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7 Best New Dog Books to Read in 2020

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Whether you’re looking for a heartwarming true story of loyalty and companionship or a simply-can’t-put-it-down novel that’ll inspire you to hold your four-legged best friends a little closer, you’ll find it in this list of 7 new dog books to read in 2020.

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No Ordinary Dog

No Ordinary Dog

No Ordinary Dog is the powerful true story of a SEAL Team Operator and military dog handler, and the dog that saved his life. Two dozen Navy SEALs descended on Osama bin Laden’s compound in May 2011. After the mission, only one name was made public: Cairo, a Belgian Malinois and military working dog. This is Cairo’s story, and that of his handler, Will Chesney, a SEAL Team Operator whose life would be irrevocably tied to Cairo’s.

Good Boy: My Life In Seven Dogs

Good Boy

Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs, a memoir of the transformative power of loving dogs. Good Boy is a universal account of a remarkable story: showing how a young boy became a middle-aged woman accompanied at seven crucial moments of growth and transformation by seven memorable dogs. “Everything I know about love,” she writes, “I learned from dogs.” Their love enables us to pull off what seem like impossible feats: to find our way home when we are lost, to live our lives with humor and courage, and above all, to best become our true selves.

The Miraculous Life of Maggie the Wunderdog

Maggie The Wunderdog

Beaten, tortured and shot 17 times, Maggie the little street dog should have given up on the world.

But the world didn’t give up on her. With the help of her human friends, Maggie begins her long road to recovery and starts to spread joy everywhere she goes. The Miraculous Life of Maggie the Wunderdog: The true story of a little street dog who learned to love again is the inspirational true story of a little dog who learned to be loved just as she is.

Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy


Whether you are training a new puppy, considering adopting a dog, researching dog breeds, or simply curious about your own dog’s happiness and behavior, Wag has all the answers,— and then some. Respected dog trainer and social psychologist, Zazie Todd, demystifies the inner life of canines and shares recommendations from leading veterinarians, researchers, and trainers to help you cultivate a rewarding and respectful relationship with your dog which offers many benefits for you, your family, and your four-legged friend.

Our Dogs, Ourselves: The Story of a Singular Bond

Our Dogs Ourselves

We keep dogs and are kept by them. We love dogs and (we assume) we are loved by them. We buy them sweaters, toys, shoes; we are concerned with their social lives, their food, and their health. The story of humans and dogs is thousands of years old but is far from understood. In Our Dogs, Ourselves, Alexandra Horowitz explores all aspects of this unique and complex interspecies pairing.

In thirteen thoughtful and charming chapters, Our Dogs, Ourselves affirms our profound affection for this most charismatic of animals, and opens our eyes to the companions at our sides as never before.

Dog Is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You

Dog Is Love

Every dog lover knows the feeling. The nuzzle of a dog’s nose, the warmth of them lying at our feet, even their whining when they want to get up on the bed. It really seems like our dogs love us, too. But for years, scientists have resisted that conclusion, warning against anthropomorphizing our pets. Enter Clive Wynne, a pioneering canine behaviorist whose research is helping to usher in a new era: one in which love, not intelligence or submissiveness, is at the heart of the human-canine relationship. Wynne shows that affection is the very essence of dogs, from their faces and tails to their brains, hormones, even DNA. A humane, illuminating book, Dog Is Love is essential reading for anyone who has ever loved a dog, and experienced the wonder of being loved back.

The Spiritual Adventures of Russell the Dog: A Blend of Truth, Fiction and Inspiration From the Other Side


You are about to embark on an expansive journey of the soul. From the first page of this extraordinary story, an exciting adventure unfolds. Russell is no ordinary dog. By choice, he has come into this life with a unique dual purpose—to experience his present life as a dog and to review his previous life as a man named Pete.

From a dog’s point of view and that of a soul who has had many previous human lifetimes, he is taught about reincarnation, karma, grace, unlimited thinking, and forgiveness.

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