Books & Articles – Families w/Animals

  1. Bibliographies
  2. Nonfiction
  3. Science
  4. Fiction & Poetry
  5. Memoir & Biography
  6. Articles


Animal Studies Bibliography, a project of the Animal Studies Program, Michigan State University, managed by Linda Kalof, Seven Mattes, and Amy Fitzgerald. It is organized in categories, including “Animals as Companions.”

Animals, Death, and Grief, a project of the Green Pet-Burial Society, hosted by Family Spirals®.


Ackerman-Lieberman, Phillip and Rakefet Zalashik (eds.), A Jew’s Best Friend?: The Image of the Dog throughout Jewish History. 2013. Sussex Academic Press.

Anderson, Allen, and Linda Anderson. Animals and the Kids Who Love Them: Extraordinary True Stories of Hope, Healing, and Compassion. 2011. New World Library.

Arluke, Arnold. Just a Dog: Understanding Animal Cruelty and Ourselves. 2006. Temple University Press.

Arluke, Arnold and Andrew Rowan. Underdogs: Pets, People, and Poverty. 2020. Athens: University of Georgia Press.

Beck, Alan and Aaron Katcher. Between Pets and People: The Importance of Animal Companionship. 1996. Purdue University Press (REV SUB edition).

Birke, Lynda and Harry Wels (eds.). Dreaming of Pegasus: Equine Imaginings. 2022. Uttoxeter, Kingston: Victorina Press. Description

Birke, Lynda and Kirrilly Thompson. 2017. (Un)Stable Relations: Horses, Humans and Social Agency. New York: Routledge.

Boisseron, Bénédicte. Afro-Dog: Blackness and the Animal Question. 2018. Columbia University Press.

Bourke, Joanna. Loving Animals: On Bestiality, Zoophilia and Post-Human Love. 2020. Reaktion Books. [“That it is far more widespread than commonly believed justifies the need for thorough, contemporary examination.” – Jonathan Balcombe]

Campbell, Andrew. Not Without My Pet: Understanding The Relationship Between Victims Of Domestic Violence And Their Pets. 2021.

Danta, Ron and Danny Robertshaw, Larry Lindner. Forever Home: How We Turned Our House into a Haven for Abandoned, Abused, and Misunderstood Dogs―and Each Other. 2022. HarperOne. 

Donovan, Tristan. Feral Cities: Adventures with Animals in the Urban Jungle. 2015. Chicago Review Press.

Grimm, David. Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs. 2014. New York: Public Affairs Books.

Harriman, Marinell. House Rabbit Handbook: How to Live with an Urban Rabbit. 2017. Drollery Press (Fifth Edition). Purchase here.

Holland, Jennifer S. Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom. 2011. Workman Publishing Company.

Irvine, Leslie. My Dog Always Eats First: Homeless People and Their Animals. 2015. Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc. Reprint Edition,

Kean, Hilda. The Great Cat and Dog Massacre: The Real Story of World War Two’s Unknown Tragedy. 2017. University of Chicago Press.

Kreilkamp, Ivan. Minor Creatures: Persons, Animals, and the Victorian Novel. 2018. University of Chicago Press.

Noske, Barbara. Beyond Boundaries: Humans and Animals. 1997. Buffalo: Black Rose Books. [Originally published in 1989]

Pierce, Jessica and Marc Bekoff. A Dog’s World: Imagining the Lives of Dogs in a World without Humans. 2021. Princeton University Press. [The premise of this book is speculative, yet provides a context in which to explore and consider the most recent scientific information about dogs’ behaviors and needs.]

Riggs, Damien W. Riggs, Shoshana Rosenberg, Heather Fraser, Nik Taylor. Queer Entanglements: Intersections of Gender, Sexuality, and Animal Companionship. 2021. Cambridge University Press.

Rogers, Katharine M. The Cat and the Human Imagination: Feline Images from Bast to Garfield. 1998. U of Michigan Press.

Tague, Ingrid H. Animal Companions: Pets and Social Change in Eighteenth-Century Britain. 2017. Penn State University Press.

Taylor, Nik and Heather Fraser. Companion Animals and Domestic Violence: Rescuing Me, Rescuing You. 2019. London: Palgrave.

Walker-Meikle, Kathleen. Medieval Pets. 2012. Boydell Press.

Woolfson, Esther. Between Light and Storm: How We Live With Other Species. 2020. Granta Books.

——-. Field Notes from a Hidden City: An Urban Nature Diary. 2014. Granta Books.


Braitman, Laurel. Animal Madness: Inside Their Minds. 2015. Simon & Schuster (Reprint).

