The best books with Irish Wolfhounds as the main character

Why am I passionate about this?

I am a Wolfhound parent and the author of books about this majestic breed. I have studied everything I could find about the Wolfhound since I first lost my heart to one many years ago, meeting breeders and owners alike to learn everything I could about their temperament and health. I have attended many dog shows and symposiums to further my knowledge of my breed. Having shared my life with this dog, unlike any other, I devour books written by other Wolfhound owners. 


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The Seven Foot Long Dog

By Gail Notestine,

Book cover of The Seven Foot Long Dog

What is my book about?

What would you do with a  giant dog in a house the size of a school bus? Molly has always wanted a puppy. What she gets is more adventure than she bargained for. What happens when a dog turns your world upside down?

Molly O'Hare is finally getting her puppy. Her Wolfhound is coming home. Join Molly as she gets, trains, and settles in with her new puppy. Share the adventures of living with a dog the size of a small pony. Find out what secret her dog has hidden. Laugh and cry with this adorable duo as Molly learns that a best friend doesn't have to have two legs.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Strength of a Lion, Soul of a Lamb: A Collection of Wolfhound Fairy Tales and Poetry

Gail Notestine Why did I love this book?

A beautifully written book that brings the magic of the Irish Wolfhound to the reader.

This collection of fairy tales and poems invites us into the mystical world where the Wolfhound was king. A heartwarming tribute to the enormous heart of this gentle giant. It speaks to the soul of anyone who has met one of these loving, kind creatures. I could read it again and again.

By Shirl Knobloch,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Strength of a Lion, Soul of a Lamb as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

I always longed for a wolfhound. I watched documentaries about them, read books about them, and finally, traveled to Ireland and met my first real ones. They were my fairy tales, until a living flesh and fur giant came to share my home and heart. There is really no way to describe to someone what it is like to share your home with these gentle, goofy, stubborn, and loving friends. I hope these fairy tales bring a little bit of their magic into each reader’s heart. They truly have the strength of lions while possessing the souls of lambs.


Book cover of The Dog Hunters Illustrated: The Adventures of Llewelyn & Gelert Book One

Gail Notestine Why did I love this book?

A wonderful retelling of the legend of Gelert the Wolfhound.

This story of bravery and loyalty, starring the world's largest dog breed, takes the reader on an adventure of tremendous magnitude. I fell in love with the illustrations, I laughed at the jokes. I adored the book. This is one you will keep in your library for rereading.

By David Bell,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Dog Hunters Illustrated as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Pustulent, filth and fart filled adventure told on an epic, dog infested scale. The epic retelling of the legend of Gelert the Wolfhound, now fully illustrated by the author with over 230 wrist manglingly detailed drawings. While Welshmen die fighting English invaders, Prince Llewelyn is forced to study Plato. But then a mighty Chinese war fleet arrives, offering to annihilate Wales’s hated enemy. Their price? Llewelyn’s oldest friend, the mighty wolfhound, Gelert. Boy and dog are stolen in the night and dragged across storm tossed oceans and scorpion-infested deserts in a nightmare journey involving flying dogs, berserk baboons, and thousand-year-old…


Book cover of Battle For Arohanui

Gail Notestine Why did I love this book?

This is one of my special favorites. I know Amanda personally and knew and grew to love the real Millie and Bridie.

Arohuani is a magical kingdom ruled by Irish Wolfhound Queen Millie. When a dark force rises in the land, her daughter, Princess Bridie leads an army of wolfhounds to defeat the evil. This is one of my favorite books because it transports the reader to a world ruled by gently, loving hounds. I reread it yearly.

By Amanda Susan Van Vliet,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Battle For Arohanui as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 13, 14, and 15.

What is this book about?

In the magical kingdom Arohanui, ruled by the wise and gentle Wolfhounds of the royal house of Kuri te Aroha, a dark force rises. The queen's daughter Bridie commands the guard of the only passage into the kingdom but as vigilant as she and her ladies are, evil finds its entry into their stronghold. They must forge unexpected alliances with others of their kind, along with the magical and unusual creatures of the kingdom, if they are to defeat this evil.

The Battle for Arohanui will be fierce, from the mountains, across the plains and to the shores of the…


Book cover of The Wild Stare: Ancient Hounds in the Modern World

Gail Notestine Why did I love this book?

This book is a must read for anyone considering getting an Irish Wolfhound or anyone who falls in love with one.

Bob's stories of his life with these giant dogs will warm your heart, make you laugh until you cry, and sometimes break your heart. His 20 year experience of living with dogs the size of small horses will have you rolling on the floor and crack your heart in two.

I love this book because I am the parent of Wolfhounds and Bob describes the challenges and rewards of sharing your life with a being that loves unconditionally, with a love as large as their valiant hearts and a personality as big as their bodies. Another book that I read numerous times, during the year.

By Bob McMillan,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Wild Stare as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


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Book cover of Call Me Stan: A Tragedy in Three Millennia

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What is my book about?

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What is this book about?

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