Monday, May 9, 2011

Meet Dakota, the Delinquent Golden Retriever

There's something hard to resist about a golden retriever. And Dakota exemplifies all their playful, adorable, and incorrigible ways in the book, Dakota: A Work in Progress. I enjoyed this book and all the many amusing situations Dakota gets into in the course of everyday life.

As part of Diversion Press Third Anniversary Event, I'm happy to participate in Dakota, A Work in Progress blog book tour. Author Bill Rosencrans joins us today.

Q: Welcome, Bill. Tell me a little about your book.

Bill: Dakota: A Work in Progress is a very funny book about the world's most neurotic dog and it is appropriate for all ages. You will be laughing out loud as you read each short story about this one of a kind golden retriever named Dakota. Stanley Coren - author of How Dogs Think and The Intelligence of Dogs wrote "Dakota: A Work in Progress is a cheerful and amusing romp through the life of a manic but sweet and endearing dog. If you love dogs and need a smile this book is for you."

Q: What makes your book different from other books about dogs?

Bill: As Amy Thompson, editor-in-chief at Diversion Press Inc. so aptly put it “This is not just another book about a dog.” And, she’s right. This is not a book on how to train your dog, or pet care. Far from it. This book is a glimpse into the life my family and I share with a delinquent, but very much loved golden retriever. What also makes this book unique is the way in which it is set-up. Instead of one complete narrative, there are 76 vignettes 1-4 pages in length, making Dakota: A Work in Progress more reader friendly. This book is laugh-out-loud funny, and it makes for a gift book too.

Q: What are Dakota’s best three qualities?

Bill: Even though he is a flawed character, you can’t help but love him.
Other dogs gravitate to him because he is so much fun to be around.
He doesn’t mind sharing his pool with his other dog friends – and he has plenty of them.

Q: What are Dakota’s three worst qualities?

Bill: He’ll burp after eating his food too fast.
He doesn’t realize that it is impolite to stare.
He won’t jump up to get in the back seat of the car. He turns around and gives me that look “Could I have a little help, please?”

Q: You are working on your next book Dakota: Still a Work in Progress. What has Dakota learned between book one and two?

Bill: Wow. That’s a tough one...Hmmm...Oh yeah, he recently started coming to me when I call him, after only five short years of trying to get him to do that. That’s not bad! See, he’s not through learning yet. He’s still a work in progress.

You can order Dakota: A Work in Progress on Amazon, or at your favorite bookstore.


  1. Dakota sounds great - we're sure we'd be good friends if we loved close by! Dex & Lou x

  2. Aw! My husband would love a golden, but I don't think our cats would allow it.

  3. Sounds like a good book. Yep, goldens are extra special.

    Your pal, Pip

  4. I'm going to tell my friend who has two goldies at home. I'm sure she will enjoy reading the book.
    I've a sheltie friend called Dakota too, that's a very beautiful name.

  5. That sounds like a great book! and Dakota is so handsome!

  6. That sounds like a great book! Dakota is beautiful! Lots of love, Holly & Mom

  7. A burping, neurotic Golden Retriever? I didn't think that was possible.

  8. Another book! I love it! He sounds like a good time!

  9. Hahaha...I already love dis dog...he reminds me of a little female doxie.


  10. That sound like a good read, kelly your giving mom a funny look in the photo, tell her not to rest the book on you next time ;)
    Have a good week
    See Yea George xxx

  11. My eyes nearly popped out of my head when I read about a "delinquent" dog named "Dakota" Sheltie is the Sheltie that Priscilla is referring to! His name is Dakota!
    I will have to get my paws on this book!

  12. I'd love to read this...makes me think of our own Charlie Beagle and his adventures!

  13. sounds like a good pick
    Benny & Lily

  14. Dakota sounds like a couple of cats I share my home with. I'll have to add this book to my list, maybe I'll pick up a few tips. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Hi Peggy!! I think you just started following me on Twitter, right? @MyFavPupJasmine ? I think that was you!

    It's good to meet you! And I'm glad I found your blog! I love those Chicken Soup for the Soul books. =)

    I've always loved golden retrievers. Very loyal, beautiful dogs.

    Well- hope you're having a great day! =)

  16. Sounds like it would be an entertaining read!

  17. Oh Mommy will have to order that one for sure!! She loves reading.. especially if it's about golden retrievers!!


  18. I'm putting this book in my list of "must haves"! I can't believe it took 5 years for his owner to get him to come to him when called! That dog truly has a mind of his own much like many dogs!

  19. I had a Golden named Dakota. He was my heart dog and we loved each other. So I will read your book and hope for more.


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