Pet Non-Fiction Bibliography

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Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance. Martin Gurdon. 2004. ISBN: 1592287700. Author humorously shares the ups and down of raising chickens.

A Hummingbird in my House: the story of Squeak . Arnette Heidcamp. 1990. ISBN: 057577291. Biography of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird living in New York.

The Parrot Who Owns Me: The Story of a Relationship . Burger, Joanna. , 2001.Author tells the fascinating story of her relationship with her parrot.

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: A Love Story … with Wings . Bittner, Mark. 2004.Bittner befriends a flock of conures and finds meaning in his own life.


A Cat Named Darwin : How a Stray Cat Changed a Man into a Human Being . Jordan, William. 2002.Jordan's heart is stolen by Darwin , a stray cat whom he takes in.

Cat People. Margaret Korda. 2005 . ISBN: 0060756632. Author & his wife share their love of cats.

Cat Tales: The Meaning of Cats in Women's Lives . Fook, Jan, Susan Hawthorne, and Renate Klein. 2003. More than eighty women from around the world share their love of cats in stories and poems.

The Cat Who'll Live Forever: The Final Adventures of Norton, the Perfect Cat, and His Imperfect Human . Gethers, Peter. 2001. Gether continues his chronicles of his cat, Norton.

Cat Women Female Writers on Their Feline Friends . McMorris, Megan. Emeryville , CA : Seal Press, 2007. Women writers tell stories of their cats.

Cats I Have Known and Loved . Berton, Pierre. Doubleday Canada , 2002.Author shares his favorite stories of cats who he has encountered over the course of his life.

The Cats, Max and Me: The Autobiography of a Cat-a-Holic . Berry , Sharon . 2005. Author tells stories of the cats in her life.

A Cat's Life: Dulcy's story. Dee Ready. 1992. ISBN: 051758872. Author explores the relationship with her cat, through the cat's eyes.

The Cats Who Love(D) Me and the One Who Doesn't . Galloway, Joyce FitzGerald. New York : Vantage Press, 2004. Author tells stories of the cats she has given homes to.

The Comfort of Cats . Wallin, Pamela, and Anne Bayin. 2003. Bayin tells the story of her life with cats.

The Craggy Hole in My Heart and the Cat Who Fixed It: Over the Edge and Back with My Cat, My Dad, and Me . Roth, Geneen. 2004. Roth's life is changed by a cat she adopts.

A Curiosity of Cats: Twenty-Nine Prize Winning Stories for Cat Lovers by Cat Lovers . Loller, Richard. Nashville , Tenn : Preservation Foundation, 2001.A collection of cat stories.

Down the Mississippi with Stinky: two women, a canoe, and a kitten. Dorie Brunner. 2000. ISBN: 1879483696. Two Wisconsin school teachers canoe down the Mississippi with a kitten they find.

Fred in Love . Picano, Felice. 2005.A gay man pays tribute to his cat, Fred.

Great Cat Stories: Incredible Tales About Exceptional Cats . Snopek, Roxanne Willems. Canada, 2004.Cat stories.

Hemingway's Cats: An Illustrated Biography . Brennen, Carlene. 2005.Book chronicles with photos and letters the cats in Ernest Hemingway's life.

On Cats . Lessing, Doris May, and Doris May Lessing. London : Flamingo, 2002.Lessing writes about the cats she loves and has loved.

Scarlett Saves Her Family: the heart-warming story of a homeless cat who rescued her kittens from a raging fire. Jane Martin. 1997. ISBN: 0684842882.

Shadow Cats: Tales from New York City 's Animal Underground . Jensen, Janet. 2002. Stories of feral cats from a person who helps them.

Sleeping with Cats: A Memoir . Piercy, Marge. 2002. Pierce's memoir is honestly brutal and she shares her love and appreciation for cats.

Speaking of Cats . Cauley, Harry. 2003.Author shares stories of the cats who share and have shared his life.

Stinky: the One and Only Mississippi River Cat: Stinky tells his story to author Dorie Brunner. Dorie Brunner. 2003. ISBN: 1878569953.

Through Cougar's Eyes: Life Lessons from One Man's Best Friend . Raber, David. 2001.ISBN: 0312269188. Raber tells the story of a cougar he shares his life with ..

Two Cats and the Woman They Own, or, Lessons I Learned from My Cats . Davis, Patti. San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 2005. Davis recounts her life with her two cats.

An Unlikely Cat Lady: Feral Adventures in the Backyard Jungle . Malkin, Nina. Guilford : Lyons Press, 2007. Malkin resembles Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum and helps out feral cats in Brooklyn .

