Great pet books I read this summer - Dr. Marty Becker

Great pet books I read this summer

Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016 | By Dr. Marty Becker

tabby cat with a book on its head reading

I’ve read some great pet books this summer (mostly on airplanes!). Here are some happy tales about happy tails that I think you’ll enjoy; I know I did!

book-cover-dog-goneDog Gone: A Lost Pet’s Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home

By Pauls Toutonghi

A real nail-biter about a Goldern Retriever named Gonker lost on a hike on the on the Appalachian Trail. Gonker has Addison’s Disease and will die in less than a month without his medication.


book-cover-free-daysFree Days With George: Learning Life’s Little Lessons from One Very Big Dog

By Colin Campbell

The author’s wife left him. Shattered, he adopts a dog who is highly traumatized, and moves to Los Angeles, where both take up surfing and learn to trust again.


book-cover-dog-medicineDog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me From Myself

By Julie Barton

This is a perfect example of the healing power of pets. A poignant memoir by a young woman who literally collapses from severe depression with nothing giving her relief until she got a puppy named Bunker.  A real tear-jerker, this one!


book-cover-run-spot-runRun, Spot, Run: The Ethics of Keeping Pets

By Jessica Pierce

A thoughtful look at the ethics of keeping pets. It fits in with Fear Free in a lot of ways because it points out the importance of looking after the emotional wellbeing of pets (more enrichment, too).