As dog lovers, we all love to read about our four legged friends. There are so many fantastic, inspirational, funny, sad, uplifting dog novels and true stories out there to choose from. We thought it would be great to put together a definitive list of your favourites... you know the sort of book you read and immediately want to tell all your dog loving friends about.
So we started a poll and you told us about your favourite dog books.
7 dog themed true stories and novels stood out in the voting as your all time best dog books.
Thank you to everyone who voted. As a result of the survey I have definitely found some new books to add to my wish list and I hope you do too.
Your favourite dog books are:
1) Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan
The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life. "A book with intense appeal... tenderly follows its subject from sunrise to sunset, from the ball-of-fluff stage to the heartbreaking farewell." New York Times
2) The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life... as only a dog could tell it.
3) Endal: How one extraordinary dog brought a family back from the brink by Allen Parton
Allen Parton was seriously injured while serving in the Gulf War. This is the story of Endal and how, through his remarkable skills, companionship and unstinting devotion, he gave Allen a reason to live again.
4) A Dog's Purpose: A novel for humans by W. Bruce Cameron
This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, A Dog’s Purpose touches on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: Why are we here?
5) Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin
The story of a puppy brought back from the brink of death, and the family he adopted. Heartwarming and redemptive, Oogy is the story of the people who were determined to rescue this dog against all odds, and of the family who took him home, named him "Oogy" (an affectionate derivative of ugly), and made him one of their own.
6) Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs by Suzanne Clothier
A book like no other, taking the reader on an exploration of our relationships with dogs that moves far past the recipes of how-to books or mere technicalities, and into the very soul of relationship.
7) One Dog at a Time: Saving the Strays of Helmand - An Inspiring True Story by Pen Farthing
In Helmand Province, Pen Farthing and his troup of young Royal Marines survive frequent engagements with the Taliban and forge links with the local community. Pen's tour of duty will change his life forever, but for entirely unexpected reasons. The remarkable true story of how one man saved the stray dogs of Afghanistan.
136 votes. 57 books voted for. Top books based on books gaining a score of 15 voting points or over.