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Because it deserved its own post: Booking Through Thursday is a blog I've mentioned before -- a very neat one I often use to compile book surveys, as it consists of nothing but weekly prompts for book bloggers -- and this is the best question I've ever seen:

What animal-related books have you read? Which do you love? Do you have a favorite literary dog? (Snoopy, anyone?)

However, I am baffled by how many comments claim to have not so much as READ a single animal book. Am genuinely distressed by the "dog lovers" who claim they don't like "dog books," as if there are not 29058234523 great children's dog stories out there, most of which are older than me and/or could have been read by my parents. ARE YOU ALL INSANE, OR JUST EXTRA FORGETFUL?

Without breaking into my sealed boxes (I gotta write down what's in all those...) and limiting myself to minimal research, I'm just going to run you down a massive list of all the animal books I own, loved, or was reminded I love in the course of what turned into an epic blog-post-reading project. Still not anywhere near 100% inclusive. All ages, all styles -- mostly juvenile to YA -- though not many picture books because it's been so long since I've seen them that I can't remember much. Alphabetized in Open Office for some semblance of order.

DOGS

(note that where I have indented lists below an "everything" author, this is merely to highlight the books I've actually read. There are more.)
  • A Dog Named Christmas
  • Angus (the Scottish terrier) picture books
  • Beautiful Joe
  • Bel Ria: Dog of War
  • Call of the Wild
  • Danger Dog
  • Everything by Albert Payson Terhune
    • Buff: A Collie
    • Lad: A  Dog
    • The Dogs of Sunnybank
    • Treve
  • Everything by Jim Kjelgaard
    • A Nose for Trouble
    • Big Red, Irish Red,  Outlaw Red
    • Desert Dog
    • Lion Hound
    • Rescue Dog of the High Pass
    • Snow Dog
    • Stormy
    • Two Dogs and a Horse
  • Follow My Leader
  • Golden Dog
  • Good Dog, Carl (the Rottweiler) picture books
  • Home is the North
  • Hurry Home, Candy
  • Kavik the Wolf Dog
  • Kazan the Wolf Dog (unrelated)
  • More Than Courage (dogs/horses, stories)
  • Nop's Trials
  • Old Yeller, Savage Sam
  • One Hundred and One Dalmatians
  • Ribsy
  • Santa Paws & sequels
  • Sasha, My Friend
  • Shamrock Queen: Always Reddy
  • Shiloh & sequels (side note: so pleased this won widespread acclaim! animal books don't do that so often after 1975)
  • Smoke: Dog on the Run
  • The Comeback Dog
  • The Fox and the Hound
  • The Incredible Journey
  • The Lemon Meringue Dog
  • The Seventh One (special promotion for out of print obscurity:, it's a gorgeous 7-chapter reflection, one per dog, of an elderly man recounting the story of each dog he has owned since childhood)
  • The Silver Chief: Dog of the North books (O'Brien)
  • The Trouble With Tuck
(I haven't actually read Lassie Come Home -- what!! -- but I bet that's awesome too)

