There are many great books and stories about humans and dogs. Here is a recent one about a poodle who helped one man (Dana Jennings is a man) cope with cancer and discover things in life he wouldn't know without Bijou, the poodle. This is what he says about the dog:
Besides being the family dog – the only role we ever expected of her – Bijou has been a drinking buddy and a fuzzy shrink, an alarm clock and an angel of mercy, a sleeping partner and a sun worshipper, bunny-lunger and carcass-snuffl er, beggar-dog and thief, ear-sniffer and tail-chaser, and, in the end, a devoted mystery with a cold black nose.
The book grew out of a blog. Below is a video of the author and the dog.
What a Difference a Dog Makes by Dana Jennings (Doubleday Books)
Description: A must-read for every dog lover—a short, tender, and uplifting tale of a cancer survivor and the life lessons shared with him by his beloved family dog, Bijou. When Bijou’s owner, Dana Jennings, blogged about how much her [dog's] presence meant to him [author] while he was recovering from prostate cancer, hundreds of people posted comments on NYTimes.com’s Well blog. Now this moving and inspiring book about the joy animals bring into our lives is hitting bookshelves everywhere!