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Dog Books for Everyone in 2019

Everyone loves to read, and dog books are the best. Here’s a sampling of books that have come through the Bay Woof office this year. Happy reading.

Quick Reads

I Want a Dog by Jon Agee (Dial Books for Young Readers, September 2019, $17.99)

This cute picture book for kids follows a little girl
on her trip to the Happydale Animal Shelter in search of a dog to adopt. She meets an anteater, baby baboon, a python, and frog. But will she find the dog of her dreams? Maybe, maybe not.

What I Lick Before Your Face and Other Haikus by Dogs by Jamie Coleman (Atria Books, October 2019, $14.99)

This little book will have poetry and dog lovers howling up a storm. It contains 64 pithy, occasionally snarky haikus and endearing and cute photos that have a little fun with canines and what they might be saying if they were the ones writing haikus. 


Dog Tails: Pawtraits of Bay Area Dogs by Pipi Ray Diamond (Soulful Pet Photography, 2019,

Local photographer Pipi Ray Diamond captures 50 dogs (many with Instagram accounts, natch) in 21 iconic locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, representing 37 dog breeds, from Chis, pugs, and terriers to Aussies, pitties, and boxers and lots in between. Her gorgeous book project raises money for nonprofit PALS, or People, Animals, Love and Support East Bay, 

49 Dogs and One Cat: The Insider’s Guide to San Francisco by Michelle Russ, Hilarious Hound (Hotel Nikko San Francisco, 2019) 

Hilarious Hound photographer extraordinaire Michelle Russ was commissioned by the Hotel Nikko San Francisco to pal around with the hotel’s canine operating officer, Buster, photographing him and some canine pals and one cat throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The oversized coffee table book is a stunning showcase of dogs in their element with a dog’s-eye view of the world. Hotel Nikko is donating 10 percent of the proceeds of the book to the San Francisco SPCA. 


Dog Is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You by Clive D. L. Wynne, Ph.D. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, September 2019, 251 pp., $28)

Canine behaviorist Clive Wynne believes that love forms the basis of the human-canine attachment, tossing out intelligence and submissiveness as the bonding elements for why they do so well in the human world. The book offers lots of evidence from Wynne’s own studies and others’.

Energy Medicine for Animals: The Bioenergetics of Animal Healing by Dianne Budd (Findhorn Press, 2019, 191 pp., $16.99)

Animal communicator and healer Diane Budd describes her work with vibrational medicine and energetic healing with animals. She uses energy fields, auras, and chakras in her healing practice with horses, cats, and dogs and discusses how zoopharmacognosy — essential oils or herbs — aid emotional release and physical healing.

Rescue Dogs: Where They Come From, Why They Act the Way They Do, and How to Love them Well by Pete Paxton with Gene Stone  (Tarcher Perigree, 2019, 246 pp., $26)

You’ll be entranced from the dedication: “For everyone defending those who cannot defend themselves.” Animal investigator Pete Paxton dispels myths about rescue mutts, ever-advancing the truth that they make awesome pals.

Think Like a Dog: How Dogs Teach Us to Be Happy in Life and Successful at Work by Scott MacDonald, Chairman/CEO, and Sadie, Rescue Dog (Prestyge Books, 2019, 193 pp., $20) 

The author, who has turned around troubled companies, uses observations about his rescue dog, Sadie, and her and her kind’s successful thinking to show how humans can succeed if they, too, adopt more canine-like thought patterns and philosophies, including living in the moment and being flexible. 


A Thousand Lifetimes, The Story of a Woman and Her Dog: Both Sides of the Tale by Maria Reich (Best Day Publishing, 2019, 499 pp., $19.99)

This book is all about the power of telepathic communication between animals and humans as the author, Maria Reich, experiences via animal communicator Carol Harrison. An animal wellness consultant, Reich recounts 15 years of intertwining with pet soul mate Celeste, a deaf pit bull.

Denali: A Man, A Dog, and the Friendship or a Lifetime by Ben Moon (Penguin Books, Jan. 14, 2020, 273 pp., $17)

Oregon adventure photographer Ben Moon expands the story of how his loving canine companion, Denali, helped him through a rocky relationship, colorectal cancer, and other trials and tribulations. When the tables turned, Moon was there for his faithful friend, and this book shares their amazing relationship.

The Dog Log, An Accidental Memoir of Yapping Yorkies, Quarreling Neighbors, and the Unlikely Friendships That Saved My Life by Richard Lucas (Chicago Review Press, 2019, 210 pp., $16.99)

It sounds pretty improbable, but a neighbor’s barking Yorkies save the author, also a comedian, from a horrible phase in his life. His book is organized like a police log full of complaints about one barking Sophie until her owner is rushed to the hospital and the author must care for his nemesis and her pal. The log becomes his vehicle for self-reflection and transformation.  

Where the Lost Dogs Go: A Story of Love, Search, and the Power of the Reunion by Susannah Charleson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019, 300 pp., $27)

The author uses her shelter dog rescue, Ace, as a jumping off point for diving into the world of lost and reunited pets in a heartwarming tale. She takes readers along in her searches for missing pets, finding a part of herself along the way.

Main article photo by: Paul Haggard