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Books for Animal Lovers

Whether it’s dogs, cats, pigs or an entire zoo full of animals that you love, these books are for you!

There’s something about animal stories that tug at the heart, bringing smiles and tears as we follow the journey of a particular pet or wild critter.

For animal lovers, the best ones involve a connection between animals and humans, and the following books will give you that warm, fuzzy (or hairy, furry or feathery) feeling.

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

This fictional account of one dog’s quest for his purpose is funny and heartwarming. Told in the first-doggie point of view, the story follows the dog into his several lives as he keeps being reborn as a puppy. Be sure to have a good supply of tissues.

Tell Me Where it Hurts by Dr. Nick Trout

The subtitle of this book, A Day of Humor, Healing and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon, says it all. With a view from the vet’s side of the examination table, Trout teaches us what it’s like to be a veterinarian with humor and compassion. The book will confirm why we love our animals.

Extraordinary Pigs by Stephen Green-Armytage

Cute, funny-looking, spotted, wrinkled and curly-coated—this book is full of all kinds of pigs. The book features 38 pigs from around the world, including Vietnam, Africa and Hungary.

Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives by Thomas French

Photo-journalist French takes the reader behind the scenes at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. You’ll learn from the author’s six years of research by following some of the zoo’s inhabitants, including a chimp that prefers blondes and a tiger that loves perfume.

Alex & Me by Irene M. Pepperberg

This sweet story tells (per the book’s subtitle) “How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence - and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process.” Alex was an African gray parrot who, while working with Pepperberg, leaned more than 100 words. Their 30-year relationship is an amazing story.

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