They are happy creatures. They are your best friend. And they always want to play — even when you don’t. If you haven’t guessed which furry four-legged creature I’m talking about then you must not be a dog person! Whether you have a companion dog, you’re a doggy foster parent or you’re simply dog-sitting for the week, we all know that at the end of the day these little pups are what get us through some of the hard times. Besides wet kisses and muddy feet, man’s best friend also comes along with some health benefits. After all, having a pet has been known to be emotionally and physically beneficial for ourselves. So here’s the thing: take a trip down to your local adoption center (just like Ray in Spill Simmer Falter Wither) and you’ll not only change your life forever, but you’ll actually be saving a life, too. So dog-proof your home, and by that I mean hide your favorite shoes, and grab a leash so you too can find your best friend.

While we really hope this article inspires you to head out and adopt a pup, we also know that there are particular lifestyles that may stop you from having your very own doggy, so if that’s the case, enjoy these canine-themed books:

Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March 2016)

511wc+ymIsLThis lyrical debut novel of two misfits who find each other at the perfect time will captivate you as you get lost in Baume’s brilliant writing. This book takes you on a journey that shows how saving another’s life, will allow you to, in turn, save your own. The simplicity of this powerful book will have you spellbound as you fall deep inside the world of Ray and One-Eye’s journey. If you find yourself talking to your fur friend like he or she understands you (I mean, can’t they, though?!) then this is one book you can’t miss. Baume has created a classic and if you don’t own a dog, you’re going to want one after reading this!




Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley (Simon & Schuster, June 7, 2016)

Simply put Steven Rowley has written a book filled with laughter, energy and adventures. Lily and the Octopus will have you thinking of those closest to you and loved ones you miss most. We’re warning you: puppy sighs will never sound the same for anyone who knows what it’s like to love a dog unconditionally after reading Rowley’s words. The theme of grief, adoration and magical realism runs heavy throughout this novel. We don’t want to give too much away, just trust us when we say, add this to your summer reading list, and put a box of tissues on that shopping list.




Shelter Dogs in a Photo Booth by Guinnevere Shuster (Andrews McMeel Publishing, May 2016)

61vDk18s3SLThis book belongs on every coffee table in all dog-friendly households. The 100 photos taken by Guinnevere Shuster will leave you smiling from ear to ear and wagging that tail of yours! If a smile and a tail wag isn’t enough to brighten your day, a portion of the proceeds from the purchase of this book will benefit the Humane Society of Utah and the Best Friends Animal Society, providing a happy ending for all shelter dogs. Now that is something we can all agree on!




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