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The Pig Did It by Joseph Caldwell

The Pig Did It by Joseph Caldwell (2008)
The pig did it and he REALLY did! The fat porker caused the characters to get into turmoil and...LOVE! Set in Ireland's West coast, this novel will bring a smile to your face.

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The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (2008)
This is a must read for every dog lover! It’s a touching and inspiring story narrated by a dog named Enzo. He tells funny, and often sad, tales of his family from his perspective. When you think about it, a family dog hears lots of things that many people do not. After all, people will talk about anything in front of a dog! And, as Enzo says, dogs are great listeners – they don’t interrupt, or make comments about what is being said. He also learns a lot from watching TV channels such as the Discovery and History Channels.

Enzo's owner is a race car driver. Although I’m not a fan of racing, I appreciated Enzo's insights into the principles of racing and how they relate to life in general. I must warn you...there are emotional, heartbreaking moments that made me cry. But it sure made me look at my own dogs in a whole new light!

This is a story from the perspective of a dog who is dying. He reflects back at his life and his loved ones – both good and bad experiences.

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Mary P.

Marley & Me by John Grogan

Marley & Me by John Grogan (2005)
Wonderful true story about a family and a naughty Lab named Marley. This dog was kicked out of obedience school, careened through screen doors, ate everything that he could fit in his mouth, but managed to comfort his people at a difficult time in their marriage. The story made me laugh until tears rolled down my cheeks. The movie adaptation starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson will arrive in theaters on Christmas Day.

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What the Dog Did by Emily Yoffe

What the Dog Did by Emily Yoffe (2005)
Yoffe’s hilarious depiction of her conversion from a cat lover to the reluctant owner of a rescue beagle is full of laugh-out-loud dog tales. The author also provides interesting tidbits about dog breeds, rescue shelters, and the unique bond dogs share with their owners.

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The Dogs of Bedlam Farm by Jon Katz

The Dogs of Bedlam Farm by Jon Katz (2004)
What an appropriate title! Chaos, disarray, confusion - this book has all that and more. Billed as "an adventure with 16 sheep, 3 dogs, 2 donkeys," I couldn't resist. The Dogs of Bedlam Farm is the story of the author's physical and emotional journey as he relocates from his "urban" life in New Jersey to a sheep farm in upstate New York. The adventures he encounters as he trains his 3 border collies, survives a brutal winter alone on the farm, and comes to terms with who he is as a person are both amusing and heartwarming.

Conversations with a Prince by Helen Husher

Conversations with a Prince: A Year of Riding at East Hill Farm by Helen Husher (2005)
Insightful, honest and touching, this tale of a woman who resumes horseback riding lessons in her middle years brings out many of life's truths. The author has penned a book with broader appeal than you might guess based on the subject matter.

Dog Days by Jon Katz

Dog Days by Jon Katz (2007)
Dogs live on a farm with other animals and an understanding owner. Working dogs, pet dogs, and dogs helping people live life appear in the story. Some of the dogs herd sheep and other animals. Others solve problems, find lost people or animals, and serve as magnets or diplomats in people to people relations. Dogs that can be shared and dogs belonging to only one master appear. For all who love dogs and rural life on a farm, this book is a must.

On the author's website, find blogs, pictures, videos, and information about all of his books. 

Amazing Gracie by Dan Dye

Amazing GracieAmazing Gracie by Dan DyeThis is a great book for any dog lover! It’s the touching and humorous story of Gracie, a lovable, deaf, albino Great Dane who is rescued by the author. Her finicky eating habits were the impetus behind the creation of the successful business, Three Dog Bakery. Dye is an entertaining storyteller, who reminds us how animals can touch our lives in amazing ways. This book had me laughing and crying!