Your Beach Bag Is Missing One of These Chewy-Favorite Beach Reads

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BeChewy Beach Reads for Pet Parents
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Your Beach Bag Is Missing One of These Chewy-Favorite Beach Reads

Nothing says “summer” quite like the beach and a good book. And we have a great list of beach reads for pet parents, whether you’re a dog lover who wants something warm and fuzzy or a cat parent looking for a good laugh. All that’s left to do is make room in your beach bag for one (or more!) of these page-turners.

Books That Make Us Happy

"A Street Cat Named Bob"

This is an uplifting and heartwarming true story of a street musician struggling to make ends meet and an injured cat he found curled up in the hallway of his apartment building. The unlikely new friends develop a transformative bond that is the definition of the phrase “who rescued who?” The story made so many people around the world happy that it was turned into a major motion picture in 2016.

Goodreads rating: 3.95/5
Chewy shoppers’ rating: 5/5

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A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life book cover

"The World According to Bob"

The sequel to the international bestseller “A Street Cat Named Bob,” this book follows the continued adventures of James and his best-friend/sidekick, Bob, as they navigate all of life’s ups and downs. “The World According to Bob” is an obvious addition to your list of summer beach reads if you’ve read the first Bob book, but it also comes highly recommended by Chewy customers!

Goodreads rating: 4.28/5
Chewy shoppers’ rating: 5/5

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The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man & His Streetwise Cat

Books That Make Us Smarter

"What’s My Dog Thinking?"

Make your summer reading list an educational one! This book covers more than 80 of your pooch’s behaviors, what they mean, and what you should do to respond to each. It’s a good book that will make you feel super-smart when it comes to understanding the messages your dog is trying to send, whether it’s rolling over on their back, scratching, or getting the zoomies.

Goodreads rating: 4.12/5
Chewy shoppers’ rating: 5/5

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"The Other End of the Leash"

Author Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D., is a certified applied animal behaviorist and dog trainer who breaks down why humans behave the way we do around dogs, how dogs might interpret that behavior, and how to improve our communication with them. This should be one of your essential beach books if you’re interested in dog training or just learning how to speak dog a little bit better.

Goodreads rating: 4.38/5
Chewy shoppers’ rating: 5/5

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Books That Make Us Laugh

"Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed (and Other Heartwarming Letters from Kitty)"

Written by stand-up comedian Jeremy Greenberg, this quick read (it’s just 64 pages) will have any cat lover LOLing over the letters penned by kitties to their human parents. It’s a funny—and probably pretty accurate—peek into a cat’s mind and what they would say to us if they could communicate beyond meows and yowls. Chewy customers say kids find the stories just as funny, so add this book to your list of beach books for the whole family.

Goodreads rating: 3.9/5
Chewy shoppers’ rating: 4.7/5

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"How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You" called the book “dangerously funny,” which is exactly what we’d expect from Matt Inman, creator of the well-loved satire site Inman is a cat dad himself, so you know he can totally relate to understanding how—and when—to correctly pet a kitty and the pain of “love mauls.” This No. 1 “The New York Times” bestseller is one of the best beach reads for anyone wondering if your “best friend’s” behavior is out of adoration… or if they’re secretly planning your demise.

Goodreads rating: 3.91/5
Chewy shoppers’ rating: 4/5

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Books That Make Us Cry

"Marley & Me"

No list of beach reads for dog parents is complete without the No. 1 “The New York Times” bestseller “Marley & Me.” It’s a heartwarming and hilarious story of a newlywed couple who adopts an adorable Labrador Retriever puppy—who eventually grows into 97 pounds of pure chaos. You’ll laugh at Marley’s wild-child antics, then cry alongside the rest of us as you fall in love with this beloved dog. After you’re done with the book, you can relive the love story in the 2008 eponymous rom-com starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson.

Goodreads rating: 4.13/5

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Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog book cover

"Keller's Heart"

“Keller’s Heart” is technically a children’s book, but we still recommend it for grownup dog lovers looking for a heartfelt and inspiring beach book this summer. It’s the story of a young girl named Raven, who is deaf, and the special relationship she has with her new dog, Keller, who is deaf and blind. This beach read will tug at all your heartstrings as the pair show the world that it’s OK to be different. As one Chewy customer put it, “Keep your tissues handy, but it’s worth every tear.”

Goodreads rating: 4.72/5
Chewy shoppers’ rating: 5/5

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"The Art of Racing in the Rain"

You’ll cry all the happy tears while reading this “The New York Times” bestseller narrated by a dog, Enzo, who, as one reviewer put it, “has much to teach us about being human.” After you’ve finished reading the book, don’t put the tissues away quite yet, because “The Art of Racing in the Rain” is also a movie, featuring “This Is Us” star Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried, and Kevin Costner, as Enzo.

Goodreads rating: 4.22/5

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Books That Make Us Think

"Mission Impawsible"

Consider “Mission Impawsible” a necessary addition to any list of beach reads for pet parents who love a good whodunit. This book is the fourth mystery from the bestselling author of the “Paws & Claws” series and follows Trixie the Jack Russell Terrier and Twinkletoes the cat as they help the main character fetch a killer—before it’s too late.

Goodreads rating: 4.17/5
Chewy shoppers’ rating: 5/5

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No matter which beach read (or how many) you pick this summer, we’re sure you’ll be living your very best pet-parent life soaking in the sun, fresh air and a good book. Just don’t forget to tell your fur babies all about it when you get home!


By: Ashley DavidsonUpdated: