Best Stories of the Animal-Human Bond


Mostly non-fiction memoirs - some fictionalized history - occasional fiction... Wonderful tales of animals of many kinds, in fascinating relation to people to who cared for them:


The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein (novel about a Seattle race car driver and his challenging family experiences, told from the point of view of his very wise and observant dog)

Bears in the Family - Peter Krott (memoir of a German wildlife biologist who, with his family, raised 2 European brown bear cubs in the Italian Alps)

The Daisy Sutra: Conversations with My Dog - Helen Weaver (memoir of a woman's consultation with 3 animal communicators - and her beloved, and perceptive, dog - during Daisy's last months and after her death)

Dearest Prickles: the Story of a Hedgehog Family - Walter & Christl Poduschka (later 20th-century memoir of German biologists who take a hedgehog into their home)

Dog On It - Spencer Quinn (a truly delightful and spot-on look at what a detective dog would be thinking and saying and doing if he could tell the tale - a good mystery, and oh so funny!)

The Elephant Keeper - Christopher Nicholson (novel about 18th-century England:  two specimen elephants and their caretaker)

Gifts of an Eagle - Kent Durden (memoir about a 20th-century wildlife biologist who raised a female eagle... and eventually freed her to live in the wild with a mate)

Grayson - Lynne Cox (memoir of a champion swimmer and sea-lover's teenage experience with a lost baby whale off the California coast)

King Solomon's Ring - Konrad Lorenz (memoirs - and behavioral biology lessons - of famous Austrian biologist's household of jackdaws and other animals)

Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog - Ted Kerasote (memoir of a for-a-time-feral dog and his companion's efforts to allow him freedom within the bounds of domestication)

Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant that Ever Lived - Ralph Helfer (fictionalized memoir of the adventures and triumphs of famous 20th-c. circus/work elephant and his born-in-the-same-hour German caretaker)

Ride a White Horse - William Holt (memoir of a mid-20th-century Yorkshireman who rescues a misused delivery horse and travels England and Europe in his company)

Ring of Bright Water - Gavin Maxwell (poetic mid-20th-century memoir of an English writer's experience with household otters in rural Scotland)

Wesley the Owl: the Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl - Stacey O'Brien (memoir of a rare home life with a barn owl)

Wonky: an Uncommon Pigeon - Dulcimer Nielsen (Kindle memoir of a special pigeon who lived his entire 12 years with a family of human and cat friends, who took care of him and loved him throughout his last disabled years as well)