The weather outside is crisp and cool, you've got a hot beverage ready for sipping, and you’re cozied up to your favourite pet. The only thing missing is a great book! If you’re looking for a sample of the best reads for pet lovers, you’ve come to the right place. Here are our picks for the best cold weather pet reads.
By Tom Ryan
One man, one miniature schnauzer, and forty-eight high peaks. This is the incredible story of Tom Ryan, and his loyal dog, Atticus M. Finch. Follow along as Tom recounts the winter that he and Atticus scaled the forty-eight high peaks of New Hampshire’s White Mountains twice (that’s right, twice). The pair set out on this unforgettable adventure to raise money for charity. Following Atticus is the quintessential wintertime pet read!
Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love
By Larry Levin
This is the story of a family with a truly remarkable dog. Before being adopted by Larry Levin’s family, Oogy was used as bait for fighting dogs. Rescued by police, he was taken to a local veterinarian. There, he found Larry Levin and his family. Despite suffering unthinkable animal abuse and having a disfigured face as a result, Oogy is an unconditionally loving companion to Larry and his twin sons. The book details Larry’s relationship with Oogy and the way this persevering pup helped heal his human’s emotional wounds.
The Call of the Wild
By Jack London
If adventure is what you crave, this one’s a classic! Published in 1903, this is the tale of a dog named Buck. Stolen from his home and forced to be a sled dog in Alaska, Buck must learn to adapt to his new surroundings in order to survive. If you’ve ever wanted to get inside the mind of a dog, this is a fascinating read. The whole story is written from Buck’s perspective! Keep in mind that this book does contain depictions of animal abuse that may upset some readers.
A Dog’s Purpose
By W. Bruce Cameron
You might recognize this title because it was recently adapted into a 2017 movie. The tagline for this book is, “Every dog happens for a reason.” Everyone is born with a purpose, including the canine hero of this book! A Dog’s Purpose is the journey of one dog who lives four lives as a result of reincarnation. In each of his lives, he searches for his purpose while making friendships with the humans he meets along the way. If you’re looking for a heart-warming read to keep you cozy on a cold winter’s night, then this is the book for you! If you enjoy this book, we have good news for you! Cameron wrote a sequel, A Dog’s Journey, as well as another book for the series called The Dogs of Christmas. Plus, you can watch the movie once you’re done reading too. Looks like your winter reading plans are set!
We hope we’ve given you a couple ideas for your winter reading list! These pet-centric books would also make great gifts for the pet passionate book lovers on your holiday shopping list. On that note, why not gather your fellow pet parents for a pet-themed book club? Cats and dogs are welcome to attend, of course. After all, pets make the snuggliest reading buddies! Happy reading!