5 Books about Extraordinary Dogs
Thinking about adopting a dog? Adopting a new pet is a big step and for these authors, it was the best decision they ever made. If you enjoy reading true stories about owners and extraordinary dogs forming a bond of unconditional love, I suggest you check out these five heartwarming books.
My first extraordinary dog suggestion is Walking with Peety: The Dog who Saved my Life by Eric O’Grey. Eric was overweight, depressed, and sick. After a lifetime of failed diet attempts, Eric went to a new doctor who surprisingly prescribed him to adopt a shelter dog. That is when Eric met Peety: an overweight, middle-aged, and forgotten dog. An epic story of friendship and strength, this book is for anyone who knows the joy, love, and hope that dogs can bring!
Finding Gobi: A Little Dog with a Very Big Heart by Dion Leonard. While racing through the Gobi Desert in China and Mongolia, the author encounters a stray dog who, keeping pace with him for nearly 80 miles gives him a new perspective on life, causing him to fight to bring her home with him. The ultimate story of hope, of resilience, and of friendship, proving once again, that dogs really are ‘man’s best friend.’
Craig & Fred: A Marine, A Stray Dog, and How They Rescued Each Other by Craig Grossi. Craig was doing intelligence work for Marine RECON—the most elite fighters in the Corps—in a remote part of Afghanistan. While on patrol, he spotted a young dog “with a big goofy head and little legs”. The dog began to follow Craig, and the name Fred stuck and a beautiful, life-changing friendship was born. An inspiring tale of hope and optimism, this book is a shining example of the power of love to transform our hearts.
Gizelle’s Bucket List: My Life with a Very Large Dog by Lauren Fern Watt. Lauren and her 160-pound English Mastiff, Gizelle, have been everywhere together. College, and then after graduation to Laurens’s first tiny apartment in New York. Gizelle wasn’t just a dog to Lauren; she was a roommate, sister, confidante, dining companion, and everything in between.
Together, Gizelle and Lauren went through boyfriends, first jobs, a mother struggle with addiction, and life’s ups and downs. When Gizelle got sick, Lauren created an epic bucket list to make the most of the time she had left with her best friend. This book is bursting with charm and will inspire you to live better, love better, and appreciate the simple pleasures in life.
My last book about an extraordinary dog is Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin. Larry and his twin sons, Dan and Noah, took their terminally ill cat to the animal hospital to have the beloved pet put to sleep. What would begin as a terrible day suddenly got brighter as the ugliest dog they had ever seen—one who was missing an ear and had half his face covered in scar tissue—ran up to them and captured their hearts.
Oogy was a dogfighting survivor. He had been used as bait and was left to die until the police rescued him and the animal hospital staff saved his life. Unable to resist his charm, the Levin’s brought Oogy home. Heartwarming and redemptive, this book is the story of strength, going against the odds, love, and family.
These books about extraordinary dogs will tug on your heartstrings and make you smile. If you wish to check them out, visit your local library. You can also find these titles digitally.