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Top 8 Dogs In Fiction

Books featuring our favorite literary canines. If you don't agree that dogs are a man's best friend, skip these titles and stick to reading Cat Fancy.

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1. Enzo in THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN by Garth Stein

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Have you ever wondered what your dog is thinking? Then The Art of Racing in the Rain is the answer for you. Enzo is a lab terrier mix who hops in the passenger seat with race car driver Denny Swift. Enzo hates that he can’t speak, but he silently supports Denny and all of his dreams while offering his own wisdom about driving and life.

2. Kane in THE KILL SWITCH by James Rollins

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Former Army Ranger Tucker Wayne and his canine companion, Kane, travel to remote destinations to stop a potential global apocalypse. Hopefully, Tucker will give him a treat when they're done. If you like action and you consider a dog to be a man’s best friend, then this book is for you. It hits shelves in April 2014.

3. Bull’s Eye in OLIVER TWIST by Charles Dickens

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Bull’s Eye is the bull terrier owned by the villain of the book, Bill Sikes. He is the most loyal on our list because he is willing to hang out with a creep like Bill everyday. Pick up this classic to see what happens to our devoted Bull’s Eye.

4. Marley in MARLEY & ME by John Grogan

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Marley & Me is a heartwarming story about how a dog can change your life forever. John loves Marley- his weird quirks and neuroticism included. If you have seen the movie, you know you’ll need tissues when you read this book. Maybe even a couple of boxes.

5. Fang and Fluffy in the HARRY POTTER SERIES by J.K. Rowling

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There are so many good canine characters in the Harry Potter series, we couldn't decide on just one. Fang, Hagrid's slobbery boarhound, gets extra kudos for accompanying Hagrid into the creepiest forest ever.

Fluffy has some behavioral issues, but how could you say no to those faces?

6. Toto in THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum

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Toto loved Dorothy so much he left Kansas and went to another dimension with her to be chased by flying monkeys and a terrifying witch … now that’s loyalty! Toto is the cute, friendly sidekick Dorothy needs to find her way back home.

7. Old Dan and Little Ann in WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS by Wilson Rawls

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This one is a tearjerker. 10 year old Billy Coleman works and saves up enough money to buy two Redbone Coonhounds named Old Dan and Little Ann.This book shows the unconditional love between dogs and their owner, and if you needed two boxes of tissues for Marley & Me, you’ll probably need three for this one.

8. Cujo in CUJO by Stephen King

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We saved this one for last for obvious reasons. Even though Cujo is a rabid, crazed beast for most of the book, he starts out a good-natured, friendly St. Bernard. Before being bitten by the rabid bat, Cujo loved his family and was a great companion. Besides being a good scare, this book serves as a reminder to get your dogs vaccinated ASAP.

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