Dogs in books – book reviews

Dogs in books

I started this list with the idea to post on World Animal Day but that day came and went (it was on October 4 btw) so that’s why you get them now. I love to read novels with dogs or cats in them and I’m always on the lookout for new titles. If you feel the same then you might get some inspiration here:

1.Inked Hearts by Lindsay Detwiler


Reviewed on Alwaysbooking / Dog is called Henry

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2. Before It’s Too Late by Sara Driscoll


Reviewed on Steph’s Book Blog / Dog is called Hawk

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3. The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen

Vanishing Season

Reviewed on Read.Eat.Sleep.Repeat / Dog is called Dog called Speed Bump (or Bump)

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4. Survive the Night by Katie Ruggle


Reviewed by The reading chick / Dog is called Otto

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5. The Purrfect Pet Sitter by Carol Thomas

The Purrfect Pet Sitter

Reviewed on blog Books and Me!!! and Books of All Kind / Dog called Jack The Lab

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6. The Summer of New Beginnings by Bette Lee Crosby


Reviewed on blog Between The Lines / Dog is called Sox

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7. The curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon

The curious incident of dog

Reviewed by Kayla’s Book Nook / Dog is called Wellington

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Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. Routine, order and predictability shelter him from the messy, wider world. Then, at fifteen, Christopher’s carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbor’s dog, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing.

Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer and turns to his favorite fictional character, the impeccably logical Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration. But the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths and ultimately brings him face to face with the dissolution of his parents’ marriage. As he tries to deal with the crisis within his own family, we are drawn into the workings of Christopher’s mind.

And herein lies the key to the brilliance of Mark Haddon’s choice of narrator: The most wrenching of emotional moments are chronicled by a boy who cannot fathom emotion. The effect is dazzling, making for a novel that is deeply funny, poignant, and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing is a mind that perceives the world literally.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is one of the freshest debuts in years: a comedy, a heartbreaker, a mystery story, a novel of exceptional literary merit that is great fun to read.

8. Gizelle’s Bucket List by Lauren Fern Watt

Gizelle's Bucket List

Seen on blog My Peacock Reads / Dog (English Mastiff) called Gizelle

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9. If You Go Down To the Woods by Seth C. Adams

If You Go Down To The Woods

Here’s my review / Dog is called Bandit

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10. The Last Family in England by Matt Haig


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Seen on blog Bookboodle / Dog (Labrador) is called Prince


11. Henry’s Tale by David Pipe

Henry's Tale

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Seen on blog Waggy Tales / Dog (Border Terrier) is called Henry



Dog On It by Spencer Quinn / Dog called Chet

Dog On It

By My Side by Alice Peterson / Dog called Ticket (Labrador)

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The Darkest Evening of the Year by Dean Koontz / Dog called Nickie (Golden Retriever)

The Darkest Evening of the Year - Golden Retriever Nickie

Graig & Fred by Graig Grossi / Dog called Fred (Lab)

Graig and Fred

Brainwash by Pat Krapf / Dog called Bullet (Schnauzer)


Love Ledgers by Connie Lukey / Dog called Wanker (Dachshund)

Love Ledgers

Good Guys Love Dogs by Inglath Cooper

Good Guys Love Dogs Good Guys Love Dogs

Where The Dogs Go by Janell Martin

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Wedding Bells at the Dog & Duck by Jill Steeples

Wedding bells

A Pug like Percy by Fiona Harrison

A Pug Like Percy

A Puppy Called Hugo by Fiona Harrison

A Puppy Called Hugo

Happy as Harry by Deana Luchia

Happy as Harry

Reality Rehab by Lisa Mary London

Reality Rehab

The Dog Walker by Lesley Thomson

The Dog Walker

The Country Set by Fiona Walker

The Country Set

Henry the Queen’s Corgi by Georgie Crawley

Henry The Queen's Corgi

The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan



Have you read any of these books? Interested in reading one of them? 


52 thoughts on “Dogs in books – book reviews

  1. Aw, such a cute list! ❤
    I think i read the Koontz book when i was a teen.

    The only book i read recently that had an important dog character was Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless.


  2. Wow, what an awesome list. A dog book for literally everyone to read. Oh, and the picture of the little brown lab is soooooo cute! For the longest time, since coming to Canada, I’ve wanted another dog. Now, I’ll just have to select a book and read about them.

    Now, if you will excuse me. I’m off to read some reviews – thanks, Inge! 😀

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  3. What a great post. It’s very much a reflection of the books I like to read, but I’m always a little wary when there’s a dog in the book I’m reading… they usually don’t make it to the end…

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  4. I love books featuring dogs! What a great post Inge. 🙂
    I’m not sure if I have read any of those. Marley & Me was one of my favourite dog books. Then there’s King’s Cujo but that one is a sad one because of rabies.. 😦 Jon Katz wrote books about dogs that really touched me, one of my favourite ones is: A Good Dog: The Story of Orson, Who Changed My Life. I cried a lot reading this book.

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  6. I read The Vanishing Season last year. The dog was the best character in the book! I also have a book titled In Dog We Trust coming up to read/review for January. The cover on Reality Rehab has me wanting to “check it out”!!

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  7. Nice list, OMG one with a dachshund I didn’t knew of !!

    I do prefer them when the dog in question get treated like a character in itself – that being said, I wrote a post about doxies in books if you wanna check it out, heheh

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