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A sampling of biographies & memoirs about dogs and their influence on the humans in their lives.

Dogtripping: 25 Rescues, 11 Volunteers, and 3 RVs on Our Canine Cross-Country Adventure

David Rosenfelt · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 278
Format: Hardcover

David Rosenfelt's Dogtripping is moving and funny account of a cross-country move from California to Maine, and the beginnings of a dog rescue foundation

When mystery writer David Rosenfelt and his family moved from Southern California to Maine, he thought he had prepared...

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Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

Susan Orlean · Simon & Schuster; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

He believed the dog was immortal. So begins Susan Orleans sweeping, powerfully moving account of Rin Tin Tins journey from orphaned puppy to movie star and international icon. Orlean, a staff writer at The New Yorker who has been hailed as a national treasure by The Washington Post, spent...
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A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher

Sue Halpern · Riverhead Books; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

A layabout mutt turned therapy dog leads her owner to a new understanding of the good life.At loose ends with her daughter leaving home and her husband on the road, Sue Halpern decided to give herself and Pransky, her under-occupied Labradoodle, a new leash—er, lease—on life by getting...
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Weekends with Daisy

Sharron Kahn Luttrell · Gallery Books
Format: Hardcover

“A heartwarming and utterly charming story about empathy, hope, and letting go. Weekends with Daisy shows us how loving a dog can make us all a little more human.” —Lisa Genova, NYT bestselling author of Still Alice and Love, Anthony “Moving… with candor that...
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Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog

John Grogan · William Morrow; 1st edition
Pages: 291
Format: Print book

The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and thewondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in lifeJohn and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then...
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Love Is the Best Medicine: What Two Dogs Taught One Veterinarian about Hope, Humility, and Everyday Miracles

Dr. Nick Trout · Broadway Books
Pages: 252
Format: eBook

A book guaranteed to touch anyone who has ever had a beloved pet ...

From instant New York Times bestseller, Dr. Nick Trout comes another touching and heartfelt story from the front lines of veterinary medicine - the story of two dogs who forever changed the way he thought...
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Wallace: The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport, Saved a Marriage, and Championed Pit Bulls--One Flying Disc at a Time

Jim Gorant · Gotham; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

The author of the New York Times bestseller The Lost Dogs shares the heartwarming tale of one plucky, unwanted pit bull who achieved international celebrity. Today, Wallace is a champion. But in the summer of 2005, he was living in a shelter, a refugee from a suspicious pit bull–breeding...
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The Possibility Dogs: What a Handful of "Unadoptables" Taught Me About Service, Hope, and Healing

Susannah Charleson · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 260
Format: Hardcover

An inspiring story that shows how dogs can be rescued, and can rescue in return.

With her critically acclaimed, bestselling first book, Scent of the Missing, Susannah Charleson was widely praised for her unique insight into the kinship between humans and dogs, as revealed...
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Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish

Mark R. Levin · Pocket Books; 1 edition
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover

In 1998, Mark and his family welcomed into their lives a half-Border Collie/half-Cocker Spaniel they named Pepsi. Six years later, his wife and two children persuaded Mark to adopt a dog from the local shelter, a Spaniel mix, the most beautiful dog they'd ever seen. They named him Sprite....
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Dog Talk: Lessons Learned from a Life with Dogs

Harrison Forbes · St. Martin's Press; 1st edition
Format: Hardcover

DOG TALK chronicles Harrison Forbess life with dogs, from the first bond he formed as a boy with a Belgian Tervuren named Sabina, to the story of Lex, a police dog who attacked his owners wife, and was redeemed by Harrisons intense love and respect for the breed.  Forbes also offers practical...
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The Dog Lived

Teresa Rhyne · Sourcebooks
Format: Paperback

The 1 New York Times bestseller The 1 Wall Street Journal bestseller The USA Today bestseller Funny, smart, uplifting, and fun, The Dog Lived and So Will I reminds us that animals are among our best teachers, our most powerful healers, and our most steadfast friends. I loved it!—Sy Montgomery,...
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The Second-Chance Dog: A Love Story

Jon Katz · Ballantine Books
Format: Hardcover

From New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz comes a wise, uplifting, and poignant memoir of finding love against all odds, and the power of second chances for both people and dogs.   “I had no idea that Frieda would enter my life and alter it in the most profound way, but that’s...
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Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca

Maria Goodavage · Dutton
Format: Hardcover

The New York Times bestselling author of Soldier Dogs returns with the incredible, true story of K-9 Marine hero Lucca, and the handlers who fought alongside her through two bloody wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In Top Dog, Maria Goodavage takes readers into the life of Lucca K458, a decorated...
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Walking with Peety: The Dog Who Saved My Life

Eric O'Grey · Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

Eric was 150 pounds overweight, depressed, and sick. After a lifetime of failed diet attempts, and the onset of type 2 diabetes due to his weight, Eric went to a new doctor, who surprisingly prescribed a shelter dog. And that's when Eric met Peety: an overweight, middle-aged, and forgotten...
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