out the door, in hot pursuit of a cat. Fergus can’t get the cat and the owner can’t get Fergus. Calling and coaxing do not work.
Okay, Fergie, time to go in. Come here, Ferg. C’mon boy. FERGUS, COME! Here Fergie, Fergie, Fergie! FERGUS MacLAGGAN! YOU COME HERE RIGHT NOW! Please, Ferg. Come on. Let’s go, boy!Whoo boy, you know someone’s going to be in the doghouse. No treat for you, Ferg. But, of course, charmer that little Fergus is, he gets the treat and the prime spot on the sofa. Some dogs just know how to rule rather than follow rules. Let the “smart” border collies dazzle with their obedience. And let Good Boy, Fergus! Impress and reassure all the failed dog trainers out there.