5 Books for Dog Lovers

With the holidays coming up and time off of work, you may finally have time to sit down, relax – maybe even read a book. Although I don’t just read books about dogs (I do have a couple of other interests), I’ve come across several dog-oriented books lately that I’ve added to my “to-read” list.

So, if you’re looking for something to read, or maybe have a book-and-dog-loving friend on your Christmas gift list, here are some good book recommendations:

The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption – Jim Gorant

I am really excited to read this book. Like a lot of people, I’ve been fascinated by stories of the dogs involved in the Michael Vick dog-fighting ring. There were 51 dogs rescued from the ring, many that have been successfully rehabilitated, some even working as therapy dogs now.  The story discusses the tragedy of their early days and the aftermath of their rescues.


Michael Vick's dogs
One of the “Vicktory Dogs,” Handsome Dan


Find Momo – Andrew Knapp

If you’re not already following Andrew Knapp and his dog Momo on Instagram (@AndrewKnapp), you should be. Find Momo is a collection of the photos Andrew takes of his dog Momo as he travels across Ontario. The images are beautifully staged, and it’s a fun challenge to find Momo among the beautiful backdrops he shoots.


The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein

I read this book last year and thought it was really cute. The story is told from the dog, Enzo’s perspective as he helps his owner deal with several tragedies in his life. Although the story itself is a little overwrought, any dog owner who has wondered what their dog is thinking will appreciate the interesting narrative. It’s a light, easy read perfect for a holiday break.


The Genius of Dogs – How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think – Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods

I love books that give me more insight into what my dog is thinking, so this one has been on my to-read list for a while. I am hoping that I will get around to it soon! Co-written by one of the founders of the Duke Canine Cognition Center, the book examines how the dog’s mind works, giving you the insight to understand and communicate better with your dog.

Travels with Casey – Benoit Denizet-Lewis

I was kind of disappointed when I saw this book, since he totally stole my idea! In this novel, Benoit travels across the country with his dog, exploring the dog culture of the U.S. To be honest, although I was excited by the premise, I started this book and kind of lost interest. I liked the idea of it, but wasn’t that big of a fan of his storytelling. It’s an interesting idea, so I expect I’ll go back to it at some point to read about where else they go in the U.S. And now I feel like I can still write my book someday, since it won’t be that much like this one.

What are you reading? Any dog books I should add to my list?