by Jenny Pedersen

I don’t even know what the phrase “dog days of summer” actually refers to, but this heat is making me feel dog-eared, dog-tired and dog-gone done. All I want to do is stay inside, curl up with my little dog and read lazily till it’s cool enough for us to enjoy being active outside again.

If you feel the same way, here are some dog-themed books for all tastes to get you through.

“Fifteen Dogs” by Andre Alexis

A bet between the gods Hermes and Apollo leads them to grant human consciousness and language to a group of dogs. Suddenly capable of more complex thought, the pack is torn between those who resist the new ways of thinking and those who embrace the change.

“Spill Simmer Falter Wither” by Sara Baume

The heartbreakingly gorgeous story of two outcasts — a man ignored, even shunned by his village, and the one-eyed dog he takes into his quiet, tightly shuttered life — who forge an unlikely connection.

“A Dog’s Purpose” by Bruce W. Cameron

Searching for his purpose over the course of multiple canine lives, Bailey is reborn after a tragic death as a stray and shares a loving bond with young Ethan before he again dies and starts over.

“Tomorrow” by Damian Dibben

A wise old dog travels through the courts and battlefields of Europe and through the centuries in search of the master who granted him immortality.

“The Darkest Evening of the Year” by Dean Koontz

The horror author gives us the tale of Amy Redwing, who risks her own well-being to come to the aid of a very special golden retriever, unaware that she has drawn the attentions of an unknown and ruthless enemy.

“The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse” by Alexander McCall Smith

A heartwarming tale of hope and friendship set during World War II, in which a British farm girl, an American pilot, and a German soldier are brought together by an unlikely hero — a (very cute) border collie.

“Every Dog Has His Day” by Jenn McKinlay

A stray kitten and a rambunctious poodle bring together a small-town bachelor and a single mother in Bluff Point, Maine.

“A Burrowing of Bones” by Paula Munier

The first in a gripping new mystery series by literary agent Paula Munier about a retired MP and bomb-sniffing dog who become embroiled in an investigation in the beautiful Vermont wilderness.

“The Friend” by Sigrid Nunez

When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted Great Dane he has left behind. Elegiac and searching, “The Friend” is both a meditation on loss and a celebration of human-canine devotion.

“Lily and the Octopus” by Steven Rowley

Get your tissues out before starting this hilarious and poignant tribute to the purity of love between a pet and its human. When his beloved dachshund Lily’s health is compromised, Ted vows to save her by any means necessary.

“Dog On It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery” by Quinn Spencer

Canine Chet and his private investigator Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters.

— Jenny Pedersen is a community librarian at the Redmond Library. Contact her at