Booking Through Thursday: Dogs and Pets

BTT askedMy dog just had his birthday (12 years old, thanks), so … how do you feel about books about dogs or pets? Fluffy stories of fluffy family members? Solid books on training them or taking care of them? Touching reminiscences of trouble and the way a person’s dog (or pet) has helped get them through?

(Mind you, almost all the pet-related books on my shelf are about dogs, but I’m well aware that people love their cats, horses, ferrets, rabbits, fish, etc. just as much, so … any species is fine!)

Any favorite books to recommend?

My Answer: I don’t have any pets and am not a huge animal lover so I’ve never gravitated toward books about animals.  I am somewhat drawn to books told from an animal’s perspective because those seem interesting.  However I haven’t yet read any that were really that amazing.

I also notice that many books about pets tend to be quite sad and I avoid sad books just because I don’t want to be depressed while I’m reading.  That’s why I’ve never picked up some of the more popular animal books like The Art of Racing in the Rain or Marley and Me (although I saw the film version and it was quite sad so I had no desire to read the book).

A few books with animals I would like to read are:
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myrona
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

What are your favorite books about animals?  How do you feel about books about pets? Can you recommend me some books about animals that are more uplifting and happy?

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