Dogs are a lady’s best friend, and we love to spoil them in every way possible (AKA pupcakes and hugs aplenty!). That’s why, when it comes to snuggling down with a cozy autumn read, we’re a sucker for books about our furry friends… that is, except for one MAJOR problem. Yep, from Marley and Me to Old Yeller, we hate reading books where unfortunate things happen to our precious pups.

This year we’re saving ourselves from heartache and choosing to only read books where no harm comes to any dog —literary or otherwise. Enjoy!


1. Sirius: The Little Dog Who Almost Changed History by Jonathan Crown ($20): Sirius the fox terrier has a pretty extraordinary life. Not only is he a great fuzzy companion, but he helps his Jewish family escape from Germany to California during the Second World War, contributes to Hitler’s downfall and becomes a glamorous Hollywood star. Not too shabby for a critter without opposable thumbs.


2. Murder Strikes a Pose by Tracy Weber ($14): With yoga, murder (human, not dog) and a lovable German Shepard companion, this awesome novel by Tracy Weber will keep you engaged from the very first page.


3. A Pug’s Tale by Alison Pace ($15): When pugs take over the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a swanky gathering, you know something is going to go awry. Alison Pace’s exciting follow-up to Pug Hill is a tail-wagging adventure waiting to be binge-read.


4. Rene-Charles: NYC by Evan Cuttic and Ryan Nalls ($13): Frenchies are the best (sorry, my French Bulldog made me write that). Combining all the sass and hilarity that the breed is known for, this coffee table book on the NYC tastemaker Rene-Charles is definitely a must-have this autumn.


5. A Pug’s Guide to Dating by Gemma Correll ($10): Dating as a pug can have its ups and downs, which is why this hilarious guide by pug lover and illustrator Gemma Correll is an absolute must. With over 50 charming cartoons detailing everything from pick-up lines to first dates, this laugh-out-loud comic is the perfect guide for any love-sick pup.


6. Wallace by Jim Gorant ($12): After living in a shelter due to a suspicious pit bull breeding operation, Wallace gained international celebrity after a volunteer adopted him and trained him in the competitive world of frisbee.


7. Neville Jacobs: I’m Marc’s Dog by Nicholas Newbold and Marc Jacobs ($23): If you haven’t followed Marc Jacob’s dog Neville on Instagram yet, we’re seriously questioning your knowledge of the dog-related fashion industry. It’s okay; we forgive you: This newly released book contains a collection of those Insta-famous shots and details the busy and glamorous life of one of the most popular dogs in the world.


8. The Queen’s Corgi: On Purpose by David Michie ($7): Giving us a dog’s eye view of the Royal Family, this sweet-natured novel is definitely a feel-good read. Rescued from breeders, this little corgi gets uprooted to Windsor Castle and goes on adventures with the Queen herself… because what could be better than Royal drama and a cute-sized fluff ball?

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