Are you seeking an incredible true story of loyalty or simply an engaging book that will inspire you to hold your four-legged buddy closer? Take a dive into our list of 11 must-read entertaining books for dog lovers to spend quality leisure time with their dogs.
Nothing could be better than being surrounded by a warm, furry, hyperactive dog, right? Like dogs, one can never doubt the importance of books in their life. Both being faithful companions fill the void in your life by creating pleasant memories that one could ever want. What if the two most significant companions were immersed in a single identity to give you the best feeling and make you fall in love with them all over again?
Yes! You heard it right. I am talking about books for dog lovers. There are many engaging books about dogs so that dog lovers may engage themselves in them for years. These books have their own set of traditions and themes. Some will follow the predictable arc of classics, while others will defy our expectations and go in a completely unique way. It can be fictional or based on a true story, which can truly bring a sense of care and emotion to one’s dog.
People often compare getting a dog to having a child, which isn’t entirely incorrect. You might find yourself spending all of your time talking about your new puppy, and your social media account is full of photographs of them. You often use them as an excuse to spend most Friday evenings at home rather than going out and partying with your pals. You don’t mind that your entire existence revolves around one adorable and sweet furball. Because nothing means more to dog lovers than their dogs!
A dog’s love is unconditional, bringing color to your dreary life. Life becomes more cheerful when you come home from a hectic day and a dog is waiting for your warm hug. Any dog lover would tell you that their dog enriches their lives. They wangled their way into your hearts, profoundly influencing your life. Your canine buddy gives you a lot of comforts and helps you relieve all your stress and anxiety. One cannot think of a world without dogs!
Books for dog lovers help create an even stronger bond with your dog and help you to understand more about its behavior and manners. We’ve picked modern masterpieces, literary classics, and emotional memoirs to amuse our thoughts for all you canine-obsessed people, each conveying a gripping narrative with a story narrated around a dog. Take a peek at our picks for the best books about dogs!
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE FROM FOX 2000 STARRING MILO VENTIMIGLIA, AMANDA SEYFRIED, AND KEVIN COSTNER
MEET THE DOG
WHO WILL SHOW THE WORLD
HOW TO BE HUMAN
The New York Times bestselling novel from 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.
“The perfect book for anyone who knows that compassion isn’t only for humans, and that the relationship between two souls who are meant for each other never really comes to an end. Every now and then I’m lucky enough to read a novel I can’t stop thinking about: this is one of them.” —Jodi Picoult
“It’s impossible not to love Enzo.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
“This old soul of a dog has much to teach us about being human. I loved this book.” —Sara Gruen
Marley & Me by John Grogan
The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life. Now with photos and new material.
Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a bigger-than-life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans.
John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.
Marley grew into a barreling, ninety-seven-pound streamroller of a Labrador retriever. He crashed through screen doors, gouged through drywall, and stole women’s undergarments. Obedience school did no good — Marley was expelled.
But just as Marley joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. Marley remained a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit’s end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.
Marley & Me is John Grogan’s funny, unforgettable tribute to this wonderful, wildly neurotic Lab and the meaning he brought to their lives.
‘Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved My Life’ by Julie Barton
An honest and deeply moving debut memoir about a young woman’s battle with depression and how her dog saved her life
A New York Times Bestseller
“Dog Medicine simply has to be your next must-read.” —Cheryl Strayed
At twenty-two, Julie Barton collapsed on her kitchen floor in Manhattan. She was one year out of college and severely depressed. Summoned by Julie’s incoherent phone call, her mother raced from Ohio to New York and took her home.
Haunted by troubling childhood memories, Julie continued to sink into suicidal depression. Psychiatrists, therapists, and family tried to intervene, but nothing reached her until the day she decided to do one hopeful thing: adopt a Golden Retriever puppy she named Bunker. Dog Medicine captures the anguish of depression, the slow path to recovery, the beauty of forgiveness, and the astonishing ways animals can help heal even the most broken hearts and minds.
A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
A Dog’s Purpose – the number one New York Times best seller and major motion picture – is a perfect gift to introduce dog lovers to this wonderful series.
Based on the beloved best-selling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.
The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, John Ortiz, Peggy Lipton, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, Pooch Hall and Dennis Quaid. A Dog’s Purpose is produced by Gavin Polone (Zombieland, TV’s Gilmore Girls). The film from Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media will be distributed by Universal Pictures. Screenplay by W. Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon and Audrey Wells and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky.
Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog’s Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog’s many lives, but also a dog’s-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man’s best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.
Bailey’s story continues in A Dog’s Journey, the charming New York Times and USA Today best-selling direct sequel to A Dog’s Purpose.
