This time of year we are reminded to treat each other with love and kindness. Dogs don't need the Christmas season to remember to show us how they feel. No matter our failings, our dogs love us anyway, Which is why humans have been writing stories and books that feature our best friends for centuries. If you are looking for a gift for a dog lover, these books or movies might be the perfect gift.
Watchers by Dean Koontz
This is one of my favorite books, I must have read it a dozen times. It is considered a horror novel, but one of the main characters is a beautiful golden retriever named Einstein. The dog escapes a lab where he was being experimented on by scientists, and runs into Travis, a man considering ending his life. Not only does Einstein save Travis, he changes his life and the lives of others.
A Dog's Life, The Autobiography of a Stray by Ann Martin
This is another favorite of mine that I have read countless times. While it is classified as young adult fiction, it has appeal for people of any age. This book is about a dog named Squirrel, a stray, who faces heartbreak and many hardships during her years as an unwanted, homeless dog. This book is written from Squirrel's perspective. It has the power to move the reader to tears, but it is equal parts heart wrenching and heartwarming.
This children's book is simply beautiful. The artwork is charming and the story is written in poetic verse. Any child who enjoys dog stories will love this book, and adults will also be enchanted as well. As a collie lover, the story always brings a tear (or two) to my eyes, and it remains a favorite each Christmas season. If you are looking for a sweet children's book, this one will be sure to delight both you and your child. But you don't have to take my word for it, you can view the illustrations and listen to the story right here:
And last, I wanted to include a favorite movie. It is one of the Lassie movies, but it isn't as well known as others. "Lassie, Best Friends are Forever," was released in 1994. In this movie, Lassie the collie, finds a family who needs her, and intuitively helps them adjust to a new life in the country. Lassie bonds with the son, helps him make new friends and will have you hugging your own dog close. It is a perfect movie to watch while curled up on the couch on a cold, Winter's day. So if you don't have this movie yet, you may want to add it to your video collection or buy it as a gift for a dog lover this holiday season.