Pet Love

The month of August features a few national holidays that commemorate the special role pets have in our lives. August 8th is International Cat Day. August 10th is National Spoil Your Dog Day. Let’s take an affectionate look at the role our pets have in providing calm and comfort in our lives with the following titles dedicated to notable animal companions.

A Street Cat Named Bob and How He Saved My Life by James Bowen
James and Bob happen across each other at the perfect times in their lives. James is a street musician and recovering drug addict and Bob is an injured street cat without a home. The effect they had on each other’s lives is transformative.

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Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog by Josh Grogan
Who would have imagined that a hard to handle puppy would teach a young married couple so much about love and joy? Marley is adopted by the Grogans and grows up with them.

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The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Enzo the dog reflects on his life with his owner, race car driver Denny. He is certain that he will be human in his next life, so he has spent his current life closely observing and learning from his owner’s experiences.

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Dewey: the Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
Dewey is a library cat that entered the world of the Spencer Public Library in Iowa as an abandoned kitten in the book drop. This tiny kitten grows up to enrich the lives of the library director and the staff and patrons of this small library.

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Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat by Gwen Cooper
Cooper adopts Homer as a four-week-old blind kitten from her vet. She is single and on hard times, but has no idea that this amazing cat will see her through difficulties to triumph.

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The True Tails of Baker and Taylor : the Library Cats Who Left Their Pawprints on a Small Town –and the World by Jan Louch and Lisa Rogak
The interesting story of two Scottish Fold cats that became the brand and image of a major book supplier to libraries. Baker and Taylor started out as library cats that were originally acquired to keep the library free of mice. Now they have their own calendars and tote bags.

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Wesley the Owl: the Remarkable Story of an Owl and his Girl by Stacey O’Brien
Stacey O’Brien is a biologist who is intrigued when she meets an injured baby barn owl. Nineteen years later she has chronicled his life in this amazing memoir that tells the tale of a resilient and charming relationship.

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H is for Hawk by Helen McDonald
The author, an avid falconer, acquires a young hawk named Mabel and becomes obsessed with raising and training her in an effort to deal with the loss of her father.

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Victoria Vogel

Adult Services Associate