Books to read to your dogs and cats– yes, you read that right!

Dog looking at book
Reading Time: 3 minutes

It’s been a busy week—but in a good way—so instead of being able to  post something new today, I revised one of my all-time favorite articles and am re-sharing it. I hope you enjoy it!


Every once in awhile, I will think of something kind of “out there,” product-wise for pets and do a search to see if it exists. And, it often does.

For example, I searched for pet wine. And, yes, you can buy wine for your cat. The kind I found is actually made “with Filtered water, organic catnip, salmon oil and organic food coloring,” so kitty would not have to worry about finding a designated driver. But, if your kitty has a special occasion coming up, or is just in need of some spoiling, you can check it out at: https://www.petwinery.com/collections/cat-bar-selection/products/meow-chandon-catnip-champagne

Anyway, today, for some reason I decided to search for books for dogs. And, as it turns out, although there is a limited market for literature that is meant to be consumed (that’s read, not eaten) by canines, there are some options.

One is “Bedtime Stories for Dogs,” which is available on Amazon.

Bedtime Stories for Dogs cover.

This bedtime story compilation by Leigh Anne Jasheway includes, among other tales (no pun intended), “Snow White and the Seven Chihuahuas.”


Next up is, “Three Stories You Can Read to Your Dog,” by Sara Swan Miller, who also penned “Three More Stories You Can Read to Your Dog,” as well as “Three Stories You Can Read to Your Cat.”


Which begs (OK, pun intended) the question, “Do dogs actually need books?”

To find out, I did my own experiment with my dogs, Caramel (pit bull mix) and Scooby (we’re really not sure). I didn’t have a book, so I just made up a short story to tell them.

Caramel immediately wondered away. I believe her thought process was something like, “No food? I’m off for a nap.”

On the other hand, Scooby, who is some sort of large hound mix and that’s about all the breed information I have been able to determine for him, was immediately intrigued.

He moved up close to me as soon as I started to tell the story and seemed happy listening to the sound of my voice, not to mention my attention, directed completely toward him. I think he would really enjoy having a book read to him.

Scooby.

Apparently, other dogs feel the same way. I found this video of Bruce Littlefield, who wrote another book I found for dogs. This one is called, “The Bedtime Book for Dogs.” In the video, you can see him reading to a contented pup:


And, while I couldn’t really find any more titles of books written directly for dogs, I guess the takeaway is that, if your dog enjoys the activity, you can probably spend some time on a regular basis reading just about anything to them as a bonding experience.

Oh, and if you have a cat too, don’t forget to invite them to join in. If they look less than enthused, you may want to try bribing them with a glass of kitty wine.

 

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