Not just another Dog story

I love anything with dogs -movies, books, mugs, shirts. I love dogs, period. Marley & Me made me cry buckets of tears & I came out of the movie house with my eyes swollen shut from all that crying. Betty, our american bulldog just passed when we went to watch the movie, and I also had to have the vet put her to sleep because of the pain caused by cancer. So I was very emotional.

Our dear Betty, in her last stage of Cancer :(
She had sores all over her body & was in so much pain that we just had to let her go.
She was 6 years old.

A friend emailed me an e-book of THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN by Garth Stein. Naturally, because the story revolves around a dog, I LOVED IT! But it’s not just another Dog story. This time, the dog is the narrator.

Here’s a summary of the book..

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an
obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively,
and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race
car driver. Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition,
and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed
on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life’s ordeals.

On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have
been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss
of Eve, Denny’s wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, ZoΓ«, whose maternal grand
parents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own
limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart
the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with ZoΓ« at his side. 

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and
hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders
and absurdities of human life.. as only a dog could tell it.

The book is humorous, but at the same time tugs at the heart of the readers with it’s
family drama, death, loyalty and love. I really recommend this book not just to dog 
lovers, but to everyone who has ever loved, lost someone dear, or has/had a pet.

Watch this video starring Enzo, and fall in love with him, just like I did! ;)
The Art of Racing in the Rain

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