11 Books for Dog Lovers

11 Books for Dog Lovers

If you’re a reader and you have a love for your canine friends, check out this list of 11 books for dog lovers. There’s something here for everyone.


The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

This story focuses on a dog named Enzo and his human who drives race cars. The book is a classic, a reflection on what life has to offer. It has both ups and downs, allowing readers to see into a complex, philosophical world.


Dog Songs: Poems by Mary Oliver

If you’re more into poetry, this one’s for you. Mary Oliver delivers a collection of poetry that reveals the inside of the bond between dogs and humans. It’s beautifully written and you’ll find yourself thinking about these poems even after you’ve put down the book.


A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

This one’s also a movie! But I recommend reading the book first. This story travels through the numerous lives of a dog named Bailey. This one will make you cry and laugh. A Dog’s Purpose is insightful and beautifully written.


A Dog’s Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron

By the same author as A Dog’s Purpose, A Dog’s Way Home is about Bella, a dog who has been left 400 miles behind her family. She must travel through the wilderness to reunite with her loved ones in this brilliant story. 


Dog is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You by Clive D. L. Wynne

Scientists have been hesitant to say that dogs act with love towards their humans. But in this book, readers explore why and how dogs love their people. Written by a dog behaviorist, the novel dives into our canine-human relationships. 


Strays by Jennifer Caloyeras

In this touching story, a teen girl must spend her summer doing community service, rehabilitating dogs. She doesn’t like the idea at first, until she makes a canine friend. This novel explores what it’s like to have an unbreakable bond with a dog. 


Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

This story follows Teddy and his dog, Lily. The Octopus is Lily’s cranial tumor. Lily and the Octopus incorporates humor and fictional autobiography to create a moving masterpiece. It really emphasizes the impact that dogs have on people’s lives. 


Just Life by Neil Abramson

This one’s a thriller! If you’re looking for a good fast-paced story involving dogs, this is the book for you. It focuses on a vet who runs a shelter in New York. When a disease breaks out, she must uncover the mystery behind it. 


Marley and Me by John Grogan

Marley & Me

Most dog people know this one. It’s known as a classic for good reason, and it’s a tearjerker for sure. It’s the true story of a man and his dog, Marley. While Marley doesn’t behave as the best dog, it’s a moving story about how our four-legged friends touch our lives forever. 


The Forever Dog by Rodney Habib and Karen Shaw Becker

From two of the most respected animal healthcare advocates, this is a comprehensive guide to help your dog live a healthy, happy life. The information shared empowers you to make knowledgeable decisions for your canine best friend. This is a must-read for any dog lover.


The Year of the Dogs by Vincent J. Musi

A National Geographic photographer who set up a home studio to photograph dogs. Over 100 dogs photographed, paired with hilarious bios. From a fugitive named Cooper to a gravity-defying dog named Ed. Musi’s witty writing will have you laughing throughout the entire book.

If you’re interested in reading one or more of these books, visit InkLink Books in East Troy. Kayleen will help you find what you’re looking for, or will happily order any books for you. If you haven’t visited this gem of a bookstore, you’re in for a treat!

There are so many amazing books for dog lovers, I hope you found one for you or someone you know who’s crazy about dogs. Happy reading!

On the topic of dogs, read my post on Life Lessons from Dogs: 10 Ways to Live Happier. Dogs have so much love to share!

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