And, I just started a book by Nicholas Sparks (The Lucky One, 2008 Hachett Book Group) that has the main character walking across the United States with his faithful companion, a German shepherd. I am only about 50 pages in on this book but the Dean Kontz book was a very good read. Kontz has included a golden retriever in at least one other book that I have read called The Watchers in 1987.
He and his wife, according to the book jacket, own a golden and it makes sense that it would become intertwined in his writings.
What is interesting at this time is that I have read three books from very different genres (Marley and Me was based on actual events, one book was a thriller and one is a love story) within the past month and all three have dogs as part of the story line.
I love dogs and have owned a dog my entire life including several mixed breeds when I was a kid, two black labs, a beagle, two fox terriers, one schitzu, and at present two mini schnauzers.
It just seems surprising to find so many different kinds of books with dogs in them in such a short time frame. It is a good thing but a surprise nonetheless.
Oh, by the way, all three books are worth a read and in the dead of winter with so much snow, ice and cold, grab your dog, snuggle up on the couch and read, read, read....