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Long summer days are perfect for relaxing with your dog and reading a few good books. We’ve picked out five dogcentric books that make a great read, whether you’re lounging at the pool, park, or beach.
1. Yappy Hour: A Mystery by Diana Orgain
Tranquil beach paradise with small-town charm? Check. Dogfriendly bar called The Wine and Bark? Check. Intriguing murder mystery whodunit? Check. The last thing non-pet-lover Maggie wants to do is tend her sister Rachel’s pooch-centric wine bar, but when Rachel suddenly leaves town and begs the favor, Maggie finds herself walking straight into a crime scene — with her mysteriously absent sister as the prime suspect.
To solve the mystery and clear her sister’s name, Maggie befriends a colorful gang of dog lovers who meet in the bar every Friday for Yappy Hour.
2. The Dogs of Littlefield by Suzanne Berne
The well-to-do town of Littlefield, Massachusetts, seems perfect from the outside, with its great schools, sports-oriented community, and well-manicured properties. Sociologist Clarice Watkins comes to Littlefield to study what makes the town so great, but what she finds is disturbing: Someone is poisoning the town’s dogs. As she digs deeper to solve the mystery, Clarice meets the town’s eclectic dog owners and uncovers the dark side of suburbia.
3. Scents and Sensibility by Spencer Quinn
This offbeat book is narrated by Chet the dog. It takes a little getting used to, but it’s an entertaining point of view — you might never look at your dog the same again! In this latest book in author Spencer Quinn’s popular Bernie and Chet series, private investigator Bernie and his trusty canine sidekick must solve the mystery du jour, and this time it’s a prickly one! When their elderly next-door neighbor is accused of illegal cactus smuggling, Bernie and Chet venture deep into the desert hoping to uncover the truth.
4. Rescuing Riley, Saving Myself by Zachary Anderegg
Recently released in paperback, this is the true story of a solo hiker who found a near-dead puppy at the bottom of a 350-foot canyon. Bringing the pup back up should have been impossible, but author Zachary Anderegg did it and, along the way, came to terms with personal demons that had haunted him since childhood. This is an incredible tale for any reader but particularly poignant for dog lovers. You will be hooked from page one.
5. Encounters With Rikki by Julie Strauss Bettinger
A sickly, 13-week-old Golden Retriever named Rikki was one of 25,000 animals rescued during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. No one could have known the dramatic impact this one dog would have on innumerable people. You’ll devour this beautifully written book, which treats tough topics like pet rescue in the aftermath of natural disasters and pet therapy for child victims of abuse with the respect and dignity they deserve.
Let’s hear from you, readers. What dog books are on your summer reading list? Share in the comments.