From a Dog’s Eye View

by DFS-Pet-Blog on October 24, 2011

The Art of Racing in the Rain **Guest post from Ellen B.**

Maybe it’s because I’m a dog fanatic, but I really don’t think so. It’s certainly not because I like the sport of car racing, because I don’t. But I do like the book “The Art of Racing in the Rain” (by Garth Stein) which I just finished reading. The book is different from your average book because it’s written from the family dog’s eye view. This unique perspective offers plenty of humor, yet some points brought tears to my eyes. Enzo is the name of the dog whose wisdom and compassion grabbed my attention.

Denny, the main human character who is Enzo’s owner is a mechanic who trains to race cars. One thing that made me chuckle is how Enzo appreciated Denny leaving the TV on for him. Enzo’s favorite shows were documentaries and the Weather Channel (It’s “not about weather, it is about the world”). I admit, I do leave the radio on every day for my dogs. Hmm, I wonder if the radio is providing enough mental stimulation for my dogs. (Kidding! Sort of. Tempted to leave the TV on.)

The story is about a family that starts with just Denny and Enzo. Denny then marries Eve and their daughter Zoe is born. Enzo soon “smells something bad growing in Eve” which turns out to be cancer. Far- fetched? Actually, it’s not. This article by CBS News explains, “Sniff out lung cancer? Study says dogs can do it”.

Izzy and Kobe... my dogs who I adore. (Izzy is now 4 times that size!)

Izzy and Kobe... my dogs who I adore. (Izzy is now 4 times that size!)

So the family goes through trials and tribulations. As the author describes the extreme comfort and joy that Enzo brings to each family member during difficult and good times alike, I feel bad for people in this world who will never know that unique joy.

Some of my friends and relatives think I’m overboard when it comes to caring for my dogs. I wish I could let them experience the complete loyal companionship, and how dogs teach us to enjoy the simple things in life. It’s even a proven fact that dogs can help our health! Anyway, although Denny is Enzo’s master, they have a mutual respect and depend on each other for a lot of things.

The two points I’m making in this post are:

  • Whether you like dogs or not, I highly recommend the book “The Art of Racing in the Rain.”
  • I believe any type of pet brings good things to any family.

Please feel free to leave a comment about my thoughts on this book and pets, or any book suggestions of your own. Thank you.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

JP October 24, 2011 at 11:28 am

I’m also a dog fanatic and this sounds like a sweet book. The Art of Racing in the Rain is now on my book list.

Janice October 24, 2011 at 11:37 am

One of my favorite books!

Kaira October 28, 2011 at 2:37 pm

My cousin read this last year and highly recommended it. I forgot all about it until now. THANKS for blogging about it. I’m adding it to my books-to-read list right now. 🙂

Wendy December 6, 2011 at 5:16 am

I just started reading this book, and it’s ok so far. I think it has way to much car racing facts.
Don’t care to much for that. If your not into cars it’s sorta slow and hard to follow. I have skipped pages because I was bored reading about it.

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