What My Cat Has Taught Me About Life: meditations for cat lovers . Niki Anderson. 1997. EAN 9781562923662.Anderson transforms everyday stories about people's cats into words of wisdom for cat lovers to live by.


Amazing Gracie: A Dog's Tale . Dye, Dan, and Mark Beckloff. New York : Workman Pub, 2000. Story of the author's love for the deaf and nearly blind Great Dane he adopts.

Angel By My Side: The true story of a dog who saved a man…and a man who saved a dog. Mike Lingenfelter & David Frei. 2002. ISBN: 1401900216.A golden retriever named Dakota helps many people recover from health problems and saves several people's lives.

Bark If You Love Me: A Woman-Meets-Dog Story . Bernikow, Louise. Chapel Hill , N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2000.Berkinow adopts a stray dog.

The Best Dog in the World: Vintage Portraits of Children and Their Dogs . Long, Donna. Berkeley , CA : Ten Speed Press, 2007.Vintage portraits of children with the dogs they loved.

Cat Spelled Backwards Doesn't Spell God . Selis, Jeff. San Francisco , Calif : Chronicle, 2000. Photographs and vignettes of loved dogs.

Colter: The True Story of the Best Dog I Ever Had . Bass, Rick. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co, 2000. A love story between a man and a dog.

Dear Kilroy: a Dog to Guide Us . Nora Vitz Harrison. 2003. ISBN : 978-1931868396. Collection of true stories about animals who help people.

Difficulty of Being a Dog, The . Roger Grenier. 2000. ISBN: 0226308278 . Forty-three vignettes about dogs with a notable history or legend.

Disposable Dogs: Heartwarming, True Stories of Courage and Compassion . Swanbeck, Steve. Chester , N.J. : White Swan Pub, 2004. Author tells stories of dogs who made it out of shelters to find wonderful homes.

The Dog and I: Confessions of a Best Friend . MacGregor, Roy. Toronto : Viking Canada , 2006. One of Canada 's well-known journalists tells stories about dogs he has known throughout his life.

Dog Bless America : Tails from the Road . Selis, Jeff. San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 2001. Author takes a road trip with his dog and snaps a photo of a dog in every state.

Dog Culture: Writers on the Character of Canines . Foster, Ken. Guilford , CT : Lyons Press, 2002. A variety of authors write about their dogs.

Dog is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers on the World's Oldest Friendship . Bark Magazine Editors. 2003. ISBN: 0609610864.Anthology of essays, short stories, and expert comments about many aspects of humans lives with dogs.

The Dog Rules (Damn Near Everything) . William J. Thomas.2003. ISBN: 1591021308. Read about the author's offbeat encounters with his Border Collie/Australian Shepard.

Dog Tags of Courage: Combat Infantrymen and War Dog Heroes in Vietnam . Burnam, John C. 2006. Burnham tells stories of his experiences with dogs as an infantryman in Vietnam .

Dog Tales: Hundreds of Heartwarming, Face-Licking, Tail-Wagging Tales About Dogs . 2007. Dogs stories submitted by their human companions and compiled in this book.

The Dog Who Would be King: Tales and Surprising Lessons from a Pet Psychologist . John C. Wright. 1999 ISBN: 1579540023. The author takes readers on his rounds to show how pet lovers come to grips with their pet's wayward behaviors.

Dog World And the Humans Who Live There . Gingold, Alfred. New York : Broadway Books, 2005. A tribute to the world of passionate dog owners.

A Dog Year: twelve months, four dogs, and me . Jon Katz. 2001. A New Jersey dog-lover shares anecdotes about dog behavior. ISBN: 0375502971.

Dog Years: A Memoir . Doty, Mark. New York , N.Y. : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2007. Doty tells how his two dogs substained him during times of gut-wrenching hardship and loss

Dogs I Have Met And the People They Found . Foster, Ken. Guilford , CT : Lyons Press, 2008. More stories of dogs and their people.

Dogs of Dreamtime: A Story About Second Chances and the Power of Love . Shanley, Karen., 2005. Shanley tells a story about the dogs who have shared her life.

Dogs Who Found Me: what I've learned from pets who were left behind. Ken Foster. 2006. ISBN: 1592287492. Author adopts some dogs and shares anecdotes about his beloved pets.

Dogs with Jobs: Working Dogs Around the World . Merrily Weisbord. 2000. ISBN: 0671047353 Portrays the world of working dogs and the amazing tasks they perform.

Dreaming in Libro: How a Good Dog Tamed a Bad Woman . Bernikow, Louise. Cambridge , MA : Da Capo Lifelong, 2007.Author continues story of her relationship with her adopted boxer.

