Books for pet lovers

dog lying on couch next to pet owner reading

Spring is the perfect time to get outside with your pet and a good book! Plus, there’s an animal and pet genre that’s perfect for the Pets Plus Us community. We picked our favorite books from the genre to share with other pet parents and pet lovers.

Here are our top 3 recommendations:


1. The Art of Racing in the Rain
By Garth Stein

In this book, we are introduced to Enzo, a dog-philosopher who spends his time listening to his race-car driver, Denny Swift, and the television. It is through these observations that Enzo gleans insight about human life. As Enzo faces his final hours, he reflects on all that he has learned. The result is a heart-wrenching, yet funny and uplifting read about a dog’s perspective on the human condition.

2. Hero
By Jennifer Li Shotz

Hero is a retired search-and-rescue dog who now spends his days with his 12-year-old human, Ben. When Hero and Ben discover an injured young, stray pup named Scout, they are led down an unexpected, dangerous path. When Scout goes missing, Hero must revisit his past skills to track down Scout and bring him home safely. This book speaks to the true bond between a boy and his best canine friend.

3. Homer’s Odyssey
By Gwen Cooper

Gwen is in a low-paid job and suffering from a recent break-up when she adopts Homer: a 3-week-old, eye-less kitten who has been abandoned. Little does Gwen know that Homer – expected to be a life-long underachiever – will survive being trapped alone for days, and go on to save Gwen’s life. As the book comes to a close, we learn that Homer has taught Gwen a thing or two about love as well.

Whether it makes its way into your book club, or you curl up with it on a quiet afternoon, we hope you enjoy these reads.

Let us know if you have any other recommendations!

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Happy reading!