It’s a question my father often asks, due to our similar taste in books. A love of history and quirky humour is something the two of us have always shared. Unfortunately for him, my current reading list is much different from my salad days. It now features more canines than Canadian politicians.* My father is not nearly as interested in every aspect of dogdom as I and our book-related conversations have decreased in animation. I kind of miss our old discussions. Since I can’t share my latest dog book discoveries with him without picking up sounds of snoring on the other end of the phone, I have decided to share them with you!
Yay! Don’t you feel lucky?
- The Dogs of War: The Courage, Love, and Loyalty of Military Working Dogs, Lisa Rogak – This first book actually combines my two passions: dogs and history. It was amazingly well-researched and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in the experiences of military working dogs and their handlers. It’s not all good times, but I think I have even more respect now for the people that partner with these dogs in war environments. Even with all our fancy modern technology, there is still nothing out there that beats a dog. My only complaint is that the book is very 20th century US-focussed. I’d love to read more about dogs involved with warfare during earlier time periods.
- Good Old Dog: Expert Advice for Keeping Your Aging Dog Happy, Healthy, and Comfortable, Nicholas Dodman (editor) – I won this book about a year ago but I just stuck it on a shelf and forgot about it. Shiva is still pretty young but I still found a lot of the information shared in this book to be quite useful. There were many little tidbits on disease prevention and maintaining a dog’s health throughout her life. I feel a bit more confident in my abilities to handle Shiva’s needs as she gets older. Though the book may have been geared toward owners of senior dogs, that’s where we will all end up eventually, right? I am glad to have it for future reference, if nothing else.
- Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs, Caroline Knapp – I loved, loved, loved this book. Seriously. I kind of wish I wrote it actually. Other than the whole alcoholism thing, and the fact I am not nearly as talented, I almost feel like the author’s life could be my own. The book was published long before blogging took off but I am sure every single one of us can relate to the book in some way, in sentiment if not in actual life experience. I anticipate reading this one again. And again.
- Am I Boring My Dog: And 99 Other Things Every Dog Wishes You Knew, Edie Jarolim – This one hardly needs an introduction. I am sure every one who has even briefly stopped by Edie’s blog knows all about this hilarious book. It’s kind of embarrassing it took me so long to read it. This is one of those books I wish I’d read before I adopted Shiva. It would have made me feel a whole lot better about my lack of skill when handling her issues. Instead of feeling like a clueless idiot, I would have realized just how many other people there are out there who don’t know anything either. Not only is the book funny and honest, it’s full of wicked advice for first-time (and even fifth-time) dog owners. My only complaint? She never wrote a sequel.
Have you read anything good lately? I’d love to hear about it in the comments. It doesn’t even have to be dog-related. I am always up for something new!
*Not that the two are necessarily mutually exclusive. Prime Minister William Lyon MacKenzie King is infamous for seeking advice from his Irish Terrier dogs. Oddly enough, they were all named Pat. Suitable for an Irish dog, I suppose, though not very imaginative. Not that I am one to judge as I call my cat, Cat. In our defence, his actual name is Sabir. We just never use his actual name. He simply looks more like a Cat, don’t you think?