If you live with a dog, or just wished you did, you are bound to relate to these great books about man's best friend.
1. Marley and Me- John Grogan
Marley and Me is the tale of a young couple who adopt a Labrador puppy, somewhat unprepared for the chaos he would bring into their lives. Fortunately, he also brought love and steadfast devotion and helped them through some bad times. It's a bit of a tearjerker, and has been made into a feature film.
2. The Call of the Wild- Jack London
Buck, the Saint Bernard, has a happy life in Santa Clara Valley until one day he is kidnapped and sold to become a sleddog in the freezing Yukon. Published in 1903, it's part adventure story, part coming of age novel.
3. James Herriot's Dog Stories
These are the collected dog stories from James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small series (the memoirs of an English country vet). The stories are accompanied with full-colour illustrations and there is an introduction by the author. They are lovely tales that would warm the hardest of hearts.
4. -Allie Brosh
Hyperbole and a Half is a collection of stories and comics by Allie Brosh about various topics from mental illness to the scariness of geese, but it is the parts about Allie's dogs that stuck with me the most. She adopted a rescue dog, referred to as "special dog" who was too stupid to work out how to get out from underneath a blanket. She then decided it would be a good idea to adopt a second dog to help Special Dog learn how to be a dog. Against the advice of the shelter staff, she chose Helper Dog, who came with problems of her own such as a fierce hatred of all other dogs (except Special Dog, who was so undoglike as to not be considered a threat). Hilarity ensued.
5. Anyone But You- Jennifer Crusie
Nina Askew, freshly divorced, decides to celebrate her fortieth birthday by having something her ex-husband wouldn't let her have- a puppy. This plan goes awry and instead she finds herself adopting Fred, a droopy, middle-aged basset hound. To Nina's surprise, Fred manages to provide her with an introduction to her attractive, younger neighbour. Fred may not be what Nina wanted, but he might just be what she needs.