Dog is man’s best friend, or so they say. I’m more of a cat person myself, but I still love dogs. I’m usually wary of reading books with dogs because the dog always seems to die and I can’t handle it. So here are some books with our furry friends where the dog doesn’t die.
- The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.89
Based on Jack London’s time in the Canadian wilderness, this story is about survival in the Alaskan Klondike.
- Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.07
When Opal and her father move to Florida, Opal finds a dog behind the Winn-Dixie supermarket and thus names the dog. The dog helps Opal’s father open up about her mother. Winn-Dixie helps Opal make friends and collect stories from the people in the town.
- Murder, She Barked by Krista Davis
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.00
Wagtail, Virgina is the perfect vacation spot for those who can’t leave their pets behind. Holly finds herself rushing their with her Jack Russel terrier when she gets a call from her grandma. An employee at the inn has been killed in a hit-and-run that looks anything but accidental. It’s up to Holly and her furry friend to find the perp.
- Star in the Storm by Joan Hiatt Harlow
Genre: Historical Fiction
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.04
Non-shepherding dogs have been banned from the coastal village where Maggie lives but Maggie refuses to get rid of Sirius, her Newfoundland, and hides him away. But when a steamer crashes into the cliffs with hundreds on board, Maggie must make a choice. Does she risk Sirius’ life to help the passengers?
- The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe by Andrew O’Hagan
Genre: Historical Fiction
Average Goodreads Rating: 2.73
Frank Sinatra gave Marilyn Monroe a dog–Maf. Maf was loyal during the last two years of Monroe’s life and had many adventures.
- Rescue Pup by Jean Little
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.87
Shakespeare is a seeing-eye puppy and he’s been paired with a girl who doesn’t know how to love. He tries to teach her even if he’s put in dangerous situations.
- Blue Dog by Louis de Bernieres
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.98
When a tragedy strikes, Mick must live with his Granpa on the cattle station. It’s a lonely life. But when a cyclone hits, Mick finds a lost and injured puppy, and they form a bond.
- A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog by Mercer Mayer
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.14
A boy and his dog go walking in the swamp. They spot a frog in the water. Can they use a net to catch him?