The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant. This book quite literally changed my life. It's the story of the Michael Vick dogs and their rescue from his dog fighting ring. It is heart breaking and uplifting at the same time. I'm sure I will anger a few Vick supporters, but after reading what he admitted to doing to his dogs, I cannot believe that he is a good person. Stepping off my soapbox. But seriously, you should read it. PS- Keep the tissues handy :) And if you are anywhere near the Smithfield, VA area you can visit the old Michael Vick house, which is now owned by a rescue group called Dogs Deserve Better.
Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz. Ever wonder what your dog can perceive and understand? This book was an in depth look into how dogs see the world. Everything from what they can smell, hear, see, etc. What is it like to be able to smell more than 1,000 times better than humans? What emotions do they experience? This book was very insightful and full of scientific research on canines, both domesticated and wild. It's a long one, but worth the read!
Oogy by Larry Levin. Oogy was used as a bait dog in dog fighting and as a result was missing his ear and part of his face. Oogy was left to die when he was found by a family who chose to save his life and adopt him. It's such an amazing story about a dog that was lucky enough to survive truly horrific abuse. It's also a look into his adoptive family and what they sacrificed to save sweet Oogy. Again, keep those tissues close by.
Wallace by Jim Gorant. This one's not sad, promise. This is the story of Wallace who, in 2005, was living in a shelter and in danger of being put down. His adoptive family saved his life and he went on to become a world champion frisbee dog. I loved this book because one of the underlying themes was trying to change to world's opinion about Pit Bulls. Amazing!