A vacant lot reclaimed by a city in Palm Beach County, Florida, the dog park named “Faux Paws” became a daily routine for designer dogs, pedigrees, hounds, mutts and their owners of various “human-breeds”
I must admit, as a disclaimer, I am a dog lover extraordinaire, so reading this book was like rolling on my back having my tummy scratched. As much as I have come to love and understand the wonders of “Man’s best friend,” I too become emotionally outraged when hearing about animal cruelty; especially when intentionally done. Therefore I could relate to the emotions and motivations of the human characters in Mayor of the Dog Park; to me the events seem as logical as a border collie retrieving a tennis ball. However for the sake of maintaining the impact of this story, I shall not tell any more about the circumstances that reveal themselves in Chapter 3.
There is a clever foreshadowing with respect to Eddie’s house, being a lavishly designed home built by one of South Florida’s prominent architects. “The three story great room was dominated by a massive Gothic style fireplace and walnut paneling. Probably its most interesting aspect was the ceiling with a myriad of stars painted on the ceiling,” author Anne Gilbert wrote. The room was specified by Eddie’s recollection of, when on a trip to London, he saw a drawing of the actual “Star Chamber” used in 15th Century England.
The Mayor of the Dog Park is a mature reading escape, enabling for quick character development of the “Snow-bird”
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