Dog books I love for National Dog Day!

It’s National Dog Day and here akira stick 0721re some of my favorite dog books!


The Truth about Dogs, by Stephen Budiansky:  The first book I read about canine-human evolution.  A smart and funny look at our relationship to dogs.

Dogs Make Us Human, by Jeffery Moussaieff Masson, photos by Art Wolfe:  Gorgeous photos of dogs and their people from around the world, and Masson’s unique take on our relationship to non-human animals

The Hidden Life of Dogs by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas:  the first book I know of to see dogs as thinking beings.  I read this when I was young, and I know it planted seeds for “The Wolf Chronicles.”

Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz: A cognitive scientist explains how dogs perceive their world, their daily lives, and the two-legged critters around them.


Paw and Order, by Spencer Quinn:  The latest installment of Spencer Quinn’s delightful Chet and Bernie mysteries, with Chet the dog taking on the bad guys.

Dogsbody, by Diana Wynne Jones:  A favorite from my childhood about the Dogstar Sirius and his adventures as a dog on earth.  There’s an homage at the end of “Spirit of the Wolves.”

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein:  A beautiful tale of life and love from the dog’s point of view

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski:  Hamlet with dogs. Brilliant.

These are just the ones I can remember while sitting at the cafe.  What did I forget? What have I missed?




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