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With so many humans staying home due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the weather getting colder, they need to find more indoor activities to do. One of Molly’s favorite activities (when she has time for it) is reading! What better way to spend a cold day than to curl up beside your pup and read a book? So, I’ve compiled a list of some of Molly’s favorite dog books so far. Although, she still has hundreds more on her to-read list!
A Dog’s Purpose
Many people know A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron because of the popular movie based off the book, but Molly read it long before the film was released. It tells the story of a dog who travels through multiple lives, trying to find out what his purpose in life is. Of course, every time he passes away, it’s very sad, but I promise it has a happy ending. As a dog, I don’t think as deeply as this pup does, but I’m sure there are many dogs that do! This book also has two sequels, which Molly has yet to read.
One Hundred Dogs and Counting: One Woman, Ten Thousand Miles, and A Journey into the Heart of Shelters and Rescues
I’ve talked about this amazing book by Cara Sue Achterberg many times on my blog before. It’s about the real-life story of how she traveled to discover the truth about shelter dogs. Cara Sue Achterberg has fostered over 100 dogs in her life, but she knew there was more she could do to help. So, she went on a road trip to visit rural shelters in southern states and helped them in any way that she could. Along the way, she wrote about and took pictures of what she saw. Reading this book will help you see why adopting dogs is so important. There are so many dogs out there who need someone to love them! Cara Sue Achterberg also has another book that Molly still needs to read called Another Good Dog: One Family and Fifty Foster Dogs.
Two Good Dogs
Molly didn’t realize this book was a sequel to One Good Dog until after she already read it. However, Two Good Dogs by Susan Wilson works just as well on its own. You don’t need to have read the first one to understand what’s happening. It tells the story of a teen who has witnessed a murder, her mom who owns a hotel, and a dog dad who stays at the hotel. The dog dad has a Pit Bull who was rescued from a dog fighting ring, and while the dog isn’t the protagonist of the story, Molly said it did a good job showing love to Pit Bull breeds.
The Art of Racing in the Rain
This is another popular book that has recently been made into a movie. This book by Garth Stein is told from the point of view of a dog named Enzo, who observes his human’s life. His dad is a racecar driver who has to deal with hardships with his wife and daughter. While I’ll admit that the guy isn’t the best dog dad, it still covers some real, emotional topics. However, it’s a bit unusual that the dog in this story thinks more like a human than a dog.
My Boyfriends’ Dogs: The Tales of Adam and Eve and Shirley
If you’re looking for a lighthearted romance story, then this book by Dandi Daley Mackall is perfect for you. It’s a quick read about a runaway bride with three dogs. The story behind each dog involves a different relationship in her life, and it clearly shows that dogs are better than boyfriends. It’s a quick read, but I know Molly enjoyed it very much. It has also been made into a movie too.
A Dog’s Way Home
This is another novel by W. Bruce Cameron that has since been made into a movie. It’s about a Pit Bull breed who lives in a town with strict breed restrictions. So, her dad has to take her out of the area until he can find a home that’s more dog-friendly. Not understanding this, the dog runs away and goes on a long journey to find her dad again. It’s a story to teach others about breed discrimination. However, I’ve heard many people complain about how the dog on the cover looks nothing like a Pit Bull, but I feel like that’s the point. There’s no such thing as a “Pit Bull,” so whatever dog the town thinks looks like a Pit Bull would be banned. It’s the heartbreaking reality we live in.
These are just some of the many amazing dog books out there. Molly has so many more that she’s planning to read, but she says it’s so hard to find the time to read them all. In fact, she hopes that soon she’ll be able to publish a dog book of her own, so I’m excited to see her achieve that goal.
What are your favorite dog books? Let me know in the comments!
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6 thoughts on “Best Dog Books to Read Next to Your Dog”
Excited to see my book in Mabel’s list! Thanks for the shout out! I just love Racing in the Rain. Here are two more suggestions for you- Rescue Road by Peter Zheutlin and Poppy in the Wild by Teresa Rhyne. They are two of my favorites. I also loved Rescuing Penny Jane (blanking on the author). Thanks for this list!
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Thank you for the suggestions! I think I already added all those to my to-read list on Goodreads, but I’ll double check just in case! 🙂
I have just been reading the wonderful Brian Blessed’s account of his life with animals including many, many cats and dogs; The panther in my kitchen a wonderful life affirming read from a fellow animal lover.
My Ada would technically be identified as a pitbull but hopefully part of Ada’s life mission is to dispel some of the myths about the dogs.
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I’ll have to check that book out, thank you for the suggestion! 🙂
I sadly don’t have a dog, but I will surely check the books out!
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