6 Must-Read Dog Novels that Will Probably Make You Cry


If you’re a dog lover, then you understand the extraordinary ways that humans and dogs can connect. We’ve got 6 incredible dog novels that will surely tug at your heartstrings—and your tear ducts—and make you see the beauty in human-animal relationships.



Hello Love by Karen McQuestion

From the bestselling author of The Long Way Home comes a charming novel about two strangers—a widow and a divorcee—who find a second chance at happiness when they’re brought together by one extraordinary dog.


Sirius by Jonathan Crown

Sirius is about an extraordinary Fox terrier named Levi who helps his Jewish family escape from Nazi Germany, becomes a Hollywood star, and ultimately contributes to Hitler’s downfall.


Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Ted—a gay, single, struggling writer is stuck: unable to open himself up to intimacy except through the steadfast companionship of Lily, his elderly dachshund. When Lily’s health is compromised, Ted vows to save her by any means necessary. Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.


Wish Me Home by Kay Bratt

After a lifetime of family troubles, Cara decides to leave it all behind and strike out alone—on foot. The last thing she needs is a hungry, stray dog, but Hemi proves to be the perfect travel companion. The trip takes unexpected turns as strangers become friends who make her question everything, and Cara finds that as the journey unfolds, so does her life—in ways she could never imagine.


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