Best Books of 2010: Books go to the dogs

Ever since Marley & Me pawed its way to the top, the old saying about man’s best friend should have been amended to an author’s best friend is her pooch.

Here are a few dog-themed books that show why they keep bounding onto our must-read list.

#1 Stay by Allie Larkin

Van Leone gives late-night, booze-y online shopping a whole new meaning when she buys a German shepherd puppy on the Web in the midst of a vodka-soaked Rin Tin Tin marathon.

But the puppy she’s expecting turns out to be an enormous, furniture-destroying Slovakian police dog.

The unlikely pair develop a friendship that helps Van deal with her unrequited love.

#2 You Had Me at Woof by Julie Klam

Thirty and single, Klam wondered if she would ever meet the love of her life. And then she met Otto, a Boston terrier.

Otto would be just the first in a long line of dogs Klam rescued, fostered and adopted, each one teaching Klam a little something along the way.

#3 I Thought You Were Dead by Pete Nelson

Paul is a hack writer with a ton of problems — his wife left him, his father suffered a debilitating stroke, his girlfriend is non-committal and his brother lost all their parents’ money.

The only one who is always there for him is Stella, his aging Labrador-Shepherd mix, who gives him advice and unconditional love.

#4 The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption by Jim Gorant

Gorant expands on his Sports Illustrated cover story on Michael Vick’s dog-fighting operation and the men and women who rescued his dogs. Gorant details the abuse in not-for-the-weak detail. He then shares the efforts to save these animals and tells the tales of dogs like Sox, who is now a therapy dog.

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