Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer
One great boy comes up with an idea. That boy comes up with a plan all by himself about how to implement that idea. That boy is Mark and he wants a place where dogs can run free and not have to be on a leash. Mark doesn't even have a dog and he still came up with the idea. However, his mother just happens to be the mayor of the small town of Erthly. She explains that the town has more urgent needs to use the town's budget.
This is one of those books that exemplifies the development of inter-generational bonds. Who really is lost or longing: the stray dog, Mark with no dog or father, the shy caretaker of a mansion? There are no chapter titles. The free verse numbers each "verse" in a paw print. The next verse does not start on the next page. The paw prints just continue where the last verse finished. Dog lovers unite. You don't have to protest. You won't get lost reading this unique book. Don't laugh, but the only cat in this book is named "Fido".