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Editor’s Picks for Notable Dog Books in 2010


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.





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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Submitted by Anonymous | December 7 2010 |

I highly recommend Good Old Dogs. Not only does it give information about the physical health of seniors, it opened my eyes to their mental health and how to keep them mentally active. After reading this book, I started doing things differntly with my 13 year old collie mix so that I kept his mind active and his world interesting. Even if you have a young dog now, get this book for his/her later years. Jane

Submitted by Pamela | December 7 2010 |

I enjoyed Jennifer Arnold's Through a Dog's Eyes about training assistance dogs.

Submitted by Ellen Brown | December 7 2010 |

"A Dog's Purpose" by Bruce Cameron was not only one of the best 'dog' reads ever...but one of the best reads ever. Period.

Submitted by Laura | December 8 2010 |

I loved the "The Lost Dogs" by Jim Gorant, and highly recommend it. While it had it's moments when I had to put it down and go play with our three rescues, the amount of work to prove the case against Vick and the rehab of the dogs is truly amazing--I am now a fan of Bad Rap organization and the others who made this happen.

Submitted by Jane | December 22 2010 |

Another comment about recommended books: I just finished Scent of the Missing and WOW. She's a good writer and gave so much information about what it means to train for search and rescue. Things I had NO idea about and yet when I thought about it, of course the training would be rigorous and extensive. I have a new found respect and awe for all the people and dogs who participate in any aspect of search and rescue. Also just read You Had Me at Woof. Another good writer who gave me much more insight about rescuing and fostering dogs. I'm glad I read both of these books and think they would be great gifts.

Submitted by Leland Dirks | March 22 2011 |

I think you'd like my Border Collie Angelo's book, too. It's the story about his five and a half week disappearance, and the long road back to home, through the eyes of the people whose lives he touches.

It's called Angelo's Journey, and it's available at http://www.amazon.com/Angelos-Journey-ebook/dp/B004RYW53U/

Thanks for letting me publicize it here!

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