Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Dogs or cats? The votes aren't in, but most animal lovers love a good dog book.  Let’s take a look at some newer dog titles, all memoirs, on the shelves of the Monrovia Public Library. 

Sometimes we don’t get what we want—we get something better. You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness by Julie Klam, is a memoir of a single woman who yearns for a beau, but whose dream about a Boston Terrier leads her to adopt little Otto. From him she learns sharing and caring, which were missing from her life. Soon she is surrounded by dogs, kids, and yes, a husband. This very funny book is for readers looking for a good laugh. Ms. Klam’s second book is Love at First Bark: How Saving a Dog Can Help You Save Yourself and is about her adventures in rescuing dogs and finding new human companions. Through often comical true stories she shares her philosophy of how we can become better people when we are good to animals.

John Steinbeck wrote Travels With Charley about seeing America with his poodle. Traveling With Casey is an updated version by Benoit Denizet Lewis. The author, his Labrador and his RV star in this travelogue that takes them across many states as they visit dog parks, dog experts, canine cops and even dog psychics. Heartwarming and funny, this is an affirmation that says life is best when it is shared with a dog.

Dean Koontz is famous for his suspense novels, but A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Little Dog is a change of pace. After adopting a retired service dog, a Golden Retriever named Trixie, Koontz and his wife discover what joy is. Trixie, as Oprah would say, lives in the moment, and is endlessly entertaining. The author’s description of Trixie’s decline and passing are sad, but oh, what warm memories she left behind.

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