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Best in Show: books to get you in the mood for the Westminster Dog Show

Calling all dog lovers! The Westminster Dog Show is Coming!

Begins Monday, February 11 and ends at 11:00 PM on Tuesday, February 12

How many of you plan to watch the Westminster Dog Show this year?  Get ready for the big day by reading one of these recommended books. Included are books to help you brush up on your doggie knowledge as well as some specially picked to get you in the mood for this exciting competition.


Adult Fiction

bookcoverThe art of racing in the rain: A Novel / Stein, Garth 

Enzo, the dog of professional race car driver Denny Swift, recalls the memories of his life and shares his insight into the human condition that he learned from observing his owner. F STEIN



bookcover20A dog’s purpose: Dog’s Purpose Series, Book 1 / W. Bruce Cameron

Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog’s Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog’s many 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. Available Online 

bookcoverCJ98VZD1.pngThe searchNora Roberts

Fiona, a dog trainer who performs canine search-and-rescue missions, is devastated after her fianc ̌is murdered, but her emotions are rekindled when Simon, a newcomer to town, brings his puppy Jaws to her for obedience training. F ROBERTS


bookcoverRV0AG05Z.pngSuspect / Crais, Robert

Struggling to reclaim his career after the devastating murder of his partner eight months earlier, LAPD cop Max Kent is teamed with a traumatized military canine named Maggie who assists Max in an effort to track down his late partner’s killer. F CRAIS


bookcover.pngMust love dogs: a novel / Cook, Claire, 1955-

Forty-year-old Sarah Hurlihy, a divorced preschool teacher whose life is her classroom, is about to meet her first date in more than a decade. It was the “Loves Dogs” that hooked her in the personal ad, and now she is scanning her neighborhood café for the man with a yellow rose. And find him she does, but he’s the last person on earth she expects to find there . . . In Must Love Dogs, hilarious missteps abound. Sarah’s widowed father, Billy Hurlihy, with six adult kids, is seeing at least two women. And he and Sarah aren’t the only Hurlihys with romantic challenges. Her brother Michael, for one, has a rocky marriage that Mother Teresa, his St. Bernard, just may put over the edge. F COOK

bookcover03GW86F1.pngBreaking creed / Kava, Alex.

“Ryder Creed and his dogs have been making national headlines. They’ve intercepted several major drug stashes being smuggled through Atlanta’s airport. But their newfound celebrity has also garnered some unwanted attention. When Creed and one of his dogs are called in to search a commercial fishing vessel, they discover a secret compartment. But the Colombian cartels’ latest shipment isn’t drugs. F KAVA

bookcoverQ435T5YW.pngDog tags / Rosenfelt, David.

Dog-loving lawyer Andy Carpenter plunges into a high profile murder case in which a rogue German shepherd police dog may be the only hope for its owner, an Iraq war vet and former-cop-turned-thief accused of murder. F ROSENFELT


bookcoverVPWZRF30.pngThe dogs of Babel: A Novel / Carolyn Parkhurst

A poignant and beautiful debut novel explores a man’s quest to unravel the mystery of his wife’s death with the help of the only witness–their Rhodesian ridgeback, Lorelei.



bookcoverTEE1T3LR.pngThe New Yorkers: [a novel] / Schine, Cathleen.

A sweet and funny comedy of manners complete with dogs. As anyone who has walked a dog in any city knows, dogs bring people together who would otherwise never meet. On one humble, rent-controlled block of Upper East Side Manhattan, neighbors become neighborly because of their dogs, and the canines are cupids for their sometimes lonely, often eccentric, and hopelessly romantic humans….F SCHINE

bookcoverX3SR4A35.pngThe dog who saved me: a novel / Wilson, Susan, 1951-

“In Susan Wilson’s The Dog Who Saved Me, a former Boston K-9 unit policeman turned animal control officer in bucolic Harmony Farms is up against rescuing a gun shy and wounded dog gone feral, and proving that his low-life older brother is back in the drug business. Fighting his shattering grief at the death of his K-9 partner killed in the line of duty, and a staggering loss of confidence from physical and psychic wounds of his own, Cooper Harrison…F WILSON

bookcoverHXF6Y15A.pngA nose for justice: a novel / Brown, Rita Mae.

On Jeep Reed’s Wings Ranch near Reno, Jeep, her great-niece, former Wall Street banker Magdalene “Mags” Rogers, and their two dogs King and Baxter investigate a pump company employee’s disappearance, along with an environmentalist’s shooting “suicide” and the identity of a really cold corpse. F BROWN


white fang.pngThe call of the wild and White Fang: and, White Fang / London, Jack.

