Looking for a good read? Get inspired with our top picks for pet lovers. We’ve got everything covered, from mind-blowing non-fiction to touching stories that simply celebrate the love and beauty that animals bring to our lives.
The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving: How Dogs Have Captured Our Hearts for Thousands of Years
By Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
272 pages; Harper Paperbacks
Perfect for: Anyone who has ever been struck dumb by the deep love they share with their pet.
The gist: With a mix of scientific research and observations based on his relationship with his dog Benjy, Masson explores the unique and unbreakable bond that dogs and humans have formed over the years. What he discovers is that the love we share with our canine companions is both unwaveringly complex and incredibly simple.
A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life
By James Bowen
320 pages; St. Martin’s Griffin
Perfect for: Anyone who thinks pets make the best therapists.
The gist: James Bowen was a London street musician and a down and out recovering drug addict when he stumbled upon an injured stray cat in the hallway of his apartment building. Having been recently homeless himself, Bowen took pity on the cat—who he named Bob—and took him in. A Street Cat Named Bob reinforces the idea that often we don’t just save our pets…our pets save us.
You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness
By Julie Klam
226 pages; Riverhead Books
Perfect for: Anyone who’s always learning life lessons from their pet.
The gist: There are endless benefits to letting an animal into your life. Julie Klam learned this at thirty, when she adopted her first dog—Otto. Through her relationship with Otto, and later the many other dogs she would go on to rescue, foster, and adopt, Klam learns with fierce poignancy the true meaning of love, companionship, and the power of our furry friends to show us the way to a fulfilled life.
Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
By Vicki Myron
304 pages; Grand Central
Perfect for: Anyone who finds peace and healing in a good cuddle.
The gist: Dewey Readmore Books was discovered as a kitten in the drop-off book bin at the Spencer Public Library in Spencer, Iowa, on a cold winter night. He was taken in by Myron, the head librarian, and went on to shine as a beacon of hope for the people of Spencer, a town hit hard by financial crises. Dewey grew into a charming, friendly kitty, who provided support for anyone who needed him, especially his struggling caretaker.
Sophie: The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog
By Emma Pearse
336 pages; Da Capo Lifelong Books
Perfect for: Anyone who knows their pet would go to the end of the world and back for them.
The gist: The true story of Sophie the Australian Cattle Dog who was lost at sea when her humans’ boat hit a storm. After swimming six miles through shark-infested waters, Sophie ended up on the scarcely populated Australian island of St. Bees, where she survived for five months as a castaway before being rescued and eventually returned home. Sophie is an incredible story about a dog who would do anything to find her people again, and pet parents who never gave up on what seemed like a lost cause.
Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love
By Larry Levin
240 pages; Grand Central
Perfect for: Anyone who sees beauty where others may not.
The gist: Levin and his twin sons were at the animal hospital putting down their beloved, terminally ill cat. Though rife with grief, they couldn’t fail to notice Oogy—a former bait dog and one of the ugliest pups they had ever seen. Oogy was missing an ear, and half his face was covered in scar tissue. Before making his way to the hospital, he had been thrown into a cage and left to die. The Levin family saw past his damaged exterior and adopted Oogy. The rest is a beautiful story of what we find when we give love a chance.