Paws and Pages: Literary Dogs Share Their Favorite Reads

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Dogs have always been known as man’s best friend, and it turns out they also make great reading companions! From classic novels to modern literature, dogs have been featured in countless books throughout history. In fact, many literary dogs even have their own favorite reads.


In this article, we will explore the world of literary dogs and their favorite books. Whether you’re a dog lover or a book enthusiast (or both!), these furry friends are sure to provide some great recommendations for your next read.

  1. Enzo from “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein

Enzo is a Labrador Retriever who serves as the narrator of “The Art of Racing in the Rain.” The novel follows Enzo’s life with his owner Denny, who is a race car driver. Enzo is an extremely intelligent dog who loves watching television and listening to music.


Enzo’s favorite book is “A Dog’s Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron. This novel tells the story of a dog named Bailey who goes through several reincarnations before finding his true purpose in life – which happens to be helping his original owner’s granddaughter.

Enzo relates strongly to Bailey’s journey throughout different lives and finds comfort in the idea that all dogs have a purpose beyond just being someone’s pet.

  1. Winn-Dixie from “Because of Winn-Dixie” by Kate DiCamillo

Winn-Dixie is a stray dog that 10-year-old Opal finds at her local grocery store in Florida. Opal takes him home and they become fast friends – Winn-Dixie even helps her make new friends around town!

Winn-Dixie loves listening to stories, especially those told by Miss Franny Block at her library where Opal works part-time. His favorite book is “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” by David Wroblewski.

This novel tells the story of a mute boy named Edgar who raises dogs on his family’s farm. The book explores themes of family, loyalty, and communication – all things that Winn-Dixie can relate to in his own life.

  1. Marley from “Marley & Me” by John Grogan

Marley is a lovable but mischievous Labrador Retriever who wins over the hearts of his owners John and Jenny. The novel follows Marley’s antics as he grows up and becomes a beloved member of the family.

Marley’s favorite book is “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London. This classic novel tells the story of Buck, a dog who is stolen from his home in California and forced to become a sled dog during the Klondike Gold Rush.

Marley relates to Buck’s journey as he learns to adapt to new environments and work with different people. He also loves how adventurous Buck’s life is compared to his own (although he has certainly caused enough chaos in his household!).

  1. Toto from “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum

Toto is Dorothy Gale’s loyal companion throughout her adventures in Oz. Despite being small in size, Toto proves time and time again that he has a big heart – especially when it comes to protecting Dorothy.

Toto’s favorite book is “Old Yeller” by Fred Gipson. This novel tells the story of Travis Coates, a young boy living on a Texas farm during the 1860s who forms a bond with an old stray dog named Old Yeller.

Toto relates to Old Yeller’s loyalty and willingness to protect those he loves at all costs – something that Toto himself knows firsthand after accompanying Dorothy on her journey through Oz.

  1. Sirius Black from “Harry Potter Series” by J.K Rowling

Sirius Black may not be your typical literary dog – after all, he is a wizard who can transform into a black dog – but he still deserves a spot on this list! Sirius is Harry Potter’s godfather and becomes an important ally in the fight against Voldemort.

Sirius’ favorite book is “The Hound of the Baskervilles” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This classic mystery novel features Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Watson investigating a supernatural hound that terrorizes the Baskerville family.

Sirius loves the suspense and intrigue of this book, as well as its themes of loyalty and friendship – all things that are important to him in his own life (both as a wizard and as Harry’s godfather).


From Enzo to Toto, these literary dogs have some great recommendations for any avid reader. Whether you’re looking for adventure, heartwarming stories, or classic mysteries, there’s something on this list for everyone.

So next time you settle down with your favorite book, don’t forget to invite your furry friend along for the journey – after all, they may have some great insights to share too!


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