Calling all pet parents, animal advocates, and dog lovers: whether you’re looking for a new tail-wagging page-turner or you’re craving a heartwarming dog story here are 5 must-read books that are sure to give you all the doggie feels:
5 Must-Read Books for Dog Lovers
Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words
By: John W. Pilley and Hilary Hinzmann (non-fiction)
Price: $12.99 (Paperback)
This book is an ideal read for those drawn to Chaser’s proclivity for words, and who want to unlock the secret to teaching their own pup how to identify the human language. The story follows retired psychology professor, John Pilley, on his journey to communicate with his Border Collie pooch named Chaser. He discovers that the limitations of language aren’t as restrictive as he once believed. Chaser not only has the ability to identify over a thousand toys by name, but she can also understand more complex words and phrases. Chaser has gained the interest of animal behaviorists and dog lovers alike – paving the way for new breakthroughs in understanding the cognitive and communication skills of man’s best friend. The story of Chaser is a key piece of puppy history.
Huck: The Remarkable True Story of How One Lost Puppy Taught a Family–and a Whole Town–About Hope and Happy Endings
By: Janet Elder (non-fiction)
Price: $11.85 (Paperback)
“A Childhood Without a Dog is a Sad Thing.” At least, that’s what Janet Elder’s seven-year-old son, Michael, wrote in a PowerPoint presentation he created in pursuit of convincing his parents to get a dog. As Manhattanites, however, Janet and her husband Rich always thought bringing a pooch into their New York City home was impractical. This unforgettable and true story takes a turn when Janet’s breast cancer diagnosis convinces her to let Michael finally get a puppy. Her change of heart was driven by her desire to give her son something happy to focus on during her treatment. The red-haired toy poodle, which they named Huck, touches the family’s lives in ways they never imagined.
The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel
By: Garth Stein (fiction)
Price: $7.00 (Paperback)
As if earning the accolade of New York Times bestselling novel wasn’t enough, The Art of Racing in the Rain has now been adapted into a major motion picture starring Amanda Seyfried, Milo Ventimiglia, and Kevin Costner. Prepare to feel every emotion – from laughter to sadness – in this beautifully-written story about the relationship between a man and his furry four-legged friend. This heart-warming read is written from the perspective of Enzo, an aging retriever-terrier mix. The captivating tale, uniquely written through the eyes of a dog, brilliantly combines the natural instinct and drive of a dog with human-like thoughts. You’ll be holding your cuddly pooch just a smidge tighter after diving into this story.
Doggie Language: A Dog Lover’s Guide To Understanding Your Best Friend
by Lili Chin (non-fiction)
Our founder, Jamie Ruden, is obsessed with this book. Great for both adults and children to best understand the body language cues our dogs are presenting. You’ll be shocked to learn when a dog is yawning that it actually has a different meaning than just being sleepy. Also, is a great coffee table for friends coming over to peruse.
Rescue Dogs: Where They Come From, Why They Act the Way They Do, and How to Love Them Well
By: Pete Paxton (non-fiction)
Price: $7.99 (Hardcover)
Our founder, Jamie, also read this book. It’s the story of a man that created his own job as a Puppy Mill investigator to discover the horrific happenings and to help save hundreds and thousands of lives. If you ever wondered how bad Puppy Mills were and what happens behind closed doors, this is the book for you. Please note, you may cry multiple times while reading.
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