August 26th is the International Day of the Dog and being a dog person myself, I thought it only right that I pay homage to “Person’s Best Friend”—no offence guys but since I have had nine dogs over the span of my life, I know that you aren’t the only ones who can claim best friend status! Don’t give me a hangdog look … this isn’t a dog-eat-dog scenario. It’s just that all manner of people can appreciate the joy of a warm nose nudging your hand and the contented canine sigh from the recipient of a leisurely belly rub.
During the dog days of summer, I love nothing more than sitting in the shade reading a dog-eared book about a detective and their faithful four-legged sidekick solving the mysteries of the world. Like a dog with a bone, I throw myself into these adventures with wagging tail exuberance. Working like a dog in the garden makes me dog-tired and I caution all and sundry to let this sleeping dog lie!
Children and adults alike have experienced the joy of befriending a fictionalized canine character. Lassie, the Littlest Hobo and the 101 Dalmatians were the TV dogs of my youth. Scooby-Doo, Clifford and Paw Patrol are some of the furry friends entertaining today’s young folk.
Authors of both children’s and adult fiction have provided wonderful and exciting stories about dogs and their crazy adventures. Listed below are just a few of the many choices one has to partake of dog tales.
So, when your dogs are barking and you need a break, grab a book that features a four-legged friend and you’ll feel like a dog with two tails!
Childrens Suggestions: Books
- Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill (Picturebook)
- Because of Winn Dixie by Kate D’Camillo (Junior Fiction)
- Dog Man series by Dav Pilkey (Junior Graphic Novel)
- Biscuit books by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (Picturebook)
- Henry and Mudge books by Cynthia Rylant (Junior Easy Paperback)
- Walter the Farting Dog books by William Kotzwinkle (Picturebook)
Adult Suggestions: Authors