It has been a hectic holiday season, but I just couldn’t let Christmas pass by without sharing these charming holiday books for dog lovers in your family. I apologize for releasing this list so late, but if you’re reading this story for ideas about your own last minute holiday shopping; I have a feeling you’ll be able to sympathize.
In any case, I love books and I didn’t want to wait until next Christmas to share these gems.
This story was updated December 2018.
Even if you finished gift shopping months ago, I think you’ll enjoy my last minute holiday books for dog lovers.
Dogs and Their People: Photos and Stories of Life with a Four-Legged Love by BarkPost™
This is a new book, but it is already a New York Times bestseller. It is the first book from the humans who make BarkBox, the monthly box of goodies that is mailed to your dog.
Dogs and Their People is filled with heartwarming stories, fun photos and remarkable insights about some pretty amazing dogs. Several of the pups are celebrities while others are dogs that have an extraordinary story to tell. I liked reading how BarkBox got started and learning about the people behind the successful company. If you’re a fan of BarkBox you’ll thoroughly enjoy this book. You’ll find this book on Amazon.
Honey, Have You Squeezed the Dachshund? by Kristin Leydig Bryant and Dr. Adam Christman DVM
I have written about this book before because of its importance for dogs diagnosed with IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease), but I also think it makes a great gift for any dog lover.
The book is designed to help pet parents make informed decisions for a dog with IVDD. It uses humor, easy to understand language and lots of flow charts to guide pet owners.
Dr. Adam Christman is a veterinarian and self-proclaimed “dachsy-holic” who adopted a paralyzed two year-old dachshund named Cosmo. He and co-author Kristin Leydig Bryant decided to share their knowledge of working with IVDD dogs because they understood that hearing your dog might never walk again is terrifying news to pet owners. If you think Honey, Have You Squeezed the Dachshund is too sad to read at the holidays, you will be happily surprised at the playful nature of this book. You can check it out on Amazon.
A Dog’s Way Home: A Novel by W. Bruce Cameron
This best selling novel from the author of A Dog’s Purpose will soon be a feature movie from Sony Pictures. It’s the remarkable story about the unbreakable bond between dogs and the people they love. A Dog’s Way Home shares the journey of a devoted dog after she is separated from her owner. The book is available for quick shipment as a hardcover, paperback or in a Kindle version.
Miracle Dogs: Adventures On Wheels by Sandy Johnson
If you’ve ever wondered what you would do if your pet became paralyzed, Miracle Dogs Adventures On Wheels will give you plenty of insight. The book is a collection of true stories from real pet parents who gave their dogs and even a goat a second chance after they faced a catastrophic injury or illness that left them partially paralyzed.
Pet parents from around the world share their personal experiences and cultural views of dogs in their country. You’ll meet dogs like WangWang who lived on the streets of China and a Basset Hound named Puddy from Missouri who suffered a ruptured disc. My favorite story was about a disabled goat named Thelma Louise who became a surrogate mother to a baby goat. Miracle Dogs is available at Handicapped Pets.
I had the pleasure of working with the Chicken Soup for the Soul company this year as my Beagle Olivia went on a healthy journey with their dog food. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience getting to know this family-owned company. This book is the latest in their long series of heartwarming tales. It shares 101 stories about happy, heroic and hilarious pets. The book is endorsed by the American Humane Association. It’s available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon.
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
A dear friend and avid reader gave this book to me several years ago. It has since become one of my all-time favorite books. All Creatures Great and Small is a classic story that is funny and heartwarming. It’s an eye-opening memoir, based on the author’s experience, about his first years as a veterinarian in England. When the book first published it became an international success and later it inspired a BBC television series. Amazon carries this book in Kindle, hardcover, paperback and in audio.
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Here’s one for the kids in your family.
Frankie the Walk ‘n Roll Dog by Barbara Techel
This is the first in a series of award-winning books for children from author Barbara Techel. It’s the true, inspirational story about the author’s dachshund whose life started out like any other dog, until a spinal injury left her paralyzed. Frankie learns how to walk in a wheelchair and learns to keep on rolling. Her zest for life leads to a wonderful new beginning.
Frankie the Walk ‘n Roll Dog series has won lots of awards: National Best Book from USA Book News for children’s soft cover picture book, Merial Human-Animal Bond Award from Dog Writer’s Associaiton of America, and Editor’s Choice from AllBooks Review. The book is available for quick shipping on Amazon.
Best wishes to everyone for a Merry Christmas and healthy New Year! I appreciate the support readers have given to Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog during the year. You’ve helped this little blog grow to serve tens of thousands of pet parents with paraplegic animals every month.