He was a spur of the moment decision, made three minutes after the shelter closed its gates when we were still inside. And it's been the best decision we've ever made. Raynor's my best friend. He's always pulling mischief, always happy to see me, and always cuddly. Frankly, I'd like to think he thinks the same thing about me.
But Raynor wasn't my first pup. In middle school and high school, I had the coolest yellow lab named Ginger. She was my best friend. She was motherly too, kind of like Nana from Peter Pan. Rest in piece, sweet Ginger.
Which got me thinking, are there any good YA books out there with dogs in it? And I'm not talking about someone mentioning a dog once in the book, I'm talking about a dog that is a key character in the book, a sidekick, or a driving force. I couldn't really think of any. At least not mainstream ones. And after looking, many of the ones I could find with dogs basically were just about them dying. Ugh.
So, writers get on this!
These pups that steal our hearts in real life, totally deserve to be written in. Don't you think?
In the meantime, I did some digging and found that there were some YA books with dogs in them. You've probably never heard of a lot of them, and most of them are from the 90's, so don't judge them by their covers...
YA Books with dogs:
YA Books I've read with dogs playing a small part:
Okay, the one below isn't YA but I loved it...
What books have I missed? Do you have a favorite I don't know about? Are you writing a novel with a dog in it? I'd love to hear in the comments below!