Top 10+ Heartwarming Dog Books For 2023 · Paws, Tales & Wagging Tails!
My Border Collie and I share an unbreakable bond – there's no denying it. I have a deep love for animals, and I firmly believe that dogs, especially my astute Border Collie (Kepler), can sense genuine intentions and discern between right and wrong.
One of the most heartwarming journeys I've witnessed was the evolving friendship between my dog and a cat named Garfield (lives one floor above us). Their relationship took time and patience, but seeing them finally bond was a joyous experience. While many movies and books about dogs tug at our heartstrings and lead us to shed a few tears, there are also delightful alternatives filled with humor and uplifting endings.
With that in mind, here are some top heartwarming dog books tailored for true dog enthusiasts.
What Are Some Heartwarming Dog Books?
Epic Adventures of Bond James Bond (The Purse Dog Chronicles Series Book 1), by Naza Semoniff
The series‘ narrative, centered around Bond – a pit bull with an uncanny talent for morphing the mundane into the mesmerizing – is as much a tribute to canine companionship as it is a reflection on the human condition.
Drawing unmistakable parallels to Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince, the tales serve as poignant reminders of the transient beauty in life's fleeting moments. Each story pulsates with a life force, brimming with wit and wisdom that unfailingly captivates.
The author's dexterity in weaving tales that evoke hearty laughter one moment and profound introspection the next is commendable. This tome, in all its canine-centric splendor, is not just a delightful dalliance for dog enthusiasts but a profound exploration for anyone seeking to unearth life's many treasures.
In a literary landscape inundated with tales of man's best friend, Epic Adventures of Bond James Bond distinguishes itself as a luminous beacon of storytelling excellence.
Love, Clancy: Diary of a Good Dog, by W. Bruce Cameron
Love, Clancy is a dog diary book featuring the life and adventures of Clancy, a dog with a unique perspective. The book is told in a humorous and entertaining style and features a cast of diverse characters, including Clancy's best friend, worst enemy, and the rivals for his affections.
Clancy's diary entries offer a valuable insight into the challenges of life, love, and relationships, as well as the importance of cherishing what truly matters.
For those who have a passion for animals and enjoy a touch of humor in their reading, this book is highly recommended.
To Human From Dog, by Rachel Loren
Have you ever looked at your dog and tried to figure out what it is actually thinking about? What would a story from your dog's point of view sound like? This book will go into small details and bring in some funny aspects about dogs – more importantly, it will answer a few good questions too.
Why is your dog looking at you when taking a poop? It feels vulnerable, so it wants to know you are there for protection. What does your furry friend feel like when you pick up its poop? Believe it or not, your dog will find it funny when you do that.
This funny dog book will put a smile on your face and it will provide some insight tips on how a dog sees things – ideal for a laugh, as well as a bit of education on your best friend and its opinions about things you do.
Biloxi, by Mary Miller
This story begins with a relatively sad point of view. It follows Louis and his life that seems to go in the wrong direction. His girlfriend? Gone – she dumped him. His dad? Gone – he passed away. His job? Gone – he gave it up, hoping for a new venture that just seems to fail.
Everything goes wrong in Louis' life, but things change to 180 degrees when Layla kicks in. Layla is a friendly dog who will change Louis' perspective on life. This is when the story becomes incredibly funny – the type of novel you will find impossible to put down.
The two end up with an amazing bond. Louis is a wreck when he meets Layla, but their story is taken to another level. He becomes a brand new person and gets a new change in life – will he be able to change everything around?
Jonathan Unleashed, by Meg Rosoff
A dog book does not necessarily have to be a heavy drama to be good. In fact, a good comedy will light you up, put you in a good mood and make you love your furry friend even more. This is one of the best funny dog books for adults and dog lovers if you like light romantic comedies.
The story follows Jonathan Trefoil. He is new to New York City and finds the big city a bit challenging. However, he is there to boost his career and he does a pretty good job at it. He discovers new friends, starts a romantic adventure and – you guessed it – he develops a solid relationship with dogs.
Jonathan ends up taking care of his brother's dogs – a cocker spaniel and a border collie. One thing leads to another and his entire world starts changing with the two new furry friends in his life – the excellent read for a good laugh.
Our Dogs, Ourselves, by Alexandre Horowitz
Alexandra Horowitz brings in an interesting point of view about dogs. This is not a funny novel, but a book based on scientific facts. It brings in proper science and it explains readers how their relationships with dogs can benefit both sides.
This is not the author's first book on dogs. She has gained international recognition with Inside Of A Dog and her new release is just as interesting. She analyzes the behavioral science in both dogs and humans, try to explain why both sides make such good companions for each other.
