10 Dog Books to Enjoy This Summer

Looking for a good book? Here are some picks about our favorite subject: dogs!

What does your summer look like so far? If you’re a book nut, it probably includes reading a book or two (or more) while lying by the pool, camping at your favorite spot, or just hanging out at home. If you’re a dog lover AND and book nut, then all the better: there are some great dog books being released right now, with enough time to snag and enjoy before summer ends.

Below are our summer picks for non-fiction, dog-related books that are burning up Amazon.com’s “Hot New Releases” list. Which ones are going into your book bag this summer?

1. Travels with Casey

by Benoit Denizet-Lewis

Simon & Schuster
Release date: July 22, 2014 

New York Times Magazine writer Denizet-Benoit travels for four months in a rented motor home with his trusty Labrador Retriever by his side. They visit 32 states and trek over 13,000 miles in an attempt to explore America’s dogs and the folks who can’t live without them.

Travels with Casey

2. A Wolf Called Romeo

by Nick Jans

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release date: July 1, 2014

This is the true story of a six-year friendship between a wild yet gentle black wolf and the people and dogs of Juneau, Alaska

A Wolf Called Romeo


3. Haatchi & Little B: The Inspiring True Story of One Boy and His Dog

by Wendy Holden

Thomas Dunne Books

Release date: July 1, 2014

One adorable little boy with a rare genetic disorder that leaves him confined to a wheel chair. One lovable, great big dog. Put them together, and you have the true story of two friends who change each other’s lives. 

Haatchi & Little B

4. Off the Leash: A Year at the Dog Park

by Matthew Gilbert

Thomas Dunne Books

Release date: July 29, 2014

TV critic forThe Boston Globe, Gilbert paints a picture in this book about the “strange, wonderful, neurotic and eccentric” dog people of Amory Park in Boston. 

Off the Leash


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

by David Rosenfelt

St. Martin’s Griffin

Release date: July 22, 2014

Mystery writer Rosenfelt chronicles his adventure of moving from California to Maine with his family … and 25 dogs.



6. The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human

by Vint Virgat

Broadway Books
Release date: July 8, 2014

Based on Virga’s 25 years as a veterinarian and veterinary behaviorist, this book delves into the lives of dogs — and cats, whales, wolves, mice and leopards — and the relationships we forge with them.

The Soul of All Living Creatures

Oldies but Goodies to Add to Your Book Bag

These books are currently the most popular dog-related books on Amazon, according to the website’s sales records. Although they might have come out a few years ago, some of them might be new to you!

7. How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain

by Gregory Berns

New Harvest, 2013

Do dogs love us the way we love them? Neuroscientist Berns sets out to answer that question, and uncovers a powerful, unique bond that dogs and humans share.

How Dogs Love Us

8. Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

by Alexandra Horowitz

Scribner, 2009

Horowitz, a cognitive scientist, explains how dog perceive their daily worlds, other dogs and humans.

Inside of a Dog


9. A Dog Named Slugger

by Leigh Brill

Bell Bridge Books, 2010


This is the true-life story of a companion Labrador Retriever and his best friend: a woman with cerebral palsy.


A Dog Named Slugger


10. Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog

by Ted Kerasote

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007

On a camping trip in the Utah desert, Kerasote meets Merle, a dog who lives on his own in the wild. Kerasote shares his tale of bringing Merle home to live a more domesticated life, and the lessons Merle teaches Kerasote about living freely.

Merle's Door


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