We’re avowed book lovers here at Karma Group – many of us have our own canine companions and many of our properties count doggos among their most important guests! Indeed Karma St. Martin’s has won awards for its dog-friendly credentials. With that, here’s a list of some of the best reads from Karma Literary Luminary, Ultimate Library, that focus on our four legged friends… oh, and don’t forget to tag your dog pics on Instagram as part of last week’s pet quiz!
1. A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
Heart-warming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog’s Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog’s any lives, but also a dog’s-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man’s best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.
2. The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog. Isolated from the rest of the world, increasingly obsessed with the dog’s care, determined to read its mind and fathom its heart, she comes dangerously close to unravelling. But while troubles abound, rich and surprising rewards
lie in store for both of them.
3. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm. For generations, the Sawtelles have raised and trained a breed of dog whose remarkable gift for companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar’s lifelong friend and ally. Edgar seems poised to carry on his family’s traditions, but when catastrophe strikes, he finds his home engulfed in turmoil.
4. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Set in the Yukon during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush—a period in which strong sled dogs were in high demand – the novel’s central character is a dog named Buck, a domesticated dog living at a ranch in the Santa Clara Valley of California. Stolen from his home and sold into service as sled dog in Alaska, he reverts to a wild state. Eventually he sheds the veneer of civilization, relying on primordial instincts and learned experience to emerge as a leader in the wild.
5. Max the Miracle Dog by Kerry Irving
In 2006, a traumatic car accident changed Kerry Irving’s life forever. Suffering from severe neck and back injuries, Kerry was nemployed and housebound. In the face of unbearable pain and overwhelming panic, he persevered and along the way, met an adorable yard dog named Max. As the Spaniel peered up through the railings, Kerry found comfort and encouragement in his soulful brown eyes. This chance encounter marked a turning point in both their lives.