Books We Love

We love books. We love dogs. Here are some books we love about dogs.
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Editor's Pick: This book goes on my list of All Time Favorites, joining the ranks of Gone with the Wind, East of Eden and Power of One. It made me laugh...and it definitely made me cry. And, it made me look at my dog Scout differently...wondering what is she thinking? If she could talk, what would she say? What words of wisdom could she give me? Often books narrated by a dog can be trite. Not this book. Enzo (the dog and narrator) is a no nonsense, cuss word dropping, philosophical purveyor of life. And, he is steadfastly loyal to his master Denny who faces a series of tragedies that turn into life lessons. If I could give this book more than four paws, I would. GRADE: 4 PAWS

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A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

“All dogs go to heaven...unless they have unfinished business here on Earth.” This is the premise of A Dog’s Purpose, a beautifully woven tale as told from the perspective of a dog...a reincarnated dog to be exact. With each life, our narrator, who first starts his journey as a stray, comes closer to learning life’s purpose, teaching us that love is forever, that our true friends are always with us in no matter what form, and that every creature on Earth is born with a purpose. A simple lesson, for sure...but one that can take a few lifetimes to learn. GRADE: 4 PAWS

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Even Bad Dogs Go to Heaven by Stephen Huneck

As a follow up to Stephen Huneck’s The Dog Chapel, Even Bad Dogs is a heartwarming read for dog lovers of all ages. Featuring vibrant images in Huneck’s woodblock painting style, this book illustrates the unbreakable bonds between humans and their dogs and the lessons dogs teach us about life, even after they are gone. For more on The Dog Chapel, click here). GRADE: 4 PAWS

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The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant

The Lost Dogs is an uplifting and inspiring story born from the tragedy of Michael Vick’s dogfighting ring. Many may not know that 47 out of the 51 fighting dogs have been fully rehabilitated—several of them now therapy dogs, beloved pets and family members. This is a touching tale of hope, redemption and a second chance at life and love.

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Through a Dog's Eyes by Jennifer Arnold

Through a Dog’s Eyes teaches dog owners ways to communicate effectively with their dog using only positive techniques and offering choices over dominant commands. Through this method, the author has taught dogs complicated tasks such as turning off lights and opening doors by seeing the world through a dog’s eyes, allowing for a deeper understanding and strengthening of the human-canine bond.

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Good Old Dog by the School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

Anyone with a dog in their golden years should keep a copy of Good Old Dog handy. It’s a must have guide for ensuring optimal health and well being for dogs at the senior stage in life. Offering tips on nutrition, medical procedures as well as how to cope with the loss of a pet, are just a few of the topics covered. Invaluable information to have as your dog’s needs change with age.

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The Art of Raising a Puppy by the Monks of New Skete

Editor's Pick: I am a huge fan of the Monks of New Skete. The Art of Raising a Puppy was the first book I bought after bringing home an eight week old boxer puppy (who would later become the inspiration behind CityDog Magazine). Like all new parents, (whether it's to four- or two-legged "children") I felt pretty clueless. The Art of Raising a Puppy walked me through the stages of puppy development, from "the socialization period," when a puppy is clingy and in need of socialization to the "juvenile period" or what I like to call "Scout's naughty period," when they test their boundaries and act out. The monks reminded me that the hard work I put in during the socialization period may appear for naught during the juvenile period, but early training and socialization pays off in the long run and is key to a happy, well-rounded dog (and dog owner).

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