Ten years ago today I walked my first dog for See Spot Run. This is so cliche but it’s true: time flies when you’re having fun.
6 Dog Books You’ll Love…Even if You Hate Reading We all know that reading can sometimes be more of a chore than a pleasure. So here are 6 highly rated dog books that are so enjoyable even the most hardened book hater won’t be able to put them down. Please feel free to share your own as well!
Marley and Me by John Grogan
Even if you have seen the movie, the book is still a must-read. I cry and laugh every time, and it really makes you appreciate your own dog’s quirks.
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Author Jodi Picoult said this about The Art of Racing in the Rain: "The perfect book for anyone who knows that some of our best friends walk beside us on four legs. That compassion isn’t only for humans. And that the relationship between two souls meant for each other, never really comes to an end."
James Herriot series by James Herriot
These books are not strictly about dogs. They are nonfiction collections of short stories about an English vet’s animal adventures in the countryside. Dogs feature prominently, and they are so amusing and well written that I had to include them. I highly recommend them. This link will bring you to a collection of solely dog stories. I encourage you to read all his books though.
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Your kids may have been required to read this book. The depth of the characters and the quality of the writing is superb. Like so many other books on this list, it never fails to make me cry, and I think we can all relate to dealing with a thunder-fearing canine!
Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero by Michael Hingson and Susy Flory
This is a simply incredible read. I couldn’t put it down, and it opened my eyes to the incredible bond between guide dogs and their handlers, and the strength of the trust between them.
Dog On It: the Chet and Bernie series by Spencer Quinn
A series of books told from a failed police dog’s point of view, these mysteries are both fun and thought provoking.
Fun Accessories for Dog People What fun accessories do you have that you love? There are so many options! It’s never the wrong time to be thinking about fun accessories for the dogs and dog people in your life. Or for yourself! Below is a list of some accessories that might make your life a little easier:
For the Hikers
Do you take your dog hiking? This adorable doggy water bottle is available on chewy.com. Though advertised for car rides, they are also great for taking on hikes. Yes, it is a little more to carry but all will appreciate the extra water, particularly in the North Carolina heat of the late spring and summer. The best part? It comes in three colors and retails for only $12.49.
Collapsible dog bowls are also a great option. Made of an easy to wash rubber and available in several bright colors, they’re also fun accessories. Great for road trips, they take up almost no space. They are perfect to stick into the pocket on the back of the car seat. Most come with a clip (carabiner.) It is super easy to clip onto a backpack or your own water bottle, and it is extremely light weight. Most know the difficulty of trying to let a dog drink from cupped hands, and this inexpensive product spares you and the poor canine from the whole ordeal.
And last but not least, be sure to bring your pick up bags. These bags are earth friendly and available at REI. As a dog walker, I beg everyone to please pick up after your pet. These may not be fun accessories but they certainly are important!
What are your favorite items you take on hikes with your dog? Share them with me. Perhaps we will write another blog on this topic.