In honour of National Dog Day today, here’s a list of books that I have and haven’t read that include dogs as characters! I’ve always been a dog person and I love books with dogs so this post happens to be really easy for me. Dogs are incredible creatures and I can say for sure that all the dogs in these books I’ve read have always been happy and lovable characters. You can’t help but fall in love with any dog you meet.
Books I’ve Read
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopia
Breed: Not said but people are guessing Terrier
He’s a great character because like every other animal in this book they can talk to humans. So we can actually understand what he’s saying, including when he has to take a book. He’s probably one of the funniest characters I’ve ever had the pleasure to read about. He’s loyal and extremely friendly. This book wouldn’t have been half of good without him.
Genre: Adult, Romance, Mystery
Breed: Great Dane
This is my favourite dog in literature. (So far). This is a realistic book so Singer can’t talk, since dogs don’t do that of course. But Singer is extremely smart and a huge part of this book. You’d have to read it to get the full impact but Singer can turn the lights off, fetch stuff from the fridge, and give lots of snuggles. The perfect example of how amazing dogs can be.
Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy
Name: Daigo? or Tova? I can’t remember right now!
The reason I can’t remember right now is because there’s a hound and a wild cat, one for each twin. Both are equally as entertaining though and are meant to be loyal guardians to the twins. I especially like how they often work together and they have personalities or their own.
Books I Haven’t Read (yet!!)
Genre: Adult, Contemporary
About: Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.
Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through.
A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life…as only a dog could tell it.
Genre: Young Adult, Classic, Adventure
Name: White Fang
About: In the desolate, frozen wilds of northwest Canada, White Fang, a part-dog, part-wolf cub soon finds himself the sole survivor of a litter of five. In his lonely world, he soon learned to follow the harsh law of the North—kill or be killed.
But nothing in his young life prepared him for the cruelty of the bully Beauty Smith, who buys White Fang from his Indian master and turns him into a vicious killer—a pit dog forced to fight for money.
Will White Fang ever know the kindness of a gentle master or will he die a fierce deadly killer?
A classic adventure novel detailing the savagery of life in the northern wilds. Its central character is a ferocious and magnificent creature, through whose experiences we feel the harsh rhythms and patterns of wilderness life among animals and men.
On the TV
Name: Old Yeller
Breed: Golden Retriever?
One of the most popular dogs on tv! If you haven’t seen this movie then I’m very disappointed in you.
Does this count as a dog? I think it does. He’s a great and fierce companion plus he makes the show and book so much better.
Breed: Bloodhound (but giant?)
Fang a cowardly dog but that doesn’t make him any less loveable!
Now here’s a picture of my dog being all mischievous.
Who are your favourites? Any others I should read? Let me know below!