I read a book by Merrill Markoe called Walking in Circles Before Lying Down that was pretty good, and I'm buying Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog by Ted Kerasote - it got pretty good reviews.
While I read this book, it reminded me of another great one I read called Sight Hound by Pam Houston. The story is told from multiple points of view, two of them being dogs. This other book is also a sad one, but great anyway.
I have a book called Beautiful Joe that I got from my grandma many years ago. "Joe" tells quite the story of his life (turn of 20th century). It sort of reminded me of Black Beauty. I'm sorry I can't remember the author, but it seems like there is some connection (publishing or something) with the US Humane Society of the time...
There's one more I highly recommend called "You Are a Dog: Life Through the Eyes of Man's Best Friend" by Terry Bain, a guy I went to college with. It's more on the humorous side, but parts of it are very insightful into dog behavior.
Yes! There are so many! I don't think its a new genre per say but I think its one that is gaining popularity lately. The Art of Racing in the Rain has by far done the best job as far as pure literary talent goes, but if you're into mysteries I would have to recommend the Dog On It books. They are hilarious! And a great mystery read.
I just got "Dog On It" on my Kindle! It got wonderful reviews, and while I am not a big mystery fan, or "noir" fan either, for that matter...this book looks wonderfully appealing! Another fun book series that involves a dog narrator and mystery is the "Dog About Town" series by P.J. Englert (I think). There are two books in this series so far: "Dog About Town" and "Dog Among Diplomats". I read the first one...and have started the second. Absolutely delightful! Lots of humor, and a fast paced story to boot. Randolph, the Lab, is a wonderful character.
The dog Enzo in "The Art of Racing in the Rain" is one I will never forget....and will love forever, just as I will Merle of "Merle's Door". I still tear up any time I think of either of them, and both books are considered by me to be personal classics I will always treasure. But...if you'd like a more lighthearted "dog book" that is fun and contemporary, you might also try "Walking in Circles Before Lying Down". Can't recall the author's name, but it's here on Amazon. Charming and funny!