Two classic tales of dogs, one part wolf and one a Saint Bernard/Scotch shepherd mix that becomes leader of a wolf pack, as they have adventures in the Yukon wilderness with both humans and other animals. F LONDON


7.pngThe dogs of Christmas / Cameron, W. Bruce.

While nursing a broken heart, Josh Michaels is outraged when a neighbor abandons his very pregnant dog, Lucy, at Josh’s Colorado home. But Josh can’t resist Lucy’s soulful brown eyes, and though he’s never had a dog before, he’s determined to do the best he can for Lucy–and her soon-to-arrive, bound-to-be-adorable puppies. Soon in over his head, Josh calls the local animal shelter for help, and meets Kerri, a beautiful woman with a quick wit and a fierce love for animals. F CAMERON

Adult Nonfiction

8.pngMerle’s door: lessons from a freethinking dog / Kerasote, Ted.

While on a camping trip, Ted Kerasote met a dog–a Labrador mix–who was living on his own in the wild. They became attached to each other, and Kerasote decided to name the dog Merle and bring him home. There, he realized that Merle’s native intelligence would be diminished by living exclusively in the human world. He put a dog door in his house so Merle could live both outside and in. 636.7092 KER

bookcover (1)Be the pack leader: use Cesar’s way to transform your dog … and your life / Millan, Cesar.

Dog Whisperer Millan takes his principles of dog psychology a step further, showing you how to develop the calm-assertive energy of a successful pack leader and use it to improve your dog’s life–and your own. Filled with practical tips and techniques as well as real-life success stories from his clients (including the owners of Marley from Marley & Me) and his popular television show, Cesar helps you understand and read your dog’s energy as well…636.70887 MIL B

bookcover (2).pngThe everything dog book: choosing, caring for, and living with your new best friend; so complete you’ll think a dog wrote it! / DeVito, Carlo.

Discusses breeds, selecting and buying a dog, basic care and grooming, training, shows, health and first aid, and older dogs. 636.7088 DEV


bookcover (3).pngDogs: the ultimate dictionary of over 1,000 dog breeds / Morris, Desmond.

“Renowned animal behaviorist Desmond Morris has created an impressive guide to the history and variety of man’s best friend. The entries are accompanied by over 500 line drawings, which express the character of the dogs represented in a way that photographs often fail to capture. Divided into four major categories — Sporting Dogs, Livestock Dogs, Service Dogs, and Other Dogs — each division is arranged by the specific purpose for which they were…636.7103 MOR

bookcover (4)The everything small dogs book: choose the perfect dog to fit your living space / Salzberg, Kathy.

If you live in a compact apartment or don’t have much of a yard, a small dog may be just right for you. Weighing in at under 25 pounds and no taller than 16 inches at the shoulders, these smaller breeds are often better suited to today’s living spaces. In fact, according to the AKC, more people than ever are buying small dogs for these very reasons. 636.7 SAL

bookcover (5).pngRin Tin Tin: the life and the legendOrlean, Susan.

Rin-Tin-Tin was discovered on a WWI battlefield in 1918. The adorable German shepherd went on to star in several movies throughout the 1920s and 30s. Eventually, his legacy was cemented in a popular 1950s television program. 636.7376 ORL


bookcover (6)James Herriot’s dog stories / Herriot, James.

James Herriot is one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. The warm and joyful memoirs of his life as a country vet in Yorkshire have endeared him to countless readers around the world, and many of his most memorable tales featured man’s best friend. Here are the complete dog stories from his much-beloved memoirs: a handsome collection of tales, available for the first time in trade paperback, that will warm the hearts of dog lovers around the world. Featuring a special introduction by the author and his own accompanying notes to each specially illustrated story, this tribute from man to dog is a volume no Herriot fan will want to be without. 636.7 HER

bookcover (7)Adoptable dog: teaching your adopted pet to obey, trust, and love you / Ross, John.

Unbelievably, there has never been a comprehensive training-and-retraining guide written for the adopted or “pre-owned” dog. Manuals abound for the puppy, even for the needs of the adult or mature dog, but Adopting a Dog has established itself as the standard work for this exploding population. John Ross and Barbara McKinney provide a comprehensive guide to every kind of adoptable dog–the older puppy, the overactive or unhousebroken adult dog, the shelter pooch, and even the mature canine in need of one last, loving home. The authors provide reliable advice on: * determining which adoptable dog is right for which home * finding and using reputable breed associations, rescue organizations, and pounds * retraining approaches to cure obsessive barking, separation anxiety, housebreaking problems, and fear biting * overcoming the scars of previous abuse. Adopting a Dog is sure to be a standard reference work for any dog owner’s home. 636.7083 ROS

bookcover (8)The loved dog: the playful, nonaggressive way to teach your dog good behavior / Geller, Tamar.

