Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Oct. 26, 2021

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Check It Out: Read about dog rescues, more


In normal times (do you remember those?), the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show hosted in New York City would have taken place this month. This year, it’s being postponed until June and will be held outdoors at Lyndhurst, a National Trust for Historic Preservation property located in Tarrytown, N.Y. I always look forward to this canine competition, and while I’m unable to watch it in February, I’m happy to hear that Westminster Kennel Club intends to go forward with the show later this year.

It’s no secret that I am a cat lover, devoted to my two cat boys, claws and all, but I’ve had dogs as pets in my past, including a smart, gentle German shepherd named Anna. Because I have to wait until June to watch beagles, poodles, et al, strut their stuff in New York, I need a pooch fix right now. Ah ha! — books will fill the doggie void just fine. 

Here is a sampling of dog-related books for anyone who appreciates the connection between canine and human. If you’re excited about the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show like I am, and want to bone up on dog breeds before the June show, I’ve included “The Complete Dog Breed Book.” You’ll also find several heartwarming stories about rescued pups and the humans who helped and benefited from the efforts.

Have a barking good time reading about Fido and his friends!

“The Complete Dog Breed Book” edited by Kim Bryan.

“Doctor Dogs: How Our Best Friends Are Becoming Our Best Medicine” by Maria Goodavage (also available in e-book and e-audiobook formats).

“The Dog: A Natural History” by Adam Miklosi.

“Dogs: A Philosophical Guide to Our Best Friends” by Mark Alizart.

“A Dog’s Gift: The Inspirational Story of Veterans and Children Healed by Man’s Best Friend” by Bob Drury (also available in e-book and e-audiobook formats).

“Once a Wolf: The Science Behind Our Dogs’ Astonishing Genetic Evolution” by Bryan Sykes (also available in e-book and e-audiobook formats).

“One Hundred Dogs & Counting: One Woman, Ten Thousand Miles, and a Journey into the Heart of Shelters and Rescues” by Cara Sue Achterberg.

“Will’s Red Coat: The Story of One Old Dog Who Chose to Live Again” by Tom Ryan (also available in e-book format).

Jan Johnston is the collection development coordinator for the Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries. Email her at readingforfun@fvrl.org.