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Paws up to The Art of Racing in the Rain..

It’s been a crazy week so far but I want to make sure that I share my thoughts on my latest read before the week is out- The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.  I started to read it last week on the train ride back from NYC and really loved it!

The Art of Racing in the Rain is a really a wonderful novel. This book, like a few other books out there is told from the perspective of  the family dog (Enzo in this book). Readers who love their pets will be particularly drawn to this book.  But even those who aren’t big animal lovers will still appreciate it.  It is about family, love, loyalty and faith.  The family in this book faces a number of challenges but find the strength to face these obstacles with Enzo by their side.   It is a bit sad at times but filled with wonderful life lessons.  I have to admit, there are only a few books out there that can make me cry and this one did it.  A good cry that is!  Paws up to The Art of Racing in the Rain!

Boston Terrier, Photo, Chunyo's Corner

Can't read it but can certainly pose with it.

 The Art of Racing in the Rain

Side note:  In case you are wondering about the pic above – yes, those spots came from Chunyo’s slobber – yuck!


Something to think about… A Dog’s Purpose

W.  Bruce Cameron’s book, A Dog Purpose: A Novel for Humans is a wonderful addition to our collection of books. Cameron successfully sheds light on the deep love between dogs and their owners. A Dog’s Purpose takes readers on an entertaining and sometimes emotional journey through the eyes of Bailey,  a special canine who lives several lives in an effort to find his life’s purpose. Cameron’s main character experiences the life of a stray, the best friend of a young boy (a very touching relationship), a rescue canine and an older man’s companion. I have to admit that I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this book (avoided spoilers in advance) and didn’t know where the book was going the first few pages. But don’t let this affect your decision, it didn’t take long to have me hooked – I was laughing at times and sad at others. Cameron does an excellent job of making the point of view of the dog quite believable. 

 If Cameron’s goal was to make his readers see life through the eyes of their canines – mission accomplished! Bravo! I caught myself thinking more deeply about our own dog’s (gotta love Chunyo) thoughts, triggers and behaviors. But above all, I loved the idea (whether true or not) that our canines serve a special purpose.

I would recommend this book to other dog (or any animal for that matter) lovers.  I ordered the hardback because I couldn’t wait to read it. But for those of you who are more patient or prefer paperback, it will be available May 24, 2011.  For those of you who are like me, better find yourself a Borders coupon

Photo, Chunyo's Corner, Boston Terrier, A Dog's Purpose

Heard this a good read..


Photo, Boston Terrier, A Dog's Purpose

From a dog's perspective... Lovin' this...

Dog Lover’s Book Not To Be Missed

I recently read You Had Me at Woof by Julie Klam.  I loved it!  It is a book for anyone who has a dog, has once lost a dog or for those that just love dogs in general! What’s not to love!!

There were moments that had me laughing out loud (even woke up my husband at one point) and others that made me shed a tear.  Above all, this book made me appreciate my past and present furry friends.  Great gift for you and your dog lovin’ friends.

They tell me this is a great book! Too bad I can't read 🙂

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