A Hollywood dog trainer explains how to use nonviolent, wolf-inspired methods in order to bond with and train canine companions, in a guide that reveals how to employ play-based techniques that elicit desirable dog behaviors. 636.7088 GEL


bookcover (9)Paws & effect: the healing power of dogs / Sakson, Sharon R.

A collection of stories that explore how the bond between dog and human works healing miracles in human lives – telling remarkable tales of how people have got through terrible physical and psychological illnesses with the help of their faithful companions. 636.7 SAK


bookcover (10)How to look after your dog: an expert practical guide to dog care, grooming, feeding and first aid, with more than 300 step-by-step photographsLarkin, Peter,

The dog has been man¿s best friend at work and at play for thousands of years. How to Look After Your Dog is the complete guide to understanding and caring for your pet. The book opens with advice on buying a dog, and covers in detail every topic that the responsible owner needs to consider. There is invaluable information on all aspects of dog care, including advice on types of bedding and essential equipment, safety issues, feeding and grooming. 636.7 LAR

bookcover (11)Show dog: the charmed life and trying times of a near-perfect purebred / Dean, Josh, 1979-

Journalist Josh Dean tells the story of a loveable Australian Shepherd, Jack, on his novice tour through the exciting world of professional dog showing, following Jack from his first competitions in local school gymnasiums all the way to the great granddaddy of them all, the Westminster Dog Show. A veteran journalist, Dean shines a warm, steady light on the trials that Jack and his plucky, dedicated owners come to face, and uses their story to explore the larger histories of dog shows themselves; the fascinating and sometimes bizarre history of purebred dogs; and our complex, heartfelt relationships to the pets we grow to love. For dog lovers, readers of Marley & Me, Merle’s Door, and Oogy, and fans of Best in Show, Dean’s Show Dog is an irresistible instant classic. 636.7088 DEA

bookcover (12)You had me at woof: how dogs taught me the secrets of happiness / Klam, Julie.

Julie Klam was thirty, single, and working as a part-time clerk in an insurance company, wondering if she would ever meet the man she could spend the rest of her life with. And then it happened. She met the irresistible Otto, her first in a long line of Boston terriers, and fell instantly in love.You Had Me at Woof is the often hilarious and always sincere story of how one woman discovered life’s most important lessons from her relationships with dogs. 615.85158 KLA

bookcover (13)The dog who could fly: the incredible true story of a WWII airman and the four-legged hero who flew at his side / Lewis, Damien

An instant hit in the UK, this is the true account of a German shepherd who was adopted by the Royal Air Force during World War II, joined in flight missions, and survived everything from crash-landings to parachute bailouts-ultimately saving the life of his owner and dearest friend. In the winter of 1939 in the cold snow of no-man’s-land, two loners met and began an extraordinary journey that would turn them into lifelong friends. 940.5341 LEW

bookcover (14)From Baghdad to America: life after war for a marine and his rescued dog / Kopelman, Jay.

Lt. Col. Kopelman won the hearts of readers with his moving story of adopting an abandoned puppy named Lava in a hellish corner of Iraq. For this Marine and his comrades, the puppy served as an important emotional touchstone in a grim and seemingly endless war. Kopelman now writes about what it’s like to be home.

956.70443 KOP

bookcover (15)Dogged pursuit: my year of competing the world’s least likely agility dog / Rodi, Robert.

Best in Show meets Marley and Me in the hilarious (mis)adventures of an unlikely duo competing for glory on the pro dog circuit An urban intellectual and a scruffy, disobedient Sheltie team up to conquer the Canine Agility pro-circuit in this hysterical account of the quest for glory in the competitive dog world. A cousin to the popular best-in-breed show, agility competitions resemble doggie boot camp: dogs scamper across teeter-totters, jump tires, and scoot down tunnels-without leashed guidance from a human. Taking home ribbons requires a focused handler and a cooperative dog. Robert Rodi is a self-proclaimed Blue-stater who prefers fine wine and Italian literature (in Italian ) to SUVs and suburban sprawl. His dog Dusty’s scrawny build and skittish personality make him an unnatural competitor. Nevertheless, Rodi recounts a year filled with victories, failures, and hysterical personalities, and the loving bond between one man and his bug-eyed dog. 636.7 ROD

More Resources

Westminster Kennel Club

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Premium List 2019


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