She makes it pretty simple. You gaze into the eyes of your furry friend and you want to know what your dog sees when it looks back at you. The book can be emotional every now and then, but also funny and interesting.
Stray Hearts, by Jill Shalvis
Stray Hearts is the type of feel good book that will bring in a bit of positivity in your life. Sure, you might appreciate a good drama every now and then, but you will also need a bright point of view and a relaxing story.
Jill Shalvis has brought in a romantic novel that nothing can bit. It is a bit of flirty magnetism that you simply cannot put down once you start it. The story is part of a bigger series and pretty much all the action takes place in Sunshine, Idaho.
This humorous dog book is the kind of place where people are brought together by their love for dogs. Most of the action floats around a local veterinary clinic. There are lots of funny stories going around, some romance and lots of dogs – what else can you ask for?
Travels With Casey, by Benoit Denizet-Lewis
Travels With Casey will bring in the beautiful spirit of adventure. This is the type of book that makes you want to explore the world – grab your dog and disappear, come back in five years with 100,000 miles under your belt.
This is what the story is about. Practically, it follows Casey's story. Casey is a nine month old Labrador who explores most of the USA with its owner. The two are gone for four months. They visit 32 different states and cover more than 13,000 miles in a fun motor home.
The story is hysterical at times. They encounter all kinds of characters and experience a series of funny happenings. Things could go dangerous at times, but everything ends in a positive manner – definitely a read.
Dog Shaming, by Pascale Lemire
Dog Shaming is based on an international phenomenon that exposes dogs doing all kinds of stupid things – from chewing a sofa to pulling a laptop during a conference call with business partners. You may already be familiar with such memes over the Internet.
Your dog is your best friend and can always comfort your heart. But at the same time, your dog will also destroy everything around your home, embarrass you, stain stuff around and obviously chew your shoes – it is just part of the game.
Dog owners from all over the world shame their furry friends – get ready to see some pictures and issues you have never seen before. Dog owners confess their dogs' worst mistakes – as well as the grossest sins they can think of.
Doggie Language, by Lili Chin
Dogs are great communicators. Most people are aware of it – they can tell what a dog wants based on what they bark at. They can tell whether or not their dogs are happy just by looking at their tails. However, there is much more than that – failing to understand dog language can be frustrating for both dogs and people.
This book might be a bit small, but it will open your eyes regarding some of your dog's behavioral aspects. There are lots of illustrations to help you understand what your dog means. Subtle clues and visual aspects will simply make everything easier in communicating with your furry friend.
Bottom line, the more you can understand what your dog is trying to tell you, the easier it becomes to have a healthy relationship. You can boost this relationship and ensure both parts are happy with it – pretty much every dog owner's goal.
A Dog's Guide To Humans, by Bob Westie and Karen Davison
You probably wonder all the time – how does your dog see you? What is your dog thinking about when it stares at you? What is it trying to tell you? Does it love you? Does it feel safe and comfortable when cuddled? Is there anything you can do to make your dog's life better and easier?
This guide is written by two authors. Karen Davidson has brought in Bob Westie – a West Highland terrier – to express its point of view on humans. Basically, you get to see the world through a dog's eyes. The dog will bring in a few helpful tips to get the best out of people – ideal for other dogs to read too, ahem.
No matter how normal your behavior seems to you, your dog will find it very unusual at times and believe it or not, it will actually try to understand what you are doing. Manipulation, training and a good laugh – this is what you will get from this book, as well as a fun quiz at the end.
Final Thoughts on Books on Dogs
Speaking of heartwarming stories, let me share a personal experience that solidifies the bond between humans and dogs. One crisp autumn evening, as the golden hues of sunset painted the sky, I decided to take a long walk with my Border Collie, Kepler, to clear my mind. As we wandered through a forested trail, I found a secluded spot and sat down, lost in my thoughts, reflecting on some challenges I was facing.
Without any prompt, Kepler came and lay his head gently on my lap, looking up at me with those soulful eyes. It was as if he sensed my internal turmoil and was trying to tell me, “I'm here for you.” We sat like that for what felt like hours, his quiet presence offering a comfort that words often fail to convey.
That day, Kepler reminded me of the simple joys in life and the unwavering love our canine companions offer. It's moments like these, encapsulated in the tales of these books, that showcase the profound connections and humorous adventures we share with our furry friends.
Whether it's a hilarious anecdote or a touching moment, these stories underscore the timeless bond between humans and their loyal pets. So, pick up one of these books, curl up with your favorite four-legged friend, and let yourself be transported to a world of laughter and love.
If you are looking for books for children check out our favorite kids dog books.
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