My friend's beloved dog passed away this week. Patches lived a full life. He was a shelter dog who took everyone he met by storm. This includes his girlfriend's owner (yes, every now and then he would somehow climb a six foot high fence and wander to his girlfriend's home for a visit). How do you get upset with a dog who fetches anything you throw and keeps your child from running into the street to get a ball when a car is coming. Patches was a beloved family pet and a hero.
This booklist is in honor of great pets everywhere.
Last Dog On the Hill by Steve Duno
This is the moving story of the author's adopted rottweiler mix, a free-thinking heroic dog, who positively influenced everyone he met. Lou is an amazing dog who won the respect of gang members, foiled an armed robbery, captured a rapist and comforted Alzheimer patients.
A Dog Named Boo by Lisa J. Edwards
She thought she was rescuing a puppy; turns out he was rescuing her. An amazing story of how the dunce of obedience school, who has a clumsy gait and is nearly blind, became the best therapy dog around.
A Street Cat Named Bob and How He Saved My Life by James Bowen
This Never-to-be-forgotten story of friendship has charmed people across the globe. James is a street performer who found an injured cat. Nursed the cat to health and tried to send the cat on his way only to be showered by Bob's love and affection which changed James' life for good.
Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper
The story of a blind kitten who steals the heart of everyone he meets and how he changed his owner into the woman she was destined to become.
Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of An Owl and His Girl by Stacey O'Brien
This is a thoroughly engaging, often funny and always heartwarming story about an owl that is capable of reason, play and above all love and loyalty.
Making Rounds with Oscar by David Dosa
This unlikely hero wanders throughout the local nursing home bringing comfort to those who are about to die and their family. It is heartwarming, funny and simply a beautiful story about an amazing cat who allows everyone to embrace the last moments of their loved ones lives.
Saving Cinnamon by Christine Sullivan
Navy reservist Mark Feffer's tour of duty in Afghanistan is brightened by Cinnamon, a stray dog who becomes the base mascot. When Mark trusts Cinnamon's care to a professional handler and she is lost. Mark does everything he can to bring her home.
Sophie The Incredible True Adventures of the Castaway Dog by Emma Pearse
This is a tender, heartwarming story of a family's beloved pet, Sophie that is lost at sea; swims six miles through shark infested water; and survives alone on an isolated island for five months, until she is once again reunited with her family.