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    12 Required Reads For The "Dog Days" Of Summer

    The ancient Romans used the term "Dog Days" when the star Sirius shined brightest and brought with it the hottest temperatures of the year, generally between July 23 and August 23. Seriously, we looked it up. We won't read too much into the celestial aspect, but will use it as an excuse to recommend 12 excellent dog books to make the Dog Days bearable.

    Marley & Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan

    Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

    The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

    White Fang & Call of the Wild by Jack London

    Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend by Susan Orlean

    Cujo by Stephen King

    Travels With Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck

    Travels With Casey: My Journey Through Our Dog-Crazy Country by Benoit Denizet-Lewis

    The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

    James Herriot's Dog Stories: Warm And Wonderful Stories About The Animals Herriot Loves Best by James Herriot

    A Dog Year: Twelve Months, Four Dogs, and Me by Jon Katz

    OK, your turn. Which ones did we miss? Let us know!