“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside a dog, it’s too dark to read.” —Groucho Marx
The story of man and dog is a story of partnership dating back almost 15,000 years, and the relationships we have with our dogs have grown into something we value and love today—they are members of our family. In literature, dog stories can be some of the most uplifting, and among the most heartbreaking, stories we tell. They are as varied and amazing as dogs themselves, capable of surprise and wonder, for in our dogs, we often see ourselves.
Having just published my first novel, LILY AND THE OCTOPUS, with a dachshund heroine, it was impossible not to stop and reflect upon the dog books that have had the biggest impact on me from the time I first learned to read. Here are my seven favorite dog books in reverse chronological order.