A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog Named Trixie by Dean R. Koontz
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In a profound, funny, and beautifully rendered portrait of a beloved companion, bestselling novelist Dean Koontz remembers the golden retriever who changed his life.
A retired service dog, Trixie was three when Dean and his wife, Gerda, welcomed her into their home. She was superbly trained, but her greatest gifts couldn’t be taught: her keen intelligence, her innate joy, and an uncanny knack for living in the moment. Whether chasing a tennis ball or protecting those she loved, Trixie gave all she had to everything she did, inspiring Dean and Gerda to trust their instincts and recapture a sense of wonder that will remain with them always. Trixie lived fewer than twelve years; in this wide world, she was a little thing. But in every way that mattered, she lived a big life.
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Where the Red Fern Grows Part 1:
Where the Red Fern Grows is, quite simply, a wonderful story for all ages and for all times. A boy’s yearning for two Redbone Hound dogs, which his parents can’t afford during the desolate times of the Depression in the Ozarks, is the setting for this truly triumphant film.
Billy’s grandfather (James Whitmore) promises the lad that God will meet him halfway if he believes in himself and his beloved dogs. Billy faces adventure, suspense, tragedy, and ultimately, the love and loyalty of family and friendship to realize his dream. The outcome makes for the kind of heartwarming story that great family films are all about.
Where the Red Fern Grows Part 2:
Billy Coleman returns from WWII to his grandfather’s home in Louisiana and tries to readjust to civilian life after the traumas of war. Grandpa had anticipated Billy’s state of mind and had a therapeutic gift waiting – a pair of Redbone hound puppies – just like the ones he had as a boy. Billy befriends a young neighborhood boy named Wilson. The hounds and Wilson become his closest friends and together they help Billy to rediscover the gift of giving and caring.
A Dog’s Way Home by Bruce Cameron
This remarkable story of one endearing dog’s journey home after she is separated from her beloved human is directed by Charles Martin Smith and stars Ashley Judd, Edward James Olmos, Wes Studi, Alexandra Shipp, and Jonah Hauer-King. W. Bruce Cameron and his wife, Cathryn Michon, wrote the screenplay for the film.
With four hundred miles of dangerous Colorado wilderness separating one brave dog from her beloved person, Bella sets off on a seemingly impossible and completely unforgettable adventure home.
A Dog’s Way Home is a beautifully told, charming tale that explores the unbreakable bond between us and those we love. This is a fantastic and exhilarating journey of the heart that brilliantly speaks to the incredible power of love and resilience of spirit that tie us together–making it a perfect gift for everyone who’s ever loved a dog.
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Call of the Wild is a short adventure novel by Jack London, published in 1903 and set in Yukon, Canada, during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, when strong sled dogs were in high demand. The central character of the novel is a dog named Buck.
First published in 1903, The Call of the Wild is regarded as Jack London’s masterpiece. Based on London’s experiences as a gold prospector in the Canadian wilderness and his ideas about nature and the struggle for existence, The Call of the Wild is a tale about unbreakable spirit and the fight for survival in the frozen Alaskan Klondike
Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love, by Larry Levin
In the bestselling tradition of Rescuing Sprite comes the story of a puppy brought back from the brink of death, and the family he adopted.
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.
Heartwarming and redemptive, Oogy is the story of the people who were determined to rescue this dog against all odds, and of the family who took him home, named him “Oogy” (an affectionate derivative of ugly), and made him one of their own.
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Marty will do anything to save his new friend Shiloh in this Newbery Medal–winning novel from Phillis Reynolds Naylor.
When Marty Preston comes across a young beagle in the hills behind his home, it’s love at first sight—and also big trouble. It turns out the dog, which Marty names Shiloh, belongs to Judd Travers, who drinks too much and has a gun—and abuses his dogs. So when Shiloh runs away from Judd to Marty, Marty just has to hide him and protect him from Judd. But Marty’s secret becomes too big for him to keep to himself, and it exposes his entire family to Judd’s anger. How far will Marty have to go to make Shiloh his?
Dog Years: A Memoir
A Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year
Winner of the Israel Fishman-Stonewall Book Award for Nonfiction
“Tender and amusing. . . . Doty brilliantly captures the qualities that make dogs endearing.” — The New Yorker
When Mark Doty decides to adopt a dog as a companion for his dying partner, he brings home Beau, a large, malnourished golden retriever in need of loving care. Joining Arden, the black retriever, to complete their family, Beau bounds back into life. Before long, the two dogs become Doty’s intimate companions, and eventually the very life force that keeps him from abandoning all hope during the darkest days.
Dog Years is a poignant, intimate memoir interwoven with profound reflections on our feelings for animals and the lessons they teach us about living, love, and loss.
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