Posts Tagged ‘Books about Dogs’

A Dog’s Recommendations for Reading

In Dog Books, Shelley Widhalm on September 29, 2013 at 11:30 am

Zoey the Cute Dachshund recommends dog-related books.

Zoey the Cute Dachshund recommends dog-related books.

I’ve been reading some nonfiction books about the dog life, which I recommend pet owners check out to learn about improving their relationship with us.

When you adopt us, I suggest you read about training dogs and training our particular breed, plus taking us to puppy kindergarten to teach us basic commands and household manners.

Beyond that, reading about dog intelligence, dog behavior and developing a human-canine relationship helps you understand why we act the way we do. To get a perspective on how our behavior plays out, I recommend nonfiction stories, particularly those about pet owners raising, training and loving their dogs.

Here are two I find particularly useful:

“Oogy: the dog only a family could love,” by Larry Levine, 2010, is about a Dogo abused in a dog-fighting ring that lost an ear and half his jaw and the family that loved him, Larry and Jennifer Levin and their twin sons, Dan and Noah. Oogy, dubbed the third twin, is a loyal companion despite his initial mistreatment as a puppy.

Dan walks Oogy every morning and, like me, Oogy wants to meet everyone he saw. At first because he looks like a bulldog, a few people were afraid of him, but they changed their minds when they experienced his gentle, affectionate nature.

Oogy serves as a source of inspiration, a resilient, survivor with a sweet demeanor despite his harrowing beginnings. He shows that happiness, love and hope are possible.

The second book I recommend is “Izzy & Lenore: Two dogs, an Unexpected Journey, and Me,” by Jon Katz, 2008, about Jon’s work on his New York Bedlam Farm and as a hospice volunteer with Izzy, a border collie rescue, and later, Lenore, a Labrador puppy he adopts midway through the book.

Katz describes how getting a new dog changed his outlook and that having a dog can take you new places.

My favorite part of the book is about breeders, rescuers and trainers using a term called “hitting the jackpot” to describe how a dog and human find each other and mesh perfectly. They complement each other and meet at the right time in their lives.

This, I believe, is the case with my BFF Shelley and me. We have the same colored fur (or hair), long noses and long, lean bodies. We love to play, run and relax – Shelley with a book and me with a rawhide.

And we get each other – she can read my eyes and body language and I can read hers in order to get what I want and need in love and life.

I’d say it’s an unexpected journey, one with lots of human-canine love.

Zoey’s List of Favorite Books

In All About Me, Being Cute, Shelley Widhalm on December 16, 2012 at 11:30 am

Zoey the Cute Dachshund tries her paw at writing poetry.

Zoey the Cute Dachshund blogs and reads books, too.

As a dog blogger with a talent for reading, reading and digging, I have a few favorite books. The books I like feature dog characters. I prefer when dogs are the main character, but if the humans have to take center stage, minor dog characters will do. I even like a cat book or two.

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein – A book told from the vantage point of a lab-terrier mix named Enzo, how could you not love it?
  • Dog on It, Spencer Quinn – Chet, the dog sleuth, is a main character who solves mysteries.
  • City Dog, Alison Pace – There’s a dog, Carlie, as one of the main characters who gets her own television show.
  • Dog Years, Mark Doty – I forget what this is about, but I read it.
  • Corduroy Mansions, Alexander McCall Smith – One of the characters is a Pimlico terrier named Freddie de la Hay who is a vegetarian. Can you      believe it that a dog doesn’t eat meat? I like chicken, in case you were wondering.
  • Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat who Touched the World, Vicki Myron – Though a cat is the main character, I still like this book.
  • Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson – No, it’s Who Moved My Bone?Zoey Suzanne Widhalm.

What are your favorite books?