Today is the last day of National Pet Week, celebrated during the first full week of May since 1981. National Pet Week is dedicated to America’s more than 200 million pets, and to encouraging responsible pet care. We celebrate National Pet Week with a few items from our collection about pets and their special place in the lives of their human friends.
|Garth Stein's novel The Art of Racing in the Rain is narrated by Enzo, a very wise dog who uses his time with his owner, Denny, to learn about compassion, loyalty, and hope. Enzo is sure that if he can only master those virtues, he'll be rewarded by getting to live his next life as a person. The Art of Racing in the Rain is available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive, or in print.|
|Old Yeller surely ranks high on the list of classic tear-jerker stories about pets. Tommy Kirk, Dorothy Maguire, and Fess Parker star in the story of a boy and his dog, and the sacrifices both will make to save their family. You may want a box of tissues on hand by the ending. Old Yeller is available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|And because there is a mystery series for every occasion, we turn to the Mrs. Murphy novels written by Rita Mae Brown (with assistance, according to the byline, from her cast Sneaky Pie Brown. Mary "Harry" Haristeen runs a small town post office, and frequently finds herself caught up in local murders, while her cat, Mrs. Murphy," tries to find ways to tell Harry what she knows about the case. The series begins with Wish You Were Here, available as an e-book at OverDrive, or in print.|