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Top Ten Dog Books

Updated on September 13, 2013

My top 10 List of Dog Stories: True Stories to Warm Your Heart

Theres no denying that people form lasting bonds with their dogs. As a dog lover, I know this for a fact:)! I am totally obsessed with books about dogs, and I am avid reader on the subject. The wonderful thing, is that dog lovers have lots of books to choose from: There are so many inspiring true stories about dogs out there! Here are some of my favorite books on the subject. These are some of the best books with true stories about dogs. If you love canine companions these are great reads that are not to be missed.

1) Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog - By Ted Kerasote

Merle was a dog like no other: he was a free spirit who touched the lives of those around him. In this book, the author examines human relationships with dogs and how those relationships impact each other. The author, Ted Kerasote, describes how Merle was free to come and go as he pleased, and make his own decisions. The book is full of examples of how having freedom can benefit a dog’s life. It’s an interesting read and is guaranteed to spark debate and insight into owning a dog.

Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog
Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog

Learn about Merle, a dog with a unique life. There's a reason why this book is a national bestseller!


Also by Ted Kerasote:

Pukka's Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs
Pukka's Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs

One man's attempt to give his dog a long life. It's a great book about dog health.


2) Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog - By John Grogan

One of the most popular dog stories around! Marley and Me is about a rambunctious dog with lots of energy and the family that took him in. This is arguably one of the most popular dog books around... They even made a movie about it! Be prepared to laugh and cry with this one.

The Trailer for Marley and Me

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Marley & Me (Three-Disc Bad Dog Edition) [Blu-ray]
Marley & Me (Three-Disc Bad Dog Edition) [Blu-ray]

Marley and Me (2009) starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston. This movie is based on the bestselling book of the same title. It's about a family that gets an over exuberant dog that is more than they can handle, but quickly becomes part of the family.


3) A Dog Named Boo: How One Dog and One Woman Rescued Each Other--and the Lives They Transformed Along the Way - By Lisa J. Edwards

Boo was an abandoned pup that was lucky to find a home with the author. What happens next is incredible: Boo becomes a therapy dog and starts healing the sick, even helping some people that were beyond help.

4) Amazing Gracie: A Dog's Tale - By Dan Dye and Mark Beckloff

Amazing Gracie is the story of how one Great Dane puppy with anorexia, changed the life of his owner forever. When Dan Dye adopts a partially deaf and blind puppy, he soon finds out that she also has no appetite. In an attempt to save her from starving to death, he creates homemade dog treats. This is the beginning of Three Dog Bakery, a successful dog food and dog treat business, which transforms their lives.

5) Sophie: The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog - By Emma Pearse

An Australian cattle dog is the main character: A beloved dog named Sophie who accidentally falls into the ocean when her family is boating and an unexpected thunderstorm crosses their path. Her family thought their dog was lost, but for 5 months she managed to stay alive before being reunited with them. We know her story from the people she came across during her adventure. It’s an amazing read and Sophie is one lucky dog.

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Although this story is a work of fiction, the theme is relevant to anyone with a family. The Art of Racing in the Rain is a story about one family and their struggles to cope with unavoidable hardships. What’s unique about this tale, is that it’s told through the eyes of a dog. As a dog lover, I find the viewpoints of the canine narrator to be interesting and believable. This is one of my favorite books of all time, I highly recommend it!

The Art of Racing in the Rain on Amazon

This book teaches new dog owners what NOT to do when you get a new dog. Through the author and her family’s’ trials and errors, we learn about how getting a dog is a huge commitment. The main plot point in the story is that their dog gets lost, and when Huck goes missing the family goes through every dog owner’s worst nightmare. It’s a suspenseful story with a happy ending. (Don’t worry, I didn’t spoil anything! The author doesn’t keep it a secret that they find their dog in the end).

OK I cheated a little on this one, this book isn't about a real dog but I still couldn’t leave this great book off of my list. A dog’s life: Autobiography of a Stray is a young adult novel by the author of the Babysitter’s Club series of books. Although it’s not about a real dog, it’s still a wonderful story. If you know a young reader who loves dogs, or just want to read a quick tale, this book is a sweet treat.

Oogy is the story of a dog that lived a life of abuse, before finding a loving family that took him in and gave him a home. After being used in a dogfighting ring, Oogy was rescued and eventually ended up with the Levin family. He was not a pretty sight: he was missing one ear and had a face and body covered in scars. The Levin family demonstrates that with patience, even an abused dog will make a great pet when given the chance.

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is one of my favorite animal authors. This book is about the relationship between humans and dogs dating back 40,000 years. He examines how we need dogs and much as they need us. Moussaieff Masson is known for writing amazing stories about animals, blending facts together with true accounts. He is the author of several popular animal advocacy books including: The Pig Who Sang to the Moon and When Elephants Weep. Reading his books are always a memorable experience! If you are familiar with his work, I highly recommend this book.

Wonderful Books by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals
When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals

The author explores how animals feel, they are more like humans than we think.

Dogs Never Lie About Love : Reflections on the Emotional World of Dogs
Dogs Never Lie About Love : Reflections on the Emotional World of Dogs

After reading this book, you will never look at dogs the same


Got a good book you could recommend? I would love to hear about it :) - Please share them here:

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    • Katie Hazel profile imageAUTHOR

      Katie Hazel 

      5 years ago

      @Magda2012: they are all really great books! if you end up reading some, I would love to hear what you thought :)

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      5 years ago

      Hard to choose which one I want to read first. All are great books. thank for sharing :)


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