There is no better way to spend the dog days of summer than with a good book. We hope you will enjoy this list of books and perhaps you will find the perfect read for a dog day afternoon.
Black Ribbon: A Dog-Lover's Mystery by Susan Conant
Read by Catherine Byers. Reading time 8 hours 6 minutes.
A mystery embedded in an encyclopedia of information about breeding and showing dogs. Holly Winter and her Alaskan malamute, Rowdy, enjoy Waggin' Tail dog camp, where participants eagerly compare dogs and exchange gossip. Then the spiteful Eva Spitteler dies under a collapsing dog-training ramp, and Holly suspects murder.
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The Case of the Howling Dog: A Perry Mason Mystery by Erle Stanley Gardner
Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 6 hours 15 minutes.
Arthur Cartright consults attorney Perry Mason about bequeathing property to neighbor Clinton Foley's wife, but also wants to file a complaint about Clinton's noisy dog. Questioning the client's sanity, Perry visits Clinton's home. First he discovers Clinton's wife is missing; next time he finds Clinton's corpse. 1934.
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Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned from the Dog; 101 Stories about Life, Love, and Lessons by Jack Canfield
Read by Phil Gigante. Reading time 9 hours 36 minutes.
Contributing writers offer insight about life, love, and the fundamental wisdom they have learned from dogs. In "Shih Tzu Lifeguards" Jeff Mainard discusses the unconditional love of his two tiny canines and credits them for saving him from drowning--in alcohol. Commercial audiobook. 2009.
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The Curious Affair of the Third Dog by Patricia Moyes.
Read by George Holmes. Reading time 8 hours 7 minutes.
While on holiday in Dorset, Scotland Yard Inspector Henry Tibbett and his wife, Emmy, investigate skullduggery in greyhound racing that leads to a murder. A Henry Tibbett Mystery.
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The Dog Bible: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know by Tracie Hotchner
Read by Kerry Dukin. Reading time 38 hours 15 minutes.
Comprehensive approach to raising and training canines. Covers selecting a dog, providing proper nutrition, grooming, encouraging socialization, crating, and dealing with travel issues. Discusses emergency care. Explains dog psychology, genetic tendencies, and natural instincts including wolf-pack and alpha-leader behaviors. Describes warning signs of aggression.
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A Dog Is Listening: The Way Some of Our Closest Friends View Us by Roger A. Caras
Read by John Stratton. Reading time 6 hours 22 minutes.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals's eighteenth president, Roger Caras, and his family have raised many animals including over fifty dogs. Using illustrative anecdotes, Caras describes canines' often amazing capabilities--such as one dog's ability to sense her owner's oncoming seizures in time to warn her and other family members.
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Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn
Read by Michael Scherer. Reading time 8 hours 5 minutes.
After flunking out of police school, canine Chet becomes partners and roommates with private investigator Bernie Little. Though easily distracted, Chet is a good sleuth. He describes Bernie's latest case--the disappearance of fifteen-year-old Madison Chambliss--and his own frustration when trying to communicate clues. Strong language and some violence. 2009.
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Doggie Day Care Murder: A Melanie Travis Mystery by Laurien Berenson
Read by Margaret Strom. Reading time 8 hours 10 minutes.
Connecticut. Poodle owner and amateur sleuth Melanie Travis scouts out the Pine Ridge Canine Care Center on behalf of a friend who may leave her golden retriever there while she works. When the center's charming co-owner, Steve Pine, is shot to death, Melanie goes undercover to catch the killer. 2008.
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Guys and Dogs by Elaine Fox
Read by Lindsay Ellison. Reading time 8 hours 31 minutes.
Megan Rose returns to Fredericksburg, Virginia, to take over her father's veterinary practice. When a puppy invades Megan's house she returns him to the address on his tag--that of British software billionaire Sutter Foley. Sutter hates dogs but falls for Megan. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.
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Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan
Read by Gregory Gorton. Reading time 9 hours 16 minutes.
A columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer reminisces about the untrainable Labrador retriever that he and his wife acquired as Florida newlyweds. Recalls Marley's hilarious escapades and his capacity for love as the Grogans become the parents of three kids. Bestseller. 2005.
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New Tricks: An Andy Carpenter Novel BY David Rosenfelt
Read by Joe Peck. Reading time 8 hours 44 minutes.
After billionaire pharmaceutical researcher Walter Timmerman is murdered, attorney Andy Carpenter, who runs a dog-rescue operation, represents Walter's seven-month-old Bernese mountain dog Waggy in a custody case. When Walter's widow is killed in an explosion and his son is arrested, Andy takes on a human client as well. 2009.
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Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 3 hours 11 minutes.
1860s Texas. Fourteen-year-old Travis at first resents the big, yellow stray dog that hangs around his home, but he comes to love and depend on him. With his father away on a cattle drive, Travis is the man of the house and looks to Old Yeller for help and protection. For grades 5-8 and older readers.
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Ruffly Speaking: A Dog Lover's Mystery by Susan Conant.
Read by Catherine Byers. Reading time 7 hours 53 minutes.
Obsessed with dogs, Holly Winter owns two Alaskan malamutes, writes a column for Dog's Life magazine, and dates her dog's vet. When fellow dog-lover Morris Lamb dies after eating poisonous greens from his garden, a female rector with a hearing dog moves into his house. Interviewing the rector for the magazine, Holly is surprised to learn that the dog has been exhibiting odd behavior in his new house. Some strong language.
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Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zeroby Michael Hingson
Read by Peter Ganim. Reading time 7 hours 19 minutes.
Michael Hingson, an executive who worked in the North Tower of the World Trade Center, recounts his escape after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Hingson, blind since birth, describes what he and his guide dog Roselle experienced as she led him down seventy-eight flights of stairs to safety. 2011.
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Timbuktu by Paul Auster.
Read by Kimberly Schraf. Reading time 5 hours 33 minutes.
Told from the dog's point of view, a story of boon companions: Mr. Bones, a devoted mutt, and Willy G. Christmas, a self-named, homeless, terminally ill writer. Willy's final wishes are to bequeath his literary endeavors to a former teacher and to find a new owner for Mr. Bones. Some strong language.
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White Fang by Jack London
Read by L.J. Ganser. Reading time 7 hours 39 minutes.
A wolf-dog, rescued from danger and tamed by a kind master, redeems his brute nature by defending his master's family against an escaped convict. Companion to The Call of the Wild (RC 49486). For junior and senior high and older readers. 1906.
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