Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Dog Days of Summer

The “Dog Star” Sirius is rising and setting with the sun, signalling the “dog days of summer.” What better time, then, to highlight books about man’s best friend?

Dog lovers will enjoy A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron, a moving story about a dog who finds answers to some of life’s biggest questions through a series of canine reincarnations.  Another perennial favorite is Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain, the tale of a big-hearted pooch named Enzo who shares his master's passion for fast cars.

The Dangerous Book for Dogs (reputedly co-authored by Rex and Sparky) provides a humorous take on what makes dogs tick.  Chapters address critical canine concerns like: "The Formal Rules of Fetch," "What to Do During a Thunderstorm,“ and "How to Escape Humiliating Costumes."

On the nonfiction front, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean should please dog lovers, students of American history and film buffs, alike.  In this true account, Orlean tracks Rin Tin Tin’s meteoric rise from abandoned puppy to legendary silent film star.  What was it about Rinty that struck such a chord in American hearts?   Read and find out.

Last, but not least, if you own a dog, or are thinking about buying (or adopting) one, you may want to browse the Library’s collection of books related to canine health, obedience, grooming, and training, where you’ll find titles devoted to many of your favorite AKC breeds.

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