With the upcoming release of Debra Frasier's SPIKE UGLIEST DOG IN THE UNIVERSE, I got the urge to create another book list for readers to use in conjunction with the book. She was thrilled with the idea! Once in my mind, the list became lengthy. Fictional dogs I have loved pawed their way into my thoughts: Bruno from Don Freeman's SKI PUP, Thacher Hurd's ART DOG, the smart speaker MARTHA made famous by Susan Meddaugh, Gene Zion's HARRY THE DIRTY DOG, and so many nameless dogs that have pranced across the pages. The real dogs I have loved also entered the mix, blurring fiction and reality with personalities and names.
So, I am quickly annotating tonight the stack of ten I brought home from school today. Any favorites are welcome additions!