If you like "Rascal" by Sterling North...
Thank you for requesting a Book Match. I have not read the Rascal myself, but here are some animal stories that you may enjoy:
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.
My Dog Skip by Willie Morris
Who says best friends have to be human? Not Willie Morris, who receives a talented terrier named Skip for his birthday. (This is a autobiography of the author's childhood).
Animals Who Have Won Our Hearts by Jean Craighead George
Summary: A collection of stories about animals who became beloved and famous, including Balto the sled dog, who found his way through a blinding snowstorm, and Koko the gorilla, who learned sign language.
Colt by Nancy Springer.
Summary: A young boy with a crippling disease learns, through a horseback riding program, to overcome his own anxieties and to help others in dealing with their own problems.
Megan's Mare by Lynn Hall.
Summary: Eleven-year-old Megan, daughter of a Yorkshire horse trainer, finding she has a special bond with the beautiful problem mare Berry, determines to help her overcome her fear of wooden bridges.
Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry The determination of two kids to win a Chincoteague pony is greatly increased when the Phantom and her colt are among those rounded up for the yearly auction.
You can place any of these titles on hold after searching for them in our library catalog. Just make sure you have your library card handy.