Want to get your kiddos into triathlon? Do it with doggos! This charming illustrated children’s book follows Daisy the Bulldog as she cheers for her owner at his races, then decides to put on her own K9 event with her three buddies. Rascal the Dachsund takes over race director responsibilities, and the race planning gets underway. Obviously, doggos can’t bike, but they can skateboard! Adorableness and life lessons ensue – like how to persevere when the going gets tough, and that sometimes it’s important to put others before yourself. If you want to teach your pups to win at all costs, this book isn’t for you. If you want to teach them to find joy in being out there and supporting friends, grab Swim Bark Run pronto. We tested it on Triathlete’s resident 19-month-old and she instantly fell in love with the chubby-cheeked Daisy and her race mantra: “Go, Daisy go! Swim, bark, run. Go Daisy go, just have fun!” –Erin Beresini, Editor-in-Chief, Triathlete Magazine
Daisy the Bulldog has gone to every one of her owner’s triathlons. She’s proud of his athletic accomplishments, and is always there to greet him at the finish line.
Daisy wonders if she could train and compete for an event like that. So she gets her doggy friends, Rascal the Dachshund, Atticus the Corgi, and Hobie the Dalmation to make their own dog-athalon.
They plot a course through the park and train daily: swimming across the pond, skateboarding down the sidewalks, running up and down the hill.
Finally, it’s the big day, and the poochy pals couldn’t be more excited. The course is tough, but they help one another along the way, cheering to keep going, challenging to do their very best.
On the final hill, Daisy’s tired and not sure she can make it to the finish line―until she spots a familiar (human) face, rooting for her along the way. “Go, Daisy, go! Swim, bark, run. Go, Daisy, go! Just have fun!”
A charming celebration of setting goals and staying active, SWIM BARK RUN demonstrates that with determination and teamwork, everyone’s a winner.
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