Guest Blogger: Donna Winters writes about five of her favorite books for dogs

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 01/24/2014 - 10:05

Five of My Favorite Books about Dogs by Donna Winters

I’ve read some great dog titles over the years and share them here for dog lovers everywhere.

The first three titles are nonfiction by Dr. Stanley Coren, a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia and a recognized expert on dog-human interaction.

The fourth title is a memoir of a beloved border collie, and the fifth title is fiction from a dog’s point of view.


Three nonfiction titles by Stanley Coren

How Dogs Think

Dr. Stanley Coren presents an informative, in-depth, fascinating look into the mental process of dogs. This book gives you the insight into the reasons for the silly, quirky, and apparently irrational behaviors that dogs demonstrate, and explains those stunning flashes of brilliance and creativity that they also can display. Dr. Coren puts you at the dog’s eye view and lets you hear through his ears, and sense the world through his nose. In this book you will also learn how dogs solve problems, learn, and take in new information.

Some of the subjects explored in detail include:
• the mind of a dog
• the senses of hearing, smelling, and tasting
• early learning
• sensing earthquakes
• dogs training dogs

I found this book fascinating from beginning to end!

The Intelligence of Dogs

Do dogs really think? Are they conscious in the same way humans are? What is the nature of canine memory? Can dogs communicate with us — and, if so, how can we understand them? Do they have feelings such as guilt, loyalty, and jealousy? Do they experience joy and sorrow?

Rich in wit, wisdom, and anecdote, The Intelligence of Dogs is a book that will bring you a greater understanding and enjoyment of the habits, antics, and abilities of your dog.

Until I read this book, I did not understand the criteria for ranking intelligence of various dog breeds. Now, I understand, but I think the list could more accurately be named the “Dog Trainability List” since it reflects how trainable each breed is, in comparison with other breeds. Nevertheless, this book is a gem and a must-read for dog lovers seeking greater understanding of their dogs’ capacity for learning.

The Pawprints of History: Dogs and the Course of Human Events

Stanley Coren has amassed a truly remarkable collection of stories, some of which he has shared in his previous books. Now, in "The Pawprints of History," the stories themselves are the focus. Coren's vignettes of dogs in the great dramas of human history are a delight.

Did you know that in the thick of the Battle of Germantown, George Washington called a cease-fire solely to return General Howe's beloved fox terrier, who had wandered out of Howe's tent and across enemy lines? When the Earl of Wilshire's springer spaniel nipped the Pope's toe, he may not have precipitated the English Reformation, but he certainly didn't help matters.

In this definitive collection of canine greatness, bursting with tales of famous figures and their four-legged catalysts, Coren convincingly documents that wherever history treads, you will find pawprints.

A Memoir

A Dog for All Seasons by Patti Sherlock

Patti Sherlock’s working relationship with her Border Collie, Duncan, got her through the ups and downs of sixteen years on a sheep farm in Idaho. During that time, Duncan was an unwavering companion through the destruction of Patti’s marriage, her children inevitably leaving home one by one, and eventually, her decision to stop raising sheep. Patti’s life on the farm is a reflection of beginnings and endings, and the cycle of seasons in all of our lives.

This heartwarming true story captures every nuance of a dog’s emotions, lovingly described by the remarkable woman whose writing brings Duncan to life. I found this book to be riveting from beginning to end.


A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron

This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, A Dog’s Purpose touches on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: Why are we here?

Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey’s search for his new life’s meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog.

But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey’s journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders—will he ever find his purpose?

Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog's Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.

The author is a genius at getting inside a dog’s head. As Cesar Millan said, he got it just right.

Note: Some of the information about the above titles was gleaned from descriptions at

About the Author:

Donna Winters lives with her husband and two rescued canines in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She has nineteen books in print including fifteen historical romances, one historical novel, one contemporary romance, and two nonfiction titles. Learn more about her and her books at

Find her newest release, Adventures with Vinnie, on Amazon here:
Here’s a little about her latest book, Adventures with Vinnie, the true story of her experience with a shelter dog.

Handsome. Affectionate. In need of a forever home. And we were in need of another rescue dog. Thus began our Adventures with Vinnie.

From his first day to his last, the only predictable thing about Vinnie was his unpredictability. Loving and loyal, an escape artist to rival Houdini, and a genuinely comical fellow, his antics will make you laugh, give you a fright (but only for a moment), and melt your heart.

So join us, won’t you? With Vinnie, there’s never a dull moment!

Favorite books about dogs

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 01/27/2014 - 13:18.

Thanks for letting me share my favorite books about dogs!
Donna Winters