For the Love of a Dog: A Memoir . Rose, Elisabeth. New York : Harmony Books, 2001. Author details her ties with a variety of animals, especially a border collie named Kierney

Found Dogs: Tales of Strays who Landed on their Feet . Elise Lufkin. Chock full of photos and words by people who have adopted dogs in a variety of ways.

From Baghdad, With Love. a Marine, the war, and a dog named Lava . Jay Kopelman with Melinda Roth. 2006. ISBN: 9781592289806.

A Good Dog: the story of Orson who changed my life. Jon Katz. 2006. “Author Katz shares the concept of a ‘lifetime dog' and tells the story of his lifetime dog, Orson: a beautiful border collie--intense, smart, crazy, and unforgettable. ISBN: 9781400061891

Java: The True Story of a Shelter Dog Who Rescued a Woman . Lewis, Stacy J. Saint Paul, Minn : Moon Dog Press, 2006. A Wisconsin woman tells the story of a dog she has rescued and her boundless love for it.

Lauren's Story: An American Dog in Paris . Kay Pfaltz. 2002. ISBN: 1574904558. Kay, an American woman, shares her story about her beagle who felpoed her get through the good and bad times of living in a foreign country.

Love Heels: Tales from Canine Companions for Independence . Dibsie, Patricia. New York : Yorkville Press, 2003. Stories of dogs who help the disabled.

The Man Who Talks to Dogs: The Story of America 's Wild Street Dogs and Their Unlikely Savior .Roth, Melinda. New York : St. Martin's Press, 2002. The author has devoted his life to rescuing dogs from the streets of St. Louis .

Marley & Me: life and love with the world's worst dog . John Grogan. 2005.Grogan shares his story of raising a yellow lab named Marley with his wife, Jenny.

Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog . Ted Karasote. 2007.ISBN: 9780151012701 A deeply touching portrait of a remarkable dog and his relationship with the author.

Miracle Dog: How Quentin Survived the Gas Chamber to Speak for Animals on Death Row . Grim, Randy. Loveland , Colo: Alpine Blue Ribbon Books, 2005. The inspiring story of a dog who survives an animal shelter gas chamber.

Mostly Bob . Corwin, Tom. 2006. Author tells the simple story of his adored dog, Bob.

New Work of Dogs: tending to life, love and family . Jon Katz. 2003. Profiles a dozen relationships between dogs and their owners where dogs are treated as family members and human surrogates. ISBN 0-375-50814-7.

None Came Home: The War Dogs of Vietnam . O'Donnell, John E. Kearney, N.J.: 1st Books Library], 2001. Author tells of courageous dogs he knew during the Vietnam War.

Pawprints of History: Dogs and the Course of Human Events . Stanley Coren. 2002. ISBN: 0743222288

Petfinder.Com Presents Second Chances . Banks, Joan. 2006. Collection of stories of dogs who found homes through

Rex and the City: A Woman, a Man, and a Dysfunctional Dog . 2006. A New York City couple adopt a dysfunctional dog and eventually fall in love with him.

Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish . Levin, Mark R. 2007.The story of a family and their relationship to their dogs

Second Chances: More Tales of Found Dogs . Lufkin, Elise, and Diana Walker. 2005.Lufkin tells stories of strays who land on their feet.

Shaggy Muses: The Dogs Who Inspired Virginia Woolf, Emily Dickinson, Edith Wharton, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Emily Bronte . Harrington, Lee. Adams, Maureen B. 2007.Adams details the relationships five famous women authors had with their dogs.

Shelter Dogs . Scott, Traer. London : Merrell, 2006. Scott chronicles the plight of shelter dogs in the United States with beautiful portraits.

A Soldier's Best Friend: Scout Dogs and Their Handlers in the Vietnam War . Burnam, John C., and John C. Burnam. New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2003.Burnham's love of the dogs he served with in Vietnam is evident in this memoir.

A Three Dog Life . Thomas, Abigail. Orlando : Harcourt, 2006. Thomas' dogs help her survive the death of her much-loved husband.

Unleashed: Climbing Canines, Hiking Hounds, Fishing Fidos, and Daring Dogs . 2007. Stories of athletic and adventurous dogs.

Walking My Dog, Jane From Valdez to Prudhoe Bay Along the Trans-Alaska Pipeline . Rozell, Ned. 2000. Rozell travels the Alaska wilderness with his Labrador , Jane.

Wally's World: Life with Wally the Wonder Dog . Boulton, Marsha. Toronto : McArthur & Co, 2007. Boulton tells the story of her life with Wally, A bull terrier.

