Booking Through Thursday: Dogs & Pets

Booking Through Thursday: Dogs & Pets

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading. Here is this week’s question:

So how do you feel about books about dogs or pets? Fluffy stories of fluffy family members? Solid books on training them or taking care of them? Touching reminiscences of trouble and the way a person’s dog (or pet) has helped get them through? Any favourite books to recommend?

I don’t mind books with pets as they allow the author to showcase a different side of their characters. How often have we seen the emotionally constipated hero that is loved by his dog? We know then that he must have some redeeming features and cut him a little more slack. If you are into contemporary romances with animals then you might like Jill Shalvis’ Animal Magnetism series which features vets.

Stories with cats solving mysteries are a bit too cutesy for me but give me a pet in an urban fantasy series that works with their owner and I’m happy. The Irish wolfhound Oberon immediately comes to mind from Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles series. The dog keeps Atticus grounded and injects some much needed humour. I actually did a gnash-up between Oberon and Pirate (from Angie Fox’s demon hunting series) a month ago which is here. I’d rather link you to it instead of repeating myself.

One other animal that I adore is Pepe from Heather Blake’s Wishcrafting series but he’s a special case as he was originally a human who was turned into a familiar. Pepe is quick-witted and quick with a needle. He is the best mouse-tailor in the village if not the world. If we continue the human into animal thread then I wouldn’t mind snuggling up with a werewolf from Molly Harper’s Naked Werewolf series.

As I’m writing this, I have one kitten (the well-behaved one) curled up on my lap while my naughty one is careering around causing destruction and chaos. They may steal my socks, chew up important papers and leave their toys on my pillow but I adore them. Life is just better with a cat or a pet of some sort. Don’t you think?

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11 responses to “Booking Through Thursday: Dogs & Pets

    • What worries me though is what my two cats reveal about me. Am I a sweet, little thing that just wants to be loved or am I more of a petulant little creature (editing my language) who festoons the house with garbage bags when I can’t get my own way?

  1. Liz

    The only pet book I’ve liked is The Cat Who Came for Christmas. Its a humorius but touching story about a man learning learning about his new master, his cat. I think its based on a true story but I can’t remember because its been a long time since I read it.

    • I just looked it up and it is based on real life. The cat, Polar Bear, was even invited to be a ship’s cat on board Greenpeace’s “Sea Shepherd”.

  2. I give children’s books far more leeway in the cutesy territory. Have you seen “Edwina the Emu” by Sheena Knowles? Edwina and her mate Edward have a clutch of eggs and Edward stays looks after the eggs so she can go and get a job. She tries all sorts of things such as being a ballet dancer and a chimney sweep before deciding that she wants to share the load with Edward.

  3. “Life is just better with a cat or a pet of some sort. Don’t you think?”
    I absolutely agree with you. Mine are of the feathered variety (two cockatiels) and while they are messy and sometimes loud I love them to bits.

    I completely forgot to mention my favourite novel with a pet in when I posted my response to this meme: Anyone But you by Jennifer Crusie. Most of her novels feature ugly-but-adorable pets, but Fred the dog in that particular book is the best of the lot, so good that he practically owns the story.

    • I read a romance a few months ago – can’t remember the name atm but it will come to me – where the heroine rescued dogs that would have otherwise been put down. One was missing a couple of legs. I really warmed up to her.

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