I suggest Puck by Ouida. It is a story told by a Maltese named Puck. You will become quite fond of him by the end. It was written by a Victorian author after her trip through Europe with her mother. Ouida was a dog lover. I won't give any more away. You can easily find free copies on the internet for most readers. I don't know anyone else who has read it, and I have lots of "Maltese Friends" who read. I highly recommend it.