Trixie & Jinx by Dean Koontz
Speaking of Representative Weiner, Jinx is a wiener dog. The spelling may differ but the pronouciation is the same. (I had to strain for a segue to this post. Could you tell?)
Jinx is Trixie's best dog friend; in fact, he's the only other dog in the neighborhood. When Jinx's family takes him on a vacation, Trixie is saddened. What can one dog do alone that's fun besides eat eclairs? Snakes, spiders, mice and bees just don't cut it as best friends. Trixie learns the value of friendship the hard way.
Trixie and Jinx is another slight book in the saga of Dean Koontz's (now deceased) golden retriever. The effect of Trixie on Koontz and his wife was recorded in A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog. On blurbs in Koontz's later books, we learn that he lives with his wife and the "enduring spirit" of Trixie. Other Trixie books are I, Trixie Who Is Dog, Bliss to You: Trixie's Guide to a Happy Life, Life Is Good! Lessons in Joyful Living, and Christmas Is Good! Trixie Treats and Holiday Wisdom. No wonder dogs are often a force for good in Dean Koontz's novels.
It should be noted that all author proceeds from the Trixie books are donated to Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), an assistance dog organization -- certainly a worthwhile cause