The Best Books About Inspiring Dogs

Michael Konik Author Of Ella in Europe: An American Dog's International Adventures
By Michael Konik

The Books I Picked & Why

Stepdog: A Memoir

By Mireya Navarro

Stepdog: A Memoir

Why this book?

Eddie, the four-legged title character, seems determined to destroy his owner's relationship with a new love. But every dog, even the naughtiest, worst-behaved has the magical canine ability to mend broken hearts. This memoir is a kind of romantic comedy between an unwanted “intruder” and Eddie the Protector, who learns to trust and make nice.


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The Incredible Journey

By Sheila Burnford

The Incredible Journey

Why this book?

More than 50 years after original publication, this children's book still makes certain dog-loving adults (like me) weep with joy. Separated from their owners, a pack of three animals – two dogs and a cat – demonstrate the loyalty and courage that convinces even those who don't own dogs why they're our very best friends.


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The Call of the Wild

By Jack London

The Call of the Wild

Why this book?

Those of us who own small, fluffy mops of cuteness sometimes forget that our sweet little pooches descend from wolves. This classic tale introduces a domesticated dog, the heroic Buck, into his natural environment, where the reward is survival, not chewy treats. Bravery, perseverance, cooperativeness – these are qualities all canines possess, even in the face of freezing cold and human cruelty.


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The Dogs of Bedlam Farm: An Adventure with Sixteen Sheep, Three Dogs, Two Donkeys, and Me

By Jon Katz

The Dogs of Bedlam Farm: An Adventure with Sixteen Sheep, Three Dogs, Two Donkeys, and Me

Why this book?

Enlightening and touching, whimsical and wise, this story of one man's transition to country living is populated by a menagerie of farm animals and a challenging border collie named Orson. It's said that there are no bad dogs, only bad dog trainers. This books reminds us that the dogs who share our lives serve as mirrors, reflecting our best and worst qualities, gently teaching us we can be better humans if we're willing to be more like dogs.


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Dog Years: A Memoir

By Mark Doty

Dog Years: A Memoir

Why this book?

No matter how dark and hopeless we sometimes feel, dogs are always there to lick away our tears. This poignant memoir highlights the salutary power in a dog's unconditional love, offering heartfelt insights into why dogs, of all the animals, have so much to teach, and so much to give, even when all seems lost.


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