Summer Reading: 5 Books for Dog Lovers


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Like most folks, we at The Doggy Dojo love a good book that sucks us in with a captivating story. But with family vacations, extended trips to the dog beach, leisurely brunches, and all of the outdoor sports leagues we get roped into throughout the summer, we’re left with less down time for reading than we’d like. Do you feel our struggle?

This year, we’re determined to knock out at least a couple of books before Labor Day. And, since searching for the perfect summer read can often take longer than reading the book itself, we decided to get a head start on the preliminary research. We hope you find our selection of books for dog lovers helpful as you start building out your summer reading list.

Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck Though it was written over 50 years ago, this classic road trip story is timeless. As you follow John and Charley (a standard poodle) on their journey across America’s highways, you’ll feel inspired to hit the road with your own canine co-pilot.

The New Yorkers by Cathleen Schine The New Yorkers follows a group of humans and their dogs as they entangle themselves in one another’s lives over the course of a year. This book is a great choice for dog lovers who want to experience four seasons in New York City without leaving their beach chair.

A Box of Puppies by Lena Dunham While this isn’t a full-length book, Lena Dunham’s essay on her lifelong quest to become a dog person is entertaining to say the least. It’s perfect for a quick read on your morning commute, and you can read it for free via the New Yorker.

Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon Like any dog parent will tell you, the dog you rescue is actually rescuing you. Described by a British magazine as “a contemporary Bridget Jones, but with canines instead of chardonnay,” Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts is a wonderful beach read for any dog lover.

Off the Leash: A Year at the Dog Park by Matthew Gilbert In Off the Leash: A Year at the Dog Park, Matthew Gilbert tells his real life experience of being thrust into the world of pampered pooches, wild puppies, gregarious neighbors and a community he never knew he wanted to be a part of.

Do you have a list of books for dog lovers you’d like to recommend? Share your favorite beach reads with us on The Doggy Dojo Facebook page!

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