Most of the dogs in the Dog Library were serious about studying book smells. That’s why they were there – to understand the books. So Margaret the librarian started the Serious About Smells Book Group.
The dogs gathered in her office every afternoon and sniffed the books together. One book was called Washing by Splashing. The dogs thought the book was about a dog bath – or maybe a baby bath. They were almost the same. Wet hair, yes. Rubber ducky, yes. No-tears baby shampoo, yes.
But what about the bath water before the soap? What did that smell like? After more studying and comparing notes, the dogs agreed. The water smelled like mud and garbage at first, not spit-up and a dirty diaper. So that settled it. The book was about a dog bath rather than a baby bath.
Every week Arthur the Delivery Dog uses his wagon to bring a new batch of books to the Dog Library. He’s stinky from all those smelly books, just like his wagon.
Arthur has a pretty good nose. He sniffs each book before he puts it in the wagon. If he can’t understand what the book is about, he gives it back to the Stinky Smells Shop so they can add better smells.
Margaret the Dog Librarian always meets Arthur at the library door when he gets back with his wagon. She sniffs all the books too. That way she knows which aisle to put them in.
Sometimes Arthur and Margaret don’t agree about what a book should smell like. One day Arthur brought a book back about a cat who couldn’t knock a bird’s nest out of a tree. Margaret thought the book should smell like twigs, feathers, and cat pee. But instead it smelled like fish and gasoline.
Arthur, the dog who delivers books to the Dog Library, thought it was time to have a party. Lately some of the dogs were so busy sniffing books that they forgot to take a nap. They needed a distraction.
Margaret the Dog Librarian agreed. She needed a break from organizing all the books.
Party food and decorations
My mother brought food to the party. Cheese puffs with extra cheese, peanut butter cookies made with chicken gravy, and banana cake with salmon frosting.
I couldn’t wait to get over there.
She also helped decorate the room with balloons and party hats. The littlest dogs got a small scarf instead of a hat.
Normally the Dog Library is very organized. That’s the way Margaret the Dog Librarian likes it. If any books are on the floor or in the wrong aisle she bares her teeth and growls.
One day Stanley the Mischief Dog was playing his favorite game with some of the dogs in the library. The game was called ‘Find the Hidden Book’.
The book Stanley hid this time was ‘The Jelly in a Jelly Doughnut’. It was a popular book and the dogs were running all over the library trying to find it.
They sniffed all the books on all the shelves in all the aisles. They even sniffed Margaret, but she growled at them.
The Dog Library is a place that has books just for dogs. The books don’t have words, they have different smells. Dogs love going there because they can sniff so many things in one room.
There are three main dogs in the library. The Delivery Dog, a Saint Bernard named Arthur who pulls his wagon into the library every week with a batch of new books.
The Dog Librarian, a Standard Poodle named Margaret who puts the books on shelves in the aisle where they belong. Some of the aisles are Treats, Travel, Dinner, Home, and Other Dogs. Most dogs hang out in the Treats aisle. It has books that smell like peanut butter biscuits, chicken sticks, and glazed doughnuts.
Margaret also helps dogs find books they might like. For example, she thought a Dachshund would be interested in a book that smelled like a mouse.
If you’ve been reading my stories, you probably know a few things about me.
I’m not interested in insects.
I like words that are smelly.
I think cats are strange.
Cartoons are boring.
My mother gave me this keyboard.