Growing up, we didn’t have dogs around all the time. The first dog we ever had wasn’t until we were into our teens. But ever since we got that first dog, I have loved books with dogs as the main character. I love both fiction and nonfiction books about dogs and today I wanted to share my top 5 dog books so far. My list is in no particular order and consists of 4 nonfiction books and 1 work of fiction.
Amazing Gracie: A Dog’s Tale by Dan Dye and Mark Beckloff
This was the book that got me started on loving dog stories. The book is written by the owners of Three Dog Bakery. The story centers around Gracie, an albino Great Dane who is deaf and partially blind. Love, love, love this book.
A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
A Dog’s Purpose was a book that made me both laugh out loud and had me in tears. The story follows the soul of one dog who is born and reincarnated four times throughout this book as different breeds of dogs and sometimes as a male and sometimes as a female. The dog’s soul experiences both the extreme of having no love at all to having an abundance of love. The twists and turns of this book touched my heart.
It was recently announced that this book will be made into a movie, starring Josh Gad as the voice of the dog. (Gad previously provided the voice for Olaf in Frozen). Watch the trailer below at your own peril, it will make you cry! (But you’ll be glad you did.)
A Big Little Life: A memoir of a joyful dog name Trixie by Dean Koontz
I will confess, I am not a huge fan of Dean Koontz. His books are too scary for me, however I thoroughly enjoyed his writing style in this book. I love how he tells the tale of how Trixie changed his life. It’s how I felt about our first dog, Mya (the retired racing greyhound we mentioned in yesterday’s post). In fact, she was the reason I decided to major in Animal Sciences.
We have previously discussed our love of this book, you can read our review of the book here. The chapters alternate between the tale of their cross-counrty journey from California to Maine with tales of how Rosenfelt met his wife and how they ran a dog rescue together, saving dogs that few others would adopt.
Sight Hound by Pam Houston
This book follows the life of an Irish Wolfhound and a woman. This may be where my love of the breed came from and why we made Malcolm an Irish Wolfhound in our book Scout and Malcolm. Sight Hound is another book that both made me laugh and cry. Houston is also the author of some pretty funny works of fiction including, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Contents May Have Shifted.
Do you have a favorite dog book? Let me know by leaving a comment below. I would love to read it!
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