Walking Ollie : or, Winning the love of a difficult dog Stephen Foster. 2008. ISBN: 9780399534294

Woof! writers on dogs edited by Lee Montgomery. 2008. ISBN: 9780670020294

Woman's Best Friend: Women Writers on the Dogs in Their Lives . McMorris, Megan. Emeryville , CA : Seal Press, 2006.Collection of anecdotes by women writers on their beloved canine companions.


Chosen by a Horse: A Memoir . Richards, Susan. 2006. Richards adopts a maltreated horse.

The Dogs of Bedlam Farm: an adventure with sixteen sheep, three dogs, two donkeys, and me. Jon Katz. 2004. Author shares anecdotes about human-animal relationships on a farm.

An Elk in the House . Lein, Beverly. 2006.A weak elk becomes a member of the author's family.

An Extravagance of Donkeys . Baker-Carr, Janet, and Janet Baker-Carr.2006.True stories of rescued donkeys.

The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood . Montgomery, Sy.2006.A nature lover describes her unique friendship with a sickly pig named Christopher Hogwood.

Healed by Horses: A Memoir . Fletcher, Carole, and Lawrence Scanlan. New York : Atria Press, 2005. Author details how horses have saved her.

The Horses of Proud Spirit . Bowles, Melanie Sue . 2003.Bowles lovingly describes the horses that have come to her through her rescue organization.

Lowell : The True Story of an Existential Pig . Balliet, Gay Louise. 2000. Balliet's pot-bellied pig, Lowell , gives her a new outlook on life.

Travels with My Donkey: One Man and His Ass on a Pilgrimage to Santiago . Moore, Tim. 2004.The author travels across Spain , with his donkey, Shinto.

Where the Blind Horse Sings: Love and Trust at an Animal Sanctuary . Stevens, Kathy. 2007. Author moves to a run-down farm and starts an animal sanctuary.

Children's Books

Adopted by an Owl: the true story of Jackson the owl . Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuzen. 2001. Jackson , a great horned owl, chooses to stay with the family that raised him after a boy steals him from his nest as an owlet.

Animals to the Rescue! True Stories of Animal Heroes . Farran, Christopher, and Warren Chang. 2001.Animals save humans from great harm.

Caring Animals and Animal Rescuers . Hansen, Rosanna, Rosanna Hansen, and Rosanna Hansen. True tales. 2005.Stories of unique animals and animal rescuers.

Cats to the Rescue: True Tales of Heroic Felines . Singer, Marilyn, & Jean Cassels. 2006.Cats who save lives!

Cousin John: The Story of a Boy and a Small Smart Pig . Paine, Walter, and Bert Dodson. New Hampshier: Bunker Hill Publishing, 2006.A small smart pig and a boy explore the world together.

ER Vets Life in an Animal Emergency Room. Donna M. Jackson. 2005. Stories about many types of pets (snakes, cats, dogs and a horse) who are treated in animal emergency rooms.

Freckles: The Mystery of the Little White Dog in the Desert, a True Story . Howey, Paul, and Judy Mehn Zabriskie. Phoenix , AZ : AZtexts Pub, 2003.Howley's story of Freckles captures the bond between humans and dogs.

Hachiko: the True Story of a Loyal Dog . Pamela S. Turner. 2004. Hachiko is the story of a dog who lived in Toyko , Japan , He would sit and wait for his owner tat the train station every day, long after his owner could no longer come.

Gretchen theBicycle Dog. Anita Heyman. 2003. Getchen is a dachshund who overcomes adversity by learning how to use a cart to propel herself around.

The Goat Lady . Bregoli, Jane. Gardiner, Me: Tilbury House, 2004.Picture book story of an elderly woman and her goats

Hello, Goodbye, I Love You The Story of Aloha, a Guide Dog for the Blind . Bauer Mueller, Pamela. , 2003.Author tells the story of a guide dog.

Hi! My Name Is Poco: A True Story . Ward, Norman . 2006.Author describes his first two years with his dog, Poco.

Horses of the Presidents: The Story of the Horse in Shaping American History . Taylor, Leah. 2006.Book explores the relationships some of our presidents had with their horses.

The House of a Million Pets . Hodgman, Ann, and Eugene Yelchin. New York : H. Holt and Co, 2007. Author shares her life with a large number of animals (though less than a million)

Jake A Labrador Puppy at Work and Play. Bill Eppridge. 1992. Jake is a puppy when he comes to live with Bob Jones, but his new owner knows through training that he will make a great dog.

