“Adopt-a-Dog Month” Reading Picks
October is the American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Dog Month. Whether you are already owned by a dog or are considering adding a new one to your family, here are Shelf Pleasure’s top five favorite reads celebrating the bond between dogs and their owners.
Sad to be a bridesmaid at her childhood love’s wedding instead of the bride, Savannah “Van” Leone orders an adorable puppy over the Internet. That “adorable puppy” turns out to be a hundred pound German Shepherd that only responds to Slovakian. Joe changes Van in ways she never could imagine, including opening her up to a potential new love—even though she isn’t quite ready to let her first one go. While we don’t recommend buying a dog online when there are so many locally available for adoption, we highly recommend this heartwarming read that stays with you long after you reach the last page.
This book had us at all of the adorable pugs on the cover. Pug Hill in Central Park and the pugs (and their owners) that gather there are touchstones for charmingly neurotic narrator Hope McNeil. They provide comfort as things start to pile up in her own life – trouble with her boyfriend, a crush on a coworker, and a request by her parents to finally face one of her greatest fears – but one of the best parts of the book is watching our heroine figure out if she can also depend on herself.
Rocky thought she had everything until she found her 42-year-old husband dead on their bathroom floor. She tries to escape her loss by moving to a tiny island off the coast of Maine, and reinvents herself as an Animal Control Warden. Watching her recover from loss with the help of a mysterious black Lab is magical. You’re going to need tissues for this one!
On a lighter note comes this hilarious and touching memoir from an author who thought she was looking for a husband, but instead found love with a Boston Terrier. Her love affair with this breed is so much fun to watch, and her life grows and expands to include many varieties of these gremlins, as well as true love of the human variety.
Dr. Nick Trout gives us a peek into what a typical day is like as a staff surgeon at Boston’s Angell Animal Medical Center. Some of his stories made us laugh and some made us cry, but the enduring love between humans and their pets shines through it all.
Did we miss your favorite read featuring a dog? If so, let us know in the comments!
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