An Autumn Reading List for Pet Lovers

Transition into cooler temperatures with these hot books

By Patrick Cullen

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Something about this time of year just makes us want to curl up on the sofa with a good book, cup of tea, and a fire in the fireplace (or on the TV). Even better, cozy up on the sofa with a warm dog snoozing beside you. Better still, drink the tea, have the fire, cuddle the dog, but be reading about dogs while you do it. If you’ve made it to onto our site, you have to admit that pets are one of your favorite subjects, so you might as well indulge your love and pick up one or two of our most favorite books this season!

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Wet Dog by Sophie Gamand

When you’re young, there are certain things you’re supposed to hate and make incredibly difficult for your parents to persuade you to do. There’s eating your vegetables, going to bed, and, for most kids, taking a bath. It’s such a chore and do you really need to be clean? (Well the answer is yes and in retrospect, I’m infinitely grateful that I wasn’t allowed to become the Pigpen of my preschool class despite my disdain for getting clean). It turns out that this isn’t exclusively human. Most dogs outright abhor bathing. In her first book, Sophie Gamand assembles 120 photographs of dogs freshly removed from bath time and as you’d expect, it’s 120 pictures of dogs that are looking pissed off, bummed out, betrayed, or a combination thereof. Take pleasure in the misery of these dogs that will never understand that we’re only making them do it out of love.

How to Behave at a Dog Show by Madelyn Rosenberghow to behave

How to Behave at a Dog Show is a wonderfully silly book for preschool and elementary-aged children. The tale follows the adorable, trouble-making Rexie, as she’s entered into a dog show by her owners despite glaring ineptitudes. Children will love imagining themselves and their disobedient pets in Rexie’s situation while the book subtly conveys themes of sportsmanship and the winner that exists in every child.

The Mountain Top School for Dogs by Ellen Cooney

Football season is upon us. On Sundays, you can find so many men with a watery (“light”), rapidly warming and flattening beer in their hand with their favorite player’s jersey on and their eyes permanently fixed on the TV, breaking only to check their fantasy scores on their phone or to find the hidden-gem, loaded nacho on the plate. While there are certainly exceptions, there are a lot of women who have trouble understanding why men want to watch other, buffer men run around with an oddly shaped ball and touch each other up and down the field. If you identify with these (probably more enlightened) ladies, we have the book for you! The Mountaintop School for Dogs, as author Susan Richards describes it, is the story of “a young woman who knows she’s lost and an older one who doesn’t think she is” and the dogs they find to round out the cast of their mountaintop retreat. An endearing novel with an inspirational message, Ellen Cooney encourages readers to leave the past behind and live in the “right now.”

Dogtripping by David Rosenfelt

We understand the love for dogs that brings readers to Get Leashed, but author David Rosenfelt and his wife take their love for dogs to another, borderline-insane level. The numbers on the book’s cover give a hint to the madness that lies within: 25 rescues, 11 volunteers, and 3 RVs. The band of canines and crusaders alike travel from Southern California to Maine, bringing along their home-based dog rescue and all of its tenants. Handling one dog in a vehicle can be demanding enough, so caring for 25 dogs while periodically traversing a span of thousands of miles compels you to think there may be a little bit of craziness there. Rosenfelt must be seeking solidarity, then, as he writes 260+ pages of content that can somehow be described as simultaneously “laugh out loud funny” and “genuinely sad.” You probably want to buckle in — assuming your camper came with seatbelts and there’s room around all the dogs.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Finally, to round out the list, we’ll recommend a classic for you to either discover for the first time or revisit after years of separation. The Phantom Tollbooth, published in 1961, is a timeless fairy tale. Although it was written for younger people, I can attest to its mass appeal. The book follows Milo and his “watchdog,” Tock. With plenty of play on the many concepts of writing (there is a city called Dictionopolis and a character named the Count of Connotation) there is cleverness throughout. For most of you, this will be an easy read but entertaining nonetheless and perfect for filling any bouts of boredom during this autumn season.

Marnie the Dog by Shirley Braha

Dog lovers are no stranger to Marnie the Dog. Featured her as a social pet in Get Leashed just last year when she was blowing up the Internet with her “I’m a (bred, taco, flower, etc) memes. Since then her popularity has only continued to skyrocket! It’s hard not to love the bug-eyed, well-groomed fluff ball whose tongue is always hanging out, somehow adorably. From her humbe Instagram page boasting over 1million followers, Marnie has recently changed mediums to show off the endless photos of her cute self. As a special feature of our fall book list, we bring you “Marnie the Dog: I’m a Book.” For anyone looking for a simple, funny print version of the sensation’s Instagram page, a collection of one-liners and photos to immortalize the loveable pup, $12 is a small price to pay for what would be a nice addition to any coffee table collection. Check it out today!