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Best New Pet Books for Animal Lovers Like Us

Have you seen all the great new pet-centric books now available for voracious readers like us? What an incredible selection we have to choose from! Here’s a short list of the best ones we currently know about. If you have others to recommend, do tell!

A Letter to My Cat: Notes to Our Best Friends

If you ask us, Tripawd superstar kitty Jill should have been on the cover! But that’s cool, she is still an integral part of this very special, unforgettable collection of love letters from kitty pawrents who want to honor the cats who changed their lives for the better.

Alluring, elusive, mysterious—the cats in our lives are not always easy to get to know. But as with all pets, they have unique personalities and stories to tell. Alongside beautiful four-color photos of their cats, A Letter to My Cat collects personal letters from celebrities offering love and gratitude for all that their cats bring to their lives.

Miracle Dogs: Rescue Stories

We can’t say it enough. This. Book. Is. GORGEOUS. And better yet, it will warm your heart with tales of people and pets who are making a difference in this world through their very special rescue stories that send pawsitive ripples across the universe . . .

78 million dogs live as pets in the USA. These are the lucky ones. Five to seven million companion animals enter shelters every year, and more than half are euthanized due to the lack of space.

Miracle Dogs celebrates and honors the rescuers and the dogs whose lives they’ve saved. It features wonderful stories and photographs of dog rescuers, dog trainers, and rescue organizations such as The Gentle Barn and Tamar Geller’s Operation Heroes and Hounds, along with celebrity pet owners such as Chevy Chase, Hoda Kotb, Bob Einstein, Amanda Hearst, Jamie Lynn Siegler, and Lance Bass. Each story includes portraits of the dog and its new family, followed by a concise, compelling narrative detailing the dog’s journey to its new home.

“Miracle Dogs demonstrates a truth that lies at the heart of all rescue stories: That sharing a home with an animal—especially one that’s been forgotten and left to the fates—can enrich even the most glamorous and well-lived lives. “—Jim Gorant, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Dogs

A professional pet photographer, Liz Stavrinides spends much of her time on projects related to animal rescue. Miracle Dogs was born out of her desire to collect and share the stories of the dogs she’s met over the years, showcasing the incredible bravery and compassion of both canines and owners. Readers will be moved by stories like that of Wyatt, an assistance dog who helped a young boy with autism communicate with the outside world, or Fiona, who was found blind and starving and is now in a loving family. All of them have finally found their furever homes. Stavrinides’ portraits are heartwarming—a loving and poignant tribute to man’s best friend.

Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca

Oh. My. DOG. We cannot put this book down, it’s gripping and fast-paced and will leave you staying up late to find out what happens to Lucca next. Since we haven’t finished it yet, here is the official synopsis:

The New York Times bestselling author of Soldier Dogs returns with the incredible story of K-9 Marine hero Lucca, and the handlers who fought alongside her through two bloody wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In Top Dog, Maria Goodavage takes readers into the life of Lucca K458, a decorated and highly skilled military working dog. An extraordinary bond develops between Lucca and Marine Corps dog handlers Chris Willingham and Juan Rodriguez, in what would become a legendary 400-mission career. A Specialized Search Dog, Lucca belongs to an elite group trained to work off-leash at long distances from her handler. She served alongside both Special Forces and regular infantry, and became so sought-after that platoons frequently requested her by name.

The book describes in gritty detail Lucca’s adventures on and off the battlefields, including tense, lifesaving explosives finds and firefights, as well as the bravery of fellow handlers and dogs they served with. Ultimately we see how the bond between Lucca and her handlers overcame the endless brutalities of war and the traumas this violence ignites.

Here is a portrait of modern warfare with a heartwarming and inspiring conclusion that will touch dog lovers and the toughest military readers.

67 Reasons Why Cats Are Better Than Dogs

Have we read this book? Well, no! Actually we’d love to but we just found out about it and haven’t put a call in to the publisher for a review copy. But doesn’t it look fun?!

It’s an age-old battle: cat vs. dog. Now, National Geographic and BuzzFeed’s Jack Shepherd team up to settle the dispute once and for all! Documenting cats’ superior abilities in such areas as artistry, athleticism, and intellect, Shepherd provides compelling insight into the fight for pet dominance. Perfectly pairing witty text with hilarious photographs and hard-hitting scientific facts, this brutally honest book culls the best evidence of the supremacy of cats (that the Internet can provide) to establish with definitive proof that individuals of the feline persuasion reign supreme over their canine counterparts.

The Dog Stays in the Picture:
How My Rescued Greyhound Helped Me Cope with My Empty Nest

If you’re expecting a “dog story,” this isn’t it. But, that doesn’t matter once you dive into this sweet tale written from the perspective of a Mom who’s becoming an empty-nester as her kids go off to college . . . yet despite the major life changes, the dog stays in the picture. Get it? OK! It’s definitely worth a read, here’s why:

This is not a book about a dog. I really do prefer my husband—honest. But it’s hard to tell the story of our journey into the empty nest, and leave out one particular animal. Which kind of illustrates the problem.

It is November 2009, and after mourning the loss of Arrow, their beloved Australian shepherd mutt, Susan and David Morse and family are finally ready to adopt a new dog. David’s acting jobs keep him away from home for long stretches of time, the last two teenagers are on their way to college, and this time it’s Susan’s turn to pick the dog. She probably should have thought a little more carefully before falling for a retired racing greyhound.

Enter Lilly, who lands like a disoriented neutron bomb in Susan’s comfortable suburban home after living the first three years of her life in the rugged and ruthless world of the racetrack. Instantly lovable but hopelessly inept at domesticity, Lilly turns out to be more than Susan bargained for, throwing all Susan and David’s plans for their long-anticipated, footloose empty-nest years into complete disarray.

In The Dog Stays in the Picture, Susan Morse tells the hilarious and moving story of how an anxious dog and a high-strung woman find tranquility together.

More Great Books for Animal Lovers

These books deserve more recognition, so be sure to find out why by stopping by our previous Amazon reviews about each one:

Does Your Canine Need Advice? Ask Anna Koontz

Dating Do-Over by Cathy Spencer a Great Read Tripawd Parents Will Love

Learn, Laugh in the Face of Cancer with Dr. Sarah Boston’s Memoir, Lucky Dog

Are We Shortening Our Dogs’ Lives?

Trouper, the Story of a Three-Legged Homeless Dog

So Why Do Dogs Hump?

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