The sincerity and depth of dog books are often underestimated. Their stories of pure love can be full of complexities. While dog stories can exist in mysteries, thrillers, speculative, or classic literature, they have the range to tell the story of love and companionship. Review our list of compelling stories about dogs and their owners to read while cuddling with your own beloved pet.
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
A kind and scholarly dog named Enzo narrates this moving novel. His owner Denny is a race car driver, and having learned much of life from him and the television, Enzo reflects on his time on Earth. This is a story of one reviewing life, the bond between a human and their pet, and the bond between a pet and their human. Enzo is an intelligent pup with firm and optimistic beliefs about life. This funny and emotional story of loyalty and love is perfect for any dog owner.
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
This classic piece of literature is often taught in schools and for a good reason. It follows the tale of Billy Coleman and his two hunting dogs, Little Ann and Old Dan. Set during the Great Depression, the three are a devoted team that faces adventure together. Even as tragedy strikes, Billy’s love for his dogs never lessens. This heart-wrenching, powerful story is inspiring for all ages.
The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances by Ellen Cooney
The Sanctuary is where humans save dogs, but it goes the other way around. The dogs look for a new chance at life, but the narrator Evie realizes she looks for a new chance at life as well. As Evie makes sense of her troubled past, she helps dogs navigate life and herself learns how to steer the wheel. For fans of rescue dogs and obedience schools, this book of introspection and rehab is a must-read.
The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
An unnamed woman grieves her best friend and mentor. She reluctantly looks after the dog he leaves behind, Apollo. Apollo is a Great Dane and misses his master just as much as the narrator misses his owner. Against all expectations, the woman and Apollo get along, finding they are the only people who understand each other’s loss. Their bond blurs into obsession. Through this novel, readers can expect a meditation on grief, perseverance, and the comfort that comes from emotional support animals.
Marley & Me by John Grogan
Our list isn’t complete without a recommendation of Marley & Me! Quite possibly the most popular dog book, this story will take you on a wild ride from laughs to tears. As a young couple decides to adopt a small puppy, chaos soon takes hold of the household. Over time and through many trials, the couple slowly learns what unconditional love means from their newest family member.
These five doggie books are perfect to read cozied against your own perfect pooch. Fall in love with five new pups within the pages of these novels! Read up on more dog stories here!