Spoiler Alert: 10 Dog Books Guaranteed to Make You Cry


What is it about sad stories about the death of an animal that can turn the most together person into a sobbing mess? Must go back to our earliest childhoods and those traumatic Disney movies like Bambi and Dumbo. Then we read classic children’s books like Old Yeller and Charlotte’s Web…who could stand a chance? Some of the saddest stories often involve the loss of a beloved dog. Yes, we’ve all been there. Grab a Kleenex and check out some of these sad, but great, reads.  Spoiler alert:  the dog dies.


Sounder, William H. Armstrong


Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls


I Am Legend, Richard Matheson


Marley and Me, John Grogan


My Dog Skip, Willie Morris


The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, David Wroblewski


The Hotel New Hampshire, John Irving


The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein


Hachiko Waits, Leslea Newman


The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera





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