Reading Riot: Favorite Books About Man’s Best Friend

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Who doesn’t love a good dog story? In keeping with our Community Read of the book Thunder Dog, we’ve put together a list of favorite stories about our canine companions. Fittingly, National K-9 Veteran’s Day is celebrated this week reminding us to honor those dogs that have served us in so many ways.  “Dogs serve as protectors of life and liberty, dogs serve on the farm, as service dogs, as military dogs, and above all, dogs serve as man’s best friend,” according to the editors of The Dog Place. So snuggle up with your favorite four-legged friend and enjoy a good read.

Reading Recommendations

Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam – A young soldier in Vietnam bonds with his bomb-sniffing dog.German Shepard on book cover

Call of the Wild – The adventures of an unusual dog that is forcibly taken to the Klondike gold fields where he eventually becomes the leader of a wolf pack.

A Dog’s Purpose – The remarkable story of one dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives.

Old Yeller – In rugged frontier Texas, 14-year-old Travis takes over his family’s farm and makes a painful, important decision.

Whippoorwill – Two teens work together to save Wally, a loveable but mistreated dog kept chained in a junk-filled yard.

My Life in Dog Years – Gary Paulsen describes some of the dogs that have had special places in his life.

Navy SEAL Dogs – An insider’s tour of the world of elite Trident K9 Warriors working dogs including the extreme missions they undertake.

Careers with Canines

Book Cover of Thunder Dog with Guide Dog RoselleWere you inspired by Thunder Dog and thinking about a career working with animals? Service dogs like Roselle need strong training and regular care in order to perform their work. Representatives from a variety of animal-related careers will discuss education, work requirements, joys and even hardships of a career with animals.

Call 540-422-8500 to register.

Monday, April 2, 6:30-8 p.m. Marshall
Tuesday, April 3, 4-5:30 p.m. Bealeton
Monday, April 9, 6:30-8 p.m. Warrenton

∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library

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