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Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Please continue with the pet-related book suggestions. Some of my favorites, most from my childhood are:

Misty of Chincoteague and anything else by Marguerite Henry

All Creatures Great and Small and everything else by James Herriot

Mosby, the Kennedy Center Cat by Beppie Noyes

Bedtime Stories for Dogs by Leigh Anne Jasheway

My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara

Interestingly enough, yesterday I learned of a dog book by a local author. It's called The Kokopelli Journals. The website offers quite a bit of information, including a synopsis, but the very short version is that during a special trip out west, the author and her husband rescue a dog. Of course, it's never THAT simple, and even if it was this once, it wouldn't make for a book, would it? I'm going to see about getting to one of the local booksellers who carries the limited, first edition and read it soon.
When it comes to reference books, I like The Complete Holistic Dog Book by Katy Sommers. Of course, I own many, MANY breed books, specifically for basset hounds and jack russell terriers. I'm sure there are others in my library, but that is the newest, and the one I have on the coffee table right now.
So, fiction, non-fiction stories, reference... what are your favorite dog books?


  1. Nice post! I have to go look at the shelves and jog my memory

  2. Mother Knows Best the Natural Way to Train Your Dog by Carol Lea Benjamin is one of the 'common sense' training books I have ever read. It teaches you to think like your dog or better still, like a mother dog. I have used the book for myself and others for several years. I have purchased 3 copies. I loaned mine out twice. Didn't get it back either time. Now I have a copy I won't loan.

  3. I love the classics: Old Yeller, Where the Red Fern Grows, and ANY and ALL James Herriot. My fave dog training book is "Good Dogs, Great Owners" by Brian Kilcommons. It's an easy read with a great index for trouble-shooting specific issues.
    I did recently enjoy reading "Seabisquit." Clearly, more horse than dog related, but I did get get 2 good future dog names, "Match" and "Pocatell" were Bisquits calming stable mates.

  4. I agree about the James Herriot books. Another one I love is the story of Seaman, the dog who explored the West with Lewis and Clark. Wonderful story.

  5. I've got a fantastic one for the grown ups...

    Woman's Best Friend: Women Writers on the Dogs in Their Lives


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