Great Dog Day Afternoon Reads

Ancient Greek and Roman astronomers referred to  July and August  as the "Dog Days" because Sirius the dog star was aligned with the Sun in the summer months.  Whether or not Sirius is still in alignment with the sun in the summer months thousands of years later is uncertain. 

But if you love and appreciate dogs, why not give the Dog Days of 2020 a double meaning?  Do you love dogs, especially your own? Love to read novels and stories about dogs? Maybe even enjoy reading to your dog? Here is a list of dog-friendly fiction about the dog and human bond to round out your 2020 summer reading list.

Great Reads for the Dog Days of Summer


Love dogs, and love to read stories about dogs? Maybe even love reading TO your dog? Then this book list of fiction featuring the dog and human bond is for you.

When widower Sam and his young son, Teddy, move back to London for a fresh start, they meet their four-legged neighbor Jack , who had belonged to the previous tenants of their new house on Christmas Street. Through Jack, Sam and Teddy meet their neighbors, all of whom know Jack, as well.

Wilson Steele, a troubled Vietnam veteran, inherits a dog from his mother who lives in a no pets senior community. Thurman's companionship slowly draws Wilson out of his self-imposed isolation.

Buck, the dog, is stolen from his owners to end up working as a Sled dog in the Klondike during the Alaskan Gold Rush. Buck learns to survive, and also learns to like his tough new life.

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television and by listening closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. On the night before his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through, hoping, in his next life, to return as a human.

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