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Bookaholicanonymous recommends books for dog lovers!

Posted On : August 25 2020

What’s not to love about these furry four-legged creatures? On International Dog Day today we recommend 10 heart-warming books which have stories of loyalty and companionship or are a simply-can’t-put-it-down novel. We are sure you’ll be inspired to hold your four-legged best friends a little closer. These are absolute must-reads for dog lovers, pet parents, and animal advocates.

Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan

No dog book listing can be complete without this book. It is an autobiographical book by journalist John Grogan, published in 2005, about the 13 years he and his family spent with their yellow Labrador Retriever, Marley. The dog is poorly behaved and destructive, and the book covers the issues this causes in the family as they learn to accept him in addition to their grief following Marley's death. All dog owners will identify with it. It is now a very popular movie too.

Fluffy and Me by Anita Krishan

A heart-warming true story of selfless love and boundless devotion that only canines are capable of showering. Fluffy and Me is a journey full of laughter and tears, fun and fear. It is a moving, sensitive, hilarious and deeply touching story of undying friendship between a young girl and her Lhasa apso, and of their escapades as life glides from childhood to maturity in the pristine hills and valleys of the Himalayan town of Shimla.

A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog's search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, A Dog's Purpose touches on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: Why are we here? Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders - will he ever find his purpose? Heart-warming, 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.

Sheru: A Story of a Loving Dog by Sudhansu Mohanty

The Mohantys were beginning a new phase of their life in a new city when they stumbled upon Sheru, a frisky pup with a pure heart and beguiling looks. Little did they know that this stray would end up becoming not only a part of their household but also a loving family member. Mohanty, who has authored several books, paints a rich portrait of their adopted dog’s remarkable journey filled with moments of camaraderie, affection and pure entertainment. The book poignantly captures the blessings and heartbreaks of what it means to share an unbreakable and ineffable bond with a dog. Adding to the mirth and poignancy is Sheru’s Tale—his inner thoughts and feelings captured in ‘his’ own words.

Hachiko Waits by Lesléa Newman

What a good dog you are. What a fine dog you are. Hachi, you are the best dog in all of Japan."
Professor Ueno speaks these words to his faithful dog before boarding the train to work every morning. And every afternoon, just before three o'clock, Hachi is at the train station to greet his beloved master. One day, the train arrives at the station without the professor. Hachi waits. For ten years, Hachi waits for his master to return. Not even Yasuo, the young boy who takes care of Hachi, can persuade him to leave his post. Hachiko Waits, a novel inspired by a true story, brings to life the legendary Akita who became a national symbol for loyalty and devotion. This is a must-read for dog lovers of all ages.

Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin

You’ll love the heart-warming true story of a former bait dog that beat all the odds, not only to survive, but to find the perfect forever family. In 2002, Larry Levin and his sons took their terminally ill cat to the vet to be put to sleep. What began as the worst day ever quickly took a turn when a dog, missing an ear, his face covered in scars from an early life as a bait dog, walked right up and stole their hearts. This is the true story of Oogy, the desperate fight to save his life, and the family that gave him the spoiled, loved forever home he’d always deserved.

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

The book was 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. The story opens at a ranch in Santa Clara Valley, California, when Buck is stolen from his home and sold into service as a sled dog in Alaska. He becomes progressively primitive and wild in the harsh environment, where he is forced to fight to survive and dominate other dogs. By the end, he sheds the veneer of civilization, and relies on primordial instinct and learned experience to emerge as a leader in the wild. London spent almost a year in the Yukon, and his observations form much of the material for the book. The book's great popularity and success made a reputation for London. The book has been adapted many times, most recently being the 2020 film starring Harrison Ford.

Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog by Garth Stein

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll marvel at the beautiful relationship between a man and his dog. Racing in the Rain is told from the unique perspective of an aging dog. An easy, quick read, this book will touch your heart. Told in the voice of Enzo, a retriever-terrier mix,  Racing in the Rain captivatingly tells a story from the dog’s perspective, with both human-like thoughts and a dog’s natural drive and instinct. It’s through the eyes of a dog that you’ll learn a lot about yourself and you’ll feel compelled to hug your own furry best friends a little tighter.

Dog Years: A Memoir by Mark Doty

There’s just something about dogs – their ability to communicate to us without words, their unconditional love, an ability to forgive and to trust despite their past, and an unbreakable, incomparable bond to the people lucky enough to share their lives with them. Mark Doty understands just how special dogs are and perfectly and profoundly reflects on the human-canine relationship in his memoir, Dog Years. When Doty adopted Beau, a malnourished, neglected Golden Retriever as a companion to his dying partner and their current dog Arden, he couldn’t have imagined the impact his dogs would have on his life. Touching, intimate, and devastatingly heartbreaking, Doty’s memoir beautifully pays tribute to life lessons learned from dogs – hope, even in the darkest and most desperate times, loyalty, love, and loss.

One Good Dog by Susan Wilson

This is a beautiful novel written by Susan Wilson which tells a story about how a man who has everything and loses it all at once due to circumstances in his life and a dog he meets transforms his life. This book compiles the definition of a man's best friend and how he helps the man and himself in getting back a life they first had. I personally recommend this book to each and every one who is fighting a battle in their life.

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