HORSES
  • A Horse for XYZ
  • A Horse of Her Own
  • A Horse to Love
  • A Morgan for Melinda
  • Beauty
  • Black Beauty
  • Blind Beauty
  • Comanche of the Seventh
  • Doodlebug
  • Everything by Dorothy Lyons
    • Dark Sunshine
    • Golden Sovereign
    • holy crap, I need to get my hands on way more Dorothy Lyons books
  • Everything by Jean Slaughter Doty
    • Can I Get There By Candlelight?
    • If Wishes Were Horses
    • Monday's Horses
    • Summer Pony
    • The Crumb
    • Valley of the Ponies
    • Winter Pony
    • Yesterday's Horses
  • EVERYTHING BY MARGUERITE HENRY
    • Album of Horses
    • Black Gold
    • Born to Trot
    • Brighty of the Grand Canyon
    • Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley
    • Five O'Clock Charlie
    • Gaudenzia, Pride of the Palio
    • Justin Morgan Had A Horse
    • King of the Wind
    • Misty of Chincoteague; Sea Star, Orphan of Chincoteague; Stormy, Misty's Foal; Misty's Twilight
    • Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West
    • San Domingo: Medicine Hat Stallion
    • White Stallions of Lippizza
  • Flying Changes (special "most animals ever found in a non-mystery adult novel" award...and I suppose the first book, Riding Lessons)
  • Mystery of Pony Hollow/Pony Hollow Panda
  • Red Horse Hill
  • Runaway Stallion
  • Shadow Horse
  • Sky Rocket: The Story of a Little Bay Horse
  • Smoky the Cowhorse
  • Stealing Thunder
  • The Blind Colt
  • The First Horse I See
  • The Ginger Pony
  • The Outside of a Horse
  • The Snow Pony
  • The Stolen Pony
  • Top Horse of Crescent Ranch
  • War Horse
  • Whinny of the Wild Horses
  • Wild Horse Killers
  • Wild Horse Summer
  • Wild Horses of Rainrock (unrelated)
  • Wild Pony Island
  • Willow King
  • Winter of the Owl
OTHER ANIMALS
  • An Otter's Story
  • Bambi
  • Bandoola (elephant)
  • Blitzcat
  • Catwings books
  • Charlotte's Web
  • Gentle Ben
  • Gloomy Gus
  • Halic: The Story of a Gray Seal
  • Julie of the Wolves (enough about wolves to count, I think.)
  • Rascal (raccoon)
  • Rinkin of Dragon's Wood (another coon)
  • The Ark/Rowan Farm (animals play a significant role, as suggested by the title)
  • The Bear
  • The Cat Who Went to Heaven
  • The King Ram
  • The Last Wolf of Ireland
  • The Velveteen Rabbit (it absolutely counts...although so should all of Beatrix Potter, if I'm going that way)
  • The Wolfling
  • Vison the Mink
  • Vulpes the Red Fox
  • Wild Animals I Have Known
  • Wolf at the Door

...I totally forgot about unicorns. Crap! Argh, has been too long since I've read them and I can't remember which are more about unicorns than the other silly magical junk. Whisper, the Winged Unicorn is an adorable tiny picture book, though.
 

NON-FICTION
  • A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
  • All Creatures Great and Small, and other Herriot compilations
    • + roughly a squillion other vet biographies that I cannot keep straight in my head for anything
  • Born Free, and other Elsa The Lioness books
  • Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies
  • Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
  • Frosty: A Raccoon to Remember
  • Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale
  • Last Dog on the Hill
  • Shy Boy: The Horse That Came In From the Wild
  • Summers With the Bears
  • The Bears and I
  • The Cats of Thistle Hill
  • The Daily Coyote
  • The Dogs Who Came to Stay
  • The Horses in My Life

Whew! LONG LIST IS CRAZY LONG.

By the way, feel free to answer this prompt -- probably much, much more briefly -- in the comments here. I don't usually care if I get comments, but I want them on this post to see if you're as nutty as the general population. It's OK if you are, I'm just curious. I'm sure you'll be picking some selections off my extensive list to educate yourselves. ;)


On the bright side, I read through every single response and a few responses to responses, and I picked up a handful of reading recs (The Silver Brumby is a book?? What is this popular Greyfriars Bobby and why don't I know of it?? [EDIT: oh, woohoo, looking at the title triggered a memory; I think that was the $6 dog book I saw at the antique store a year ago and couldn't remember the name of! I feel better about not buying it now, there must be plenty of copies around.]

Comments

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pink_flame_87
Jul. 15th, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
I have read a lot of these over the years (not all of them that would be impressive lol). I love some animal books, but have to say as a kid I was deeply freaked out by talking animal books. If they dressed like humans it just sent me over the edge lol. I have no idea where this came from, and have always been fine with cartoons of this nature so why reading them was so horrifying I can't say...
rainbowstevie
Jul. 17th, 2011 05:38 am (UTC)
Gotta say, I've never heard this particular response. How talking-animal are we talking? Wind in the Willows level, or did even a wild animal narrating the action get to you?

On another note, yay for you reading this post!
pink_flame_87
Jul. 18th, 2011 12:12 pm (UTC)
Wind in the Willows definitely was over the top freaky for me but I also remember being really against that book with the mouse that rode the motorcycle? Was his name Ralph? Not sure. I don't think the people knew he could talk but he did and he had his little motorcycle outfit and I didn't like it.

Yeah, the more I think about it the weirder and more unexplaniable it seems to me. : p
rainbowstevie
Jul. 18th, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes, Ralph of The Mouse and the Motorcycle. We read that for class an eternity ago, I'd almost forgotten it. Kind of cracky, now that I look at it with fresh eyes...
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