Join the Scottie News Dog Book Club

Bashan and I by Thomas Mann

Welcome to a new Scottish Terrier and Dog News feature — the weekly dog book club.

It was inspired by my new Kindle, which I bought with the proceeds of my income tax refund last spring and which I love, even if I am a little bitter that I got it just before Amazon introduced the better-looking black Kindles a few weeks later.

But I digress. Here are a few things I love about my Kindle:

  1. If I hear or read about a book that sounds interesting, I can order it instantaneously. This is extremely important for someone like me, who has very little impulse control.
  2. The Kindle is way easier to read than a book, newspaper or magazine  on a crowded subway commute as it only takes one hand.
  3. You can put dozens of books on your Kindle and it still weighs next to nothing.
  4. It’s cheaper than buying paper books. No, it’s not cheaper than the library, but if you’re like me and have a library fine problem extending back to your childhood, it’s still a bargain.
  5. Books on the Kindle are easy to annotate.
  6. With the Kindle’s built-in dictionary, you’re more likely to look up those words you’re unsure about.

To get the book club started, I’m going to recommend three books, some of which have been previously featured on the Scottie News:

  1. Cesar’s Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems – A classic rags to riches tale. And regular readers know that I think Cesar Millan’s a total hottie.
  2. Bashan and I by Thomas Mann – (Also known as A Man and his Dog) What can I say? It’s a dog story by the guy who won the Nobel Prize for literature. Back in 1923 the New York Times reported that this book had been called “the  finest study of the mind of a dog ever written.” Almost a century later, I agree. These days, however, Mann doesn’t get the attention he deserves either for his dog work or anything else.  Order Death in Venice: And Seven Other Stories and you’ll get six more stories. The only thing that would have made it better is if Bashan were a Scottie instead of a Pointer.
  3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Okay, the dog is not a central character in this one, but it’s truly one of the most amazing books I’ve read in the past decade so it had to go on the debut book club list.

Imagine, if you had a Kindle, you could be reading any of these books within 30 seconds.

But even if you don’t have a Kindle or know any of these books, please leave a comment — or recommend your favourite dog lit.

8 thoughts on “Join the Scottie News Dog Book Club

  1. Dog books I have enjoyed:
    Dog On It-A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn Also wrote Thereby Hangs a Tail- just fun brainless reading
    Racing In The Rain- by Garth Stein- super book everyone I know that read it loved it
    The Story O f Edgar Sawtelle- by David Wroldewski-I loved this but others did not

  2. John Katz writes the most wonderful books about dogs:
    The Story of Orson, Bedland Farms, Katz on Dogs, they are all wonderful books, and based on true stories. Please add them to your book club reading list.

    I am ordering Bashan and I from the library as soon as I submit this comment.

  3. On this Scottie blog we certainly must add James Thurber. Sadly, “Thurber’s Dogs” is out of print, but there’s now “The Dog Department: James Thurber on Hounds, Scotties, and Talking Poodles”. His stuff is timeless…

  4. Please remember the five Harry and Lola (rescyed Scotties) books you can buy on or All profits go to Scottie rescue. “A Home for Harry and Lola”, “Harry and Lola at the Sisters Rodeo”, “Harry and Lola with Smoki the Magical Cat”, “Harry and Lola in Scotland” and “Harry and Lola Meet Santa Paws”. Thanks so much to all who have purchased the books so far!

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