9 Human-Animal Friendship Books

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Whether you’re a dog person, a cat person, an anaconda person, or a plain old people person, you can’t not appreciate a human-animal relationship novel. Consider: You don’t have to deal with shedding and you bear no responsibility to feed or walk said animal, but you do get a taste of the intense emotional bond that exists between humans and our furry (…or scaly) friends. The author of the first book on our list once noted: “Animal lovers are a special breed of humans, generous of spirit, full of empathy, perhaps a little prone to sentimentality, and with hearts as big as a cloudless sky.” The same can be said about the animals with which they interact, and as you’ll discover in the following books, these animals can teach us very real lessons about what it means to be human. The dog days of summer are upon us; time to celebrate with some beloved classics.

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