When you let a dog into your life, it will change the way you look at things and the world. And these are some of the books that will give you an insight about the human-dog bond and why we behave the way we do with our beloved pets. Few of the books below even take you on a rollercoaster of emotions I’m sure every dog lovers can relate to. So if you got a furry friend at home, take your time and read some or all of the following books to start with.
1. The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think
-Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods
If you are a dog parent and have been tricked a few times by your pet into giving more treats or being tricked into anything, in general, this book is a must-read. In this book, the authors explore how our pet dupe us and why we should never underestimate them. They delve into the social intelligence of pups and how their long relationship with humans makes their development unique in the animal kingdom. Grab this book and get ready to be fascinated.
2. Sophie: The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog
– Emma Pearse
On the list of the books recommended by Oprah Winfrey, this book takes the number one spot. This book is about Sophie, the Australian cattle dog who was lost at sea and swam six miles through shark-infested waters to a remote island where she survived in the wild for five months. Journalist Emma Pearse unfolds the story of Sophie by harrowing ordeal from interviews with family members and island locals and tenderly describes the effect the dog’s disappearance had on the heartbroken Griffiths. This book lets us, dog parents, know the lengths our beloved furry friend will take us affirming the unbreakable bond between humans and dogs.
3. What a Difference a Dog Makes: Big Lessons on Life, Love, and Healing from a Small Pooch
– Dana Jennings
If you don’t believe about therapy dog and need a confirmation that dogs are capable of helping you healing, this is the book you should pick up. The author who is fighting his own illness and caring for a sick son finds solace and inspiration from his miniature poodle, Bijou. Grab a pack of tissues in case this is your next read!
4. You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness
– Julie Klam
Julie Klam was thirty, single, and working as a part-time clerk in an insurance company, unable to meet a man she could spend her life with. And then it happened: she had a dream about a Boston terrier- a dream that practically hit her over the head. The companion she needed was not necessarily the one she’d had in mind. If you need a bit of inspiration and laughter along the way, grab this book and have fun.
5. Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog
– John Grogan
This book is a must-have in the list of books about dogs. If you saw the movie, you know what you’re in for with this one. This read is a rollercoaster of love and companionship sprinkled with hilarious anecdotes about a badly behaved dog. This book is a very emotional and unforgettable read that will leave you with a bunch of tears covered tissue.
6. The Dog Who Saved Me
– Susan Wilson
This is a story about Cooper Harrison, a member of the Boston K-9 unit who never thought he would ever go back to his hometown, Harmony Farms. But as life has it, he finds himself in the mired of grief, when his faithful canine partner, Argos is killed in the line of duty. Jobless, on the verge of divorce, and in a self-destructive rut, Cooper has little choice but to accept an offer for the position of animal control officer in Harmony Farms. As the title says, this is a story about how a dog enters the life of a hopeless man and save him. This is a must-read and shows how sometimes it’s not us who rescue our dogs but rather our pets who rescues us.