Recommended Reading for Dog Lovers

“Books are for nothing but to inspire” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

As a young girl in grade school, I recall the very first book that whet my appetite for reading — The Black Stallion, by Walter Farley. Soon after I discovered Lassie Come Home, and numerous other heart warming tales about dogs. Stories about animals seem to have a particular tug on the heart. I find this especially true about stories featuring dogs. Their tales of heroism, rescue, and unconditional love evoke empathy as well as helping us to grapple with some uncomfortable life issues. This page is dedicated to sharing the books that fill our hearts with hope, healing, comfort, and humor while celebrating the magic and wonder of one of God’s most amazing creations and companion animals— DOGS.

Some of these books are timeless classics that you’ll easily recognize, and others are tiny treasures, less known but also recommended for their ability to inspire. Some I’ve read, others are on my “must read” book list. May you find comfort and encouragement within each tale as you read about Man’s Best Friend!

  • Marley and Me, by John Grogan — #1 New York Times Best Seller depicting life and love with the world’s worst dog.
  • A Dog’s Purpose, by W. Bruce Cameron
  • Dog Heaven, by Cynthia Rylant — A picture book. A comforting read for those experiencing the loss of a pet.
  • Old Yeller, by Fred Gibson — A Timeless Classic
  • Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls — A heartwarming tale of adventure and friendship you’ll never forget.
  • Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate Dicamillis — Received the Newberry Honor in 2001 for this funny and heartwarming tale.
  • Lassie Come Home, by Eric Knight — A Classic Tale of Lassie, heroine of one of the most faithful dog stories ever told.
  • The Call of the Wild, by Jack London —1903 Classic. A Must-read.
  • The Incredible Journey, by Sheila Burnford —Inspired by a real-life incident. The story of three house pets who venture out across a wilderness in search of the family they love.
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein — Appears on many “best of” lists. The book, narrarated by Enzo, a lab/terrier mix, provides a unique perspective on human life.


  • Dog’s and Devotion, A Celebration of the Bond Between Dogs and Their People, by The Monks of New Skete
  • Pawz and Pray, Short Reflections about God, Life, and the Dogs I Love! by Leila Grandemange