Books – Imagine waking up to find that your hands have become paws in the night. You jump off the bed (on four legs!), look in the mirror and see a furry, wet-nosed face staring back at you. But then, you turn around and see yourself, your human self, looking just as confused as you. Somehow, you and your dog have swapped bodies! Dog Days by Elsa Watson and The Dog in the Freezer by Harry Mazer (available through Interlibrary Loan) explore the bizarreness of finding yourself stuck in the body of your furry best friend, making for some fun, quirky reads.
In Elsa Watson’s Dog Days, we meet struggling café owner Jessica Sheldon, who is going through a ruff time. Elsa holds the famed title of “number one dog hater” after an unfortunate incident in which she may have screamed at two unsuspecting pups. “Woofinstock,” the towns annual dog-themed festival, is Jessica’s chance to redeem herself, and her café. Jessica is in way over her head after volunteering for the festival, and taking in a stray dog named Zoe was never part of the plan. Things get even worse when Zoe and Jessica magically happen to swap forms. While Zoe is ecstatic that she finally has the power to take any food she likes, Jessica is terrified imagining what her body double will do next!
The Dog in the Freezer is a compilation of three novellas, each tail showcasing the strong bound between a boy and his dog. (Though we don’t have a copy of this novel at our library, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan). This was one of my favorite’s growing up. The body-swapping story is titled “My Life As a Boy,” about a hghschooler named Gregory and his genius dog Einstein. Gregory and Einstein just wake up one day, on the day of Gregory’s very important basketball game, to find they have switched places! Will Einstein be able to take Gregory’s place in the big game? With tons of humor, and a touch of suspense, this book really is the fleas knees.
Book – I love a good romance, but I want more than just lust and passion. My favorite love stories are those that come with a side fluff–be it puppies, cats, horses–the furry (and un-furry) creatures that so often bring people together in real life. This novel has all that, and more.
Home Is Where The Bark Is brings us former model Serena Oakley. Tired of being in the spotlight, Serena has worked hard to put the past behind her by disguising her looks and opening her own business, a doggy daycare called Paws-A-While. Everything is going great until Undercover Private Investigator Nick Whalen enters her shop with a tiny pup in tow. Serena knows something is up; this muscular, unsmiling man just doesn’t seem the type to have a precious Yorki-poodle mix.
However, Nick is there investigating the Paws-A-While owner over a series of identity frauds and he’s certain Serena has something to hide. Slowly, despite their mutual insecurities with one another the pair begins to bond over a helpless dog, and that just might be enough to bring them together.
This is one of my guilty pleasures of romance novels. Not your typical sexy posed woman draped across the cover type of books. A cute one that make you go “Awwww’ because there are puppies involved. Would recommend to anyone who loves a good romance of opposites attract and of course any animal lover. A perfect mix of puppy dog tales and love stories.
Book –The perfect novel for romantics and dog-lovers alike! Stay, by Allie Larkin follows Savannah “Van” Leone, a quirky young woman who has been hopelessly in love with her friend Peter since college. Unfortunately, love has other plans for her–her best friend Janie is marrying her beloved Peter, and Van is forced into the role of maid of honor. Love has never been so miserable!
Following the excruciating ceremony, Van drowns her broken heart in vodka and a Rin Tin Tin movie marathon, and promptly purchases a German Shepherd puppy online. She soon finds that her furry friend is not the little puppy she expected, but rather, a GIANT. As she wrestles with training her new pup, Van starts to mend her broken heart, and finds a new purpose in her life. Yet just as she begins to open her heart up to someone else, everything comes crashing down.
Full of hysterical moments, a lovable dog, and a cute vet, this is a wonderfully fun, light-hearted read. It’s The Holiday meets Must Love Dogs, cute, funny, with a side of fluff.
Book – My grandson Lorenzo, Enzo for short, was born just a few weeks ago. Enzo . . . the name made me think of one of my favorite books, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. The story is told from Enzo’s perspective, but what is very different about this novel is that he is a dog, a lab terrier mix. I had my doubts whether I would like this book, because it is about auto racing and the world is viewed through a dog’s eyes. But I read it, since it was on all the best seller lists and I was looking for a good candidate for our book discussion group. Not only did I love The Art of Racing in the Rain, but it was a great pick for discussion. From the book jacket: “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 extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life’s ordeals.” A movie version is currently in production and will star Patrick Dempsey, who is an amateur race car driver as Enzo’s owner Denny Swift. You don’t need to be a dog lover an auto racing fan to enjoy this book. It is a feel good story of loyalty, family, thoughtful philosophical insight, and working to reach your full potential.
Book – Ok, so it was the adorable dog on the cover that made me give this book of short stories about human-animal relationships a look. Katz effectively pulls on animal-lover’s heartstrings with these tales portraying the impact four-legged creatures make upon their care-takers lives. Yet, the most thought-provoking stories are from the perspective of the animal. One story, which relates the day of a dog at home while his owner is away, reminds me of what I have often been told when over-personifying my dog, that animals see things differently and that their behaviors should not be interpreted as human. Dancing Dogs: Stories also explores a multitude of ways strongly attached individuals interact with their animals and appreciate their unique needs and talents. For example, Katz currently resides on a farm, and a number of his stories chronicle the unique world of “working dogs” and the bonds that are formed as owners train and work with their dogs.