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Dog Stories
A Belvedere-Tiburon Library Subject Guide

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A Dog's Purpose.
Cameron, W. Bruce
This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog's search for his purpose over the course of several lives.
Fic Cameron

The Art of Racing in the Rain.
Stein, Garth
Enzo knows he is different from other dogs. A philosopher with a nearly human soul, he has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast.
Fic Stein

Come Back Como: Winning the Heart of a Reluctant Dog.
Winn, Steven
A narrative based on the author's ten-part series in the "San Francisco Chronicle" describes one man's uncommonly rich experience with a dog who wanted nothing whatsoever to do with him.
636.709 Winn 2009 

The Dog who Rescues Cats.
Gonzalez, Philip
A disabled Vietnam war vet, Philip, adopts Ginny a stray dog with the remarkable ability to rescue cats. Ginny provides a focus for Philip; caring for cats, hundreds of them.
818 Gonzalez

James Herriot's Favorite Dog Stories.
Herriot, James
Stories about dogs from one of the world's most famous vets. Psychological insights into animal doctoring and descriptions of the treatments available in the 1930s are especially interesting.
B Herriot

The Dogs of Babel.
Pankhurst, Carolyn
After his wife falls from a tree and dies, Professor Paul Iverson embarks on teaching the family dog, the only witness to the event, to speak.
Fiction Pankhurst

Flush: a Biography.
Woolf, Virginia
The romance of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning told from her dog Flush's point of view.
B Browning

Hound of the Baskervilles.
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan
All time classic mystery novel. Was the heir of the Baskerville family killed by a legendary hound?
Classics Doyle

My Life in Dog Years.
Paulsen, Gary
Paulsen reveals bits and pieces of his own life through his experiences with his own eight dogs. These character portraits make for great stories and convey a deep respect for all dogs.
J B Paulsen

Where the Red Fern Grows.
Rawls, Wilson
Roaming the Ozark Mountains of Oklahoma, hunting raccoons with his 2 bluetick hounds, Billy Colman learns about hard work, honesty and sorrow, in this autobiographical piece set in the Depression.
J Fiction Rawls

Sight Hound.
Houston, Pam
Story of a Colorado playwright and her Irish wolfhound, Dante. Dante, teaches "his human" about love and acts a catalyst for change in others.
Fiction Houston

Call of the Wild.
London, Jack
Kidnapped and taken to Alaska during the Gold Rush, Buck quickly learns how to survive in the wild and to listen to the call of the wolf.
Fiction London

Best in Show.
Directed by Christopher Guest
The owners (and handlers) of 5 show dogs head off to a National Dog Show in this fictional documentary style film. We follow the dogs and their owners through personal interviews and show rink mishaps to see who will the title Best in Show.
DVD Best

Dogs Who Found Me: What I've Learned from Pets Who Were Left Behind.
Foster, Ken
After adopting his first dog from a shelter, the author is astonished at the number of stray dogs he sees. Animal rescue is a two way street for Foster, by caring for sometimes troubled dogs, their new owners become better people.
636.7 Foster 2006

updated November 2010