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Editor’s Picks for Notable Dog Books in 2010
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A Small Furry Prayer: Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life by Steven Kotler examines the “cult and culture” of dog rescue. He and his girlfriend run a sanctuary in New Mexico with few resources aside from an intense drive to save dogs. The narrative takes the reader to many places, to the dogs themselves and to an exploration of the meaning of “dog” in our lives—a mind-expanding trip.

 

Good Old Dog by Nicholas Dodman, DVM, is sure to become the most important resource you can have to guide you through your dog’s senior years. The advice gathered from the leading experts at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is presented by Dodman in a convivial and reassuring voice. This book will take the mystery out of caring for an aging dog.

  

Also noted memoirs:

  • Huck by Janet Elder, a tale of losing and then finding a much-loved pup—and a town that pulls together to make it happen.
  • Katie Up and Down the Hall by Glenn Plaskin, a story of a dog who brought a “hallway” of residents in an NYC apartment building together as a family.
  • Oogy by Larry Levin is a very sweet book of an abused dog with irresistible charm. A touching tale of bonding and the power of love.
  • You Had Me at Woof by Julie Flam. Opening up your life to one dog, sometimes unlocks your heart to helping others. This is an upbeat story of dog rescue and the lengths that people go to save the lives of dogs.

 

 

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This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 62: Nov/Dec 2010
Claudia Kawczynska is The Bark's co-founder and editor in chief. thebark.com

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