What We’re Reading: Doggy Tales

Happy Wednesday book lovers! It might sound silly to some, but the connection between a dog and its owner is often just as powerful as many human relationships. Authors have chronicled their special canine relationships throughout history, and recently the Barnes and Noble review team chose their top five dog stories.

Because I miss my own puppy, and, well, I wanted to show cute pictures of our four-legged friends, I’ve decided to share this list and add a few of my own picks.

B&N Five Books

love at first bark book cover Love at First Bark: How Saving a Dog Can Sometimes Help You Save Yourselfby Julie Klam

The subtitle says it all. Julie Klam, author of the bestselling You Had Me at Woof, focuses here on the world of rescued dogs. Klam shares the true stories of adopters from around the country and manages to balance humor and the sometimes difficult process that abandoned and mistreated dogs go through after being saved. The effects that these new companions have on the lives of their new owners are just as touching and readers will find the stories surprisingly relatable.

Dogs Make Us Humanby Jeffery Moussaieff Masson and Art Wolfe

Bestselling writer Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson has made the study of animal emotions his life’s work. When his words are combined with this collection of 100 photographs, taken on every continent by Art Wolfe, the result is magical.

The Dogs of Bedlam Farm: An Adventure with Sixteen Sheep, Three Dogs, Two Donkeys, and Meby Jon Katz

An “adventure” is an understatement. Jon Katz tells the story of a frigid winter in upstate New York with a viable zoo of animals. The chaos that ensues and the wry humor with which Katz delivers his stories makes this book hard to put down. He offers readers a compelling collection of triumphs and failures, all tied together by the constancy of complicated, joyful, lovable dogs.

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legendby Susan Orlean

Rin Tin Tin, who would become the most famous dog in the world, was found abandoned on a World War I battlefield in 1918 and brought back to America. Susan Orlean gives a detailed account of the dog’s life and attempts to understand the meaning of his enduring popularity. Orlean is a gifted story teller and readers will fall in love with Rinty, the German shepherd.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelleby David Wroblewski

David Wroblewski tells the story of a young, mute boy, Edgar, who flees to the woods surrounding his Wisconsin home after the suspicious death of his father. Accompanied by three faithful yearling pups, the rag tag group fights for survival until they are forced to turn back home to face his past. The captivating story of a boy and his dogs keeps readers on the edge of their seat.

Maggie’s Additions

The Art of Racing in the Rainby Garth Stein

On the eve of his death Enzo, a lab terrier mix, reflects and recalls his life with Denny Swift, a professional racer. Enzo has gained significant insight into the human condition throughout his life and was the glue that held the Swift family together through the ups and downs of the professional racing circuit. Garth Stein’s story of a loyal four-legged companion will tug at reader’s heart strings.

Good Dog Carlby Alexandra Day

Alexandra Day’s sweet picture book details the day in the life of a lovable Rottweiler, Carl, and his charge. After Carl is instructed to “Look after the baby,” chaos ensues as Carl helps the baby out of the crib and the two have some fun. Children will love the beautiful illustrations and the mess that Carl and baby make. Never fear parents, always responsible, Carl cleans up before Mom comes home.

If you think we’ve left out some good books about dogs, feel free to share in the comment section below!

By +Maggie Voelker