Thursday, April 01, 2010

One Night Stand: Dog Book Challenge (formerly known as the Cat Book Challenge)

Beth of Beth's Book Reviews thought up the idea for a great reading challenge. The only problem is it's about cats. I like cats and all, but they aren't very interesting. Besides, they smell bad. I thought I'd put my own spin to the Cat Book Challenge and make it all about dogs. Dogs are the best!

The object is to read 12 books featuring cats or at least mentioning cats in the title during the year. Only, like I said, I don't want to read about cats. I live with two cats and I get plenty of them as it is. And since I don't actually read, I figure I'll follow in my human's footsteps and make this a One Night Stand. I'm not actually joining the challenge, you see. I just want to see if this list making business is as fun as my human seems to think it is.

I was very disappointed to discover that my humans do not have many books featuring dogs around the house. Sure, they have training manuals, pet health care and books about understanding dog behavior (why don't they just ask me?). I'm more interested in the juicy stories. Speaking of juice, have you ever tried orange juice? Yuck!

Here's a list of twelve books related to dogs that I wish my humans would read to me:
  • Pedigree to Die For by Laurien Berenson
  • A New Leash on Death by Susan Conant
  • Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan (my human volunteered Florinda to read it to me since she says it will make her too sad)
  • Delilah Doolittle & the Purloined Pooch by Patricia Guiver
  • White Fang by Jack London
  • Play Dead by Lesley O'Kane
  • Dog On It by Spencer Quinn
  • Thereby Hangs a Tail by Spencer Quinn
  • Harry Cat's Pet Puppy by George Selden (one of my human's favorite childhood books)
  • Dog Man: An Uncommon Life on a Faraway Mountain by Martha Sherrill
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  • Saving Cinnamon: The Amazing True Story of a Missing Military Puppy and the Desperate Mission to Bring Her Home by Christine Sullivan
Have you read any of these books?

What books have you read or want to read that might fit into this challenge?

Just for fun, I made a list of ten movies I especially like.
  • Air Bud (I can jump even higher!)
  • For the Love of Benji
  • The Adventures of Milo and Otis (Parker and I should star in the remake!)
  • Homeward Bound
  • Hotel for Dogs (Why doesn't my bathroom look like theirs?)
  • Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
  • Beethoven
  • Lady and the Tramp (Best romance movie ever!)
  • Balto
  • Lassie (It's so obvious Lassie is a boy. How can people not tell?!)
Have you seen any of these movies?
What's your favorite dog movie?

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  1. That's a fun post, Wendy!

    I've to chuckle when I saw your header... Must be your furkids' works, huh? :P

  2. LOL!

    Even the word verification went to the dogs:


  3. You make me laugh! However, I cannot do this. I have found that any book featuring a dog OR cat leaves me a unconsolable mess, because the animals ususally die! I have too much baggage I guess!

  4. hee hee...too cute! I loved The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein!

    Happy national poetry month!

  5. I should warn you, Riley, that The Art of Racing in the Rain could make you (and your human) sad too. Just let me know when you want me to come over and read Marley & Me to you :-).

    And I agree with you that Lady and the Tramp is the best romance movie ever. You are a very smart dog!

  6. the movie Turner and Hooch! and we (me and the dog) also like the very last scene of You've Got Mail because of the golden retriever.

  7. Oh Riley, The Art of Racing In The Rain is also so sad!

  8. I agree with Sandy---the animal usually dies and i cry.
    There was a movie with maybe Jim Belushi called K9 (i think, its been along time ago.)
    I'm looking forward to reading Dash PI by Carole Benjamin about a canine investigator.

  9. Riley, you should ask your human to bring you along to the Festival of Books so we can all meet you! You'd be a great addition to the book blogging gang!

  10. Haha! I guess I've been away too long. It took me a few reads to get that this was written by Riley--and then of course I noticed in my corner of my reader where it noted this post was published by Riley. Too funny!

  11. Riley is restricted from using the computer for his behavior last week, but I did promise him that I'd pass along his comments to you.

    Melody - Riley says that besides being a writer in his next life, he also wants to be a cartoonist. He had a lot of fun adding his own artwork to the header. :-)

    Lenore - That's too funny! I love it when the word verification cooperates.

    Sandy - Not all books featuring animals end on a sad note. Many of the mysteries Riley mentions above have quite happy endings--at least for the good guys. :-)

    Serena - Riley really wants me to read The Art of Racing in the Rain to him. I'm not so sure I can get through that one though (because of how it ends). We'll see.

    Florinda - Riley's hoping you'll read Stein's book to him too. ;-)

    Care - Riley hasn't seen Turner and Hooch, which is actually quite surprising considering Tom Hanks is in the movie. Adding that one to my netflix queue.

    Yes! That last scene in You've Got Mail is great. :-)

    Lisa - That's what I told Riley, but he still wants to read the book. I told him he may be waiting for a very long time.

    Carla - I think it depends on the type of book you are reading. Sometimes the animals come out on top. :-) I haven't heard of Dash PI. I'll have to look for it!

    Jill - Riley would love to attend the Festival of Books. He's grounded for the month, however, because of his recent behavior on my blog. A post or two would have been okay, but his writing all over the header and changing the buttons wasn't good.

    Trish - Riley was a bad dog on April 1st.


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