There are two kinds of people in this world: Dog lovers . . . and everyone else. For the first kind – rejoice – our friends at Simon & Schuster have rounded up the books that will make you want to curl up on the couch and read with your beloved pooch. From probing the depths of their intelligence to exploring their unique worldview, these are the best books that celebrate canines and the humans who love them.
Travels With Casey: My Journey Through Our Dog-Crazy CountryBy: Benoit Denizet-Lewis
“I don’t think my dog likes me very much,” Benoit Denizet-Lewis confesses right before hitting the road with his moody Labrador, Casey. A delightful blend of memoir and travelogue, Travels with Casey pays tribute to the world’s most powerful interspecies bond – and introduces the reader to an irresistible cast of dogs and dog-obsessed humans. Spanning four months, 32 states, and 13,000 miles, this is a funny, touching trip into the heart of America’s relationship with dogs.
Have you ever wondered if your dog might be depressed? How about heartbroken or homesick? In Animal Madness, science historian and TED Fellow Laurel Braitman uses stories of neurotic parrots, anxious gorillas, and gloomy elephants to explore mental health in the animal kingdom – and makes the groundbreaking argument that understanding the emotional distress of animals can help us connect to them more deeply and better understand ourselves.
Inside Of A Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, And KnowBy: Alexandra Horowitz
Have you contemplated what it is like to experience life from two feet off the ground? Or why a person on a bicycle must be chased? Or how a puppy manages to play with a Great Dane? Inspired by her own dog, Pumpernickel, Alexandra Horowitz draws on her research in the field of dog cognition to paint a picture of what the canine experience is like – how they perceive their world, each other, and that other quirky animal – the human.
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Weekends With DaisyBy: Sharron Kahn Luttrell
When Sharron Kahn Luttrell, still deeply mourning the loss of her family dog, discovered a weekend puppy raiser program for a service dog organization, she knew it was what she needed to help her move on. This memoir chronicles the year that she spent co-parenting Daisy, a sweet Labrador puppy, with Keith, a convicted felon at a medium security prison. When, through an accident of fate, she discovers the crime Keith committed, she is shaken to her core. As the two of them work tirelessly to ensure that Daisy passes her service dog test, the limits of her strength, empathy, and compassion are tested and, in the end, her weekends with Daisy impact her more than she ever could have imagined.
Paw And Order: A Chet and Bernie MysteryBy: Spencer Quinn
If mysteries are more your taste, the bestselling “Chet and Bernie Mystery” series featuring canine narrator Chet and his human private investigator companion, Bernie, is for you. In Paw and Order, the seventh installment in the series, this beloved team goes sniffing around the dog-eat-dog world of our nation’s capital only to uncover a devilish plot and get sucked into an international conspiracy. These books can be read in any order – and Paw and Order is the perfect place to jump into this charming series!
Cat Warren acknowledges that she has an odd hobby: she has spent the last seven years searching for the dead. Beginning as an effort to harness the wild energies of her German Shepard puppy, Solo was soon in training with a police K9 unit to become a “working dog” – a dog that is called upon to seek out missing persons, sniff for explosives in war zones, and locate long-dead remains. What the Dog Knows is her fascinating exploration of the special place that working dogs have in our society, as well as our hearts and minds.