A Lucky Dog: Owney , U.S. Rail Mail Service Mascot . Wales, Dirk, and Diane Kenna. Chicago , Ill : Great Plains Press, 2003. Story of the U.S. Postal Service's one and only mascot.

Molly the Pony: a true story. Pam Kaster . 2008. A horse is fitted with an artificial limb after a dog bite.

Perry and the Professor: A Prairie Dog Story . Edwards, William H., and Donna Day Asay. [ Salt Lake City , Utah ]: Agreka Books, 2000.A teacher rescues a prairie dog.

President Adams' Alligator And Other White House Pets . Barnes, Peter W., Cheryl Shaw Barnes, Betty Shepard, and Lisa Pinnell. 2003.Stories of U.S. Presidents and their interesting pets.

Shep: our most loyal dog. Sneed B. Collard. 2006 . The true story of a Montana dog who became a worldwide inspiration in 1936.

True Story of Sellina . Matteo Pericoli. 2006. The true story of a baby finch rescued and raised by the author and his family.

Two Bobbies : a true story of Hurricane Katrina, friendship, and survival / Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery. 2008.

Wackiest White House Pets . Kathryn Gibbs Davis. 2004. Describes the various pets, including Grizzly bears and alligators, kept at the White house by various presidents.


Casanova's Parrot and Other Tales of the Famous and Their Pets . Bryant, Mark. New York : Carroll & Graf, 2002. Author details the interesting pets kept by a variety of famous people throughout history.

Communication with All Life: Revelations of an Animal Communicator . Ranquet, Joan. Carlsbad , Calif : Hay House, 2007. Author discusses her experiences as an animal communicator.

The Compassion of Animals: True Stories of Animal Courage and Kindness . 1997. Tales recount stories about animals (dogs, cats, horses, pigs, even an iguana) who have warned and rescued people.

Curious Creatures, Wondrous Waifs My Life with Animals . Kostro, Ed. Baltimore [ Md. ]: PublishAmerica, 2003. Kostro tells stories of animals that have shared his life.

Dog Days: Dispatches from Bedlam Farm . Katz, Jon. New York : Villard, 2007.Author shares anecdotes about human-animal relationships.

Enslaved by Ducks . Tarte, Bob. 2003. Author and his wife acquire a bunch of animals.

First Pets: presidential best friends. Nell Fuqua. 2004. Find out how hundreds of animals have brought love and devotion to our first families, from dogs to badgers and snakes to hippos.

For the Love of a Dog: a memoir . Elizabeth Rose. 2001. Authors details her emotional ties with a variety of animals, especially a border collie named Kierney.

Fowl Weather . Tarte, Bob. 2007.Tarte cares for a variety of animals.

Getting Lucky: How One Special Dog Found Love and a Second Chance at Angel's Gate . Marino, Susan, and Denise Flaim. 2005.Lucky, a dog expected to die, finds a whole new life.

Lost and Found: Dogs, Cats, and Everyday Heroes at the Country Animal Shelter . Elizabeth Hess. 1998. .Author introduces many animals who may inspire and educate reader's hearts and minds.

Lost Pet Chronicles: Adventures of a K-9 Cop Turned Pet Detective . Kat Albrecht. 2004. Albrecht has helped over 1800 pet owners locate their lost pets with a help of a retired police dog turned detective.

Music Row: Dogs & Nashville Cats Country Stars and Their Pets . Rogers, Karen Will. 2004.

One at a Time: A Week in an American Animal Shelter . Leigh, Diane & Marilee Geyer. 2003. Heartwarming tales of animals who make it out and the heartbreaking stories of those who don't.

Pet Miracles: Inspirational True Tales of Our Beloved Animal Companions . Steiger, Brad, and Sherry Hansen Steiger. 2005.Animals who save humans.

Pet Tails: Heartwarming Photos and Stories of Real Pets . O'Hara, Shelley. Hoboken , NJ : Howell Book House, 2006. Celebrates the place that animals have in our lives.

The Tarantula in my Purse: and 172 other wild pets. Jean Craighead George . 1996. ISBN: 0060236264.A collection of autobiographical stories about raising a houseful of children and wild pets including crows, skunks, and raccoons.

Uncommon Friends: Celebrating the Human-Animal Bond . Church, Julie Adams, Constance Coleman, and Julie Adams Church. 2002. Author shares her emotional attachment to her pets.

Real People Don't Own Monkeys: and other stories of pets, their people, and vets who see it all. Veronika J. Kiklevich. 2002. ISBN:1570718229.

Wagging Tails, Swishing Tails, Fluffy Tails and Other Tales . Fuson, Judy. 2003. An animal communicator tells tales.

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