Go, Dog. Go!

When I was a little girl, quiet and lanky and clumsy, my dad took me to the library every Saturday morning for story time. The librarian’s name was Bunny. I’m pretty sure I thought that was a fake name.

I vaguely remember getting my first blue and white library card. I remember that it clicked when I flicked it, but it would never bend in half.

And I vividly remember checking out Go, Dog. Go! every single week. Each and every Saturday.

(Much later, I continued this habit when my sister and I insisted on renting Girls Just Wanna Have Fun every Friday night. Then there was that time that my dad finally snapped and said we were NOT getting Girls Just Wanna Have Fun anymore, ever. Ha.)

The library had a long, circular ramp from the parking lot down to the children’s floor, and one morning we got there a few minutes before it opened. Some other folks were hanging out along that ramp as well, but I hung back a bit with my dear old dad. And then the librarian unlocked the door. My dad nudged me forward and said, “QUICK! Get in there before they take all the good books!”

I remember laughing at him, because even though I was young, I had already caught on to his subtle jokester ways. But I also believed him. I’m positive I made a beeline for Go, Dog. Go! so those other people wouldn’t take MY favorite book. Our favorite book.

Go, Dog. Go! made me a reader. My dad made me a reader.

And this is what I gave him the summer I left for college:

Happy Father’s Day, Dad.

Hope you will have a dog party of a day.

12 Comments

  • Dad
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    I have been waiting for a long time for your review of Go, Dog. Go! Your comments bring back a lot of fond memories of our library visits although I still do not miss Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. Do you like my hat?

    Since you are giving me this review, does that mean I won’t be getting a card from you this year for Father’s Day?

    Love ya

  • Posted June 15, 2012 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Yes, I do! I do like your party hat!
    {And sorry, the internets saved me some postage:)}

  • Posted June 15, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Awww, now I’m all teary.

  • Posted June 15, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    Awww. :)

  • Posted June 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    What a great personal story – I like your Dad already! Beware of the ‘internets’ though!

  • Amy Dixon
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    What a great tribute for Father’s Day! It is amazing the things that end up making such an impact in our lives. Thanks for sharing!

  • Posted June 16, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    So wonderful!! Go Dog Go was my favorite, too (and now my three daughters’).

  • Posted June 16, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    You ladies have good taste!

  • tinamcho
    Posted June 17, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    We have that book, too! One of the first bigger books my children could read! Wonderful tribute to your father. Thanks for sharing!

  • Eyrún
    Posted June 18, 2012 at 2:13 am | Permalink

    That´s so sweet, thank you for the fun story :)

  • Posted June 18, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Your little one needs this! Or maybe Mickey would like it:)

  • Tiana Capobianco
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    When it comes to party hats, i really love those party hats that are shaped like animals because they are funny looking. *;*’` Best regards vitamins blog site

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