Oh, doggone it!

Dogs can completely change the way we feel—for the better. They are funny, loving, and intelligent. Canine companions live in an estimated 63 million U.S. homes, so it’s no wonder stories, movies, and videos featuring dogs have always been big hits. Let’s not forget our own local legend, the public-transit-riding dog, Eclipse, who rides the bus throughout Seattle (except during quarantine, of course). Today, we are going to look at three dog-related titles that highlight the amazing lives of dogs and those who live with, rely on, and love them.

The Art of Racing in the Rain book cover imageThe Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

This is one of those stories, told through the eyes (and voice) of a dog, that simply works. Enzo is a dog who sees the world for what it is and would love to speak his mind directly to those around him, but cannot. However, we are lucky enough to get an inside look at his joys and frustrations surrounding the life of his human family. Publisher’s Weekly notes: “Stein’s tale of family, loss, redemption, and fast cars—recounted entirely from the perspective of a retriever-terrier mix named Enzo—ups the ante on the recent trend of high-concept anthropomorphism in popular fictions.”

Laika--The First Dog in Space cover imageLaika: The 1st Dog in Space by Joeming Dunn (Illustrated by Ben Dunn)

A mission to space that influenced the trajectory of the world involved a dog. She went up and orbited the earth in the Soviet-operated Sputnik 2. Unlike most dogs, who do the hard job of making an impact on one person or one family, Laika literally went above and beyond to make an impact on the entire world. Laika’s mission helped pave the way for all human spaceflight and gave us invaluable data. With colorful art, this educational graphic novel is not only a blast to look at, but insightful to read.

Science of Dogs cover imageScience of Dogs by National Geographic

For those who want to learn about dogs before getting one, or even those who want to learn more about their dog and the countless breeds out there, this video has a great wealth of knowledge in it. A lot of the breeds today didn’t exist in the past, whereas some from the past no longer exist today. National Geographic takes us deep into the history of how breeding has limited the negative genetic predispositions of some dog breeds and led them to have features desired by humans—such as a good temperament, loyalty, and the ability to work.

May these canines bring a smile to your face during these doggone crazy times!

~ posted by Alex W.

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