Further canine reading
The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs (Random House), with a foreword by Malcolm Gladwell, is a gorgeous large-format collection packed with terrific dog-centric fiction, nonfiction and poetry by a range of the magazine's stable of exceptional writers, plus covers, illustrations, photos and a bounty of cartoons. A literary dog lovers' delight.
Rabid: Are You Crazy About Your Dog or Just Crazy? (Bloomsbury) by Pamela Redmond Satran covers dog Halloween costumes, weddings, funerals and other accoutrements, as well as offering self-evaluation tips for the dog-smitten: You're crazy about your dog if it makes an appearance in your wedding photos, just plain crazy if you have the wedding at the dog run.
Further feline reading
How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You (Andrews McMeel) by the Oatmeal and Matthew Inman is a hilariously sinister comic collection (not for kids!) from theoatmeal.com that will evoke plenty of nervous laughter from cat owners; includes a pullout poster of the classic "How to Pet a Kitty."
The Ralph Steadman Book of Cats (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) gathers fierce, freaky but fond portraits of cats — including cats with their celebrities, such as T.S. Eliot (who has a lot to answer for, catwise) — by Steadman, best known for his spot-on illustrations of Hunter S. Thompson's books.