Three Books to Read for National Dog Day
Three Books to Read for National Dog Day – Doggy Tales
What dog lover doesn’t enjoy curling up in a cosy spot and losing themselves in a book featuring one or more of our furry friends? Even when you get up and find that you’re covered in dog hair! Check out the selection below and spend this National Dog Day immersed in three books to read for National Dog day and enjoy these doggy tales.
1. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (Published January 1, 2008)
Narrated by Enzo, a lovable dog who’s slightly different from your average mutt. Enzo knows that he’s different from other dogs and would love to be reincarnated into a human when his time comes. He educates himself by watching television and absorbing every word of his human, Denny, an aspiring Formula One race car driver. Other dogs love to chase cars, whereas Enzo, well he wants to actually race in them.
Through Denny and his daughter, Zoe, Enzo has acquired much knowledge about life and human nature. He concludes that life is like driving a racing car. It isn’t about pressing the peddle to the floor and going all out at full speed but applying techniques to successfully navigate life. He supports his humans in many ways and helps Denny in many aspects of his life.
Why Read It
The Art of Racing in the Rain is a moving story of loyalty, love, and friendship, with a peek into both the human and canine spirit. If you love dogs, make sure to have a box of Kleenex at hand as you’re sure going to need them.
Note: A child-friendly version of the book is also available, titled: Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog. The book was also made into a movie in 2019.
2. The Call of the Wild by Jack London ( Published 1903)
The Call of the Wild is a timeless classic about unbreakable spirit and the fight for survival. First published at the turn of the century, this classic novel has been read and loved by adults and children alike.
Set in the Yukon, Canada, during the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s, when sled dogs were in high demand, it tells the story of Buck, stolen from his loving home and eventually sold on as a working sled dog in Alaska.
Buck, a pampered and much-loved St Bernard-Scotch Collie cross, is snatched from his beloved family and forced to endure cruelty and neglect. We witness him learning to survive cold winter nights and adjusting to pack society and eventually rising to the prestigious role of leader of the pack. He finally ends up in the hands of a man called Thornton, who treats him well, and Buck grows to love him.
While Thornton is panning for gold, Buck explores the wilderness surrounding him and begins to socialize with a wolf from a local pack, always returning to Thornton at the end of the day. In a sad twist, a fatal event finds Buck all alone and fighting for his life before following the wolf pack into the forest to answer the call of the wild.
Why Read It
A timeless classic about unbreakable spirit and the fight for survival. First published at the turn of the century, this classic novel has been read and loved by adults and children alike.
3. How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain by Gregory Berns ( Published October 22, 2013)
Dogs have forever been called ‘man’s best friend’, but do they actually love their human in the same way that their human loves them? There is no doubt that they are loyal, obedient, and affectionate and that the bond between dogs and humans can be intense, but are their brains wired to love in the same way as humans?
Neuroscientist Gregory Berns has spent many years studying the human brain with the use of MRI and decided to adopt the same technology to examine a dog’s mind. The dog, Callie, who was adopted by his family, became his subject. Their remarkable journey is referenced throughout this book, and the study provides a glimpse into the workings of the canine brain. His research offers insight into how dogs empathize with human emotions and why humans and dogs often become so strongly wedded.
Why Read It
If you’re looking to understand the bond between yourself and your best friend, this is well worth a read.
If none of these great titles appeal to you, why not pop over to the Brookstore to see what else is on offer?
With 30 years of general management experience in the global insurance industry and having lived in 4 countries, Jacqui now spends her time between London and New York where she continues to pursue her passion for writing, food, books and travel.
A Reiki practitioner, yogi and huge animal advocate, her home isn’t complete without a furbaby or three. In addition to being a BooknBrunch contributor, she writes for industry publications.
Favourite book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
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