Orlean, Susan. Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2011. Print.
Susan Orlean's book about Hollywood's most celebrated rescue dog is not your ordinary dog story. It's about the impact of moving pictures (There were more canine roles during the silent film era), the use of dogs in the military, the social history of dog ownership (obedience classes are a fairly new concept), and much more. Learn more about this great tale and listen to an interview (with the author, not the dog) on npr.com.
ps. October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Visit your local Humane Society and adopt a friend for life.
pps. Patti Page recently rerecorded "Doggie in the Window" to "Doggie in the Shelter." 59 years later, she still sounds amazing.