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The Art of Racing in the Rain

If you don’t like to cry, don’t read this book. If you don’t mind crying, I recommend not reading this book in a public space. Luckily for me I finished last night at home so avoided that embarrassment.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein had been on my list for a while, but when I saw the movie preview, I moved it to the top and put a hold in to get it. I like reading books before I see the movies!

This is not really a spoiler because the first chapter of the book is a dog at the end of his life. I knew then that I’d be in trouble, but I plowed through. The story is from the perspective of the dog, Enzo, and it covers his life with his family. The family grows and the family deals with a lot of stuff. Serious illness, conniving family members, hurtful accusations, and questions of custody. And Denny, Enzo’s owner, is dealing with all of this while trying to make a living and chase his dream to become a professional race car driver.

I mean, how much can one person take in a life! There are many sad things in this book but I will say the ending, for the family, is not. It’s a fascinating perspective from the eyes of the dog and it makes me look at my dogs differently. I always wonder what they’re thinking and why they do the things they do. My dog is 14 now so I think the end of the book hit me especially hard.

It was a good, albeit emotional, read and it was quick (I finished in 3 days). So if you like to read the book before the movie you can probably even finish while it’s still in theaters. Enjoy!


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Puppies!

Happy National Puppy Day!! This week marked 10 years of having my precious pup. He’s obviously not a puppy anymore but every dog still has a little puppy in him. I got Tucker 10 years ago from a coworker who was not able to keep him anymore. He was 3 at the time and had been rescued as a puppy. He was terrified of everything. He warmed up to me and my 3 roommates fairly quickly, but we were recent graduates/in graduate school and liked to have people over to our fabulous rental house in Nashville. He would run upstairs and hide every time someone came to the house.

It wasn’t a completely smooth transition – including one escape to chase after me which resulted in him getting hit by a slow-moving car. He bolted but miraculously reappeared at the front door 6-8 hours later. He had only been with us about a month! We pretty much forced him to be social and he became a completely different dog.

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He’s weathered moving and living in about 6 different apartments and houses. And most recently has adjusted to having a young, very energetic step-brother. They get along pretty well, though old man Tucker has his snippy moments.

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And I can’t let puppy day pass without also doting on Royal who is the sweetest, smartest dog. He may have a little too much energy sometimes but he keeps ya on your toes!

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We love our pups!! ❤

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