• Meru Badyal

3 Must-Read Books for Animal Lovers of all Ages

Updated: Jul 3

1. All Creatures Great and Small (1972) by James Herriot:


I stumbled upon this book when I was 20 years old. I just wish someone told me about it earlier! The book All Creatures Great and Small and the complete series (7 more to follow) is a delightful read for animal lovers/ pet lovers of all ages and sizes. This simpleton veterinarian and author gives a funny account of his real on-field experiences with all kinds of domestic animals in the English countryside.


Set in years (the 1930s to 1950s), the heart-warming books contain multiple funny, tragic, and everyday stories of a veterinary surgeon practicing in rural Yorkshire. The book became an instant best-seller and was later adapted into a BBC TV series and a Hollywood movie.


The endearing series of books that spans 50 years experience of James Herriot made him the most-loved veterinarians thanks raan surgeon of all times!


“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” - James Alfred Wight, published under his pen name- James Herr


2. Marley and Me, Life and Love with World’s Worst Dog (2005) by John Grogan:


Marley and Me is about the worst dog one can take care of, but then the writer and I disagree that any dog is bad or worse. ;)


The book is a tasteful autobiographical account by journalist John Grogan. It brilliantly captures the journey of a super-naughty Labrador Retriever pup named 'Marley' into a 90+ pounds unstoppable and untrainable adult Alpha dog.


In reality, it is a story about what a dog means for a family in making, and how much-unbridled joy and unconditional love a dog brings into our lives. It is one of the rare books whose movie adaptation is equally good - Jeniffer Aniston and Owen Wilson gave memorable performances.


“A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.”- John Grogan


3. The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild:1 (2009) by Lawrence Anthony:


A heart-rending tale of wildlife conservation efforts in South Africa, The Elephant Whisperer by journalist and animal conservationist Lawrence Anthony is a brave tale of heroic efforts in the Thula Thula game reserve.


His team's brave actions to find a meaningful bond with a group of wild Elephants and continual efforts to protect majestic Elephants from poachers, unruly bushrangers, and human encroachment is an eye-opening experience.


The magical memoir takes one into the exotic wilderness of African continent. It sheds light on man’s relationship with endangered species and how far we all need to go to ensure a safe and hospitable living environment for our fellow 'Earth-mates' - who deserve this planet just like the homo sapiens!


P.S.- Yes, it is one of those books which will make you cry! :)


“But perhaps the most important lesson I learned is that there are no walls between humans and the elephants except those that we put up ourselves and that until we allow not only elephants but all living creatures their place in the sun, we can never be whole ourselves.”- Lawrence Anthony


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