Man’s Best Friend: Books for Dog Lovers

Life is just better when you have a dog to come home to.  A dog’s love is unconditional – they are always there for you with a wag of a tail and pant of a tongue.   Mark Twain once said “The dog is a gentlemen, I hope to go to his heaven not man’s.”  Check out our list of books for dog lovers – it’s quite the mix!

1The Art Of Racing In The Rain: A Novel
by Garth Stein

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope—a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.

2Travels with Casey: My Journey Through Our Dog-Crazy Country
by Benoit Denizet-Lewis

A moody Labrador and his insecure human take a funny, touching four month, thirty-two state, 13,000 mile cross-country RV trip into the heart of the most powerful interspecies bond there is: America’s relationship with dogs.

3Old Yeller
by Fred Gipson and Steve Polson

When a novel like Huckleberry Finn, or The Yearling, comes along it defies customary adjectives because of the intensity of the respouse it evokes in the reader. Such a book, we submit, is Old Yeller; to read this eloquently simple story of a boy and his dog in the Texas hill country is an unforgettable and deeply moving experience.

4A Dog’s Life: Autobiography of a Stray
by Ann M. Martin

Squirrel and her brother Bone begin their lives in a toolshed behind someone's summer house. Their mother nurtures them and teaches them the many skills they will need to survive as stray dogs. But when their mother is taken from them suddenly and too soon, the puppies are forced to make their own way in the world, facing humans both gentle and brutal, busy highways, other animals, and the changing seasons.

5Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
by Alexandra Horowitz

The answers will surprise and delight you as Alexandra Horowitz, a cognitive scientist, explains how dogs perceive their daily worlds, each other, and that other quirky animal, the human. Horowitz introduces the reader to dogs’ perceptual and cognitive abilities and then draws a picture of what it might be like to be a dog. What’s it like to be able to smell not just every bit of open food in the house but also to smell sadness in humans, or even the passage of time? How does a tiny dog manage to play successfully with a Great Dane? What is it like to hear the bodily vibrations of insects or the hum of a fluorescent light? Why must a person on a bicycle be chased? What’s it like to use your mouth as a hand? In short, what is it like for a dog to experience life from two feet off the ground, amidst the smells of the sidewalk, gazing at our ankles or knees?

6Good Dog, Carl
by Alexandra Day

Mother needs to go out for a while, but Carl, the family Rottweiler, will watch the baby while she is gone. As soon as mother leaves, Carl wastes no time in helping the baby have fun! They jump on the bed, try on Mother's jewelry, slide down the laundry chute, and swim in the fish tank. The exquisite illustrations in this near wordless book will have readers of all ages gleefully cheering Carl and baby.

7A Dog’s Purpose
by W. Bruce Cameron

After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

8Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love
by Larry Levin

In 2002, Larry Levin and his twin sons, Dan and Noah, took their terminally ill cat to the Ardmore Animal Hospital outside Philadelphia to have the beloved pet put to sleep. What would begin as a terrible day suddenly got brighter as the ugliest dog they had ever seen--one who was missing an ear and had half his face covered in scar tissue--ran up to them and captured their hearts. The dog had been used as bait for fighting dogs when he was just a few months old. He had been thrown in a cage and left to die until the police rescued him and the staff at Ardmore Animal Hospital saved his life. The Levins, whose sons are themselves adopted, were unable to resist Oogy's charms, and decided to take him home.

9How Dogs Think: What the World Looks Like to Them and Why They Act the Way They Do
by Stanley Coren

This book will give insight that you need to understand the silly, quirky, and apparently irrational behaviors that dogs demonstrate, as well as those stunning flashes of brilliance and creativity that they also can display. It lets you see through a dog’s eyes, hear through his ears, and even sense the world through his nose, as Coren presents a fascinat­ing picture of the way dogs interpret their world and their human companions, and of how they solve problems, learn, and take in new information.