A co-worker loaned me a book this past week. It turned out to be a can’t-put-it-down kind of read. I am referring to the novel, “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” by Garth Stein. Very early on, you realize that the story is being told through the voice of a dog. I was hooked already! Enzo longs to be a human with thumbs and a tongue that can form spoken words. He shares his story of life with his owner, Denny, who happens to race cars. The tale brings both smiles and tears, and has hints of spirituality woven within the pages. I gobbled up Mr. Stein’s style of writing, and plan to read two more novels scribbled in his pen.
This book has left me wondering what my own canine, Lexi, would say if she could speak. Does she like it here with us, her second owners? Does she really get miffed when I have her coat shaved at the groomers, or am I just imagining that she pouts in the car when I pick her up? Is she really training for the lead dog in the Iditarod, or does she just enjoy pulling me through the neighborhood on our daily constitutionals? These are just a few of the many questions I would ask Miss Lexi if given the opportunity to converse with her. Meanwhile, I give Enzo two thumbs up for sharing his story!