Dogs’ Top 10



With Christmas coming, you may be thinking about a present for your dog. Here’s a repost of our survey conducted back  in the very early days of this blog, June 2014, before many of you came along, in which we questioned 157 dogs about their favourites. Here they are in order:

1. The Hound of the Baskervilles (Arthur Conan Doyle)

2. The Poodle Wears Prada (Lauren Weisberger)

3. Pet Sematary (Stephen King)

4. Rabbbit, Run (John Updike)

5. White Teeth (Zadie Smith)

6. Lord of the Flies (William Golding)

7. Spaniel Deronda (George Eliot)

8. Poor Little Bitch Girl (Jackie Collins)

9. The Call of the Wild (Jack London)

10. The Golden Bow Wow (Henry James)

and they were keenly looking forward to E. Annie Proulx’s Bark-Skins.

Does your dog have other favourites? We’d be happy to update the list if anyone has done any more fieldwork.


21 thoughts on “Dogs’ Top 10

  1. A Bone for Danny Fisher: Harold Robbins
    The Stud Dog: Jackie Collins
    Great Danes: Charles Dickens
    Poodles and Pekingese: Jane Austen
    Leashed by Love: Barbara Cartland
    Cocker Mansions: Gert Loveday
    Marking Lampposts: Elizabeth jane Howard
    The Labrador’s Secret: M E Braddon
    In the Moon of Red Setters: James Lee Burke
    Circle of Dog Trainers: Maeve Binchy
    Woofington Square: Henry James (again)

    1. Guy, you’re really channelling your inner dog. Off the top of your head with one shake of the ears. Well done, sir! A bone for you. I’m off to “source”, as they say,
      The Labrador’s Secret.

    1. Orwell Homage to Catalonia
      Vikram Seth 9 lives
      Murakami The Wind-up Bird Chronicle
      China Mieville King Rat
      Tolstoy Purr and Peace
      Joyce Portrait of the Artist as a Young Kitten
      Hardy Puss of the Durbervilles
      Scott Fitzgerald The Great Catsby

      That do yer?

  2. Gert no 2 has come up with

    A Tail of Two Kitties Charles Dickens

    Catnapped R L Stevenson

    Cat-22 Joseph Heller

    We imagine they read these while listening to Purrcell, Debussy and Miaozart (dogs, of course, prefer Bark, Barkerini and Houndel).

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