Burghardt, Gordon M. The Genesis of Animal Play: Testing the Limits. 2006. Bradford Books.

Cooke, Lucy. Bitch: On the Female of the Species. 2022. Basic Books.

Horowitz, Alexandra. Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know. 2010. Scribner.

Pilley Jr., John W., and Hilary Hinzmann. Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words. 2014 (Reprint edition). Harvest.

Yong, Ed. An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us. 2022. Random House.

Fiction & Poetry

Arikawa, Hiro, and Philip Gabriel (translator). The Travelling Cat Chronicles. 2018. Berkley; Illustrated edition. Japan.

Fowler, Karen Joy. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves: A Novel. 2013. USA. [One cannot adequately review the book without a spoiler. It was, however, shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize.]

Hiraide, Takashi and Eric Selland (translator). The Guest Cat. 2014. New Directions. Japan.

Kawamura, Genki, and Eric Selland (translator). If Cats Disappeared from the World: A Novel. 2019. Flatiron Books. Japan. [Also made into a 2016 Japanese film directed by Akira Nagai.]

Natsume, Sōseki, Aiko Ito (translator) and Graeme Wilson (translator). I Am a Cat. 2001. Tuttle Classics. Japan. [A classic of Japanese literature originally published in ten installments in the literary journal Hototogisu, from 1905-1906. As with much literature, the animal provides an opportunity for social criticism, although Sōseki also paid attention to real cats. This edition is translated in British English, using expression that may be unfamiliar to US audiences. There is also a shorter, illustrated 2021 Manga edition.]

Nunez, Sigrid. The Friend: A Novel. 2018. Riverhead Books.

Oliver, Mary. Dog Songs: Poems. 2013. Penguin Press.

Szabo, Magda (Author), Len Rix (Translator). The Door (NYRB Classics). 2015

Memoir & Biography

Ackerley, J.R. We Think the World of You. 1960. Great Britain: The Bodley Head (rereleased in NYRB Classics). Review.

Blazina, Chris. One Unwavering Friend: Heartwarming Tales of Men and Dogs. 2021. London: Filament Press. Description

Buczkowski, Pete. Dog: An Immigrant Story. 2016. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. “Pedrito’s parents survived Hitler’s forced labor camps in Poland. They moved to Venezuela and waited ten years for visas that would take them to America. Dog is their pet–a fierce South American rooster…[whose] courage helps the family bridge that gap between the jungle and 1950’s America.”]

Fentiman, CJ. The Cat with Three Passports: What a Japanese cat taught me about an old culture and new beginnings. 2020. Silver Vine Press. Japan.

Grogan, John. Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog. 2005. HarperCollins. [The book was made into a popular film in 2008, directed by David Frankel.]

Kalman, Maira (also illustrator). Beloved Dog. 2015. Penguin Press. [Read this review from The Marginalian.]

Montgomery, Sy and Rebecca Green (Illustrator). How To Be A Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals. Mariner Books.

Myles, Eileen. Afterglow: A Dog Memoir. 2017. Grove Press. Review.

Normile, Jo Anne and Lawrence Lindner. Saving Baby: How One Woman’s Love for a Racehorse Led to Her Redemption. 2013. Powder Point Publishing.

O’Brien, Stacey. Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl. 2008. Simon and Schuster.

Sarton, May and Jared Williams (Illustrator). The Fur Person. 2014. W. W. Norton & Company; Gift edition. USA.

Steinbeck, John. Travels with Charley: In Search of America. 1962. Viking. USA.


(see Animal Studies Bibliography for a full list under “Animals as Companions.”)

Cochrane, Alasdair, ‘Born in Chains?’, in Lori Gruen (ed.), The Ethics of Captivity (New York, 2014; online edn, Oxford Academic, 19 June 2014).

Cooke, S. Duties to Companion AnimalsRes Publica 17, 261 (2011).

Cultural depictions of cats in Wikipedia.

Johnston, Beatrice. The World of Medieval Dogdom in History Today. Oct 3, 2019.

Medieval Pet Names in 2013.

Mershon, Katharine. The Theology of Dog Training in Vicki Hearne’s Adam’s Task in Religions 10, no. 1 (2019) : 25.

Naveed, Sarmad. Pets in Muslim Households? – What the BBC & Richard Dawkins Got Wrong About Animals & Islam in The Review of Religions. 30th July 30, 2022.

Woolfson, Esther. Love you to death: how we hurt the animals we cherish. The Guardian 11 Aug 2020. [This is an excerpt from her book, Between Light and Storm: How We Live With Other Species, listed above.]