Dogs are amazingly loyal and their ability to silently listen without judgment makes them a writer’s best friend.

Emily Dickenson’s words sum it up nicely, “Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.”

We’re grateful for these charming canines, who provide love, companionship and inspiration to some of our favorite authors of all time.

First on our list belongs to bestselling author (and inspiration of our Beyond Words digital lifestyle magazine), Sylvia Day. We cannot get enough of her pups, Beck and Koji.



Stephen King, who has been terrifying readers for decades, doesn’t seem all too scary now that we’ve gotten a glimpse of, “Molly, aka the Thing of Evil.”


We can’t help, but fall in with love Avi, the “windblown dog,” belonging to Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent trilogy.    

This sophisticated-looking pooch is companion to Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love. It looks like he takes his treats seriously. Do you think he’s begging for bacon?          

Gratuitous photo of Chunky the Frenchie. A photo posted by Elizabeth Gilbert (@elizabeth_gilbert_writer) on



Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild and Brave Enough, posts pictures of her dog, Janie. She is incredibly cute, exuberant and happy. Wish we could cuddle her!


My dog Janie. Photo by Meg Vogt.

A photo posted by Cheryl Strayed (@cherylstrayed) on


We’re rounding off our adorable pups list with Nicholas Sparks, author of The Notebook, and his contented rescues, Lucky Bo and Boomer.    


Do you have a pup that inspires you? Share them with us in the comments.