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Gingertail Reads: 10 books every dog lover will love

Posted on April 17, 2016: Those who enjoy reading and love dogs will agree that curling up with a hot cuppa, a good book and your favourite canine curled up at your feet, is the best feeling in the world. These recommendations come to you from the most die-hard of dog lovers and are good for devouring in one gulp or dipping into a few pages at a time…

Inside of A DogInside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

By Alexandra Horowitz


This book has been described as ‘enlightening’ even by those who’ve grown up and been around dogs for decades. Alexandra Horowitz is a best-selling author and professor of psychology, animal behaviour and canine cognition at Barnard College, Columbia University. This book has been #1 best-selling book on the New York Times’ list.


Sophie: The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog

By Emma Pearsesophie the castaway dog

Da Capo Press

Recommended by none other than Oprah Winfrey, this is a true story about Australian cattle dog, Sophie. She was lost at sea when on a boating trip with her human family, The Griffiths. The story revolves around her four-month long ordeal as a castaway, awaiting rescue by her beloved family…

Oogy the ugly dogOogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love

By Larry Levin

Grand Central

Oogy is an Argentinian Dogo and he’s very special. Used as a bait for fighting dogs, Oogy has a mass of scar tissue for the left-side of his face. But Oogy hasn’t let his physical scars wound his inner beauty…


David shockley this dog's afterlife

This Dog’s Afterlife

David S. Shockley

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Told in doggie-first person, Tucker the narrator begins this story from his last day on this planet. Along the way, he answers many questions you’ve had about your dog – why do they whimper and run in their sleep? What are they playing with when the jump about all by themselves? What happens when they’re dead and gone… This is a good book to read to kids, if you have them.


The dog who came in from the coldThe Dog Who Came In From The Cold

By Alexander McCall Smith

Pantheon Books

If you are looking for a brooding, but incisive mystery/comedy of errors novel involving a charming ‘vegetarian’ terrier, this is where the buck stops. Sarcastic Brit humour and lots of colourful characters make this a great entertaining read for a rainy weekend in.


The Dogs of Babelthe dogs of babel

Carolyn Parkhurst

Back Bay Books

This is a trippy one. When a noted linguist’s wife suddenly dies, he attempts to teach his dog how to talk to piece together his wife’s last day and possibly solve the mystery of her death. The ending is the stuff of legends… or great books.

Woof writers on dogsWoof!

Edited by Lee Montgomery


A collection of essays by some of America’s most accomplished writers such as Abigail Thomas, Anna Keesey and Jim Shepard on their devotion to the dog.


Travels with CharleyTravels with Charley

By John Steinbeck


French poodle, Charley, and his human Steinbeck, embark on a road trip around the vast country of USA. This story captures all the sights, sounds, smells and such that they encounter along the way.

Genius of DogsThe Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think

by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods


This title being self-explanatory, this book is deciphering the clues of how dogs are able to make so much sense of our language. Body language and our world. Think of this the next time you go, “Here, boy!”

Marley and Me

Marley and Me

By John Grogan

If you haven’t read the book by now, you’ve probably seen the movie starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. And if you have done neither, you’ve probably been living on Mars all this time…

Happy reading!

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